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6 Harsh Ways to Become a Successful Indie Publisher

In my last article, I wrote about the 6 harsh truths of the indie comics publisher.

Basically, they are:

  • Good reviews don’t help sales.
  • Ads don’t help sales.
  • It doesn’t matter that you’re good.
  • People will refuse to read you for free.
  • Fans don’t care about previews
  • Talking about your comic book makes people want to not buy it.

Harsh, right? But true.

And most of the people who have commented on it on Facebook and Tweeter seemed to have had the same experience.

At the end of that article I promised there was a way to become successful and to get people to appreciate your comics and to buy them.

I also shared with you some of the stats that I’ve experienced after making the change, the surge in followers, traffic, sales, and word of mouth.

So. Here are the 6 harsh ways to become a more successful indie comic book publisher:

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“Tarot Witch and Black Rose Opened My Mind to Kick-Butt Women” – Late Nite Draw’s Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues!

This time, Late Nite Draw tells his story:

I didn’t realize there were other kinds of comics outside of superheroes until I picked up a few back issues of Tarot Witch of the Black Rose.

It opened my mind to kick butt women who were no longer objectified but empowered.

I stopped seeing heroes as men and women as things to gawk and stare at but fully-developed characters.

I grew an appreciation for female lead stories like Grimm Fairy Tales that excited my imagination and fully immersed me in them.

My twitter is @latenitedraw, my website is latenitedraw.tumblr.com



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“Raising the Next Generation of Comics Lovers” – Mira’s Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues!

This time, Mira Mortal tells her story:

I’ve used comics for years to encourage my sons to read.

They love and read books as well, but with comics they get a bonus dose of eye candy that is as vivid and alive as any movie or TV show.

The boys sit with their comics open on their laps, soaking in the detailed art, and reading the dialogue out loud, often going back to the same issues again and again.

They even, from time to time, are inspired to grab their art supplies and make some comics themselves. I see them recognize the medium as something they can make their own, which, for me, is the biggest pay-off.

Whatever their paths in life are, I am confident that we are raising part of the next generation of life-long comic book lovers.

 

Check out Mira on Twitter.



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“Comics have kindness, sadness, jokes, evil genius, power, loss, and lust.” – Roxi’s Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues!

This time, Roxi tells her story:

A comic book is so much more than my escape door.

For me, it is an inspiration, a hobby…a blast!

What lights my day is that anybody can be a hero.

Just like a villain chooses to be bad, a hero chooses to be… something more than “usual”.

I love to read comic books because of their insane combination between kindness, sadness, jokes, evil genius, power, loss, lust… everything.

Real life or fantasy, even villains get bullied.

Physically or psychically, it doesn’t matter if you are good or bad, everyone has evil shadows lurking, laughing… hitting you until you touch the ground.

It is only in your power to rise again, to ignore that shadow or to fight it. The ability to change is what defines us. The connection that we bind with another person gives us hope. Hope that you can help the world to be a better place.

With or without superpowers, winning and losing… step by step we interact with our favorite characters, and every day we choose to be good or bad.

Hero or villain, we all just want to prove ourselves and in the end to be worthy of our choices.

Roxi's Self-Portrait

Roxi’s Self-Portrait

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“I Wanted to Live in a Comic Book World” – David’s Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues!

This time, David tells his story:

I bought my first comic during a family holiday to Wales.

It was the Justice League and they were fighting Starro. At the time I only recognised Batman and since it was the climax of the story, it really did not make much sense.

But that one comic started a love of comics which is still going strong over 30 years later.

Even before I started reading science fiction and fantasy novels and before I started playing roleplaying games, comics transported me out of my own boring life.

I was the stereotypical nerdy kid, thin, wore glasses and was rubbish at sports.

I also had big ears that stood at right angles from my head. All of this made me an easy target for the school bullies. Comics gave me an escape into worlds where the underdog not only got cool superpowers but was a hero. For a long time I wanted to live in a comic book world (sometimes, if I am honest, I still do).

