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"...'The Philistine' doesn't miss an opportunity to celebrate all the superheroic excesses that comics have to offer."

- James Sime, Comic Book Resources' "The Comic Pimp"


THE PHILISTINE © Mean Time Productions, LLC.

THE PHILISTINE: Anthology/Chronology is in development for Feature Film production by Mean Time Productions!!!

THE PHILISTINE: Anthology/Chronology [ISBN 0-9743086-0-9] is still available at bookstores and selected comic shops NATIONWIDE!!!

THE PHILISTINE: Anthology/Chronology is now available at INDYMUGS.COM!!!

Wizard EDGE Magazine has named The Philistine a "buzz book"!!!

Writer/Creator Mike Mongillo on THE PHILISTINE:

WHAT'S THE PHILISTINE? COME ON, YOU REMEMBER THE PHILISTINE…

Maybe you remember the comic book mini-series that I wrote and was lucky enough to get published several years ago. It was/is titled THE PHILISTINE. It was critically acclaimed but, due to many factors, was never released in its entirety by its small publisher, One Shot Press. What I've done now is team up with a great small press publisher/distributor called United Comics to re-release the entire mini-series, plus a few extras, in graphic novel form.

WHAT I'M ASKING:

Please order a copy of THE PHILISTINE graphic novel. It's only $24.95. You can purchase it online with your credit card by clicking on the order pages button on the left, or order it RIGHT NOW at bookstores nationwide.

BUT WHAT'S A "GRAPHIC NOVEL" AND WHY DOES IT COST $24.95?

In case you're not a comic book fan, here's some background on what this industry calls "graphic novels," which is what THE PHILISTINE ANTHOLOGY/CHRONOLOGY is. These big books, put out by all the major and minor comic book companies, are collections of mini-series (like "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns") or self-contained storylines from ongoing series (like "Daredevil: Born Again"). They range anywhere from fifty to a few hundred pages. The average price-range of these bad boys is $14.95 (for the lower page count books) all the way up to 99.95 (for two-hundred+ page books, printed in color). THE PHILISTINE is over TWO-HUNDRED action-packed pages.

PLEASE BUY MY BOOK.

What I'm getting at is this: $24.95 for THE PHILISTINE ANTHOLOGY/CHRONOLOGY is actually below average cost for a two-hundred+ page graphic novel. Just go into your local Borders and take a peek at their comic book section and you'll see. I do acknowledge, however, that $24.95 is not cheap, but I'll tell you this: Mean Time Productions (me) and United Comics will barely be breaking even on the production, promotion and print costs of THE PHILISTINE until after about one-thousand copies of THE PHILISTINE graphic novel are sold. So, please dig deep and buy, buy, buy. And besides, this book is more than worth it.

Everything else that you might need or want to know is on the order page. Thanks for reading and I hope you choose to AGAIN support your favorite struggling writer/filmmaker pal, me,

Michael Mongillo

FINAL NOTE – FOR KIDS:

If THE PHILISTINE were a movie, it would be rated PG-13 for very tame and extremely limited profanity, no-nudity pulp-style romance, some smoking and drinking, and plenty of comic-style violence. Nothing worse than, say, the movies SPIDERMAN or X-MEN. In other words, pretty kid friendly.


PUBLISHER NOTES 

(a.k.a. T.C.'s RANT SPACE)

Hi, there:

Listen to Mike, and PLEASE order The Philistine - ORDER NOW!! YOU WON'T REGRET IT! I'm personally very excited that United Comics is bringing this project to you, and this is the tip of the iceberg!


Now, I'd like your FEEDBACK...

What if, like certain recording artists, you could "pre-pay" online for a hard copy trade paperback at about, say, $12.95 a copy, but the project wasn't due for six months. HOWEVER...prepaying for the collection entitled you to get a code key to access a site where you could read the comic in chapters monthly online for the six month period leading up to the hard copy publication? Would that be palatable?

Prince is doing it now. Britney Spears is doing it now (a month before her new album was due, you could preorder it through MTV.com, and get streaming audio access to the ENTIRE album immediately, while you waited for the CD to ship).

Would anyone support a project like that?

It would enable the creators to be able to afford to put the hard copy out (or at least to eat while creating chapters). The bonus might be that the creators could do the online version in color, even if they only had a budget for a black and white print comic.

We're developing something like that now at United Comics, and so I'm interested in the feedback.

Ciao 4 Now,

T.C. Ford, Publisher


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