A few weeks ago, this page wrote:
[DJ Coffman] was a very public supporter of Platinum when there was a lot of grief thrown their way about having never actually published a comic book; even in his posting announcing the hiatus [of Hero By Night], he was unfailingly gracious and thankful towards them.
It appears that Coffman’s graciousness was misplaced:
I had emailed the folks at Platinum to inquire if there had been any movement about the rights issue so that I could possibly get moving and publishing at least the webcomic on my own before the audience that we built for 2 years completely dropped off. I pretty much got this form letter sounding reply that included this statement:
â€¦Please be advised that due to the controversy stirred up as a result of your recent blogging and interviews, all discussions between us regarding any potential licensing back to you of limited rights to Hero By Night are on hold. At this time, we cannot say when those discussions might be resurrected. – Brian Altounian
According to their contracts, Platinum are within their rights to do as they are doing. From a PR standpoint, it’s a disaster. There’s really no way to perceive this one without coming to an obvious conclusion that Platinum are being vindictive. Eric Burns (as he was then) had some enlightening things to say about this pattern of behavior a while back (although he the esteemed Mr Snark-White was referring to fictional characters), and I encourage you to study his examples.
In the meantime, it bears repeating: if rights reversions are not in your contract, they don’t exist. DJ’s taking a really painful hit to teach us all this lesson, and the least we can do is to pay attention and learn. Oh, and Platinum? That four bucks I promised for new HBN was to DJ, not you guys. You get nothing from me, ever.
In other news, if anybody at Wowio would care to expand on the following, we’d be grateful:
We are retooling the site and content agreements … The changes and updates will take a few weeks, but we will be back online in mid-July. [emphasis mine]
We at Fleen know a lot of webcomickers deriving (in a few cases, considerable) income from Wowio, and we are hoping that “retooling content agreements” isn’t PR-speak for “drop the payment rate through the floor”. But we at Fleen have read enough corporate announcements to recognize boilerplate, and this sounds an awful lot like either a) finanical reorganization, or b) merger/buyout. Anybody with solid information they’d care to share can contact us.