I just tweeted this and yeah, I wanted to share it on here too.
Having just bought a new batch of comics, I’ve realised that if I were to make a profit on them, I’d have to sell them for £3.80 each.
At Thought Bubble two years ago, I sold Elemental Micah for £3 each. At MCM, I sold them for £2.50 each.
So if you go to a comic con and try to haggle a cheaper price for a creator made comic or throw it on the floor because you don’t like it…
… Just remember that I’m not doing it for the money, I’m doing it because I love the story and I want you to read it. That is all.
You know, one of the questions that annoys me so much at cons is when someone picks up your comic, asks how much it is, and then says, “Why is it so expensive?” Especially when the price is actually comparable to what you’d pay for a comic from any of the major publishers. Some people seem to think that small press/indie comics should be cheaper, when it actually costs us a heck of a lot more, per copy, to print books.
Thankfully this is kinda’ rare…and as we’ve switched to publishing more trades than single issues I’ve been hearing it even less. But…yeah…I just paid for a print run of fresh single issues…and the amount we’d have to charge to actually make a decent amount of money back on them is shocking. We’ll barely be covering the print costs on the book, and that doesn’t figure in any of the other costs involved in, you know, actually getting a table at a show…