Free Comic Book Day 2010!

Hey folks,
Tomorrow is that most beloved of nerd holidays known as Free Comic Book Day. That means I’ll be out and about signing books. I’m just hitting one shop tomorrow, as opposed to last year’s round robin. This year you’ll find me at the much beloved Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, CA.

I’ll be there with my Tumor/Alibi/Cyblade editor (and writer extraordinaire) Rob Levin, and Rahsan (Cleaners, Crazies, Creepy, Echoes) Ekedal. We should arrive around 11am and stick around till at least 3pm.

More info on their shop here: thecomicbug.com/

And, if you’re not in the area, but still want the free comics, go to comicshoplocator.com/ to find your nearest shop.

Hopefully, I should have word on the release of Tumor in the next few days, so keep your eyes on your inbox, or follow me on twitter at www.twitter.com/joshfialkov for more info.

See you on the flip side.

j.

www.thefialkov.com

Today in Twitter

  • One must question a legal system wherein the ones who judge your fate have no knowledge of law and don't even want to be there. #
  • The LA County courtsystem does not think you are capable of filling out a form but assumes you can understand law. Democracy at work! #
  • My jury duty bitching is quieted by the sign claiming @alyankovic served in this very room. Justice was truly awesome that day. #
  • EMPTY CHAMBER lives again — now free for Andriod thru @robotcomics! tinyurl.com/27z4zrk Early @jasoncopland! /via @adlewis #
  • In the sample trial on the video it spuds like a case involving a car running into Captain Marvel while he was screaming SHAZAM! #
  • FCBD 10: Appearing at @thecomicbug, Manhattan Beach, May 1 11-3, w @roblevin & @REkedal fr @topcow. There will be blood. #
  • RT @CBR: @TopCow's Free Comic Book Day Plans bit.ly/9HM2kI /via @chrissypedia #
  • Due to luck of the draw I'm all but guaranteed to wind up on this next court case. Lame. #
  • @BrianReed plus I'm a communist. in reply to BrianReed #
  • @ramtower after the past hour, I just might. in reply to ramtower #
  • Interestingly, the courthouse has facebook blocked on their wifi to prevent loose lips. Not Twitter though. #
  • @calebmonroe @melcaylo I believe @markwaid had jury duty this week too. its a conspiracy! in reply to calebmonroe #
  • Free from jury duty! Huzzah! #
  • Ramen at Daikokuya makes it all worth it. #
  • Oh Cat Stevens, I love you so. #

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  • Just finished reading TUMOR written by @joshfialkov & published by @ArchaiaComics. Well done, sir. Get it. Read it. Dig it. /via @DanLTaylor #
  • @DanLTaylor thanks Dan! in reply to DanLTaylor #
  • @roblevin Listen, just because I built a device that will blot out the sun unless I'm paid a billion dollars does not mean I'm a villain. in reply to roblevin #
  • It's all about ME at the funnybook store today: Green Hornet #3, The Anchor #7, The Darkness #84. /via @philhester – Nobody likes a showoff! #
  • @REkedal @roblevin @topcow And I don't get invited? :sob: in reply to REkedal #
  • KANE ON BLU-RAY! KANE ON BLU-RAY! tinyurl.com/27y22b7 #
  • Yeah, Golden Girls goes with Serial Killers like Robots go with Awesome. #
  • Can't seem to face up to the facts. Tense and nervous and I can't relax. Can't sleep, beds on fire. Don't touch me, I'm a real live wire. #
  • Damn you, jury duty! #
  • Just oooh'ed at a commercial for a compact steam cleaner. I'm officially domesticated. #
  • @davidhopkins Hare Hare. in reply to davidhopkins #

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Comics Advocacy

Not a lot of people read anymore. Even fewer people read comics. Independent comics? Even less. Estimates had the complete comic market (meaning people who go to a local comic shop) somewhere around 350k a few years ago. Then, if you look at the percentages of market via Diamond, you realize that just about every publisher not named Marvel or DC combined barely equals one of those two companies sales.

