November 27, 2008
Here’s Michael Jewell’s prescription for the comics inudstry:
“My RX for the ailing comix industry?
“Creators: Plan conventions strategically. Hold your nose and keep cozying up to the mainstream lit press. Forget even thinking about relying on the Movie boom (for a bust, she’s a comin’). Be proud of what you do and never apologize for being a cartoonist. Make yourself a stiff drink.
“Publishers: Don’t turn your nose up at the manga boom; exploit it, but don’t really exploit it. Do it right. Quit it with the anthologies. Scale back floppies, step up trades and GNs. Don’t be afraid of change. Stop fucking your artists over. Seriously. Oh, and the movie point should apply especially to you. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket (majors) and don’t spread yourself too thin (small press).
“Press: Chill out. Everything’s cool.
“Take this and call me in the morning.”
November 27, 2008
Here’s Avery Dame’s prescription for the comics industry:
“I have two points which I think would help, though I certainly don’t think there’s a surefire solution.
“1. Digital Distribution: it’s the hold grail of comic industry success and for good reason. A mobile-device-ready format and contract with an existing media clearinghouse like ITunes would do wonders for getting people to impulse buy.
“2. Push to integrate comics into education, especially focusing outside depictions of classic literature: Comics can be great teaching tools even in areas one wouldn’t think of (see Japan, Inc.: An Introduction to Japanese Economics), make learning interesting, and gets the next generation to see comics as both viable lit and useful entertainment (and be willing to buy them on a regular basis). Also, educational comics can become a new market to tap.”