Stephen Romano here, your fearless writer and editor of Eibon Press! I’ve come with black tidings this holiday season, and also with awesome news of a wild new Eibon Press holiday we’ve invented as a soothing balm to all of the problems we’ve been running into lately.
FIRST OFF, SEE THAT COUPON UP THERE!?? Use it this weekend and UP UNTIL TUESDAY AT MIDNIGHT to get some discounts! We had to cancel our big Black Friday event, but we still wanna give you something back. That is to say, we’ve had a rough couple of years. But, in true Eibon Press style, we’re thundering forward and not giving up the ghost. Or the zombie. Or any fucking thing else you can shake a dead rat on a stick at. THIS IS EIBON PRESS AND WE DO NOT LET DOWN OUR LOYAL READERS, COME HELL OR HIGH WATER. And to prove it, here’s 20 percent off some comics and a BIG UPDATE on all our future greatness, starting with a pretty picture for you, from our awesome Eibon Press A TEAM, artist Pat Carbajal and colorist Bruna Costa:
That’s director WILLIAM LUSTIG, legendary maker of the motion picture MANIAC in his super-gory cameo appearance in the THIRD ISSUE of MANIAC 2: ROADKILL. (And if you can believe it, that’s not even HALF of what happens to Bill!) Our sequel series is hitting the road running after the catastrophic events of #2, with our new characters joining the mayhem in full-on Eibon style, as in this awesome shocker of a sequence:
Hot damn, huh?
For issue #2, Pat and I decided on a very ambitious plan to make the art on our comics together at a much higher level of vivid detail, which will give you, dear readers, the ULTIMATE EIBON EXPERIENCE when you read this motherfucker. Check it out:
This is some of the best work we've ever done.
But unfortunately, that level of quality also takes twice as much time, and we’ve been really busting ass to survive on all fronts.
ALSO, you may have noticed that #2 still has not shipped yet.
So strap in, while I give you the update.
In 2020 the lockdown kicked our fucking asses, but we still got books out. In 2021, it’s gotten much worse. The BOTTOM LINE is that supply chains everywhere are compromised, folks have not been showing up for work at their jobs, and if you’re in the mail order business… well good goddamn luck. I’m sure you’ve noticed we’ve only had a few books out this year and it’s been tough for us to say the least. Manufacturing costs have gone up and the comic books we make take over twice as long to ship out from our overseas facilities. We tried going stateside last year with printing but THAT kicked our asses, too, with badly manufactured books, shoddy printing and cut-rate shipping which gave us all kinds of hassles. Add to that our loss of customers due to the longer shipping times on our books, and well… to make a painfully long story mercifully short, it looked like we were gonna have to pack it in for a while there.
But we are Eibonites, kids. We. Don't. GIVE. UP.
As a result of falling so far behind on production and shipping, we’ve had no choice but to cancel our usual BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND sale this year, because, frankly, we’re just not finished with creating the books yet, and we have several that haven’t shipped out.
That’s a total bummer. Especially for US, because cash flow is tight and we need those pre-orders to survive.
But here’s the thing about our books. When we put a product in the store, we make sure it gets to you. No matter how long you have to wait, we DO NOT LET OUR CUSTOMERS DOWN. This is not Kickstarter. When you order a product, it is a GUARANTEE that you will GET that product and there’s never any question about it. We have spent the past six years building a reputation for quality and customer service that’s second-to-none. Nobody makes the kind of high-quality limited edition collector’s items we make. NOBODY. And nobody packages them and ships them with as much hand-crafted care and respect for the reader as we do. This comes from decades of experience in making books and stories and doing mail order. We are professionals and we will NEVER take your money and run. NEVER. Unfortunately, so many things related to creating, printing and shipping our books these days is almost 100 percent out of our hands. Those among you who have been with us since the start don’t need to be reminded of this, but we’re taking the time to let you know again that QUALITY and CUSTOMER SATISFACTION is always our number-one priority, and if you stand with us through these rough moments and support what we do… you’ll never be disappointed. You just have to wait a little longer for our books to show up in your mailbox. We’ve been trying this whole retail experiment as well, with our sleeveless re-print of THE BEYOND #1, but it’s been rough too. We hit some snags with reaching out to comic stores. But those of you who ordered those will get them when they ship.
