Learned in the Blogverse


8 Responses to “Learned in the Blogverse”

  1. James Schee Says:

    How long was GA’s first season? I saw in a flyer that it’ll be at Target tomorrow for $17, and have thought about trying it.

    Those cards are very cool! (Though no Vi, Tinay or Imra? Darn!)

    Many happy wishes to you and everyone on this corporate made holiday.:)

  2. Dave Carter Says:

    Season 1 of Grey’s Anatomy was 9 episodes.

  3. Ray Cornwall Says:

    I just pre-ordered GA. GREAT show. One of the few things both my wife and I watch.

    On Walt & Skeezix- if they sold 9000 books at $30 a pop, that is a success. That’s $270,000 worth of books. How much more demand is there for Gasoline Alley reprints? Do 9000 people actually read the current books?

  4. Johanna Says:

    Ray, oh, yes, I’d call the project successful. I was just picking at the term “enormous”. It’s all a matter of context, certainly, and expectations play a part, but anything under five-figure sales doesn’t seem huge to me.

    I don’t know what the current total circulation is of Gasoline Alley, and I don’t know where to look to find the list of papers that carries it, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the potential readership of the strip is in the hundreds of thousands.

  5. David Horenstein Says:

    I like Grey’s Anatomy. But, George makes me ill. Only on TV does George make a good boyfriend.

    R. Crumb was right.

  6. Johanna Says:

    About what? Only on TV are any of these characters people you want to spend time with. (shrug)

  7. Dirk Deppey Says:

    “Enormous is apparently a matter of scale.”

    9000 x $30 = $270,000

    Assuming that Drawn & Quarterly gets 35% after the distributor and retailers take their cut, that’s $94,500. Even if printing costs ate half of that, you’re still left with a decent chunk of change. Not bad at all.

  8. Johanna Says:

    I had a surprisingly hard time finding definite sales figures for bestsellers, but I did run across this estimate on Usenet: “First printings of novels by unknown authors can run as little as 25,000 copies, and not all of those may sell.” To talk about 9,000 copies in *two* printings is small-scale compared to the book market. It’s great for Drawn & Quarterly; it’s just not what I would consider “enormous”.




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