Aardworlf to Publish Bill Messner-Loebs Benefit Book

Thu, February 17th, 2005 at 12:00am PST

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Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

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Official Press Release

February 16, 2005 -- Aardwolf Publishing and

SilverBulletComicBooks.com are coordinating efforts to aid comics

writer/artist William Messner-Loebs. Messner-Loebs' current

residence, a hotel room provided by the Salvation Army, is

insufficient due to his wife Nadine's chronic Asthma. Following an

article in The Detroit News describing Messner-Loebs' dire financial

situation, a petition was initiated by his fans urging publishers to

give him work.

Aardwolf Publishing has responded by purchasing Messner-Loebs's first

novel and also scheduling the publication of The Three Tenors: Off

Key, a 100+ page illustrated collection of offbeat tales from Messner-

Loebs with Dave "X-Men" Cockrum and Clifford Meth.

"I was shocked to learn that Messner-Loebs was actually available,"

said Jim Reeber, Aardwolf's publisher. "Here's one of comics' best

writers looking for work? That's a no-brainer."

"Bill Messner-Loebs is my oldest friend in comics," says Meth, the

sometimes controversial columnist for SilverBulletComicBooks and

author of the recent TPB god's 15 minutes. "We did a goofy strip

together called `The Streets' for a fanzine 30 years ago and we've

wanted to work together for a long time. So I called him up and

said, `Let's do something fun.' And he said sure, but what can we

do? `Well,' I said, `Can you sing?' `A little,' he said, `but it's

off key.' So that was it. We had it. We just needed a third tenor, so

I called Cockrum. We've known each other a long time, too, and I can

absolutely guarantee that he can't sing either."

The Three Tenors: Off Key will feature an introduction by Dave Sims

(Cerebus) and an Afterword by noted comics journalist Tom

Spurgeon. "There will be nine stories in all: three from each

creator," said Reeber. "I can't give away any plots, but it's all

weird science, weird heroes, and stuff to make your head spin." The

trade paperback will be available through the April issue of Diamond

Previews but Aardwolf is opening the curtain with a signed/numbered

Limited Edition of just 400 copies available only from its

website. "Loebs will receive the lion's share of profits from the

book," said Reeber.

SilverBulletComicBooks.com is doing its part with free advertising

and promotion for the project. A number of SBC columnists have also

stepped up with coverage of the event, and Meth's column there, "Past

Masters," will update readers regularly regarding Messner-Loebs

situation.

For more information or to order the book, visit

www.aardwolfpublishing.com

 
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