Jul 312017
 

When making your comic it is important to think of the ‘branding’ of the book. If you are making the book simply for your own amusement and want to call it ‘BS I Like’, well, good for you.

But most people making comics realize at some point that if they want others to pick up the book and read it, well it needs to appeal to them at least a little bit.

And this is where the logo and the titles come into play. Sure, you have a great cover, and a great name for the book too. But what if that name just doesn’t look appealing on the cover? What sort of book does your logo say the book will be? Is it a dark logo, for a Batman type adventure? Or perhaps it’s a period comic about some fantasy world, so you’ve used a Gothic font? Continue reading »

Jun 202017
 

While I have not yet completed production on my first comic book yet, I am already looking ahead to the inevitable Kickstarter attempt and have been trying to find ways to make it more likely to succeed.

Basically, here is what I’ve found out:

  1. Most Kickstarters have a digital tier for a few bucks, then the physical copy mailed for around, give or take, $10-12. Some are lower, some are a bit more. Top Secret Press beats them all by giving you TWO physical copies for only a couple of bucks more, lowering the unit price a lot closer to the cover price. I plan to do this myself.
  2. There is a ‘sweet spot’ of approx $25-25 that generate the most support, and also the most revenue for comic book Kickstarters, in general. Of course the trick is to have enough value there for the user making the pledge, without breaking the bank on rewards and cutting your return. This means postcards, stickers, prints, and other little things that only cost a couple of bucks but allow you to add $10 or more to the reward tier.
  3. By the time you are offering your fourth book on Kickstarter, most of your potential pledgers do not need to put up the extra $$ for digital copies of books they already have from you. This must make each new Kickstarter a bit harder. What else is there to offer?

So I got to thinking that there might be a win-win here for publishers and pledgers. My idea is basically this:

We get together 6 or so indie comic book guys who have a Kickstarter coming up in the next year or so, maybe sooner. Each puts one of his earlier books into a pool. Each of the 6 or so publishers is then able to use this pool of books in his Kickstarter without any payment to the others, he is paying by allowing the others to use his book as well.

This would allow us to go from the physical tier of approx $10-12 into something closer to the sweet spot. Imagine 40-50 pledges at $22-25 and all you have to do is mail a floppy. 

You could make your digital comic book in the pool up-to-date with new ads for your site, existing books, others in the series, or your upcoming Kickstarters. It’s essentially free advertising.

The trick would be to not make the pool too large, so we do not end up stepping on each others potential pledgers, and to have a variety of genres and books but no crap, garbage titles.

I will update this if I can come up with a better way to explain, or expand on the concept, but for now there it is. What do you think?

May 082017
 

Author Becca Lee Gardner has completed a one-shot, 22 page comic book script for Moby’s upcoming comic book line, tentatively titled ‘Fatal Flaw‘. It’s a story based on a question Moby had about what would happen if the universe was a simulation and that simulation became self-aware. 

The concept is very exciting. 

Luckily for everyone Becca took up the challenge and delivered not just an outline but a completed script, and it was so good Moby bought it. Hopefully we can get it made in a few months, after the Dr. Fizz books and a little something I am working on with a fellow from Wales called Shadoworlds. It’s very exciting. 

But Becca Lee Gardner is what I wanted to share with everyone today, because she is finally releasing her first novel on Amazon, and pre-orders are now available. The book, Astray, will be released on May 16, in aboot 8 more days. Here’s the blurb:

Something watches Blair Samson. Something follows her, hidden in the San Francisco fog.

That something is covered in human blood. That something knows much more about the hundreds of people missing from Chinatown than any of the newspapers.

And that something won’t stop meowing until Blair believes it.

In a thrilling mystery filled with drug lords, gang bosses, law enforcement, chocolate lovers, and one very intense cat, Blair might be the only one not led astray.

Sounds very exciting. Becca has short stories available already on Amazon, and I did some research and bought one about a superhero physiatrist, Delilah’s Valor, that proved to be as fun as an actual comic book. It was just the right length to make into a one-shot comic, and it had a doozy of a twist at the end. 

So, if you are into comics, mysteries, and supporting indie authors, you might consider hitting the link and checking out Becca’s novel, Astray. I hear it’s very exciting.

https://www.amazon.com/Astray-Becca-Lee-Gardner-ebook/dp/B0722LRB53

Apr 232017
 

Even if you are a writer, you will still need a concept before you can write the story. And do not make the mistake of thinking they are the same thing, either. 

Star Wars is nothing more (at the least level) than a fairy tale set in space. You have the good wizards and the bad, the prince and the princess, the evil enemy complete with a huge castle, the thief who turns out to be a diamond in the rough, and so on. Great concept, but there is no story there. 

Without fleshing out those characters and giving them wants and desires to motivate them, nothing is actually happening. And this leads to my problem.

Moby is more of a ‘concept’ guy than a storyteller. I’ve had some good ideas and bad ones, but generally speaking it’s the setting or circumstance that I find interesting, and I can usually think up some ideas that are at least a bit different or new-ish. But I don’t trust myself to actually write, much let script, the actual story. Continue reading »