Must all artists be businesspeople?

[Note from The Beat: Ah, just found the perfect illo for this post, from Drew Weing’s marvelous Set to Sea, now out in hardcover from FBI! Highly recommended!] It all started when Johanna explained Why I Won’t Be Giving to Kickstarter Projects, citing the belief that creators should have a business plan other than asking […]

News and notes from retail and publishing

A round up of other news from the week, and some follow up on other stuff….The big, big news is that the Hasting retail entertainment chain will be going into comics in a big way, bother graphic novels, which tyhey already carry, and now periodicals, including back issues. 147 Hastings stores — mostly in the midwest, sun belt and Texas, will start up direct marketing accounts. The move follows the success of two test stores:

PREVIEW: Fluorescent Black by Nathan Fox and M.F. Wilson

What’s this? A new graphic novel illustrated by the amazing Nathan Fox and written by M.F. Wilson?

Why yes! OR at least a collection of “Fluorescent Black,”, their story that has been running in HEAVY METAL for the last three years. Fox writes “We are really proud of how it turned out and it features a TON of new content including guest pinups, additional narrative pages and more.”

San Diego admits Comic-Con brings in OODLES AND OODLES of money

Suck it, gastroentologists! Comic-Con does SO make lots of money for the city of San Diego! At long last an in-depth survey has shown what most long suspected: the San Diego Comic-Con is a cash cow for the local economy.

While the con’s own internal estimates have the economic impact of the 130,000+ fans who attend Comic-Con every year at more than $50 million, official estimates by the local convention bureau had the show’s fiscal impact much lower — $32 million in 2008. However, an actual survey of con attendees in 2008 has revealed the stunning truth: the con brings in $163 million a year, QUADRUPLE what was thought.

Listen to John K

John K’s blog is always entertaining, which is why we periodically dip in. In this post he explains some cartoonist warm-up exercises: “I strongly recommend to every growing cartoonist to do warm up exercises every day. Athletes warm up before stressing their stiff joints, musicians practice their scales every day before jumping right into their performances and I think cartoonists can benefit from limbering up their pencils and brains before they attack their work. I should follow this advice and I did this morning.”