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    • CommentAuthormorganagrom
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008 edited
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I'm hurting Criminal. At least according to Ed Brubaker.

    http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=144909

    "[P]eople who are waiting for the trade to read books are actually hurting those books. It's hurting their chances of longevity."

    Too bad. It sounds like the people "waiting for the trade" are doing so for a reason. Mine is that the Graphic Novels seem to be written as if they were intended to be read in one complete sitting, so why not buy them that way. No amount of "backmatter" is going to get me to buy the serials. The fact that they had to relaunch suggests that it's not getting other people to buy it as serials either. Perhaps they should just skip the serials and publish the Graphic Novels once or twice a year as special events and push hard in promoting them.
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    "[P]eople who are waiting for the trade to read books are actually hurting those books. It's hurting their chances of longevity."

    This proves that the current business model of the comics industry is a bad one. If a company has to force the customer to buy the product in a format that they don't like just to ensure that it will be produced at a later date in a format they will like, then the company isn't servinge their customers very well.

    And, while I understand Brubaker's position (he wants the comic he's putting a lot of love into to survive), it's not the customers' fault if they're buying the story in their prefered format. It's Marvel's fault (and DC's, etc.) for not being creative enough with their business model to figure out to deliver the product to the customer in all of the best ways possible.
    • CommentAuthorjeffx
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    One of my favorite things in back matter is when they list playlists. Some of the best back matter is, most of which has already been listed, is Criminal, Local, and Fell. Brian Wood's Demo also has some pretty nice back matter. I just need to find the rest of the issues in the back issue bins.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Brubaker is attempting to frame Criminal as a magazine with a comics portion and supplemental prose portion. The failing with that comparison is that most magazines on the newstands they don't rely on a serial-publication method. There may be serial fiction within some magazines, but that is not the bulk of their content.

    True, the first 3 issues of the relaunch are going to be standalones, but then it's back to serial publication, so it's not going to bring anyone over from book buying to serial buying in the long term.
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      CommentAuthormrghosty
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
     (647.25)
    This proves that the current business model of the comics industry is a bad one. If a company has to force the customer to buy the product in a format that they don't like just to ensure that it will be produced at a later date in a format they will like, then the company isn't servinge their customers very well.


    You know this sounds reasonable to me. In many ways I want to support the artist on a month to month basis (and there are those that i do) but yeah I find that most "entertainment" industries seem to be struggling with the proper methods of content delivery to their consumer base. Just think about the whole video market. Once DVD finally forced the Swan Song of VHS, poof! here's like 2 new formats (competing and not compatible at that) and we'll start pumping these out and making you buy the same media again ......That's why I think there needs to be a balanced approach and for good or ill more publishers need to acknowledge that at either end of the spectrum we folks out here are still supporting the material and the artists.