Why do we buy comics?
Submitted by Thomas on February 20, 2004 - 15:41
I was listening to an interview - actually a discussion - my friend and I recorded in November and posted to our site about our online comics and comics in general. My best friend mentioned something about having a comic that people want to buy. Suddenly that statement struck a cord with me. I then asked myself "What makes people want to buy comics?"
Why do we buy the comics we do? Is it the art, the writing, the craftsmanship, the craft or the company. Is it any of that or is it advertising and we do what popular culture tells us to do, such as, buy this comic, look this way, eat this stuff.
I see alot of comics that really are subpar in art, writing and craft marketed very well and the press and fans eat it up. Alot of stuff from Mike Turner - great guy, very nice - and Top Cow in general fits into this catagory, but it is marketed very well and everyone loves it. I also see superb work, Astronauts in Trouble and Steampunk to be exact, that is great, but under a small company with little advertising and no one ever hears of it.
Of course there are great comics out there that do get thier due with little marketing and terrible comics that flop even though the marketing was good no matter the company they are with.
Bottom line is this, in an industry that seems to be growing beyond control, but making no real profit to speak of, how do we as small creators make our buck. Why do we buy what we buy? If we understand this as creators, and as the fans start understanding this too, there may be enough of the pie to go around and increase the quality at the same time.