Dark Horse solicited Michael Moorcock’s Elric Of Melniboné Vol 1 for January. Collecting the comic book adaptations of Elric of Melniboné, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate and the Gaiman/P Craig Russell short story One Life.
400 pages, $29.99, a nice thick book, the kind of volume that’s usually printed far in advance in the Far East then shipped over on the slow boat.
Except, and here is when publishers who deal with licenses are going to feel like they were kicked in the soft spots in empathy, Dark Horse didn’t have the rights. They thought they had – they certainly once did, but they didn’t anymore. And the person who knew that had left without telling anyone. When this was discovered, they asked Michael Moorcock for an extension. But Moorcock already had a deal with another publisher which covered these rights.
And I understand Dark Horse have had to recall the thousands of copies printed from the distribution supply, so that they can be pulped.
UPDATE: While Michael Moorcock believes the books were recalled, another good source now tells me that they were never actually printed before the situation kicked off. So at least no trees died in vain…