Hello dear readers, collaborators, distributors, retailers, fans and friends,
It’s been an amazing ride, hasn’t it?! For 5 years, I dedicated myself to the success of Mirror Comics in all its dimensions. This included comics and graphic novels, to be sure, but also collaborations with movie folk, participation in local and yonder conventions and shows, and a daily web presence and marketing initiative that reached thousands. For all of this, I am grateful. We, all, who contributed to Mirror Comics’ publishing success, are grateful. Our heartfelt thanks to you…
So what’s next!? Mirror Comics publishing programs are hereby halted today, March 2nd 2015, with the exception of Big Box Apocalypse which will remain available through Diamond for the time being [use code OCT141548 to order it through your local comic book shop]. As for digital books, all Mirror Comics books have been removed from MyDigitalComics.com and ComiXology.com. A final presence at Ottawa ComicCon 2015, which Mirror has attended since its inception in 2012, will occur the weekend of May 8th to 10th this year, where we will offer special pricing and free comics with each purchase in order to liquidate our stock of comics and graphic novels.
So is this really the end??? Well, with regards to publishing, for this first incarnation of Mirror Comics, it has come to a happy and successful close. However…. The name Mirror Comics remains. The social accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc, remain, though their purpose of promoting the publishing side of things will be transformed into a champion of all things comics and graphic novels, particularly those comics and creators that don’t fit in any readymade cookie cutter shape.
In a sense, Mirror Comics is not gone at all, and is only huddling up in its symbolic cocoon, in order to return when the time is right. It is interesting to note that Mirror’s logo is a butterfly, isn’t it!?
So, the name remains, like a phoenix waiting to be reborn. In its cocoon phase, Mirror Comics will be inactive as a publisher but reinvigorated as a champion to all comic book and graphic novel creators who do not easily fit in modern comics paradigms. This has been its mission since the start when I was the only creator publishing on this platform. As my readers know, my comics are not ordinary things when it comes to story or art, and I want to extend my support to others who find it difficult to fit in when truly they [we] are just breaking the mould and making comics fresh again. It is clear to see, for those who follow such things, that comics are exploding on every continent, and it is only a matter of time before we experience a golden age the likes of which comics have never seen.
But for now, with regards to books published by Mirror, we will recede into the sidelines, from which we will offer congratulations to all efforts to make comics more fun, more profound, more democratic in age and gender, and to fulfill its promise as one of the best art forms ever invented.
As for me, I will take advantage of the time I will have, away from Mirror Comics, to focus on a project that I started when I was 11 years old and have still not finished, but for which I care deeply and passionately. I will be secretive and coy about its contents, but I will say now that the first pages I have drawn will prove that this is my best artistic effort to date, and the story is the best I’ve ever written myself. It will take some time to complete. It is a saga, a space opera that I hope will be on par with the best in the genre, but that is all I will say for now. Check back after many moons to see where I am at, though I have been updating friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter saying things like… “Today I drew two pages,” or “Today I pencilled three pages.” In a few months I will have drawn hundreds of pages, and I will keep going like this until it is complete, even if it takes years. So far the plan contains a sequence of mini-series, but it has a finite goal, a beginning and an end, and I hope that, once it is done, I will return to the comics sphere re-emboldened to champion my own projects along with those of others whose approach to comics may be unconventional also.
I hope you will wish me luck, as I wish the best onto all of you who have been a part, big or small, of the Mirror Comics family. I have been moved, time and time again, by everyone’s support and generosity. If I took the time to note all of you who have helped along the way… it would take too long and I would run out of minutes in a day to do so. Just know that if you feel a part of the Mirror Comics family, you are, and I am grateful for it.
And though I am excited at this new chapter in my life, and hopeful for the transformation that Mirror Comics will take, I too share in your sadness at the end of a brief but powerful time in indie comics history. Mirror Comics has made a mark, has changed things, has succeeded. We close publishing operations on a high note because of this. It is sad, but, within this diminishing is contained the seed of the next incarnation of Mirror Comics. I do not know what it will be, but I know that it will be very great.
Again, thanks to all who made so many dreams come true, including my own.
Former President and Publisher,
Mirror Comics [2010-2015],
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