Official Press Release
ORANGE, CA -- November 3, 2004 --Over the last decade, several comic bookpublishers have released special sample comics of popular franchises at bargain prices - ten cents, fifteen cents, or a quarter.
But Image Comics has outdone them all with its upcoming TWO BITS, whichfeatures previews of two brand new books - Writer/artist Mike S. Miller'sTHE IMAGINARIES and LULLABY - for only twenty five cents.
"It's an experiment, I'll admit," says Mike S. Miller, who is heading up theproduction of TWO BITS. "What we've decided to do is offer readers a chanceto preview two high quality creator-owned titles at a price that they canpay with their leftover pocket change. We see this as a great way to notonly help readers discover these great new books, but also as a means tohelp retailers create interest in the upcoming first issues of these booksand build their base of pre-orders."
One of the major incentives, says Miller, is the price. Retailers can ordereach issue for what equates to low risk and high profit margins.
"For the price it costs to order one normal book from a standard publisher,retailers can order over a dozen issues of Two Bits," says Miller. "And, ifthe books are likely to sell out very quickly," he adds.
"One of the best things about Two Bits is that it's designed to appeal toreaders of all ages and tastes," he says. "The Imaginaries is a greatsuperhero story about an imaginary friend whose creator no longer believes in him, while Lullaby is acool epic about classic literary characters like Jim Hawkins and Alice (fromWonderland) told in a fun manga art style."
TWO BITS will feature not only the pencil artwork from both stories, butalso several pages of extras exclusive to the preview that will not bereprinted in the first issue of either book.
"I'm a stickler for quality and a stickler for value," says Miller. "And TwoBits is designed to provide readers with as much of both as we can cram intothose 32 pages. We're confident that retailers who give this book a try aregoing to be impressed with the results, and we hope that Two Bits will pavethe way for other creator-owned titles at Image to introduce themselves to alarger audience."
LULLABY and THE IMAGINARIES have been developed by Mike S. Miller and DabelBrothers Production. More information about each title can be found athttp://www.dabelbrothers.com.
Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by acollective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on tobecome one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There arecurrently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, MarcSilvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into threemajor houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions and ImageCentral). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre,sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror,crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists andwriters working in the medium today.
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