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Gemstone lives, but Disney license is up in the air

Donald Duck Adventures #21

Donald Duck Adventures #21

Despite recent rumors about the closing of Gemstone Publishing, President Steve Geppi claims the company will continue.

“As has been the case with many businesses across a wide array of industries, there has been a reduction in staff at Gemstone, and this included the departure of many valued employees,” he said in a statement posted Monday on his company’s Scoop website. “This, however, is not the end of Gemstone Publishing.”

(Last month Gemstone closed its offices in West Plains, Missouri, and laid off its five staff members there.)

But the future of Gemstone’s licenses for Disney comics and The E.C. Archives isn’t so clear-cut.

“At this time, no final decision has been made regarding The EC Archives or our comic books featuring Disney’s standard characters, but it seems certain that both lines will continue in some form,” Geppi said. “We all anticipate resolving the issues facing us and moving forward, and I will be happy to announce the specifics once things have been finalized.”

Gemstone has held the Disney comics license since 2003.

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