Over the years my interests have changed, though I still remain a geek at heart and I still love my comics. These days I am both a Marvel zombie and a fan of independent comics.

Marvel gives my four colour superhero fix and independent comics allow me to explore strange new worlds from the comfort of my chair. Even with a more hectic life, I still get the chance to escape my life and experience the same delight I did all those years ago.

Check out David on Twitter or at his blog.



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“Comics Have Influenced My Writing” – Winston’s Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues!

This time, Winston tells his story:

Hi, my name is Winston Malone and I’m 23 years old.

I’m an author currently publishing my first novel called Storm-Fallen on the social-writing website Wattpad.

I’m also an avid explorer of all things imaginary, whether they be comics, novels, movies, television series, or artwork.

 I was a late bloomer when it came to reading. I read a Children’s Fantasy series called The Deltora Quest in its entirety when I was 10-11 years old, but I didn’t start reading again until I was in High School.

I remember walking through a Sam’s Club with my parents and passing the book section. I saw all those book covers displayed down the aisle and was drawn to them. I decided to pick up a detective novel by Jonathan Kellerman titled Rage, and was then swept into the world of crime and spy novels for almost a year.

It wasn’t until I was searching for a book online that I ran into Brent Weeks and his popular Night Angel trilogy.

I was blown away, to say the least. He not only introduced me to the fantasy genre, but inspired me to write altogether.

So at 17 I began writing and taking creative writing courses in high school. I went on to discover Brandon Sanderson and his amazing talents, but that’s another story.

As you might have noticed, comics weren’t even on my radar.

I loved superheroes and the superhero movies that were being released, but I’d never picked up a comic before–until four months ago, when a friend recommended a new series called Saga. I read the entire first volume within a few hours and was fascinated with the ideas and topics that were being covered. Now I’m a proud member of Marvel Unlimited and still can’t get enough.

Comics and comic-related material have improved my views and opinions of many current issues that we deal with today. I’m not going to share those views now, but you may see them permeate my writing.

All in all, comics have greatly influenced me as a writer, and I have come to appreciate them in a new light.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my story, and I’m honored to have been a part of New Worlds Comics’ Comics Empower Project. If you would like to message me, or read Storm-Fallen, you can find me here: http://www.wattpad.com/user/TheAphelionZone.



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“I Find Solace in Comics” – Paola’s Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues!

This time, Paola tells her story:

Comics came into my life a few years ago and haven’t left since.

They let me travel through parallel worlds without leaving my seat. I even learn English reading comics, as I do when listening to music and movies.

I was not always a fan, but I enjoy reading them. I enjoy using my imagination. And I often find a solace and a haven in them, when I need a distraction from a hard day’s work or after a tough day in college. They help me find my inner peace.

I like everything related to science fiction, superheroes, zombies, and horror… in short everything that isn’t really in our world.

My favorite superheroes are Wolverine and Captain America. I read them whenever I can.

This world is so fascinating to me that I am studying to hopefully be a part of the creation of comics universe someday.

A few months ago I received a PDF copy via email of a new comic “Wynter”.

I admit I did not have high expectations. But the story resonated with me. I got lost in every sentence, and lost time reading, admiring every page.

Today I can say that Wynter will be part of my collection.

Anyway I was very happy to receive the invitation to participate in this project, so I could tell you a little of my geek universe and express how much I love your comics, New Worlds Comics.

Bye guys!

 

You can follow Paola on Twitter or on Facebook.



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Inspiring Artists and Writers: Ara Carrasco

We’re starting a new series of articles: The Inspiring Artists and Writers Series!

New Worlds Comics is here to empower you: Empowering the readers, empowering indies, empowering artists and writers.

Ara Carrasco is a talented artist and writer, whose graphic novel, a collection of short stories, will be released at the end of 2015.

Ara will share with us the process of writing and creating art. If you’re a writer or artist, hopefully you’ll be inspired by her words.

