A Few Individual Cartoonists Told Me They Did Very Well On Small Business Saturday
I heard from three cartoonists Saturday to late Sunday, none of whom were interested in attribution, that a simple call-out of some sort to their followers on social media had a significant -- in the several hundred dollar range -- benefit on "Small Business Saturday." I don't know what that means, although one of my general theories of consumption is that more and more people want to be told what's important to buy, so that being told when to buy something might be an extension of that. This seems particularly likely to work that way in conjunction with the outside endorsement of that particular shopping campaign.
It's a story only in the sense that comics used to be much more disconnected from general shopping trends -- the market it had its own rhythms, or at least it failed to capitalize on a lot of conventional-wisdom concepts from general retail. It's only in the last few years we've started to see Thanksgiving weekend related sales from publishers and cartoonists at all, and there's an increasing number of books positioned to hit the gift-buying market. Someone like Milton Griepp would have to provide support or pull support from my assumption that these things collectively are a bigger deal to the bottom-line, but it certainly seems like there are opportunities there there maybe weren't before, and that at least some of them are being seized.
Missed It: Your 2015 British Comics Awards Winners
This took place during Thought Bubble, November 13 to be completely honest with you. I'd tweeted it out but never made a post of it on CR. My apologies to those invested in those awards, their nominees and their winners. You can read FPI's blog post here.
For some reason I don't run the nominations for this program, so let me put those here. Winners in bold.
Start with your favorite companies (look around the home page), move on to your favorite creators (start with their twitter page) and then end up with any business or two you think might have a discount you like such as comiXology. Some will only have sales for today and some will have had them for a few days now. Happy hunting and happy shopping.
Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding
By Tom Spurgeon
* the great Gilbert Hernandez recently announced that he'll be doing commissions, and they're very cheap. I have no idea if this is attached to anything other than some free time in the prolific cartoonist's schedule, but that's a great deal and it's hard for me to imagine a better present for an L&R fan, including just buying one for yourself.
As this site has noted -- and I think will note, due to holiday-style blogging -- the cartoonist and comics educator Jessica Abel is doing posts about time management and getting projects done. I think that's something that a lot of people think about, and diving into those matters during the busy holidays may sound crazy but could give you momentum hitting a new year and those long winter months that a hundred resolutions can't provide.
So here's Abel's latest, with directions to preceding posts via text link and the promise of more to come via her mailing list. That might be something you get for yourself this holiday season. Doesn't look like it costs anything.
One of the great things about comics is that with all that's been accomplished in the unlikely journey of this art form from laughing stock to world media source-engine, there's so much more to be done both creatively and on behalf of the industries and cultures that support those creative endeavors. It's an amazing opportunity, and one all of us with an abiding love for comics have the chance to take seriously. It's not required, but it's there.