Two weeks after it was revealed Virgin Comics had shuttered its New York City office and cut loose its eight-person staff, Editor-in-Chief Gotham Chopra admits, “Things have been turbulent.”
In an article at the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog that traces the rise and fall of the two-year-old venture, Chopra says the “downsizing” wasn’t driven by the publishing business, but by economic concerns faced by its parent company, Richard Branson’s Virgin Enterprises Ltd.
“It’s been tough times,” Chopra says, “not so much in the comic-book business as in airline business and the tel-com business and in the money business; Virgin Money is a lender for mortgages and tuition, and it’s not the best time right now.”
Still, it’s tough to deny that Virgin Comics’ titles never seemed to gain a foothold in the comic-book market. Of course, when names like Nic Cage, John Woo, Guy Ritchie, Hugh Jackman and Jenna Jameson are attached, sales of the actual comics probably weren’t a primary concern.
Chopra promises more information about the company’s future will be released next week. He points out, however, that problems with the publishing division won’t affect Virulents, director John Moore’s adaptation of the mystical-war comic.