In other words, not a lot of people.

That puts you in a peculiar position as a comics fan, and as an independent comics fan specifically. You more or less have to shout from rooftops about every book you love. And that’s fucking exhausting.

When I first started in comics, I came to it from this idea of being an advocate. I would scream and shout and harangue people to read the really cool drastically under ordered books that I was a fan of. Hell, I even did it as a weekly columnist for Broken Frontier.

Then, I transitioned to being a publisher and creator. Say what you will about my business, the one thing we did right was get the word out. But, it didn’t translate into sales. Probably my favorite stat is that while Elk’s Run was busy getting an A review from Entertainment Weekly it was barely selling 900 copies per issue.

I’m not what you’d call a positive person. I’m ultra-critical, to a fault, and, as anyone who’s ever spent more than a few minutes with me knows you say the magic words and I turn into a pit bull of rage and anger. But, when it comes to comics advocacy in a public setting, I just can’t do that. Instead of dwelling on whatever multi-part crossover is irritatingly selling thousands of times more than any of my books do, I instead scream the praises of Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth, Moon and Ba’s Daytrippers, Mark Waid’s Brave and the Bold, Darwyn Cooke’s Parker novels, etc.

So, look, the point of this ramble is that it breaks my heart to see reviewers and readers harp on books they don’t like, reviewing each individual part of a 200 issue crossover rather than saying, “Fuck it, let’s read something new.”

With TUMOR on it’s way to stores in the next few weeks, this idea of comics advocacy is high in my mind. I’ve had dozens of people come back after reading the digital version or the advance copies from C2E2 tell me how much they love the book, and, I tell each of them the same thing. If you love it, go online. Twitter it, Facebook it. Go to Goodreads and write a review. Amazon reviews. Write it up on your blog.

You have to assume that if you like this book you’re the only person in the world with the ability to get your friends and family to read it, because frankly, you are.

So, rather than griping about which Marvel characters are getting their minds wiped or which DC character is rising from the dead, tell people about your favorite independent comic.

Especially if it’s Tumor.

Today in Twitter

  • @brubaker I'll be right sound the corner from you with @archaiacomics waving profusely and seeking your approval. #
  • @swierczy don't let them steal your pants. They alleys try to steal your pants. #
  • LA Bookfest here income. Booth 756 with @archaiacomics! #
  • Had a blast at the LA Tones Bookfest and sold put of all but two copies of Tumor! In stores soon! #
  • @ComicExperience woo-hoo! Enjoy! #

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  • RT @KodyChamberlain: Today's exciting episode of #FollowFriday is sponsored by the SWEETS, Issue #1 Diamond code : MAY10 0427 #ff #
  • Best baby gift ever. Behold… CHICKEN BOY!!! yfrog.com/2dkr0nj #
  • Peoplen I'll be hanging with at the LA Times Bookfest: @samhumphries @swierczy @melcaylo @ArchaiaComics #ff #
  • Everyone has gone Groupon crazy today. #
  • @Chrissypedia you're in my hometown. Treat it well, have some Quaker Steak wings and Primanti Brothers sandwiches for me. #
  • RT @boltcity: I will be signing at the LA Times Festival of Books on Sunday 1-2pm at the Whale of a Tale booth #816. Hope to see you there! #
  • @philhester Amen! in reply to philhester #
  • RT @Vertical_Ed: Toei & WarnerBros will be bringing Tezuka's Buddha to the big screen next year!! wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/buddha/ ooh! #
  • For those who didn't follow the link earlier, I'll be signing TUMOR tomorrow from 11am to 1pm at the Archaia booth at the LA Times Bookfest! #
  • Hey folks, last chance to nominate TUMOR from @archaiacomics for the Harvey Awards! More info here: www.thefialkov.com/?p=2127 #

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