For all press inquiries, please contact Barry Matthews at email@example.com. To request a review copy of a Secret Acres title, including digital copies, please contact Leon Avelino at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information regarding titles which Secret Acres distributes, please e-mail email@example.com.
PRESS KITS AND REVIEWS
If available, press kits can be found on the Emporium product pages for each Secret Acres title. Review quotes for all Secret Acres titles and other works by Secret Acres artists can be found on the individual artists pages under the Artists tab on the menu above.
Questions about your Secret Acres Emporium orders and special instructions regarding your orders should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Secret Acres does accept international orders. Please e-mail us directly for a shipping estimate.
41 Park Street
Jersey City, NJ 07304
To place an order via our book market distributor, Baker and Taylor, please contact Eileen Rieger:
Eileen Rieger, Buyer
Baker & Taylor
1120 U.S. Highway 22 East
P.O. Box 6885
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-0885
To place an order to the direct market via Diamond Comics Distribution, please contact Jay Spence:
Purchasing Brand Manager
Diamond Comic Distributors
Tel: 410-560-7112, ext. 272
ABOUT THIS SITE
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All content on the secretacres.com site is copyright by the respective creator of the particular piece of comics, writing, music, animation or art. All section and feature names (that are not the property of the creators), design work, logos and art are copyright © 2007 Secret Acres, LLC.
We love comics. We will look at everything and anything. If you’re thinking of sending us your work, take a look at this site first. We have broad tastes, but you can get a pretty good idea of what we like from what’s here. Don’t send us anything original, please. We like to keep whatever we get. Hard copies, mini-comics, .pdf’s and links are all good. Don’t send us pitches. Even if we’re familiar with your work, we don’t like leaving a whole lot to the imagination. If you want us to consider something
for publication, we need to see a good chunk’s worth. We used to be able to guarantee that you’d get some kind of feedback from us, but we’re still a micro outfit and we’ve been regularly overwhelmed for a while now. You can send your comics to the address at the Contact heading below, but we strongly prefer electronic submissions. Please be sure to indicate that what you’ve sent us is a submission for publication.
FOR THE EMPORIUM
Secret Acres sells its artists’ self-published comics on a non-commission basis. The rest of you are not so lucky. If you want us to carry your self-published comics in our store, send us a copy. If we like it and it fits with us, we’ll send you a form to fill out. The terms are simple: We get 50% of cover, you get the rest. Every quarter you’ll get paid for whatever you’ve sold. If you don’t have at least 15 copies on hand, don’t send us a store submission. This isn’t to say we want 15 copies at once, but we
want to make sure that if someone wants your comics, we have them ready to go and we can re-stock from you without a long wait. You can send your minis to the address at the Contact heading below. Please be sure to indicate that what you’ve sent us is a submission for the Secret Acres Emporium.
Find us at the physical and digital address and numbers below:
237 Flatbush Avenue, #331
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tel.: (718) 502-9882
Fax: (718) 775-3991
Please consider sending only electronic submissions. For more information on submissions, please check the Submissions heading above.
This web site is still in development and we would appreciate your feedback, both technical and otherwise. Please contact Barry Matthews at at email@example.com.
Artist Contact informatoin can be found on the individual artists pages under the Artists tab on the menu above.
Foreign rights inquiries should be directed to Nicolas Grivel:
Nicolas Grivel Agency
1 Route de Bouvacôte
Tel.: 0683477459 – France
Tel.: (347) 435-9468
Best Independent Comics Publisher: Secret Acres
“It can be hard making your way in the big city, and life as an independent comics publisher is no different. New York, after all, is home to the medium’s two goliaths—Marvel and DC. But even the presence of such monopolistic entities hasn’t deterred the efforts of Barry Matthews and Leon Avelino. This Queens-based publishing house came seemingly out of nowhere in 2006, and has been producing vibrant and essential works by the likes of Ken Dahl, Minty Lewis, Theo Ellsworth and Eamon Espey, ever since. Suck it, Batman.”
- NY PRESS Best of Manhattan 2010: Arts & Entertainment
“Not so secret anymore” (Douglas Wolk, Publisher’s Weekly), Secret Acres is a comics publishing company, founded in 2006. “A jewel in the present, rich world of small-press enterprises” (Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter), we publish comics of all shapes and sizes. Secret Acres also sells and distributes its creators’ mini-comics and other self-published works.
Secret Acres’ titles include:
Says Comics Now, “They look for talent that’s spurred by love of the medium; SA was created to support that talent. Content is the priority; SA simply publishes books that its owners think people should be reading… In the end, they want to be the publishing house with which their creators most want to work, a very laudable goal. Hmmm . . . a publisher that exists to enable further works by creators it admires? That, perhaps, could be the definition of ‘independent sensibilities.”
Catechism No. 1 – The Creed
LESSON FIRST: ON THE END OF SECRET ACRES
‘Secret Acres was made by Barry Matthews and Leon Avelino.’
‘Barry Matthews claims rural Vermont as his place of origin. He pursued and captured an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Cornell University and was named a Best New American Voice. He has worked for a large dot com ever since. Leon Avelino was born in the Philippines and raised on New York’s upper west side. Also possessed of fairly useless degrees, he has been working in comics companies large and small for the better part of his life. They reside in New York City.’
‘Secret Acres is a comics publishing company, founded in 2006. Currently, the company publishes story collections and original graphic novels. Secret Acres sells and distributes its creators’ mini-comics and other self-published works. Secret Acres can be seen exhibiting at better comics conventions.’
‘Leon and Barry founded Secret Acres because they love good comics and want the world to know and love these comics.’
