Becky Cloonan has been at the forefront of the self-publishing renaissance in comics, one of the more prominent successes of comics' technology age,' as a creator who has produced, marketed and sold their own work, building a large and dedicated following, as well as achieving critical acclaim. Cloonan remains a vocal advocate of mini-comics and self-publishing despite going on to wider success- in 2012, she became the first woman to draw the main Batman title, and recently wrapped up work on Image series, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, citing a love for the short story format, and the exhilaration of having the freedom and independence of creating something entirely your own as reasons why she continues to put out her own comics.
Towards that front, she's announced the release of a new hardback collection of her mini-comics work, By Chance or Providence, which will collate her 3 stories, Wolves, The Mire and Demeter. The size of the print run for the limited edition book will be determined by the number of pre-orders received by March 21st, so if you're after a copy, it's probably best to pre-order sooner rather than later. There's also an option for retailers interested in stocking the book, which can be found here. Cloonan's work is gorgeous, and I'm sure this book will do well, but I'm also curious as to whether this may potentially lead into her producing longer form work independently as well.
By Chance or Providence collects Becky Cloonan's critically acclaimed trilogy Wolves, The Mire and Demeter in one gorgeous, limited edition publication. These stories cast a hypnotic melancholy, weaving their way through a medieval landscape of ancient curses and terrible truths that will haunt you long after you've set them down. This book boasts a canvas hardcover with gold foil blocking on the spine and cover, plus a bonus sketchbook and illustration section, all wrapped up in a spine-tingling dust jacket. Think of it not as a comic, but as a magic tome waiting to cast its spell on you!