Some say that the Power of Three has a mystical quality. We just need to look at the great pyramids and it is clear that even the ancient Egyptians knew that there is something powerful about the number three. It is used very productively in writing, design and architecture. Now the Power of Three has embraced us here at CO2 Comics. Believe it or not, something special is happening!
Coincidence or not, good things (and bad) always seem to happen in threes. I’ve always been a little preoccupied with the metaphysical so when I began to see the Power of Three manifest itself in relation to CO2 Comics I got excited and felt the need to share my observations.
Can you believe it? It has been thirty years since Bill Cucinotta and I first teamed up as co-partners in a little publishing venture called Comico The Comic Company. One of our priorities when we began publishing as CO2 Comics was to remind people of our accomplishments as co-publishers of Comico.
Comico is too often forgotten about when discussion is focused on independent publishers. Maybe it is because Comico appeared most successful when it was pioneering major licensing agreements as an alternative publisher. But Comico was, at its core, a creator owned company. We began Comico with the intent to self-publish our own comics, some of which are present right here on CO2 Comics. We have always believed that creators should own the rights to their creations, be involved in the decision making process regarding their properties and be generously rewarded by the successes of their creations. We firmly believe, uphold, and defend the proclamations set forth in the Comic Creator’s Bill of Rights.
That’s right! It has been three years since CO2 Comics was initially launched, intentionally coinciding with Independence Day, reflecting our support of independent publishers everywhere and our commitment to the entrepreneurial spirit that drives them. We fully appreciate the competition in the comics industry and are well aware of the two elephants in the room. We believe that the future success of the comics industry lies in the hands of the independent publishers who are the true innovators in the field. Annually we celebrate our own independence as comics publishers on the 4th of July referring to it as “Independents Day!”
Three New Books in Print!
And now for the BIG news! CO2 Comics has been primarily a publisher of web comics for the last three years with our only print publication so far being the huge first volume of David Anthony Kraft’s COMICS INTERVIEW the Complete Collection, an incredible 680 page collection of the greatest interviews in comic book history.
We have been bursting at the seems waiting to produce our first print collections derived from the dozens of comics that populate the CO2 Comics web site. Somehow one graphic tome just wasn’t enough so we put together (what else) THREE! These three black-and-white books are beautifully bound with full-color covers in both paperback and hardback editions. Keeping with the tradition of our former Comico publications, these graphic albums are all 8.5″ x 11″ so readers can fully enjoy the larger scale images of the fantastic sequential art inside! And, thanks to modern technology, we are proud to announce that our first three comic publications are all available for purchase IMMEDIATELY!
Introducing CO2 Comics‘ first three graphic albums, NOW IN PRINT!
Heaven and the Dead City by Raine Szramski – This gothic fantasy is a tale of two cities, one beautiful and flourishing… the other, not quite as dead as it would seem. Raine Szramski lavishly hand-paints each panel in her unique style that brings both cities to life with a Victorianesque, Deco quality that will absorb readers into this world of magic, mystery, and adventure! 64 pages.
The Heavy Adventures of Captain Obese! by Don Lomax – Finally collected in one handsome volume the adventures of Don Lomax’s favorite fat boy, originally published by WARP Graphics in the 1980’s, chronicles the amazing story of the world’s fattest super hero. Don Lomax is a long time veteran of adult comics, celebrated creator of Vietnam Journal and author of Marvel Comics’ The Nam. 108 pages.
Ménage à Bughouse by Steve Lafler – The highly acclaimed Bughouse trilogy of graphic novels, formerly published by Top Shelf Productions, comes together in one giant package! Bughouse, Baja, and Scalawag combine to paint a full picture of life as an improvisational jazz musician set in an obviously fictional world where all of the characters are insects living in early fifties era Manhattan. On their road to success, the members of the band are tempted by the music, sex, money and the ever addictive “bug juice.” Ménage à Bughouse is an authentic look at the lifestyle of musicians and the challenges they face in an effort to satisfy their desire to create incredible music. 408 pages.
So, yes, we are celebrating our independence as comic publishers in a big way this year and to top it off, there is also a good old-fashioned road trip by that maniacal comic creator, Steve Lafler, himself! Steve who is also the creator of Dog boy and El Vocho, both features here at CO2 Comics, is so excited about getting the word out about his project Ménage à Bughouse that he has hit the streets in his trusty 2002 Toyota RAV4 and is traveling cross-country from his home in Mexico.
Look for Steve at any of these fine locations as he blows is own horn as only a buggy cartoonist/musician can!
July 11, Ada Books, Providence, RI
July 12, MoCCA, New York City
July 14, Locust Moon Comics, Philadelphia, PA
July 17, Boxcar Books, Bloomington IN
July 18, Daydream Comics, Iowa City, IA
July 20, Time Warp Comics, Boulder, CO
July 25, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
July 28, Cosmic Monkey Comics, Portland, OR
Yours truly is especially excited to have been invited by Steve to sit in on his panel at MoCCA in New York City on July 12!
The Power of Three is alive and well here at CO2 Comics!
Three decades since our first comic book publication as Comico.
Three years as web comic publishers on the internet as CO2 Comics.
The Power of Three…wow.
Happy Independence Day, America!
Happy “Independents” Day to all our friends who love comics!
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