Quote of the Day: Is Comics Financially Sustainable?

From the lengthy TCJ.com piece on why the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival is no more, as said by Bill Kartalopoulos:

“There’s a bigger infrastructural point here which is that a big part of the indie comics economy at this point seems to rest on the shoulders of people who work very hard for very little reward to create these festivals…. No one is making money personally doing these things, and you can’t have an industry that depends on volunteer labor forever…. This whole industry is not financially sound. If it weren’t for people working against their financial interests we wouldn’t have an indie comics world.”

That’s why comics is in many ways a young person’s game — most of the older folks have wised up and gotten out in order to support themselves. Which is why you see the same problems and scams over and over again. There’s a loss of institutional memory. The problem is, what do you do about it? Where does real money come from?

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2 Responses to “Quote of the Day: Is Comics Financially Sustainable?”

  1. Anthony Says:

    Wonder if it’d be easier (or at least somewhat-better odds) to make money with all-digital comic books, or online comic *strips* (“webcomics”), and make paper versions a specialty-order item (“order here for your hardcover/paperback comic!”)?

  2. Johanna Says:

    Certainly a lot of people are working that model, apparently successfully.

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