The Government Printing Office (GPO) has a comic book called Squeaks which is supposed to teach about the history of printing. It sounds so exciting, I can’t wait to read it. Government sponsored comic books is nothing new, but this business model might be. It’s reported that each of these comics costs $5.90 to print, a ludicrous amount in today’s environment. The kicker is each book sells on the GPO website for $5, that’s a 90 cents loss per book. Um, could this be dumped in the upcoming budget? Might do some good, and makes me worried what else the government could be losing money on.
The comic book is the first GPO released comic book. The comic is written by Jim Cameron and illustrated by Nick Crawford. The book was produced in honor of the 150th anniversary of the GPO and explains the importance and history of printing.