Tundra Publishing

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Tundra Publishing
Type Comic publisher
Industry Comics
Founded 1990
Founder(s) Kevin Eastman
Headquarters Northampton, Massachusetts

Tundra Publishing was a Northampton, Massachusetts-based comic book publisher founded by Kevin Eastman in 1990.[1]

Overview[edit]

Tundra was founded to provide a venue for adventurous, creator-owned work by talented cartoonists and illustrators. Its publications were noted in the trade for their high production values, including glossy paper stock, full-color printing, and square binding. Notable works released by Tundra include:

Tundra had been prepared to take over publication of Alan Moore's troubled Big Numbers series before it was aborted.

Tundra UK[edit]

In 1991 a British arm of the company, Tundra UK, opened in London. Led by Dave Elliott, an editor at Deadline and a founder of Atomeka Press, the UK branch worked with creators already on board with Tundra in the US as well as developing new projects. Tundra UK's titles included:

Closure[edit]

Despite its ambitious start, Tundra never became a profitable enterprise. It closed its doors in 1993 after burning through $14 million in three years.[2] Kitchen Sink Press acquired its holdings;[3] it reprinted popular Tundra publications such as Understanding Comics and continued to publish some Tundra series such as Taboo.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Reading Room Index to the Comic Art Collection, Special Collections Division, Michigan State University Libraries: "Tundra" to "Tuniques". Michigan State University Libraries. Accessed October 14, 2007.
  2. ^ Wolk, Douglas. Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2007), 45.
  3. ^ Comic Bubble, Deal Craze, Foreshadowing the Crash: Ten Years Ago this Month in Internal Correspondence. IcV2.com. April 30, 2003. Accessed October 14, 2007.

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