By Jason Thibault
Optimum Wound Volume One Dropped by Diamond
We got word a few weeks ago that Diamond wouldn’t be carrying Optimum Wound Volume One. To be honest I pretty much knew this was coming. The book is an intensely personal project and One that could be considered a “hard sell” in the comic industry.
Launching a black and white anthology featuring no “name creators”, movie tie-ins, zombies, licensed properties or superheroes could accurately be called financial suicide.
Volume One is packed to the brim with gritty realistic artwork, bullets, carnage, mayhem, cussing and intelligent writing and one of the most passionately written and incendiary mini-autobiographies ever put forth in the medium. Hart Fisher Tells Us Crazy Stories is a 16,000-word punch in the face, At its’ heart Volume One is a crime book and I don’t believe there’s anything else quite like it out in the marketplace.
It contains material that falls into the immense gulf between the two types of comics that shops excel at moving. On one hand not containing any superheroes, mutants, zombies, robots etc… and on the other not fitting in comfortable with the indie alternative set.
Being a crime and genre anthology it would fall into what is deemed the “everything else” category. A monstrous category that the majority of society reads but not necessarily the type of book sought after by those that traffic comic shops.
Perhaps if Volume One is a success on the internet and word of mouth builds a Volume Two could find itself on comic racks down the road. Fingers crossed and here’s hoping. It was a great sense of accomplishment getting our first book Rex into shops.
You can still pre-order Optimum Wound Volume One
at Amazon and we’ll have an e-store solution up and running by the second week of September.
CONTEST AT COMICNEWS.INFO
Our friends at ComicNews.info is holding a kickass contest for signed copies of Optimum Wound Volume One as well as a page of original art.
To enter all you have to is send them a 100 word essay, short and bittersweet, on what the idea of independent comics means to you.
Go check out the contest at http://comicnews.info/?p=8955
We’ll be at FanExpo in Toronto this weekend, August 28th – 30th.
We’re really looking forward to hitting Toronto’s FanExpo 2009 this year. We’ll be in artist alley at table A88. There’s a shitload of cool comic creators there and I’m stoked to get a copy of The Hunter signed by Darwyn Cooke.
Hope to see you there.