Owners of small press publisher Open
Book Press have confirmed that they have been given a very important
nod from the organizers of the 33rd Annual American Music Awards.
Thanks to the reputation the young company has
built for quality and originality it has been chosen, above all
of its competitors in the publishing industry, to be the official
graphic novel supplier of the 2005 American Music Awards.
Open Book Press was approached by Hollywood Connection,
the company in charge of organizing the celebrity gifts at the
AMA’s, to supply graphic novels for the celebrity gift bags
handed out back stage each and every year at the show. “They
told us they really wanted to do something new, fun and original
this year for the gift bags and thought graphic novels would be
a unique idea.” said company co-owner Mike Gagnon. He added
“Hollywood Connection decided to choose us thanks to a lot
of the recent press we’ve gotten for our books.”
This kind of recognition could be huge for the
year old company as well as its creators, and already speaks well
for its books, beating out the likes of Top Shelf, Moonstone,
IDW, and even bigger companies, basically the entire graphic novel
The books will be distributed in the celebrity
gift bags at the American Music Awards on November 22nd. Each
celebrity gift bag will have one of the following graphic novels:
Monkeys & Midgets – By Mike Gagnon &
Nelson Danielson of Tiverton & St. Catherine’s, Ontario
Cry Wolf – By Doug Crill and Daniel J. Frey
of Toledo, Ohio area.
Dreams in Texture – By Kevin Clorey and Tom
Muzzell, both of Hanover, Ontario
Grafenveer – By Wayne Sanders & Christian
N. St. Pierre from Alabama & New York areas respectively.
The company can be contacted for more info on each
individual book. As well the gift bags will include a secret exclusive
gift certificate for the celebrities, only printed in a small
number specifically for this year’s show.