Retailer Spotlight: Collector’s Paradise
Free Comic Book Day at Collector’s Paradise is a unique experience. Simultaneously, it is a wonderfully inspirational and mythically crowded event. On May 5, 2012, Darth Vader himself greeted the smiling faces of men and women of all ages. Free books were located in wide variety in the art gallery in the back, and the line for signatures was out the door.
Publishers giving out free comics on a nation-wide scale is in general an awesome thing, but there is a way to do it, and there is a way to do it correctly. FCBD, despite what elitists may claim, can be a rich, cultural experience. Collector’sParadise (in this case) took the best course a comic retailer can take toward making it that kind of a shindig. Read more
Freelancers: With Liberty and Justice For All
If there is a fear that all artists share, it’s the lack of respect and professional courtesy received from clients. An independent worker is not a traditional employee or business owner. Because of this, people have a difficult time grasping the fact that they work very, very hard for a living. Being out there in there world, having to make all of one’s own financial decisions, providing transportation for oneself, etc. are all things that can be very harmful if a promised paycheck is neglected. Read more
The Syllabus Quandary
For the past couple of years, it has been my joy to teach comic books and graphic novels at Chapman University in Orange, California. These classes had their beginnings when I was a graduate student at the school. I was studying English literature and creative writing. I made no bones about the fact that although I loved older literature, my true passion was pop culture, and in particular, comic books. A portion of the application process was to provide fiction for the acceptance committee to consider. I provided a series of prose pieces, as well as the complete script for a six part comic book miniseries. Before I even arrived at the university, I had already established myself as the comic book guy.
Every chance I got, I wrote my papers about comics. I compared Moby Dick to the modern day superhero comic. I discussed post-colonial discourse in Superman and Jewish imagery in The X-Men. As time went by, my reputation spread. Eventually, I was asked by one of my professors to guest lecture for her. She was going to be teaching Art Spiegelman’s seminal work, Maus, in one of her undergraduate classes and thought that I could provide the students with a solid background on the comic book industry and the features of a comic book. I was honored to be given this experience. The class sessions that I led went so well that discussion began about the possibility of me teaching my own courses on comics. In January of 2010, with the help of many of my former professors, I began teaching at Chapman. Read more
LCS: Rooftop Shouting Required
I, am excited. Today I was pointed to an article on Joe Keatinge’s website, which was all about the local comic shop. I, for one, am a fan of the local comic shop (and not just because I work for one).
I find that in a dying industry, the personal touch is a necessity. Not only is it helpful to have someone to go to regarding the latest comic titles, but also, the comic shop can point you towards other things that you might like. I know that I have picked up books that I never otherwise would have without the input of Paul, Erik, or Amy at House of Secrets in Burbank, California. They also can order me things that I’m missing, or that they don’t stock at the store. Having the personal touch is something so valuable to comics as a whole, but especially indie books. Read more
Writer John Kolsun Talks ReShoot
ReShoot is a breath of fresh air to the indie comic scene. John Kolsun (writer), Robekka Studios (artists) and Ed Brisson (letterer) ReShoot is a wild mixture of sci-fi, action, and social commentary.
The ReShoot team puts a new spin on the superhero genre that will appeal to readers in search of something different and unique outside the status quo.
WNI sat down with ReShoot writer John Kolsun to break down his journey into comics and what being an indie creator means to him. Read more