Written by Manuel A. Carmona
There's a myth that talks about every comic book creator cross promoting each others projects and end up living happily ever after. Sounds great... far from the truth. For some reason getting comic book creators to Comment/React/Share other artist's work is like pulling teeth, yet they keep asking themselves "why won't my fanbase grow?"; you'd think the reason is pretty clear but obviously it isn't. Well, here's my idea...
I feel the best way to reach a larger audience would be to attend big comics and sci-fi conventions like NYCC, LA Comic Con or any other one of those mega events. But let's be real, the cost of table, food, hotel and expenses make attending these events damn near impossible for the smaller publishers and especially self publishing creators. But what if...? What if we all found a big convention and one or two creators from a collective of comic book artists and writers took some of their books/prints/merchandise and sold them on the same table and gave back the earnings after the show? You add up the cost of table/hotel, give the money to the two people that are attending the event and it's up to them to push/sell those books, take a % of the earnings for their effort and give each creator back the left over merchandise and earnings.
I think this could be huge for indie creators as a collective since in all sincerity, there's only so many conventions we can attend on our own. If ten comics creators split a $300 Artist's Alley table fee at NYCC under the same banner, it'd be $30/per person instead of $300 and you'd reach the same amount of people; that's more than reasonable I think. I'm going to reach out to a few colleagues in my neck of the woods, I suggest you do the same. We're all in this together and we'll make it together as well.
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