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 QUOTES AND REVIEWS
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
This site is operated by Secret Acres Books LLC. The elements of this web site, including text, graphics, logos, designs and photographs, are protected by United States and international intellectual property laws. All materials contained on secretacres.com are copyrighted property of Secret Acres Books LLC or its creators, and such materials should not be copied, reproduced or used without express written permission from Secret Acres Books LLC or the creators.
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.’
Yes! And we're going back to bed. RT @inkstuds: asbury, space and linework good day to be buying comics.
- Saturday Apr 12 - 3:16pm
Hello! Are you in New Jersey or have you escaped? If you are still in Jersey or anywhere near it, you ought to stop by the Asbury Park Comic Con, which is right along the historic boardwalk, which is the site of some terrible goings on in Brendan Leach's Iron Bound. Of course, Brendan will be there, and we promise it's much safer than you would think after reading his book. If you don't have a copy of Iron Bound handy, you can pick one up from Brendan at the show. If you do have a copy, you might want to wait to read it until after the show. You can still play pinball at the Silver Ball Museum, though. Even more ridiculous, Jersey boy Mike Dawson is crashing the party. He's back living in Jersey now, but his latest book, Angie Bongiolatti, is all about life in New York post 9/11. His other books, Troop 142 and Freddie & Me will give you all the non-scary Jersey you need. Get over there and get some comics and take a little stroll along the beach, where the "Jedi" play "Tatoine," as the kids say. We actually saw that last year. It was HILARIOUS.
HEY! Are you in Portlandia or something? Because Edie Fake is in Portland, Oregon, doing some Linework. Linework NW, kinda like Edie himself, is blurring the line between comics, fine art and illustration work. They have Jim Woodring and Michael Deforge and some pretty killer events planned for the show, including an evening of Edie at the legendary Floating World Comics. We'd tell you what Edie is doing there, but the Lineworkers say it best, "Fake will be giving a short and colorful experimental lecture on the sexuality of patterns that weaves together fabric, the tarot, the concept of individuality and jeggings." Yes, sexy fabric and jeggings. Now you have to go! Read all about it here...
Hi! Are you in Ohio someplace? Because Sean Ford is in Columbus, Ohio, aka SPACE, the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo. Sean's got the brand new edition of Only Skin and a brand new issue of Shadow Hills, which is the third of that series (!). There's lots of fun programming, but you can also double dip and go check out the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum right next door. It's probably the largest collection of comics anywhere and, in conjunction with the SPACE Jam (that's a thing), they're opening up the Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes, duh) and Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac, duh) exhibits, too! Now that's worth the trip. Make sure you get Sean to sketch your books out. That guy acts like every day is Angouleme. Deets at the link!
Well, well, well! It's Paste Magazine's Hillary Brown on Mike Dawson's Angie Bongiolatti, which is a lot of names. It's also a very thoughtful review. Angie Bongiolatti is indeed a macro, holistic view of a group of people at a particular moment. The book is not so much about the people themselves, but more a book of ideas. That ain't easy. Hillary is too smart to take the bait on the politics of Angie Bongiolatti, of course. As she writes, it's a story of ideals and idealization, and how they distort our view of some very flawed thinking and very flawed people. Hillary is one of the best critics out there, so stop reading this and go read her. Go on...
And we're back on our Scuttlebutt blog with a rundown of all things MoCCA. Even as steering committee members, we were skeptical that a year's worth of planning would make much difference between last year's show and this one, but it turns out we were wrong, or we were "haters" as the kids like to say. A big balloon, a new layout, a Comics Week worth of events all over New York, some killer programming and a drop in admission prices really brought this show to life. And it WAS dead, Jim. We should have given the Society of Illustrators, and ourselves, a little more credit for learning on the fly. You can also check out the early bird reviews of Angie Bongiolatti and Memory Palaces, AND you can see where everyone is heading next, since both Sean Ford and Edie Fake will be at shows this very weekend, while Mike Dawson and Brendan Leach will be heading back to Asbury Park. We're staying put until TCAF time, but we'll return to warn you about that one and Corinne Mucha and Get Over It! we promise. Thanks, everyone, who came to MoCCA and to the Bureau of General Services - Queer Division and to Bergen Street Comics. We do it all for you!