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More Ways to Improve Collected Editions

2 Feb

by Mike Hansen

One or two comics...

(Photo credit: fengschwing)

I just came across this today:

A couple weeks ago, before I wrote about various publishers’ collected editions, The Weekly Crisis posted “10 Ways to Improve Collected Editions” – some highlights:

1 – Keep your Readers Informed
Let’s start off with one of the simplest and easiest way to improve the way companies approach collections. As much information as possible must be easily available when making a purchase, and that includes all creators and collected issues. For best effect, these must be placed in an easily readable part of the back cover and (perhaps more importantly) in the product description of the item.
Yes! There have been a number of times when publishers, especially Marvel and DC, post incomplete or inaccurate info about book contents in Previews. Sometimes this is a good thing (additional pages in the X-Men by Claremont & Lee Vol. 2 Omnibus for more extras), sometimes not (Legends of the Dark Knight: Marshall Rogers dropping solicited content). With collected editions SO dependent on preorders, these books need to be figured out ahead of time as much as possible.
2 – Extra-er Material

4 – People Must Sample

It’s the traditional drug dealer tactic: the first one is free, the second one isn’t. If you get people hooked on your series, they are more likely to come back for more. … It’s not just putting this first chapter for free, but also making sure that the people reading this know that the collection is out and available for purchase/pre-order, with in-house ads placed in the digital comic.
I wholeheartedly support this – as far as I’m concerned, this is the only way for new stuff to find a bigger audience.
Free Comic Book Day does an okay job, but I think it’s better at getting regular comic-shop purveyors to check out new material than at bringing in brand-new readers. Still, every bit helps.
I’ve been a big supporter of Continue reading

GOING DIGITAL: Killing Me Softly with Free Comics

21 Oct

by Orion Tippens

Image representing Comixology as depicted in C...

Image via CrunchBase

Don’t make me laugh, two Free Comic Book Days in 2012?

I’m not trying to kill the fun here. I love free comics, or free anything really. I just think every day should be Free Comic Book Day.

Many of us already get our “free comic days” when hitting those big comic conventions gathering samples, direct from various companies. I loved even more back in the ’90s when issues of Wizard magazine contained those bonus comics and samples. More so than now, many comic stores I frequented had many free samples of comics for the taking. Those were the days and places when free comics were just,.. there.

But now, free seems more like Continue reading

ORION Joins ADC with a New Feature on Digital Comics!

29 Sep


by Orion Tippens

Comixology screen imageBeware the digital comics revolution. The time of the digital reading format is here; storming your e-readers, tablets, gamestations, smartphones, and computers. Even Facebook isn’t safe. Meanwhile, Comixology is currently the top-grossing Apple IOS app for the iPad, and it’s now ready to set the new  Amazon Kindle Fire…on fire.

All of which means, everyone with a digital device has a potential comic book store on their person, or the office and home. So, is the comics industry saved?

I would like to think so. Because Continue reading

New Model Army (or, Who Doesn’t Love Free Stuff?)

11 Sep
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The beginning of the end? Or the end of the beginning? (Image via CrunchBase)

I love free stuff!

I can get free comics on Free Comic Book Day. I can get free gaming stuff on Free RPG Day. My arms are still recovering from lifting all of the free swag from Comic-Con. I love listening to all of the free music on the internet (legal or otherwise). I love watching free videos and movies online (thanks, YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, etc.!).

And there are a lot of people, especially younger folks, who love getting illegal copies of stuff for free online: music, movies, comics, books, you name it. What can be done about it? Honestly, not much: it’s just a giant game of whack-a-mole, and there are too many easy ways for people to disguise their IP addresses so they don’t get caught.

So how does an artist make money in this brave new world of Continue reading

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