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Good ol’ Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter reminded me that I should address the increase in USPS international shipping rates…
First off, we’re not the most advance of website developers over here. I basically try and “ballpark” the cost of shipping within the US (and other countries) and then add that cost to the Paypal shopping cart. 90% of the time it works. The other 10% of the time I will refund the purchaser or I lose money.
I’ve seen questions and comments on Twitter about what we would charge to ship to other countries. It’s not like we’re trying to rip you off. That’s pretty much what the USPS charges. We can really only send things via Priority Mail. So, that one comic really does cost us from $14-$20 to ship to your country.
We received an order lately for one comic to Canada. Because of the rise in international shipping costs, that one comic was given away.
So, I doubt things are going to get cheaper. I guess “digital” is looking better and better all the time…
Wanted to let you all know that I have just placed a few rare and out-of-print AdHouse publications & etc. on ebay.
The books are all “file” copies. (Copies I had in a pile to reach for in case I had a question.)
Why part with them now? Well, events have conspired to tell me that it is time to let them go. I won’t go into details, but a surprise bill and a few changes made me realize I could part with some things.
(Update: Hey all… sorry if my post was a bit mysterious. I’m just never sure how much detail to put out there. Basically, my wife’s dog had an unexpected emergency surgery that cost a fair amount. (gulp) And AdHouse “central” will be moving in the coming months, so I thought it might be time to part with the “extra” duplicates. All is good, and thanks for the thoughts!)
Most items are starting at their retail price, so there are some gems to be had. (PR1!)
And if there are AdHouse items you want and don’t see… stay tuned as I’ll be going through the “collection” and parting with other things in the coming weeks.
Many thanks in advance!
(*Disclaimer: I will also be placing some of the “limited” non-AdHouse books I’m willing to part with on ebay as well.)
As some may or may not have noticed, we have sort of been celebrating our nine years of making books. How did we celebrate? By having the MOST productive year to date. (Also, did you know that not only did AdHouse start in 2002, but it appears Top Chef and Project: Runway did as well?)
(Also, not included in the photos were the reprintings of BOTH Duncan the Wonder Dog and Afrodisiac! As we mention on its page, Duncan is yet again between printings with the new printing due around 3/2012.)
I thought it might be a neat thing to look back on nine of our publications and give some background info, or “behind-the-scenes” type of knowledge bites. I guess I picked these nine because I felt they had the most interesting stories, etc., but in reality, how could I love one child/book/comic/creator over another? I hope you enjoy…
Might as well start with the first:
1. Pulpatoon Pilgrimage by Joel Priddy.
While this information has been hashed out in what feels like countless interviews, I figure I might as well poop it out again, since it IS the beginning. I was made aware of Joel’s book through mutual friend, and RVA resident, Kelly Alder. Joel and I met, I liked the book and I tried to get it published by other publishers. I sent the proposal to Top Shelf and Alternative, but they never really got back to me, so I took what little knowledge I had gained from Eclipse Comics and freelancing here and there, and started AdHouse Books. Some notes about the book… To create the flashback sequence we reproduced those pages in a shade of the black. The first printings we received didn’t accurately reflect that, so we had to go back to press! Although the cover has a UV coating, it still gets worn a bit. I recall seeing around 10 copies of this book at a Comic Relief many years ago. Good ol’ Rory probably bought them off me at a huge discount. Factoid: Joel was one of the few creators who actually made it into all three of our Project anthologies.
2. Project: Telstar by various.
I’ve always been a big fan of comic anthologies. Taboo, Ganzfield, Top Shelf, Fly in My Eye… they all were enjoyable. Obviously, some more than others, but that’s what an antho is about. So, having decided to do this AdHouse thing, I dove into making one myself. Granted, I had just come off helping Jeff (Alternative Comics) Mason with 9/11: ER, so I guess I had the “cat wrangling” still in me. And yes, anthologies is like wrangling cats. Although, I’ve never wrangled cats. Anywaze… I guess the aim with MY anthology was to try and bring OTHER aspects of image making into the mix. So, since this first one dealt with robots and space, I asked illustrators like Dave Plunkert if he wouldn’t mind contributing. Some notes about the book… metallic ink! rounded corners! dull & gloss UV! (could you tell I was like a kid in a candy store?) Dave Cooper allowed us to use some illustrations he had created for a telecommunications company for the covers and endpages. Since they were actually sequential, it was a VERY nice touch. I feel bad that some of the signatures in the back got screwed up, but I guess that’s the biz. The printer would later call me a liar in regards to this printing snafu. No problem. Lots of other printers out there.
