So much publishing news, time to make a column of all this!
§ Zack Soto (Secret Voice, Study Group Comics) has just launched a new SF comic, Power Button:
In this issue, we meet Adatra, one of the illustrious Omega Knights, and learn of her life-long battle with the Galactic Horde Empire! This issue sets the stage for a truly epic and fun series to come.
This book looks wild! You can buy it in print here. $4.99 for 32 pages.
Hollow Press is an Italian based micro-press that started publishing a line of titles this year. It is run by publisher Michele Nitri, who previously published U.D.W.F.G., a “dark weird fantasy” anthology. Most of the Hollow Press line fits into this same genre, and they publish in English for a worldwide audience. One of their more ambitious projects, Largemouths by Gabriel Delmas, clocks in at 688 pages.
§ Spike Trotman’s Iron Circus Comics has picked up the publishing of Dean Trippe’s Something Terrible, a webcomic that he Kickstarted a while ago. While the comic was much acclaimed, the publishing fulfillment foundered and gave rise to ongoing complaints among backers. However Trotman will be fulfilling all the publishing rewords:
Hello, everyone! I’m C. Spike Trotman. Dean’s been kind enough to allow me some space on his project page to make this announcement.
I run Iron Circus Comics, and I’ll be handling the printing and distribution of Something Terrible. I’ve been talking to Dean about this for awhile, and we’ve just recently come to the conclusion Something Terrible and its backers would be best served if Iron Circus took over production.
Iron Circus will be in charge of fulfilling physical pre-orders for Something Terrible, and Something Terrible only. Bonus material such as commissions, posters, bookmarks, stickers, and so forth are still up to Dean. However, I do plan to adhere to the announced stretch goals associated with the book, such as the hardcover upgrade.
This is going to take us a little time to figure out, but I’ve run eight Kickstarters of my own, with six successfully fulfilled and two in the midst of production as we speak.
Something Terrible is an important book, and it needs to be out there where people can find it; bookstores, libraries, comic shops. I want every backer to leave this project with what they ordered, and I want to do my part to make sure this happens.
I’ll try to keep you folks updated with where we are in production, without cluttering your inbox.
Thank you so, so much for your continuing patience. I promise, your books are in good hands.
§ Julia Wertz is doing a series of comics on New York Then and Now for Harpers magazine; First up: Greenpoint! This project is a perfect vehicle or Wertz’s sense of history and geography.
Kings and Canvas, an original boxing fantasy tale, explores the lengths a man will go to find purpose after liberty and career have passed him by. Punching his way out of prison, Mammoth journeys across a changed frontier in which honor is gained not by using weapons but rather fists and wits, to dethrone an unjust monarch and win back both title and family stolen from him years before. “Game of Thrones meets Rocky Balboa,” but with sea dwarves, rhinoceros-mounted kings, boxing polar bears and a healthy dose of revenge, Kings and Canvas journeys across the frontier of a changed America in which honor is gained not by using guns or swords. but rather fist, wits and the courage to change.
MOnkeybrain has given us so many good comes, and they still are, it seems.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.