One of the big bits of gossip at Bristol between certain British comics professionals was the fate of Insomnia Productions. British independent graphic novel publisher, with books like Cancertown and Burke & Hare on their roster, they’ve been expanding of late. And naturally have been exhibiting at Bristol Comic Expo.
But something happened this weekend. What no one seems to be exactly sure. But harsh words were meant to have been exchanged. Certain people didn’t show up when they were meant to and neither did certainb books. To the extent that people believe the company may be breaking up, or parts sold off. Lots of huddled conversations and behind back briefings, some people feared the worst.
When approached, Crawford Courtts, one of the co-founders and Managing Director of Insomnia Productions replied;
Thanks for your email.
When we first started, our ambition was to change how the industry worked and the time has come for us to change again to move away from possible threats and make the most of new opportunities. In particular, we’ve been attempting to adapt to the growth of digital content for example the expansion of our range on the Digital Comics service on the Sony PSP.
As you know all companies have their internal debates but unfortunately, in this case, one of our team made this public and they will be held accountable for their actions.
Yes, we have different visions for the future of the company, but we are moving forward and we will continue to do so.
In particular we are looking forward to the release of Burke and Hare the Movie later in the year, which will no doubt increase the companies exposure and further the case of Graphic Novels as a Medium rather than just a Genre.
The historically accurate theme of the novel and the movie we believe will truly show the strengths and opportunites of graphic novels and hopefully broaden their appeal to a wider market.
I’m told that Creative Director Nic Wilkinson, who had recently moved into the marketing side of the company, will be stepping down for unrelated personal reasons, And while there were some issues getting stock and attendance arranged for this year’s convention, that the publisher is not for the chop, the vultures can stop circling and planned projects will continue.
We’ll be looking to the letterhead for any changes though…