The salvation of comics lays with the independents (and new business models)

The last couple of years have driven me, full tilt ahead, unapologetically, towards smaller publishers, what are considered “independents”. In other words, I end up staying away from the big two. And while I though I was teaching them a lesson depriving their coffers from my measly $40.00 bucks a month, and redirecting those resources…

In comics, the artists comes first.

There are some battles I gave up fighting. Paying the salary of a waiter plus the cost of my meal/drink consumption, instead of expecting the employer to pay them a fair wage. (Tipping is almost mandatory in the US, my foreign friends) Not having a say where my taxes go, thus black budget projects. Not having a…

Why I stopped purchasing floppies (like I used to)

The question I posit is: Keep sales up by destroying continuity? or Keep sales up by enhancing previous storylines? Today I heard the announcement of Marvel’s relaunch of Black Widow in its own comic. I saw the cover art, and I liked it. But then, as I was wondering if I should go out and…

Facebook forces me to compromise

On a follow up on my previous post, Facebook sent me an update, and their main problem was me using a pseudonym, ComicWatcher. So I had to allow them to use my real name, Gerald Dean. Since I have so many contacts, and I keep so many links to people, I gave in. More to…

Comics and their Cycles (in the US)

Time to take a stroll memory lane. And what better way to deal with numbers than using a TABLE!! YEAR                    EVENT                                COMICS STATE 1930’s                  Great Depression                People bough more comics (they went really cheap) 1940’s                 Beginning of WWII             People bough more comics (Sent them to the troops) 1950’s                 McArthur Red Scare           People Bought Less comics …

Women’s fashion in comics….it shouldn’t matter.

Holyjumpigmackrelandabucketofsandypearls!!! What is wrong with people? (Don’t answer. I know already… A LOT!!) Would you give a book full of incest, infanticide, murder, wars to a kid to read? No? Well, how come so many kids are being sent to bible camp, here in the South of the US? Because in case you haven’t noticed,…