The Euge wrote:
One minor question for you, Brandon - why do you feel the need to black out swear words? Is it so younger readers can still enjoy the story without pissing off their parents?
What it comes down to is: There's (reportedly) only 6,000 stores in the Direct Market. Of those, only a few hundred will even consider carrying an independent, creator-owned comic. And of those few hundred, a number of them (I don't know how many) won't consider carrying your book if it's a mature readers title — while others will polybag it, making it harder for people to make an informed buying decision about the issue.
Before we signed with Image, we had lunch with a senior editor at another company who was interested in the book, and he explained this to us. What it came down to was — we weren't really losing anything, story-wise, by making the book not be a mature readers title. And we could still include the profanity the way lots of other comics do — by bleeping it. We just happened to choose to bleep it by doing 'censored' bars, rather than astericks (****!) or random characters (@^$%@&!!!).