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kaerstyne:

last-snowfall:

ruckawriter:

larime:

I have to admit, I’m frustrated. Sales on the book continue to drop and there doesn’t seem to be much I can do to stop it. I’ve tried everything I can.

I got a big-name voice actor to do my trailer.

I got national news coverage.

I switched the book to color.

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Nothing…

If you haven’t given the book a try, please do. If it’s not for you, it’s not for you, no harm, no foul.

But maybe you’ll find something new, not Big Two, that you like. Maybe you’ll keep a creator in business.

Worth a try, right?

….you know, as someone who spends money, time and effort on female/queer-centric stuff etc etc etc, but who can tell FROM THE SAMPLE PAGE that the book is not for her, I find the strongly implied guilt trip of “I guess since I’m not super successful with this people DON’T REALLY WANT representative fiction” really, completely offputting and kinda damn offensive.

…Just judging by this post, OP, I suspect your problem is marketing rather than lack of audience.

I mean, first of all, you fail to mention anywhere in the post itself what this comic is actually about, so right away there’s nothing telling me why I should be interested in it. (Yes, the video has a summary, but not everyone is going to be able to watch the video when they happen to see this post on their dash. Or even at all, because, y’know, disabilities.) Just telling me it has a female lead and minority representation isn’t going to make me buy it — I have limited money to spend on comics, and I’m already spending it on books that have female leads and minority representation. While it’s always great to see more of that, it isn’t enough to sell your book by itself. The news coverage you link all has a similar problem — they’re all about you the disabled artist and not the comic itself. And as rad as drawing professional comics with your mouth may be, it’s again not enough to convince me to buy the book on its own.

Second, the link to the comic’s reviews (the only information about the comic’s actual content other than the video) is not in the top part of the post that’s actually getting reblogged, so I’d imagine a lot of people seeing the reblog aren’t seeing that part. And even after viewing the whole post on your blog, I still completely missed the link, because it’s not very visually distinct; I thought the text was just bolded for emphasis and didn’t even think to check if it was a link until I started writing this response. So you end up with the same problem as before, where you’re not providing me with easy access to the kind of information I actually want before I buy a comic.

Finally, that video? Is a huge turn-off for me, as a consumer who wants to buy books with minority representation. I was dubious when I hit the line about how women, PoC, and focusing on character development are “pop culture commercial Kryptionite” (since that’s both condescending and untrue), and I stopped watching completely at the follow-up line about how “this book would sell a lot more copies if it had more explosions and boobs”, said while zooming in on a bunch of female characters’ chests. Because wow, no. Just no.

Not to mention the overall tone of the post is incredibly condescending and presumptuous. Just because I’m not supporting your book doesn’t mean I’m not supporting other “great books about strong women and people of color”, and equating the two is ridiculous, not to mention arrogant.

In summary: Offending and attempting to guilt trip your target audience is not a good way to sell your books.

^^^^

sigilgoat:

orange-plum:

draelogor:

lotrlockedwhovian:

viivus:

period thoughts

that would make the funniest fucking story ever. Due to a mix up at the factory, the template for incantations that was supposed to a publishing company of dark art books is sent to a feminine products factory. Girl then accidentally summons Satan with period blood. Satan gets confused because its “dead blood” and when he shows up he realizes the sacrifice was done incorrectly so he cannot take the girl’s soul but now is bound to do her bidding because oops his bad, he showed up anyway.

PLEASE






My hand slipped

it happenedits real

sigilgoat:

orange-plum:

draelogor:

lotrlockedwhovian:

viivus:

period thoughts

that would make the funniest fucking story ever. Due to a mix up at the factory, the template for incantations that was supposed to a publishing company of dark art books is sent to a feminine products factory. Girl then accidentally summons Satan with period blood. Satan gets confused because its “dead blood” and when he shows up he realizes the sacrifice was done incorrectly so he cannot take the girl’s soul but now is bound to do her bidding because oops his bad, he showed up anyway.

PLEASE

My hand slipped

it happened
its real

miyuli:

Finally, I can present you my little comic ‘Hearts for Sale’. These are the first 10 pages.
I’m very nervous about this since it’s my first self-published book. I hope you like the story.
Read Part 2/ Part 3

In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education | Bitch Media

accidentalbeardo:

Some of the language used here desperately needs updating, but it’s mind-blowing to think of this sort of content, actively working against incorrect information about sex and pregnancy (even if the actual info is pretty vague), being put out in partnership with a mainstream comics company and targeted towards young people. 

There’s no way this could happen today, even though most teenagers are woefully under-educated about basic facts about reproduction and sexual health. It’s sad to think that many of the misconceptions mentioned here are still ones I hear. And of course there are many new ones (pregnancy through dry-humping, people six months pregnant who still show negative results on pregnancy tests, tiny holes in condoms that sperm magically pass through) as well. I’m happy to blame Yahoo Answers for many of these.

Sex ed is a fucking uphill battle.

This isn’t their problem, guys. It’s ours. We have to solve it.

Sexual harassment isn’t an occupational hazard. It’s not a glitch in the complex matrix of modern life. It’s not something that just “happens.” It’s something men do. It’s a choice men make. It’s a problem men enable. It’s sometimes a crime men commit. And it is not in the power nor the responsibility of women to wage war on this crime.

It’s on us.

How do we fight this war? We stop enabling. We check ourselves and, when necessary, wreck ourselves. Do you know a guy who’s hate-following women on Twitter just to troll them? You check him. Do you know a guy who’s writing disgusting screeds to women journalists because they don’t like the same things he likes? You check him. Do you know a professional whose discourse with women in his field is loaded with gender-specific language and condescension that could enable further abuse? You check him. Are your Twitter followers identifying you as a sympathetic ear for their sexist views? You check yourself. Is your website’s message board a cesspool of ignorance and hate? You check it like you actually give a damn. Do you know a guy who’s sending rape threats to women for any reason? Oh, you report that guy.

Let me make it plain:

A woman objecting to the content of a comic book — even if you think she’s dead wrong — does not rise to the occasion of vicious name calling and rape threats.

Nothing does.

Andy Khouri writes at Comics Alliance. Read the whole thing - the motif is Fake Geek Guys, noting that the superhero fans who act in such an abusive, unethical way are 100% against the genre they claim to love - but I pull this part out of context.  (via kierongillen)

alisonwilgus:

A collaboration with Paul Tuttle Starr — aka The Sockdolager — who wrote the script for me to draw.

We are both, absolutely, Category 5’s.