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John Kirk
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Posted: 27 April 2017 at 10:58am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I know, but I thought I'd ask. I'm probably just being selfish anyway. I've wanted to meet you for - I don't know - forever and have no idea when that will ever happen.

Still, I try to pump this book out as much as possible. It's one of my favourites for obvious reasons. I may have an opportunity where I can help out more. I'll know more by the end of the day tomorrow.
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Posted: 27 April 2017 at 11:27am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I may have an opportunity where I can help out more. I'll know more by the end of the day tomorrow.

Cryptic!!

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Posted: 27 April 2017 at 11:32am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Superstitious; don't want to jinx myself. But, in all modesty, I honestly think I can help with a little bit of promotion.
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Aleksandar Petrovic
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Posted: 27 April 2017 at 11:33am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I came across this one belatedly

Disturbing, but .... look at the comments at the end! 
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Marten van Wier
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Posted: 27 April 2017 at 6:19pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

What this book really needs is word of mouth, which I hoped would get started after the reaction at the LV and NYC cons. But maybe all the local fans were at the cons! No one to tell!

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That is kind of disappointing to hear, that means that the fandom has shrunk over the years.

As for Star Trek comics being best sellers. I have only been able to look up sales numbers from the Marvel run in the 90s, and though they are higher than the current IDW Star Trek comics sales are (but I think this was from a time when comics in general sold more) I don't think it was a major seller back in those days either compared to other comic franchises.

Those numbers would be great today but I think it was from a time when publishers expected a lot bigger sales numbers for a comic to be considered profitable.

I have not idea about the DC run sales numbers but I would not be surprised if DC considered Star Trek a side business as best to their major titles.

Edit: based on the site that I use to look into sales numbers, the number of comics that used to sell 100.000 issues or more (well that or pre order numbers) has severely declined compared to comic sales of today.


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Posted: 27 April 2017 at 9:10pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I came across this one belatedly.

I'll confess to a degree of amusement when kno-nothings try to construct timelines. My work has declined since I started "managing" this site? Another manifestation of the sliding scale of "his old stuff was better." Which "old stuff"? Anything that isn't recent, apparently. Altho when this website started is pretty close to when I started on the commissions. I haven't heard anyone suggest they represent a major decline. (Altho there are those who flip the scenario, and insist I "put more into" commissions. Well, yeah, genius. There's more to a 20"x30" commission than a 10"x15" page. Do the math.*)

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* And that's not even counting those who seem unable to understand that they are viewing the large commissions at a very much reduced scale, so OF COURSE the art is going to seem more "dense".

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James Woodcock
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Posted: 28 April 2017 at 6:29am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Just read the Traveler.

Well, that wasn't what I expected at all! And that's a good thing. Really like this one, and also like the two page back up - is this going to be like my (possibly false) memory is of how you used to intro stories in the past went? A couple of couple page intros to the story followed by the main event? I used to love when that happened.
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Aleksandar Petrovic
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Posted: 28 April 2017 at 10:22am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Commissions are spectacular. 

I had no idea about them until I joined the forum, but I've seen quite a few pictures of completed works online since then, and I am truly envious of those who can afford the largest ones. 

Those recent solo Galactus pieces are a daydream for a mancave wall of every manchild. The thought has been brewing in the back of my mind since January, but I have to thread carefully, because this is genuine "wife would kill me" territory :D She learned to be tolerant of my comic books, but vinyl revival has pushed things close to the edge of gravitational collapse that produces supernova :D

In any case, the type of post I pointed to is a great example of online flak that I was referring to early on. If there is some kind of pattern to it all, it seems that the flak is produced by comic book fans who would like you to draw a series like it's 1982. New Visions gets unfairly in the crosshairs here, because it is not what they want to see.   

But with commissions, you do draw. Through commissions you draw everything, all the characters are still produced. So instead of putting down New Visions because it is something different, these folks should simply order their Hulk commission.          
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Posted: 28 April 2017 at 10:25am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Well, yeah. It really isn't anyone's business how one pursues his craft.
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Posted: 28 April 2017 at 11:34am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

John Kirk's review of the issue is up on TREKCore.com. Very positive, too, which is gratifying given the amount of work -- including unexpected extra work! -- went into the issue.

(One note to the poster "Corylea" -- having only negative opinions is the same as having no opinions at all.)

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Aleksandar Petrovic
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Posted: 28 April 2017 at 11:39am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

And poster "Trent" confirmed what I suspect above...   
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