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If you are on Inkblazers, you may have seen this post yesterday. It came out of nowhere and the authors on the site were not given a heads up by the site founder. While this is sad news for many, for some this is more than sad news. Some of us lost our jobs thanks to this, including myself.
And just a week before Christmas!
It's funny... last week things seemed to be looking up for me. My husband, who has been out of a job for half a year, finally found a job working the night shift for a company near our house. Up until now I had been the sole provider, relying on my very meager salary at Inkblazers to put food on the table. But with him having a job, I was confident 2015 was going to be great.
And then this happened. Merry Christmas, me!What This Means for FaLLEN:
FaLLEN is most certainly going to continue. However, I will no longer be able to make a living off my work for the foreseeable future, which either means I need to find another option online or I need to get a part time job. So what this means is that I won't be able to do 15 pages a month, which was a really hard schedule to keep up with this summer since I had to find side jobs to do while my husband was unemployed, and will be going back to doing two pages a week. For people on dA that is nothing new. I had already started work on Ch. 9, which I was excited to share on IB because it's a chapter with a LOT going on in it, but with the news of the site closing I'm just going to put ch. 9 on hold.
I need to take a break from drawing pages, so FaLLEN will go on hold until February, 2015.
This will go into effect after I finish uploading the rest of Ch. 8. I have to finish the images for the calendar, I have to do the contest winners artwork that is WAY overdue, and I have to finish putting together the first volume of the graphic novel for publication. That may be pushed back a week or so, since Inkblazers was kind of responsible for screwing up my original print schedule when they kept getting my order wrong. I wasn't going to publicly blame them for that, but now that the site is gone my loyalties are also at breaking point.
I'm so frustrated. I was so loyal to Inkblazers... I sent everyone there. I got my Kickstarter pledgers subscriptions to the site... and now I have to tell them I can't offer what I promised them anymore. I am so embarrassed, so humiliated, and I feel so betrayed.
I quit my job and stopped accepting new job requests because of Inkblazers. I moved across the country from Tokyo to a town called Matsuyama, where job opportunities are few and far between thinking I had a secure job that would at least last me another year or two. I was promised and assured Inkblazers was doing well and had no reason to believe I would be unemployed by Christmas. But worst of all...
I was offered a serialization by a Japanese publisher and turned them down for Inkblazers.
And my loyalty (or should I say stupidity at this point?) is rewarded by being unceremoniously dumped for lack of funds. The site claims it was spending $65,000 a month to keep the site open. Clearly, the site was mismanaged. That money did NOT go to the authors. Until this summer, authors had a $20,000 pool we got paid from, and even if you consider staff salaries, I cannot figure out where the remaining money from the supposed $65,000 went. The site no longer advertised for authors, like it originally promised. It did not sponsor tables at conventions. The site made more money this year than it ever had, and somehow the site owners/investors decided the site was no longer profitable. As my friend put it, this is the result of "dumb money." I am so upset authors were not even privately consulted before the site was scrapped, I am absolutely disgusted and I feel completely abandoned right now. They treated me very poorly regarding my books a few weeks ago, and now this. I want to thank staffers Powil, Ashikai, Rogo, and Loom, though, for all their hard work with maintaining peace on the site. I know some of the friends I made on the site thought some of these guys were out to get them, but you have no idea what strings they pulled to help you all out. They were devoted to the site and were as shocked by the news as any of us, and probably hit harder than the majority of Premium authors on the site.
I am really thankful to the site being considerate enough to at least allow Premium authors a severance pay. That was very kind of them, but honestly... that was the least they could do for us considering the way this shutdown was handled. I would have taken the news better if they had at least given us a heads-up and said "financially, here's where we are" so authors would know not to turn away jobs and to consider alternatives.Where Can I Read FaLLEN?
You can continue to read FaLLEN here on DeviantART, as well as on GMI
and, most likely, on Tapastic once I get an account set up there. I want to thank GMI and Tapastic for reaching out to us IB authors in our time of need. The FaLLEN homepage
, of course, will also be updated regularly even during the hiatus. I'll be posting updates regarding the books and I plan on reworking the profile pages during my down time. I'll have new artwork going up in January and I'll be reworking some older drawings, which will be fun. I'm just going to take it easy on the comicking front and figure out where to go from here.To Kickstarter Pledgers
Obviously, the people who were getting subscriptions to IB are not going to be getting those subs. I already set a few people up but I'm not paying for subs to a dead site, so I am likely going to be canceling the arrangement I made with the site founder. Hopefully they won't bother pulling your subs but who even knows anymore. So instead, people who were going to get subs are now going to get an extra postcard of some sort, of my choosing. I know that is HARDLY a good reimbursement but I don't really have any alternatives I can give you all. This was just so unexpected... for everyone... I really can't emphasize that enough. So please please be understanding and forgiving that I am not able to set up subscriptions for my pledgers.
That's all I have to say on the subject. I'm mad, I'm sad, I'm tired. To everyone who followed FaLLEN on IB, thank you so much for your support. On behalf of IB, I am so sorry we let you down.