Wednesday night, at the New Moon restaurant in Montrose, California, twenty of the people who worked on X-Men:TAS came together to celebrate the publication of “Previously on X-Men” 25 years after the series premiered. Great fun was had by all. Below are 15 of us. Back Row, left-to-right: Bob Skir (writer), Scott Thomas (producer), Julia Lewald (writer), Stephanie Graziano (Graz Entertainment), Dave McDermott (writer), Margaret Loesch (Fox Children’s Network), Larry Houston (Producer/Director), Me, Marty Isenberg (writer), Jim Graziano (Graz Entertainment). Front row: Len Uhley (writer), Dean Stefan (writer), Avery Cobern (Fox Children’s Network), Steve Melching (writer), Brooks Wachtel (writer). All are interviewed in the book.
Yes, that is Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, accepting his author-signed copy of PREVIOUSLY ON X-MEN from Wolverine (Cal Dodd, far left) and Jubilee (Alyson Court front, center) today. I am told he loves the show. And since the entire cast is Canadian, we felt is was appropriate that the self-proclaimed “comics geek” leader of that great country got the very first copy printed. We hope he enjoys reading it during his copious spare time — and that he recovers from shaking Wolverine’s hand (see below).
“Any time, Pretty Boy!”
I just checked on three AMAZON sites: US, Canada, and Germany. The book is available on all of them!! As I understand it, that means that the full-sized SOFTCOVER is available immediately, printed by Amazon anywhere there is an Amazon, in local currency, at a reasonable price. The hardcover is still a problem for buyers outside of the US because of shipping costs. The book is heavy (a kilo). I sent a copy to a friend in New Zealand, and it cost me $42 just for shipping. The publisher WILL send signed hardbound copies, bought through their store, worldwide — but they charge $50 packaging and shipping outside the US. Julia and I had an alternative for people outside the US who can’t afford that huge shipping cost to get a signed copy. If you buy the book in your country, simply send us a picture of you holding the book (send to: firstname.lastname@example.org), and I’ll print and sign the picture and scan and email it back to you. Best, ERIC.
Finally — nearly three years after we started, PREVIOUSLY ON X-MEN is here. It’s real. Jacobs/Brown did a fabulous job, and I’m bleary from signing 208 of them. This first print run is only 1000 copies, and about 240 have already been ordered or are spoken for. There will be more hardcover printings, and runs of trade-paperbacks, and a Kindle version (check Amazon later in the month) — but if anyone wants to make sure of having a signed hardcover copy before Christmas, you should grab one of these at the website (jacobsbrownmediagroup.com) before they are gone. For those of you who have placed orders, I’m told Jacobs/Brown will start shipping them (book rate — takes about a week) on Saturday (11/11).
For now, Julia and I are enjoying the happy exhaustion of finishing the job. If you do buy the book, please let us know what you think. ERIC
So, it’s happened. As of last night about 10pm, the publisher started pre-sale orders for the book. There was a bit of confusion (for a time it showed as “Sold Out” — that sure would have been fast). Now you can go to the link below and buy it. These will be hardback books with my signature. I will receive them in a few days (they’re on their way in a truck) and start signing. The publisher estimates that they will start shipping about Nov. 10th. This initial run is not huge (small publisher), but be assured that as long as fans keep ordering it, the printer will keep printing it. But the sooner you buy it, the more certainty that you will have it for the holidays. It will be available late in the month from Amazon (hardcover, softcover, then Kindle). Signed copies will continue to be available only through the publisher’s store. Below is the link to order from Jacobs Brown:
Many of you have been asking when the book will be available for sale. We are within HOURS of the publisher activating their on-line store to take your orders. Here’s what you do: Go to jacobsbrownmediagroup.com. On their home page, simply tap on SHOP to go to their store. All of their books currently for sale are there. Simply tap on a title and buy. Currently, “Previously on X-Men” is in their COMING SOON section. When they make it available for sale (late today or early tomorrow), it will be shifted to the SHOP section. Once the books arrive (late this week), I will need some time to sign a bunch (all books bought through Jacobs Brown will be signed), and, I guess unless you choose faster shipping, “book rate” shipping will take about a week. So, if you need to be one of the first, check their site every couple of hours. We will be.
Jordan Gorfinkel (“Gorf”) of the LA Comic Con was nice enough to serve as host to Julia, Larry Houston, and me for a celebratory panel on the near-anniversary (coming Tuesday) of the first sneak preview of X-Men:TAS in 1992 (please see us all in the picture below). The standing-room-only crowd was great, as were the many cosplayers (see other photo) who reminded us how much the show still means to many fans. The book is on the way from the printer, so some time this week we will, after three years, have it in our hands. Can’t wait.