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The Comic Book Business Plan

A reader asked me on Twitter what the business plan is for indie comic book publishers.

You want an indie comic book business plan? You got it!

 

The Original Business Plan

The original business plan was very simple. These were our assumptions:

  • We’d create top-quality comic books.
  • We would only be digital. Thus saving the massive cost of printing and distribution.
  • Comic book fans are thirsty for top-notch comic books. They’d be happy to find new ones. And once they do, they’ll spread it virally through the forums, the Twitters, and the Facebooks.

That was the idea. Since we were only paying the artists (I employed myself as a writer, at least at first, since I would work for free and I have 20 years’ experience writing science fiction), we didn’t really need a lot of sales to break even.

It looked like this business plan couldn’t fail.

Guess what happened?

 

The Tribbles with Trials and Tribulations

  • The Test: We placed ads on CBR, one of the most popular comic book websites. The results: 14 visitors a day from CBR. Conclusion: Comics fans are wary of new things. Until we grow bigger, ads are out.
  • The Test: Our comic books were reviewed by dozens of websites. One of our titles, Wynter, was hailed across the board as “The best sci-fi comic book on the shelves today.” The Results: No additional sales as results of good reviews. Conclusion: Positive reviews do not increase sales. (I’ve had the same experience with online marketing campaigns of my books.)
  • The Test: We tried working with two popular comic book websites, offering their readers to send an email to get a free PDF of Wynter #1. The results: Very weak. Conclusion: Comics fans are wary of new things.
  • The Test: It’s been shown that if you give something to people for free and then let them pay however much they want, they pay more, not less, than you would have gotten originally. We tried putting our Wynter for free at the website, as a test, allowing people to choose how much they pay after they read it. The results: Very weak number of downloads. Conclusion: Not sure.
  • The Test: We were approached by a major Hollywood studio regarding Wynter, as well as by a smaller production company. The results: The studio thought about it and passed, the production company is still in play. We’ll only be able to see the results of this on sales after signing an option deal, and, even better, after having a Wynter TV show on the air. Conclusion: Don’t give up on Wynter. Ever.
Don't lie down and take it. Wynter.

Don’t lie down and take it. Wynter.

The Latest Business Plan

As you can see, when something didn’t work, we pivoted. There were only two constants: 1) We ain’t stopping; and 2) Wynter always makes waves with people who read it.

Our current business plan is based on what we’ve learned since we launched.

One of the major things we’ve learned is that Wynter is consistently perceived by readers as the best sci-fi comic book out today.

Conclusion: Get as many eyes on Wynter as possible. There are millions our there who would love Wynter if they read it: science fiction fans, Warren Ellis fans, Garth Ennis fans, Christopher Nolan fans, Spielberg fans, etc. Wynter knocks people to the floor. Start-ups talk about unfair advantages. What we’ve learned is that Wynter is our unfair advantage.

Plan of action: We’ve got quite a few of those. The first one is already in action: Our old and new Twitter followers get a free Wynter #1 send directly to their email.

We’ve had 2,000 new Twitter followers since we started two weeks ago. Ten percent took us up on it. And this has translated into testimonials, recommendations, and sales.

Conclusion: Keep going! Get Wynter to be seen by thousands, then tens of thousands, then hopefully hundreds of thousands.

Is that a business plan? If we’ve got hundreds of thousands of devoted fans, it doesn’t matter what our business plan is – we’ll be a success.

Wynter. Our ace in the hole.

Wynter. Our ace in the hole.

 

Calling All Comic Book Clubs!

Howdy Comic Book Clubs!

Are you in a comic book club? Do you know anyone in a comic book club? Then this post is for you!

New Worlds Comics would like to be in touch directly with the readers. This is the time to do it, as we are now shifting from being solely a digital comic book company to creating trade paperbacks of our comic books.

First out is Goof (see the cover and the reviews below), which has been resoundingly hailed as “hilarious” and “laugh-out-loud funny” across the board. The Goof TPB has Goof #1-#4 as well as some cool original artist concept art.

If you’re a comic book club, we’d love to send you the Goof TPB directly.

We'd love to send this to you

We’d love to send this to you

What Is Goof About?

Goof is a lighthearted slapstick comedy about the goofiest superhero in the world.

