The Federal Trade Commission has just sent a press release touting its first successful action against a failed Kickstarter campaign.
As I’m writing this, it’s Sunday and things are slow. At my former place of employment, Sundays were one of our busier days – people tend to have the day off, and wander into the store looking to blow some of their hard earned cash on comics and other sundry bits of pop culture. Here, […]
In Kieron Gillen’s talk on Alan Moore’s and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, Gillen emphasizes themes of time and cyclicality present in Moore’s graphic novel. Temporal symbolism recurs in everything from the Doomsday clock interstitials between chapters to Rorschach’s ever-shifting face to Dr. Manhattan’s past as the son of a watchmaker. Gillen, working alongside artist Jamie McKelvie, […]
So I launched a comic store on Free Comic Book Day. It was quite the trick, trying to get things ready for the day with things exploding all around. We had ordered a point of sale system from Diamond, but when we phoned to ask them where it was a week after the supposed delivery […]
Yesterday The Mary Sue published an article suggesting that for-profit comic-cons could be violating federal labor law by not paying minimum wage to workers improperly classified as volunteers. However, a recent case involving Major League Baseball shows how ReedPop and other commercial comic-con ventures could beat the tag.
Turns out, starting your own comic store can be incredibly frustrating. Until it’s not.
Last month, via the BOOM! Studios PR mailing list, I received a letter, containing a copy of a guest editorial by Ross Richie, CEO and founder. You can read it here. Go ahead… I’ll wait. Here’s his reason for doing this: We know where we’ve been—our favorite eras, our favorite characters, our favorite runs. We already know […]
Last week, musician and producer Diplo stole artwork by illustrator Rebecca Mock then harassed her when she called him out. In this op-ed, The Beat discusses digital artistic ownership, online harassment, and one of the reasons why people think it’s okay to act the way they act.
Have you tried to set up a business before, faceless mass of readers? Laying down groundwork for a business is like trying to punch the face of an ouroboros or wrestle a gordian knot.
Event comics are supposed to be the big sellers and pull in the widest possible audience, correct? (Key word being “supposed.”) I’m looking at the December sales estimates and scratching my head over Convergence and Secret Wars. Convergence is supposed to be spinning out of Futures End/Worlds End (and Worlds End is practically an extension […]