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A lot of people have asked me about how they go about creating and selling their own comics. There are many different ways to do that, but most people I talk to want to see their books for sale in comic shops alongside mainstream superhero/big publisher titles.

I put together a pretty extensive blogpost outlining the financial realities of how mainstream comic distribution works and the profit margins involved for independent creators. If you want an eye-opening look at the business, please give it a read.
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burningflag Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have read through your whole blog and read some of the Skullkickers and am now purchasing the first Skullkickers tradepaperback. Also, I am going to use your advice and plan my stories according to your examples. All in all, thankx a huge lot for sharing. It helps.
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Zubby Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Thanks so much for the praise and support. I really appreciate it!
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marvelleftw Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Something needs to change. I will definitely look for another way to go about my creator owned stuff. Thanks for the honest insight!
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Midnitez-REMIX Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'll check it out. :D
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devonta-66 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
aw, thanks for putting this up i hope one day to make my own comics i got in the works right now. (i'm both the writer and the artist, vary much alone on this project.)
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ArminOzdic Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for writing this...I heard that you can even owe money to publisher(Image for example)if your comic dont sell well...Did you ever experienced that Jim or know someone who did??
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Zubby Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
As far as I know Image would not charge a creator if a book failed to make back its costs. They approved the pitch and decided to publish it, so they'd eat the difference. Even then, that's going to be very rare because retailer orders come in before books are printed. Comic publishers can gauge whether a book is going to meet its minimums before they go to press and can always cancel a book rather than print it and lose money. The only scenario where this could happen is if they overprint (to maintain extra stock after release) and it doesn't sell at all, or if the distributor makes an issue returnable due to content not matching orders (say, if a book was solicited as an all-ages book and shipped as an adult book for some insane reason).
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ArminOzdic Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool!Thanks for explaining...means a lot!
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Koenken Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very interesting read.
I am not surprised to learn independent comics don't make much for the creator/creative team through normal mainstream distribution.
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