Refusing to sound the death knell for the alt-comic pamphlet, Buenaventura Press, publishers of last year's mammoth, unexpected-controversy-inducing Kramer's Ergot 7, have announced plans to release not one but six new comic books this year.
The inspired bit is that these comics will be packaged together in what the company is calling "The BP Comics Revival Economic Stimulus 3-Pak." In other words, BP will release two sets of three comics shrink-wrapped together, a la the drugstore packages of olden days.
The first three-pack includes Ted May's Injury #3, Aviatrix #1 by Eric Haven and I Want You #1 by Lisa Hanawalt. The books cost $4.95 apiece, but will be available as a package for $11.95 and will be offered in the June issue of Previews.
As you may remember, May had expressed concerns online that the latest issue of his ongoing series would not meet Diamond's new minimum cut-off requirements and thus not be available in most comic stores. It's nice to see the publisher has found an inventive way around that problem.
Click on the link to read the full press release:
Despite the 'industry trend' of canceling comic books to focus on graphic novels, Buenaventura Press boldly plans to release half a dozen actual comics over the coming year. We love the serial format that gave us masterpieces such as Eightball, Frank, Acme Novelty Library, Optic Nerve, Yummy Fur, Zap, Dirty Plotte, Palookaville, and Love & Rockets--and we want to keep alive the stapled marvel that is the comic book.
As part of this mission, Buenaventura Press is excited to announce the first in a new series: The BP Comics Revival Economic Stimulus 3-Pak! This Diamond exclusive is a throw-back to the ol' drugstore shrink-wrapped 3-packs, but with all new comics. Offered in the June 2009 Previews at $11.95, the first Pak includes two new series--Aviatrix #1 by Eric Haven and I Want You #1 by Lisa Hanawalt--plus the return of Ted May's Injury, with the brand new issue #3.
Working with Diamond's Jenny Christopher, a staunch supporter of independent comics and new cartoonists, we are offering the Economic Stimulus 3-Pak at a discount price. Diamond's distribution system allows us to maintain significant print runs that keep the price affordable. The comics will also be available individually at the BP webshop, Last Gasp, and select retailers. Issues will be priced at $4.95 each, making the 3-Pak a 3 dollar savings!
Stay tuned to Buenaventurapress.com for information on forthcoming comics, such as Matt Furie's Boy's Club #3, and more news from The Comics Revival!