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May 1, 2014


Something You Can Do For Chris Pitzer On His Birthday

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Actually, there's two things.

Today is the 47th birthday of publisher Chris Pitzer at AdHouse Books, one of the mainstays of modern alt-comics publishing. That's always a tough business, with strict margins, so the first thing you could do is maybe go to his ongoing sale and pick up a few comics. Just about all those books are admirable in one way or another -- for instance, that someone as talented and as in-demand at the mainstream houses as Stuart Immonen continues to pursue outside work that is fulfilling in a different way is something that should always be encouraged. If you're not already familiar with artists on that list, I think the Stephens, the Rugg, the Boulet and the Hines are pretty accessible books for a standard comics reader. I hope you'll consider it. The occasional sale is an important way for a publisher like this to stay at least a little bit flush and to manage inventory.

The second thing you can do is if you're a reader or a comic shop owner double check to see if there's room in your wallet to order Noah Van Sciver's latest, Youth Is Wasted. As explained here, there was a snafu in the way it was published vis-a-vis how it was subsequently listed in the Diamond catalog. While hand-to-hand sales and direct orders are a key component to how a publisher like AdHouse does things, that Diamond listing is an opportunity for every work at a house like that to see wider distribution, and the prompt check from the distributor is always welcome. A little snafu can be a big deal to a publisher like Chris Pitzer, so I hope you'll just make sure you've made your own order or your store's order despite the mix-up. I'm sure Chris wouild be glad to help with an e-mailed question on particulars.
 
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