When people ask to see my artwork for this project, there are a lot of time when I'm asked "So what do you do with all of this? Do you collect it all and send it to a publisher?" This is a sensible question. After all that was one of the most commonly known routs to getting a book made for decades. So then when I answer to them "Oh I just publish everything online first." I sense a little bit of confusion. Why just put your work up for free for everyone to see? While the internet is a very modern and cutting edge form of delivery, it helps to look back at the history of comics distribution.
This was long before my lifetime, but some remnants of it still remained. The earliest memory I have of seeing comic books where on a rotating rack in a grocery store like this one:
Now, I think that comic stores are a good thing. It's a great way to find back issues and to fill in the holes on a series you were trying to collect, but the locations for these were few and far between. I grew up in a town that had an awesome comic store, but little did I know how lucky I had it. Most people have to drive to a bigger metropolitan area for their comics. So for the most part comic stores are for people in their area, and for people who were already in the know about comics.
Now we have the internet. The internet IS the new news stand. Not only do magazines have digital issues for download but there are websites dedicated to covering things in a magazine-like fashion. So this also makes it a perfect place to distribute comic material out. Who knows, maybe there will be a book in there sometime when I'm finished!
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