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The Five Major (and one minor) Business Trend in Comics

Added on by Gamal Hennessy.

By Gamal Hennessy

Last year saw significant changes in the comics market. While the general public focused on transmedia events like Batman v. Superman, Civil War and X-men Apocalypse, the underlying business has shifted financially and creatively.Milton Griepp of ICV2 listed these five events as the most important for comics in the last year:

  1. North American Sales Surpassed One Billion Dollars

  2. DC Takes the Top Market Share with the Launch of Rebirth

  3. Hastings Declares Bankruptcy

  4. March Wins a National Book Award

  5. Lion Forge Pushes Its Way Into the Middle Tier

In addition to all these moves, I’ve noticed a growing trend in my small corner of the comics industry. More and more artists are taking the proactive step to lock in collaboration agreements for their independent comics. As more creative teams are turning to crowdfunding and publishing books on their own, they are also making sure to define all the rights and responsibilities in writing before the book is released (See: All for One and One for All: Collaboration Agreements in Comics). This is the best way to go, since an undefined deal is a recipe for disaster and it’s much harder to hammer out a deal after a book is released and tensions are high.

What comic industry trends have you seen in 2016? What are you expecting in 2017? Share your thoughts in the comments and let us know before you go back to your masterpiece.

Have fun.

Gamal

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Are There Too Many #1 Issues in Comics?

Added on by Gamal Hennessy.

by Gamal Hennessy

Modern comics from the major publishers often revolve around reboots, relaunches and other universe wide "events". Fans have mixed emotions about this phenomenon from a story perspective, but it also impact the numbering and designation of books outside the story.

Benjamin Bailey of Nerdist.com recently wrote a post looking at the impact of comic numbering in comics. As a professional comics creator, it pays for you to consider how your potential fans are introduced to and follow your work. There might be things you can learn or avoid by watching the decisions of the big two

Read: Reboot or Relaunch: Does the Numbering of Comic Books Matter Anymore?

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Gamal Hennessy, Esq.