Official Press Release
Mixtape scribe, Brad Abraham dropped us this interesting bit of news that we thought everyone might want to know:
I just wanted to drop you media folks a note about what’s currently happening with MIXTAPE. You’ve all been very big supporters of the book and I wanted to give everyone the scoop as to where we’re at with it. After a much longer than anticipated delay, Mixtape #2 is finally available for purchase at finer comic book stores everywhere. Kind of.What’s changed is that we are not soliciting Mixtape through Diamond Direct, opting instead to go through Comic Flea Market, Indy Planet, and some other TBA options. This has been in the works for a while, but we wanted to make sure everything was sorted out before we made it official. Mixtape #2 is up for sale right now on Indy Planet, found here and we’ll be adding #1 to the store as well. #3 will be out in March. #s 4 and 5 will drop summer-ish.
Now, that does mean that we’ve cancelled the orders on file for Mixtape #2 and #3, so people with the book on back order at their store or as part of their pull list unfortunately are going to have to re-order. But there’s an easy way to do that, that makes it easier on you and your local store.
For me, the biggest concern has been that we get books to people who want them. Fact is not everyone has easy access to a comic book store. One Mixtape fan lives in Iqaluit, N.W.T., and you can imagine how difficult it is for them to get a copy of the book. Another lives in Oslo, and it took him several months to track down a copy of #1. Plus, when people inevitably ask where they can get Mixtape #2, #3, #4 and so on like they did with #1, we can now point them in the direction best suited to their needs and location.
So, Mixtape #2 is available now, with #3 dropping in a few months. We’re getting #1 reprinted so people who missed it can still get a copy, but there are still some available for purchase here. Mixtape will also be available as non DRM’d digital downloads for Nook, Kindle, iPad and all standard eReaders. You can download #1 now through Comics Plus.
It’s since been pointed out the volume discount currently available through IndyPlanet is not quite the 50% discount comic book stores expect. We are getting that sorted and should have the info for that later in January. Any comic shops interested in ordering books at a discount can contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org and when the details are set I can let them know, but it will be the 50% they expect. I’m also working on some further incentives for stores that wish to order the book — free shipping being one of them.
We’re still supporters of local retailers, and their ordering and stocking of Mixtape helps spread word that the book exists. I know for a fact a lot of Mixtape’s readers discovered the book simply by seeing it on the shelf, picking it up, flipping through it, and adding it to their armload of books for that week.
We plan to get the remainder of Mixtape Vol. 1 (a.k.a.”Left of the Dial”) out in 2013. Once that’s done, we start work on Vol. 2 “Daydream Nation” which takes Jim, Lorelei, Terry, Noel, and Siobhan from Garrison Creek to the big bad world of college, just as Neverminddrops and the Alt-Rock Revolution kicks into high gear. I’ve already scripted the first two stories in that arc, with the other three outlined. The grand plan is for five, possibly six Mixtape arcs, and hopefully a spin-off featuring further adventures of some seemingly minor characters, under the working title of “Cassingles”.
So that’s where we stand. Getting Mixtape into stores in 2012 was a big challenge, but we feel this is the best way forward. You won’t see those big gaps between issues like you’ve seen so far. As more details and options to acquire Mixtape become available, I’ll post them on Twitter, Facebook, and here.
Thanks again for all your support of my little indie book. If you have any reviews of Mixtape #2 sitting in the wings, it would be a huge help if you could run them on your respective websites, with info on how to get the book. And if you’d like to review Mixtape 31 and #2, let me know and I’ll get review copies to you.