As if it had been planned, there were no books waiting for me at Legacy Comics and Cards in Glendale CA when I stopped by on my ritualistic Wednesday night visit. I have decided to stop ordering comics through Previews and tonight will be the last weekly Wednesday Knight’s Haul. I will be breaking with a monthly ritual that I have performed for many years now and I have my reasons.
Even before I decided to become a champion of indie comics, before I decided to be a publisher, I had made my effort to keep up with the comics industry by ordering books and books and books through Diamond Previews. I received a healthy % off at my local store for preordering and I was able to see a few months in advance what was coming down the pipe, where the comics industry was headed. But now, several years into pre-ordering comics and 3/4 a year into blogging consistently about indie comics, I can see that Diamond Previews does little or nothing to show me what there is to know about the larger world of comic books and I will no longer make purchases directly through this bottle-neck monopoly.
There are other options out there and although I may need to do a little hunting on my own, I will continue to buy comics, mostly indie comics, through Kickstarter.com, directly from the creators and even digitally. The comic book industry has changed over the last few years. There are the obvious digital sites like DriveThruComics.com and apps like Comixology.com but there are also hybrid PoD/digital sites like Ka-Blam.com. There are also tons of conventions where comics creators and small publishers like myself always do our best to make a showing and be seen, to not only sell our wares but to also network and mix.
And then there is Kickstarter – so many of us have made a go at using their site that they have set aside a section just for us, the indie comics creator. We should embrace this, learn to maximize it to not only find the funds to publish our works but also as a marketing platform to get our books seen on a more even battlefield.
Never Enough Said.