When I hear about a publisher selling out of their first printings of a new issue I’m excited to hear that for the creative team and the publisher. The way I look at first printings is that a publisher says “We think we will be able to sell ‘X’ amount of copies of this issue” – right? In an economy where printing more books than you think you can sell is not a good business decision. Printing costs money, especially for a smaller publisher or self-published creator. You cannot afford to print more than you think you can sell. So, when I hear that they have sold out of their first printing I’m excited for them. The question now is… do we print more?
Is it a bad thing to be too much of a fan?
I ponder this question a lot when I write reviews or talk on podcasts because I have a hard time balancing being a “fan” and being a “critic”. I think you can easily be both if you know where that phantom line is between the two, but when it comes to me – I’m still looking for the line.
I have seen a lot of people say they are so glad 2011 is gone and they’re looking forward to what 2012 will bring them. I can’t say 2011 was my favorite year, but I definitely don’t look back at it wishing it would have never happened. There are some things that I wish would have worked out differently, and one of those trivial things is what comics I read.
Through my almost thirty years of reading comic books I have read a lot of comics from various publishers and genres. It would be hard to pinpoint which ones are my favorites because my tastes and interest change over time. As a kid I read a lot of Teen Titans and Dreadstar as well as Transformers and Elfquest. Throw in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Amazing Spider-Man and Sable and Whisper and you’ll see that there was little that I didn’t read. Why? Because I love comics even at an early age because I got a lot of enjoyment out of reading those comics. And while I enjoyed as many of the “indie” titles as I did Marvel and DC titles, I got a lot of flak because I was reading titles my friends had never heard about or just thought I was trying to be “better” than them since they only read Marvel and DC books. I got a lot of ridicule, but it really didn’t bother me because I was reading the books I liked and if those kids didn’t like those books (or had even heard of them) than that was their loss, not mine. I wasn’t about the change my pull list because of their narrow minded view of what comic books people should and should not read.