When Buzzboy first launched as a floppy comic, it was received about as well as ANY B&W superhero indy comic (insert crickets here). But when I collected the 4 issues into a trade paperback, or graphic novel form, sales took off, in an incredible way. Over the last 13 years, thousands of Buzzboy books have reached readers, and about 90% of all my sales have been through libraries.
It's funny, because someone told me, "Libraries are a one-time sale." Not only is that untrue, as new copies are ordered if a book falls apart due to reading, but a one time sale is NOT a bad thing when there are over 100,000 libraries in the US alone!
So, when Red Goant Publisher Benny Powell approached me about doing Sidekicks Rule through RG, my main concern was "will we offer this to, and reach out to libraries?" The answer is yes.
Buzzboy is already available through Amazon, the Red Giant Store, and starting this week, in comics shops across the worlld, but it is also available through Baker & Taylor, the premiere supplier of books to libraries. Here is the info I think any librarian would need:
Publication Date: December 1, 2011
When the Earth's greatest adult heroes disappear, Buzzboy and his other sidekick buddies must keep the world safe from alien invaders, time-traveling ducks... and evil robot wiener-dogs!? "Buzzboy: Sidekicks Rule!" features full-color fun, comic tutorials for kids of all ages, and more! Harvey Award Nominee, John Gallagher presents this book that is a true family treasure for kids of all ages, from 8 to 80!
A-Plus! The energy of the lead character and his antics almost leaps off the page. --John Jackson Miller, Comics Buyers Guide
Serious art does not mean that you have to take art seriously... I am convinced that John Gallagher understands this truth at the very core of his being. He expresses it on every page of Buzzboy -- every breezy phrase, action-packed panel and wacky reference says emphatically that this is ART, and it is not at all serious... My only disappointment is that Buzzboy was not around when I was a kid. --Jimmy Grownley, author of Amelia Rules
About the Author
John Gallagher is a veteran comic book writer/artist and recognized by his peers with multiple awards and nominations such as the prestigious Harvey Awards. He teaches art and often donates his time to libraries and schools to help encourage kids to pursue their artistic aspirations and dreams.
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Red Giant Entertainment; First Printing edition (December 1, 2011)
you can confirm this all at Amazon...
Also, I am happy to speak at schools and libraries about comics creation, and havbe been doing so for the last several years. Click on the image below if you are interested, and wife Beth can give you the scoop on speaking fees, etc. or e-mail her at beth (at) sky-dog (dot) com
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