Marvel and DC have 'em.
They have your audience, if you are a comic book creator.
Just so you know that.
What? You've sold some comics at some conventions? Great!
But most people's money is tied up in buying Marvel and DC. It's just the way it is.
So why go head to head with them? "Because those are the comics I read, and I want people like me to read my comics."
Understandable. But with the price of comics going up and up and up . . . we creators have to be thinking of ways to get around the fact that DC and Marvel are snapping up those dollars. We've got to be all "kung fu" about things, and use the giant's strength against itself.
By innovating. Not copying.
By looking for different audiences. People who don't buy comics, but might buy yours.
By giving content away.
I think, unfortunately, too many of us are stuck trying to be the people we looked up to in 1986 . . . or 1996 . . . or, for some, 1976 and 1966.
But back then, we were the audience. Now, we're aspiring creators. We simply cannot try to emulate the past. Not now.
We have to look forward. Bring our product to the audience. If we were Marvel or DC, we could expect the audience to find us. But, hate to break it to you, we aren't.
The time has come. If you are a creator, you have to stop thinking about what it was like back in the day when you were the audience, and start thinking about tomorrow and where you're going to FIND your audience. And then grab 'em! Give 'em awesome content that they've never seen before! Hook 'em! And then make 'em glad they came, and look forward to coming back.
Easy? Heck no! But it's what I'm trying to do.
We'll see if I manage to succeed somehow.