Claypool Comic Art records Edit


MSS 404 large


  • 1993-2006 (Creation)


  • 7 Linear Feet (Whole)
    7 boxes.



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Claypool Comic Art records, MSS 404, Special Collections, Michigan State University Main Libraries, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Acquired in 1993.

  • Processing Information

    The Claypool Comic Art records was processed by Jeremy Rudlaff in Summer 2013.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Claypool Comics was formed in 1993 by Cat Yronwode. As an independent comic company, Claypool made its mark by focusing on a limited number of series. By focusing on a small number of properties Claypool was able to grow their readership, by gaining a strong fan base loyal to a particular story line. The company published 336 issues total in three main series; Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; Soulsearchers and Company; and Deadbeats. Soulsearchers and Deadbeats each had a run of 82 issues, while Elvira ran for 166 issues. In late 2006, Claypool announced that they would be ending their run of print comics in their three series due to their distributor, Diamond, dropping them because of poor sales. In April of 2007, Claypool began e-publishing their property, Deadbeats, which ran from April of 2007 until April 2013.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into seven series: 1.Advertisements and Marketing, 2. Correspondence, 3. Miscellaneous, 4. Purchase Orders, 5. Elvira Series, 6. Deadbeats Series, 7. Soulsearchers Series.