- Posted by Johanna on November 15, 2007 at 8:15 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Slush Pile Follies
Slave Labor Editor-in-Chief Jennifer de Guzman lists how to get stuck in the slush pile. After bemoaning
Twenty-something loser guys who have lame jobs and lamer love lives, unless there is something more to them. (Daddy issues don’t count.)
(a pet peeve many comic readers share), she goes on to point out
Don’t tell us about “issues.” We’re just not very interested in series right now. If you take a look at what we are currently publishing, there are only two creator-owned comics still being published as a series–Nightmares and Fairy Tales (which is ending at issue #23) and Rex Libris. The other series are Disney-licensed comics. You should think of projects in terms of graphic novels.
Yep, it’s the way the market’s moving. At least Slave Labor still takes submissions, when many don’t.
Print Magazines in Danger
Speaking of changing times for print, the NY Times ran an article on the challenges facing video game magazines. Says one reader:
I can find out on the Internet information that won’t be in magazines for another month. [Magazines are] always going to lose when it comes down to content. I can get everything online.
To compete, the article goes on to say, the magazines are emphasizing perspective and “better writing and reporting”, special features, and “striking visuals”. However, a freelancer says that readers, trained by the internet, no longer have the attention span for longer pieces. And “game players are also suspicious of publications’ ties to the game publishers they write about”. So who cares about Wizard any more anyway?
Mark Waid’s Secrets?
In this “I read the internet” Newsarama blog piece on the failure of CrossGen (link no longer available), commenter Dan Coyle sums up Mark Waid’s work:
I read some of Ruse but was unimpressed as Waid didn’t really write a detective book but yet another title about how Men Keeping Secrets= Okay, Women Keeping Secrets= Disaster, a common ailment of his work that he only recently shook off.
Fair analysis? My first thought is of Waid’s Flash around issue #100, where Wally West knows he’s fated to join with the Speed Force and keeps that secret from his wife. I don’t recall it ending okay, though. He was only brought back from death-in-all-but-name by the power of Twu Wuv. And what disasters is Coyle thinking of?
Card Game for Girls
While we’re talking about different rules for women, the NY Times also covers Bella Sara, a collectible card game aimed at girls featuring horses.
Don’t underestimate this market, especially with the publisher’s strategy to make them available where professional women with daughters shop. I wrote an article about it over a year ago, and it’s still getting hits as users search for more information. There’s a thirst out there that I hope won’t be ignored by boy-targeted markets.