Shaenon K. Garrity
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 20, 2009 - 13:06
First off - Websnark has a second post up today - this one on the current Achewood saga. Nice to have Eric back (and writing about webcomics)!
A great interview with Kate Beaton, creator of Hark A Vagrant. Apparently we have Emily Horne of A Softer World to thank for encouraging Kate to put her comics online.
Shaenon Garrity writes about her experiences self-publishing the first print collection of her webcomic Skin Horse. Also worth noting is Garrity's new comics collective -- the Couscous Collective.
Cory Doctorow writes on why free e-books should be part of a writers strategy - the advice seems worth considering for comics creators too.
Submitted by Shaenon Garrity on July 6, 2009 - 03:02
Packing for my big move at the end of the month, I found myself browsing through nine years' worth of the spiral-bound Walgreens notebooks in which I do all my sketching. I've got dozens of these, and around two in the morning it seemed like a good idea to scan the most entertaining pages.
Here, for example, is some G.I. Joe art. The line starts here, IDW!
And here's my favorite covert superteam:
Holy crap I gave Michael a jheri curl.
Submitted by Andrew Farago on July 3, 2009 - 16:34
Shaenon [Garrity] is self-publishing the first volume of Skin Horse, and she's getting a submission packet together for Diamond Comics Distributors. This is a line from their submission guidelines:
If you publish comics, Diamond generally receives a discount in the range of 60-70% off the US retail (cover) price.
If we offer a 70% discount, I'm sure that Diamond is more likely to consider listing Skin Horse in their catalog, but we'll only get $4.20 per copy sold (minus whatever shipping costs we incur getting the books to Diamond). If we offer a 60% discount, we'll make $5.60 per copy sold -- still not great, since we're self-publishing this, but I always prefer making more money instead of less money when possible.
So, the question is: Is offering a 70% discount going to greatly improve our chances of getting listed in Diamond's catalog? Is only offering a 50% discount a guarantee that they won't even look at the book and will automatically reject it?
Submitted by Jason Thibault on June 24, 2009 - 19:50
The weeks keep getting hotter and crazier.
A huge thanks goes out to Richard Caldwell and ComicNews.info for the interview that they did with me. Richard I have fun on twitter and I enjoyed trading emails back and forth with him for the past few weeks.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 23, 2009 - 09:10
Longbox is a software program for download for computers that is intended to be an iTunes like system for comics. Comics is in a much different place than music was at the time of iTunes rise to dominance (plus iTunes rode the iPod and there doesn't seem to be an iLongbox involved in this story) so I'm not sure there's any reason to predict success for this effort without seeing a lot more of it. If they had an exceptionally well-done piece of software, easy purchase process and lined up ALL or MOST of the major publishers than maybe it would get some traction. Convenience at the right price point CAN beat inconvenient and free for a lot of folks.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Shaenon K. Garrity's guide to comics message boards is very funny.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 17, 2009 - 08:22
The Comics Reporter has a list of the nominees for the Stumptown Comic Fest Trophy Award nominees. Nominees comes from artists exhibitiing at the event (and are being run this year by Shannon Wheeler):
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 11, 2009 - 09:07
Red Light ALERT!!! Eisner nominations are due in this Friday.
The best digital comic category is open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2008. Webcomics must have a unique domain name or be part of a larger comics community to be considered. The work must be online-exclusive for a significant period prior to being collected in print form. The URL and any necessary access information should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Shaenon Garrity on February 26, 2009 - 15:03
I'll be at Wondercon this weekend, mostly at the Cartoon Art Museum table, selling Narbonic books (including the brand-new Volume 6). I'll also be on a couple of panels:
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