I’ve been going to SPACE so long, I now have two “I’ve been going to SPACE so long” stories.
When I first started going, everyone had xeroxed stuff from Kinko’s. My stuff was 8 pp, xeroxed, and I traded people for things. I didn’t purchase hardly anything. I just traded.
As print-on-demand and Kablam came up, more people had $3 glossies. Nobody wants to trade a $3 glossy for your xeroxed minicomic. So I adapted, and I started doing $3 glossies. (Actually $2, because they don’t do me any good in a box in my spare bedroom).
The $3 glossy carries an element of risk: Nobody wants to get issue 2 of a 12-issue maxiseries, then wait another year to see you at the next SPACE. And there’s a risk that you’ll fail to finish the story, or you won’t make it back to SPACE.*
So that brings us to my second “I’ve been going to SPACE so long” story: This seems to be the year everyone switched over to $8-10 graphic novels. So I saw a lot of stuff that looked awesome, but I’m only going to be able to plunk down money for one or two things tomorrow.
Ain’t economics grand? Stay tuned for 2015, when it’s a room full of people with Kindle Fires to show their webcomics, and little postcards to remind people of the URL.
* This is why Downs stories are self-contained.