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Journalista for Sept. 1, 2010: What’s in front of them

Posted by on September 1st, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Diamond announces Tuesday delivery for retailers ♦ Will Friends of Lulu lose tax-exempt status? ♦ more

Journalista for Aug. 31, 2010: It’s an honor just to be nominated

Posted by on August 31st, 2010 at 12:05 AM

R.P. Overmyer dies ♦ A look at South Africa’s suspicious new press law ♦ more

Journalista for Aug. 30, 2010: Antisocial selfishness

Posted by on August 30th, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Swedish cartoonist Oskar Forsgren dies ♦ Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman recovering after surgery ♦ more

Sergio Aragones is wrong, God bless him

Posted by on August 28th, 2010 at 10:48 PM

If you give everything away for free you have ruined everything.

Tell it to Chris Onstad, John Allison, Gabe and Tycho, Scott Kurtz, Kate Beaton, Phil and Kaja Foglio, Howard Tayler, Ryan North, Ryan Sohmer, Lar Desouza, Jeph Jacques, Dave Kellett, Randall Munroe, Chris Hastings, Meredith Gran, David Malki, Jennie Breeden, David Willis, Jeffrey Rowland, Spike Trotman… the list goes on

I’d go so far as to say that, right now, giving it away and selling merchandise at the back end is the de facto method for self-supporting, self-published cartoonists in any medium — and by “de facto” I mean the most common method for successful income generation. I’m reliably sure that there are more successful self-publishers on the Web than in the Direct Market, by a multiple of at least four.

(And before anyone brings up piracy and scanlations: These people have very carefully built business models around narrow commercial paths. It doesn’t justify taking bread out of peoples’ mouths without consent, by any means.)

Journalista for Aug. 27, 2010: Baaaaaaa!

Posted by on August 27th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Shueisha draws a loss ♦ Are you getting your proper royalties? ♦ more

Journalista for Aug. 26, 2010: I put down my pen

Posted by on August 26th, 2010 at 6:33 AM

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece series sells 20 million copies in six months ♦ bookstores-in-pain round-up ♦ more

Journalista for Aug. 25, 2010: I’m a nerd

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 6:44 AM

Satoshi Kon dies ♦ Sales down at Barnes & Noble ♦ more

Journalista for Aug. 24, 2010: The good bartender cheers you up

Posted by on August 24th, 2010 at 6:22 AM

Tom Hart founds new cartooning school ♦ publishing/retailing round-up ♦ more

Journalista for Aug. 23, 2010: A terrible example

Posted by on August 23rd, 2010 at 5:25 AM

Yemeni cartoonist Kamal Sharef arrested ♦ Danish manga exhibit protested over lolicon imagery ♦ more

Journalista for Aug. 20, 2010: Obscurity

Posted by on August 20th, 2010 at 5:36 AM

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