Following Chapter 7 Bankruptcy proceedings, the remaining assets of Byron Preiss Visual Publications and iBooks will be going on the block on October 19 with a starting bid of $150,000. The assets include what court papers refer to as “over 2500 contracts” including copyrights, books, computer equipment, and so on.
A $125,000 purchase offer for the assets is already on the table from J.T. Colby & Company, owner of Brick Tower Press, a general interest non fiction publisher.
A list of BVP/iBooks creditors runs to over 80 pages. Their backlist includes such graphic novels as as Joe Kubert’s Yossel, Blacksad, Valerian, Mr.X, George R. R. Martin’s Wildcard series, and Chandler’s Marlowe, by Steranko, as well as various works by Crumb, Moebius and Tardi.
IBooks and BVP filed for Chapter 7 on February 22, 2006 after both businesses were thrown into chaos following the unexpected death of founder Byron Preiss in a car accident on July 9th, 2005.