Gary Reed's one of the best publishers of all time and since I read comics from Caliber from its early days until his new publisher Transfuzion. I've decided to ask him for an interview with 14 questions and he kindly acepted .
Many great comic authors appeared through Caliber that are major stars today like:
David Mack, Greg Ruth, Vince Locke, Guy Davis among several others.
Gary was always a low profile kind of guy and I always loved his position in life; he doesn't take anything for granted and knows really well the comic book medium and busyness.
Check the interview out and you'll notice what kind of man he's and his vision of the comic book medium and market.
Gary Reed: Caliber started in a rather non-descript way. It wasn’t an organized strategy but rather a somewhat compulsive response. Guy Davis and Vince Locke had their respective titles of The Realm and Deadworld and were looking for a publisher. They were frequent customers at one of the four comic stores I had at the time and I’m not sure when the decision came but I decided to publish them myself so I formed Caliber. Knowing I had those two titles, which both had a following, I came up with the idea of doing an anthology which would become Caliber Presents. At the same time, a local film company was finishing up with their low budget movie, Moontrap, that starred Star Trek’s Walter Koening and featured Bruce Campbell in a supporting role. Guy wanted to move on from The Realm so he and I came up with Baker Street. A customer of mine heard about the publishing launch and brought in a series he was working on and this was Jim O’Barr and The Crow. So, that was the initial formation of Caliber. With the process of getting the information about the books to the distributors, it took about six months although the first Caliber issue of Deadworld shipped a few months before anything else did because it was already at the printer from the former publisher.
|Negative Burn - Cover by Paul Pope|
|High Caliber - With Percy Shelley story|
|Baker Street with Guy Davis|
|Saint Germaine with Vince Locke|
|The Marquis by Guy Davis|
|Renfield with Galen Showman|
|With various artists - Transfuzion|
|My favourite Philip K. Dick book|
Gary Reed: Sure. But it was a case of trying to hang on to
something for no particularly good reason.
The comics market was suffering and it had changed completely. The excitement of the 80’s where it seemed
all things were possible was now mired into collectibles and superheroes. Towards the end, I was looking to do some
projects which I really didn’t want to do but they might keep Caliber afloat as
we were owed a lot of money by distributors and retailers who never paid
us. But I started thinking that just
publishing anything to keep the Caliber line going was not something I wanted
to do. It was a disservice to everyone
involved. Just like my writing. I write what I want to write and I don’t take
on writing jobs that I don’t want to do, jut for the sake of writing. Yeah, I could’ve kept publishing but it
wouldn’t have been Caliber, even though the logo was on the masthead. Of course, if I knew how all the opportunities
were to present themselves as far as digital goes, I might have stuck it out
longer but you can’t go back. Besides, I
think the hiatus of me out of the comics market for a couple of years did me
11. Do you think that you're targetting the same public that loved Caliber with Transfuzion?