Ok, I wanted to publish a comic but because I didn’t want to deal with groups of people the idea of an anthology was out. Plus at the time you had Guh!, You Stink I don’t, Naked Fella, DeeVee so the hell I’m going to compete with that.
And my pet peeve, probably the thing I believe, that has done most damage to Australian Comics after shitty quality, is mini-series.
Here’s a list of Self Published Australian comic mini series that have finished (that i know of);
- Dollboy (Scott Fraser)
- Pizzaman (I think barely) (Damian Shannahan)
- Level 1 (Loren Morris)
- Anthology of Alvin (Lucas House)
The latter two are very small press
Continuing Series that are still being published (but not anthologies) include
- Platinum Grit (upto issue 16 on the web and POD)
- Azerath (upto issue 16)
- Greener Pastures
- Ma B
- Rock n Roll Aquarius Ninja
- The Prophecy
- Zero Assassin
- Local Hero
- Surfing the deadline
- Pepe’s Quest
- Rex Helwig
- Another Zero Assassin spin off I can’t remember the name of.
- That pulp batman comic
- A comic with Badower art that came out in the late 90s
Was the Panther a continuing story?
I’m afraid to go through Tabla Rasa’s site, it’ll make me sad and angry.
Why? Because someone (like me) has bought issue one (like me) in good faith. An then gone out and found issue two (like me) and then is waiting for issue 3 or 4. Eventually that person will get disappointed (like me) when nothing eventuates. There is no conclusion – no satisfaction. It was probably a fluke they bought an Australian comic in the first place and now that reader has wasted money on a product 3/4s finished. They probably won’t be bitten again.
Same with comic shop owners - they can’t sell an unfinished comic so next time a new self-publisher asks if they can have their book stocked; Frank will say no.
And I can understand why this happens; life changes, publishing comics can be expensive, etc. But my only advice is eithe save your opus until someone else can pay you to make it and make short stories in the interim. If you are any good you can make 3-8 page stories for anthologies or do one-shots. Or print cheaper so your miniseries isn't a financial drain.
In terms of me and my plan, whatever I did was going to be self contained. A self-contained comic featuring one creator. A one-shot.
And since I’m a big fan of the Beastie Boys, it wasn’t much of a leap from one-shot to Sureshot (a Beastie Boy song). It was a sure thing; for the creator, retailer and reader.