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THIS is where the money's at - Comics & Graphic Novels

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by funkybunker, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. funkybunker

    funkybunker Supreme Member

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    Having worked with great brands in the comic/publishing department, I get insight to the re-growth of Comics (with Graphic Novels coming in a close 2'nd).
    And we're not just talking about Digital sales - these are PHYSICAL sales too! Before you ask if I'm shamelessly promoting my studio (I'll leave that to you) let's see the statistics

    In January this year alone, our client (DC) earned $708,728 from just 1 issue at the cost of $7.99 a pop

    This means the Printed Comic Total Profits of 2013 was above $700,000,000+ With digital sales adding an additional $70mil to the list. With the average price of Manga being $9.50...you're looking at 80,600,000 people buying it up.

    So if you're embarking on a journey to Kindle success, or maybe you want to go paperback - it may be time to release that Comicbook you've been sitting on.

    EXTRA CASH: With software like RenPy available, anybody can create Visual Novels (a good example is Amnesia Visual Novel) where readers click the screen to interact with the story. This is highly popular in Adult-Games.

    If you're not a good storywriter, don't do this. If you don't know a great illustrator, don't do this. I won't say it's the easiest market to bank on - but if you can invest in App development then placing your hands in the Comic basket will be much easier. It really comes down to having crazy ideas & putting them into stories.

    See you on the greener side
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    yensidtlaw Power Member

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    I don't doubt it at all! All the stuff that society used to view as "geeky" or "nerdy" is becoming the new cool thing! The Big Bang Theory (TV show) helped a lot with that.

    Thanks for the tip.

    P.S. Your sig says you've done work for Disney? Me too. (Not as an Animator though).
     
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    Ive always created great stories in my mind since I was kid and played with toys.
    I didnt follow a path as a movie maker or writer, but I am really sure I have a great story in mind.
    Do you manage to also help on the process of trademarks for this?

    There are lack of hackers comic books, I will think more about it and let you know.
    This is an exciting journey and as you said: "but if you can invest in App development then placing your hands in the Comic basket will be much easier" this really turned me on on this niche.
     
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    Hmmm...Making a six figure income off of this sounds like a dream.
     
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    Anime was huge back in 2000-2005 when I watched Toonami as a child, and it's certainly not there again....yet. But growth has definitely occurred over the last 2-3 years so why not bank on it?
    It's funny because a relative of mine worked on Disney's golf course design back in the 90's..who would have thought I'd be a part someday too.

    We'd love to see competition grow in this market on BHW, imagine what we could create. Our world is very new to the general public & we're already looking into a fun crowdsourced Blackhat project in the near future.

    The mistake I see in Apps lately is copycatting on a huge scale - crap like that can turn a profitable business model into a desert where customers are tired of rehashed garbage. In graphic novels, there's NO getting around a great story & engaging artwork. Anybody can jack art from Google search but good luck selling it.

    I'm not directly involved with trademarking.
     
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    Agreed.

    And which golf course was it? I still have tons a friends who work down in Orlando and over on the West Coast too.
     
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    funkybunker Supreme Member

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    I don't remember, and I've personally been away from Florida for over 12 years. Great thing we have internet - up in the mountains over here lol.
     
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    Ha ha. Where abouts are you now?
     
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    I guess that comics are probably one of few niches in printed media that will survive - as most people are moving to digital for everything, but comics have a cult following and I think that's probably why they are still very popular?
     
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    i am also a big fan of savita bhabhi , if you know how to promote a comic then you will have some good money.

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    Excellent,i was thinking of investing and starting a comic manga book but how much investment i need to start?
     
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    What business are you in - to work with the great Disney?
    ComiCons have been booming in the U.S for years and only growing larger. The beauty is you can delve into Comics or Gaming and get a huge piece of the pie (just be sure the content pleases consumers tastes) One of our comics is getting prepared for next months comicon (overseas) and it's just amazing how dedicated the fans are. Some of our partners have combined comics & apps together!
    We've learned the overall comic/manga/anime audience had declined in total numbers BUT increased in customer loyalty (buyers are more involved in the story & art) and this is why quality content matters so much, you can't just break into the industry with an E-book you outsourced for $40. There's more of a teen-mature audience reading these, while kids have remained stable (look at Pokemon)
    A rough estimate is $50 per page (B&W) where color's going to run you $70 a page. This is NOTHING considering the standard freelancer worth their ink costs $100 per hour.