Everyone has concerns about how to keep a store viable in these times. Ancient capitalist wisdom says: diversify. You may run a perfect superhero comics emporium, but your audience is limited to fans of those comics, and if superhero-comics sales are declining, you have no safety cushion. If you add a mainstream comics section you could attract new buyers.
“The World’s Biggest Comic Book Convention”. From Steve Conley and Rick Veitch. Rick does the keynote address. There are some chats and “booths” as well. This is an on-line convention. They are theoretically going to have a portfolio review soon. No “Sailor Moon” tchotchkes.
Probably the best “how-to” book on comics you’ll find if you’re an illustrator, and not a bad book for writers either. Will Eisner discusses panel layout, storytelling, expressiveness, and the uses of “sequential art” in a book that was way ahead of its time.
This is a moderated mailing list for comics professionals “or those aspiring” to be professionals. Moderated means that ‘heated discussion’ (otherwise known as flamewars) are not allowed; messages must be approved by the moderator before anyone gets to read them.
“Take two weeks and decide to do a page a day; pencilled, inked and lettered. If you miss a day, look at what you did instead. Whatever caused you to miss doing a page that day is an impediment to your career. Look at the impediment. Look at the work. Make a choice.”
Designed to profile “up-and-coming” hot artists. Great idea, they could use one for their graphic design. Also includes an art auction and an on-line workshop. Of real interest is a history of Black and minority comics, a listing of black artists in the industry, and a listing of black characters in comics.
Originally a great print magazine, Indy has become the best site out there for getting information Independent and self-published titles. Also includes the “Industry Addresses” compilation for professional use.
“Writer-Provocateur”. ESPers and the Age of Heroes. Includes a self-publishing primer for others who want to go the same route and writing info as well. Thanks, James! (Problem: his author doesn’t understand either Java or web browsing.)
The company diary is the most interesting part of this site. “Here I’ll share all of the fun things we do here as I try and make a business out of another man’s hobby.” Includes Small Press Expo notes.
I have no idea what this is, but it was recommended by Dino so it has to be cool. Something to do with a small press database and message boards where you can “discus topic’s [sic] of interest to the small press community”.
“One of the coolest thing about the comics world is that it doesn’t dismiss self-publishers the way the lit world does. Maybe because it’s a less pretentious field, or a newer one, or that drawing talent is more quickly discerned at a glance. Certainly it helps that one of the more prominent awards and grants, the Xeric, is open only to self-publishers.”
A FAQ and a Prayer. “one of the coolest things about small press is the freedom to do whatever you want, without being shackled by genre, market considerations, or even your own past work. Try it, you’ll like it!”
Supporters of the Joe Schuster Canadian Comic Book Creator awards, they have a special section of their site for short-run printing of comics: "we do comics.com" and "u do comics.com". No on-line pricing.
From the author of Howard the Duck and Void Indigo and many Saturday morning cartoons. Look around for short stories, comic book script templates, and Steve’s latest comics. Also, read his blog. “Only when a writer has been called a liberal, pseudo-intellectual, oversexed manic-depressive can he be sure he’s fighting the good fight.”