I love new comic book day. Wednesdays are the day I look forward to instead of the dreaded hump day. Walking into my LCS for the conversations, thumbing through my weeks pull list and grabbing any new issues off of the front tables gave me the rare sense of control in a rather chaotic world. With publication being paused and distribution being halted, many folks are finding different ways to cope. Some folks are reading old books they've let pile up since they now have time to get to them (guilty), some folks are hunting on ebay, facebook marketplace, mercari etc. for "new to you comic book day" (also guilty). But, when it comes to needing to do anything with some of these older titles (even if I write the "building my own trades" pieces), I feel a little like this if I'm writing a post on something older:
Needless to say, the first mention of "new comics" got me incredibly excited. As I was listening to last night's Comic Book Club Live Show, there was an interview with Stonie Williams who was there to talk about his new book "Vala the Beast Heart" which is published and distributed by Ashcan Comics Pub. As the live show continued on, I found my self digging through their website. I instantly found myself intrigued by their story on the FAQ page, the comics, prose, and other works they have published, and almost instantly became a supporter on Patreon.
Throughout the night, I spent a lot of time thinking (while watching Tiger King) about how a truly independent publisher is faring under these current circumstances, so I decided to reach out to Nate Lindley, the founder and CEO of Ashcan with a couple of questions, and to my surprise he said yes! Here is the interview:
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