12:45pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Picturebox to Fold on Dec. 31
Independent publisher Picturebox will close at the end of 2013, publisher Dan Nadel announced today, writing that "the company is no longer feasible for me as an ongoing venture."
Nadel -- an award-winning designer, editor and writer whose books include Art Out of Time: Unknown Visionary Cartoonists, 1900-1969 -- made the announcement on the Picturebox blog, writing that the closure was not an easy decision. "Change is, as the cliche goes, a good thing, and I am proud of PictureBox the idea and the company, and grateful to the many artists I’ve worked with over the years," he continued. "I’ve been publishing since 2000, and without such an astounding array of loyal and talented people PictureBox would be nothing."
Picturebox started in 2002 with the publication of the second issue of Nadel's art magazine The Ganzfeld, before going on to release work from such important creators as Renee French, Dash Shaw, Julie Doucet and Michel Gondry. The company's final release will be Matthew Thurber's Infomaniacs, a book described as "The Long Goodbye for the Tumblr generation."
To mark the closing, Nadel also announced a 50 percent off sale on existing inventory online until Jan. 2, 2014.