Since it's Sunday, and I don't have a lot of time, I thought I would re-post an old blog piece I wrote about creating faith back in February 2009, when John and I still thought that we were going to publish it through Bluewater Productions. So, it's a few years old, but still kind of relevant. In fact, in retrospect, it's a good thing we never published it through them.
So, here's where I was February 2009:
I was figuring out the economics of making a comic. And this is not a
self-publishing deal, because I've done that before, and believe me,
that was bad enough, because you had to pay for your own printing costs
and work your ass off to sell it, and most of the time that meant
walking directly into stores, where they may take 8 or 10 copies and
you'd get half the cover price. Or buying a table at a convention and
begging passers-by to look at the thing. Not exactly a get-rich-quick
Now, considering that the comic I am co-writing (and
currently waiting to be drawn) is being printed and distributed, I
figured that would keep my costs down. However, we had to get our own
artist to draw the thing, and as artists kept dropping out, what we were
paying them went up. You get what you pay for, I guess, because we
have a couple guys who haven't dropped out, but we have to pay them a
rate of $30 a page. The upside is they are really good. The downside
is it will cost us $660 an issue. For the planned five-issue series,
that will bring it to $3300, plus the $300 we shelled out to get a known
artist for the cover of issue #1. At $3600 for the series, at a $2.99
cover price, if we sold 2000 copies (which I believe is the new minimum
to remain in Diamond's catalog for more than a month), that puts us
(minus the Diamond percentage) at $3588, or $12 short of what we put
in. Now, I'm not sure if Blue Water takes a cut, but I imagine they do.
They are publishing it, after all.
Now, the hope would be to
sell tons and tons of them, of course. Naturally, I'm not sure how to
do that. Sales are down everywhere, according to my local comic shop
proprietor (who I am counting on to order many copies). So, right now,
2000 seems like a lot. We may never make it passed issue #1, which
would mean we would have to collect it in a trade and sell it ourselves,
which, again, is not a way to actually make a lot of money.
good news? I would have a published comic. A credit to my name.
Something to show the nephews (although they better buy it.) And if it
leads to something else down the road, then I guess you can't really put
a price on that.