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 Post subject: Re: What happened to Don Simpson?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:33 am 
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Stefan wrote:
Hm, how would that work? The book would still need to be pencilled, inked and colored which obviously takes time you hardly have if you are pursuing another job.

I think those kickstarter plattforms are what's working best because you know up front wether or not you'll have enough money to get the comic done ...

I guess I was talking more about reprint material.

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to Don Simpson?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:42 am 
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Erik Larsen wrote:
The sad reality is--we did--back when comics sold considerably better than they do now and they didn't sell well enough to continue doing them. Don self-published and came to the same conclusion. There simply isn't enough of an audience.

These kinds of suggestions often put me in an awkward position as I'm friends with a lot of people whose work I would love to see in print but who can't generate enough sales to make that work. I'd like Image to publish all kinds of comics--but we can't do it. Not if we want to continue publishing comics.


I bought them.

Advertisements in Image comics would help pay for publishing.

With the economy like it is, it is time to think about that option.


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 Post subject: Re: What happened to Don Simpson?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:01 pm 
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Cezar The Scribe wrote:
Erik Larsen wrote:
The sad reality is--we did--back when comics sold considerably better than they do now and they didn't sell well enough to continue doing them. Don self-published and came to the same conclusion. There simply isn't enough of an audience.

These kinds of suggestions often put me in an awkward position as I'm friends with a lot of people whose work I would love to see in print but who can't generate enough sales to make that work. I'd like Image to publish all kinds of comics--but we can't do it. Not if we want to continue publishing comics.


I bought them.

Advertisements in Image comics would help pay for publishing.

With the economy like it is, it is time to think about that option.


I'm not sure you understand the current advertising market in comics right now. Its... not so good.

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to Don Simpson?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:12 pm 
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Jim Purcell wrote:
Too bad Image didn't offer some kind of digital first option to generate sales and judge interest for print. Hint hint wink wink



(I know the economics are more complicated then that. But I can't help wondering what if...)
You know what? You should do it. Hint, hint, wink, wink. Seriously--you should. Why don't you? Huh? What's wrong with you? Don't you like them? I thought you did. Come on. You should do it. You have nothing else going on. But hey--no pressure. No pressure. None. What the hell, man--how can you be like that? What kind of heartless bastard are you? Don't you love good comics?

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to Don Simpson?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:16 pm 
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Jim Purcell wrote:
Stefan wrote:
Hm, how would that work? The book would still need to be pencilled, inked and colored which obviously takes time you hardly have if you are pursuing another job.

I think those kickstarter plattforms are what's working best because you know up front wether or not you'll have enough money to get the comic done ...

I guess I was talking more about reprint material.
Even so--if the numbers aren't there--books lose money. It can cost more to print low selling books than they can ever earn--and print more copies so a book can eventually break even? That's no better--or worse--a bigger investment and if books don't sell we have to pay to store them. It's not as simple as all that.

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to Don Simpson?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:19 pm 
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Cezar The Scribe wrote:
Erik Larsen wrote:
The sad reality is--we did--back when comics sold considerably better than they do now and they didn't sell well enough to continue doing them. Don self-published and came to the same conclusion. There simply isn't enough of an audience.

These kinds of suggestions often put me in an awkward position as I'm friends with a lot of people whose work I would love to see in print but who can't generate enough sales to make that work. I'd like Image to publish all kinds of comics--but we can't do it. Not if we want to continue publishing comics.


I bought them.
That's one.

Cezar The Scribe wrote:
Advertisements in Image comics would help pay for publishing.
No. No, it really wouldn't. That's not how that works at all.

Cezar The Scribe wrote:
With the economy like it is, it is time to think about that option.
Think about an option that wouldn't work? No. That's not the answer. What we need to do is publish more books that people DO want--and we are. We can't publish everything. That doesn't work.

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to Don Simpson?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:33 am 
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Frustrated, Erik?

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to Don Simpson?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:41 am 
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Imagine this veteran car mechanic of 30 years, having a cool vintage car outside of his garage.
People come by and ask "Hey, why don't you drive that awesome car outside"
"It's not driving. I can't get it to work"
"Oh, how about you put some gas in it and turn the starter. That will do"

Might get frustrating.

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to Don Simpson?
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It's like I'm a doctor and people keep pointing at headless corpses and suggesting I save their lives.

Hint, hint.

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to Don Simpson?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:05 am 
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I gotta stop posting before I go to bed. I always embarrass myself when I've getting over tired and try to post. Sorry Erik if I gave offence, was never my intent.

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