23 April 2009

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Things have been ramping up for Gestalt's upcoming anthology FLINCH, which is due for release next month. I know it's been the buzz in the local comics scene lately, and most are looking forward to it. The effort from Gestalt has been outstanding in getting this book out there. There's already an official FLINCH website. It's on pre-order from Amazon.com and from the Gestalt website, and recently it was submitted to Diamond's preview listing. There is also the Official FLINCH and EXAMPLE Book Launch at Dymocks on Collins St in Melbourne on Thursday the 7th-May at 6.30pm (be there!) ... but a few days ago Wolfgang emailed me to tell me that Diamond Distribution had axed the book due its now (more than doubled) minimum order quota. Not only that, but Diamond didn't even contact him to relay the news... but rather, he found out from a retailer in Montreal. The full story here.

This was a kick in the guts to Wolfgang and many others who have put a lot into this... but not missing a beat, Wolfgang said the launch in Melbourne would still go on, and he had a plan B and C to get the book distributed in other channels. It's great to see determination like this...

THEN, Wolfgang emails me the next day and says that it's been un-axed. Not only that, it's recieved a star-rating and now Gestalt has sold more books than ever!

Unless books meet their quota, Diamond doesn't let them through. Understandable i guess, but they're the only real game in town. They make few exceptions, and it looks that this was one of those times... and it's worked out to boost the book's orders. Lucky for Gestalt, though you'd hate to think they'd be subjected to this circus each time they try to put a good book out. Doesn't inspire confidence eh?... Make of it what you will. I certainly know how i feel about the state of this monopolized shebang.

So anyway, come along to the book launches of both FLINCH and THE EXAMPLE:

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EVENT DETAILS:
Thursday, 7th May 2009
18:30~21:00

VENUE:

Dymocks Melbourne
234 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000

Australia

Tel: 03 9663 0900

Email RSVP would be greatly appreciated by 1st May 2009 to
flinch@gestaltpublishing.com

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Go out and buy the above books. They're great... and if you're in Melbourne on 7-May (in the evening)... drop by Dymocks at 6.30pm in Collins St and get a signed copy from the many contributing authors who'll be there!

-Bobby.N

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