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.
"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.
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
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.
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
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
X-Men 191 is is one of the first Uncanny X-Men books I ever bought. I was collecting a lot of Marvel books but didn't really get into X-Men, at the time too many words LOL, but I recall picking this up at a corner newspaper store mainly because I had already got all the other comics in that store!
Yet, I wanted MORE books... Plus Spidey was on the cover of this and in the story. Spidey was the comic I love to get and when he appeared in other books I had to get those too.
I picked up this X-Men book and then the flood gates were open and I was a Marvel Zombie! Got just about ALL of their titles at the time, still wanted more so I got in to DC, and those few others that came out back then like the .50 cent Eclipse books. Funny what memories an image can trigger.
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!
Going thought a bunch of comic boxes, to see what I can sell on ebay, and ran into a bunch of books I had signed by comic artist. As some of you already know I'm a comic book artist myself and have been in the industry for 20 years now. When I first started working for Marvel, I would get people autograph on the comics they worked on. It was easy at the time because I've worked in the office and tons of artist use to stop by. As time when by I had gotten an old 1975 convention book that I would get people to sign, I've also carry that with me to cons, BUT I would get so busy at my own table, I wouldn't have time to walk around with it. It was a nice to run into these comics a really nice find, perhaps I'll post images of them soon But I don't think I'll sell those. Yet, never fear I did find a ton of cool stuff to sell. Best. WRJ
I'll be at the Hunts Point Comic Con Tomorrow, it's start at 11 am and the admission is free. I'll have comics, sketch cards and original artwork. Come by and bring the kids! Oh other cool comic people will be their too!
M.S. 424730 Bryant Ave,Bronx, New York 10474September 10th 2014From 11:00 - 3:00