Edmond-based publisher Literati Presents continues its growth as 2013 draws to a close, with the release of the second issue of its anthology series, the expansion of its staff and plans to increase marketing to the comic-store channel of distribution.
Literati's creative director Charles Martin announced the addition of Don Rosencrans as production manager and Brad Gregg as creative consultant and brand manager. Rosencrans' “Welcome to Ralton” comic book is released through Literati, and Gregg previously provided the cover to “Literati Presents” issue No. 1.
“What I'll be doing is ensuring all the product is on shelves, taking care of the printing aspect of it, as well as making sure that we get all of our stories out in a relatively timely manner,” Rosencrans said.
The increased staff marks part of Literati's planned push for 2014. As part of a push to marketing to comics and specialty shops, Literati is putting together a new wholesale catalog, which will include a line of sci-fi styled Bombs Away T-shirts and prints.
“They are slowly but surely building a fan base,” said Brian “Buck” Berlin of New World Comics, 6219 N Meridian Ave. New World is the location of a pilot program with a Literati Press display.
“The company has grown over the past year ... they are trying new things that are working out for them.”
This month marks the release of “Literati Presents” issue No. 2, the second issue of the anthology, available in local comic shops.
“The theme is ‘Emergency Exit,' and it features a brand-new cast of writers and artists,” Martin said. “We are attempting to ensure that each issue features new talent so we can cast an ever widening net across the region's wealthy stock of innovative storytellers.”