Dave Busters wrote:
Yes, you did mention Dark Horse and Boom. But it felt like you glossed over them. I'm not necessarily trying to stab at you. But so many Image fans gush over Image as if they are the only or first comic self-publisher that it gets tiresome. Although there are creators I like, I've never bought a comic for a name. If I don't like the guy's work, I don't care what the name is. A good comic is a good comic.
About the female readers, thanks for telling me about buying online. I'll tell my friend. But I think we as guys are thicker-skinned to bad customer service. Many times I have gone shopping with women and notice how they can be quicker to complain about customer service than I am. It'll be weird because I'll say, "Yeah, that cashier could improve on his customer service skills, but it wasn't that bad," but for the women it was something to really complain about. So from a guy's point of view, the customer service wasn't that bad, or if it was we just tell ourselves to suck it up, but from a woman's point of view it's so horrible she doesn't want to shop there again.
When's the next podcast, by the way?
It certainly wasn't my intent to gloss over any of the studios/publishers. Hell, some of my favorite books are from publishers other than Image: Cobra, Locke & Key and The Cape (IDW); Irredeemable & Incorruptible (BOOM!); Buffy (Dark Horse). I'm definitely an Image junkie (much like a Marvel Zombie I suppose) but my love is not exclusive.
My wife is a relatively new REGULAR comic reader but even before we met she spent time in comic shops as a casual fan. I think that comic shops have a bad reputation for dealing with women. Some are great and it's not a factor. Some still view it as a boys club, which is stupid. You should never do anything to alienate a potential customer. But the reality of it is, it happens. Thankfully there are plenty of alternatives and online stores are a great way of helping some people. And, as you mentioned, so are digital sales. Bottom line? Whatever keep the fans coming back, I'm in favor of it.
The podcasts from The Next Issue are updated pretty frequently (and your best bet is to check their page on Multiversity.com), but I was only on this particular one. I'm always looking for another opportunity to talk comics with someone though....
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