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Gotta say, I’m a little angry about a recent interview I gave to a weekly newspaper/online site.
The story was about the future of the digital comics market, and what that will mean for the comics biz as a whole.
The reporter seems like a nice enough guy, and I don’t think he intentionally tried to misrepresent me, but the way he presented a quote from our interview lacked the exact context I gave for the flowery comment.
I was re-quoting Jonathon Hickman’s hilarious off the cuff comment in our recent WB podcast, that with all the new digital distribution companies trying to capture a chunk of this new potential comics buying market, “There’s going to be a lot of blood in the water this year.” I told the reporter I think it will continue beyond this year, as the publishers and digital stores figure out this new way to sell comics.
However the reporter used this quote as an example to support another quote from a different interview subject, who worried that the whole comics market may collapse due to the intrusion of digital comics competing with paper versions of the same product. That offering the same product for a cheaper digital price would cannibalize the paper buying comics market.In very general terms, I suppose that’s a fair possible point, but not what Jon was saying, or what my re-quote represented.
Further, I disagree with that person’s view. The bigger comic publishers are being very cautious as to what they’re offering online versus the monthly paper issues, and the independent creators are taking advantage of this new market to get better distribution for their product, then what the direct market/comic book shop owners may give them.
Not to mention that for many of the bigger comics companies the real money to be made is in the licensing of their properties for TV, Film, Games, and other products. As much as we love the books, that’s not really what’s making them the most profits. Comic stories will always be a great cost effective way to experiment with a character/property, and the introduction of the digital comic is just another storytelling tool.
I’m very certain I gave the full context of Hickman’s quote to the writer,because I think the question of who survives this change in the seller’s market of digital comics is part of the speculation of how this will all shake out. These are the same questions the music biz is still sorting out, more than 10 years after Napster and the rise of the MP3. But for whatever reasons, be they editorial or the writer’s own choice , putting the quote where he did was incorrect.
I only saw the piece after it was published, and did write to the reporter, explaining my problem with the quote. He seems to understand, and said he’ll try to correct it, but still I’m pretty disappointed.
Quotes are powerful, and should be used with great care, to make sure they are used accurately.To fit a quote around a different idea, is the kind of thing journalism teachers try to cure new students of in the first semester. It’s a rookie mistake, but it’s still wrong, and can hurt people.
To be clear, this isn’t a life or death topic, and in the great scheme of things nothing more than a momentary blip. But I feel misrepresented in this story. I’m mostly mad because I reject the entire direction of the article.
The potential digital comics market is a very good thing. Digital media is a reality that all media content creators have to realize is here, it’s not going away, and I truly believe in the long run it will only increase a potential audience and profits for any content providers.
So I’m here to say, should you see it, I don’t stand by the article or the specious points it makes about the digital comics market. I won’t name the reporter, or link to the site or piece, because I’d rather see it come and go, like so many other news stories. But like many things online, it could stay posted for many years to come.
Just know, if you want me on your podcast, or write a story quoting me, please get what I say right, and make sure it’s in the proper context. I tend to ramble but usually back up my comments with the point I’m trying to make. Listening is a skill that all reporters should use when doing interviews.
Back to the fun stuff next time. Thanks for listening.