Sunday, 21 December 2014

2014 and all that...

I've been listing to Chris Anderson's Free recently. It's something I return to time and time again, and something which presents such simple ideas, and yet I always find myself fighting those ideas for no good reason.

As I search for a reason for creating comics (see earlier posts!) I know that deep down a big part of it is so far removed from financial or career gain, and yet I still force the idea of monitising my ideas.

I don't think there is anything wrong with this, and totally understand that some people need to do this, but it isn't for me.

With such a sharp move in comics towards the bits over atoms economy (people will argue this point, but I think that the comic book, physical, market is doomed to shrink in the US because it is so dependent on two main suppliers - big companies which are the classic embodiment of corporations in America working on the idea that a few billionaires are always better than a lot of millionaires) I find myself wondering why I am not doing more to promote the ideas and not the business of Monkey Pipe Studios.

I feel like, as a self described Independent Comic Book Collective, the idea has failed. I originally envisioned a group of like minded comic book creators pooling together to help spread ideas and create a collected fan base. But the core idea of a small imprint and outlet for my own projects still exists.

Time was also a factor for me. It always became tiresome to do weekly updates, or daily updates or single pages. I wasn't really trying to do a webcomic model, and I think it really doesn't behove the books to force them into something they are not.

I'm working on remodeling the Monkey Pipe website, and would ideally like to have a simple website which contained single issues within a reader like Issuu or something like that, so that people can read them in their entirety on the site. If they wish to buy digital copies, they can from Comixology or Drivethru - no harm in having the books there, as I'm pretty sure the readers from those services are casual and not regular visitors to the site.

I think it will be a good idea to do a release for each issue, and encourage discussion and talk about the issue with people. A big part of any independent comic booking is the building of something akin to a community around one's work - how ever big or small.

This would help lead into a Kickstarter campaign down the line for collected editions of each story arc or series - something which might be more successful if there is something like a community built around the series.

The overprint of these Kickstarter's would be used for comic book conventions, which I'd love to branch out with, but have been putting off of going too far until I have more comics to share.

That's where I'm at right now - we shall see how it goes over the next year or so.


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