We got some heat in the comments for our post yesterday on ComicSpace and their unscientific demographics. Now before you get all riled, that was our way of pointing out what we call the “5-to1” ratio. Back in the day when comics were in the shitter, we often observed that if everyone trying desperately to break IN to comics would just sign up five of their friends to READ comics, we’d have enough readers for a healthy business, and their odds of getting work would increase dramatically.
Even to this day, comics seem to be one of the most participatory mediums out there. Everyone wants to join in the fun, glamour and excitement of being a COMICS CREATOR, and not just be content to stay at home and be a comics READER. That’s okay. Whatever the comics medium has going for it, this passionate need to be included is probably one of the best parts. Folks are always telling us how welcoming the comics field is — for instance, we remember Douglas Rushkoff saying how friendly and inviting he found it compared to other fields he’d been in.
Of course, we still need to keep the bar set a little high, but that’s a whole other post.
And for the record, we think ComicSpace is nifty, even if we were poking a bit of fun. It is still rolling out, and in all honesty, we have no time to devote much time to yet another website, but surely when we have a moment one of these days we’ll getting around to responding to some of the very kind comments folks have been leaving for us there, and hooking up with some old friends.