ape entertainmentWhile PictureBox was the first big casualty of the potential Great ShakeOut of ’13-14, it seems that Ape Entertainment may have actually preceded it to the big hiatus box in the sky by just stopping without much notice or mention. It was Detective Carlson who first noticed it was missing from recent activity line-ups with all orders for comics cancelled.

Ape Entertainment didn’t offer anything in the current Previews catalog. In December, they offered only five variant covers of Sesame Street #2. That’s due out at the end of February. November, nothing. In October, for sale in January (this month), they solicited a Genie the Genius collection (unlikely to come out on time, given that we’re still waiting on issue #3); two Poison Elves one-shots and a collection (which isn’t really in keeping with their kids’ books); and a graphic novel called Killer Diller. I could keep tracking this back, but soon enough you start running into the cancelled items listed above.

Their Twitter account hasn’t been updated since last May (and it was only sporadically used before then). Their last Facebook post was in July. Their website is similarly out of date.

When you notice that Ape’s former CEO David Hedgecock joined IDW in August and EIC Brent Erwin has been busy running a chain of stores he acquired from Lone Star Comics, it all adds up to a company that isn’t going anywhere too fast.

While the fact that the company ceased activity six months ago and no one noticed doesn’t speak too well, Ape Entertainment was a long running, ongoing concern that filled a needed niche in the always bubbling under the Top Seven publishers field. They got a lot of attention for selling tons of digital copies of their Pocket Gods comic , and they had a lot of strong kids licenses like Strawberry Shortcake, Dreamworks and Sesame Street. On the adult side, they published some well-liked indies like Athena Voltaire, The Black Coat and Sullen Grey. In other words they were (or are, hopefully) no jamokes.

On the other hand, publishing periodical comics isn’t the most lucrative thing in the world.

We reached out to Erwin for comment but he had yet to respond.


  1. The third issue of their Poison Elves relaunch is at least 6 months late, but the first two issues were so bad I don’t think anyone is complaining. I’ve been hoping they would just cancel 3 and 4 so that I can get my money back on my pre-orders.

  2. Makes me glad I decided to support that Black Coat: Blackest Dye GN through Kickstarter. At least that way I’ll make sure I get a copy. If the company is gone, I hope that book gets to continue elsewhere.

    Then again I’ve been waiting for Athena Voltaire to come back anywhere from Steve Bryant for ages.

  3. Even: I know for a fact that “Athena” is coming back; Steve is working on an omnibus for Dark Horse’s Sequential Pulp line, with more stories to follow.

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  4. Well, at least I can tell my son (who has been persistent in bringing up the absence of Sesame Street #2 every time we enter a comic shop) that the second issue is coming out.

    On second thought, I think I’ll wait until I actually see a physical copy. Then, if I do, I get to explain how I think #2 is definitely the last issue he’ll see. Same as I’ve been doing since September or so for issue #1.

  5. “the Top Seven publishers”?
    I’ve got Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Dark Horse, Boom/Archaia.
    Who is #7? Fantagraphics? Top Shelf? Oni? Dynamite? Sneezy?

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