Official Press Release
Toluca Lake, CA -- March 4, 2004 -- The trade paperback edition of Herobear and the kid: The Inheritance, the first collection of Mike Kunkel's two-time Eisner Award winning comic book, has sold out its first print run of 10,000. With sales steadily increasing over the last several months – some of this increase due to its selection to the 2004 Popular Paperbacks list sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) – the original print run sold out in a little over a year's time.
Orders continue to come in and The Astonish Factory is going back to press for a 2nd printing. Some copies remain at the distribution level so comic book stores, bookstores, and libraries should be able to continue to buy Herobear and the Kid for a short while before it will be out of stock for a brief time. The Astonish Factory expects the 2nd printing in about 8-10 weeks.
"I'm both pleased and amazed with how well Herobear has been doing," said creator Mike Kunkel. "It's thrilling to think that the sales are a great sign that newer and newer audiences are discovering Tyler and his best friend."
The trade paperback edition of Herobear and the kid: The Inheritance ($19.95, ISBN: 0-9721259-1-4, 9" X 12", 208 pages) is sold everywhere fine books are found. And as a special treat, there are still a few hundred copies of the Special Limited Hardcover Edition available ($49.95, ISBN: 0-9721259-0-6, 9" X 12", 230 pages).
Mike Kunkel is currently working on more adventures for Herobear and the Kid, and along with everyone at The Astonish Factory encourages readers to: "Remember your childhood…and pass it on."
ABOUT THE ASTONISH FACTORY
Astonish Comics was founded in 1999 by Mike Kunkel. In September 2003, Kunkel merged his studios with Scott Christian Sava's Blue Dream Studios, forming The Astonish Factory. Under that umbrella is Astonish Comics, Astonish Books, Astonish Toys, and Astonish Studios. Having both worked in animation in Hollywood on numerous features and television projects, they strive to tell comic stories in a new way -- The Animation Way. Please visit at www.theastonishfactory.com.