Sunday, February 3, 2013

B.u.L.B. Comix: a Swiss publisher of limited edition mini-comics


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.


Currently reading:
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"




3 comments:

  1. Hi!

    Thank you for your positive review, what a nice surprise. I found out by looking at the Google Analytics stats of our website.
    We used to be distributed in the USA and Canada but not anymore unfortunately. My recent visit (last November) for The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival and our show at the Beginnings — gallery offered us the opportunity to spread our books in town. You can find a selection of the boxes, plus other collections (mostly in French) at Desert Island, Bergen Street Comics, Beginnings — (until the end of this week). Quimby's in Chicago also brought a selection back home and Needles & Pens in San Francisco has been stocking boxes for a while. Last but not least, the Drawn & Quarterly bookstore in Montréal ordered books from us as well.

    Our website is in French because most of our books (except the boxes collection) are in French. Google translate will help you though.

    Our newsletter is bilingual French/English, to keep in touch with B.ü.L.b comix, please subscribe: http://www.bulbfactory.ch/comix/contact.php

    Thank you for your support, with my best regards,

    Mathieu Christe
    B.ü.L.b comix

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    1. Dear Mathieu--my pleasure! I think you're making some great products and look forward to seeing more from B.u.L.b. in the future.

      Hope to see more of your publications here in New York!

      Best,
      Jeff

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  2. Hey Jeff!

    The next and last box (2wBOX set Z) of the collection will be out this September. Would you like to receive a copy to thank you for the article? Please send me your postal address: http://www.bulbfactory.ch/comix/contact.php

    Best,

    Mathieu

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