Wrapping Up Speakeasy and the New York Con

The New York Comic-Con has posted refund information.

Buzzscope has a Speakeasy retrospective article (link no longer available). Guy LeCharles Gonzalez checks in with many of the creators left in the lurch and points out why this indicates a bigger problem for the industry:

every time a CrossGen, Dreamwave or Speakeasy comes along with a bold plan that fails, it makes it that much harder for the publishers who are left behind as retailers justifiably become less and less willing to take chances on non-returnable inventory.

4 Responses to “Wrapping Up Speakeasy and the New York Con”

  1. James Schee Says:

    While it is a statement I agree a lot with. It also just shows how weird the comic business is at times too.

    What is the success rate of most small businesses in the outside world? 40%? Yet every time one of the comic companies go under, it seems to come out as this big disaster.

  2. chris Says:

    I believe James’s 40% success-rate figure is correct.

    I’d like to see interviews with small publishers that are succeeding. Oni Press, for instance. Incremental steps seem to be the correct pace to follow.

  3. Johanna Says:

    I linked to Publishers Weekly’s coverage of Boom Studios a while back as an example of a small publisher doing well. Failure stories are sexier, though. What’s the hook on “company grows slowly and smartly”? There’s nothing there to catch the eye, unfortunately.

  4. chris Says:

    Thanks… (looks for link)… did you mean this?: “A Tough Year for Comics Start-Ups” http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6298175.html

    Yes, those stories are as boring & unpopular as those about people who become millionaires via saving, compound interest, and time. It’s not just failure, but instant success that gets attention.




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