The only monthlies I get anymore are the 2.25 dc books. I really can’t afford any more than that.
Digital needs to have been here years ago. Not as a replacement, but as a partner. They need to have had archives of the stuff. The Pirates are doing it. They have a great system for reading them on pcs. It also works on a lot of portable devices these days. You can get the san fran/ new york people all over it with a poopy iphone app. At least for the archives and archival purposes. There’s a reason the industry is where it’s at right now. It caters to the hardcore and finds new ways to push people out of the bread and butter monthly sales.
You put some of your stuff out there to download for fifty cents or a dollar and give people the ability to take it with them and they’ll do it. Not as many people are in love with the ability to flip pages and fill their house/apartment with six hundred long boxes of comics as we think. Getting more insular is no way to grow your business.
Look at it in the video game way. Microsoft and Sony are doing just fine. They’re selling stuff well and are starting to turn a profit. They’re okay. they’re going after the same market and are just marginally growing. Nintendo said fuck it and went after people that don’t play games and found out there’s more of them than there were of us folks that lived gaming.
Strike while the iron is hot. The mainstream is loving comic book properties and ideas. Shove it down their throat as cheaply as you possibly can. Take a loss if you have to to grow your business.
No, instead we’re going to increase the price on books and cut even more people out of it.
yes I know marvel has some online stuff but it isn’t enough. They had started this some five or ten years ago. They should’ve expaned exponentially by now, instead they’ve regressed. Even if they wanted to keep it online and keep the same pricing they have now they should have blown it out and made sure everyone who even thinks about reading comics knew about it.
Oh, the other thing is it’s very hard for new people to get in on the ground floor with comic books because you can’t get old ones for super cheap at stores. You may go to a convention or ebay and get cheap ones, but unless you buy essentials and showcases (which aren’t in color and that’s a stupid huge turnoff for a lot of people) you can’t get old runs of books. There are also hundreds of stories that aren’t in trades and can’t be found and if you find them they’re ten dollars an issue. Who the hell wants to pay that for a stupid comic book.
You mean to tell me people wouldn’t buy a six issue run of an old cancelled series for five bucks online? There wouldn’t be a publishing cost anymore. Just scan it and put it up for people to download. Ugh it’s so simple. Buy a server for two hundred bucks and go.
I hate the stupid effing comic industry and hope it dies the way it’s going now. what a stupid industry. really. the more I think about it the dumber I think it is.