Bleeding Cool has run a number of articles concerning issues with the graphic novel publisher Insomnia. And at every step of the way, publisher Crawford Coutts has assured people that everything was fine. A few weeks ago he wrote;
After several months of spring cleaning, I’m very pleased to announce that Insomnia is now a slimmer, lighter, faster and an even more dynamic publishing company.
Well, it appears that it’s no longer a company at all. On the 30th June, it’s reported that Crawford filed with UK Companies House that Insomnia would cease trading. Editors and creators were not informed of this and the word only began to spread today. People attempting to contact Crawford have been told he’s gone away for a few weeks.
This comes after a tumultous month. The rights to Jeymes Samuel’s ‘Buskers’ graphic novel by Sean Michael Wilson and Michuru Morikawa were extracted from Insomnia under acrimonious circumstances. Stevie White (Beano/Dandy) had a protracted fight with Insomnia earlier in the year regarding his ‘Milk’ graphic novel/art book and also extracted the rights from Insomnia under similar circumstances. The Burke & Hare book has missed the chance to be published alongside the Burke & Hare movie from John Landis. Martin Hayes and Roy Stewart have fallen out with Coutts over their Crowley graphic novel. James Peaty is also trying to extract the rights to his Frank Satre graphic novel.
Now, at least, getting those rights back should be a lot easier for everyone involved