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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Jason: Why an Anthology? Because I Love the Format

When I pitch this idea to people, a lot of them ask me why I’m publishing an anthology. Anthologies don’t sell well, after all, or that’s the line a lot of people throw out when asked their opinions on anthologies. “Why an Anthology” is going to be a recurring feature on this blog where I go through the many reasons I give people for the reason I wanted to produce a book like POSTCARDS in the first place.

The first reason’s simple: I love anthologies. I love reading them – I thoroughly enjoy thematically unrelated short stories and one-acts as much as I love a collection of comic shorts with a strong connection to one another. I loved working on WESTERN TALES OF TERROR – I love giving creators loose boundaries, “western” and “terror”, and seeing what they come up with. Getting several stories and fitting them into the book, deciding on the order and the presentation in order to make loosely related stories flow smoothly across 40 pages.

If you’re going to do something right you have to love it. I love the long form, that’s true. I love to read a thick graphic novel. Someday, if this publishing thing works out, I know I’m going to have to publish thick graphic novels. But, for now, I love to produce anthologies – I love to edit them – I love to be surprised by the creators who want to be involved and I love to be surprised by the stories they turn in. I love getting the art for different teams instead of pages upon pages of the same style.

Anthologies are a great read – but they’re also extremely rewarding to produce.

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