Time to get this out of the way. Yes, Return to Labyrinth volume 3 has been pushed back until May 2009, seven months past the original date, and yes, this absolutely sucks. This is just as disappointing for the folks who are working on the series as it is for those waiting to read it. Why is there a delay? I can accept some blame as I was late in turning in the script. Other than that, it isn’t my place to say as I am a freelance writer for hire. That said, it’s been a tough year behind the scenes for the publisher, Tokyopop, and considering how many series were cancelled or put on hold indefinitely, I’m very grateful that RtL has the full support of the publisher and Henson and will be completed in four volumes as intended.
As things have been a little out of control in the comments the past week (for which I largely blame myself for being so quiet of late), I want to make a few reminders:
- This is the personal website of Jake T. Forbes, and he (being me) can only answer for the writing.
- I understand people’s frustration (I have known no shortage of disappointment at seeing things I’ve been looking forward to delayed), but venting and demands aren’t going to change anything. Feel free to vent in the Venting post below, but if venting about release dates spills into other threads, I’m going to have to close comments.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Star Trek were also pushed back 6 months, so if you dilute your disappointment as I do, it doesn’t feel quite so bad. Look at it this way–you have one hell of a May to look forward to, right?
- At least the delay isn’t as bad as the one for news on Power of the Dark Crystal!
Moving forward, I’m going to have to rethink how I approach Gobblin.net. I assumed that I’d only have a couple more months to tease about volume 3 before you’d all have copies and we could start discussing volume 4, but with the delay, obviously that all changes. I’ve brought up the possibility of hosting the first chapter of volume 3 online as a way to tide folks over during the wait – still waiting to hear if that’s a possibility. While it’s too early to discuss the contents, I’ll work out some kind of progress meter on the writing of volume 4 to help keep me stay on track. While the ultimate release date is out of my hands, I want to make sure I do my part to see that volume 4 comes out as soon as is humanly possible.
In the meantime, feel free to post any suggestions of things you’d like me to write about on Gobblin.net in the comments below.
Thanks again for your patience!