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November 21, 2004

CR Sunday Magazine

imageWhen a publisher closes its doors, it's not like somebody dies. It's business, and some companies simply don't do as well as others. A small art-comics company was never anyone's livelihood, to be sure, and with trade paperback business on an upswing, it's an outstanding time for the creators to become free agents and have a project or two to bring to the table. Right?

Well... maybe.

"Highwater Books -- An Appreciation" is my first shot at coming to terms with what made that company more significant than the sum of its backlist, and why entities like Tom Devlin's late arts comics house are unique enough within the comics framework we should maybe mark their passing as something more than the re-assertion of economic reality.

Cover to Highwater Books release Odds Off by Matt Madden.
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