Pullist: a different kind of subscription service

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Pullist: a different kind of subscription service

Subscriptions have long been a part of the comic book industry; paying your money in advance, and getting the titles by mail every month can be comforting. But a new service called Pullist is offering a very different type of subscription: one where you don’t know what you’re going to get.

Described as a “curated comic book service,” Pullist sends to subscribers a surprise graphic novel each month. For its first month, Pullist enlisted Glory writer Joe Keatinge to make the pick.

“Pullist is a service that introduces readers both new and old to graphic novels hand-picked by industry professionals,” Pullist’s Vincent Iadevia, who also runs the blog Kirby Covers, told ROBOT 6. “With so many comics in print, it can be intimidating as a newcomer to the medium. Our mission is to introduce people to great graphic novels through our simple service.”

Orders for Keatinge’s selection are due Sunday, and subscribers should begin receiving their books by the end of the month. A one-month subscription costs $16, but you can also buy in three-month chunks for $50. Pullist is keeping its subscription list fairly exclusive for now, offering just 250 slots each month.

The minds behind Pullist are Iadevia and podcaster Michael Nixon of Geek Crash Course, avid comic readers, who came up with Pullist after seeing the success of the beauty products site Birchbox.

After Keatinge’s ends, writers Benito Cereno and Joshua Hale Fialkov will follow with their own selections of graphic novels.

“We leave the decision entirely up to our curators, we just ask that the book is friendly to both newcomers and lifelong comic fans,” Iadevia said. “Once the purchasing period is over, we personally package up the books and ship them out at the end of each month.”

Although Pullist subscriptions currently are limited to shipping within the United States, the site is working toward accepting international orders.