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Gothic Tales of Haunted Love – Best Canadian Comics, CBC Books

Gothic Tales of Haunted Love – Best Canadian Comics, CBC Books

Thank you to CBC for naming Gothic Tales of Haunted Love one of the best Canadian comics of 2018!

From CBC Books:

“Inspired by 1970s gothic romance comics, this anthology collects 22 new original stories from creators like David A. Robertson, Scott Chantler, S.M. Beiko, Hope Nicholson and more. Love and horror go hand-in-hand in these comics, as heroes and heroines contend with spirits, monsters and other devilish beings in their otherworldly quests for romance.”

Read the full list of 2018 winners here!

Work for a Million Kickstarter on The Hollywood Reporter!

Work for a Million Kickstarter on The Hollywood Reporter!

We are pleased to announce that Work for a Million, our new original graphic novel by Amanda Deibert, Selena Goulding and Ed Dukeshire, is now live on Kickstarter until February 15, 2019!

The Hollywood Reporter ran a feature that discusses the genesis of the project, and its importance to crime fiction history, LGBT fiction history, and the feminist movement in Canada.

Spotlight on: Amanda Deibert

Spotlight on: Amanda Deibert

Amanda Deibert

is a respected scriptwriter and comics writer,

and will be adapting the Work for a Million 

graphic novel with Selena Goulding,

to be published in January 2020, currently now on Kickstarter. 

Below,  she discusses her thoughts on the adaptation.

When Hope Nicholson asked me if I would be interested in adapting “Work For a Million” into a Graphic Novel, I was beyond thrilled! She sent the book and I devoured it in one night. It hits all my sweet spots: noir, mystery, action, and lez be honest… I am always excited about representation within my LGBTQIA++ community. The constant goal is to write something that you would want to read, and this is certainly that for me. It didn’t hurt that Hope also showed me some of the gorgeous pin up art that had been done of the main characters and they made my heart sing… in much the same sultry timber that I imagine the character of Sonia’s voice.

The book had a wealth of great material to work with: an intriguing plot, a deliciously complex and competent main character and lots of action and suspense.  Reading the novel is a slow burn, with a lot of build up that eventually paid off in an elaborate and exciting way. This is fantastic for a novel, but for a graphic novel, I wanted to change up the pacing a bit. The most important thing to me was and is to honor the work that Eve did as an author. This is her story and her characters and I feel privileged to be able to work with them.  Honoring the author of the original material would be important to me in any situation, but in this case in particular, it feels special. Eve wrote this book when there weren’t many lesbian books available and certainly not any that were just straight up (pun intended) detective novels. This is not a salacious book; it’s a book where a savvy detective with a noir penchant for helping dames happens to be a woman. It was wildly progressive for it’s time, and honestly, we still don’t have enough of this today. I love everything about that. So for me, it is about making sure that I capture the essence of the book, the inner world of the characters, and the intrigue of the plot in a graphic novel form.  A lot of this has to do with translating that nuance into visuals so that Selena can work her storytelling magic in her beautiful illustration. For example, instead of Helen thinking about her affinity for beautiful women, I decided to kick the book off with her gently departing from a one-night stand so that you, the reader, quickly and easily understand she’s a ladies’ lady. It also meant cutting down and combining characters so it’s easier to keep track of this shorter, faster paced version of the story.

It’s hard to kill your own darlings, but it can be even harder to do that in someone else’s creation. I would say the biggest struggle I have faced so far is deciding which characters to combine and losing some of the fun quirks and side stories that come with them in Eve’s novel. Overall, I think the story that we are creating does justice to the book and creates a compelling tale that captures the spirit of the adapted story while also being it’s own, new thing. There are new characters and action-packed moments that have been added and I very much hope we are creating a graphic novel that can stand on it’s own.

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Amanda Deibert is an award-winning television and comic book writer.

She just finished 4th year as the writer for former Vice President Al Gore’s annual broadcast, 24 Hours of Reality, an international live broadcast highlighting the Climate Crisis. Her television credits include OWN Tonight — the first ever late night after show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, SyFy’s Live From Comic Con hosted by Zachary Levi, Take Part Live on PIVOT, The Morning After on HULU, and more. This summer she was the head writer for several pilots at CBS including the FOX limited series, Breakthrough With Dr. Steve Perry.

Amanda’s comic book writing includes the New York Times #1 Bestseller Love is Love, Teen Titans Go!, Batman and Harley Quinn, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman ’77 for DC Comics, the multi-award winning  John Carpenter’s Tales For a HalloweenNight volumes 2, 3 and 4 among others.

 

A day in the life of a small press publisher

A day in the life of a small press publisher

Hello all! I thought it might be interesting if I recorded and detailed the duties of the day, to give an indepth look at what exactly a publisher does! In all, the below timeline is an example of a typical day. Some may be slower, while others might be more focused on a specific emergency, but today was just about maintenance with a bit of growth.

My work day today lasted from 8:30am to 9:30pm.

As a small press publisher, you have to have your hands in every single aspect of the publishing industry. From the creative, to editing, to marketing and sales and promotion. Every day is different work, and inevitably there are areas that only come to your attention once it’s an emergency. In addition, you have to keep part of your brain focused on the future, and think of opportunities for advancement and growth.

Everyone’s method of organization is slightly different, in my case, I live and die by my email inbox and google calendar. When a matter is dealt with or in someone else’s hands, I archive the message. Anything remaining gets looked over each day to see if it can be worked on or dealt with. I often email tasks to myself as they cross my mind.

