Are Comics a Dead-End?

I ask this question somewhat facetiously… because I obviously work in comics (and have two books in production).  Everyone wants to lament how the business is dying and complain about how hard it is to make money. The latter may be all too true, but the statistics don’t actually back the former up.

In fact, 2012 was the best comics sales year of the millenium.

  • Overall, sales of digital comics are growing nicely.  Digital sales tripled last year, to $70 million.
  • The print side saw sales gains of 15%, to $750 million.

One of the reasons comics are doing well is because of digital distribution. In the world of ebooks, there are only a few players in the game: Amazon, Apple, and (barely) Barnes & Noble. The diverse range of comics distributors — both third-party organizations and publishers themselves — mean that users can pick and choose where they shop without sacrificing title availability. This fragmentation also allows for comics companies to pick and choose the way their comics are sold.

Comixology is leading the charge for digital comic distributors. The digital comics distributor was the third-highest grossing iPad app of 2012 and is closing in on 200 million downloads.

Exciting things are happening in digital comics and users get markedly different experiences between print and their devices — creating a separate realm for digital comics that doesn’t cannibalize print. So don’t give up the fight.

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Bulderlyns Finishes Inks

My young adult adventure graphic novel Bulderlyns just recently finished inks, done by Pawel Sambor.  It’s clocking in at 179 pages – so that’s a lot of the black stuff.

6.5 lbs worth of paper.

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Title III of the JOBS Act

If you haven’t been paying attention, the JOBS Act could pave the way for low-budget films to raise money from normal folks in small increments – like the way our graphic novel R.E.M. raised money for printing through Kickstarter.

But the SEC will make sure this is not the wild west.  Right now, they are weighing the language and here are some key points to consider:

  • Maximum aggregate raise is $1 million over a 12-month period.
  • Investors whose annual income and net worth are less than $100,000 can only invest up to $2,000 or 5 percent of their annual income or net worth, whichever is greater,
  • Investors whose annual income or net worth is equal to or more than $100,000 can invest up to 10 percent of their annual income or net worth, whichever is greater.
  • Crowd-funding will only be permitted through an SEC registered intermediary, either a broker dealer or a “funding portal” overseen by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Because up to 100 brokers and portals could initially seek to enter the space after the rule is adopted, it is likely the SEC will take its time and that the first non-accredited investments wouldn’t begin until the second half of 2014. At the earliest.
The JOBS Act has nothing to do with this guy.

The JOBS Act has nothing to do with this guy.

Indie Film Publicists List

I am re-posting this from Ted Hope’s site… thought it was useful for all of your filmmakers out there.  I haven’t used any of these yet, so I can’t comment on their effectiveness.

15minutes
(www.15minutes.com, 8436 W. Third Street, Suite 650, Los Angeles, CA 90048,
115 West 29th Street, Suite 810, New York, NY 10001)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles

42West
(www.42west.net, 11400 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90064,
220 West 42nd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10036)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles

Acme Public Relations
(1016 Pier Ave., Suite 2, Santa Monica, CA 90405)
Offices: Los Angeles
B|W|R
(www.ogilvypr.com/en/bwr, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., #550, Los Angeles, CA 90036,
825 8th Avenue, #15, New York, NY 10019)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles
David Madgael & Associates, INC.
(www.tcdm-associates.com, 600 W. 9th St., Suite 704, Los Angeles, CA 90015)
Offices: Los Angeles
DISH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
(www.dishcommunications.com, 10000 Riverside Drive, Suite 5, Toluca Lake, CA 91602)
Offices: Los Angeles
dominion3 PR
(www.dominion3.com, 6464 Sunset Blvd., Suite 740, Hollywood, CA 90028)
Offices: Los Angeles
Partners: Kim Dixon
Donna Daniels Public Relations
(20 W. 22nd St., Suite 1410, New York, NY 10010)
Offices: New York
Falco Ink.
(www.falcoink.com, 850 7th Avenue, #1005, New York, NY 10019)
Offices: New York
Fat Dot
(www.fatdot.net, 89 Bedford St.,Suite 1,New York, NY 10014)
Offices: New York
Partners: Weiman Seid
Frank PR
Office Phone:646-861-0843
Partners: Lina Plath and Clare Anne Darragh
Recent films/projects/campaigns : overall publicity for the Hamptons film festival, the Stoning of Soraya M

Hook Publicity:
Jessica Uzzan (Ph) 646-867-3818 Jessica@hookpublicity.com

 

