On the comic book front, we’ve got in development literary projects with beloved, best-selling writers like James Patterson, Peter S. Beagle, Robert Bloch, and Mario Acevedo, as well as a second Richard Stark project by Darwyn Cooke. We’re working on a relaunch of a couple classic movie franchises, a big crossover with 30 Days of Night; we have a couple of huge announcements in the works for some spring comic conventions, and are even putting together the very first IDW ‘event’ for later this year, too. And rounding out what we feel is a very well-rounded slate of things that we’re able to talk about now, we’re helping re-launch Famous Monsters of Filmland in July, which has us as excited as all the other fans of that magazine.
Adams talks about the dominance of event-driven comics, how to combat that, growth in bookstores and Amazon and the expanding digital world. His thoughts there show that he’s answering questions no other comics publisher is asking yet:
Who’s buying comics digitally?
I think it depends on the market. The PSP market is clearly a gamer. The device itself is designed in large measure just to play games. I think you’re talking about probably an audience that’s male, mid-to-late teens would be my guess. Sony has a lot of interesting demographic information although it doesn’t filter down all the way to who’s buying the comics. The PSP is a device that’s not just U.S.-based. We’re seeing some nice sales not just in the U.S. but also in the U.K. and Europe.
When you talk about the iPhone, I think it’s probably a little broader as far as the demographic goes.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.