Journalista for Dec. 16, 2010: Fallacious assumptions

Posted by on December 16th, 2010 at 5:10 AM



Getting new readers into comics is something that we are horrible at as an industry. I love Free Comic Book Day, and it is a spectacular event, but there is nothing we have that helps explain to people that we have new comics every week. New stories every month. We all assume that people know how to read periodical comics, whether print or digital, and let me just use a big word here, those are fallacious assumptions! We need to dig deeper right now than just seeing digital as the panacea to all of the comic book industry’s problems.”

– Boom! Studios marketing director Chip Mosher


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Events Calendar




  • Dec. 16 (London, England): Pat Mills and Jenny McDade discuss their years writing U.K. girls’ comics at the London Print Studio on Harrow Road, from 6:30-8:30PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 16 (New York City, NY): The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s annual Member Appreciation Holiday Party takes place at the Twins Pub on Ninth Avenue, beginning at 8PM. Details here.
  • Dec. 16 (Los Angeles, CA): The Comics and Comics podcast presents its third-anniversary show at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard. The starting time is a secret. Details here.


This Week:


  • Dec. 17-18 (Staten Island, NY): A host of cartoonists will help celebrate the third anniversary of Comic Book Jones on Forest Avenue. Details here.
  • Dec. 17 (Ann Arbor, MI): The University of Michigan Flint’s 2010 Comics and Visual Narrative class will be selling comics and meeting readers at the Vault of Midnight on Main Street, from 4-6PM. Details here.


Want to see your comics-related event listed here? Email a link to and let me know. Please include an online link to which I can send people for more information. No sales-only events, please — it’s nice that you’ve marked things down at your store or website, but I won’t be listing it here. (Note: Under no circumstances will I link to a Facebook page. Seriously, what idiot “advertises” their event solely on a website that requires registration to see the advertisement?)


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One Response to “Journalista for Dec. 16, 2010: Fallacious assumptions”

  1. MrJM says:

    “there is nothing we have that helps explain to people that we have new comics every week. New stories every month.”

    Part of the problem is the Big Two don’t have anything resembling “new stories” every month.

    But anyone reading this knew that already.

    — MrJM