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Head Lopper 2 comes out tomorrow 12/9, so I'll be signing...

•Tomorrow (12/9) at That's Entertainment in Fitchburg, MA from 3-6:30

•Saturday (12/12) at Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham, MA from Noon-3

•Saturday (1/2) at Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH

...I'll have free prints for as long as they last.

  • Listening to: Devin Townsend
  • Reading: Conan
  • Watching: Godzilla vs Mothra
  • Drinking: water
I was nominated on Broken Frontier​ for "Breakout Talent of 2015" !!! Pretty dang cool. Thanks BF.

www.brokenfrontier.com/broken-…
  • Listening to: Symphony X
  • Reading: Conan
  • Watching: Miami Vice
  • Drinking: Coffee
I'll be signing TOMORROW (4/13) at Hub Comics in Somerville, MA (Union Square) from 2-6pm
  • Listening to: Soilwork
  • Reading: Conan
  • Watching: Walking Dead
  • Drinking: Beer
I'll be signing at Hub Comics in Somerville, MA (Union Square) on Saturday Nov 14 from 2-6pm
  • Listening to: Soilwork
  • Reading: Conan
  • Watching: Walking Dead
  • Drinking: Beer
Have your comics shops order HEAD LOPPER for you from IMAGE Comics, on shelves on September 9th.

Here's a preview:

andrewmaclean.tumblr.com/post/…

Thanks!  -Andrew
  • Listening to: Harmontown
  • Reading: Dance with Dragons, Last Man (First Second)
  • Watching: Sons of Anarchy
  • Drinking: Beer
Oh hey! So my graphic novel ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times came out YESTERDAY through Dark Horse Comics. Check you local comic shop for it, if they aren't stocking it, PLEASE ask them to. Up very much under the radar to many shop owners and they probably don't know this book exists!

So please check it out and urge your comic shop to stock it. I mean... I think its pretty good... ?

THANKS!  -A
  • Listening to: Faith No More
  • Reading: Dance with Dragon, Last Man (First Second)
  • Watching: The Wire
  • Drinking: Water
This weekend (May 9th) I'll be debuting my new graphic novel ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times from Dark Horse Comics at TCAF in Toronto, almost two weeks before its in-store release.

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In stores May 20th.

Thanks,  -A
  • Listening to: Devin Townsend Project
  • Reading: Dance with Dragon, Hellboy in Hell
  • Watching: The Wire
  • Drinking: Coffee
This Saturday, 11/22 I'll be at Harrison's Comics in Salem, MA from 12-5. Come buy some Head Lopper or bring your copy by for a sketch. 

Thanks,  -A
  • Listening to: Ink Studs podcast
  • Reading: The Wrenchies
  • Watching: True Legend
  • Drinking: Coffee
ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times will be released by Dark Horse in the Spring of 2015

Comics Alliance has all the info as well as a chunk of sample pages here:

comicsalliance.com/apocalyptig…
  • Listening to: 11 O'clock Comics podcast
  • Reading: Storm of Swords - Street Angel -Barbarian Lord
  • Drinking: water - coffee
You can now get both Head Lopper 1 and 2 on ComiXology.

Head Lopper 1 (36 pages): $1.99

Head Lopper 2 (60 pages): $3.99

Get them here:   www.comixology.com/Head-Lopper…

Thanks,  -A
  • Listening to: Between the Buried and Me
  • Reading: Storm of Swords - Street Angel
  • Eating: General Tso's Chicken & Noodles but who cares?
  • Drinking: water
WEDNESDAY MORNING!!! Cheap too, $4 I think, for 60 pages!

with pinups by:
Mike Mignola
Max Fiumara
Enrique Fernandez
Filip Acovic
Michael Avon Oeming
Joe DellaGatta
Paul Maybury
Simone D'Armini
Troy Nixey
Janus Pawlak
  • Listening to: Tyr
  • Reading: Storm of Swords - Andrew the Giant
  • Drinking: water

...Or Why the “Spotify Model” would be bad for comics.

