[quote=“ChrisS, post:75, topic:5964”]
There’s too many people wanting to make comics out there and the market is not big enough to give them all a good living
[/quote] No, there’s not enough people wanting make comics. There’s too many people expecting to get rich off making comics though. I can draw comparisons to the music industry. I am in a band. We have an album out. The music we make dies not appeal to everyone, but many puerile really lake it. We’re not making the music for other puerile though, we’re making it for us. We paid for the production costs out of our own pocket and published digitally (with a limited run if of physical CDs). We’re about half way to breaking even right now. There are many many musicians like me doing this same thing. Right from the start we knew we wouldn’t be rich doing this, we didn’t even expect to make money. However, 10 to 15 years ago, the thought of having someone in New Zealand chance upon our album and buy a copy was an impossible dream. The distribution framework just didn’t exist. Now, with services like bandcamp, soundcloud and jamendo, it’s relatively easy to get the entire world access to our music. We are beholden to no-one.
Currently, a similar distribution network for digital comic book distribution doesn’t really exist. There’s shades of its creation visible in places like comixology, but right now if you’re an indie diy creator, your options seem to be limited print runs fur small audiences, find a publisher and lose creative control, or post on a website and hope your search terms are up to snuff. In the comic book scene as in the music scene there are some stand out “big acts”, there are some hidden “indie gems” and there’s a while load of filler. But I also firmly believe that there’s hundreds or even thousands of people who could be producing awesome comics or possibly are producing those comics but we don’t know about them because the distribution platform is ropey. If everyone who’s ever dreamed of making a comic book was able to do so and distribute it online in a central location (and let’s face it, why shouldn’t they be allowed to do so, even if they suck?), then a) we’d have more varied choice, b) we’d be able to support the creators who we thought were deserving of our money and c) we’d see some real non conformist stand out gems which would never have been published otherwise. Sure, there’d be tons of shit too, but at least we wouldn’t have to pay 3 quid a pop to find out how shit it was, and the good find would far outweigh the bad.