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Question about comic books.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:21 am
by roda havet
I wondering how well does comic books do on the market today? I like reading some of them and with the way my novel is turning out I wondered if it might be better to make it into a comic instead. I know that I'll need an artist to help with the drawings and all but it might be worth it if the market is good. Any advice would help. Thanks in advance. :D

Re: Question about comic books.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:31 am
by James A. Ritchie
The comic book market is great, but it's also horrible. All markets are this way. If you're wanting to make and self-publish a comic, it's a tough, tough road, if you want to make money. It's even tougher if you want a comic publisher to turn your novel into a comic. As a rule, only "bestselling" novels need apply.

Re: Question about comic books.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:35 am
by pls
I wonder if roda is referring to graphic novels, which are a different market entirely from comic books?

Re: Question about comic books.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:39 am
by roda havet
Okay, thank you. It's just the way it is turning out it seems like it may be better suited for a comic than a novel. I was thinking maybe a two volume comic. I got the idea from a comic book that I'm reading right now and really enjoying it. It's called "Day Men" and it is split into two volumes and it is a great read. But my novel is nothing like the comic although it could still be put into one I guess. :)

Re: Question about comic books.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:42 am
by roda havet
From what I understand the book I'm reading now is a comic book or maybe I misunderstood the comic store clerk. But it is a great book to read and I think my novel might be better in this form.

Re: Question about comic books.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:04 am
by roda havet
I looked and it is a comic that I'm reading.

Re: Question about comic books.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:34 am
by DrG2
I think it's probably harder to break in as a comic book scriptwriter than it is as a novelist.

There is an opportunity to start online. Howard Tayler, who is one of the "Writing Excuses" podcasters, has his comic serial online. He also knows how to write, based on his comments on that podcast.

Neil Gaiman was first known for the Sandman graphic novels before becoming a novelist. I don't know how he got his graphic novel gig. You could probably do a search.

Re: Question about comic books.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:49 am
by onceuponwednesday
And if you want a good artist to draw your story then you'll either have to have a good publisher already on board or pay them a large amount of money up front.

It's a huge amount of work to draw a comic and no one's going to do it for free.

If it's skinny and comes out episodically then it's a comic. If it's thick and tackles a whole storyline then it's a graphic novel. If it's Japanese then it's manga.

Re: Question about comic books.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:35 pm
by mammamaia

Re: Question about comic books.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:43 am
by roda havet
Thank you everyone for all the advice. I'm going to keep working on it as if it's a novel to see how it may turn out and then go from there. I'll research everything and see which one will fit it best. Again thank you all for the help. :mrgreen: