Issue One imminent!
Vince and I were very (very!) flattered to get an appearance in this week's Lying In The Gutters, the always hugely entertaining comics gossip column by Rich Johnston. I'd like to just re-emphasise that all this means is that Diamond aren't going to distribute us after the first issue - it absolutely doesn't mean the end of the comic (anything but!).
Check out the two previous posts for more information on what we're going to be doing, but the upshot is - next month, we'll be offering (the already completed) issue #2 as a direct, high-resolution download from our main website, probably for around a quid or £1.50 (certainly no more than that). The following month, we'll be releasing (the already completed) issue #3 in the same way, and the month after that, (the already completed) issue #4, and so on, right through to issue #6. We'll then be releasing a printed collection of these six issues (in September) in the usual way through Diamond, and it'll be in Previews as normal.
Whilst all of this is going on, Vince and I are gonna ride out this storm, keep our fingers crossed that by the end of the year Diamond have a rethink in time for Volume Two, and we'll also be looking for a publisher. It's not ideal, we know, but you can still get your monthly fix of Harker starting in the next week or so, and the collected version is still very much on! Bookmark my blog here, and I'll keep you updated on developments, and on the release date of issue #2 (probably the first week in April).
And just to emphasise to new readers - this has nothing to do with us as publishers - we're currently working on issue five, and we want to be in the comic shops, but we're currently victims of Diamond's new policy. We're eager for your support with the downloads, and we don't think you'll be disappointed. Get hold of Issue #1 and see what all the fuss is about - and if you can't get one from your local comic shop, get in touch with us, our online shop will be opening next week to tie in with the launch.
And on a more prosaic note - those of you who bought those advance copies of Issue #2 at Birmingham - guard them well, as with no printed version of #2 forthcoming (for the moment at least), they may well become collectors items... don't say I didn't tell you!