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Smaller, current comic publishers (23rd Aug 14 at 11:18pm UTC)
I'm becoming fascinated with some of the smaller, current comic publishers, and the product they are putting out.
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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (23rd Aug 14 at 11:19pm UTC)
Dr. Stenson Presents: Sanitarium #1 (Diablo)


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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (23rd Aug 14 at 11:21pm UTC)
Owlgirls #1 (Red Anvil)

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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (23rd Aug 14 at 11:36pm UTC)
Owlgirls #2.

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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (24th Aug 14 at 2:00am UTC)
Not getting a positive vibe on either. Do the Owlgirls sit around eating rodents whole?
There are some really bad color choices over mediocre art. I'm being nice when I say that.

Purple and yellow concrete? Green doors & floor? Purple roller coaster seats?

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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (24th Aug 14 at 2:15am UTC)
I allow for creative license. Those colors don't bother me. I'm more interested in the Sanitarium, though.
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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (24th Aug 14 at 3:27am UTC)
Art and expression can come at all levels of intricacy or detail. The right combination can exist at all levels. Whether or not it works or not has to do with whether the flow of the art and storytelling pulls you into the story and inspires you to turn the next page. Misplaced word balloons can distract you from the flow of the story. Poor coloring can pull your eye in the wrong direction and disrupt flow. Stupid dialogue can distract you from paying attention to critical elements. This stuff was a fine tuned craft that developed through the 1940's- late 1980's. At some point in the 90's forward, unknowledgeable people started throwing the craft to the wayside and started winging it.

If the topic and dialogue is all that it takes to make someone interested in a story, maybe comics aren't the right format to tell that story. If visual elements are critical, then it would benefit any creator to have the necessary elements clear and concise so no confusion exists about what you are viewing, it's plausibility, and whether it's even interesting enough to read.

Too many creators seem to simply want pictures with their story so it can be a comic book. Everything needs to be evaluated in the creation process to verify that the story is told in a way that people care.

If you take a fresh cooked pizza with all your favorite toppings and throw it in a box you found under a bag of trash by the dumpster, I can assure you that no one will care how good that pizza was when it came out of the oven. They are going to focus on the dirty & stained box. Too many comic publishers are too proud of the fact they got something published, and not proud enough to make the integrity of their product the very best.

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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (24th Aug 14 at 3:40am UTC)
On Owlgirls, why do no characters have a normal hair style? Why do they look like Twinkies with a beak? How does this represent an owl?
These aren't questions that entice me to read the comic. These are questions that make me want to look at something else.

On Sanitarium, we obviously have a disinterested character that doesn't care that horrifying things and events are occurring in his workplace. He doesn't even seem to care that blood needs to be mopped up. The impression I get is that anything goes and nothing matters. If nothing matters. what is supposed to motivate me to read it?



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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (24th Aug 14 at 3:45pm UTC)
I'm guessing we might be talking about two different things here. I can't say for 100% sure, but I'm guessing StarBrand's main interest in these books is for speculating purposes while Defiant1 just is looking at them as a potential reader. Sanitarium is apparently based on a movie, which I was not aware of. I would pick one up if I saw it cheap. The video clip is interesting enough, as I do like Malcolm McDowell. Owlgirls is definitely not my cup of tea.
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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (24th Aug 14 at 5:04pm UTC)
 
I'm guessing we might be talking about two different things here. I can't say for 100% sure, but I'm guessing StarBrand's main interest in these books is for speculating purposes while Defiant1 just is looking at them as a potential reader. Sanitarium is apparently based on a movie, which I was not aware of. I would pick one up if I saw it cheap. The video clip is interesting enough, as I do like Malcolm McDowell. Owlgirls is definitely not my cup of tea.


I investigated online about any speculation buzz and discovered the movie tie. The movie was from 2013, so this looks like a follow-up licensing deal for a movie that was a flop. Maybe the comic was released to boost interest in DVD sales. I'm not really seeing a huge opportunity for speculation.

A speculation bubble has to be fueled by something. If it's not cross-marketing (TV/Movie Deals etc.) then it has to be quality (writing or art). My first inclination is to evaluate a comic based upon it's designed function. If it fails at it's intended function I'm not going place much confidence in any speculation panning out.

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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (24th Aug 14 at 8:21pm UTC)
Well, someone is speculating on Sanitarium, as they are generally going for $10 on eBay. I thought it was weird for a book to be hyped because of a movie that has already come out. It's still something I would have some interest in.
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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (24th Aug 14 at 9:47pm UTC)
Some indy comics have such low print runs, it may not take much for any buzz to make them profitable.
$10 retail would put the wholesale buy price at about $5. That's not enough markup for me to get excited.

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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (7th May 17 at 11:51pm UTC)
Bumping this up, never mentioned it, but my childhood friend who is doing his own comic called Unit 5 was picked up by Red Anvil and has put out three issues of the book for them. He also self-published three issues. He "re-booted" the series when he went to Red Anvil. The book is definitely a work in progress, but he has told me that a movie is in the works.
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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (8th May 17 at 12:00am UTC)
I've clicked on the profile a few times to see what he's up to. I remember seeing that he did a casting call to stir up feedback.
Unfortunately, the phrase "a movie is in the works" gets tossed around too loosely.
It takes something more than that to drive sales.

I wish him luck.

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Re: Smaller, current comic publishers (8th May 17 at 1:46am UTC)
 
Bumping this up, never mentioned it, but my childhood friend who is doing his own comic called Unit 5 was picked up by Red Anvil and has put out three issues of the book for them. He also self-published three issues. He "re-booted" the series when he went to Red Anvil. The book is definitely a work in progress, but he has told me that a movie is in the works.


I remember a few years ago you mentioned your creator friend on this board.
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