Monday, 19 January 2015

UK comics distro, Impossible Books, shuts up shop

UK comics distributors, Impossible Books, announced last week that February 28th would be their final day of business. Run by Camila Barboza and Taylor Lilley, Impossible Books began life in 2013, curating and gathering a wide range of small press and independent comics for sale online, and quickly became a much-needed and appreciated point of call for comics fans within the UK in particular, as shipping costs from the US grew increasingly untenable. That will all be ending next month, though, as Barboza and Lilley found they simply no longer have the time to be able to run Impossible and decided the wisest choice would be to end it now instead of allowing it to gradually fall to the wayside. As with so many things in comics, distro is another thing you do for the love and not for the money, and I certainly know on my part that I'm incredibly grateful that Impossible existed- it kept me (affordably) connected to North American independent comics for that bit longer, and the selection of comics has always been unimpeachable. Here's an excerpt from the statement announcing the news of the imminent closure;

'Two years ago we got together and decided we wanted to build something, something cool and fun and challenging that people would enjoy. And thanks to you, and the sleeper agent Impossibilians everywhere, we got to unlock that particular achievement. You, all of you, rock the absolute hardest. From the publishers, creators, and distributors who advised, approached and supported us, to the journalists who linked to us and the fans who browsed the site, on to the stalwarts who turned up month after month to buy the comics we loved… We are two of the luckiest people ever, and we thank all of you from the bottom of our tiny paper hearts.

Things have changed for both of us in the last 6 months, and we haven’t been able to devote the time and energy to Impossible that we would like to. So after some crying, some screaming, and one definite tantrum, we have decided to shutter the Impossible store. We are sad to leave, but so proud and happy that you all helped us get where we did. You’re awesome!

And we’re going out with a bang, not a whimper. January is our closing month, and every week we’ll be offering deeper discounts on our current stock, but only while we have it to sell. Do you wait, or do you get it while the getting’s good? It’s an Impossible decision.'

So as a final hurrah, they've stared a sale with 20% off which will decrease each week. I've picked out 5 excellent titles you really shouldn't miss out on grabbing- some of these are already sold out everywhere else, while others like 'Mothers' are hard to find. These are also all books I'd recommend unreservedly, if that means something. I've been checking in now and again and they're shifting comics fast, so if you want to get in on the action, now is proabably a better time than later.

Frontier by Hellen Jo £4.70
Gold Star by John Martz £2.90
New Sludge City by Brendan Leach £2.90
Mothers by Most Ancient £4
Nava #1 and #2 by Olle Forsloff and Mikael Lopez £5.80 each

A big thank you to Impossible for all the great comics, cheap postage, and super service; you'll be very much missed. Best wishes and luck to Barboza and Lilley with all and any ongoing and future ventures.

From Frontier #2 by Hellen Jo