3. Skyscrapers of the Midwest #1 by Joshua Cotter.
I forget what year of the MoCCA Festival it was, but it was still at the Puck building, so that means people were in charge who knew what they were doing. (zing!) I was up walking around, which is a luxury at a show, and I saw some skinny kid with a mini-comic in his hand that I had just heard about. I seem to recall it had just won that Isotope Mini-Comic award, and I was curious to see if I thought the judges had any taste. So I asked that skinny kid if I could buy some of those comics from him. I think he gave them to me, being the shrewd business man that he was. Flash forward a few weeks, I finally get to read them, love them, and want to help him spread the gospel of the Midwest. So we come up with a plan to print the mini-comics into a full size maxi-comic and then let him produce new content as he sees fit. I consider the experience of working with Josh Cotter to be one of the best perks to this old AdHouse thing. He is genuine. I love him. Some notes about the comics… Josh would actually create the original cover art smaller than the printed version. The result? You have a slightly fuzzy/warm thing that happens. Also, even though we printed the comics at the same printer using the same specs for all four issues, the “off white” would actually change per issue. I don’t think either Josh or I was upset because in my mind that hit home the whole “seasonal” aspect of each issue.
4. Process Recess by James Jean
The one book that has probably made the most money for everyone involved. And by that, I’m talking that whole secondary (ebay) market thing. But I digress. Let’s get back to the beginning shall we? My first SDCC where a booth was shared by THREE publishers. Heh. We were packed! Anyway, as luck would have it, James was hanging with a company that had the corner booth. Since Farel D. was hanging with us, he came down to shoot the poop. They were friends from SVA/Meathaus. He mentioned working on a hardcover collection of his sketchbooks with the corner booth company, and liked what we had done with Project: Telstar. Eventually something happened with the corner booth company to have that book not happen, and James approached me about publishing what would eventually become PR1. Fast forward many months, and we’re debuting the book at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco. It was in conjunction with an art show at Super7. This would have been an awesome weekend except for the fact that all my other books would NOT show up until Monday. So, after selling out of PR1 halfway through Saturday, I decided to head on home early. Ended up passing a kidney stone on the plane trip, too. Again, I digress. James and I would go on to produce two more PR books. And now his monograph, Rebus, came out from Chronicle this Fall. It IS beautiful.
5. Southpaw by C. Scott Morse
The first time I met Scott Morse was at a Small Press Expo where I had him autograph my copy of Little Grey Man. I seem to recall he was having a good time behind the table with two other people, but took the time to sign my book. Flash forward a few years, and here he is contacting me about an anthology he heard about through some form of comical grapevine. So, yeah, Southpaw first appeared in Project: Telstar. It didn’t really tell the “full” story there, so we had the fancy idea of expanding it into a book by making each panel a page. Southpaw was the first of what I had hope would become the Animalia Triology, with Monkey & Spoon being the 2nd volume to follow. A third volume never took shape. I wanted to add some fancy “French Flaps” for these books, so we arranged for this to happen. Imagine my surprise when the interior pages actually went past the folds of the cover. The printer advised me that was due to a more affordable french-flap binding method. Huh. As you can see, you learn as you go. Recently Mr. Morse tweeted that he was celebrating his 10th anniversary of Red Window (his self-publishing venture). I would like to congratulate him, and thank him for letting me be part of it. It was indeed an honor, and I’ll cherish the memories we’ve created so far.
6. Mort Grim by Doug Fraser
Halfway through the list and I’ve only talked about one comic book, floppy, pamphlet, what have you? For shame! So, which to choose… The first one? The quickest selling one? How about the one I’m most proud of? Mort Grim by Doug Fraser. Again, a little back story about my relationship with Doug. Having come from the design industry, I was privy to those HUGE workbooks that get produced once a year that sells illustration and photography. If you’ve seen these, you know they are BIG. So.. with only so much room/shelf space available, I’d eventually have to get rid of the older ones. But before I would do that I’d always snip one page out… yep, you guessed it. the Doug Fraser page. So, I had been collecting the work of Doug Fraser for a few years when lo and behold, he happens to be friends with good ol’ Kelly Alder. (See Pulpatoon above.) So, I end up talking Doug into being in all three of our anthologies, and eventually producing this homage to flatheads. I was also lucky enough to be able to show with Doug at SDCC one year and RVA another. I simply LOVE his new work. Oh… and he was nice enough to supply the “house” for AdHouse. My dream is to one day have a house built like the one he drew.
