Saturday, October 23, 2010
Eric Stephenson, the publisher of Image Comics, was interviewed at Bleeding Cool recently, and was asked to comment on the sales and profitability of critically acclaimed titles, such as Phonogram and Age of Bronze. When confronted over how those creators weren't making much money from single issue sales, Stephenson came back with the above, all too true, quote and pointed out the success of Chew and how it maintained and grew its audience with a regular shipping schedule.
As for the quote above, I know many a comic I've either grown bored of, lost interest in or just plain quit reading due to delays and irregular shipping schedules over the years. I even dropped Phonogram in favour of just getting a trade at a later date because of the shipping schedule for it. It is probably more important for an indie title than a mainstream, but even titles like SHIELD and Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine have been a challenge to maintain my interest with the bi-monthly shipping schedules. I couldn't agree more with Stephenson on this one - the most important thing IS that the book actually comes out.
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