As comics evolve, new business models evolve, and here’s one that’s pretty simple and pretty smart and potentially much more: Lounak is a new mini distributor for artist edition books, self-published work, and other one-offs for cartoonists Becky Cloonan, Andy Belanger and Karl Kerchl. The site just launched with this line-up but we’re told that more artists will be added as the kinks are worked out. Serge LaPointe and Fabrice Forestier are running the business end.
The site just launched and you can find Cloonan’s minis, limited editions of the Abominable Charles Christian, and Belangers Black Church on sales, along with t-shirts. Perhaps something on your gift list?
While the modern cartoonist had been forced by chance to become a one-person marketing/sales/distribution center, as more creators get large enough profiles, we expect more of these kinds of service companies to spring up as being a middle man becomes more economically viable.
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.