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Eddie Campbell Closes Company By Brian Jacks
Slushfactory.com has received an open letter from Eddie Campbell (From Hell), in which Campbell has announced he is closing down operations on his own publishing imprint.
Batman fans will find of interest the creator's discussion of his upcoming Bat-project.
Mr. Campbell's letter now follows:
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I have ceased publishing new work for the foreseeable future. Egomania #2 is the final release from Eddie Campbell Comics. I conceived Egomania in a moment when From Hell was bringing in so much revenue that I could afford to indulge myself and put out a magazine which made no compromises to market expectations. I wanted to do a mag made up of my enthusiasms, pure and simple, presented in a precise and attractive typographical setting. I also wanted it to be such an eclectic mix of stuff that it would confound the comics purists who attempt to oppress and stultify our medium by straight-jacketing it with their definitions and rules. Itís time to broaden our vision instead of narrowing it. I knew the thing had no chance in the current market and that the clock was ticking as soon as I started. The collapse of my US distributor last year hurried things to an early conclusion.
Egomania #1 and #2 are still available. The latter has the wittiest and most engaging interview with Alan Moore that you will read anywhere. Also, I take pride in the fact that in the eight years since I started self publishing I have managed to get my entire catalogue, more or less, back into print. There are the four Alec, or autobiographical books, the nine Bacchus books, and the enormous collected From Hell. If you havenít picked up After The Snooter yet, go and check it out. I put everything into that one and I believe itís the goods. All of these books and more will continue to be available from Top Shelf Productions, or from myself. I expect my new serial The History of Humour will resurface in some way or other. Thereís a new Playwright story by Daren White and myself in the current Dee Vee special. And Iíll be showing up at quite a few conventions this year too (if United Airlines, under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, continue to honour my squillion frequent flyer points).
For the rest of the year Iíll be working on a one-off Batman book, writing and painting. (I seem to have got into this gig by a series of peculiar accidents.) In a way it could be viewed as a development of my interview with old Batman artist Lew Sayre Schwartz in Egomania #1. Iíll also be revisiting From Hell territory since the book is set in London in 1939 and involves a complicated mystery and a very eccentric secret society. Iím enjoying applying myself to the full colour painted pages and escaping from the travails of dealing with pre-press problems, printing problems, distribution problems, importation problems and all the other bureaucratic interruptions that have distracted me from the important work over the last few years. I wonít say more about the project at this stage except that to my surprise I am reinventing myself anew on every page. At the current page (#8 ) itís impossible to imagine how it will look at the end. So look for news on this later in the year.