Sequential Underground #9 – Digital Diversity

Sequential Underground

The podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators gets topical.

Eric Powell’s redacted Diversity video inspires us to talk about genre and the comic book marketplace. Is it the rape/prostitution scene that caused Eric to take the video down? Is Eric Powell an accomplished quiche maker? And what about Steve Niles?

Then we get into a discussion of comics as a medium vs. comic books, and how the definition of a comics marketplace differs depending on your interpretation. And then we end up on a digital tangent that turns into a whole other topic. AND after the end theme, Shawn goes on a rant.

BONUS: The sporadic, gentle peeing noise in the background on Dan side’s of the conversation!

2 Responses to “Sequential Underground #9 – Digital Diversity”

  1. 1 Paul

    I like what you said about the lack of new characters. I also think that is a problem. (There are sometimes new characters, or new versions of characters, at the big two, but they rarely succeed.) Here are some reasons that come to mind.

    1. Publishers are much more aware of the franchise/licensing value of the characters they already have, and they want to maximize the profit from them. This is typical big business, risk-averse behavior.

    2. Many top creators are life-long fans, and they’re unreasonably attached to the existing characters. They get more thrill from writing/drawing “big”, “real” characters than from doing their own.

    3. Creators don’t want to give up the rights for their original ideas, so they don’t bother.

    4. Fans/customers are unreasonably attached to the existing characters. Any new characters look insignificant beside the old timers who have 40, 50, 70 years of history, stories and collectible back issues.

  2. 2 nick marino

    @Paul: I think those are all really good points, especially #4. And I think it’s sort of odd and sad that #4 is the driving force behind today’s direct market comics business.

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