7. Pulphope by Paul Pope
I just HAVE to include the book that took the longest to assemble… Don’t I? So, yeah, 2.5 years in the making. I would give Paul the shirt off my back, but man, does he know how to push your buttons at times. And honestly, he’s not doing it on purpose. It’s just him. He’s an F’n rockstar. So, here’s some tales of Paul, myself and the book. My first meeting of Paul was at SDCC. I recall he thought I would be younger, thinner and with curly hair. Did you know I had a letter published in Heavy Liquid? Tis’ true. The book… I seem to recall the beginnings being talked about after PR1. We “back and forthed” for about a year or so and then made a HUGE advance during an SPX where we sat down and went through the art we had, and the flow of the book. If I haven’t mentioned it… I am VERY proud of this book. The end result is something that I think is one of the best monographs I’ve ever seen. Yeah, there might be a few mistakes here and there, but step back and behold the big picture. I guess this might have been the project I “most” edited, and thus, have such a sweet spot for it. One of the things I always told people… yeah, it’s an art book, but be sure to read the essays. I love Paul’s writing. I usually learn a good bit from him. For instance, he told us why Dark Horse published Lone Wolf & Cub at the size they did. One of my favorite graphic tricks in the book… the Napoleon serigraph being “screened” on the pages (which was my idea), and one I don’t recall having seen before. At SDCC2011 Legendary announced they will be printing a book called Pulphope. Heh. Maybe they’ll change the name between now and then, but hey, it only adds to the mystery of Paul Pope! Well, I think they might not include the erotic section, and I’m fine with that. I’ll always cherish my memory of staying in Paul’s apartment during the first NYCC weekend and scanning those pages in from a dimestore sketchbook. Viva la Pope!
8. Duncan the Wonder Dog by Adam Hines
One of the questions I’ll get now and then is where the hell did this book and the artist come? Well, it was a blind submission. I “think” it came in as a PDF that was sized to 11×17, which made me wonder what he had planned. (Shades of Kramers?) After he confirmed that the size was a mistake, I sat down to read the 390-some pages. And I was blown away. I realize that there is probably at least 20-25% of information going over my head when I read Duncan. But I’m OK with that. When I eventually got Adam on the phone, I asked him why he submitted to AdHouse. He answered that he thought I was small enough to actually reply. Smart man. We debuted Duncan at the 2010 SPX and it’s been a wild ride ever since. Actually, SPX 2010 was when I first met Adam Hines. What a weird, wonderful world. I have to thank Calvin and Laura for getting on the stump with me in regards to how great the book is. I think because of them the work was seen by more people, and thus would eventually go on to win the prizes and awards that it has. Nine more volumes? Heh. Sure. Why not.
9. Blue Collar / White Collar by Sterling Hundley
I thought it would be a nice hakuna matata type of thing to bring it all back full circle to feature our latest endeavor, Blue Collar / White Collar, the art book of Sterling Hundley. By “full circle” AdHouse started in 2002 with Pulpatoon, because the creator was here in Richmond, VA. As far as I can tell, Sterling has been in and around Richmond most of his life. I think he has done some education stints in other places. Anyway, after “dancing” for a few years about doing some type of project together, we landed on this collection. One of the things I like to try and do when the opportunities arise is to use a new production technique if it makes sense. Well, after a brainstorming meeting between Sterling, Jeff Love and myself, we came up with the idea for the inserted signatures that help indicate a new direction within the book. While this seemed like a neat idea at the time, I didn’t realize what a puzzleish nightmare it would become. Trying to keep the inserted section between the printed signatures while pages were added and subtracted meant a constant reorganization process. Add in the fact that the pages were numbered and that there was an index in the back, and you get the idea. But… I’m glad we did it. Seize the day and all that. I’ve called Sterling “Capt. America” because I do believe he is fighting the good fight. I hope our adventure in book making is one he will cherish.
Well, I guess that about does it. I hope you enjoyed this look back, and I appreciate all the support you’ve given us over the years. Here’s to nine… much more interesting than ten. XOXO, cp.
That’s right. We’re having one. A pretty big one, actually.
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Hurry for best selection! Sales lasts from 11/24/09 to 12/21/09.
Something about the Fall and the plethora of events available…
This past weekend there was a McSweeny’s reading, a Zine festival and a combined silkscreen/beer event. (Along with one set of rents visiting!) Unfortunately, I only got to get to the Zine festival, so, check the pics, if you are so inclined.
Congrats to Josh Cotter and his Driven by Lemons being nominated as a Best of 2009 by Publishers Weekly. Very cool, in that I wish Josh the best that can happen. If I had to guess, I’d say the book should be in better LCSs on 11/18? You can check any number of places for shipping lists, and we’ll hopefully announce for certain on the twit, once we confirm.
