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Chicago-based publisher Devil’s Due Publishing has had its share of ups and downs over the course of its 15 years. After fighting back from layoffs, restructuring and complaints about non-payment to freelancers, DDP has been on-track for a slow but measured increase of its publishing efforts. But in December, the company was dealt another blow.
On Dec. 29, a multi-story building in Chicago where Devil’s Due housed its inventory was consumed by a massive fire that destroyed most of the structure and virtually everything inside. In a message posted earlier this month on his Facebook page, company founder and CEO Josh Blaylock said he had been in the process of transferring the inventory to another facility, but much of the older DDP stock of comic books, graphic novels and other merchandise were in the building.
Passings | Prolific colorist Adrienne Roy, who was a fixture of DC Comics for more than two decades, passed away on Dec. 14 following a year-long battle with cancer. She was 57. Although Roy’s work appeared in countless DC titles, from Green Lantern and Superman to Warlord and Wonder Woman, she’s best known for her extensive runs on Batman, Detective Comics and The New Teen Titans. Mark Evanier notes that “Her long tenure on Batman (more than 600 issues of various comics featuring the character) meant that her credit appeared on more tales of the Caped Crusader than anyone else except for Bob Kane.” CBGExtra posts an obituary written by her husband Anthony Tollin. [News from ME]
Publishing | Rich Johnston reports on rumored contract changes at DC Comics that would affect all new creator-owned titles in the DC Universe and Vertigo imprints. [Bleeding Cool]
Publishing | Storm Lion, the Singapore-based multimedia studio behind the 2008 Radical Publishing miniseries Freedom Formula, has closed on the heels the summer layoff of 30 employees in Singapore and Los Angeles. The closing leaves a planned movie adaptation, to be produced by Bryan Singer, “in limbo.” [The Straits Times]