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How All Indie Comics Publishers Can Be Stronger!

Are you an indie comics publisher? Me, too!

Are you having a problem reaching a wide audience to show your great comics to? So is everyone!

A few months ago I called for all indies to create The Indie Power Initiative. The website launches in a month. 

Tweet/Pin/Share this! The more people know, the stronger we are!

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Imagine the solution: A hundred indie comics publishers with an average of 1,000 followers (for example). Each post they write about their comics is published by all, reaching 100 X 1,000 (= 100,000) followers!

Sound good? That’s what I thought.

The Indie Power Initiative is a massive megaphone that all indie comics publishers can use. 

To do it you just have to do two things:

1) Realize that we are not in competition. A dollar spent on your comic book is not a dollar that is not spent on mine. We are not in competition with each other.

2) Join the Indie Power Initiative now. If you’re not already in, join the bandwagon! If you’re already in, get other indie publishers you know to join in, too!

 

Here’s How This Works

  • Every member publishes one article per title that s/he has. Write and attach pictures in a way that you think sells your comic book the best.  Each article has a link to where the readers can buy that comic.
  • Every member can then also post in real time about releases of the titles s/he’s already written about as well as previews.
  • Every article that’s published is then tweeted about by ALL members of the Indie Power Initiative.

That is the basic premise of the Indie Power Initiative.

It costs nothing to join! It costs nothing to stay! All you have to do is keep promoting everyone’s content as well as yours!

No one gets preferred treatement!

 

Why Would This Work?

This should work on a few levels.

  • First, the megaphone. By definition, the more members we have, the more exposure each and every post about your comic books get. Period.
  • The more people come in, they can search the Indie Power website according to tags and genres to find titles in the spirit they like. Where else would fans be able to search such a wide array of indies?
  • The more we do this and the longer we do it, the more this becomes a Cause. People will finally have a way to celebrate their craving for indie comics, and they’ll talk to their friends about it, bringing in more people.
  • The more we do this and the longer we do it, the more we’ll be able to change people’s monetary behavior. People will get used to seeking and paying for indie comics. Right now, we’re spread all over the webת appealing to tiny audiences. In the future, we will hopefully amass a horde of indie lovers who are used to going for the website to decide what to buy.
  • Next: Exposure. The bigger we become, the more people talk about us, the more attention the website itself should get, and hopefully we’ll attract attention from the massive blogs/papers who can bring in a lot more readers than even we can working together.
  • Lastly: The daily newsletter. Once we start, we’ll start a daily newsletter. Visitors to the site can choose to opt in and have the daily newsletter, featuring that day’s articles. In the beginning, there should be an article a day, so the newsletter may not be daily. But once we’re up and running, there could be up to 5-6 articles a day, and a daily newsletter in a fan’s email folder may be the perfect way to absorb that info. There is nothing more personal on the web than an email, and daily exposure to the wide variety of indies is a perfect way to keep the fans updated and intrigued by what’s going on.

 

Who Can Join?

Only two criteria:

One: You need at least one comic book that you can link to and that people can buy.

Two: You need at least 200 Twitter followers.

(Why not Facebook? 5-6 daily posts in Facebook can be too much for your audience and it will take over your page’s content. But 5-6 daily posts in Twitter is not overwhelming and not spam)

 

What If You Join in Late?

First of all, the more the merrier.

But you cannot benefit immediately from the Indie Power audience we’ve garnered over time. You need to earn it and prove you’re part of the team!

You will have to tweet about 50 back articles over a period of 4 weeks while at the same time tweeting about the daily articles. And only then will your article/s join the queue.

 

Becoming Great Will Take Time

Becoming great takes time. And we must have patience.

In the beginning, our strength will be the sum of our Twitter followers.

The longer we do this, the more our followers will click on the links, because they’ll have learned to trust what we consistently give them.

The longer we do this, more indies will join, and the sum of our Twitter followers will grow.

The longer we do this, the more outside-exposure/word-of-mouth/press-and-blog-coverage we’ll get.

The longer we do this, the more we’ll be able to change our fans’ monetary behavior. Rather than see each of us as a very small fish that may occasionally deserve a bite, together we’ll be seen as something big they could spend money on every week and maybe even every day.

My guess is that at the end of our first 6-12 months we’ll be able to see: 1) That we quadruple the number of publisher members; and 2) a spike in our followers that is much greater than the sum of our power.

