I'm new here so please be gentle with me. :) I've been a comic book reader for most of my 44 years and a TV sitcom writer for almost half my life. Later this year, I'm launching a publishing company that mixes my experience in comedy with my love of comics. It's called Sitcomics and the build-up to launch continues to be both exhilarating and terrifying!
Though I don't hate modern comics, I'm definitely in the camp that fondly remembers the way comics were made before the direct market took over the business. I want my books to reflect that Silver/Bronze Age sense of fun while remaining firmly in the 21st Century. Among my eight initial titles are four super-hero comics that take place within a shared universe.
Artists on board include industry vets like Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema (who drew the above pin-up), Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine), Jeff Shultz (Archie), Joe Rubinstein, Craig Rousseau and many other.
From reading other discussions here, it's clear that most of you are extremely knowledgeable about the comics industry and I'd love to get any feedback on certain things I'm planning to do to help my comics stand out in a very crowded marketplace. Please understand I'm not selling anything - my books won't even be on sale for another six months. This is just a request for honest opinions, specifically about the super-hero line of titles and the way I'm producing them.
Here's an example:
I personally feel decompressed storytelling is a big reason why the many fans of Marvel's movies haven't migrated en masse to the comics that inspired them. I mean, imagine being asked to pay four dollars to see the first twenty minutes of the Avengers movie and then being told you must do the same thing every month for six months in order to see the whole movie. Nobody in their right mind would go for this and yet comic publishers have no problem asking their readers to do exactly that month after month. As a result, anyone with a casual interest in Marvel's characters who throws down four bucks for a random issue, soon realizes this is not a satisfying experience and wisely spends their next four dollars on some other form of entertainment.
In light of this, all the books I'm publishing will be 64 page quarterlies, costing $5.99 each.
Each will contain a single, self-contained story broken into three, 17-20 page chapters. Yes, there will be cliffhangers at the end of each chapter but you won't have to wait 30 days to find out what happens next. The idea is that Sitcomics will look and feel like a comic book, but read like a trade.
Alright that's just one of many things I'm planning to do differently from the industry's conventional wisdom. So what do you think? Is the page count too high? Does that price seem too high? If anyone has strong opinions positive or negative, I'd love to hear them.
Thanks and have a great day!
--Darin Henry --
I occasionally contribute to our regional SF zine/website, Sidetrekked. I have missed the deadline for the next issue, but if you think it worth your time, I could do some kind of profile or interview for the next next issue. If this interests you, send me a message, and I'll see what I can do.
At least one of the local comic shop owners reads it regularly.
Best of luck. This sounds like a fascinating undertaking, and I hope you succeed.
Of course. I’ll message you. Thanks.
That’s excellent. Email sent. Thank you!
Captain Comics said:
Howdy, Darin! So glad to see the big day is coming! (For print, anyway.)
Would you be interested in doing an interview for my Tribune column? I'm just talking 5-10 questions, which we can do via email. We can do it any time, and I'll file close to the August release.
If you're interested, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you can think of any other way I can help, let me know.