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News: Reed Graphica Suspends Publication
posted July 21, 2004
July 21 -- Slowly leaked to the press through involved and related talent and then later confirmed in August by contributing editor Calvin Reid, Reed Press has suspended all publishing operations which in turn has meant graphic novel line Reed Graphica has suspended publishing as well. Reed Press was launched in 2003.
Reed Graphica had scheduled five books, three of which were published to considerable positive critical feedback: Commance Moon, by Texas historian and underground legend Jack Jakson; David Chelsea's seminal autobio-comix David Chelsea in Love; and Chicagoland cartoonist Joe Chiappetta's post-alternative comix meditation on fatherhood and spirituality, Silly Daddy.
Two books remained under contract to Reed. One is a new edition of David Wojnarowicz, James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook's haunting memoir Seven Miles a Second. The other is a complete collection of the self-published Epoxy omnibus featuring comics by Los Angeles based artist and designer John Pham.
Former editor Reid told the Journal that regarding the two books under contract, "I am currently trying to place them with other book publishers." A more ambitious solution may come from a business wishing to step in as publishers. "At the same time there has been interest from Source Books, the Reed Press distributor, to take over the publication of the Reed Graphica line (and some other Reed Press contracts) but nothing has been finalized…" One of the artists affected had told the Journal before the suspension was confirmed that they were taking some steps of their own to find a new publisher for the material in question.