I just had an interesting conversation with the publisher of my first graphic novel, Haven and he stated that sales for Indy publishers have plummeted since DC’s relaunch with the New 52.
Are comics fans fixated on DC and Marvel?
In retrospect, I think of a number of happenings that took place during my first year as a newly published writer. I remember sitting at my table in a very supportive comic shop as millennials came in one after another. You would have thought I had visible leprosy. All I wanted was to say hi and they could go on about their business but they simply wouldn’t have it. I sold very few books that day.
Then I went to a very cool convention and hosted a chat. Of the very few people that came, all of them bought the book. Why? Because they sat and listened to what is was about.
In talking to fans, I’m finding that the demographic of those interested in Haven and Haven of Dante consists primarily of professional women in their 20’s-mid 40’s which I was pretty surprised by despite the fact that the protagonist is a girl.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
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Leonardo Ramirez is an author of Science Fiction and Fantasy books for all ages. For more info, please visit http://leonardoverse.com and sign up for the blog.