It was such a simple tweet that did it. From publisher Red 5 Comics
Two retailers jumped up instantly. From Larry's Comics and Jetpack Comics
Red 5 responded to both
We tweet all week long when we have in-store releases. But appreciate the reminder… We linked to today's comics on sale a few times earlier today. We always back the stores.
And Marvel made their plug point too.
Was that going to be the end of it? Concern expressed and answered? Come on, this is the internet. Atomic Robo co-creator, Brian Clevinger, joined in;
But that wasn't enough. Larrys Comics replied
I get'cha, but – Consider: no one asks us if/when Vol 4 will appear in shops. It's already there! Or, they ask their shop. Or read Previews… They ask us when it'll appear in shops BEFORE it comes out, and we're happy to tell them.
Yes it is,. People, TODAY, do not ask us when Vol 4 will be in their comic shop. But people have been asking since Vol 4 started when it would be available digitally. If it appears we promote digital releases more than print, it's because… 1) People can find out about print release date by asking local shop or looking at Previews. Many and established info sources. 2) Different digital services release the comics at different times. So, we have to talk about it more. AND since there's no Previews for digital comics, there are fewer sources with the information people want. We have to provide that info until there's an industry standard source for it. None of this implies a bias against shops. Shops are where we get the BULK of our income. We <3 <3 <3 shops. We've also had a recent lull in print so there hasn't been a lot to promote.
TRY not to forget who first lined your pockets, helping you establish your brand in today's market. The bulk of your income comes from Brick n Mortar shops yet you feel obligated to spend bulk of your energies promoting digital?
Did you not read my last tweet? We always push sales to local shops first and foremost. BUT we have to talk about digital comics because there's three major outlets with different release schedules and no Previews.
People come to us for information. We give it to them because there's no standardized alternative venue to disseminate it. If there were no Previews, if comic shops were served by three different distributors with different release dates, we'd have to spend a great deal of energy promoting those release dates, wouldn't we.
Really? All I hear from are people who say "I discovered your comic on iTunes. Then I went to my shop and ordered them all." Or I hear from people who go digital because they don't have a local shop. Or theirs refuses to make special orders (what?!?)
Really? All I hear from are people who say "I discovered Atomic Robo at one of your in store signings Then I bought them all." If brick n mortar gets unequal promotion efforts we have to spend even more energy promoting product , wouldn't we. customer gain/lost ratio ain't too good in my shop . Print runs back me up. Perhaps in fantasy land things are swell
I have but one humble request: BALANCE your social media energies. Don't forget who brought you to the dance. you NEVER seem as orgasmic when the new "real" Robo comic hits the shelves as when it hits the new digital I-douche.
read your own twitter feed. I can. Anyone can. http://twitvid.com/RCNNW
Facing disingenuous and easily disproven accusations at every turn because someone suffers confirmation bias pisses me off. I'll be happy to include "get the trade locally!" when I RT digital releases, but folks who want TPB probably have it by then.
In short: your non- support of the Direct Market based on potential digital orders borders on the delusional. there were MANY who thought I was delusional when I ordered Hundreds of Atomic Robo #1 Ask @Scott_Wegna You're welcome douche
Dear lord. Do we have to go through it a third time? I've already given up an entire day's work on talking to you about this. My new business plan is to promote products you can't get in stores any more. Gonna start with calendars from 1987.
When they are my working hours, yes. Takes a great deal of effort to craft Tweets around your ability to distort them. Think you could have a conversation without resulting to insults? Calling you delusional doesn't count, because thinking "RT" = "orgasmic" endorsement is delusional.
Yeah, that was going to do it. Because now it was time for the internet to pile on! Guess which way they would go…
theisb Hey man. Don't forget who brought you to the dance. Wait, webcomicwhatnow?
tankgrrl the rest of New England would like to say "sorry, we don't know what his malfunction is either"
tomselleck69 the trick is to not acknowledge that guy ever. many have learned the hard way
brad_merc Hey, not that you care of my opinion, but Larry is the worst and Infinity Gauntlet is fantastic. Pure, fun comic booking!
What's that thing they say? The customer is always…? Nah, it's gone.