by C Matty » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:40 pm
THE RETURN OF ALBATROSS EXPLODING FUNNY BOOKS & CHIMICHANGA!
Albatross Exploding Funny Books was a small publisher founded in 2002 by Eric Powell and Robin Powell for the sole purpose of publishing Eric's creator owned book The Goon. At the time, Eric had struggled in the comic industry to find his place. Finding steady work as penciler or an inker was hard and his future in the industry seemed bleak. He decided to give it one last go by publishing his own book. Three issues of The Goon had been released in 1999 from a small publisher with little fan fare, but now he felt it was time to return to his own creation and put some real effort behind it. When several other publishers passed on the title, Eric and Robin decided to do it themselves. They took out a personal loan with no real idea of how to pay it back, and Albatross Exploding Funnybooks was born! The eccentric name of the company was inspired by Monty Python's Flying Circus and the metal band Iron Maiden's song Rime of the Ancient Mariner based on the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem of the same name. The name was not the only eccentricity of the company. From a fake publisher to the Andy Kaufman like letters columns, Eric was having a ball keeping readers on their toes. Luckily Eric and Robin's risk came with reward as the Goon almost instantly generated an internet buzz and turned into an independent hit. Shortly thereafter Dark Horse Comics came calling and the Goon found a perfect fit and permanent home with the Oregon based publisher.
While the Goon thrives at Dark Horse Comics, winning five Eisner Comic Industry Awards since moving to the publisher, and Eric continues to publish new projects through them, he always missed his independent comic roots and regretted having to walk away from the company he and Robin worked so hard and risked so much to begin. So in order to keep their publishing company going, Eric has decided to release small specialty projects through Albatross Exploding Funny Books starting in 2009!
The first of which is Eric's first sole creator project since the Goon! An all ages book called CHIMICHANGA! This whimsical tale of a bearded girl was originally created when Eric was asked to pitch an idea for an animated television series. Unfortunately, the concept was not picked up by the network. But Eric's two sons loved the characters so much that he decided he could not let them die. Now, he is molding the idea into a graphic novel and working with producer Gloria Fan of Mosaic Media to pursue the potential in the areas of live action and animation.
As of yet a release date has not been set for the book, but plans are for it to be hitting the shelves in the fall of '09.