The Losers Log: An Introduction

Illustration by Johnny Ryan
Illustration by Johnny Ryan
February 2nd, 2017
Losers Log

The Losers Log: An Introduction

Hi. Welcome to my new column, The Losers Log.

In the tradition of the great Stan Lee’s old Marvel Comics column, Bullpen Bulletins, I wanted to create a weekly column that gave an inside look at the inner workings of IHEARTCOMIX, our struggles, our success and our personalities. I wanted to pull the curtain back and directly address the question “What the fuck do you guys do?” by showing you exactly that and taking you on this crazy journey with us. 

We’ve gone through a lot of changes over the last couple years, more than we’ve barely been able to keep up with. The answer to the question “What do you do?” keeps changing, which is exciting, but incredibly hard to explain, especially since most of you have known us primarily as one or two things for most of the time. Those one or two things haven’t been enough for us, not for a long while, and they were barely keeping us in business as is. Everything needed to change, so this is a log of our process as we go through that. I want you here with us experiencing the excitement or frustration as it happens in real time. 

I also wanted a place to vent. Running a business is not easy, especially one so tied to myself personally. It takes a lot of discipline and sacrifice to survive. This isn’t a ‘woe is me’ column, this is just me putting it out there, something I’ve often been too afraid to do. I don’t feel like I can afford to do that any longer. It’s time to be an open book. We live in a crucial time where every voice and choice matters. I know people are watching, so this is a chance to learn why we make the choices we do.

Maybe you can learn something from my struggles so you won’t have to go through the same, cuz I tell you what, being a boss is tough and damn right it can a lonely place. A lot of the time I have no one to talk to or I have a big idea that fails, but now you’ll hear about all of it. None of those things have ever stopped me from getting up and trying again, and they shouldn’t stop you either.

I want you to get to know the people I work with as well. There are some great people passing through the halls of IHEARTCOMIX. I’m always amazed at what we’ve been able to create or how we come together to survive. The type of people we interact with on a daily basis is crazy and hopefully it never comes across as name dropping, but the dichotomy of realities is something that constantly blows my mind. On one hand you can be engaging with some of the biggest artists or leaders in the world and on the other you’re still worrying about paying rent. The reality is rarely the assumption from afar.

So why call it The Losers Log? I’ve left a trail of millionaires in my wake and I’m not one of them. I’ve been doing IHEARTCOMIX for over 13 years. Have we done some really cool stuff? Yes. Would I classify us as successful? No, not yet. Yeah, you can make the argument that success is what you make of it, but at this point in my life I want to win… but still on my terms. Maybe that’s the problem? 

I want to make a dent in the world. We’ve made a little one so far, but that’s not good enough. I wanna leave a big ole scar across the world that you’ll see for generations. I believe this is possible by being oneself and standing with the ideals we think are right, which are treating people with respect, not settling for something less than what you are and never be afraid to push things forward. It all matters, it does, and I want to be on top of an empire that I built from the things I love, with the people I love, that added something positive to the conversation.

And with that, see you next we as begin down this road together.

Franki Chan