Comic book publisher AdHouse Books has announced it is closing its doors following the release of the upcoming graphic novel Grass of Parnassus by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen.
“We’ve had a lot of fun over the years… a lot of success… a few challenges,” says founder / editor Chris Pitzer in a post on the company’s website. “But if you’re curious I’ll try to answer as best I can WHY: I’m old. Now I know it’s all about perspective, but take a look at the current comic book world and you might get a feel for what I’m talking about. Next year will be our 20th year of posting to AdHouse, well, I just felt like that was enough for me. Why not move out and let some of these kids take over ? “
Pitzer also attributes the move to weak sales of recent releases, unease over the crowdfunding model, and lack of conventions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Originally launched in 2002, AdHouse Books was a small, Virginia-based publisher who became known for their artistic approach to comics. In addition to his popular anthology series which began with the word “Project:”, AdHouse has also published notable works such as Skyscrapers of the Midwest by Joshua W. Cotter, Salamander Dream by Hope Larson, The Secret Voice by Zack Soto and several works of the Immonens. , Scott Morse, Paul Hornschemeier and Joel Priddy.
“The wonderful AdHouse Books is closing its doors”, the Immonens tweeted when the news broke. “It has been a pleasure and a privilege for us to work with Chris on as many projects as we have, and the comic is poorer without his trusteeship… although we respect the hell to take this stupid business off the hook.”
While September’s Parnassus Weed will be AdHouse’s official finale, Pitzer says there’s a “Canadian surprise” coming up in October, and there are three “projects on the back burner” only if they’re completed. , he hopes to publish.
Although the publishing side is in the process of shutting down, Pitzer plans to go for a dealer with a table at several upcoming conventions, selling his AdHouse stock and others.
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