And that’s just the start.

But we must have patience and not expect to be an overnight success.

 

How Do I Join?

Very simple: Just email me.

The website goes live in a month. Join the revolution!

Oh, yeah: My name’s Guy Hasson, I’m the CEO and head writer of New Worlds Comics. I look forward to your email!

 

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“Comics Allow My Imagination to Run Free” – L.A.’s Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues! 

This time, L.A. Keim tells his story: 

Comics allow my imagination to run free without limits.

Comics and Graphic Novels have no limits, no budgets. You can fit as much imagination into the story as possible.

Creating Comics and Graphic novels is the most effective way for me to get big stories into the world with out having to worry about a studio budget to fund it.

 


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“Comics Taught Me Mature Subjects No One Would Talk About” – James’ Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues! 

This time, James tells his story: 

COMICS EDUCATED ME.

I have always felt ahead of my time, finding myself passionate about things which have not yet gone mainstream or been accepted by society at large. Even my comic book, James Bong, the first issue of which I wrote a decade ago, is just now finding interest due to the legalization movement.

Comics were no different. So when most people were going around saying “comics are for kids” and “comics are just silly picture books”, I was getting an education from them.

I remember reading all the big words, words I wasn’t seeing in my 3rd books, and immediately looking them up or saying “Mom, what does nefarious mean?

Even if I sometimes had to sneak them in under my shirt, titles like Hellblazer and Vigilante taught me about mature issues nobody would talk to me about.

I learned not to judge a book by its cover. My memory grew strong, memorizing the issue numbers when things happened to my favorite characters. Comics made me care enough to want to know and be engaged. I even started reading the Wall Street Journal at 11 years old because of Marvel’s IPO.

Most of all, I am a storyteller, and comics taught me how to tell stories.

I started story-telling first as a filmmaker, introducing James Bong in a film, but when I was writing the screen play, I realized the effects comics mythology had on me, and realized the mythology I was creating for the character had to be told in a comic book.

I am proud to say it is because of that education that I can now call myself a comic bookwriter. Even as I write new issues of James Bong, I am learning, and it is making me a better film director too. It’s like directing a film with no limits! Picking the moments for maximum impact, communicating feelings and moods to the reader within the panels and choosing efficient dialogue makes me a more precise visual story teller.

But most empowering is the process. Working with a co-writer, the talented Bianca Mina, watching Marek Dubienskis pencils develop, Primus Dickersons coloring pop, and finally adding Kay Cowlings inventive lettering, teaches me about how each persons individual creative vision and talent come together forming a cohesive whole where the story comes to life, and how that story would not be complete without each of them. I feel truly blessed by this team and the comic books we read and create.Li'l comic geek

James Longshore is the creator of the James Bong character and the James Bong comic “Rebel Without A Light” in the pages of Weed World Magazine, as well as writer/director/star of the original web series “James Bong: The Origin, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The J.O.I.N.T.” available for streaming.

His other works include the sketch comedy network “WFCT: The Thinking Mans Show For The Idiot” He currently runs an Acting Academy in Bucharest, Romania and is developing projects for the international market with Vigilante Films.
Follow James Bong on Twitter: @jamesbongmovie and James Longshore @expatriateactor facebook: facebook.com/JamesBong4204eva


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“Superheroes were bullied, too” – Danniel’s Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues! 

This time, Danniel tells his story: 

 

When I open a comic book, it takes me to world of enlightenment and imagination.

I get to see the beauty of the artist’s work on each page. I get to feel the emotion of the story through the writer’s words.

Comics have been in my life for a long time.

I grew up with Clark, Bruce, Peter and the rest like most other American children.

Comic books had these engaging stories that had my friends and I speculating on what was going to happen in the next issue.

They helped me through hard times knowing that my favorite character was getting bullied too or that I was an outsider trying to fit in.

Comics helped teach me that I was not the only person having these problems that heroes could have them too.

Because of these lessons, I feel I am a stronger person today.


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“How a Single Letter Changed My Life.” – Ian’s Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues! 

This time, Ian tells his story: 

The moment comics empowered me was so simple.

I’d been reading comics for a while, this was back in the mid-80’s. I’m dyslexic, and the story/visual component, made me able to focus on reading.

But it wasn’t until I wrote a letter to Comic Buyer’s Guide, and after they printed it, that the true depth of what was going on hit.

