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Monthly Subscription to Comics Planned (UPDATE)
News Free Comics Cover. Used by Permission
A new publication called “News Free Comics” is being launched with the hopes of gathering 2,0000 subscribers for a monthly mailing of comics strips. The proprietor, Randall Vanfossen, says that he started News Free Comics last year for local distribution and is hoping to take the idea nationally. So far the comics selection will include several independent strips as well as:
- Michael Jantze’s The Norm
- Dave Kellett’s Sheldon
- Vic Lee’s Pardon My Planet
- Jef Mallett’s Frazz
- Norm Feuti’s Retail
- Mark Leiknes’ Cow & Boy
- Tony Carrillo’s F-Minus
- Brooke McEldowney’s 9 Chickweed Lane
- Jim Meddick’s Monty
- Brian Anderson’s Dog Eat Doug
- & Thoughts by Porter Mason
He says the monthly paperback will be about 20 pages (with hopes to grow to 24 or more), and that each edition will contain a week’s worth of each feature (but those strips won’t be currently run comics to agreements with syndicates).
From an email he sent me:
I will probably only run a few each of the unsyndicated or lesser known strips. I’m trying to make it look different than the average newspaper comics section, which are usually the epitome of blandness. I’ve been known to take a single daily strip and blow it up to the full width of the page, just because. I also like to occasionally throw two or three dailies together to make one long strip, also just because.
Randall needs 2000 subscribers to get going. If you’re interested visit his web site for pricing and more information.
Disclaimer: This is not a paid advertisement. I have no connection to this endeavor.
Update: Just got an email from Randall who wanted to clarify that the publication is printed on standard newsprint paper. He says, “I wanted it to have the look and feel of a newspaper comics section, except with a more interesting layout.”