UPDATE: Ape Entertainment is still alive and planning

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apeentertainmentlogo UPDATE: Ape Entertainment is still alive and planningYesterday, we reported on the inactivity at Ape Entertainment, and wondered if the company was still around. Well, COO Brent Erwin responded to an inquiry to explain that they are just in reorg mode, but have a digital project coming out at the end of the month and more stuff in the works. Read on:

As Mark Twain said “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”.  As you know our business partner David Hedgecock left Ape very late last year to pursue an opportunity as a Managing Editor at IDW, we wished him well and hope nothing but success for him.  At the time of David’s departure my other partner and I decided to take the opportunity to reorganize and stream line Ape which we are still in the process of doing. 
 
We recently worked with Diamond to cancel outstanding orders on product that was beyond its normal shipping window.  We didn’t want old orders hanging out there for retailers to have to deal with. We do plan to resolicit certain books at a later date, it just doesn’t make sense to announce that until we know exactly when we will. We have a lot of great product ready to launch.
 
We are currently planning the release of our “Fruit Ninja” comic app at the end of January for Chinese New Year along with other digital initiatives.  We have also been in talks with Hollywood about a few of our properties so we have been keeping very busy.
 
Lastly I can tell you that we (the industry) are seeing growth in the print market as proven by the retail stores which I am an investor in that you mentioned in your post.  The day to day operations of the stores are in the hands of Ron Killingsworth partner and General Manager.

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  1. […] Heidi got a statement from Ape COO Brent Erwin that says they’re reorganizing, plan to resolicit some of the cancelled titles, and will have […]

  2. […] Publishing | Reports of the demise of Ape Entertainment turns out to have been premature. The company, which had one of the bestselling digital comics a few years ago with Pocket God, has been quiet of late and recently canceled a number of outstanding orders. However, COO Brett Erwin emerged Tuesday to say the publisher is simply going through a period of reorganization after the departure of CEO David Hedgecock, who now works for IDW. Ape will release a new Fruit Ninja comic at the end of the month. [The Beat] […]

  3. […] Publishing | Reports of the demise of Ape Entertainment turns out to have been premature. The company, which had one of the bestselling digital comics a few years ago with Pocket God, has been quiet of late and recently canceled a number of outstanding orders. However, COO Brett Erwin emerged Tuesday to say the publisher is simply going through a period of reorganization after the departure of CEO David Hedgecock, who now works for IDW. Ape will release a new Fruit Ninja comic at the end of the month. [The Beat] […]

  4. […] going on with Ape Entertainment a couple of weeks ago? And they showed up at another site to say they were still publishing and were “planning the release of our ‘Fruit Ninja’ comic app [announced July […]

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