§ Steve Geppi’s Entertainment Museum is definitely worth a trip, but it has had a history of economic setbacks. Now there’s a rent dispute of some kind, instigated when the non-profit Sports Legends Museum, which is housed in the same building, got a reduced rent. Geppi’s museum is for profit, although those have been slow in coming with attendance at next-door Camden Yards down due to the Orioles crappy performance. Anyway, the story from the local paper includes some interesting figures:
Geppi, CEO of Diamond Comic Distributors Inc. in Timonium and publisher of Baltimore Magazine, opened his for-profit museum in September 2006 and, according to reports at the time, pays about $29,000 per month in rent. His privately funded venture would be unlikely to receive aid similar to that extended to the nonprofit sports museum.
“We would look at those two things differently,” Puddester said. “In the case of Sports Legends, we looked at the state investment in that from both an operating and a capital standpoint. We were hoping to protect the state’s investment.”
Geppi did not return messages Monday requesting comment.
§ Heeb Magazine presents its Best Comics of 5768.
§ An Eddie Campbell TV show? If it’s based on MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT, we’re so there!
• Two final Minx links, both well worth reading, despite all that has been written already:
Now, this isn’t the Apocalypse. And it isn’t the end of the world. But this is a serious threat to the wonderful spread of diversity in comics we have all been witness to over the last ten years. We’ve seen this industry bud and grow to include, if not a wealth, at least a significant cache of diverse and talented creators given decent-paying jobs that wouldn’t have been available to them in previous years. At least, not since the 1920’s. Maybe these new jobs weren’t the BEST paying jobs, but they offered opportunities that promised growth and expansion and eventually . . . better pay. A decent living doing something we all love.
§ Aaaand Kristy Valenti:
That said, database-centric browsing systems that libraries and online booksellers use (i.e. Amazon.com), are terrible, in general, for building a publisher’s or an imprint’s brand identity from scratch for the public. Despite its highly marketed launch, Minx is a perfect example of DC’s struggles in the bookstore market, where there’s little recognition of its brand (even though lots of people saw The Dark Knight movie, many, if not most, of them probably couldn’t identify, off the top of their heads, whether Batman is a Marvel or DC character) within systems in which everything is shelved (and cataloged) either by title or author. (In bookstores, unlike libraries, at least, you have the display options of endcaps, dumps, waterfalls and spinner racks to group a publisher’s books together.)
Now, let’s be fair. The life of a traveling comics writer at a convention is one filled with excitement and intrigue. Oh, wait, I meant to say, it’s filled with a lot of looking chipper and locking onto passers-by with your gaze and reeling them in with a friendly “Hey, there. Come on and take a look” and a beckoning hand, not unlike the hand waved by the clown driving the ice-cream-truck that you avoid every time it goes past.
I can’t even plop down a sketchpad and start drawing something interesting in the hopes of reeling in some potential readers. Sure, they’re customers first, but let’s hope that you can convince them to become readers afterwards. See, as I’ve said, my magic is invisible (and you don’t want to see what I draw because it’s pretty grisly).
The content of the new Good Comics For Kids will stay the same—reviews, interviews, linkblogging, and noisy roundtable discussions—but we’ll have a spiffy new home and hopefully we’ll be bringing in some new readers. We’ll miss Dan Hess’s excellent banner art, but he has thoughtfully drawn chibi representations of all the bloggers that are already the envy of everyone we know. We’re kicking off the new site with a short Hello World post, followed by Robin Brenner’s interview with Willow Dawson, the artist for No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure. So reset your RSS feeds and bookmarks, and get ready for a good time!
Welcome to the fold, Brigid!
§ Aaaaand, semi-retired comics critic Domingos Isabelinho now has a blog. Be forewarned, Domingos doesn’t mince words.
I thought Aqua Leung showed a lot of promise, not just as a comic but as a successful model for drumming up publicity. Those guys managed to get interviews all over the blogosphere (including one at this very blog), released sample artwork at exactly the right moments and to the right sources, and generally set up a great deal of anticipation for the final product. It was a really great effort, one which should be a model to cartoonists in their position.