- February issue is starting to happen! Two reviews: Dresden Codak by Aaron Diaz, reviewed by Larry "El Santo" Cruz; and Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition; another piece of the "is this a comic?" puzzle with Is This A Comic? Audience Experience; and Tim Broderick delivers some advice in dealing with getting your graphic novel published: The Road Less Traveled: REJECTED!
- Harper Collins jumps into FREE and the WEB in a big way — a NY Times story this morning reports that "In an attempt to increase book sales, HarperCollins Publishers will begin offering free electronic editions of some of its books on its Web site…" This is a very traditional book seller recognizing that for most authors obscurity is worse than haggling over payments for a few copies of a book. Down in the article is a bit recognizing the print success of webcomic (yes webcomic!) Diary of A Wimpy Kid:
There is evidence that readers still buy books even if they can get the content free on the Web. â€œDiary of a Wimpy Kid,â€ a childrenâ€™s novel illustrated with cartoons, was published online three years ago at Funbrain.com, an educational Web site. But the physical book has spent 42 weeks on the New York Times Childrenâ€™s Chapter Books best-seller list.
And hey, let’s see if book store sellers squeal as loud as the Direct Market store owners have been lately.