ID-PR
(www.id-pr.com, 8409 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069,
150 West 30th Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10001)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles

 

inclusive pr

(http://inclusivepr.com, 6646 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 205, Hollywood, CA 90028)
Offices: Los Angeles

 

Indie PR

(www.indie-pr.com, 4370 Tujunga Ave., #105, Studio City, CA 91604)
Offices: Los Angeles
 
International House of Publicity
(853 7th Ave., Suite. 3c, New York, NY 10019)
Offices: New York
Recent films/projects/campaigns :
Jeremy Walker + Associates, Inc.
(www.jeremywalker.com, 171 W. 80th St., #1, New York, NY 10024)
Offices: New York
Recent films/projects/campaigns :

mPRm Public Relations

(www.mprm.com, 5670 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2500, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Offices: Los Angeles
Partners: Mark Pogachefscky
Recent films/projects/campaigns : Life During Wartime
Murphy PR
(www.murphypr.com, 333 Seventh Avenue, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10001)
Offices: New York
 
PMG
(www.platformgrp.com, 8265 Sunset Blvd., Suite 106, W. Hollywood, CA 90046,
1359 Broadway, Suite 732, New York, NY 10018)
Office: Los Angeles, New York

PMK/HBH
(www.pmkhbh.com, 700 San Vicente Blvd., Suite G 910, West Hollywood, CA 90069,
622 Third Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles
Recent films/projects/campaigns :
Roberson Public Relations
7200 Franklin Ave., #501
Los Angeles, CA 90046
david@robersonpr.comcell 310-625-8786 tel 323-969-9014
http://pro.imdb.com/company/co0118962/
@H077y300d
Rogers & Cowan
(www.rogersandcowan.com, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, 7th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069, 919 Third Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10022)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles, London, Beijing
 
Sophie Gluck & Associates
(124 West 79th St., New York, NY 10024)
Offices: New York
 

Shotwell Media
(2721 2nd St. # 205, Santa Monica, CA 90405)
tel. 310-450-5571

Partners: Sasha Berman

 
Susan Norget Film Promotion
(www.norget.com, 198 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1, New York, NY 10013; susan@norget.com, 212-431-0090)
Offices: New York
Recent films/projects/campaigns : Cutie & The Boxer

First Official ‘R.E.M.’ Review

We have had some pretty amazing reader comments and posts about the book, but yesterday saw the first ‘official’ review of the graphic novel.  It comes from Alternative Magazine Online, a UK publication run by Marty Mulrooney.

I’m proud to say it is a glowing one – and can only hope and pray this is the first of many.  The full review is at the site, but here is a quick snippet:

“R.E.M. is a success both as a Kickstarter campaign, and also as a graphic novel that demonstrates genuine and heartfelt passion from its creators. I’ve kept my eye on Ryan Colucci ever since I reviewed Harbor Moon in 2010. As much as I enjoyed that previous work, R.E.M. is a cut above in every department. I must confess that I felt quite a personal connection with Michael’s struggle. My girlfriend suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and the power of sleep – and the importance of a good night’s sleep actually doing what it’s supposed to, something many people simply take for granted – wasn’t lost on me in the slightest. R.E.M. is a graphic novel that will reward repeat readings, singling out Ryan Colucci and Zsombor Huska as a creative partnership to follow closely. I’m proud to have backed their latest project and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.”

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Tips on Kickstarter Campaigns

Entreprenuer.com featured a piece of advice I gave during an interview on crowd funding in their article ’10 Tips I Wish I Knew Before I Launched My Kickstarter Campaign’.

I actually told them that I didn’t have just one tip, there was a lot that went into it.  But the thing I try to bring to everything I do is a personal touch.  Going the extra mile and making sure everyone knows that I appreciate their support, no matter how big or small, is important.

Goodreads Awards: Rock the Vote

Two years ago, I was contacted by Goodreads because Harbor Moon had made it to some sort of finalist round for Graphic Novel of the Year.  I realize that book came out in April and had most of the year to pick up steam (and actually have people read it)… but I’m asking for you to get out and rock the vote on R.E.M.!

If you don’t have a Goodreads account, no sweat (but it’s a cool site that lets you chart your reading).  For those of you who do, and who have backed the Kickstarter and received (and hopefully enjoyed) the book… please show some love.

What you have to do is follow this link and ‘write-in’ for ‘R.E.M.’ (you’ll see it as one of the choices once you type in R.E.M. ), then click vote.  It’s that easy.

https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-graphic-novels-comics-2013

Thanks all!

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