No Black Friday hits us hard, of course. But we're still giving you a sale this weekend. And then we started thinking… maybe this ain’t such a bad thing. After all, fucking EVERYBODY does a Black Friday sale. Why not push our main shit back a month and really give the Eibonites and Psycho Fans something super special? And so we invented…
(Yep, we’re big James Ellroy fans around here.)
This is an all-new experimental release window we’re saving for DECEMBER 23, one day before CHRISTMAS EVE. It’s when you’ll be able to order not one, but THREE NEW EIBON PRESS BOOKS and you’ll get some fun free stuff too!
We'll have FREE POSTERS!
TWO NEW ENAMEL PINS!
AND TWO PSYCHO FAN PACKAGES TO MELT YOUR BRAIN!
We had to do this because MANIAC 2: ROADKILL #3 is still in production, and we wanted to make sure MANIAC 2: ROADKILL #2 was shipped out and in your hot little hands before we offer the next issue. We’re hoping also to ship ESCAPE FROM THE BEYOND #1 in December, but it may not be possible, due to the ten week plus shipping delays on that. Rest assured, both that and THE BEYOND #1 RETAIL EDITION will get to you in good shape and these books will blow your mind.
AND here's the new things that will be in our store, come DECEMBER 23:
RETRO INFERNO is our own resident audio comic composer DAVE NEABORE’s first solo album, and it’s a mad motherfucker, full of themes and score from movies that don’t really exist… but man it sure would be cool if they did, right? This album was over two years in the making, and Dave has woven some vibes that invoke everything from Carpenter to Moroder, all in his own high style. We are presenting a 300 unit SUPER LIMITED MICRO RUN of this fantastic release, with only the FIRST 100 SIGNED AND NUMBERED COPIES available here for Bloody Christmas.
THESE AUTOGRAPHED CDS WILL BE IN STOCK ON DECEMBER 23 AND WILL SHIP IMMEDIATELY in 2 to 3 weeks IF YOU ORDER IT BY ITSELF. IF YOU ADD IT TO YOUR CART WITH A PRE ORDER ITEM IT WILL SHIP WHEN THE PRE ORDER SHIPS.
And, hey, don’t take our word for it. PREVIEW THE ENTIRE ALBUM HERE, if you want to hear it! The CD is super-limited, however, and will sell out fast, so get here first!
Also we will finally be releasing . . .
This is my insane book of short fiction that YOU Helped me to write last year. With cover and interior illustrations by Pat Carbajal, this is a LIMITED EDITION ALSO, of just 351 COPIES. And we have a cool PSYCHO FAN PACKAGE for that, which we will reveal soon.
THIS WILL ALSO BE IN STOCK ON DECEMBER 23 AND WILL SHIP IMMEDIATELY IN 2-3 weeks if YOU ORDER IT BY ITSELF OR WITH “RETRO INFERNO.” IF YOU ADD IT TO YOUR CART WITH A PRE ORDER ITEM IT WILL SHIP WHEN THE PRE ORDER SHIPS.
In the pre-order department we will have….
MANIAC 2: ROADKILL #3
As I mentioned, Pat Carbajal is outdoing even his own amazing work for us previously with this issue of MANIAC. It’s next-level amazing and gory as hell.
Check out his incredible cover painting for the sleeve cover:
And here’s another sample page, featuring the ALL NEW MANIACS who take up Frank's mad mantle after the grisly, final events of issue #2, which had dire consequences for poor Frank Zito:
Hot damn AGAIN, right?
KEEP WATCHING OUR SOCIALS FOR MORE DEETS on the Psycho Fan Package for MANIAC ROADKILL #2. We'll have that posted soon!
After BLOODY CHRISTMAS, we’ll take a breather and get caught up with shipping all this stuff out to you. But in the coming year, we’re gonna have a bunch of great books, including ESCAPE FROM THE BEYOND issues 2 and 3.
THE SAGA OF THE 7 GATES is a real life-quest project for us, started in 1998 and finishing in 2022. That’s a comic book saga based on the films of Fulci, over twenty three years in the making! And when it ends, it will be a mind-fuck bloodbath unlike anything we’ve ever given you. That’s a promise.
We also promise we will NEVER LET YOU DOWN, kids.
You’re our people, and we stand by our people.
MERRY BLOODY CHRISTMAS!!!
And HAPPY BLACK FUCKIN' FRIDAY: