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As the Prinnies say, "Holy crap, d00d!"

I've discussed previously how the Dabel Brothers have really had a problem with paying their talent for the comic books they produce. A few weeks ago, Dynamite announced that they were seeking to become partners with Dabel. They would handle distribution and everything, the Dabels would stay on staff to help bring in new talent and properties that helped them make such a splash.

Naturally, lots of us wondered about the mountain of debt. Would this mean the Dabels would start paying what they owe?

Today, an announcement from Dynamite. THEY are going to pay the bills.

Let's review the facts here so that you get the full "NO WAI!!!1!" effect. Dynamite is distributing and helping coordinate. They did not buy the Dabel Brothers debt. They had no obligation to do this. Now, they said they are contacting everyone owed to offer either an immediate settlement amount or a down payment with the rest due paid as it becomes available. Word through the grapevine is that EVERYONE owed money by the Dabels has been contacted and arrangements are being made now, no one left out in the cold on this one.

The cynic in me wonders what exactly the game is. But assuming I'm not letting paranoia color my perceptions, I have to give Dynamite a lot of credit for this. If it is genuine, then this is probably the biggest class act to hit the comic industry in years.

Just had to say that.

Comments

sinetimore
Dec. 10th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
You might be closer to the mark than you realize. After all the deal struck between them is the Dabels continue to seek talent and new properties and handle the production deadlines. Once the books are in the can, Dynamite takes over. So basically, the Dabels are in a sandbox with the things they can't handle are taken away from them.

What's more, several Dabel series were in the middle of their stories when things hung. Dresden Files is still in the middle of the second half of Storm Front, for example, and some studios are refusing to turn over completed books until they get paid. So this could simply be the cheaper option to finish up what's out there and, as Raff would say, "start with a clean desk."

One other thought -- Diamond refuses to carry any more Dabel Brothers stuff because of the blown deadlines. With Dynamite handling things, they got an express train back into the comic shops.

It's just that, granted this is a class act by Dynamite, but when you weigh that against other things like the Moonstone/Phantom debacle, I'm not sure philanthropy is their primary motive. Cynical, or prophetic? You decide.

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