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The Pulp Faction • View topic - How I learned to stop worrying and love the comic shop cut..

How I learned to stop worrying and love the comic shop cut..

Working for yourself or for a publisher, chat about the business side here.

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Postby azahru on Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:17 am

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Postby Darren Close on Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:09 am

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Postby jpaulos on Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:06 am

I don't believe anybody enters the comics field as a 'businessman', despite what they tell you. A 'businessman/persons' (hi Liz) primary concern is making money, so given the choice any REAL businessman worth his salt would choose opening a fruit shop instead of publishing. That said however, yes, be smart but DON'T lose sight of why you're really doing this ... be yourself, don't try to be something that you're not, or you've failed before you've even started.
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Postby bluetoaster on Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:17 pm

Im more in JPaulos' camp on this one.

The work (and it's continued production) has to come first.
Too much emphasis on the secondary/tertiary vehicles to your product is what keeps people procrastinating and not 'producing'. (Many a topic on these boards has everything to do with 'anyything' besides doing the comicbook.) You keep these 'business' questions in mind - sure- but you don't let them put the book's production on hold.

To me, being a businessman (or 'business-person' for those of you who are politically correct) - simply amounts to being 'sensible'. Sensible about how much you spend on printing - vs - distribution - vs - materials, etc, etc. It's just planning. The bulk of time and effort (the biggest bulk) - should be pen-to-paper.

Bottom line is, the only thing that should worry you about making comics - is NOT having anything to sell.
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