The original cutout lettering for the Great Beast logo.
On 7th January 2015 Great Beast Comics will close it doors for the foreseeable future.
This means that all of our creators will no longer self publish comics under the Great Beast banner and our online store will close. All our creators will sell their titles personally until the end of their print runs. Our titles will only remain available digitally on Comixology.
The reason behind this decision is that the Beast has grown too big for us to handle. As the group got bigger, as the books became more successful and as we widened the range of shops we sold to there became more of a need for the management and promotion to come from one or two people and Marc Ellerby and I (Adam Cadwell) happily took up that role. However, as time went on we found that the time spent working for the benefit of the group was getting in the way of us actually making our own comics, which is why we started the group in the first place. In Summer, Marc stepped back from the ‘publishing’ side of things to focus on his freelance work and his comics and now as 2014 draws to a close I feel like it’s time for me to do the same.
We looked at many ways of monetising the group so we could pay someone to run things whilst still giving the creators the bulk of the profits but we just couldn’t find a fair way to make it work. I wish we could find a business minded person who loved our comics (but didn’t make comics themselves) who could find a way to make the model financially viable and take over but I can’t imagine who that would be or how it would work.
Marc and I started Great Beast in April 2012 as a place to self publish comics to a professional standard and create a home for fun, accessible comics for a wide age range. Over the last few years, Great Beast has gained a reputation as an exciting and innovative publisher of quality comics and I’m enormously proud of that and of all the books we’ve helped produce. I hope we’ve improved the perception of what self publishing can be and shown the appeal of fun, bold, original comics. Please continue to follow the work of all our fantastic creators, I’m sure there’s a lot of incredible work yet to come.
To celebrate the end of an era we’re having a 25% off sale on everything in our store. Simply use the code SHUTITDOWN on checkout to receive the discount. Order before Friday 19th December in the UK if you want a chance of receiving your goodies before Christmas.
Thanks to every single person who bought one of our comics either from our store, from us directly at a show or via Comixology or Sequential. Thank you to all the shops who supported us and gave new titles a chance because of the GB logo. Thanks to everyone who reviewed our work and to anyone who told a friend or colleague about us.
The Great Beast was born of bold ambitions and grew to be an incredible creature that brought joy to many but with age and success it became ungainly and stifling to those who loved it. The Beast must die.
P.S. Merry Christmas!