- Posted by Johanna on June 14, 2007 at 10:04 pm
- Category: Comic News
When I first read this press release, I thought it might be a gag. You’ll see why.
Terminal Press Collector Series books provide value in the age of Internet Piracy and Print-on-Demand
Independent Publisher Terminal Press will be debuting “Silent Assassin: 506″ & “I Hate Zombies” at the Wizard World Philadelphia Convention this Friday, June 15th.
Both books along with the previously released “Spraycan Monsters” are part of Terminal Press’s Collector Series, limiting each printing to only 100 copies. “These are high quality books, which our creative teams put just as much work into as our larger print run books. The only difference being, there will only be a small amount of each product released to the public” says company president Brian Ferrara. “The reality is, from music to movies to comics, you can pretty much get anything you want for free over the internet. When I was growing up, collecting comics and attaining something rare or of value was just as fun as reading them for me. When any book can be scanned and posted online or infinitely reprinted, there is nothing special about owning a copy of your own. We wanted each of these books to truly be special to both the creators and the fans.”
… These books will only be available from Terminal Press at the Wizard World Philadelphia Con, the San Diego Con, and through terminalpress.com.
Many books increase in value because they’re scarce, but first, there has to be demand for them. Otherwise, I have the world’s most valuable comic — there’s only one copy of the strips KC drew for me at the last convention we attended. But no one else knows or cares about them, so my owning the single copy means nothing to anyone but me. (I treasure them, though.)
The same thing’s true here. In fact, by trumpeting “only 100 copies”, the publisher is encouraging people to put it online or bootleg it… assuming anyone wants to read it in the first place. Trumpeting “few copies available” before you’ve demonstrated marketplace success is putting the cart before the horse. No price quoted, either, which I always find suspicious.