That said, Pope Hats #1 is for sure in your better LCS on 11/11 in the US and 11/12 in some parts of the Great White North. (If your LCS doesn’t order our comics, you can always order from us.)
It looks like we’ll have THE BIGGEST SALE WE’VE EVER HAD sometime in the beginning of December. We’ll be sure to announce it here and other places when it goes live.
Stumbled (virtually) upon a new store in Norfolk called Local Heroes. Hope to stop by and check them out the next time I’m down there. Thanks to Todd Webb for the headsup.
Traditional Comics is up and running. One of my fave publishers… ever!
James Jean is on tour around the world. Clicky for the deats!
Many moons ago, our friends at the Dollar Bin interviewed Fred, Josh and Lamar at SPX. Thanks!
Afrodisiac is being printed as you read this. You can being informed of it, and other Jim Rugg stuffage at his new blog.
I don’t know how it happened, but Robert Crumb visited Richmond.
I found out about it many months ago, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it on the blog already. The event happened last night at the gussied-up Carpenter Center, and I felt it was well attended. I saw both Ed Sizemore and Ben Towle there, and they were both in reporting mode, so keep an eye out for what they will say. They both write really well, and I saw Ben’s copius notes. (I have a few notes myself, and they can be found below.)
In prelude to Crumb’s talk, the decision makers at the University of Richmond, along with consultants, decided to hold a panel discussion of various comic creators that would end up being moderated by little ol’ me. At first I was hesitant, since this would be my first time moderating, but the people involved were very forthcoming with help, answers, and assistance. So, I’ll go ahead and do my shout outs to Tom DeHaven, Patrick Godfrey, Erling Sjovold, Andy Kozlowski, David Howson, and Katherine DeLoyht. Many thanks for involving me, and making all of it very memorable.
The panel discussion brought in Gabrielle Bell, Kim Deitch, Hope Larson, and Anders Nilsen. All fantastic comic creators coming with different views and histories of making comics. So, that was kind of troublesome, since I wasn’t really sure how to tie them all together. Erling stepped in and suggested the scope should probably fall into creation, history (with a nod to Crumb), and publishing. He also suggested a few questions, which turned out to be very helpful.
I know it’s pretty silly, but one of the most exciting aspects of our talk was that there was a GREEN ROOM. I had never been in one before, so I found it all types of interesting. We did a sound check, which was also interesting, and then eventually settled in for an hour long talk about the topics mentioned above. I’d throw in a few oddball questions that dealt with minicomics or anthologies, and before I knew it, our time was up. I thought the event was well attended for a Sunday night. It concluded with a few questions from the audience. Here’s one I remember:
“What current book have you read that you REALLY liked?” (Or something like that.)
Hope: 20th Century Boys. Anders: Jack Survives. Kim: Genesis. Gabrielle: Crap, I can’t remember.
There was a signing afterwards, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Fast-forward to Tuesday night, and we’re all on a bus from the UofR campus to downtown Richmond. It was a bit rainy, so that was the only real damper on the evening. Kim’s wife Pam is a treat and told me of all the stops they got to explore in Richmond, including most of my faves like the Whitings Antique Paper, The Richmond Book Shop, Coppala’s Deli.
As many will probably note, the talk started with Crumb taking a joking fall on to the stage. I couldn’t tell if the audience knew it was a joke or not, but I’ll say that I was quite amazed at his agility in doing so. I guess Aline helps him stretch as well.
Françoise Mouly interviewed Crumb, and took some interesting turns. Since this is one of five stops in the states, it made me wonder if she mixes it up in each city. That would keep Crumb on his toes, and a bit more lively in the discussion. Interesting tidbits I took from the talk:
• Crumb is a grandfather now. (I hadn’t heard… not that I guess I should have?)
• To allow him to finish Genesis, his wife Aline found a secluded house in the country so he could devote ALL of his time to it. Wow.
• A fair amount of resource material was borrowed from the 1916 movie Intolerance. I had never heard of this movie, but it looks amazing. The sets are mind blowing.
Françoise also made it interesting by presenting Crumb with letters she had received at the New Yorker in regards to running the Genesis excerpt. What I found interesting was Crumb’s actual interest in the letters. He seemed to want to be able to debate each one.
Weirdly, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the talk for me is just Crumb’s voice. It’s very interesting and soothing. It took me back to memories of the movie, and makes me want to watch that again.
So, all in all, FANTASTIC! I know I probably have forgotten things that I’ll regret not talking about, but that’s me and my old age. I wish I could have partied into the night with all involved, but again, the old age. Thanks again to all involved! I look forward to diving into Genesis!
For Immediate Release
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AdHouse Books is pleased to announce their first step into the digital distribution of comics.