There are two main ways in which I approach the making of a new story: in a visual way or in a narrative one.

If I start in a visual way, I try to envision beforehand the general shapes, the composition, the rhythm and the mood each page. Every page will be a small piece of the story, and until I get to see that first one, I have got no idea what will happen in the following ones.

On the other hand, when I start in a more narrative way, a leitmotiv comes to my mind and then evolves into something more profound and complex. Each line resonates inside me, unconnected, while I strive to tease true meaning out of them. It takes me a while and some effort to put them together and know what I’m actually trying to explain.

I must say that the kind of stories I write follow very strict, yet unintentional rules. I never thought of imposing any kind of limitations upon myself, but the truth is that all my stories have little to no dialog, and most of the text is corresponds to the thoughts of the protagonist, who acts as a narrator of the ideas I’m trying to communicate.

Once I’ve got the beginning of a story (after some years and effort I’ve learnt to recognize when I have something worth writing) I start sketching very roughly the general panels, expressing the main idea of each one. If the idea has been properly designed in my mind, this first sketch comes out pretty quickly. It’s a completely irrational process. Most of times I wouldn’t be able to explain why I had chosen that idea over the other ones.

Lately I’ve found that the main reason why I feel drawn to a certain idea is that it has something to do with my past. And as I draw panel after panel, I relive the same intense emotions that I have felt at that particular point in my life. Once I get to that phase, it’s “just” a matter of drawing what’s needed in each panel.

Art: Ara CarrascoAra's Work

Art: Ara Carrasco

 

“I’ve Been Reading Comics for Well Over 50 Years” – Tony’s Story

Remember why you liked comics in the first place?

Our Comics Empower Project continues!

This time, Tony tells his story:

I first got into comics in the late 50,s reading Dan Dare in my doctor’s waiting room.

I can still remember the mysterious Frank Hampson pictures in the story, even if I didn’t understand the story.

A few years later, as an young teenager I read the usual British comics (Eagle, Boys World etc) and, of course, Superman, Superboy, and Batman.

By chance I came across a Captain America origin comic drawn by Jack Kirby, and, all of the sudden, comics had matured, and I slowly began to be able to get hold of those wonderful mid-to-late 60s Marvel series (all of the series, even the War and Cowboy ones, although I had big holes in my collection, as availability wasn’t that good).

It was the dynamic plot lines, combined with brilliant art. It was orders of magnitude above all the previous boyish stuff. Just brilliant.

I can remember picking up a Captain America book (the first appearance of the Cosmic Cube) and started to read it at the bus stop.

Not paying attention, I got on the wrong bus, but didn’t realise until I’d finished reading, then had to walk miles home as I had no money left. Amazing.

Kirby went to DC and did the excellent  third-world stuff, an I drifted off into Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, and Punk. (Forgot to mention the Underground comics and mags like Nasty Tales and the Furry Freak Bros).

In the Early 80’s I picked up a newish British comic called Warrior, but that was hard to get hold of, and it packed up.

It had the revelatory new Marvel Man, and V For Vendetta in it. I was sad that it stopped due to the number of superb stories in it.

Stopped reading comics again whilst my kids were young, then introduced them to comics (Transformers, Turtles etc). I got back into comics myself reading the Sandman graphics novels. Such intelligence in the stories.

At one time, when I lived in Southport for a while, there was an excellent Comic Shop called Planet Eater, that I used to frequent, and I’ve continued on and off reading comics to this day. Can’t say that I’m much of a collector, or indeed, want to buy rare and expensive comics. Just love to read them. Just realised that I’ve been reading comics for well over 50 years!!!!!!!!!

I’ve got shelves full of them too.

So, after my kids, my big interests in life have been Comics, Music, Novels and Cycling. How about that? I think its the story linked with the art that makes them so powerful. somewhere between movies and novels.

Dunno. I just love reading good comics!

 

Find out more about Tony on his Facebook page or on Twitter.



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