Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 2, 2003 - 10:29
I've offered my own opinions on what constitutes the "mainstream" (i.e., superhero) market for offline comics. Ninth Art columnist Brent Keane revisits his own opinions on this dark corner of the universe.
And now there's this piece from a "Pop Culture" store complaining that it's not fair that he has to compete with "mass market" chains. An actual pop culture store would be pretty cool I imagine. Most direct market shops don't qualify though.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 28, 2003 - 10:14
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 27, 2003 - 13:53
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Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 26, 2003 - 10:26
Tom Hart and Shaenon Garrity's Trunktown recently finished it's first chapter at serializer.net. Now non-subscribers can read this webcomic without subscribing with the use of the Bitpass micropayments system.
Folks, it's a quarter. When's the last time you could buy a comic book for 25 cents? 1974?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 19, 2003 - 12:52
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 15, 2003 - 12:04
In this edition of Permanent Damage, we get a breakdown of the Marvel/DC market share and how Wizard cannot and should not rely on that market share to justify it's almost exclusive coverage of Marvel/DC to the exclusion of all other publishers.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 1, 2003 - 09:54
Okay not death exactly, but the slow, painfully analog rituals of the newspaper feature syndicate sales market. An interesting story about selling comics to newspapers caught by Dirk Deppey today.
Submitted by Indigo Kelleigh on July 28, 2003 - 16:28
Starting this week, anxious readers can purchase access to a new desktop picture featuring the artwork to the upcoming fourth chapter of The Circle Weave. The artwork for the new cover features a mysteriously glowing image of Rowan, sword raised in preparation for battle. Behind him can be seen the image of a large, tangled mass emerging from the misty wood.
The new picture is available at http://www.circleweave.com/bricabrac/desktops.shtml, but unlike the other desktop pictures there, this one is not available for free. Series creator Indigo Kelleigh has chosen to make the download for each individual screen resolution available for the cost of a five-cent 'donation', made possible thanks to the new micropayment solution called BitPass (http://www.bitpass.com).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 25, 2003 - 14:36
In this essay on the disruptive effect of weblogs on the publishing industry, Clay Shirky doesn't mention comics or webcomics at all, but to the extent he is right, it's hard to see how his insights do not apply to comics as a subset of publishing generally.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 23, 2003 - 23:01
Komikwerks, a leader in digital distribution of creator-owned comics, and Circle of Confusion, a management and production company, have announced a strategic alliance to manage, co-produce and develop comic-book properties to film, TV, video games.
Circle of Confusion manages such diverse talent as the Wachowski Bros., the Reign of Fire writers Gregg Chabot and Kevin Peterka, and comic-book creator Brian Michael Bendis. Under the terms, Circle of Confusion will represent Komikwerks and its contributors in a management capacity, as well as a producing partner on some selected ventures.
â€œCircle of Confusion has an impressive roster of clients, and a track record of working with great comic talent; itâ€™s an honor to be working with them,â€ says Komikwerks co-founder Shannon Denton.
â€œThis arrangement continues to extend our original goal as a publisher, which is to allow independent creators access to resources that are usually only available to the larger publishers. Weâ€™re thrilled about this partnership,â€ added Komikwerks co-founder Patrick Coyle.