- Posted by Johanna on June 2, 2007 at 3:41 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Todd Allen’s debuted a new column on the business side of comics publishing at Comic Book Resources. First up, he talks about how much comics underpays. He’s so right. When I went to work at DC a little over ten years ago, I lost 1/3 of my salary.
I’d been working as a software developer focused on user interfaces, but I took their webmaster job for the experience. The pay cut was manageable for me for a short time because I was single, had a roommate to share expenses, and lived in New Jersey instead of New York City. For many people, it’s not … and that’s one of the bigger companies. Also, bear in mind that your raises (or your starting salary at a new company when you leave) are usually based on what you’ve been earning, so settling for a lower amount keeps you on a low ladder. (Thankfully, I got back into technology afterwards and made up the difference.)
Todd goes on to talk about the differences in online comic pricing and alternatives to the direct market distribution channel. With so much in this first column, it’ll be interesting to see what he covers next.
Thanks very much to John Jakala for reminding me of where to get books online at a discount! I’ve given up on getting a lot of manga through my local retailer. It’s not a product area he’s interested in, and although he’ll order whatever I ask for, Diamond isn’t always good about delivering onesy-twosy orders.
I suspect, in response to this, some will try to imply that I’m single-handedly driving comic stores out of business by shopping based on price. The thing is, I’m also shopping based on selection — my local stores don’t stock manga for browsing — and service — what beats clicking a few buttons to get exactly what I want?