 

A disclaimer: This is written from my somewhat limited understanding of business models and intellectual properties and should be taken as an opinion-piece… also it’s a bit hypocritical because I have been known to use Spotify (with much shame). That said…

 

Recently I was invited to have my comics included as part of a launch of a new digital comics distribution website. The model of the site is based on the “Spotify model,” being that all content is free to consume by a user, they just have to suffer an occasional advertisement. Which, of course, is how the company would collect revenue and in turn pay the creators for the use of their intellectual property.

 

A little information: The company provided documents citing, “Declining sales indicate that most of today’s readers will not pay $3-4 per comic book, or even $1-2 for older books on sale.” It also goes on to describe a payout model of 50% of revenue from the ads going to the comic-creators/owners while the other 50% going to the website.

 

This distribution model is flawed, one-sided, and dangerous for creators of all types of art and entertainment properties.

 

Before I go any deeper, let me mention, the model seems inevitable to me. With similar models for movies and music already in existence it’s only a matter of time before it comes to fruition for comics, be it this company or another. Therefore this vendetta may be useless but it’s worth beginning the conversation, particularly before these sites go live.

 

Here are some reasons why this model is damaging to creators…

 

 

1) 50/50 payouts on the Spotify model…or…This is not 50/50

 

 

Lets call the site FreeComix for the sake of storytelling.

 

For quick-easy math, lets say there are 50 comics with 50 different creators on FreeComix and an advertisement brings in $100 of revenue. Okay, let’s pay everyone out. FreeComix takes $50 leaving $50 to go to the creators. Almost sounds fair right? Wrong. There are 50 creators to pay. Each creator only got $1 for his or her comic, a comic that is free to all for unlimited consumption. The comic could be potentially consumed thousands of times without the creator earning more than $1, making the “value” of that comic decrease more and more with each read.

 

This example is obviously set up for easy illustration designed to show the one-sided nature of the model. But the scales only slide away from the creator more as more comics are added to the website. For every new creator added to the roster the creators’ 50% is split into more pieces until eventually each creator earns only fractions of a cent while FreeComix still makes that big-fat-full 50%.

 

 

2)” But Spotify seems so successful, how do they make it work?”

 

 

They don’t. Spotify is a good example of why NOT to bring this model to comics. Here’s how it breaks down:

 

Radio stations play music. Grocery stores and restaurants play music. So how do the musicians get paid? All of those companies are arguably making money on the back of someone else’s IP, right?

 

Musicians have ASCAP. ASCAP is THE union of musicians across the board (composers, performers, engineers, etc.). When companies, including radio stations and Spotify, make money through music (advertisements), ASCAP shows up at their door with a hand outstretched waiting for a check. The company/radio station/Spotify pays ASCAP. Not the musicians.

 

So, when do the artists get their money? Many will never see any money.

 

ASCAP collects the money and by some kind of magical math comes up with their best guess of who got what percentage of airplay total. Everywhere. And based on those percentages they split the money with their musicians.

 

ASCAP has thousands upon thousands upon THOUSANDS of members, everyone from the dude playing the accordion at the artsy-fartsy coffee shop to Lady Gaga herself. Both have ALL of their music available on Spotify for free consumption. Now when ASCAP figures out their numbers they see Lady Gaga has had the lion’s share of “plays” (on Spotify, radio, Hollister, etc.) to such a staggering degree that she is the ONLY one who gets paid (an exaggeration but seemingly so). Accordian-Guy will die without ever getting paid (not an exaggeration). But Accordian-Guy still had hundreds of thousands of plays (on Spotify, radio, Brad’s Bratwurst, etc.).

 

Its all legal because the company/radio station/Spotify pays for an ASCAP license but it doesn’t mean creators get what they are due. The content to payout ratio does not favor the artists in the slightest. That money is split until musicians are owed the tiniest fractions of a cent.

 

Most musicians will not get paid for their airtime.

