With a simple email, four short paragraphs that maybe took 20 minutes to write, the entire Insomnia Publications stable was released from their contracts this past Friday. No explanation, no parting gift, no love lost. Just some vagaries about the economy and an open door to speculate and create as many theories as the mind can fathom.
For me, the reasons aren't as compelling as they once were. I guess I'm interested to a degree--after all, though it's hard to remember, Insomnia was once an innovative publisher with so much going for it, whose rise can only be described as meteoric. Then some form of virus set hold, and consumed the company down to the bone. So, yeah, what happened in between is a curiosity, but if I never hear the words Insomnia Publications again, I won't mind. Right now, I'm just enjoying being released from the anvil that has been tied around my neck these past months.
While tangled in this mess, the story behind Insomnia's meltdown nearly consumed me. I didn't get what happened, why it couldn't be made right, and what the deep dark secrets that Crawford refused to tell anyone were. More importantly, I wanted to know why Crawford did what he did--why he filed for non-trading without telling anyone, why he was holding our books hostage, why he was rubbing his heel into our hope, our work, and our ambition.
I'm not going to lie--I did not take this situation well. I doubted myself, the industry, and all the reasons why I had even bothered trying to create comics. And I'm certain many Insomnia creators had a similar experience.
But now, that's done and over with. And despite all that, I'm still lucky. I've had the good fortune to work with some amazing and talented people over the past 18 months. The Quarantined team--Monty Borror, Lauren Anne Sharp, and Jim Campbell...what can I even say? They have put in so much great work, and I can't wait for it to be shared with everyone. I don't know how I can praise their talent and dedication any further. The same goes for Keith Burns, cover artist and regular on this site--he's humble, but I know he's going to make it big in comics (I just hope my name is attached to his breakout project).
So to all the creators involved in Insomnia, best of luck. It's been a pleasure.