MU Press

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MU Press
Parent company MU Publications
Status defunct: 2006
Founded 1990
Founder Edd Vick
Country of origin United States of America
Headquarters location Seattle, Washington
Key people Chuck Melville
Publication types Comic books
Fiction genres Furry, Alternative, Erotic
Imprints Aeon Publications
Official website mupress.com

MU Press (officially Miscellanea Unlimited Press) was an independent comic book publisher based in Seattle, Washington, which operated 1990–c. 2006. MU Press was one of the industry's most prolific "furry" comic publishers, while its mid-90s imprint Aeon Publications specialized in alternative fare. MU Press was founded by writer/editor Edd Vick. Notable creators associated with MU/Aeon included Donna Barr, Ed Brubaker, Matt Howarth, Milton Knight, David Lasky, Colin Upton, and Taral Wayne.

History[edit]

MU's early series included Donna Barr's Desert Peach and Dwight R. Decker & Teri S. Wood's Rhudiprrt, Prince of Fur. Cathy Hill's Mad Raccoons debuted in 1991, running until 1997. In 1992, MU published the first issue of the erotic furry anthology Wild Kingdom (which later changed its title to Wild!). MU published 31 total issues of Wild Kingdom/Wild! 1992–2005.

MU's Aeon Publications imprint operated 1994–1998, publishing a wide variety of alternative titles. Aeon acquired Matt Howarth's Those Annoying Post Bros. from Rip Off Press in 1994,[1] publishing that title until 1998. Other notable Aeon series included David Lasky's Boom Boom and Ed Brubaker's Lowlife.

The monthly all-genre anthology ZU ran 19 issues 1995–1996; Colin Upton's limited series Buddha on the Road ran 1996–1998.

In August 1997, publisher Vick announced that both MU Press and Aeon were suspending publishing.[2] It turned out only Aeon wound down; MU continued publishing sporadically for nearly ten more years.

In September 2005, MU Press announced on a furry fandom message board that it was canceling Wild! due to low sales;[citation needed] they continued publishing trade paperback collections of some of their previous titles. They also completed the runs of Matt Howarth's two series Bugtown and Keif Llama: Xeno-Tech.

Titles published (selected)[edit]

  • Buddha on the Road (6 issues, 1996–1998)
  • Bugtown (6 issues, 2004–2005)
  • Desert Peach (22 issues and numerous one-shots, 1990–1996)
  • Keif Llama: Xeno-Tech (6 issues, 2005–2006)
  • Lowlife (3 issues, 1994–1995)
  • Mad Raccoons (7 issues, 1991–1997)
  • Rhudiprrt, Prince of Fur (12 issues, 1990–1997)
  • Those Annoying Post Bros. (25 issues, 1994–1998)—acquired from Rip Off Press
  • Wild Kingdom / Wild! (31 total issues, 1992–2005)
  • ZU (19 issues, 1995–1996)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Newswatch: Post Bros. Moves to Æon," The Comics Journal #168 (May 1994), p. 39.
  2. ^ Vanderzanden, Vanessa. "Newswatch: Aeon Press Set to Wind Down," The Comics Journal #198 (Aug. 1997), pp. 29-30.

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