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Lulu.com Plus Universal Press Syndicate

Alan Gardner wrote just this past Friday that the Universal Press Syndicate has partnered with the print-on-demand company Lulu.com to launch a storefront in efforts to create a new way to produce and distribute their books. The first comics-to-books from Lulu.com will be Karen Montague-Reyes’ Clear Blue Water, J.C. Duffy’s The Fusco Brothers, and Real Life Adventures by Lance Aldrich and Gary Wise.

I'm not sure this means a whole lot in the grand scheme of comics convergence but I suspect this is a good fit for a syndicate's less popular features to get into print. I won't be surprised if the other syndicates ink similar deals.

Ultimately this means

Ultimately this means nothing to folks outside of Universal Press. And it really means little to them either. Because after 2 years of promising to get it's comic creators some REAL comicbook distribution, Lulu still hasn't. So, like the rest of Lulu comic self publishers, the folks at Unversal Press are limited to having their books available ONLY in online retail outlets like Amazon, B&N, etc, where the good majority of comicbook buyers don't shop for the comicbooks they buy. Lulu needs to stop wasting our time with these "partnership" announcements (I mean, couldn't the Universal press creators have published through Lulu anyway without all this hubbub?) and get on the ball about getting some real comic book distribution. That alone would make them a MUCH MORE attractive place for indy self publishers to go to publish their books. My two cents and about all it's worth. Dee G.A.A.K: Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures It's like The Goonies meets The Invaders from Mars. Updates on Mondays.

G.A.A.K: Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures It's like The Goonies meets The Invaders from Mars. Updates on Mondays.

There's also a press release

There's also a press release about it from the syndicate, which clarifies it a bit more.