22 7 / 2014
can we just take a moment to imagine little cute nine-year-old hermione reading matilda
and peering into this book about a smart, bookish girl who could move things with her mind
and then can you imagine her concentrating very hard on the books on the bookshelf and slowly, slowly, getting them to move
Sometimes I get huffy about tumblr but then I see that 260,000 people got the same kind of chills I did reading this…
But what if there was another girl who read Roald Dahl’s The Witches instead and then got a letter from Hogwarts telling her she was actually a hideous demonic murderer of children?
18 7 / 2014
"What’s wrong [with the comics industry]? … In the late ’70s, all the comic fans decided to get into the business. The problem is, it was a bunch of superhero fans. And an industry that had, up until that point, catered to almost every genre imaginable slowly and slowly was narrowed down and boiled down to a point where it was superhero comics, and that’s all there were. And then they all were writing these comics for each other — not for a mass market, not for young people. And then, as they aged, the content aged to suit their needs. And the idea is, when you’re an adult, you’re supposed to turn to other forms of entertainment, maybe, or appreciate comics for what they were. But that hasn’t been the case. So now we have superheroes that rape, we have heroin addicts, we have all this kind of bullshit that’s been heaped onto these characters that were meant to entertain kids and give them a little sense of right and wrong and adventure. I think it’s so sad. And you see what the strategy has done. … In 1972, Jimmy Olsen comics sold 200,000 copies a month, and it was canceled because that wasn’t enough to keep it going. These days, the best-selling book can barely scrape past 70,000 — never mind the worst-selling books. So let’s take a look at that strategy that’s been applied to this business. How’d it work out? Not too good. And the less people that read ‘em, the more expensive they have to be, and the more cryptic they have to be to cater to that tiny little market they’ve got. That’s what’s wrong."
18 7 / 2014
I’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con for all four days next week! While I’m not on any panels this year, I do have several stints signing at the Womanthology table (Artist Alley EE-04).
- THURSDAY - 9:30-11:30
- SATURDAY - 1:30-3:30
I’ll make sure to tweet when I’m at the table and if there are any changes to the schedule (@Jody_Houser on Twitter). I have a few Cupcake POW! print sets left and may have a few surprises on hand so make sure to stop by and say hi!
17 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: Why do writers have to break into the comic business? Why can't it be like ever other job. You submit an application of whether you have the skills or not and then the interview. What makes the comicbook industry so special that people have to be picked by the big two to get to write for them. Wouldn't it be more practical and profitable to find experienced and educated people (this is not a knock on you but more on the writers that never held a degree) to writer comics for the big two?
It’s a good question. It’s not just comics… it’s almost any form of entertainment occupation. movies, music, television…
education never hurt anybody but all people who write the checks care about is how good the finished product is. nobody ever asked me for my diploma. they read my comics and decided that I should make comics for them.
the nonstop 10 years I spent making independent comics was my job application. and whatever my last script that I handed in was is the job application for my next job.
I know it’s frustrating, but anything worth having is, there is no right or wrong way to make these dreams come true but if you are not working towards your goal every day it’s not going to happen