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There are many worthy awards to win as a comic creator, but getting on the Young Adult Library Services Association list of Best Books for Young Adults is a big one. James tells you more about this award, why you should care about it and what you can do as a creator to be considered.
Brian thinks 2004 is already off to a good start for the comics industry, some thoughts on the upcoming APE convention in San Francisco and more images from the Brian Wood Month celebration.
James shares with you a look at the Brian Wood Month celebration still ongoing up in San Francisco. So far the celebration has included a Tiki bar tour, drunken bowling, incredibly strange wrestling, two women making out, a visit to a gun range and a comic launch party.
In previous weeks James has given you a number of ways of pimping your latest project, but how do you get in touch with retailers and then work with them? James talks about the best ways of contacting and working with retailers in order to get them interested in your book.
This week James examines the potential of one of the cheapest promotional avenues publishers have, bagstuffers, and the many ways they be used.
In James Sime's first column for the new year, we figure the following quotes best describe what you'll find him talking about today: "Yes, a new year is dawning, not only for the calendar, but also for the comic industry. And from where I'm sitting, it looks to be a damn good one."
James Sime hosts creator Ed Brubaker in one of the most unique in store appearances ever: Brubaker will be arm wrestling his fans and those who win get the free stuff. James talks with Ed about the event and comics. UPDATED 3:30 AM TUESDAY The final update from the Brubaker Armwrestlethon held at the Isotope Friday includes a number of new videos, pictures from the event and a wrap up by James. Check it out!
James encourages you to take your ideas and put them on paper in the form of mini-comics. Why should you do it? James tells you exactly why. Plus a look at some current mini-comics you should be checking out.
This week James tells you the proper way to pimp to the pimp, or in other words, how you as a creator should approach a retailer in person or online and get them interested in selling your book.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, James gives thanks for a wide selection of comic books, such as 'Union Station,' 'Caper,' 'Demo,' 'Catwoman,' 'Necronauts,' 'Less Than Hero' and 'Sgt. Rock.'
Last week James shared with you ideas on how to make your in-store event as succesful as can be using a recent event he threw as an example. This week James shares with your more wisdom and tips on how to make sure your in-store goes off without a hitch.
James gives you the inside skinny on his store's recent Joe Casey appearance and gives retailers and creators alike some suggestions on how to make their in-store's even better.
James reveals how one retailer uses the Previews catalog and what creators can do to make sure their comics get purchased. Then a look at four different books by writer Joe Casey.
So, you're a creator and you want retailers to buy your book? Well, then take a listen to what James has to say. Then, check out five books that James thinks are worth looking into.
Last week James and Kirsten discussed how you can donate comics to your local library. This week the duo finish off their look at comics in the library by showing you how you can help get those cataloged comics into new reader hands.
The guerilla marketing of comics continues. This week James shares how you can help get comics into Libraries, an important and somewhat untapped market to turn new readers into addicts.
Guerilla Marketing 101 continues this week with an idea of how to get graphic novels in front of an audience desperate for entertainment. Then there's Guerilla Marketing English style with comics in pubs. Finally, a tip of the hat to Larry Young.
James assembles his street team for some serious guerilla warfare. They take to the streets with comics specially chosen for each location they've chosen. Have they succeeded? Did the comics get picked up and read? Read on.
James gives some examples of the guerilla marketing he has employed to spread the word of comics in the Bay Area, attacking the San Francisco public transportation system. Plus, a look at "Losers" and "The Goon."
James talks about why the industry badly needs more Guerrilla Marketing to promote itself and how he goes about doing it, plus a discussion of the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics.