“These days, comics need to carry more weight, to make a stronger emotional connection with the reader. You can’t put a fluffy show like “Magnum, P.I.” on TV now, because people expect material with deeper content, like “House.” They don’t watch the show and forget it. They buy the DVD.”
“They want to cherish the book and reread it every few years. Comics cost more than ever now, and folks expect more bang for their buck.”
Courtney Crumrin creator Ted Naifeh talks to Comic Book Resources about moving away from pamphlet comics toward longer, more durable publications.
Meanwhile, Jesse Reklaw talks to Tom Spurgeon about the decaying alt-weekly market, and whether or not he considers himself a web cartoonist:
“SLOW WAVE couldn’t exist without the internet. It’s certainly cooler to think you’re an alt-weekly cartoonist instead of a web-cartoonist, since there are so many web-cartoonists at an amateur level. Maybe SLOW WAVE is more of a print-comic since that’s where my money comes from.”
Reklaw also discusses dropping out of a PhD program at Yale for the glamorous cartoonist lifestyle :
“Around the same time, Slow Wave (which I had been self-syndicating for three years) got picked up by five papers in a two-week period, and I calculated that — in my dumpy grad student apartment, with no car or serious expenses, entertaining myself with free film school movies and dumpster-diving, and basically being a cheap-ass — I could support myself on comics.”
And this was in the roaring ’90s! What does it take to support yourself on comics in a world of economic chaos? More bang for your buck, we presume.
Posted by Aaron Humphrey