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February 13, 2013

Bundled Extra: Study Group Comic Books Announces Print Version Of Farel Dalrymple's It Will All Hurt


Study Group Comic Books has announced its next print project will be a collection of Farel Dalrymple's webcomic It Will All Hurt. The Dalrymple comic was one of the jewels of the Study Group web content launch. Dalrymple's a routinely interesting comic book maker whose work doesn't always find an outlet that suits his talent, so I'm happy to see another complete work to add to his print bibliography.

A couple of things that interest me here that aren't just the work. One is that the web/print model that Zack Soto and Study Group are employing is one of those things where it's about viability rather than catching some sort of cultural moment regarding new technology and making a hit of these works. I'm not sure that's an important distinction to anyone but me, or if it's even a distinction that most people would choose to make. In other words, I'm not sure this work would have the chance of existing without the exposure putting it on-line gives it. I could be super-wrong.

A second thing that has my attention with this is I want to see is if people will pre-order a work like that. I would hate for Kickstarter-style crowd-funding to become an orthodoxy, the only way by which publishers are able to mitigate the risks of doing a book. People paying for something directly, something in this case they've already seen, without involving a third party seems a different path that's worth hoping after because I want as many ways as possible to fund good work. Anyway, they haven't made a formal push, but if you're a fan of Dalrymple or this work or both, I can imagine they could really benefit by your consideration of an early order.

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