- Posted by Johanna on April 25, 2007 at 7:05 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
In an APE writeup, Slave Labor’s (sorry, SLG’s) Jennifer ponders what she calls the decline of the minicomic.
While there were a few people self-publishing their comics, there were fewer of them than in the past, and there seemed to be an even marked decrease in the charming photocopied, hand-stapled mini-comic. Last year, I either bought or was generously given several mini-comics or self-published comics (you can read about that here). This year — I bought two (one by Johnny Siu and another called “Fremont Girl”) and was given none. (Boohoo!) The assumption is that the do-it-yourselfers have moved to the web.
I bring this up because, having just completed judging the only national minicomic award, there was chatter among the judges about the same topic. Some expected more submissions.
Is there still a reason to make minicomics? The web reaches a lot more people with a lot less effort and cost. Not a lot of people sample minicomics, especially when they are priced at $2 and $3 (which starts competing with “real” printed comics). Is the minicomic going the way of the APA?
I was trying to do more focus on minis here with Minicomic Mondays writeups, but they didn’t get much response (understandable, since most readers won’t have seen the covered material) and I got out of the habit.
If any readers make minicomics, I’d love to know their motivations and what helped them make that choice. Others, do you buy minicomics? Do you want to read about minicomics?