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Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:30

How to fix the comic industry and get Millions of New fans.

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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.

Friday, 12 August 2016 22:22

From Wilson's Desk 8-12-16

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I am working on a strip of the Mark!  I just finished the flats and will be finishing up the strip soon.

 

2016 08 11

 

Wilson

Sunday, 13 March 2016 20:38

Diversity in comics can be found if you really look.

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Saw this link on facebook. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/these-comic-book-super-fans-couldnt-name-7-superheroes-of-color_us_561e7e76e4b028dd7ea600ee

"While new characters of color have been introduced into the mainstream comic book world in the last in the last few years, diversity among comics is clearly still lacking."

Take about bull, Diversity in comic isn't lacking, Your not doing your homework, "There isn't enough Diversity in Main Stream comics" is what you mean to say. Now we do see it changing, Slowly.

Now the indie market is all about Diversity! it's about the comics people ain't getting anywhere else. Alas, most fans are ignore the people making the difference.To the media, there are only two comic companies Marvel and DC and they are the ones that needs to make changes? No, If people really want diversity, (and I can argue a lot of people say they do, but they really don't.) they can find it. Here a list of companies you can find easily, they have books on their website or in Comixology. Darkstrom Comics, Action Lab Studios, New Paradigm Studios, image comics, Committed Comics, Section 8 Comics, Red Anvil press. I can go on but those are 8 off the top of my head not counting the artists that are working on their own. The women in Comics convention that when on this weekend many of the people there are doing comic books under their own banners. http://wincnyc.wix.com/womenincomicsnyc . Changes are happing, hard work is being done by artists all over the place, you can find them if you just try looking a little harder. Sure it's easy to walk into a comic shop and HOPE the big two do will make somthing for you, but they don't make the change unless they are shamed into doing it, or if they see a way to make a quick buck. If you look I bet you find what you want in the Indie Market. and if by chance you don't...Then make the comic yourself, it's hardwork but it can be done.


Cheers. 

WRJ. 

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 18:18

Coloring Comics, Ancient Egypt and the Smithsonian

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If your a fan of anything sci-fi, comics, fantasy...etc you run into Ancient Egypt. Tons of stories have come from this land of Magic and mystery. In comics, movies and any other form of optical entertainment we associate the look of these stories with the sandy badge color, but for those of use who have study even a little history knows that this ancient time was full of color. We know this because of the artwork of the time as well as finding the items over the years shows us they where once in color. Here is an article I found from Smitsonian.com on how one museum is using technology to show us a glimpse of this colorful world. (I'll link this article at the bottom.) I'm fascinated by this because as a comic book colorist I've color a few stories that takes place in Ancient Egypt, and I recall doing a few images with only the sandy color but in many ways those are background scenes and there is a good chance that the image might be covered with text. 

Perhaps in the future when more info comes out showing what the color where I might be able to do another project and add this new info into the work, But then again i'm also making more work for myself. 


Below are some images I've color that took place in Egypt for a children book, Pencils and Inks by Mike Lilly and again I did the coloring. 

Thanks for Reading

 

Cheers! ~WRJ

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is adding a bright flourish to the Temple of Dendur

Monday, 02 November 2015 17:12

The Networks have let me down again.

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We are now in the season where TV shows are canceled. I have a few on that list and once again they are shows that has a lot of fans and yet the networks don't want to keep it going. One of the shows I watch got a "final" episode that closed up the story line but didn't truly end the show. I shouldn't be surprised it happen EVERY season. What can fans do? The usual, start the petitions going. (heck it give us one more season of Star Trek) that's the story we tell ourselves a few shows have been saved, others came back, the very luckily ones will go to another network. Yet, that is rare. I don't want to do any of that. I'm tired of it. I think I'm going to do what I did a few season back, And drop watching live TV again. Now, I won't get rid of cable. As much as I want to. I can't I need it for the internet accesses. What I mean is no more live TV for me. I have Netflix, Hulu and the on demand channels, internet etc. So I'll keep up with my entertainment and keep up with those few shows that are still going. It's the new shows I'm not going to bother with, why get invested in a story that the network didn't believe in?  I wouldn't blame the cast and crew of a show, it's a numbers game for the network and from the stories I've heard from the hollywood machines there is so much crazy to deal with it's impossible to know what they want. This new way works for me because even if a show only ran one season I'll be aware of that and know going in it's only going to be a shot run.  This method worked well for me in the past and I discover shows I really liked. TV needs to change their way to look at the audience.  Take a show like No Ordinary Family, the network says that the Ratings was too low. And yet it was said by the star of the show. If the people who watch it on line only watch it on live TV the show would be the number one show. But the network isn't set up (or so its said) to know what the people are doing, they still go by a small sample.

I can see why I've been enjoying shows from the BBC, The seasons maybe shorter, but at least I get the full stories.  

 ~W

Sunday, 04 October 2015 21:16

Who to see at the NYCC 2015

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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

Saturday, 03 October 2015 18:55

Drawing the Mouth.

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Ah, the mouth expressions, sometimes it easy to forget that the mouth does move, I'm guilty of just doing a open mouth in many drawing, we (artist) have to remember to keep a library of images to look at and keep in mind that we need to add just a little thing to make the drawing pop more.

Here is a cool on I found on Deviantart created by an artist named Night-starker13

Enjoy! 

http://night-stalker13.deviantart.com/art/Megatron-Mouth-Expressions-334317769

~W

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