Notes from May 24th – Smoke Monster Edition

24May10

So was anyone else glued to their television sets last night for that awesome finale?  I was completely enthralled the entire time.  I’m sure everyone out there was right there with me cheering when Bret Michaels won Celebrity Apprentice, right?  Right?…

I jest, of course.

Found this tidbit this weekend about how indy comics are released and why we don’t see more of them in stores.  In it one creator is quoted as saying “I want to sell them to stores but the shows are more important”.  Without more context, that statement really makes little sense to me.  Maybe they’re more important because there’s talent scouts looking at the shows for people to sign, but I think that having your item ready for a three day show for a relatively small, hardcore audience instead of making efforts to put it in front of the larger audience in comic stores is, at least, counter-intuitive.  (Courtesy of http://www.comicscomicsmag.com)

The Beat has an interesting article looking at the state of the manga industry.  The only thing that he appears to be missing from my point of view is the “90% of everything is crap” theory.  Manga was doing well, in part, because the best of the form was all that was coming out for a little while.  Once you get past the top 10% or so, though, the quality diminishes quickly.  Imagine if you took all the movies man has ever created and started releasing them in a country where movies didn’t exist until that day.  Your good movies would be huge sellers, but eventually you would get to the mountains of movies like Biodome and Maid in Manhattan, and the sales will drop off a great deal.



2 Responses to “Notes from May 24th – Smoke Monster Edition”

  1. “Maybe they’re more important because there’s talent scouts looking at the shows for people to sign, but I think that having your item ready for a three day show for a relatively small, hardcore audience instead of making efforts to put it in front of the larger audience in comic stores is, at least, counter-intuitive.”

    What talent scouts? When is the last time you were at a show?

    Also, Jim said he was focusing on the shows because that was the priority. It’s not counter-intuitive.

    And next time write our blog name in the paragraph where you reference us – just don’t link it – thanks!

    • Frank,
      Put up a link to your site. I normally try to do that, I just brain farted this time. My apologies.

      Honestly, I don’t get to many shows, because the stores keep me very busy. I was stabbing in the dark that, similar to musicians playing shows where record company execs are in the crowd looking for talent, perhaps the comic shows have talent scouts looking for creators to work with. Apparently not, based on what you said.

      As for being counter-intuitive, it depends on what your goals are, too. To me, the goal would be to reach the broadest audience possible. That isn’t going to happen via just having your product at some shows.


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