‘You should find good comics and read them. There are many good comics to discover on this web site, at comics conventions and your local comics retailers and booksellers. Good comics are also for sale directly from their creators. Links to the sites of Secret Acres’ creators can be found on the individual artists pages under the Artists tab on the menu above.’
‘Secret Acres comics are available for purchase on this web site, at comics conventions in which the company exhibits, from amazon.com and at the finest comics retailers and booksellers. You can contact Secret Acres at the address, phone number and e-mail address listed at the Contact heading above. For submission information, please check the Submissions heading above. Secret Acres comics are distributed by Tony Shenton, Baker & Taylor and Diamond Distribution. Contact information for our distributors can be found under the Orders heading above.’
‘We don’t have a creed.’
‘We still don’t have a creed.’
Finally, we are hitting the asphalt for our first road trip of the year. It's a long drive to the Toronto Comics Arts Festival and we are carrying some precious cargo as usual. Theo Ellsworth is being delivered via airmail, with fellow Acres Brendan Leach, Joe Lambert and Edie Fake meeting us there. Sean Ford has called shotgun, and Capacity 8 is in the boot. Capacity 8 is one of those surprise births with which we are regularly blessed here at Secret Acres. It's also the first time anyone in our gang has dropped a new story for a series that we've collected. Capacity, Theo's big, fat book, is a complete thing, for sure. The eighth issue is all new territory, but it's still all true. In a way. In that Capacity way. Oh, and we'll be kicking off first thing Saturday with a small press panel featuring pals and heroes, Koyama Press, Rebus Books and Grimalkin Press, too. This year's Acresmobile comic mule is the legendary Dash Shaw. Alas, last year's hitcher, MK Reed, is too lazy to make it to TCAF. Everyone else better be heading up - or catching Eamon Espey's Ishi's Brain show in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Yeah, we're looking at you. We're standing right behind you. No, the other way. Anyhow, there's explicit instructions up on Scuttlebutt.
PEOPLE OF THE SEATTLE: Tonight's the night! Go watch Eamon Espey and Lisa Krause as they bring their show, Ishi's Brain, to Hugo House. Which is in Seattle. Ishi's Brain is based on Eamon's story of the same name from his Secret Acres collection, Songs of the Abyss. Lisa Krause is an artist and puppeteer of Bread and Puppet fame, among other things. It's quite a unique experience and pretty much beats the hell of out any old, regular reading. They are on tour all over the country, but there's something fitting about performing Ishi in Seattle. You know, because Seattle is strange and dark and there are scary woodlands and coffee. The Richard Hugo House is also something to see in itself. They have a writers' residence for zinesters (currently held by ZAPP), classes on seemingly everything, a focus on a local writing community and, of course, performances. Go. Have fun. Report back to us. Even the Stranger says to check it out. See...
Stranger things have certainly happened, but it would appear our man, Theo Ellsworth, will have not one, but two debuts at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival. Yes, we will have the eighth issue of his ongoing Capacity (the first since our enormous collection of that title), but we'll tell you more about that later. Meanwhile, we knew Theo was working on a comic for an anthology, but we didn't realize it was the fourth Alternative Comics anthology. You may or may not be aware, but Alternative Comics published some truly amazing things, like Jeff Lewis' True Swamp and Steven Weissman's Yikes (yes, this was before Fantagraphics took over). Then they took some time off. Now they're back. Also included in this anthology are Alternative Comics graduate James Kochalka, this guy named Craig Thompson, the adorable Noah Van Sciver and #cybergang leader, Alex Schubert, to name a few. Get up to TCAF because it's amazing, and Theo and most of the Alternative Comics crew will be there to sign the thing. Collect them all!
On a more important note than usual: 282 Broadway is where the party has been for, well, seems like forever now. What the hell is that, you ask? It's the home address for Domino Books and Revival House and Rebus. It's known sometimes as Bill K's Place, as in Bill Kartalopoulos. Just about everyone who has ever attended or exhibited at a comics event in New York City or, hell, ever drawn a comic while in city limits, has been exhausted, high, drunk or lost in that apartment while rubbing elbows with their heroes. We've written plenty on our blog, about their comics and their parties, too. Now they're moving out. We're telling you this because these guys need a new home. Go buy some comics from them. Forget the good cause, their books are amazing and we've been seethingly jealous of their good work, so if you like us, help them and get some great stuff for yourself. Everybody wins!
Not a joke! Not a dream! Our man Edie Fake has gone Ivy League at last, in a duel with Gil Kane - to the death! Well, not exactly. It's the Illustration, Comics and Animation Conference at Dartmouth College and it's happening right now this weekend. You might be wondering what, exactly, Edie Fake, author of the superduper, super queer Gaylord Phoenix, and Gil Kane, artist and co-creator of Green Lantern and Iron Fist, might have in common. So did we. We'd paraphrase, but we're very stupid, so here's a quote from a study by Brian Cremins, who has a Ph.D. and stuff: "Fake’s emphasis on the “cross-pollination” of ideas informs my reading of Gaylord Phoenix and of Sweetmeats, which, in this paper, I will place in dialogue with the work of the Gil Kane, an early innovator in the graphic novel form who produced his best known work on superhero titles published by DC and Marvel Comics in the 1960s and 1970s. Both Edie Fake and Gil Kane are fascinated with the transmogrification of the body." Yep. You heard it here, folks. We typed transmogrification. Cremins is fleshing this out (no pun intended, kind of) into a full-fledged article, coming soon to very smart people everywhere. There's more on the conference at the link. Get there if you can, and report back to us, please!