Phase Eight Publishing
Today I'm officially launching a new imprint of Phase Seven Comics called Phase Eight Publishing, which I will use to publish the work of other people.
Over the last 15 years of self-publishing I have learned a lot about putting books together, in terms of design, layout, printing and distribution. My idea with Phase Eight is to put those skills to use for other people and to hopefully bring some books into the world that might not otherwise exist. I've already got three books lined up, but I think I'll only be able to manage one a year, so I'm not currently accepting submissions. Maybe someday I will though.
The first Phase Eight Publishing book is a 392-page collection of diary comics by Gabby Schulz called A Process of Drastically Reducing One's Expectations. You can watch a video preview of the book, read an excerpt and find ordering information over on the APODROE webpage.
Gabby is one of my favorite cartoonists. His diary comics are sharp and funny and depressing and poignant. Gabby often says things in his comics that I also think and feel, but would never have the guts to put in my own work. I loved reading these strips as he posted them on his website from 2013-2016, and I'm very proud to help these comics reach a wider audience in book form.
Gabby's book was one of the many projects I thought I would easily finish back in 2016, but is only now seeing completion. Now that I am providing nine hours a day of childcare for my daughter, I find I am about half as productive as I used to be. I'm fine with this trade-off, but it means that I have a big backlog of projects from 2016 that are only now, finally nearing completion.
Next up is Phase 7 #023 which I recently finished. It has actually already been printed, I just need to find some time to sign them and send them out to the Phase 7 subscribers. After that I have a couple of big freelance projects that are wrapping up, so I will have less on my plate beginning in March, which will be a welcome change of pace. Hopefully this will give me more energy to tackle new projects!