Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Free Access: Underground & Independent Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels

"Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels is the first ever scholarly, primary source database focusing on adult comic books and graphic novels. Beginning with the first underground comix from the 1960’s to the works of modern sequential artists, this collection will contain more than 75,000 pages of comics and graphic novels, along with 25,000 pages of interviews, criticism, and journal articles that document the continual growth and evolution of this artform."

And, according to Gene Kannenberg, it's all legal too! As the group's advisors/partners include Denis Kitchen and Gary Groth, I'm inclined to believe it!

Access it now, registration-free, through Friday, May 21st.

http://comx.alexanderstreet.com
username: comics
password: sneakpeek

1 comment:

Greg Urquhart said...

I’m the editor of Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels, and I can confirm that this is indeed legit! We’ve spent the past 2+ years on a massive licensing campaign (which is still ongoing), and thanks to the help of folks like Denis Kitchen, Jim Danky, and Gary Groth, we’ve now got hundreds of artists on board, all of whom earn royalties every time we sell the collection to a library.

The materials you see on the site now represent only about 20% of the final collection. We’ll be adding new comics and new books about comics until we reach our final goal of 100,000 pages.

The “sneak peak” campaign only runs through this Friday, but if you need access for a longer period, in order to write a review or something, just write me directly at gurquhart(at)astreetpress.com and I’ll see what I can do.