Rosy Press was an ambitious start up that promised romance comics for the new generation of comics readers, and mostly delivered with a lead title, Fresh Romance, that was nominated for several awards. Unfortunately, founder Janelle Asselin was forced to shut the press down earlier this year due to real life concerns. However, this romance has a happy ending for now: Emet Comics will pick up publishing Fresh Romance, as announced on the Rosy Press FB page.
Emet Comics is run by producer Maytal Gilboa and has been around for a few years with a line of both print and digital comics by and primarily aimed at women. According to the statement, a second volume of Fresh Romance is due in 2o17, with both new and continuing series.
In its years of publication Fresh Romance published work by Sarah Winifred Searle, Trungles, Marguerite Bennett, Kate Leth, Sarah Vaughan, Arielle Jovellanos and more and was nominated for both a Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award and a Harvey Award for Best Anthology. A print edition was put out earlier this year by Oni Press. It’s a book well worth continuing for many reasons.
In her own letter to supporters, Asselin attested to her confidence that Fresh Romance would be in good hands with Emet Comics:
Maytal knows every inch of the Rosy Press business and is well aware of any of the company’s outstanding obligations, so rest assured that if you are owed something by Rosy Press (whether it’s a single digital issue or a print edition or even a high five [j/k]), you will get what you paid for. If you have files you still haven’t downloaded from the Rosy Press site, you should do so now, although obviously we will try to make the transition as smooth as possible. The print edition that’s available through Oni Press will remain available and for sale (and obviously you should go buy that if you want it because it’s beautiful and great and fabulous). Our creators will be taken care of as well, and have been in the loop as we went through this process. Ultimately, the priority is to get the creators’ work in front of as many readers as possible, which is what we all want. But there will also be new offerings from Rosy Press and Emet Comics that will further the business in ways that I could only dream of.
The Rosy Press site will be coming down so There are a few steps subscribers should take now:
1. Download all your comics.
We will be taking down the Rosy Press site, so please make sure to download any comic books you may have stored on the site this week.
2. Add Emet Comics to your social media feed.
If you’ve been relying on Rosy Press or Fresh Romance social media accounts for news and information, please switch over to Emet Comics accounts. Starting next week, all news will be shared through the Emet Comics Facebook page, Twitter account, and website (http://www.emetcomics.com/).
3. Let us know if we owe you something.
If you are owed anything from us, let us know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will resolve the issue as soon as possible.
4. Resubmit your submissions.
If you have submitted your own Fresh Romance ideas and projects to Janelle in the past, please resubmit them to
email@example.com, making sure to include the full names of each member of your creative team, your phone number, and the scope of the story. Over the coming weeks, we will be evaluating submissions for Fresh Romance Volume 2.
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Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.