New business model: PictureBox advance orders

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cfchipendale New business model: PictureBox advance orders
Via email and up at the PictureBox website, publisher Dan Nadel is offering a bunch of exclusives and bonuses for those who preorder two upcoming releases, C.F.’s Powr Mastrs #3 and Brian Chippendale’s In ‘n’ Oof.
The Beat We have two amazing graphic novels scheduled for November 2009 and February 2010. They are fantastic, vital works of art and we need your help to release them.

Powr Mastrs 3 (104 pages, 5.75” x 7.75”) continues CF’s visionary narrative about the complex relationships between mysterious beings in a place called New China. If ‘n Oof is Brian Chippendale’s 650 page, 5” x 7” magnum opus, a sprawling, hilarious tale of two pals wandering through a desolate, hostile landscape.

These two books are among the best graphic novels of our time, but they need your support. Like a lot of publishers, PictureBox is looking for new ways to navigate the current terrain. To that end, we are attempting to raise the money for these books ahead of time. It’s all an experiment these days.

So we are looking to you, as a community of readers, to help make these books a reality. Everyone that orders advance copies of one or both of these books (up until August 1) will receive the book itself and a signed silkscreen print upon the books’ releases. Everyone that orders in advance by June 20, 2009 will have their names hand-lettered in the book with their corresponding level of support (see below). We need about 400 of you per book to step up and help make this a reality. Let’s come together as a community.
There are previews and more info, including 4 levels of supporter in the link, so if you want to support these fine books, go and preorder.

Obviously this is an even more direct-to-consumer workaround for the new world of Diamond, and tougher times in general for small and indie publishers.

Comments

  1. I had a look at the preview pages and found the If and Oof material to be off-kilter, fascinatingly detailed and kind of David Lynch-ish. Or is that all the same thing?

    Interesting marketing idea. Maybe it will find its audience this way.

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