Saturday, March 8th, 2008...11:35 pm

Capital City going under was a watershed moment for me.

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>>> “If you do ashcans, put me down for a few extras.  I would be more than happy to drop one in each box we mail out.  Give it some thought.”
Thanks for your support. We’ll be printing thousands - probably this Sept/Oct. Let me know how many you want, and I’ll send you as many as I have.

One of the reasons I want to publish is so that I can do the things I’ve been asking publishers to do, and then  - if it works - scream out loud. My passion for comics has been watered down by everything from (recently) Danger Girl Limited to Marvel’s Bankruptcy to every negative comment about comic retailers by the creative community to every exclusive AE backdoor deal to anything with the name Top Cow associated with it.

Capital City going under was a watershed moment for me. I realized that  I was going to be forced to do business with a distributor that I perceived to be the enemy (which is no longer the case). The whole reason I got into business in the first place was to do what I wanted to do, not what someone made me do. In short, publishing has given me control over the one thing that I lacked as a retailer - product quality.

E’s got 6 issues of the regular series completed and 6-10 issues of various other stuff that will probably end up as back-up stories. We’re working on our business & marketing plans now. E will be doing this full-time for the next 12 months, so there’s no reason that we shouldn’t be able to be monthly once we get out the gate. I’m afraid to state that publicly because so many others have tried and failed.

I don’t have a ton of money, but we’re far better capitalized on this than we have been on anything else we’ve ever done - including stores, Copy Cow, and the internet businesses. I realize that the long term payoff will be small if we are even wildly successful, but this isn’t about the money. It’s about comics. And it’s nice to be able to get excited about comics again…

Rob

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