Does a person's desire for pleasure and business mix? Say you are fifteen-years-old and you love a medium, comic-books for this instance, so much so that you can't wait for the next book to come out the following month. Obsessed with continuing a story you start making a cheap rendition of your own comic. Then, realize you have an opportunity to sell these poorly made comic-books to make your business at only fifteen-years-old.
Twenty years later, you find yourself running that same business. But now, you no longer produce poor quality comic-books, instead a publisher of a top micro-publishing house which makes not only comic-books, but novelized book, magazines and other stuff as well. You've built a credibility to your company from places like CBS news and Business Week magazine; your company purchases the distribution rights to a cartoon and begin production on that.
Doesn't sound like anything you'd turn your back on and walk away from, right?
That is exactly what owner and C.E.O., David K. Montoya did. The founder of the MythWurks Corporation announced in a press release that after the following release of to projects he was calling it quits after twenty years. Although, he promised in the release that “This isn't the final good-bye...,”in his weekly podcast, the way he speaks about the matter contradicts that.
In his recent “Who's the Boss”podcast Montoya talks, or rather whines, about the business and why he's leaving.
“...it wasn't that I lost interest in publications, more so that I've lost interest in being a manager of sorts. Being C.E.O trying to make sure everyone has their stuff in on time, and I got tired of running shop on everybody...and I didn't feel like I was getting anything out of it.”
Montoya continued on in his podcast that he was turned off by unappreciative authors, who he invested his money, not MythWurks' money, to make their projects to only have issues with them after the finished product.
But he doesn't stop there as to why he was turning his back on MythWurks and everyone else.
“...I didn't feel that I wasn't getting anything out of it anymore...and that was pretty much it the love and passion wasn't there...it was around the time I started JayZoMon in October 2012, I already knew where I was going. Because I knew Terry Scheerer was retiring and I knew Sara Basore was leaving, and I didn't want to invest anymore of my time in finding replacement for these people...and I knew I was leaving because of JayZoMon...”
From this he has concluded to turn his back on the fans, the readers, the authors, the artists and all of his other employees. It is surprising that the Board of Directors along with the Stockholders agreed to end productions considering they had multiple non-printing projects lined up, the cartoon and online works, but whatever the case may be they are closing everything in the near future.
In a self-centered move Montoya has created JayZoMon Productions which revolves around his own creations: writings and podcasts, with his friends and family. He has said publicly, on more then one occasion that, now, it's all about him and what he wants.
So what does the future hold for those who had planned to publish or work with MythWurks, Montoya said it best himself, “...I have the ability to produce my own stuff...me producing my own material, and not me producing everyone else's material and me getting the shit end of the stick...that's why I'm walking away. Once I publish these two books it's over, and don't expect me to come back as a publisher, because it's not going to happen...”