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A rather long-ish post on my personal blog that I think I’ll link to instead of repost:
The realities of the comic book market
“So in the face of all this, what’s a new creator to do? Throw in the towel? Walk away?”
Not to make this about me, but … what does this mean for me? You’re way farther along on this than I am. I may as well throw all Downs comics in the shredder.
I read an interview with Mick Jagger once where he said there was only a very small window, say 1940-2010, where you could really get rich making music. For the previous 190,000 years of human history, the technology to sell music didn’t exist. In the future, the technology is killing the industry.
I have another friend who’s a professional photographer, who always complains that technology is killing his business. High-end cameras are very accessible, and just about anyone can set themselves up as a photog these days.
One advantage you have over Brian Wood is certainly the fact that you have a day job to fall back on. I could see the industry moving away from people like him, and relying more on people like you.
And to go macro … Brian Wood would be in a better position if we had universal health care. Our employer-based, so-called-free-market health care system kills off tons of jobs every year.
I make comics because I love doing it. Commercial success doesn’t come into it. I don’t think a lot of people actually get that about self-publishers.
Also, the women. The countless women it brings.
I was going to mention the women, but that pretty much goes without saying.
I blogged about this the other night but there was a time where I seriously thought I could see myself doing comics as a career. Past couple of years have chipped away at that.
I still love comics. Love making them. But if things don’t change drastically, in ten years I have a hard time seeing there be a functional direct market. I don’t see the lousy pull subscription/ five on the shelf model lasting. This is the point where monthly comics shifted from the newsstand to the direct market. Though switch ‘newsstand’ for the DM and ‘direct market’ for download.
I still like print,but if the price got dropped by two or three bucks, I’d try more stuff out. That has to be able to filter down into the comic shops somehow. I don’t see them losing customers with this, any more than they are now. The iPad is still fairly new tech. Not everybody has the capability to read downloads.
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