April 17, 2007
USS Catastrophe Shop To Close
has announced that the excellent mini-comics distribution agency The Catastrophe Shop
will close down soon, and the site itself says it's no longer taking submissions (although that could be older). This makes perfect sense when you think of the increasing professional opportunities in other areas for USS Catastrophe members and emerging, excellent cartoonists like Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch, and if you keep in mind the enormously thankless task of providing for sale books from the mini-comics end of things. I still think someone with the proper mix of passion, patience and personal resources could really carve out a satisfying place for themselves in service of that part of the market, although the rewards would almost certainly be more quotidian than ever quantifiable.
I don't know if they're going to do a sale or if they're going to accept orders to a certain point and then stop or what, but I plan on bookmarking both Huizenga's blog and the shop site until I find out. Most of what they offer is worth exploring, and if you haven't read, oh, say, minis from Eleanor Davis
or Matthew Thurber
, then you're not getting the most out of comics that you can get.
posted 3:14 am PST
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