COMIC BOOKS GET CANCELLED FROM LOW SUPPORT
Some tips to keep your favorites in publication
if the cancellation is not due to corporate or cultural politics.
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What to do as a consumer and fan:
Here are some things you can do for ALL books you enjoy:
- Tell the creators what a great job their doing and why the work is important to you.
- Tell the publisher that you want more of the series.
- Ask local comic shops to order the book for you (subscribe/pre-order) because those pre-order numbers matter a great deal in our current comics direct market (still). To an extent, the pre-ordering of novels and other non-comic books matters as well. The creators’ future contracts might be negotiated before the first book is even given a chance. Kim Hooper, a more experienced than I am, has a good concise explanation of this part.
- Give reviews on places like Comixology, Amazon, or your favorite nerdy blogs like Women Write About Comics. In case you didn’t realize it, GoodReads also lists comics once in tpb. NOTE: when it comes to GoodReads, although they are now owned by Amazon, the reviews are not automatically carried over to Amazon. You have to copy/paste them.
- Talk it up on social media. You don’t have to “@” the creators at this point unless you are praising them; it’s a dick move to “@” people when saying you think something is terrible, but let the publisher know why you think so if it’s not the sort of thing you can let go.
- Tell the publishers and retailers that you want the books in trade (tpb) so they are encouraged to make them and order them. If it’s digital, same thing – let the publisher know you hope to see a collection including any issues that weren’t released in print.
- Finally, if you do have a legitimate criticism (lack of diversity, accidental offensive messages, phobic text/imagery, etc.) be courteous and professional when pointing it out; then, if it’s possible, offer up something positive about the work. Example: “I love this book’s art, but there was some triggery dialog that could’ve been handled better or avoided since it’s not necessary for the plot. Since I get so much pleasure out of this book, I would love to see that improve and become more accessible.“