poster for WATSON AND HOLMES comics series. The book is an award-winning modern remix of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries with the main protagonists as Black men living and working in present day Harlem.
Crazy to see how Watson and Holmes’ art craps out in the epilogue. First pic has the affair from an older issue and last one shows how Watson knows in the epilogue.
Kickstarter 2 very soon. within a few weeks. Also tidbit, Issue 4 and 5 were being done at the same time. If one thing that can be improved for a live action, would be how chapter 4- goes- to chapter 5. Hindsight they say.
Regarding single issue sales: they are incredibly important to a lot of Image creators. On Rocket Girl, it’s by far the biggest chunk (of course, we don’t have a tpb yet). And every reader counts. A few thousand copies can make or break a series. If Rocket Girl dips into the 8000s, we’ll start thinking about when to wrap it up. If it stays above 12,000 we can do it forever. At 12,000 copies I can make as much writing Rocket Girl as Hulk; Amy Reeder can make as much penciling/inking/coloring as she would on Batwoman. 8000 vs 12,000 is a significant difference in percentage, but it’s not a huge amount of readers. A lot of Image creators are in the same boat, albeit their individual line might be a bit higher or lower. Certainly collected editions and digital and ancillary media/merchandise contribute as well. But a lot of making creator-owned work is down to financing: and single issues have the biggest impact on cash flow–and the only impact on cash flow for almost a full year when you take into account early production to ‘get ahead’ as well as solicitation. Also: your comment forgets artists, who are forgotten way to much nowadays. A writer can maybe juggle 4 simultaneous projects, but an artist can do just one book at a time. It is much harder for an artist to make the plunge into creator-owned–so consider that when choosing what to support.
Reblogging because the economics of creator-owned comics are of interest to me, and because this is the kind of thing I should probably take into account when it comes to who gets their comic pre-ordered, who gets shelf picked, and who gets trade-waited.
…some of my casual wisdom…
FYI on the realities of creator owned books.
We are busy developing rewards for our new kickstarter. We got trades, Tshirts, prints, and cards in the works. We also have some commissions too. What other things would you be interested in as a reward. If we get more than 10 likes for an idea from our fans here, we might consider making that request. Please suggest away!
It’s unanimous (amongst us, at least) that Watson and Holmes, published by New Paradigm Studios is one of the best comics currently being published. Karl Bollers weaves a great story with clever nods to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Rick Leonardi’s illustrations never fail to impress. I only wish they could publish faster!
Missed C2E2? Dont worry there are still some copies of Watson and Holmes #1 - Black and White “etching” Walter Simonson cover! We want to celebrate our multiple Eisner and Glyph award nominations by having some copies available for Free Comic Book Day 2014!
The following stores will have a special limited amount of Watson and Holmes #1 to hand out on Free Comics Day:
New Dimension Comics- Pittsburgh, PA area- various locations
Comics and More – Plymouth Meeting Mall, PA
Comics and More - King Of Prussia Mall, PA - Rick Leonardi Signing in afternoon- call for details
Little Shop of Comics -Scotch Plains NJ
Clockworks Comics and Cards – Union NJ
Jokers Child – Fair Lawn, NJ
JHU Comics Midtown, NY NY
3rd Eye Comics - Annapolis MD
Flashback Comics- Woodbridge VA
Chicago Comics - Chicago
Challengers Comics - Chicago
Back To The Past - Redford MI
Comics And Collectibles - Memphis TN
Titan Comics - Dallas TX
Comics Ink - Culver City CA
The Comic Bug - Manhattan Beach, CA
Golden Apple Comics - Los Angeles , CA
Mission Comics + Art - San Francisco CA
Excalibur Comics - Portland OR
Be Early, as there are limited amounts of copies to give away!
The mail man bent the fuck outta my Watson and Holmes
That sucks. If your a NYC- NJ local Id be happy to swap it with a Mint studio copy.