 

3) Kids these days…

 

The documents from “FreeComix” implied people “expect” to get content for free these days BECAUSE of companies like Spotify. That between free content on the Internet and stolen content on the Internet, society has become of the mind that content SHOULD be free. That somehow being asked to pay for art is mean.

 

To give in to this mindset would be folly. If we don’t pay for our entertainment, for our art, creators cannot afford to create it.

 

The idealist idea that art should be free is beautiful, but it’s just that. Idealist. It’s not practical. I’m sorry.

 

In closing…

 

Creators: I implore you; I BEG you, do not give your comics to these websites. All it does is set a precedent for the future. All it does is let people continue to think that they are ENTITLED to free-consumption. The model does not work. Without a ratio of one piece of art to one increment of revenue the system collapses. Less art is created. Less comics are available… less…. less… less.

 

To readers: We give plants sun and water because without it they will die. Support the arts you love because without it they will die.

 

Now go forth, create, and keep comics art,

 

Andrew MacLean

(Paid for in part by procrastination)

  • Reading: Storm of Swords - Some old Conan comics
  • Watching: Tekkonkinkreet
  • Drinking: Coffee - Water
It's true.

Check it out:   cmxl.gy/1rIuSEJ
  • Listening to: Strapping Young Lad
  • Reading: Storm of Swords & Godland
  • Watching: Knights of Sidonia
  • Drinking: Coffee - Water
Tomorrow my comic HEAD LOPPER #1 goes live on ComiXology for only $2. Here's a page....

andrew-ross-maclean.deviantart…
  • Listening to: Strapping Young Lad
  • Reading: Storm of Swords & Godland
  • Watching: Orange is the New Black
  • Drinking: Coffee - Water
Here's my schedule (sans dates because I don't feel like looking them up (not in chronological order (probably))) 

MECAF - Portland, ME
NYCC: Special Edition - NYC
HEROES CON - Charlotte, NC
Boston Con - Boston, MA
SPX - North Bethesda, MD
NYCC - NYC

There may be some others, but that's it at the moment.

Thanks, -A
  • Listening to: The M Machine
  • Reading: Storm of Swords
  • Watching: Futurama
  • Drinking: Coffee - Water
BOOM

Only for today (5/3) though, for Free Comic Book Day


And if you enjoy it, you can preorder Head Lopper 2 HERE

Thanks and happy FCBD!  -A
  • Listening to: Killswitch Engage
  • Reading: Storm of Swords
  • Watching: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
  • Drinking: Coffee

#FCBD Reminder: Starting at midnight and running all day tomorrow (5/3), there will be links on all of my social media pages where you can dowload a free copy of my comic Head Lopper #1.

This is only tomorrow though so if you’re interested, don’t miss out.

Also, for those who enjoy issue 1, preorders for Head Lopper 2 will go live as well. Those books will start shipping in June.

Thanks,  -A

  • Reading: Storm of Swords
  • Drinking: Water
For Free Comic Book Day I'm offering a free download of Head Lopper #1 all day. I'll post links on all of my social media sites.

Saturday only. Don't miss out.

Thanks,  -Andrew


PS Only a couple pages left in Head Lopper 2...
  • Reading: Storm of Swords
  • Drinking: Water
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is THIS SATURDAY, so I'll be posting a FREE PDF OF ONE OF MY COMICS. So grab it on Saturday or its gone. Info to come...
  • Listening to: Leprous
  • Reading: Storm of Swords
  • Watching: Mad Men
  • Drinking: Coffee

• This weekend (April 12&13) ASBURY PARK Comic Convention in Asbury Park, NJ

• Monday April 14th @ 12:30-2pm, Comics Panel at North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA.

• Wednesday April 16th @ 7pm, Lecture at Art Institute of Boston in Boston, MA


Come say hi and ask any burning question you may have, like, “where’s the bathroom?”

Thanks.  -Andrew

  • Listening to: Leprous
  • Reading: Storm of Swords
  • Watching: Mad Men
  • Drinking: Coffee