They have teamed with Iconology, Inc. and are part of the Iconology Inc.’s ComiXology Comics App that is currently available from Apple.
The premier titles that are being offered by AdHouse and Iconology are MORT GRIM, REMAKE, SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST and ZIG ZAG.
AdHouse publisher Chris Pitzer said, “We’re very excited to stick our toes into the digital distribution pool with Comixology. We love their brand, and can’t wait to see where this exciting new technology might take us.”
AdHouse Books hopes that the new market of digital distribution will raise the profile of their publications as well as drive more business to the better comic shops that carry AdProduct.
“Anytime you pick up a book from AdHouse,” said David Steinberger, CEO of Iconology, “you know you’re getting a unique book that’s lovingly, attentively crafted. You’ll may have a great laugh, a great cry, and always a stirring and mesmerizing read. We are beyond thrilled that the creators at AdHouse have joined us on our app.”
About AdHouse Books
AdHouse Books has been a boutique publishing juggernaut since the year of 2002. Over the years, they have won and been nominated for awards within the comic profession (Ignatz, Harvey, Eisner) and the design world (AIGA, Communication Arts, Domtar Paper). Their library of publications is an eclectic mix of sequential and illustrative arts.
About Iconology, Inc.
Since 2007 Iconology, Inc. has been working to expose more people to the world of comics, through comiXology.com and related applications. comiXology.com, brick-and-mortar comic book retailer tools, iPhone and Blackberry apps and digital comics are all connected through the comiXology platform.
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Just some stuff.
Lamar (REMAKE) Abrams has created some desktop wallpapers of Max Guy. Here’s the downloads. (A reminder that you can advance order this title from your local comic shop using the Diamond Order Code: MAR094041. Or, if you don’t have a LCS, hit up the Amazon. We’ll be posting that link in a week.)
Also, Here are some things that went out in our March ENewsletter:
• Good ol’ Mike Dawson wrote to us last night to make us aware that Publisher’s Weekly has a preview of Ace-Face up on their site. Yes!
• Also, here’s an interview Mike did witih Comixology at the NYCC. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet.. busy. busy. busy!
• And, a lil’ birdie told me that the Harvey Awards nomination ballot is online. Go download and vote. It’s your dooty.
And here’s some other tidbits…
Ronnie del Carmen wrote in to tell us about some of the other projects he has been working on. Things like the MY NAME IS DUG Golden Book. He’s also in the ART OF PIXAR SHORTS book. And the ART OF UP. He’s one busy camper!
• Man, did you see the IDW WonderCon panel info? They are becoming THE publisher of the year.
• Speaking of cool, if you haven’t seen the swell video for the James Jean print, by golly check it out.
• Did you know that Midtown Comics is an avid supporter of AdHouse? They are. Swing on by and check them out if you’re in the NYC, or checkee-checkee their online store.
… more in 7 or so days.
As most web-crawlers have noticed, Diamond has come out with a new policy in regards to their thresholds and solicitations. If you haven’t seen the news, here’s a piece by Dan Vado of SLG on the TCR site.
How does this affect the all-american AdHouse company? (Pic taken to capture 01.20.09)
Well, we’ll see.
I’ll be honest. The big gorilla in the kitchen for me, and possibly all of us is the economy. I’ve already talked to one creator about that, and actions that might have to be taken if we didn’t reach my own threshold of advance orders. That number by the way would be 25% of the lowest print run I’d be willing to publish. So, even before Diamond made this announcement, I was already thinking it.. sort of.
The short & sweet: Comics are dead, long live OGNs.
The first casualty that I claim is SUPERIOR SHOWCASE #4. I was working on bringing a new issue out this summer that would have been filled with new talents that I’ve met over the last year. People whose voice may or may not have been heard before. But, I’m going to kill that issue now. Why? Well, at $2.95 there’s no way I’d get orders to put it anywhere near the new threshold. Numbers for #3 were not that great, and I can’t imagine #4 would improve.
But that doesn’t mean I “can’t” publish that issue. I could take it online or publish and distribute by other means. I just figure that my OGN schedule is full enough for the year that I’m going to go ahead and not worry with SS#4.
If we do decide to do comics in the future, they’ll just be more of a mini-DIY variety, possibly utilizing POD or some other means.
Anyway, just wanted to let people know that I have talked with Diamond. I think that 99% of what we have planned for the future is still good. And now, more than ever, is time for small pressers like us to think outside the box and figure out how we can get even more orders for our product. My Diamond rep actually came back with a fair number of great suggestions that we are presently reviewing.
Here’s to the future. Yes we can.