Friday, March 03, 2006

Episode 4

Episode 4

Its a long one this time. In this episode Charlie and David discuss what makes a convention float or sink. Plus for the main course David hosts a discussion with other local artists from the utuado convention itself about the local industry.

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Special thanks to Paquinero for the picture...


At 3:51 PM, Blogger LordCybron said...

Man, I specially like this episode. It's fun like nobody's business and I was present while you where making the interviews David.

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Carlos Torres said...

Maybe there wasn't many people, but it sounds like you guys had a lot of fun.

Good topics all around.

I think that most of the problems with comics in the island is what I like to call the Field of Dreams syndrome. You know, "if you build it, they will come."

If you do a convention in a place 90 minutes away from most of your customers, don't worry, they will come.

Or you print 4000 copies of your comic with no idea of how many customers are interested in it, don't worry, they will buy it.

Or you go to the advertising agencies with a mock-up of your first issue to get advertising, well, don't worry, everyone will see the brilliance of the book, they will sponsor it.

Well, as anyone who has been in the comix scene for some time, it ain't easy.

I found interesting that there were talks about doing it for the art vs. doing it for the money. I think the problem is people want it both ways. They want to do the job when inspiration strikes them, but they want the money from books and dream of some day sell their creations to Hollywood. So Dave Alvarez hit it right on the spot when he said you got to do this like a business if you want to print comics. That means deadlines, keeping a steady schedule of product, quality control and planning for slow but steady growth.

About convention guests, we really are limited by the number of comics fans on the island to do big style conventions. I really am not interested in guests, but I sure know that you need guests in order to get an entrance fee from customers. If more people were into comics, more possible customers could attend and more money can be raised to pay the expenses of guests. Even "small-time" guests ask for paid hotel suits for them and their spouse, transportation and other expenses.

I'm hopeful for the future of the comics scene in the island. What would really help would be morestores in places like Arecibo, Fajardo, caguas and humacao, big regional centers that could bring fandom up. That would help us with our first hurdle, which is convincing people that comics are a worthy form of entertainment. If we conquer that, the rest is easy.


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