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

Overview

Tundra was meant to provide a venue for high-quality 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 non-saddle-stitch binding. Notable works published by Tundra include:

Tundra UK

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

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

  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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