I opened up my email yesterday and received this unsolicited gem:
Did you know that, with a 1% cover price share and assuming the books are equal in cost, a Zuda book would have to sell 10,000 copies to make the creator what I would selling 100 copies of Templar? And that’s assuming there are no penalties in the payout for deep discount/damaged/give-away books, and the payout isn’t be split in half between a writer and an artist or something.
Jeez, man. JEEZ.
Ah, Spike, it’s clear-headed, straight-to-the-point logic like this that makes me want to high-five you across a convention table ’till bystanders think we’re the coolest people in the universe (upon re-reading this sentence, I realize that the casual internet reader may be determined to find some innuendo there — get your minds out of the gutter, people). The other reason is the gag referenced up top — click the link to see more, then click the next strip if you think you can handle Reagan in all her glory.
Just to be clear, I checked with Spike that she was okay with me sharing her quick microeconomic analysis with all of you. She replied in the affirmative and added:
I can move 100-plus copies of TAZ at a good con (MoCCA, SPX, SDCC).
So there you have it — the raw worth of the Zudadeal in real terms, from somebody who’s doing webcomics every day.
Speaking of self-publishing, got a bit of delayed gratification on deck for you, courtesy of Steve Troop:
In June 1996, the first issue of a four-part limited series, introduced the world to Mayberry Melonpool and the crew of the spaceship, The Steel Duck.
In July 1996, the comic book market crashed, cancelling hundreds of titlesâ€”including the remaining three issues of The Melonpool Chronicles. Though finished, they sat on a shelf gathering dust…
You can fill in the blanks: Troop launched Melonpool online, and twelve years on the trade paperback is finally being released. Copies go up on the ComixPress site next month, but Steve tells me he has like ten copies that can be shipped in time Christmas to most areas if you order now. Email Troop at melonpool2000, which is an address belonging to the .com that paid the yodeller to go Ya-HOOOO-oooo! in their commercials. Seriously, you’ve waited twelve years, it’s just not reasonable to wait any longer — especially considering that Troop’s got talent on the book the likes of Linda “Castle Waiting” Medley and Doug “Too much cool stuff to list” TenNapel.