The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., talks to Alan Moore and Top Shelf’s Chris Staros for what amounts to a fairly standard story about Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls.
It touches upon the pornographic nature of the book — “It is not waiting for someone else to come along and call this pornography,” Moore says. “It is saying, ‘Fair enough, this is pornography’.” — critical reaction, retailer hesitation, and the potential conflict with Great Ormond Street Hospital.
But the article also looks at Top Shelf’s financial wager on Lost Girls, something I’ve not seen much of in mainstream media coverage. According to the Patriot-News, the first two printings of the 264-page book cost the publisher “in the realm of $300,000.”
“It is a very big investment, but it looks like it will pay off,” Staros tells the newspaper. “I was never really worried. I know if we hawked it properly, it would sort of look after itself.” He also says initial orders have exceeded the first printings.