When you have a corporation owning characters theres noway they would ever just let things end.
frist: tar and feather Dan Didio, Joe Quesada, Rob Liefeild, Greg Land, Axel Alonso, Matt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis, Loeb and Jim Lee
second: Problem solved
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Corporate owned things can only end while still making money if they start up again pronto.
Nolan's Batman ends, reboot planned. Batman cartoon ends, new series coming soon. Young Justice cancelled, Teen Titans returns.
Doesn't work well in an expanded universe.
I would like to say for the record that this is the FIRST TIME I've withheld dong when someone was so desperately asking for some.
Brian C Wood
Part of the reason events sell as well as they do is you buy them and then they end, no need to buy more.
On the other hand when comics were selling at their best there was absolutely no end in sight for almost any of them. Self contained 1 issue stories, if there is enough meat to them, would sell to the causal reader who would be more willing to buy a comic every couple of months instead of committing each month.
Events sell because of the gimmicky nature of it. They basically sucker in people who want to see the next gimmick to so and so superhero character. This basically make a vicious cycle of baiting in mindless fans, while becoming more and more inaccessible to non-readers.
I said this before, but I went over to a new Barnes and Noble in the mall, and the manga section was three times as large as the comics/gn section, and it was crowded with girls. The diversity here is basically why Japan is taking the cake at bringing new people and appealing to broader bases.
Not only that, but these fans who have dominated the buying base want to read the same thing over and over again. So that's what they get. Any attempts at diversity (look at how the sales are for Demon Knights and I, Vampire) will blow up in the publishers' face. The superhero genre hasn't been able to shift paradigms at all, despite attempts to do so in some books.
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There is also the issue of advertising. It is easy to advertise an event. How do you advertise single issue stories? What you have to do is advertise the book instead of the individual issues.
There's also a difference bewteen Japanese business culture and American business culture. In Japan they tend to more concerned with long term gain compared to America, where everything is about the short term gain. The constant events are a symptom of that.
I think DC advertised the New 52 pretty well. I had stopped reading comics before I knew about the relaunch, and I found the advertisement in an airport in Singapore. Not where I expected that at all.
Part of the problem is the limited distribution in the direct market. It just grossly limits availability so the mass advertising goes in vain. I guess digital is the alternative for now, and that's going to take some time to grow. Even then, there needs to be a print alternative.
Barnes and Noble sales a handful of comics in the magazine rack. Anyone know if this is helping sell comics?
all these people complain about these big events, but because of them, we now have Marvel Now!... a lot of good titles, with even more promising ones ahead. plus its main goal is to make it a more cohesive universe.
Marvel has been going in that direction for about 8-10 years now, "big events" shaping what Marvel titles would be about.
So I don't know what people have been reading if they don't like these events.. Most of the main titles are affected.
But were individual issues advertised? And is that advertisement anywhere near the same level? Have you seen advertisements for 'this issue Superman fights Braniac'?
I know people on the Batman forum hate me for saying these kind of things, but part of me actually wants to watch the industry just go down. I'm kind of tired of favorite books getting cancelled while crap spikes up the sales charts because they tie in to the latest, stupidest gimmick.
This is an old article, but Steven Grant nails it on the head. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?p...ticle&id=23675
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There will always be a market for what they are selling currently, but if they want long term viability they need to start slowly integrating self contained, creator owned work into their ranks. Things that have nothing to do with their shared universes. They need to have an Image or Dark Horse style publishing arm working along side their current one.
I would actually like to see larger publishers of more than comics, such as Random House or Penguin Group, take on a comic publishing arm, maybe acquire one of the smaller publishers like IDW or Avatar Press when (not if) the comic industry collapses.
Writers before artists.
Artists before concepts.
Concepts before characters.