My twitter feed has been over flowing with a full range of "this is what's wrong with comics" and "people don't buy enough creator owned comics" and "creators should quit the big 2 and make creator owned comics: rants lately. Some are angry, some are funny, some are bitter, and some are just anxious to sell books. It's not my place to say if any of these are right or wrong. Oddly enough, while I hear a lot of these manifestos, I don't actually hear many actual suggestions on what I, or anyone should do.
I don't have the desire to address every point so we'll just focus on the "reading creator owned comics" side of things. There seems to be an anger that superheroes dominate the comics landscape and that there is a wider variety out there to be read. That's a more than fair statement. But instead of doing a weekly soap box session telling me about this problem over and over, be pro active. I'm a fly, you can catch me with honey. If you complain that they're doing it wrong, all I have the power to do is agree or disagree. If I disagree then I walk away. If I agree, I also walk away... but I just do it while saying "F YEAH, YOU TELL 'EM!"
If I think my dog needs water, I don't just tell her how thirsty she looks. I fill up her bowl up and show her where it is.
Stop telling me what's WRONG and point to me to what's RIGHT and you'll start to get somewhere. Don't make fun of what I do read, tell me what you read and why I should be reading it. I'm not talking about telling me to read creator owned books. I mean act like a real marketer and act as if I don't know the difference between creator owned and corporate and sell me on a book. Tell me why I would love the main character, or how the plot will blow my mind, or or or. You get the point. Sell me. It's that easy. Blog about it, tweet about it. Spread the word of the actual books we love not just the general "problem" that you may see.
I'm not taking a stab at anyone or their views. I agree with almost everything that's been said lately. At the core, I think everyone wants the same thing. We want the world of comics to be loved and thrive so that we can enjoy it and give it others for years and years to come. I'm all for that.
As comic creators, we're lucky to have our fans, and in the day of instant social networking we have their ears on stand-by. So I'll put out the call for everyone who has a blog or twitter account. Spread the word on the books you read and enjoy that may not get the attention you think they deserve. It's not about dissing the books that get attention, its about propping up the ones that need more. Give links to Amazon, or your local shop that has it in stock.
Starting this Monday and every Monday after that, I'll give a full rundown on a book I love and think you might as well. I'll then start an Amazon Listamania with the books I post about so you can buy them if you choose. I'm not going to change the world, but hopefully you'll buy a few books you may not have otherwise.