The Honorverse: End of the Line Posted by: Dale Franks
on Thursday, October 05, 2006
You may remember that I complained recently about my Honorverse web site, and the trouble I was having being allowed to sell that work to David Weber's people.
Well, they emailed again this week. They told me that, after three months of begging, they finally got David Weber to agree to use my artwork as the basis for the canonical rank insignia for the Honor Harrington universe.
But, they had some conditions. Number one, I couldn't make any public statements about my artwork being accepted as the basis for the canonical insignia. Two, I could never contact David Weber directly.
We set up a telephone conference for last evening to hash out the details.
After reading this, it was clear that David Weber harbored some serious personal animus towards me. So, I finally just said screw it. Not only wasn't I personally interested in doing the deal—especially not for just $400—I had no interest in keeping the Honorverse web site up, either. So, I took it down. The Honorverse is no more.
Apparently, its very existence angered David Weber.
So, when we got on the phone last night, I told Mr. Weber's people that I had no personal interest in doing anything with the Honorverse any more, and that, if they wanted the artwork, they would have to pay me at my regular professional rates for the time it took to build it. I would sell the original Flash presentations to them as a business deal, but personally wanted nothing more to do with it. That price came to about ten grand, but I told them they could have for half of that.
That priced me right out of the ballpark, as I knew it would, so, at this point, I assume that I have put a stake in the heart of that deal. They seemed a bit shell-shocked when we ended the conference, but they understood my position, and were gracious about it.
Later last night, one of Mr. Weber's people called me, again. He told me that Mr. Weber was deeply appreciative of my taking the site down, and that he also apologized for being so mean about the whole thing.
I could go on for quite a bit more, but that, really, is the gist of it.
I just regret that what was once a work of love just turned into an onerous burden that I couldn't wait to jettison. I wish I had never put the damn site up in the first place.
When your site was up I really enjoyed it. As I read and re-read the Honor Harrington books your uniforms would come to mind. It helped make the words become visual. I am very sorry to see that it is gone. From the work done on it, it was a labor of love. I was hoping that some day a HH Concordance would be published and your work would be included in the uniforms, ranks, and decorations area. Thank you for the pleasure your site brought me. I am going to miss the site.