Canadian small press Coscom Entertainment specializes in superhero books, comics and monster-themed fiction. We asked founder A.P. Fuchs to stop by and let us know what it’s like running this indie company in the Great White North.
IFP: Hi! Would you mind introducing yourself to our readers?
APF: My name is A.P. Fuchs, a writer, publisher and artist born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Lifelong genre fan, namely of superheroes, and I got into horror when I was 18 or so.
IFP: How did you decide to start Coscom Entertainment?
APF:Coscom Entertainment was created way back when I was in high school. The idea, at the time, was to be a comic book company, and put out my own work and that of my friends.
As time went on and I started writing novels instead of writing/drawing comics, it became a vehicle to publish my own books. When I was approached by horror author Keith Gouveia to publish the Charles Grant benefit anthology, Small Bites, Coscom then officially became a traditional press because I was no longer publishing just myself.
IFP: How has the press changed through the years?
APF: Originally, we started publishing speculative fiction (horror, science fiction and fantasy, along with some superhero stuff). Those were rocky years, so we ended up changing our focus and became a niche publisher of monster and superhero fiction, my two favourite genres. Things have been great since then and the company has grow quite a lot.
IFP: What do you wish you had known when you began publishing books?
APF: How much work it would be. Haha. But aside from that, I wish I hadn’t jumped in whole-hog in terms of publishing a ton of books. I should have taken it slower and just bided my time.
IFP: Tell us about the technical stuff. Who does the copy-editing, cover design, etc. Do you have any minions? Is it just you? Did you finance it by selling your soul to Satan, or do you have a day job?
APF: No selling the soul to Satan here. Actually, just the opposite, as I’m a Christian and my soul belongs to Christ.
Coscom Entertainment is pretty much a one-man band, aside from the website stuff, which my wife built for me as she’s more versed in HTML than I am. However, I maintain my own personal blog/web presence at: http://www.canisterx.com.
Coscom is completely self-sufficient in terms of financing itself; my writing and publishing is my day job at present.
I do the copy-editing and design the covers; however, I hire out for the actual artwork as, since my own artwork style is comic books, it doesn’t fit with what we’re doing, aside from the superhero stuff.
IFP: How many titles do you plan to produce next year?
APF: 10-12, probably. Maybe a few more.
IFP: What have you learned in the time that you’ve been operating?
APF: That you need to have a system going with how you run things and not do it haphazardly. Even though I work from home, Coscom Entertainment is indeed a job and I spend 6 days a week doing it, anywhere from 6-12 hours a day, depending what those days’ tasks are.
IFP: You’ve written your share of zombie tales. Tell me truth: why are zombies so popular these days?
APF: Part of it is the hype machine, to be honest. Usually, when something is popular, it gets even more popular and stays popular simply because it’s popular.
Also, zombies are a clear representation of who we are and where we’ll all ultimately end up. Ten out of ten people die, after all. In terms of representing us as “who we are” in the present tense, I’m talking about how we all are zombies in some way, shape or form, obeying habits and bodily functions simply because we have to and not out of choice. I mean, look at those people who check their cell phones every five minutes. They’re zombies. People who are emotionally dead inside and end up projecting that on others. They’re zombies. People who go to the daily grind, same travel routes, same amount of coffee, walk the same halls and aisles to their desk for years on end – they’re zombies.
In the end, zombies are one of the most relatable monsters out there.
IFP: Are we ever going to ever be over-zombified?
However, I don’t think we’re at the tipping point just yet.
IFP: Do you think there is a difference between American and Canadian speculative fiction?
APF: Aside from British vs. U.S. spelling on some words? Not much. Though Canadians are, for example, very patriotic, you don’t see us flashing our flag in every movie we produce. We won’t set our stories always in the same cities (i.e. New York, Chicago, LA). We have a deeper appreciation for beer and maple syrup. We even take curling seriously.
What else…Oh, I’m excited we can see books-to-movies up here in Canada now. I’ve heard so much about them over the years and now that we finally got televisions up here – and even though we only have a few channels and they’re all in black-and-white – I’m excited to see the images reflect off our igloo walls.
Maybe one day, one of my zombie books like Blood of the Dead or Zombie Fight Night will become a book-to-movie.
To learn more about Coscom Entertainment, visit the website www.coscomentertainment.com.