May 12th, 2009 | comics talk
The guts of this went out as a Bad Signal earlier.
So, yes, been busy. Have kept half an eye on things like Diamond changing the way in which they select comics for distribution, people screaming, books failing to get distributed due to above, people choking, bleeding out, etc etc. (Much-compressed version of a Very Big Thing. Googling "diamond comics benchmarks" will get you lots of reading on the subject.)
I am lucky. It is highly unlikely that any book I do in the next three to five years will fail to meet Diamond’s cash benchmark for distribution. Many people — people reading this — may not be so lucky.
So I have this online community, as you are sick of hearing about. I’ve deliberately run it as a quiet operation, just a bit of fun. As noted, it averages 2500 unique member visits a day, and that spikes when supported by warrenellis.com, Bad Signal and Twitter. (Twitter can seriously move some fucking traffic these days.) (Thought for another time: Twitter can move 1000 people from there to here on a quiet day. Much underestimated as a traffic engine, poss. because people are distracted by the way it’s killing blogs and looming over search)
A lot of these people read comics. A lot of these people would like to read comics, but honestly don’t know how to find the stuff they’re interested in. Many have problems actually getting their hands on comics (which is prob another discussion, but still). (And one to have, not just because of the digital implications, but also because comics are a bit shit at search tools, and also because of POD – ref. The DFC, too)
I’ve resisted making Whitechapel too comics-centric, because I like sitting around talking about music and mad science and many other things. But I’m thinking maybe the people reading this who do comics might want to think about putting their comics in front of the
people on Whitechapel, getting some conversations going, seeing if we can generate a bit of electricity here.
It was always a hard slog on The Engine: comics people have resistance to promoting their work, weirdly, and making them do something as minimal as telling people they have a comic out this week was something stupidly hard work. But I have to say that now, when not wanting to tell strangers about your work is not only courting low sales and cancellation, but now also courting not getting your book distributed at all…? Now’s the time to get the fuck over that, really.
Thoughts from the comics creators onboard are welcomed.