2010

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For anyone checking out this Journal, I have an interesting idea. Most of you are probably involved in the comics industry or looking to get into it if you are checking out my site. What are your thoughts for this coming year and beyond when it comes to our industry? Do we think that the direct sales market, as it exists is going to sustain the ones of us looking to produce these work for hire jobs or these creator owned properties or are we looking to the future and how to get through the changes while earning a living for our families while we are doing so.

So far I have not seen even the free web comics as a way of earning substantial money at this time. Are there ways that this can become a substantial way to bring in money to do what we do? I was even thinking about the video game industry an would love to share my thoughts on that if anyone seems to even be interested in adding to this discussion.

Point is, I am working for and have worked with the larger companies in this industry having drawn X-Men, Hulk, Batman, Green Lantern, JLA, etc..etc..and I have been seeing what seems to be a declining market for what should be very stable properties.

What are your thoughts everyone? Put away the artist in you for a moment and think business. The days of comics being at every corner convenience store accross the country are long gone and that is where we NEED to be. People ran into comics every day when buying gas, milk or going to the local drug store to pick up a perscription. Not any more. Even if it is an internet comic, the person that finds you has to type in a search for"COMICS" in order to even have a chance of your property popping up.

Most Americans remember that Batman and Spiderman used to be a comic that they would pick up every now and then when their dad would take them to the grocery store.Now they are just movies and video games. They wonder whatever happened to comics. Why are they not being made anymore? That is, if they wonder at all.

Thoughts?
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Well, to add to all of this little bit of info, I did some more research and found a site that links to 15,200 plus web comics out there. Inquisitively, I start clicking away to check some out. Just doing what others would do trying to find some "quality" entertainment.

I would love to say that all of what I found was on a standard of quality that measured up, but I can't. I would love to say that I was excited enough to keep browsing, but I wasn't. Lots and lots of sites to go through to have to, hopefully, find a competent production.

When I was twelve years old and drawing comics with my friends, it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot from it. Now, what reason was it not on the comics spinner rack with Marvel, DC, Charlton, Archie and others.....OH, because there needed to be some kind of quality managing going on. Argh!!!!!