B.u.L.B. Comix is a Swiss publisher who prints limited edition boxed sets of mini-comics by an impressive range of international artists. As of this post, B.u.L.B has printed 25 different sets in their '2W' series, each lettered A-Y and in editions of around 500 pieces each. Using my rudimentary French, I stumbled through their site and picked up two sets, one with a mini-comic by Chris Ware and another with one by Charles Burns. These were around 15 CHF each (about $16) and are really lovely little pieces. I'd say they're roughly 3 x 2 x 1.5 inches.
Set M includes comics by Chris Ware, Max, Nicolas Robel, Philippe Petit-Roulet and John Porcellino. Set Y feature Charles Burns, Xavier Robel, Aisha Franz, Mat Brinkman, and an artist/group called It's Raining Elephants. It's nice to get exposed to some international comic artists through my interest in Ware/Burns collectibles. If the price of a widely distributed Acme Novelty Library can spike on the secondary market, who knows what's in store for these little things.
Here's a peek at Chris Ware's mini:
And Charles Burns's fascinating "Cut Up: Random Fragments 1977-1979":
I think B.u.L.B makes a great product and would love to see the publisher get better distribution in the U.S. I was recently stunned to find them at Bergen Street Comics (my local Brooklyn shop), and atke it as a good sign that things might be looking up for B.u.L.B. Every so often I check in to see what's new with them--they're certainly worth checking out, and if they keep pulling in big names like Ware, it's only a matter of time before collectors swarm their stock.
The Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
The Invisibles by Grant Morrison
...and about to start Umbrella by Will Self
Currently listening to:
Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin's "Instrumental Tourist"