I ended the letter with a simple wish that someday I’d like to write comics.

 

I got a letter from Matt Feazell with one of his minicomics in it, which basically said…why not start now?

And so I did.

That changed my life, I went from having a hope, to being able to do it, take control of something for the first time.

In the almost 30 years I have continued to participate in this medium, I have always kept it in my head that the work I do contain an element of keeping that moment of discovery of self, alive.

It is a very simple gift to give, the idea that you can create worlds and characters, and others can see what you have done and like it. May that snowball always continue to grow in others.

Today, I run Indyfest Magazine, which is an ongoing interview/promotional magazine for small press, self publishers that covers comics, music, and as much of the DIY market as we can cover. We feel 100% that it is the people that make the network, and so we focus out network on people.


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“The One Thing That Will Always Be There Is Comics” – Adam’s Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues! 

This time, Adam tells his story: 

 

Growing up I faced many obstacles.

Families are never perfect, but something terrible happened to me when I was a child and the whole world instantly got a great deal darker.

I stopped doing anything I used to. The one thing I kept a hold of was Batman.

Batman taught me from a very early age that even if something horrific happens to you in your life you can change things for the better.

Granted I don’t watch over the city in a cape and cowel but it helped pull me out of the darkness that I thought life was at that point.

Then after a few more years more crappy circumstances happened.

The one thing that has always (and hopefully will always) be there in my life is comics.

Whether that is Captain America teaching me to always stand up for what you believe is right, whether it’s Batman to stand up for Justice and allowing your negatives to fuel your future for the better.

In one way or another superheroes have always been in my life.

Now as a 22-year-old preparing to hopefully go on to university to do screen writing every time something bad happens in my life I always remember back to quotes. like from Batman Begins “Why do we fall? So we can pick ourself back up.”

Or when ever other negative people try to bring me down I think of the more classic “There is a difference between you and me. We both looked into the abyss, but when it looked back at us… you blinked.”

You see, no matter who you are life and no matter where you end up, we will always strive to be the best person we can be.

Because that’s what comics are about: Always be better. Always be strong even when you think it’s impossible, you turn it on its head and we overcome the odds.

Always be true to yourself. Never let others put you down.

Even if that means showing up to a friends wedding dressed in court of owls masks.

Owl Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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6 Harsh Truths About Indie Publishing

During my first six months as an indie comic book publisher, everything I thought I knew about comics was shattered.

Harsh Truths

I’ve been an avid comic book reader for more than 30 years, and it turns out I knew nothing. Not about why fans really buy comics, not about what matters to them, and not about what makes the successful comics I loved successful.

In this article we’ll face some harsh truths about the life of the indie publisher and about the fans. In my next article, I’ll show you how you can the harsh truths around to become a successful indie publisher and to reach the fans who would really love your comics.

Ready for some harsh truths? Here they are:

Harsh truth #1: Reviews don’t help sales.

One of our first series, Wynter, was immediately called by reviewers an “SF extravaganza” and that reading it was “necessary for you to exist”. Increase in sales? Zero.

All right, I thought to myself. It’s issue #1, people are wary, they need to see I can do it again.

Wynter #2 came out. Reviewers across the web started calling it “the best sci-fi comic on the shelves today”. Increase in sales? Zero.

All right, I thought. That’s just two issues. People need to see more.

Wynter #3 came out. It was again hailed as “the best SF comic book on the market” across the board. Increase in sales? You guessed it: Zero.

Conclusion: Positive reviews don’t help sales.

Harsh truth #2: Ads don’t help sales.

We placed ads on CBR, a comic book website with hundreds of thousands of unique visitors. The results: 14 visitors a day from CBR.

Turns out this is a well-known fact in start-ups. If you’re totally new, ads don’t work. You have to get people talking about you, create communities of readers, and then ads would work.

Conclusion: If you’re an established comic book company, ads may work for you. If you’re an indie, don’t waste a cent on ads. It’s a waste of money!

Harsh truth #3: It doesn’t matter that you’re good.

The fact that people think you’re good will not get them to recommend your comic book to their friends in any meaningful way.

The reviewers that called Wynter such great things did not successfully recommend it to their friends. The fans that emailed and tweeted about how much they loved it did not recommend it to their friends in any meaningful way. At least not at first – not until we grew.