Meet Nick Knickerbocker, an awkward guy who is chosen by aliens to be Earth’s protector and only superhero. He has graduated from being a goof to a super goof. He can’t stop bumping into things, doing things the wrong way, or even saving cats from trees without killing them. Since his powers don’t work on his family, his older sister still beats him up, usually in front of camera. The media makes fun of him. And then one day… he falls in love… then messes everything up.

This is not a comic book about fighting. This is a comic book about Nick’s personal life and how hard (and hilarious) it is when you’re the clumsiest superhero anyone has ever seen.

 

No Risk

You don’t know Goof, I know that. You don’t have to take a risk. If you’re not sure, we’ll love to email you a free PDF copy of Goof #4 (a stand alone) so you can share with your group and see if you’d like to collectively order a few TPB’s for your club.

 

As Cheap as Possible

We want as many people as possible to enjoy this wonderful comedy.

So we will send it to you as cheaply as we can. You decide how many copies you want. The price will be at the cost stores buy it from us (cheaper than store price, obviously), and we will charge you nothing for shipping.

Interested? Email us here.

Check out the reviews on the back cover:

Check out the reviews

Check out the reviews

 

Nudity as Social Commentary in Our Comics

In the upcoming two months, we’re going to do something we’ve never done before. Two different titles just happen to have female nudity in them, where before there was no nudity in our titles.

Let’s have a grown-up discussion about that.

In my previous post, I talked about the empowering use of nudity in the upcoming title Time Warriors #1. This time, let’s talk about Wynter #4 and use it to take a wider look at the do’s and don’ts of nudity as art in comics.

 

How Nudity Shouldn’t Be Used

Here’s a list what nudity shouldn’t be.

  • Nudity shouldn’t be used for titillation in a story that’s meant to be honest. When a writer uses nudity because s/he knows it’ll bring more readers rather than because it fits the story, the story is less honest. Wynter is being FedEx-ed from my gut to yours. Considerations of popularity shouldn’t interfere with that.
  • Nudity shouldn’t be used to give an unrealistic view of the human body. Girls shouldn’t be made to feel bad because they don’t have unrealistic bodies. Boys shouldn’t learn to expect unrealistic bodies in girls. And vice versa.
  • Nudity shouldn’t be used in a way that steals the show. Nudity is such a focus taker that it’s hard to put anything before it or after it that won’t be forgotten. You have to be able to tame its effects and limit them or they’ll take over your story.
  • Nudity shouldn’t be used to cheapen our perception of the body. It’s so easy to go from “Whoa” to “Been there, seen that,” to “Borrring. How can we take that to the next step”. That last statement there is a slippery slope, and many teenagers can easily fall into an emotional place that cheapens the human body.

 

How Nudity Should Be Used

When you’re trying to empower people or, at the very least, not disempower or cheapen them, these are the various uses of nudity:

  • Make nudity empowering. Have you seen the film The Full Monty? If not, watch it now, I’ll wait. It doesn’t have full frontal nudity, but it’s the ideal movie on the subject. You can’t watch it without at the end feeling good about your body. That’s a great use of showing skin!
  • Use nudity to teach people something about themselves. In a TV show I’d written a long time ago (it did not get produced) I used the horror genre and nudity to show to the men in the audience that there’s a beast inside them all. I showed nudity in a titillating way only when the bad guys did something bad to the women. So whenever you, the man watching this, felt titillated and wanted what you were seeing, you were identifying with the animal part of the bad guy. So hopefully you would have realized that there is something of that beast in you.
  • Use nudity as social commentary. Case in point: Wynter #4. Our series, Wynter, shows us what the logical future of apps, iPhones, internet, and social media takes us, for good or bad. One example: Google Glass is just the beginning. In the future, we’ll all be recording everything all the time, from our eyes, and we’ll be able to post it immediately. So how often do you think pictures of nude or half nude girls/women will be posted on the web without them even knowing about it? That happens to our heroine in Wynter #4. And when it does, you don’t feel titillated, you feel violated. Because you’ve already identified with Liz Wynter, our heroine, and you know what a violation that is for her.

Here’s part of it:

Violated

Violated

 

Why Are We Having This Conversation?

I want to have a grown-up conversation about this.

I want you to have a look behind the curtain of New Worlds Comics.

I want you to know how seriously I take every decision and direction made by New Worlds Comics, and how deeply we consider things.

I want you to learn who we are, deep in our DNA.

And now I want to learn who you are. What do you think?

