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PictureBox goes the pre-order plea route

Powr Masters 3

Powr Masters 3

Dan Nadel posted a press release at Comics Comics yesterday that, in addition to announcing two upcoming books from PictureBox — Powr Masters 3 by CF and If n Oof by Brian Chippendale — asked fans to ensure these books got printed by ordering them now:

These two books are among the best graphic novels of our time, but they need your support. Like a lot of publishers, PictureBox is looking for new ways to navigate the current terrain. To that end, we are attempting to raise the money for these books ahead of time. It’s all an experiment these days.

So we are looking to you, as a community of readers, to help make these books a reality. Everyone that orders advance copies of one or both of these books (up until August 1) will receive the book itself and a signed silkscreen print upon the books’ releases. Everyone that orders in advance by June 20, 2009 will have their names hand-lettered in the book with their corresponding level of support (see below). We need about 400 of you per book to step up and help make this a reality. Let’s come together as a community.

Nadel has PDF previews up at the site, and he’s also offering an interesting, PBS-style tiered system of support, where, say, $45 nets you both books and the prints, but $150 nets you the books, the prints and a full color drawing by one of the artists.

It will certainly be interesting to see what the response to this idea will be. The ability to gain two prints by ordering ahead certainly is tantalizing, although now I’m suddenly worried that PictureBox is in worse financial shape than I had previously thought.

You can read Nadel’s full press release after the jump:

We have two amazing graphic novels scheduled for November 2009 and February 2010. They are fantastic, vital works of art and we need your help to release them.

Powr Mastrs 3 (104 pages, 5.75” x 7.75”) continues CF’s visionary narrative about the complex relationships between mysterious beings in a place called New China. If ‘n Oof is Brian Chippendale’s 650 page, 5” x 7” magnum opus, a sprawling, hilarious tale of two pals wandering through a desolate, hostile landscape.

These two books are among the best graphic novels of our time, but they need your support. Like a lot of publishers, PictureBox is looking for new ways to navigate the current terrain. To that end, we are attempting to raise the money for these books ahead of time. It’s all an experiment these days.

So we are looking to you, as a community of readers, to help make these books a reality. Everyone that orders advance copies of one or both of these books (up until August 1) will receive the book itself and a signed silkscreen print upon the books’ releases. Everyone that orders in advance by June 20, 2009 will have their names hand-lettered in the book with their corresponding level of support (see below). We need about 400 of you per book to step up and help make this a reality. Let’s come together as a community.

There are four ordering options:
1) Level 1:
Buy one of the books. Everyone that buys one of the following receives a corresponding bonus item and their name will be in the book.
A) Powr Mastrs 3: $18 plus an original, signed silkscreen print by CF.
B) If ‘n Oof: $29.95 plus an original, signed silkscreen print

2) Level 2: $45
Buy both books and receive both prints as well as a slight discount off the retail price.

3) Level 3: $80
Buy both books and you will receive both prints PLUS an original 5″ x 7″ one-color drawing by the artist of your choice (CF or Brian Chippendale).

4) Level 3: $150

At this level you will receive a full color, 5″ x 7″ drawing by CF or Brian Chippendale. PLUS both books and the two prints.

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