How to fix the comic industry and get Millions of New fans.
(I'm using very broad strokes here, there is a lot that needs to be fixed but if we can address this first problem, the others might just fall into place.)
MAKE good books and the fans will find you. ADVERTISE those good books and more fans will find you. Use a better DISTRIBUTION network and NEW FANS will DISCOVER YOU! We need new fans in the industry. We need a better distribution network; comic shops are wonderful because they bend over backward to sell YOUR book. They've kept the industry alive all these years, but there are so many places that don't have shops.
If the kids don't know what a comic book is, then they won't look for it.
I first "discovered" comics in a bodega* in the Bronx. I bought a few and later became a fan. Now to get all the books I liked, I had to go to 3 or 4 little magazine shops to get them. That was when I discovered a comic book shop. All of my books in one place?!?! Plus so many new ones: marvel, DC and indie books like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mage: The Hero Discovered, Grendel, Elfquest, and much more. I learned there was more than Marvel and DC, and yet that was easy for me because I live in New York and back then a lot of shops were around.
Comics need to be Discovered again. They need to be in supermarkets, candy shops, ice-cream shops, big box stores, anywhere parents take their kids!
Don’t believe me? Think of this: we all (mostly) remember our first comic book (Batman, 1977) or the first comic we bought with our own money (Superman 1982), and, for some, when and where we were when the collecting bug hit. (7th-grade history class New Rochelle New York 1983 Marvel Team-Up # 144 & 145) However, many of us did not discover comics in a comic book store. We found them by accident or through friends or family. Nowadays kids are discovering them on YouTube or as giveaways at big movie premieres. Once you get the kids in it's great because they aren't discovering a new world, they are discovering a multiverse.
So share your story with us. When did you first discover comics?
*Bodega: A Hispanic/Spanish/Latin mini-mart, kind of like a 7-11, but usually smaller and more like a liquor store atmosphere. The commonly used term on the east coast, especially in the New York City region, where you will find many of these. The word came from the actual Spanish word for "grocery store" - la bodega.
We finish up Wilson coloring a page from Team Kaiju.
So with the New York Comic Con starting this Thursday Here is a small list of friends of Seciton 8 Comics that are worth a visit.
They are doing some great stuff of their own. So remember our booth is # 2339 in the main hall and don't forget to vistit our buddies!!!
Tell Them Wilson sent yah!
In no real order!
booth 1257 Representing Guild Works Publications
booth 111 Alpha Godz
Booth 215 Camilla d’Errico
booth 1138 Red Anvil Comics
booth 1170 Kodoja
booth 2266 Topps
artist Alley b18 Michael Golden
artist Alley B9 Larry Hama
artist Alley B8 Tom Lyle
artist Alley C1 Lee Weeks
artist Alley C2 Bret Blevins
artist Alley C9 Alex Saviuk
artist Alley CC12 Mark Morales
artist Alley CC4 Sandu Florea
artist Alley D4 Jacob Chabot & Brian Smith
at artist Alley E18 Mike Lilly
at artist Alley H11 Brandon Montclare
at artist Alley H15 Alitha Martinez
at artist Alley i4 Brain Kong
at artist Alley i9 Emilio Lopez
at artist Alley k8 Andy Schmidt
at artist Alley T6 Buzz
at artist Alley V1 Jim Calafiore
at artist Alley V3 Tom Raney
at artist Alley W3 Tim Smith 3
Ok, listen up, I saw your indie comic, I like what I saw, so I went to buy the comic book. I went to your site, and the book is sold out. Ok, that's fun sold out your run. BUT you also missed out on a sale. Your 2nd book was sold out too. Indies, I understand you can't keep too much stock and printing takes time and money. BUT you don't have it digital? I don't mind getting it digital. There are a bunch of ways to get your books out there! ComiXology , Ka-Blam Digital. PDF files, There are a lot of places to get, find, or discover your books. I understand many people are one man or Woman bands, your doing it all on your own. BUT if you want to get as many eyes on your books, you may want to hire an outside production guy to set up your books for as many formats as possible. I know it's hard, but you can not treat your book as a hobby if you want to get your work into people hands.
Just saying! Help me buy a copy of your book!
Hello comic book fans, I know you're planning to pick up new comics today! and if you do please be on the look out for this book, OWLGIRLS # 1 By Red Anvil Press. We at Section 8 Not only support this book, we help get it made. I did the letterering and LJ help with it too. You can see my credit in the book, LJ's and Section 8 Studios as well. I hope you pick it up and enjoy it. Get two so you can share with a friend!