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January 3, 2014

100 Comics Positives For 2013: Copra


I don't know all of the numbers, and I haven't been able to track down all of the issues, but my sense is that Michel Fiffe had a genuine self-published hit with his super-team adventure Copra in 2013 in that it looks like demand outstripped the bulk of his ability to get the book into folks' hands and what we know about the margins of self-publishing indicate that he will profit more per book than someone with a formal publishing partner. I thought the self-directed aspects of Copra actually improved the aesthetic experience -- when someone is essentially tilting at windmills by publishing themselves, it changes the context by which we understand the homage aspects of what they're doing; it feels less opportunistic. These are fun, kinetic comics and perfect the way they are, not as a lesson for what corporate publishers should be doing. I hope he does them for as long as he can find an audience.
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