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If you picked up a copy of Choker #1 by Ben McCool and Ben Templesmith a couple of weeks ago, you may have noticed they appeared to be a bit wrinkled, like maybe they were water damaged or something. Templesmith explains that no, they weren’t left sitting in a puddle somewhere; it was actually a printing error. Image Comics planned to pulp them all and re-release the book this week, but some of them managed to sneak through.
“The book,at first coming out on the 10th, then being pushed back to the 24th, then ended up looking like it was actually going to happen on the 10th ( the book was done plenty in advance! ) but as luck would have it, a problem at the printer meant a bad water/ink mix, thus the copies looked a bit crappy and Image wisely decided to have them pulped and a reprint was in order,” Templesmith wrote on his blog. “That was going to push it back a further week…but since the 24th ( 2 weeks ) was already on the cards, it’s simply gone back to that date! Thing is, some copies already made it out there, though all parties have been advised to ditch the dud copies and wait for replacements, as I understand it. The *REAL* copies have been pushed back to the 24th, it’s official release date. With a little luck and a few offerings to The Great Space Squid, shiny nice new proper copies will be on the shelf and in hot little hands by then.”
If you bought a “bad” copy, it’s probably a good idea to check with your retailer about getting it replaced with a good one this week. Also, as you’ll see from the accompanying artwork, Templesmith and McCool are hitting the road to promote the book, promising “at least one Ben at every store.”