So: Being good doesn’t make you viral and doesn’t increase sales. Not when you’re new and small. And not on its own.

Harsh truth #4: People will refuse to read you for free.

Undeterred, I was throwing pasta at the wall to see what sticks.

New Worlds Comics offered a free Wynter #1 through two reasonably popular comic websites. All the readers had to do was email to get a free copy.

An average of 14 people per website emailed.

Conclusion: God damn, this is tough!

Harsh truth #5: Fans don’t care about previews

Don’t take my word for it. You can do the research for that right now.

What’s your favorite super-popular comics news blog? Go to its Facebook page, where you can see how many people actually click ‘Like’ on every post.

Now compare the number of Likes of posts about previews with the number of Likes on their other posts. The Likes on the previews are always low.

Conclusion: Sharing awesome, unbelievable, magnificent art or previews from your awesome, magnificent, unbelievable indie book will not get you more sales. It’s not what fans really want.

Harsh truth #6: Talking about your comic makes people want to not buy it

I think you should read that line again: Talking about your comic book will make people want to not buy it.

Look at every indie publisher out there. What has s/he got to talk about? Their comic book, of course! How else will people learn about it? How else will they learn that it’s awesome? (Warning, warning: We’ve already seen that your comic book being awesome will not get people to buy it.)

The problem is that ALL your Twitter/Facebook/website/Pinterest/Tumblr/Instagram/etc. followers know that you’re here to sell.

So when you try to sell, it turns them off.

I’ll say it again: When you try to sell your comic book by telling people about it, you are turning people off. It just doesn’t work. It doesn’t.

 

In Conclusion

Yes, those harsh truths look bad. Really bad.

But don’t despair, because the good part’s coming.

Although what we think gets people to buy does not actually work, fans still spend their dollars on comic books. So there are ways to get them to spend money on yours.

Here’s the results I can attest to:

  • After 9 months of slowly gathering 2,000 Twitter followers overall, I changed my tactics and now I’m now getting 1,000 new followers a week.
  • People are starting to talk about our comic books and actually recommend them to each other visibly online.
  • Traffic to the website is increasing weekly.
  • Sales are increasing drastically.

This isn’t happening because I’ve been around for some time, or because of the quality the comics (which has remained the same from the beginning). Things are changing because my attitude is changing.

In the next article I’ll talk about how to change to bring the change.

See you next time!

 

And one last thing. If you’re an indie publisher, join our #IndiePower initiative. Together, we can become stronger!


This article was originally published by the Comic Book Illuminati Magazine.

 

 

 

“Being a Hero Is About Making a Difference.” – Ellen’s Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues! 

This time, Ellen Fleischer, editor of Indyfest Magazine, tells her story: 

 

EllenI’ve probably been a comic book fan for about 28 years.

I picked up the Firestar miniseries in a back issue bin in 1986, because I’d liked the character on Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends and discovered X-Men and New Mutants.

As an introverted loner, it was easy to identify with these characters, who were both heroic and very, very fallible.

Sometimes, being a hero wasn’t about saving the world. It was about talking a jumper off a ledge or being able to cheer up a friend in a funk.

It was about finding your own path, and realizing that sometimes, you could make a difference, even without using superpowers or fighting evil.

Heroics were great, but it was what the heroes did when the spotlight was off and the reporters weren’t around that impressed me.

Because, when people treat you like a social pariah, there is a part of you that wants to be popular and looked up to. Comics told about characters who were admired when they put on masks and costumes… and then went home and had to deal with mortgages, or getting dumped because they broke dates to save the world, or wondering whether everything they did actually made things better in the long run.

And then, they kept right on doing what was right, even if nobody knew it.

Today, I’m a freelance editor, hard at work on writing my first novel. I’ve edited a couple of indie comics, in addition to my work on Indyfest and I’m still reading comics today.

 

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“It’s like I’m Not in the Real World Anymore.” – Andres’ Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues! 

This time, true Wynter fan, Andres, sent us his personal empowered experience through Twitter!

Self-Portrait

Every time I draw or read a comic book, it is like if I’m not in the real world any more.

It’s as if I were lost in my own world finding a space, in which there only exist the lovely and incredible characters and their wonderful stories.

I think that’s what comics want, they seek that readers not only read the stories and admire the characters, they want that readers live the stories and love the characters.

 

 

 

 

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