Anonymous said: Yep, exactly what I've expected: The new Captain America is black. We're at a point, where the enforced diversity in comics is straight up insulting. I hardly doubt that even african-americans are happy about these changes at this point. There is no doubt in my head, that you're pissing off more white readers than pleasing black readers with these stupid, stupid, stupid changes. Nick Fury, Spider-Man, an entire Avengers team consisting out of black people and now a black Captain America... Bah.
You do the segregationist movement of the early 20th century credit, sir!
Welcome to 2014.
Wow. “the enforced diversity in comics is straight up insulting" is a quote that makes me shudder. We all know why and how we should be diversifying comics, right? So when it happens we need to start championing those moves, not finding the snarkiest little angles to get worked up about it, or hacking away at it as not being good enough.
Ah, it’s like kicking the tide back out.
Paul Allor wrote one of my favorite recent small press comics, the wonderful ORC GIRL. Because I know very little about Self-Publishing, I asked friends who have been successful at it for their honest tips, and Paul’s encouraging but sobering words here are absolutely essential. Thanks, Paul!
PAUL (ORC GIRL) ALLOR
Okay, let’s get this out of the way up-front: the subtitle of this post should be “Self-Publishing Advice from a Guy Who’s Lost a Whole Lot of Money Self-Publishing.” If you want to know how to self-publish your comics in an economically viable, financially sustainable way, I’m not your guy. Because frankly, I think that’s nearly impossible, unless you’re an established creator (or a wizard!).
But if you’re looking to self-publish as a way to get your work out there, and start to build a career, then we can talk. I’m going to assume that you already have a script, and the creative team is assembled, and everything is awesome. I’m also assuming that you’re interested in a print comic, not just something web-based. Here are a few (woefully incomplete) thoughts on where you go from there.
Reread this every time you are about to make your own comics. Ground yourself. Known you have to do it anyway. Enter the battle prepared, armed, and armoured.
Sometimes it’s fun to play ‘fantasy comics editor‘ and align creative talent with characters. It’s super lame, I know this, but it’s fun. It’s also a mental game that keeps you thinking and can be done on the side – while doing this I managed to cook up two little story ideas and also get a break on one I’m scripting right now. Any time you are using your brain, that’s good stuff. And for a guy…