London Horror Comic in iTunes top ten popular Comics

The power of Digital: London Horror Comic is the 8th most popular title in the iTunes store for comics.

1st is the New Avengers. 2nd is the Children’s Bible. Fourth is Batman.

Would this have been possible in print?

http://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/books-comics-graphic-novels/id9026?mt=11

London Horror Comic in iTunes

London Horror Comic on iTunes

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posted by JP at 2:47 am  

London Horror Comic 4 review in Comic Heroes Magazine

Review of London Horror Comic 4 in Comic Heroes Magazine:

“Great production values and some snappy writing bring the chills in style.”

Buy London Horror Comic 4 here.

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posted by JP at 7:00 am  

London Horror Comic #3 back in stock and 4 issues for £12 deal back up

London Horror Comic issue 3 is back in stock on the website, but in a very limited number.

We also have the four issues for £12 (inc P+P worldwide) deal back.

Click on the links above to preview and buy.

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posted by JP at 9:02 pm  

Cardiff International Comic Expo 2012 – Wrap up

Cardiff and to a greater extent, Wales, became real for me this weekend after spending two days pimping comics down at the Cardiff International Comic Expo.

It’s a 138 mile journey to Cardiff from London, so preparation is key: Kettle Chips? Check. Two bottles of Diet Coke? Check. Jimi Hendrix and Breakbeat trance CDs to help whistle the journey? Check. Checked the tire pressure? No, but I’m sure it’ll be fine.

After an eternity of endless straight road I hit the toll bridge that connects Cardiff to England. I never knew a bridge of this size existed in the UK. It was like a San-Francisco-style bridge: huge and impending.

While crossing the bridge and fingering the change tray for cash it suddenly struck me where Loki’s been going wrong all this time. Loki, brother of Thor, always hatches some scheme to take over Asgard. Instead, what he should do is charge a toll on the rainbow bridge. That way he becomes independently wealthy, extricates himself from what is the middle of a tempestuous family and finally finds happiness.

Anywhoo, the next sign that I wasn’t in London anymore was when I noticed all the signs were in Welsh and English. Having duel signs is funny because after a while of seeing Welsh even English words begin to look like Welsh and you find it hard to tell the difference between a stop and go sign.

Taking to my hotel room I flicked on the telly and noticed all the TV channels were suffixed with the word Wales. BBC 1 Wales, BBC 2 Wales, etc. I didn’t know why this was since all the programmes were the same as the ones running in London. What’s more, if you take a walk in the City centre, it’s filled with all the usual chains, apart from the odd sore thumb shop which was a Snooker, Darts and Tattoo parlour all wrapped into one.

Wales, it seems, is a region trying to preserve what’s unique about it, but that the homogenisation of culture and indifference of the incumbent generation seem to be making it more like every other place.

The few people I did speak to were very friendly. Again, it must surely be a London thing to make strangers feel unwelcome. In Wales it was relaxed and friendly throughout.

Back at the convention I had breakfast with Mike Allwood on the first day of the show. Mike is one of those guys who seems to have retained the buzz about hosting comics conventions, which is a rare thing. I’ve seen established creators who sit depressed and indifferent to being at a con, but Mike is an industry vet who seems to bring renewed zeal to his shows, which is always a good sign.

Trade was brisk on both days with Sunday outperforming the Saturday, I suspect, because the Rugby was on one Saturday.

The vibe at the convention was really friendly. People were out as much to dig the back issue bins as they were trying to find new stuff. The majority of the audience were youngsters, late teens, mostly travelling in groups. I got the sense that conventions like this were a big deal to them, especially in an area where not much comic-wise happens.

I got to speak to horror legend Mike Ploog briefly as well as admire some of the beautiful work of John Burns. I had great neighbours in the form of David Powell and Kat. It was their first convention so I tried to pass on a few pearls of wisdom I’ve managed to gather over the years. By the end of the first day however, they were naturals, understanding that the only thing you need to be is yourself at conventions.

Crowds petered out by about 16:30 which meant an early finish for me as I had to hit the long road to London.

The Cardiff show was excellent and I met some great people as well as conduct some healthy trade.

Definitely one for next year.

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Cardiff International Comic Expo 2012 – Day 2 Photos

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Cardiff International Comic Expo 2012 – Day 1 Photos



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Who’s who at Cardiff International Comic Expo 2012

Who's Who at Cardiff International Comic Expo 2012

Who's Who at Cardiff International Comic Expo 2012

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posted by JP at 10:23 pm  

All packed for Cardiff International Comic Expo 2012

It’s just shy of 4am here at London Horror towers and all is now packed for the Cardiff Convention.

As usual, I’ll be blogging from the event (followers of the ThoughtBubble Blog will remember that I wrote more about the insane one-way system in Leeds rather than comics, so I’ll try to keep it focused this time around).

I’ve said before that attending cons and selling comics represents the final part in the artistic process, as it’s at this point that people can begin experiencing the comic.

If you’re at the con tomorrow, come over and say hello. We’ll have these for your viewing pleasure:

All packed for Cardiff

All packed for Cardiff

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posted by JP at 5:21 am  

Massive Poster for Cardiff

Massive Poster for Cardiff

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Thoughts on selling out of issue 3

Eagle-eyed viewers of the site may have noticed that over the weekend I sold the last copy of issue 3 of London Horror Comic.

It’s the first issue I’ve sold out of and so something of a milestone as a self-publisher.

I go into some of the problems I had with getting issue 3 made in the back pages of issue 4, so I won’t repeat that part here.

Suffice to say that it was a limited print run and so stood a better chance of selling out compared with issues 1 and 2. Issue 4 is also a limited print run.

Given that London Horror Comic is more widely known now for its three issues, the completists and newcomers should help a healthy sell-through.

Knowing how many copies of an issue to get printed can be tricky if you’re an independent. It’s always difficult and even more so when you’re starting out.

You should take into account several things: your circle of friends, sales of previous issues, physical stores nearby that would sell your comics, likely cost of print run and number of conventions that you can attend to sell your stuff.

The web is a great platform for selling, but you still need to work at getting folks to take notice of your work.

If you’re thinking of starting your own comic then I would recommend trying to do an issue with a single self-contained story or several short ones.

This way you can easily test how big a prospective audience you have.

Or better yet, start a web comic and go to print once you have numbers or get enough emails telling you to do so.

What’s also important is establishing a brand for your work.

Now, some people often feel uneasy when talking about concepts like branding. Mixing branding with fine art almost sounds like heresy.

The point of branding however is to telegraph to people what they’re going to get in the book before they crack it open.

“Scares, chuckles and a bit of think” is London Horror Comic’s brand in a nutshell. Also applicable is: “the quickest longest train journey you’ll ever have” referencing the time it takes to get through an issue.

No matter how weird or out there your comic is there is a pitch that can summarise it and that will help people zero in on it, whether it’s on a shelf or online.

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