If you notice below a lot of the recent work has been hiring freelancers for specific tasks to free up a bit more time for me to concentrate on growing the company instead of project coordination.

Below are the tasks completed of the day, in linear order of accomplishment:

  • coordinated travel to ComicsPro and Vancouver Fan Expo
  • took Sally the Sleuth Kickstarter shipping to the post office
  • followed up with tracking information to funders who requested it
  • followed up on unanswered pitch (X) from Z publisher
  • contacted printer to check on the status of two reprints
  • ordered a new banner for ECCC
  • confirmed X as the editor for X project
  • answered creative who pitched R project
  • wrote letter in support of Work for a Million’s documentary grant
  • updated Quickbooks with recent transactions
  • chose a release date for the DBD release of Love Beyond
  • talked to F production company about W project
  • phoned bank to review suspicious transactions on my corporate card
  • ordered a reprint of 2019/2020 release brochures for C2E2 ALA Roundtable
  • shipped 30 copies to Gothic Tales of Haunted Love for giveaway at C2E2
  • coordinated a signing event with ALA for C2E2 with Cecil Castellucci
  • learned how to make gmail lists, and created one for Gothic Tales
  • contacted designer to make a change to the newsletter sign up forms to be printed for comicspro
  • contacted Y about new distribution opportunity
  • messaged H convention for a possible table
  • coordinated with J festival regarding travel
  • set up meetings at Comicspro with other publishers
  • phoned publisher G to discuss ideas for me to improve my workflow
  • emailed Diamond to repair vendor services access
  • emailed current printer to switch shipping directly to distributor
  • emailed potential printer to ask about lowering their per unit print costs
  • hired a creative consultant for a short story in Maiden, Mother, Crone
  • hired a designer for Maiden, Mother, Crone
  • submitted Maiden, Mother, Crone to Diamond’s October releases
  • organized and relabelled files for editor, updated the status of the project internally
  • hired copyeditor for Maiden, Mother, Crone
  • sent a PO request to Diamond for Enough Space for Everyone Else and Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time
  • sent letterer edits for Work for a Million graphic novel
  • coordinated headshot session for March
  • checked grant deadlines and eligibility for Manitoba Arts Council
  • packed display and suitcase for ComicsPro and Vancouver Fan Expo
  • organized panel for Calgary Expo
  • hired editor for T project
  • hired consultant for T project
  • finished reading 1/3 of script of T project
  • emailed business consultant about requested proposal
  • created content (this article) to increase traffic to corporate website

And there you have it. Approximately 12 hours of work boiled down to a list of duties! Of course, some of that time was spent keeping tabs on social media.

You know, in case anything industry-important happens.

Will there be more WWII Canadian Comic Reprints?

A question I receive quite often is “What is the next Canadian WWII comic that you’ll reprint”? For those who don’t know, I started off my press publishing Canadian comics lost in time from the 1940s. These included Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Brok Windsor, Polka Dot Pirate, and Wow Comics #01.

And unless something unexpected happens, those will be the last ones I do.

Why? Well, the simple reason is that the only reason I published these books in the first place is that they were completely inaccessible. That is no longer the case! Library and Archives Canada has now archived every comic in their collection (OCLC: 1007761166), which includes a full collection of every Bell Feature comic, of which they own partial copyright of, along with Nelvana Animation. While their collection is lacking in other publishers (including Maple Leaf Publishing, Anglo-American, and Superior publishing) I would imagine these collections will eventually migrate and be digitized through other institutions in the future.

But, you might wonder, how do you access them?

There are two ways that I will outline.

One, is by using the finding guide at the LAC, this is by far the easiest way, however occasionally links change, so I’ll explain the other way as well.

The finding guide is here, and the links to download the PDFs can be found in the column marked ‘link to ecopy’ after each title’s description.

The second way is to use Library and Archives’s new database, called Aurora. Look up Bell Features comics by title (ie. Dime Comics), or by clicking here.

When you get to the page for the title, you’ll want to click on the ‘View Description’ tab, and then the links to each issue download will be under ‘More Information’.

For example, see the screenshot below.

Gothic Tales of Haunted FUTURES is now live on Kickstarter!

Gothic Tales of Haunted FUTURES is now live on Kickstarter

First announced as part of our new mentorship initiative by The Hollywood Reporter, Gothic Tales of Haunted Futures by S.M. Beiko is now live on Kickstarter, to coincide with their Small Press, Big Ideas initiative.

Featuring a bevy of comic creators merging gothic romance stories with sci-fi settings, it will be fully created by S.M. Beiko, with mentorship from Bedside Press, who will also handle fulfillment and distribution for the title.

 

What Does a Publisher Do?

Publishers do a lot more than just help make books! In addition to working with authors, printers, marketing, and distribution, we also do a lot of work behind the scenes campaigning for copyright fairness, increased governmental funding, and share knowledge with each other.

Below is a chart created to showcase the wide breadth of work the average publisher does.

 

Bedside Press Closure

Bedside Press Closure

We regret to announce we are closing Bedside Press.
This doesn’t mean our titles will not be available! I am in the process of assigning books still in production to new publishers, there may be a delay in release dates while I organize this.
Previous Bedside Press titles are still available to order via this site, your local comic or book store, or online outlets such as amazon.com
Thank you for your years of support! Bedside Press is 6 years old, which is a remarkable achievement for a micro press, and we are proud of all the authors we’ve been able to work with.