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Empowering Indies

Episode #3 of the Comics Empower podcast was just released!

The Comics Empower podcast: A 100% honest behind-the-curtains look at how to build and grow an indie comic book company.

Episode #3: Empowering Indies

In which our heroes discuss the following: 

* How Guy is going senile. * Vincent’s process. * Art technique vs. writing technique. * How the Indie Power website brings all indies under one roof and how it was created. * Teaching art to kids. * News about Time Warriors #1

Get it on your iTunes here!

I mean, seriously, get it here!

Can’t listen to it on iTunes? Play it directly here:

 

 

A Celebration of Indie Comics – Indie Power Is LIVE!

If you love indie comics, we just made your life better!

If you are an indie comic book publisher, we just made your life better!

It’s been more than 6 months in the making, but now we are officially announcing that the Indie Power website is now live!

Before you click on the link below, let me give you some background on what Indie Power is.

I’m a Fan: What’s Indie Power for Me?

If you’re a fan of indies, your biggest problem is probably finding them.

There are hundreds of them, some are probably exactly what you’re looking for, but they’re so hard to find by yourself.

Indie Power puts all the indies in one place. We’re a growing group of indies from all over the web, in all genres.

Every day a new post is made about an indie series that you’ve probably never heard of.

Every day you get to see a new indie series that’s out there. We’re growing every day, with new members and new articles!

You can use the search option to search for things that you like!

Sign up for the daily newsletter to never miss news about an indie series!

I’m a Publisher: What’s Indie Power for Me?

If you’re a publisher, you’re struggling to get noticed, struggling to find fans.

All the indies out there are in the same position.

The first thing you have to understand is: You and the other indies are not in competition. $2 spent on my book is not $2 taken from yours, or vice versa. Working together, we can become stronger. United we stand, divided we fall.

The Indie Power members all tweet together about each and every article, essentially transmitting news about YOUR article to ALL our fans together! In the same way we help you, we expect you to help us and to tweet about evey article we have.

 

All right. Intrigued? Want to check it out? Indie Power is a few weeks old, growing daily. Check out the Indie Power website now! Share it with your friends! And sign up for the daily newsletter!

What? You’re still here? Go check it out!

 

 

 

The Big Future of Indie Comics

Who Controls the Comic Book World?

Almost all indies today feel the shadow of the big comic book companies: Marvel, DC, Image, etc.

These companies control almost ALL of the market. Not only that, but they control readers’ expectations: What readers expect to see is what these companies have to sell.

But the truth is the exact opposite!

Here’s why:

The Truth

The truth is that that more than 90% of all the comics that have ever been done fall into a tiny niche called Superhero Comics.

The truth is that Superhero Comics are a tiny fraction of what’s possible to create with comic books.

The truth is that comic books can be about anything, in any style, in any genre.

The truth is that of everything that’s possible

The truth is that the ones who are prepared to tackled all that big space of What’s Possible is not Marvel or DC or any of the big companies.

The truth is that Everything Else belongs to us indies!

Imagine the Future

Imagine a future, where you walk into a comic book store, and the shelves are filled with great comics.

Imagine how only one tiny section (4, 5 shelves at most) are filled with the latest Superhero Comics. Imagine how everything else is not: Everything else is fantasy, science fiction, funny, dramatic, tragic, crime, and whatever new genres in comics haven’t been discovered yet.

The truth is that we indies own those shelves, and the Big Companies don’t. We can carve our new styles and new stories to new audiences, while the Big Companies are stuck, unable to move from their niche, because that is what their readers expect from them.

So come on! Stop feeling small! Indies, look at all that land! Let’s conquer the Earth!

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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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!

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

 

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!

 

And one last thing: Tweet/Pin/Share the picture and picture below! The more people know, the stronger we are!

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

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