Micropublishing in the 21st Century

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Black Eye Books and 21st Century Micropublishing

(or Why Publish Comics this Way?)

(Black Eye Books mascot from Dwellings by Jay Stephens)

I’m so pleased you’re subscribed to The Black List and that you’ve provided me this opportunity to share a bit about the behind the scenes of 21st century micropublishing. 

Black Eye Books’ return to the fold began in 2019 with the happy experiment that was Pickle No. 11 by Dylan Horrocks. This month, the most recent issue of Dwellings by Jay Stephens has proven to be our most successfully crowdfunded project thus far. Suffice it to say, I am excited about what the future holds.

This powerful intersection between crowdfunding, quality short run printing, and social media is overflowing with thrilling possibilities. A grassroots, no compromise model that provides an opportunity to explore experimental publishing ventures through a direct line from creator to reader!

That’s not to say that it’s an easy process. It’s plenty of work for both cartoonist and publisher alike. But it’s a true labour of love, sharing the results of our enthusiastic efforts with readers like you; whether via crowdfunding, our online store, or select comic shops!

Thank you so much for coming along for the ride.

If you’d like to know more about the rebirth of Black Eye Books, check out the 2019 Year in Review. And take a deeper dive into our publishing model in the newly revised and updated Micro Publishing Toolkit.

Next week: Twenty Questions with cartoonist Dan Christensen, and a look at his upcoming super powered crime procedural project, Paranormal.

Until next time,

Michel Vrana, publisher