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
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."