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sethhahne asked:

Hey Heidi, do you happen to know how the comics market is split—like mainstream vs "indie" vs Scholastic etc? I'm partly curious how mainstream the mainstream is. I remember reading months ago about Raina Telgemeier's massive success with Scholastic and I know many of the big names in graphic novels (e.g. Craig Thompson, Chris Ware, Joe Sacco, etc) have been with traditionally non-comics publishers. Thanks!

comicsbeat answered:

Are you talking actual numbers? If you cobble together the Diamond numbers 

http://comicsbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/DBDya2013.pdf

And the Bookscan numbers:

http://comicsbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Bookscantopya.pdf

you get some view of it. Also, ICv2 put out an infographic recently that goes like this:

So as you can see — comics $510 mil, Book channel $245 mil. 

Also in you crunch the two charts, you’ll see that certain books — kids books, literary graphic memoirs — do much better in book stores and on Amazon. 

All back of the envelope stuff but it’s a start. 

jakewyattriot

jakewyattriot:

I apologize as this comes off as disrespectful to Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin. Or their families. Or YOU, the reader. I’m not about that. That’s not why I drew this.

I am just really freaked out that 40% of Americans (and 47% of White Americans) do not think that the killings and violence in Ferguson ‘raise any racial issues.’ Fellow White Persons, this is our chance to learn. This is our chance to change.

When Trayvon Martin was murdered because Full Grown Men in America are frightened to violence by the presence black children, the dialogue turned very quickly into a conversation about gun control.

And gun control is an issue that deserves our attention.

But it won’t change the massive poverty in Black America. The arrest rate. The education statistics. The institutional, systemic, casual, or passive racism that plagues our country.

And it wouldn’t have saved Michael Brown.

Anyway. I’m sorry if this comes off as disrespectful or insincere or preachy. I’m sorry if my execution (or personality) gets in the way of what I’m trying to say. I am an imperfect artist, an imperfect person, and I am, undoubtedly, blinded to a million things by my own glaring whiteness. So this might be… Lord, this might be awful. I’m so sorry if it’s awful. Really.

But. I just keep thinking… Look, my wife is pregnant with our first child. A boy. We’re nervous, we’re excited, we’re SO ANXIOUS because what the hell do you do with babies? WE don’t know. But if we were a black family… in this country… we would be so terrified. Because we live in a nation that murders the children of black parents, puts it on the news WITH RIOTS AND TEAR GAS as decoration, and still half of us don’t even see it as a problem. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine bringing a child into that reality, to face the odds we lay out for black kids?

That would break me. I’ve never known anything like that. No one should ever know anything like that.

So let’s talk to our friends about race. Lets talk to our families. And when actual victims of racism try to tell us what’s going on in, say, a peaceful community protest as they are being gassed and shot at by cops WE SHOULD LISTEN TO AND BELIEVE THEM. Let’s talk to each other about this until we are all on the same page.

And then let’s turn the damn page.

spx
spx:

Thanks for your service, Whit!
Look at all those books - we had over 560 print submissions and something like 120 web submissions that our five jurors for 2014 whittled down into the final list of Ignatz nominees.  
Not a task for the faint of heart!
whimsicalnobodycomics:

Required summer reading OR Surprise! I was a 2014 Ignatz Awards Juror. Congrats to all of the superb nominees! (pictured: TOY mouse)
-Whit Taylor


yep. this is what it takes to nominate comics for those awards. it’s not for slow readers, that’s for sure!

spx:

Thanks for your service, Whit!

Look at all those books - we had over 560 print submissions and something like 120 web submissions that our five jurors for 2014 whittled down into the final list of Ignatz nominees.  

Not a task for the faint of heart!

whimsicalnobodycomics:

Required summer reading OR Surprise! I was a 2014 Ignatz Awards Juror. Congrats to all of the superb nominees! (pictured: TOY mouse)

-Whit Taylor

yep. this is what it takes to nominate comics for those awards. it’s not for slow readers, that’s for sure!