Hello and welcome to Copper Bottle, the home for creator-owned comics written by Eisner Award winner Saladin Ahmed and drawn by some of the most talented artists in the industry!
What is Copper Bottle? We are a subscription-based pop-up imprint publishing original comics owned by the people who make them. The core of our origin story is loving respect for creators and readers alike. We’ve got years of experience in your favorite story universes, but we’re here to forge new worlds -- alternate dimensions of possibility and perspective that aren’t always present in traditional comics.
What does Copper Bottle publish? So glad you asked!
STARSIGNS (by Saladin Ahmed and Megan Levens with Kelly Fitzpatrick, Shawn Lee, and Heather Antos) is a contemporary fantasy comic about the constellations of the zodiac falling from the sky and granting strange powers to everyday people.
TERRORWAR (by Saladin Ahmed and Dave Acosta with Jay Leisten, Walter Pereyra, Shawn Lee, and Heather Antos) is a sci-fi horror story about the last city on the planet being stalked by the physical manifestations of people’s fears.
One of the most exciting things about Copper Bottle’s subscription model is its freedom from traditional print constraints. We’re all about weird little projects that would be difficult to pull of in monthly comics. Along those lines, in addition to our ongoing titles, Copper Bottle publishes the occasional short story – such as “Wages and Sin,” my anticolonial noir take on treasure hunter stories illustrated by the acclaimed Vanesa Del Rey.
How does Copper Bottle work? Our comics are sent via newsletter to your inbox and hosted here free to read, but our work is sustained by paid subscribers. Paid subscribers have exclusive access to interviews, process posts, commenting, and other extras. But more importantly they make this all possible. If you haven’t done so already, please become a subscriber today and support the work you want to see in the world!
Why "Copper Bottle?" One of the earliest stories I can remember is "The Fisherman and the Djinn," which I first heard from my great-grandmother. In the tale, a 'simple' fisherman uses working class wit to trick a vicious djinn back into its copper bottle - a battered, everyday object. That combination of the workaday and the magical, that centering of regular people facing unfathomable forces, is at the heart of the stories we create here. We hope you'll join us as we tell them!