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Dara Naraghi's graphic novel Lifelike is now available in both digital and print editions. Click here for more info.

Books – Dara
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Image of Igor Movie Prequel
Image of Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland (Witch & Wizard (Idw))
Image of Terminator: Salvation Movie Prequel
Image of Witch & Wizard Volume 2: Operation Zero (Witch & Wizard (Idw))
Image of Ghostbusters: Haunted Holidays
Image of Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales Of The Here And Now
Image of The Absurd Adventures of Archibald Aardvark Volume 1: Bullets, Booze, and Beelzebub
Image of MGM Drive-in Theater: Motel Hell and IT
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Image of No Dead Time
Image of Comic Book Tattoo Special Edition
Image of Saint Germaine: Tales of an Immortal
Image of Sherlock Holmes & Kolchak: Cry For Thunder S/N Limited Edition HC
Image of Ghost Sonata
Image of Vampire The Masquerade Volume 1: Blood and Roses
Image of Moonstone Monsters Volume 1

If you haven’t checked out the Trip City site, you must. Besides some cool podcasts (Jonathan Lethem, Henry Rollins, etc.), there’s essays, comics and more from some of the same conspirators that formed Act-I-Vate. Dean Haspiel posted a essay today that has some interesting back and forth in the comments. Regarding the new reality in the industry: how do I get my comics ‘out there’? Things have gotten to the point for me where I’m leaning toward focusing on my stuff for a change. I’ve hit some of the same conclusions in the article but I’m at a loss as to how to best distribute this stuff out there… and turn some kind of a profit. Something. Kyle Baker chimes in a lot in the comments so it’s worth a read.


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2 Responses to “Publish or Perish”

  • Tom says:

    I do enjoy doing what I do, in comics, but I’m not coming at it from a purely hobbyist approach. That was never my intent. Some people are happy trading mini’s back and forth and that’s totally fine. I just want to give what I create the best ‘bang for the buck’.

  • Dara says:

    Kyle Baker says: “Two of my biggest influences are Chuck D and Bill Plympton. The best advice I got from Bill is: Keep the budgets low. I never expected to get rich from a “Nat Turner” educational history book. I knew it wouldn’t be as popular as Batman. So I published it in Black & White on newsprint. It was profitable before the first printing of 3000 sold out. Because I’m cheap!”

    You’ve got to have common sense and business savvy to try and navigate the comics market these days. Baker’s a good example of that.


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