[I will not turn this art into a metaphor for current events at CGL.]
[But brother, is it ever tempting.]
...but if it is, Bill Burt and I saw it coming a long time ago. Back in 2007, in fact.
Writing freehand today. I am not going to post the entire piece from DumpShock. Just go here:
and read it for yourself.
Stansel-Garner is the former Operations Manager at InMediaRes, IIRC.
The bookkeeper/office manager is bailing due to ethics issues - on the part of others, I believe.
The head layout man for ShadowRun and BT is gone, baby, gone.
For additional reading pleasure, read the company's own statement:
Personally? I think it is interesting how they spin the events. Imagine if I'd had someone phrase my habit of shoplifting in my youth as a 'shortcoming of the shop owner's security procedure' and described my making off with stolen food and electronic parts as 'business assets regretably co-mingled with the personal belongings of one of the customers'. Gosh, I don't think I would have had to pay that fine to the Lake Forest Park judge. I might even have continued my thieving ways.
"The owner in question now owes the company a significant balance and is working to help rectify the situation." Let's see how that hound scrambles to redress nearly a million dollars in 'missing' funds.
Does anyone see the connection between the ego, arrogance and presumption of little folks who are corrupted by power - even the minor power over a gaming company - and that of people like Bernie Madoff? CS Lewis was right.
Also note the departures of key personnel - not mere drones as the phrase 'employees' would have you believe - and the implied haste with which they departed (to make sure they got clear of the implosion zone and subsequent fallout). So CGL's press release would have you thinking that it was a few faceless flunkies who left because they couldn't live with the revelation?
No, folks. No. When the main layout guru, the company bookkeeper and the capital behind it all head for the hills, something is seriously kaput.
[Either that or they are secretly forming the core of another company which will secure the license rights... isn't speculation fun?]
However, let me assure you that no matter what CGL does or does not do in the coming months , it will not affect my own work. I will continue to follow my publishing schedule, although the bill from David makes me cringe. Are you reading this, David?
I'm about to turn 50 and I'm cringing.
AT AN ART BILL.
So this will bring the art total up to a nice round $2300-ish. It makes me feel bad because a piddling bill like this is something my peers would shrug and pay - they put more in their fishing boat last weekend. I am not as successful at 50 as perhaps I should be.
Be a while before I can finish paying that off. Maybe I can pay it down before the company and product vanish.
I guess I better hurry. At the rate they are collapsing, there will be an event horizon where their offices once were - before June. We'll be lucky if they don't suck WOTC in after them.
David's art IS good work, though, so hey.