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.’
@DandQ This is amazing! Best comics publisher site of all time. Maybe you should get artists for the other letters in the alphabet now.
- Friday Aug 8 - 5:01pm
@realasianfriend It's all for YOU! But, really, thanks; we needed that!
- Thursday Aug 7 - 10:09pm
ZOMG! It's Tim O'Neil for the Onion AV Club on Corinne Mucha's Get Over It! and it's a pretty darn good review, too. Tim's clearly on top of his comics game, name-dropping and comparing Corinne to none other than Kate Beaton, John Allison and Dylan Horrocks - pretty much a Mt. Rushmore of the medium. He gets it right; Corinne hits every bump on Heartbreak Road, ever stage of grief, but all told, it's actually kind of... ...fun? As Tim puts it, she "turns a book about three years of anguish into a page-turner." There IS something fun about being heartbroken, and not just the rebound. It's like a license to crazy. At least we think so. There's lots of other good stuff reviewed here, too, including Rocket Raccoon's latest, Superman and Roman Muradov (love that guy). Corinne's got some good company for Get Over It! Thank you, Tim, and thanks, AV Club, for the very kind words. You guys go read now at the link!
We are outta here! Or at least will we be in the morning. Actually, the very early morning. Sigh. But we're going to the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo aka RIPE! This is our first time at the show. It's also the first time FOR the show. RIPE is brand new and the brainchild of some folks we truly adore, like Mickey Z, who roped us into going way back when at the last Comic Arts Brooklyn. Yes, it is suspicious that there's a comic show in the dead of summer called RIPE. We've stopped showering and wiping for the occasion. Kidding. At our table will be Brendan Leach, of Iron Bound fame, and Sean Ford, he who has brought you Only Skin. Not only will Sean have the new and improved edition of Only Skin, he will have the fourth, yes, FOURTH issue of his new series, Shadow Hills. Playing the role of Secret Acres comics mule on the ride up will be Dave Nuss of Revival House Press, home of folks like Malachi Ward. It's a star-studded event and we don't even have to worry about crossing any borders! Doors are at noon and details are at the link below. If you're in Providence now, there's all kinds of stuff happening tonight, too. We will see you tomorrow...
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!