We all start somewhere. Here artist Wes Craig talks about working on his first pro gig on DC’s book “Touch”.

Image Comics has a long standing tradition of having sought after books. Lately it seems like there have been a number of books that are very sought after and hard to find. Books like Morning Glories, Butcher Baker, Nonplayer and Skullkickers all had stellar debuts that sold out very quickly. Over at Comic Book Resources they were talking to publisher Eric Stephenson about this phenomenon and he describes exactly what leads to the books selling out and becoming hard to find.


You know, it’s pretty simple: Our overprints are fairly conservative. It costs a lot of money to print comics and it costs a lot of money to store comics, and nobody wants to get stuck with a lot of inventory. Once upon a time, that was standard practice, but these days, it just doesn’t make sense to do that. We print what we think will get shops to the next issue. Sometimes those books sell out, sometimes they don’t. When they do sell out — that’s because we underestimated the demand for a certain title and the inventory blew out very, very quickly. If something sells out over the course of a few weeks — you don’t hear about it. And that happens. We sell out of things like “The Walking Dead” or “Morning Glories” or “Chew” and there’s no real fanfare over that. We could announce that “The Walking Dead” sells out every issue, but we don’t.
 
Every print run for every book is different, based off the orders we receive from retailers. That’s the best indication we have of what demand is and if we fall short of that, then the book sells out. Retailers base their orders off things like pull requests and inquiries from customers. If there isn’t a lot of buzz about something in advance, they don’t have much to go on other than their gut, and sometimes that buzz doesn’t happen until a book is actually on the stands.
 
Announcing sell outs and putting new covers on second printings — those things give books a second bite at the apple in terms of publicity and raising awareness of something that maybe didn’t get enough attention the first time around. In a perfect world, we’d get that attention right out of the gate, because honestly, doing second printings creates a gap in sales. There’s several weeks that the book is not available, and seriously, I’d rather we were selling copies of the first printing than biding our time waiting for the second printing to hit.

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Every creator in comics has a different story of how they broke into comics. And they are all great stories to listen to. Here writer/artist Wes Craig talks about how he did it.

Epic comics was a precursor to many things we take for granted these days. Like creator owned comics being published by large companies. Over at Jim Shooter’s blog he recounts the origins of the imprint while he was Editor in Chief. Here’s an excerpt:

Straight from Mike’s office I went to Archie Goodwin’s office. I said, “Hey, Arch, I have a great idea. EPIC Comics! Regular monthly series but creator owned!”
 
He blew his top at me. Now, Archie, to my knowledge, never actually yelled at anyone, but he could get this edge, this tension in his slightly-raised voice that told you you’d better back off because he was five-foot-three, one hundred and forty pounds of razor-edged twisted steel.
 
The gist of what he growled was: Are you out of your mind? I don’t have time for this! We (Mary Jo Duffy and he) are overworked as is! “Get rzzlefrzzlegrrr out of my honketyhoot room or frgglk die.” Something like that.
 
I backed off.
 
Now what?
 
So, later I went to Al Milgrom and asked him if he’s like to edit EPIC Comics. He was pleased as purple punch.
 
The next day, I’m sitting at my EIC desk dealing with one of the disasters du jour as usual. Archie came storming in, again, in full Archie-style fury.
 
The gist of what he growled was: Are you out of your mind? How the rzzlefrzzlegrrr DARE you give EPIC Comics to Milgrom?! EPIC is MY department! EPIC Comics are MINE! (Insert inarticulately snarled death threats and rude implications about my ancestry here.)
 
By the time he left my office, Archie had EPIC Comics back and the budget to hire a second assistant. And I had my life.
 
Milgrom was loathe to give up EPIC Comics peacefully. Especially since one of the first ones, Dreadstar, was going to be authored by his long-time buddy, Jim Starlin. But he cooperated, sort of. You’ll notice that Milgrom shares editorial credit on the first issue of Dreadstar.

The whole post is well worth the read.
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source Jim Shooter’s Blog

The filmmakers behind Diagram for Delinquents have released a little scene from the upcoming film. In it comics collector Stephen O’Day opens up his collection to show off some of the comics Dr Fredric Wertham specifically called out in his infamous “Seduction of the Innocent”. I for one cannot wait for the feature documentary to be released.

You can keep up with the goings on of the film at filmmaker Robert Emmons’ blog.