Wynter Wiki: App – Subversive

The Wynter wiki continues.

App: Subversive

The mysterious app ‘Subversive’ is hacktech created by an unknown agency. Its mission seems to be either to bring about the downfall of the government or to prevent it. It has access to intimate knowledge of all citizens of the galaxy. The app uses this knowledge on subversive people and subversive groups to reliably predict the effect of said people or groups years into the future: Will the subversives infect more people, more planets, or not?

The Subversive app was brought to our attention after Shane Tucker stole it from a passerby and shared it with Liz Wynter.

The Subversive app

The Subversive app

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Wynter Is Hot: Yet Another Fantastic Review!

The Florida Geek Scene just published an amazing review of Wynter #3.

Here are some of the things they said:

“Graphically, Aron Elekes puts many books from major publishers to shame.”

“Story-wise it blows its contemporaries out of the water.”

“Wynter is among the finest books this comic book reviewer has read in a very, very long time.”

You always knew Wynter was that good, right? Here’s your chance to tell your friends. Tell them them there’s a special deal for them.

Wynter #3 Cover

Wynter #3 Cover

 

How I Wrote the Wynter TV Pilot Script

So you’re all reading Wynter, the comic book series.

Well, it’s time for a different perspective. As part of certain dealings with a Hollywood production company, I entrusted with the task of writing the first version of the Wynter TV pilot and to plan the series’ first season.

To write Wynter as a TV show, after and while still writing the comic book series, demanded a serious change in the way I looked at Wynter.

While every comic book has 22-23 pages, a TV episode has 45-50 minutes. The depth you can cover in TV is so much greater. You have to deal with more plots, greater depth of character, more background, more details, and more twists.

In planning the first season, I added more characters, different plot twists, a cliffhanger for the first season that I would never do in the comic book, and, oh, yes, – I planned a completely different ending to the series than the comic book.

Want a glimpse of the changes? Compare the issues you’ve read to the events in the pilot script. Below you’ll find the first two pages that include a brand new character. (And if you’ve read the series, it’ll mess with your head.)

The rest of the script is now being serialized in the New Worlds Comics Twitter account. A new page is posted every day. And when it’s all done and published, I may erase all script pages. So enjoy it while it’s there.

For now, here’s me messing with your heads:

Wynter TV Pilot Script, Page #1

Wynter TV Pilot Script, Page #1

Wynter TV Pilot Script, Page #2

Wynter TV Pilot Script, Page #2

Special Offer: Wynter!

Welcome to the digital revolution!

We’ve been getting such great reviews from everybody that we’re doing something unprecedented!

Our flagship title, Wynter, is available in ComiXology, and the trade paperback is due in January, 2015.

But we’re offering Wynter for free download right here. Why? Because this is the digital revolution and we can.

We’re so sure that you’ll love it so much you’ll come back to pay.

“The best science fiction comic on the shelves.” – Adventures in Poor Taste

“The surprise science fiction hit of the year!” – Geeks with Wives

“The best sci-fi comic on the market today.” – Living Myth Media

“This sci-fi thriller is one of the best in the market.” – Fortress of Solitude

 

Age: Wynter is for ages 15+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Artist's Sketchbook: Wynter #1

Artist’s Sketchbook: Wynter #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wynter Art Exhibition

World-class artist, Aron Elekes, who does the art for Wynter, just had an exhibition of Wynter art!

New Worlds Comics is dedicated to making comic books that are art, not product. We create art in story as well as in the visual medium. And Aron Elekes’ art is certainly a prime example of that.

Congratulations, Aron!

From the Wynter art exhibition.

 

From the Wynter art exhibition.

 

(More pictures after the break.) Continue reading

Wynter #3 Now Available in All Platforms

Wynter #3 is now available in ComiXology across all platforms.

Since Wynter #3 came out in the New Worlds Comics app, it was called:

“The best science fiction comic on the shelves.” – Adventures in Poor Taste

“The surprise science fiction hit of the year!” – Geeks with Wives

“The best sci-fi comic on the market today.” – Living Myth Media (who also put Wynter in their top #5 comics list for a third time in a row).

“This sci-fi thriller is one of the best in the market.” – Fortress of Solitude. 

And that’s just a small taste of the reviews Wynter has been getting.

Wynter #3 Cover

Wynter #3 Cover

Catch up on Wynter now!