The Comic Pimp: Issue #39

Fri, July 9th, 2004 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
James Sime, Columnist

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STAND UP AND BE COUNTER

Lissenup, if you're not interested in getting comics noticed, then this column isn't for you. In fact, if you aren't interested in getting comics noticed, then this column has never fucking been for you. Because comic pimping is all about getting comics noticed. And since that's the name of the column, that's exactly what we're going to do.

For the past ten months, we've talked about getting comics noticed by librarians, getting comics noticed by comic book retailers, getting comics noticed by the media, getting comics noticed by those poor bastards who make a daily commute, getting comics noticed on store shelves, getting comics noticed by readers who may never have heard of them before, getting comics noticed with outrageous events, getting mini comics noticed by the industry at large. If you think this column is about anything other than getting comics noticed, you just haven't been paying close enough attention.

Sure, this column is written for the Internet and on the Internet it's an endless parade of virtual talk day and night. Anyone with a connection can talk about whatever the hell they want all damn day long, and quite a few of them do. Personally I think that's great, particularly when they're talking about comic books. But it's one thing to talk the talk, and it's a whole other thing to walk the walk. And this column is and has always been all about walking that walk that backs up the talk.

Because I get comics noticed every single day. It's my job. It's my full-time gig. It's what I do.

I get comics noticed on a small scale every single day by putting a copy of "Sonambulo" in a customer's hand, for example. And, sometimes, when the perfect amount of hard work, persistence, and luck are put into the mix, I get comics noticed on a much larger scale. And, as it happens, just such a perfect balance went down just this week.

On June 19, Brian K. Vaughan was at the Isotope giving out free copies of "Ex Machina" to people who registered to vote during our "Ex Machina" Voter Registration Drive. In the interest of getting more new voters out there, free copies of the comic were generously handed out by myself and Brian in person, and those free copies were also available to people who registered online through the Isotope-sponsored Rock the Vote Web site. Brian K. Vaughan is a terrific guy, "Ex Machina" is an awesome book, and we had one hell of a great party. And the event also got feature in Time Magazine.

That's right. We got "Ex Machina" noticed by Time Magazine and all it's millions of readers. If you pick up a copy of the July 12, 2004 edition of Time Magazine you can read about Michael Moore, Marlon Brando, Metallica, the rings of Saturn, presidential candidate John Kerry, and, oh yeah, Brian K. Vaughan's "Ex Machina" Voter Registration Day at the Isotope. If you ask me, when it comes to getting comics noticed, it just doesn't get much better than that, so forgive me while I take a moment to celebrate.

But hold on a second!

Getting comics noticed isn't about me or my column or my store. Or even Brian K. Vaughan registering people to vote. Getting comics noticed is about each and every one of us. That's you, me, the publishers, the creators, and everyone else on the planet who wants to share their love of the artform with the rest of the world. Getting comics noticed is about us all no matter what the scale, big or small. So, instead of patting ourselves on the back for past accomplishments, we are going to look to our future accomplishments and get back to walking the walk that backs up the talk.

One of the things I hear from comic creators and publishers all the time is "how can I get some attention for my book on the industry's most widely-read and influential news sources like Newsarama and Comic Book Resources? How do I get my book noticed?"

I can't tell you the magic formula for getting your book noticed by all the mainstream news sources or even comic industry websites, because there is no magic formula, but I can tell you how to get your book featured right here on Comic Book Resources. Want to get your book spotlighted in front of thousands of the industry's creators, publishers, and readers, people who are shaping the face of the industry's future? Well, I'm going to help you do it. Hell, I'm even going to guarantee it.

So here we go…

I'm going to devote the two weeks following San Diego Comic Con to getting the books of the people I met there noticed. I'll show pages from your book, give a link to your website, let everyone know what your book is about, and tell the afore mentioned thousands of industry movers and shakers how to get your book in their hot little hands. And I'm going to do this for every single person and every single book that wants it.

Oh, yeah. But there's a catch…

You're going to have to do the legwork. It isn't hard legwork, but it's legwork nonetheless. I'm giving you the opportunity and I'm going to tell you what you need to do to make it happen, and then I'm going to sit back and let you make your comics get noticed. What I need from you in order to get your work featured here in my CBR column is a CD. Burn me one and I'll run your book right here in my weekly column for all the world to notice. On this CD I want you to include the following goodness:

1. Your book's cover art.

2. A page or two of interior art.

3. The pitch boiled down to one kick ass sentence that makes me want to buy your book.

4. One or two paragraphs expanding on the premise, if necessary.

5. A link to your website, if you have one.

6. Information on where or how your book can be purchased. A page count and a cover price will also be appreciated.

Okay, that's not hard to remember, but let me repeat it anyway. You gotta put a CD in my hand and what that CD has to have on it is a .jpg or a .gif or a .tiff of your cover, a couple pages of interior art, the one kick-ass sentence pitch, and any additional premise information necessary. If you give me a link to your website and I'll include that too. And don't forget to include some information for those who might be interested in buying your book!

It's as simple as that.

Now you know me so you know I'm not going to be hard to find. I'll be at the San Diego Comic Con Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I'm a principal sponsor for the Eisners, so you know where I'll be hanging out on Friday night. I tend to enjoy a little bit of nightlife so you can also expect to find me at all the best post-con parties, or at least swinging through the nearby San Diego bars with my amigos. I'm a tall, skinny guy. My hair sticks up in the air, and come San Diego Comic Con, I suspect my hair will be somewhat tall. And I'll be wearing a suit. Just in case the above description isn't enough for you, this is what I look like:

Even in a massive crowd, James Sime is not hard to find.

I'm a nice, easy-going type of guy so don't be afraid to come up and put your CD in my hand and introduce yourself… I'm at the con to check out some comic books, big, small and everything in between. Put that CD in my hand and let me see what you've got and I'll put it up for the entire fucking world to see for you.

And because I'm in the spirit of giving something back to the people who read this column, I'll even do one better. Even if you can't get to San Diego, but can get one of those CDs into the Isotope between July 27 and August 7, I'll feature your book in my column, as well. Send it in, put it in my hand. Make it happen.

This is your chance to get your work noticed. Whether you're a Wizard top 10 creator or whether you are working on your first mini-comic ever, this is your chance to get your work noticed by the thousands of smart Comic Pimp readers out there. The industry's creators, publishers, and readers, people who are shaping the face of the industry's future are all ready to see what you got.

So get off your ass, burn your CD, stand up and be counted.

And get noticed.

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