Canete off of Ellis' 'MEK' project

Fri, April 26th, 2002 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Keith Giles, Staff Writer

Warren Ellis made the announcement today in his regular email newsletter, BAD SIGNAL, that Eric Canete would not be finishing the art chores for the previously announced project called "MEK" for DC/Wildstorm.

According to Ellis, "Due to personal and professional difficulties, Eric

Canete will now not be doing MEK with me. Eric is an excellent artist, and

I wish him all the best as he goes back into animation. All rights have been

returned to me, and I should have an announcement soon on who's going to do

MEK with me. We're still looking at getting the book out this year, but I

seem to be cursed with books-on-pause right now."

Canete provided the following response when approached by CBR News earlier

today. "Thanks for your concern. You're the 5th or 6th person to ask about

this matter this morning alone and it seems like there's a more notorious

spin on it than what's actually happened. It's pretty simple. Just as Warren

said on his message boards, I'm off the project to pursue an opportunity in

animation, an opportunity offered to me by a longtime friend. And

considering an animation project's expected workload it would have put MEK

in a second priority slot. I believe (as did DC/Wildstorm) it deserves more

than that and an amicable solution was formed. Thusly, I was off the book

and all rights were transferred to Warren. There's nothing more about it

than that."

Canete indicated that he had been paid by DC/Wildstorm for the work on the

pages he had completed to this point but could not divulge information

regarding the animation project he was leaving to work on.

"So as you can see, it's nothing major," said Canete. "I'm just leaving comics for a while

so I can do this animation thing. And like I said, I'll return soon enough.

As far as what's next, it looks like this new animation project will be on

my plate for a bit. I'll shall return soon enough."

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