For the past few days, my blogposts have referenced Brock's livejournal, while Brock has been referencing my blog, back and forth. It's like our blog and livejournal are dating. If you can't tell, we've been busy finishing Emily Edison--lots of little details in our effort to get people reading this book. If it's any indication, we're inching closer to making some official announcements. From Brock's livejournal, here's a panel from issue two.
"Yes, that's Emily's half-sister, Koo, taking a brick to the face.
It won't be so long before I post a panel from issue three."
I'm on the verge of a manifesto here. Recently, I've been thinking about how some writers will speak in terms of "buying" instead of "reading". (Yes, I do it too.) We undertake this huge artistic and personal endevour and then uncut our integrity, reducing ourselves to: buy my book! buy my book! buy my book! As if that were the only point. Obviously, in order to read the book, you'll have to buy it. (And if you steal it, you're not my friend anymore. Seriously. It's a jackass thing to do, particularly to small press/indie creators and publishers.) Let the good publisher and the good retailer worry about selling the book, that's what they do best. The creator's role in the economics of it is to help them by making the book GOOD, and making yourself available to promote it. If you are a writer, your primary desire should be communicated in terms of "readership" and not "consumers". The dilemma with most indie folk--the writer is the publisher and sometimes the retailer as well. Even still, do not confuse your roles. Getting a paycheck for what you love feels incredible, but having someone else enjoy what you wrote--that's why we wanted to publish in the first place, isn't it?
I want people to read Emily Edison, because Brock and I did something good. People will have fun reading our book. I laughed out loud when I first saw that panel of Koo getting hit in the head with the brick. Sure, a larger readership means more money, more money means more opportunities to create more books. I'm aware how it all works, but if the love of money displaces the love of our art, we've sold out. And in comics, that's really sad.