So this week was a bit controversial on Spy6teen. Not real controversy, of course– but there was a fair amount of discussion about the technical merits of page 12. Honestly, I can’t thank you guys enough for the feedback. It’s great to know that you’re willing to chime in with your opinions (be it pro or con.)

Thanks very much to Ron Foriter for kicking the whole thing off with his comment/critique. Honestly, Ron, given your years of experience in the industry, we hold your opinion with great esteem. Also, a big thanks to Brant Fowler, who didn’t sleep on the first version of the page: He revised/improved it within a day. It’s possible that a lot of you didn’t even see v.1 thanks to Brant’s speedy revision!

I’ll readily admit that v.1 was incorrect from a technical standpoint– v.2 I see as a matter of opinion. For the time being, page 12 as it stands is the “official” page, although I’ll reserve the right to possibly revise it for the eventual collected edition.
That’s one cool thing about webcomics: They aren’t static and can always be considered a work in progress. You can always revise and adjust based off feedback…I really can’t think of any other artistic medium where that’s possible.

Seriously, we live and die by feedback– I can’t thank you guys enough for the comments.

Ok– moving on!

Earlier this week, Jason Brubaker over at reMind (which I think I’ve mentioned here,) opened up a board called “Making Graphic Novels“:

I’ve been a big fan of Jason’s “work in progress” GN since seeing it back on Warren Ellis’ Whitechapel board, so it’s kind of nice to see things come full circle (for me at least.)
Making Graphic Novels is aptly titled, as it’s a board devoted to the craft of…well, making them. As a board, its still in the early stages of finding its members, which makes it a great time to join up– If you’ve been around our comment section, there are even a few friendly faces already there!
It’s also great to have an alternate to Digital Webbing and PencilJack (probably the two leading “making comics” boards.) While I’m a fan of both, it’s refreshing to see a new forum with an optimistic tone.

And obviously, Jason’s comic is fantastic. Well worth your time! I highly recommend subscribing or bookmarking it.

So, after you’ve signed up and posted 4000 times on MakingGraphicNovels, you’re finished with your OGN! What next?

Well, one thing you could look into is our friends over at Killing the Grizzly, who have started up a full service GN Lit Agency.

It’s an interesting take, and one that I need to dig a little deeper into. They’re basically offering full representation plus packaging, plus distribution. And, being the nice guys that they are, even if they pass on your project, they’ve put together a crowdsourcing effort to help you fund your project.

They’re also in the early stages, but have already partnered up with Robot Comics for digital distribution. Definitely something well worth checking out if you’re thinking about moving into this area. They’re also the guys putting together the massive 900-page “Armageddonquest”– A 900 page indie, ten years in the making. Crazy.

The KtG guys are really great too– super nice guys. If you decide to get in touch with them, tell ‘em I sent ya!

Finally, an interesting thought from Warren Ellis (careful saying his name twice in the same post…say it three times and he appears!) on a digital comic schedule that might work for indie creators. Let’s not forget that Warren basically reinvented the $1.99/16 page comic with Fell.

When creators who matter to me start really thinking about the in-app or cliented digital comics form of Comixology or graphic.ly, and start doing, say, 10 or 12 page comics (with whatever notational stuff shoved in the back that they feel like adding) and releasing them for 99 US cents every two weeks or so, I’m going to get interested really fast. And so will you. Particularly when these services perfect series-specific subscriptions that sideload the books automagically into your client locker or push an alert to your device.

That could even loosen up to, say, buying a subscription to a graphic novel, and having the discrete chapters pushing to you as they’re completed, on an entirely irregular schedule that builds up to something of not fewer pages than you signed on for, within an acceptable plus-or-minus of a previously announced timeframe.

Warren has always been extremely forward thinking in terms of comics and distribution– it’d be wise to ponder what he’s talking about here.

That’s it until next week! Back monday with a brand new page!