Jennie Breeden’s popular strip The Devil’s Panties has a print comic book in the works from publisher Silent Devil. And she’s facing the $2,500 minimum order requirement that distributor Diamond requires to carry a book.
If she doesn’t reach the $2500 minimum none of the orders placed through Diamond are filled, and they won’t carry her book. As of this writing, there are about $900 in pre-orders.
There are two factors working against Breeden: comic store owners aren’t necessarily aware of webcomics — many are turned off by the mere mention of the term, viewing them as competitors — and webcomics readers aren’t necessarily aware of the basics of the comics industry. Only retailers can order through Diamond, so there’s no “click here” option for the average reader.
A little more than 300 orders are needed for The Devil’s Panties to continue as a series. Go to http://csls.diamondcomics.com/ to locate your nearest comic shop for you, and www.comicsoutpost.com will mail comics anywhere in the world.