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Becky Cloonan is now accepting preorders for By Chance or Providence, a limited-edition hardcover collection of her acclaimed trilogy of minicomics Wolves, the Eisner Award-nominated The Mire and Demeter.
“These stories cast a hypnotic melancholy,” the description reads, “weaving their way through a medieval landscape of ancient curses and terrible truths that will haunt you long after you’ve set them down.” The cover illustration is lovely, but the details sound even better: a canvas hardcover with gold foil blocking on the spine and cover, with a bonus sketchbook and illustration section, wrapped in a dust jacket.
By Chance or Providence is priced at $20; the print run will be determined by the number of preorders received by March 21. Retailers are encouraged to visit the wholesale site.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly about her early involvement with comiXology Submit, the new digital comics platform for independent creators, Becky Cloonan finally reveals details about her new minicomic Demeter, which she teased in January.
“It’s a short story, about 27 pages,” she tells the website. “I can’t say too much about it without giving away the huge spoiler at the end. It has a little bit to do with the Greek myth of Demeter, the god of the harvest. It follows a fisherman’s wife as she kind of waits for her husband to return from sea. She tends to the crops and the animals. While she’s doing this, things start to bubble to the surface.”
Cloonan’s previous two minicomics, Wolves and The Mire, are now available from comiXology.
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Becky Cloonan has premiere the final cover for The Mire, the follow-up to her acclaimed minicomic Wolves. The self-contained story is set on the eve of a battle as a humble squire is tasked with delivering a letter to a decrepit castle within a swamp. “Met with mysterious apparitions,” the artist writes, “he slowly unveils the truth about why he was sent there, as his past is re-written over the course of twenty-two pages.”
Pre-orders are being accepted now through Big Cartel, with The Mire set to debut May 5 at the Toronto Comics Art Festival. The comic can be purchased for $5; for an extra $20, Cloonan will add a sketch of one of the characters. Check out the full cover below.
Last year Becky Cloonan self-published a well-received minicomic called Wolves, which she sold at conventions and via her Big Cartel site. Now she’s publishing another self-published minicomic called The Mire, which she is now accepting pre-orders for and, like folks do on Kickstarter, she’s offering extra incentives for additional funds.
“I’m doing what so many others have done through Kickstarter and other fundraising sites- try to raise money to print in large quantities, except I’m cutting out the middle-man,” she said on her blog. She added that Wolves has sold about 3,000 copies total, and she plans to do a third printing of it along with the initial printing of The Mire — about 5,000 copies between the two.
“I don’t skimp on printing either. Each book has heavy interior paper, plus a silk-screened cover on colored card stock,” she said. “Pre-ordering will help me estimate how many I’ll need to print as well. All in all a logical decision!”
The comic can be bought for $5, and for an extra $20 she’ll add a random sketch of one of the characters in it. Here’s a description of the book: “The much anticipated follow-up to 2011’s WOLVES, THE MIRE is a self-contained story set on the eve of battle, when a humble squire is given the task of delivering a letter to a decomposing castle in a swamp. Met with mysterious apparitions, he slowly unveils the truth about why he was sent there, as his past is re-written over the course of twenty two pages.”