September 26, 2005

Endings, Beginnings and Other Things

First, the bad news:

On October 1st, 2005, Frontier Publishing will cease operations.

The full official statement follows at the end of this entry. The very short version is that the editors want to move on to other projects and were burning out doing the site. The consensus was to end on a high note rather than let the quality suffer.

I was in in Maryland over the weekend for SPX in Bethesda, joined by Frontier folkss Russ Anderson, Mike McGee, Derrick Ferguson and Artifice editor Jason Kenney. A great time was had by all and Saturday night turned into a going-away party of sorts for Frontier. Lots of anecdotes, reminiscing and drinks going around.

Frontier has had a good four-year run, which nobody expected, and I’m going to miss it. Personally, I don’t believe it’s gone forever. Maybe I’m in denial, but it’s just a gut feeling …


Jason Kenney, Russ Anderson, Derrick Ferguson, Mike McGee, Tamas Jakab.

After October 1st, the site will stay online as an archive and point to the titles’ new homes.

Oh, and SPX was a lot of fun. Heavy on indie comics, light on smelly fanboys and almost no superhero books in sight. And Cleveland’s own Harvey Pekar as a guest of honor. I still believe there’s hope for the comics industry.

Update: Derrick Ferguson shares his thoughts here.

Meanwhile, the good news (for me at least):

  1. Two Frontier titles are moving to dead-tree format next year, and I’ve been asked to do new covers for them.

  2. I’ve got two comic projects on the table right now (with a third on the back-burner). I can’t really share too much information yet, except that Mike McGee is writing them, and both projects will likely be 96-page graphic novels.

And in other news, this site will have a facelift very soon. I’m moving some stuff around, considering splitting the entries into two different blogs (art and personal stuff) and just generally going through CSS Hell right now. I’ve got the design about 80% nailed right now. I’m shooting for a relaunch before November 1st. Blog entries will still be sporadic. Just the way I am.

The official Frontier announcement follows in the extended entry.

Important FRONTIER Announcement

Hey Everybody,

Man, this is a really hard thing to do. But instead of blabbering on for a few paragraphs before getting down to the nitty gritty, I’m just going to go ahead and bite the bullet right off the bat.

Frontier is closing her doors in October.

As a lot of you (if not all of you) know, Russ has decided to step- down as webmaster and editor for Frontier Publishing. Russ discussed his decision with Mike and I before making the announcement and mentioned that he would make a genuine effort to find a replacement. But Mike and I were both of the mind that while our interest and investment in Frontier was still very high, without Russ maintaining the website we were certain that eventually our interest would fade. And that lack would be to the detriment of the writers, the editors, and Frontier Publishing itself.

This really isn’t fair to you, the writers, who have invested so much of your time and effort into making Frontier Publishing what it is today. That was the hardest part about making this decision, honestly, the fact that I would have to sit here and write something like this.

But I wouldn’t even consider writing something of this nature if I thought that titles like Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell, Dreamer’s Syndrome, Fermata, Exiles of the Dire Planet, Curtain Call, Tropes, Onyx Revolver, and all the rest didn’t have the capability of finding a home elsewhere on the internet or on bookshelves.

We’ve had a great run of almost four years, and when I look back on everything we’ve accomplished: from Denbrook, to publishing Dillon and the Voice of Odin, to Frontier Publishing Presents #1, to the establishment of the branches and the additions of all the new writers and the old hands like Derrick and Franz who have come to us time and again with new ideas better than those that came before… well, all I can really say is that it fills me with pride, and a sense that I really accomplished something that had an impact.

So if you want, join me in a toast to Frontier Publishing and all of you. I’ve enjoyed working with you, and I think I can say the same for Russ and Mike. I think we’ve all established far more than a working relationship over three years, and though Frontier Publishing is no more, I’m glad I was able to call you all Frontiersmen (and Frontierwoman, Meg) and friends.

-Mike Exner III

Editor, Frontier Publishing

Posted by tjakab at September 26, 2005 11:24 AM | TrackBack

Hey, Tom, it was nice meeting ya this weekend, man.

Posted by: Jason at September 26, 2005 12:35 PM

Likewise, Jason. I wish you well with Artifice.

Posted by: rednever at September 26, 2005 08:13 PM
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