January 8, 2018
Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding
By Tom Spurgeon
* this kickstarter
has been very aggressive since its inception about getting this column to cover it, hard for us to do in a December dominated by charitable activity. Looks like they didn't need our help! Congratulations to them.
* don't know if it's the new year, but Kickstarter right now seems particularly stuffed with projects of personal ambition featuring artists with whom I'm not as familiar as I probably should be. If your thing is helping newer artists find their feet with public support, it might be a very good time to go shopping
* let me repeat the conventional wisdom of the entire last month. If you're a comics-shop shopper, nearly all of the Direct Market stores to whom I've spoken since mid-Fall had a brutal time of it in the second half of the year. A lot of this is general malaise, and a lot of it is that comics are largely a delivery system for a certain kind of mainstream or indie-genre comic that paired together underperformed in 2017. A continued careen or collapse would have a terrible overall effect so if there are nice things within your power to do for your store -- clean out your "drawer"/"shelf" or spend the extra $3 to buy a ship-to book at the store -- this might be a nice time to do it.
* finally: one thing that doesn't seem to work so that I ever see it is crowd-funding aimed at comic shops
. I think spaces are important, and the number of readers who drop out entirely when their specific store goes away indicates they're crucial, but efforts on their behalf rarely break through.
posted 1:25 am PST
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