I’m the lucky one. Before Princeless was a glimmer in the eye of the Eisner nomination’s, I received an email from Jeremy care of my personal blog Fiction State of Mind. In the e-mail Jeremy pitched to me the premise of Princeless 1 and asked me if I would be willing to review it. I accepted a digital copy and upon reading it for the third time added the book to my pull list.
I was the only one at my local comic shop who read it. In fact my store only ordered copies for me. Every month as the PDF review files kept coming in I kept talking up this wonderful book. A book that is family and more importantly, female friendly. A book with a strong, beautiful, racially diverse character who asks the hard questions and takes the courageous actions.
Now thanks to Action Labs dedicated marketing, four top notch issues, and positive reviews, Princeless is a commercial success! I’m so thankful to Jeremy for the opportunity to review each issue of Princeless. I’m also thankful that the Eisner committee noticed this fine book. I checked in with Jeremy to offer my congratulations and to find out his plans leading up to San Diego Comic -Con :
1) Congrats on the dual nominations for Princeless! How did you find out the good news?
Well, the great thing is that they let us know a little before they announce it officially so that they can make sure they have their facts straight and names spelled correctly, so I found out from my editor on Monday by a pretty innocuous looking email titled “good news”. I was sure it was just that someone had given us a favorable review or something. Eisners didn’t even cross my mind till I was reading it.
2) I discovered at Wondercon that issue 3 of Princeless was hard to find, was it a sellout issue for you guys?
3 and 4 have been kind of hard to come by, just because of the way the direct market works. We didn’t have a ton of preorders for issue 1 initially, so we had even fewer for the later issues. We eventually got a lot of reorders for one, so by the time 3 came out there were a ton more ones out there. Now that 3 is nominated for the Eisner I’m sure it will be even harder to find. At this point, they’re all sellouts for us as the series has caught fire over time.
3) I know that the Princeless trade is available on the nook as well ad Graphicly and the physical tpb, Are their any plans to reprint the original 4 issues?
Right now we’re doing limited reorders directly through us and filling the last few orders from Diamond, but once the trade is available in physical form the individual issues will probably only be available through conventions. We do plan on doing a larger special edition trade down the line sometime as well.
4) What is the time frame for the Princeless sequel? Is it going to be released in 2012?
The second volume of the story is currently set to begin in late 2012 and probably roll into the next year, much like this series did. However, for those hungry for more Princeless, we will also have a collection of short stories being released in late summer with work from a number of up and coming female artists.
5) Tell me your plans for SDCC and the Eisner Awards, Will Action Lab have a booth? Any plans for signings or promotional events at the con ?
Prior to the Eisner announcements, we were still on the waiting list for a table. Hopefully this will give us a bit more consideration. I do plan on being there for the awards and selling and signing at the table should we get one.
Princeless is available in a variety of formats: An app on the nook color, App’s through Graphicly, the collected edition you can request at your local comic shop and at conventions while supplies last! Also be sure to check out Action Lab’s web site: http://www.actionlabcomics.com for their free digital sampler being released May 5th, Free Comic Book Day.
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