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The List

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts recently about bad behavior from fans and creators on social media and it’s amazing to me that so many people don’t know about “The List.” Every pro in the comic book industry has a list. One could call it a “secret” list but it really is no secret because everyone worth their grain of salt has one whether it be a mental list or a written one. This list is comprised of people they already know they DO NOT want to work with. The lists grow much faster these days because of social…

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The 2018 Creators Horoscope

A great way to ring in the new year 2018 is to check out what the stars have in store for your comic career: Aquarius You pride yourself on your independence, sometimes too much. Often perceived as cold and unemotional, the Aquarian nevertheless is always a fountain of ideas. The problem is ideas without action are like water. Not sure what that means but it sounds really Aquarian. Expect some recognition this year. Hopefully, nothing associated with the words “sexual” or “harassment.”

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Heather Antos: Life as a Comic Book Editor

As part of my meetup group NY Comic Book & Graphic Novel creators, we had as our guest speaker, Heather Antos. Heather is currently the editor of the Star Wars and Deadpool titles for Marvel Comics. She talked about breaking in, her work as an editor and her pastry of preference.

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To Con Or Not To Con?

To con, or not to con? That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler on the ego to suffer the slings and arrows of Marvel and DC fans or take to arms against the price of tables and by opposing them, to lie and sleep in some more; and by sleep to stay-in on a weekend. The heartache, and the thousand unsold books that my spouse is heir to. Tis a comic con devoutly to be publish’d.

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Press Rankings

If you like to send press releases or other correspondence to the comic book press industry (and you should), it’s good to know what kind of traffic their websites get compared to each other. Once a year, I like to check Alexa.com to see how they’re doing. Here’s what I came up with.

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Serial Kickstarters

It’s no secret that the comic book projects that seem to do best on Kickstarter are the ones with creators who already have big names or properties that have been building up huge followings for years. But what about the part-time creator who doesn’t have the brand equity that these other Kickstarter giants do? Is Kickstater a viable way to fund, produce and distribute a regularly produced comic book? I wanted to find out so I cornered a few guys who were putting out KS books on a regular basis. Their answers were quite insightful.

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A 71-year old DC Ad

While spending an anniversary weekend at the old Laingdon Hotel in Ocean Grove/Asbury Park, NJ,  I found a bound book of New York Times newspapers from the 40s. While going through the huge volume, I came across this ad from National Comics, now known as DC comics, dated July 19, 1946. Exactly 71 years ago. It’s quite eerie how the issues that plagued the industry then so mirror what we are experiencing today. I have posted details of the ad so you can read it in full.     

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Meeting Legends

The month of July had quite the auspicious start. While attending Eternal Con in Long Island, NY, I got to share a breakfast table with actor Edward James Olmos of Battlestar Galactica, The West Wing, Bladerunner and Stand and Deliver fame. Big thanks to Mark Mazz of Atlas Unleashed who hosted breakfast!

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Comics for Passion Not Profit

There has been a lot of talk recently (again) about the lack of income in having a career in comics. The problem is that many creators think of making comics as a business, when it’s really an art form. Yes, art can be a business but I’m not talking so much about the monetizing of it as much as I’m talking about the reasons for doing it. I’d like to suggest that we treat comics, not as a for-profit business but as a non-profit business. When you’ve stopped laughing, let me explain the difference.