For all press inquiries, please contact Barry Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org. To request a review copy of a Secret Acres title, including digital copies, please contact Leon Avelino at email@example.com. For information regarding titles which Secret Acres distributes, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRESS QUOTES AND REVIEWS
Questions about your Secret Acres Emporium orders and special instructions regarding your orders should be directed to email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.’
@ryancecil Sorry, Ryan! There were issues galore with the site, but they appear to be resolved. Emphasis on appear.
- Tuesday Jul 22 - 3:09pm
The thing about Mike Dawson's newest graphic novel, Angie Bongiolatti, is that it's daunting at first glance but kind of impossible not to identify with its characters. Well, you could somehow not identify with them, and that's your right, but you'd probably be completely insane. Rob Kirby, writing for the Comics Journal, writes about Angie Biongiolatti so well, that he might just be the ideal reader for this one. He's sensitive, empathetic, politically conscious and he likes to party. He also nails Angie, the character, who can come across as enigmatic or aloof, but it's her faith and her clarity, as Rob puts it (and we're paraphrasing), that make her the best barometer ever for the most difficult of times and the craziest of people. The key, though, is Rob writing that he knows these folks and he's partied with them. It would have been a lot easier for Mike if he'd had an agenda when he drew these people. Yeah, we might have recognized the ideas, but maybe we wouldn't have recognized these people. Poor Rob! He's one of THEM! Thanks, TCJ, and Rob, especially. This was a really good one.
Well, folks, Edie Fake has arrived! This newest LA native gets a very warm welcome indeed from Joshua Michael Demaree at the LA Review of Books. It's both a full-blown interview, a complete history and in depth review of Memory Palaces, Edie's latest and our first ever art book. If you're worried about Edie going Hollywod, go ahead and worry since Demaree has christened him a "flourishing celebrity." At least, he's a flourishing celebrity in the queer art world. There's some stuff in here that rarely gets discussed, including Edie's background as a video artist and the influence of that medium on his comics work. We even get a mention in the story of how we met Edie, which almost didn't happen. Plus, and this was news to us as well, Edie's return to Chicago (after "going feral") coincided with the death of Michael Jackson. But was it a coincidence? Thank you, Joshua, for all your super thoughtful work here (and for making another dream come true and writing up a Secret Acres book for the LA Review of Books). Go and read this very funny and very serious career retrospective right now!
We do realize it's all Corinne Mucha and all Get Over It! all over all the time these days, but we just had to share our joy over this latest rave from Joseph Erbentraut at the Huffington Post! Yes, that Huffington Post. Complete with an actual excerpt, Joseph gives a brief rundown of the rules regarding breakup recovery times, citing scientific studies and How I Met Your Mother, no less. We're not entirely sold on the sciences here, mostly because the science of love seems to make everyone feel bad for being insane. Let's face it, love is not just blind, but very stupid. As for HIMYM, we're playing catch up with that one, but their rule seems to fit pretty well. However, if you want the real, straight up survival guide to heartbreak, look no further than our Ms. Mucha. SHE KNOWS. Thanks, Joseph and HuffPo! Have a look at the link below.
Hooo boy... WELL. Corinne Mucha is not shy with the Philadelphia Inquirer, it seems. Tirdad Derakhshani, talking about Corinne's new book, Get Over It!, asks the ever important question when it comes to autobiocomics: did that REALLY happen? And, to quote Corinne, "I didn't add or make up anything." Really, one would hope that in the making of comics, the finest medium there is, about one's actual life, that the cartoonist behind them would be brutally honest. Get Over It! is surely that. Let's face it, heartbreak is ugly as love is beautiful. And who the hell would be able to identify with a clean breakup? Does that even happen? Our favorite part of this Inquirer inquiry is the origin story that sneaks its way in. No, Corinne wasn't super into Wolverine as a kid. She wanted to be a REAL artist. The comics all started by accident, it seems, in Rome. Like Rome, Italy. Also, speaking of the other half of the (not in) love story of Get Over It! you can get That Guy's reaction to the book here, too. In other words, you pretty much have to read this.
ICYMI, as the kids say, here at last (after some more technical difficulties - and, yes, between this and our Friday night love-in at Bergen Street Comics being rained out, we are having technical difficulties galore) is Tom Spurgeon, aka the Comics Reporter, doing his Sunday Interview thing with Mike Dawson. As we can attest, these interviews are a lot of work, and require a ton of thought, so count yourself lucky that Mike is a thoughtful guy. There's plenty of shoptalk here, lots of stuff on process and the like. Angie Bongiolatti, Mike's latest graphic novel from us, was a long time in coming. There are plenty of ideas in this book, though, in a sense, it's about one thing and a certain time and place and age in post-9/11 New York. There was a lot of experimentation involved in finding a style that would both corral and express the ideas and move the narrative along, too. After all this, there was a lightning quick turnaround, with Mike finishing the book in January and us getting books printed by April. Angie Bongiolatti is catching up with its audience about now. Meanwhile, Mike has been all over the place, on tumblr, on Slate, on TCJ Talkies, and Tom has Mike talking about the future quite a bit, too. If you like Big Questions for cartoonists, this is a good place to be. As for Angie Bongiolatti, well, ask Mike says, " I think people just sort of have to read it." So go read it!