I don’t have a lot of time to blog today, but I thought I’d take a few moments to talk about comic books’ online exodus and–well–address a personal gripe.
In the not-so-distant past, I was unfairly criticized by a gossip columnist for moving my books from a “front-of-previews Image Comics, to back-of-Previews Wowio-funded Chimaera Studios.” While making a completely false statement that Chimaera is funded by Wowio (Chimaera is a talent collective and all books are completely creator-owned), he also fails to recognize the shift to online content by other “front-of-previews” publishers.
To be fair, the columnist may not have been aware that DC unveiled Zuda, Marvel invested $10 million in digital media or that Slave Labor Graphics moved their single issues online.
The handwriting on the wall
I am not the first–nor will I be the last–to realize that the future of single issue comic books lies in the digital medium. I don’t have my own snazzy gossip column, but I am pretty darn street smart. I recognize the trend and have chosen to be pro-active. After all… as the market continues to shrink, publishers will print more licensed properties and less creator-owned books.
Break it on down
If you really want to get to the crux of my decision, as I pointed out earlier, creator-owned books are most likely to break even (i.e. NO PROFITS FOR THE CREATIVE TEAM). And if chances are high that my book is going to break even, why not take a risk to position it for maximum saturation? INTERAGENTS #1, for instance, has had over 20,000 readers. Can a “front-of-previews” publisher give me that volume of readership? Not likely.
So there you have it. Yes, I left a “front-of-previews” publisher to join Chimaera Studios. As long as I have a PDF to send my agent and manager, they don’t care who publishes my books. And, best of all, I don’t have to give away movie deal (or any other medium) money or ownership to a publisher. My agent and manager get their well-deserved commissions and I divide the rest amongst my fabulous (and extremely patient) artistic teams.
The Fine Print
I would be remiss to say there aren’t certain publishers I would love to work with. I’m working with one of them now on a secret project. Work-for-hire is a blast, especially when you love the publisher and staff.
All right… I need to get back to work. Tomorrow I’ll hopefully be able to give you an update on the secret project, show you some new INTERAGENTS art and rant about whatever else comes to mind.