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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Now Would Be a Good Time to Buy Something from McSweeney’s

posted by on June 12 at 11:27 AM

From the website for McSweeney’s (publisher of excellent books, publisher of the McSweeney’s quarterly, publisher of The Believer, publisher of DVD quarterly Wholphin):

As you may know, it’s been tough going for many independent publishers, McSweeney’s included, since our distributor filed for bankruptcy last December 29. We lost about $130,000—actual earnings that were simply erased. Due to the intricacies of the settlement, the real hurt didn’t hit right away, but it’s hitting now. Like most small publishers, our business is basically a break-even proposition in the best of times, so there’s really no way to absorb a loss that big.

Taking a cue from Fantagraphics (when Fantagraphics was “in similarly dire straits”), McSweeney’s is selling everything in their store at discounted prices (including subscriptions to McSweeney’s, the huge faces-of-The Believer poster, and fine T-shirts) AND holding an auction of rare items.

What sorts of rare items? Right now, an original Tony Millionaire drawing of Ben Gibbard, a painting of an amputated president by Dave Eggers, a copy of Wholphin doodled on by Spike Jonze, this awesome package of Marcel Dzama Berlin Years prints doodled on by Dzama, and more.

You know what to do.

(Now please enjoy some reviews of Seattle audiences written for The Stranger by McSweeney’s and Believer alums: Sarah Vowell in 2002; Ben Marcus in 2002; Vendela Vida in 2003; Paul Collins in 2004; Sean Wilsey in 2005; Dave Eggers in 2005; John Hodgman in 2005; and Ryan Boudinot in 2006.)

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That is one hell of a fiscal gap for a fringe pub.

Posted by Gomez | June 12, 2007 12:20 PM

By the way Wholphin is amazing. I definitely recommend that people subscribe since it's almost impossible to find in Seattle stores.

Posted by Trevor | June 12, 2007 5:08 PM

DEFINITELY. Pretty much any of the McSweeney's stuff is amazing. Even just as Objects D'Art. And the most recent issue of Wholphin has a couple clips from a Japanese film called _Funky Forest_ which is what the phrase "Worth The Price Of Admission" was designed for. If you read this, and you get NOTHING else, get that issue of Wholphin.

Though, ideally, get more than that, too. Cause it's almost all pretty awesome.

Posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me | June 12, 2007 5:20 PM

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