I don’t quite understand the popularity of some vendors at SPACE.
I know it sounds like I’m jealous, but hear me out…
There were a few tables that always had a customer at them. While I was (frequently) restocking the free Ironically-Titled Super-Sized Tiny Life Mini-Comic Preview Comic at the freebee table, I stopped by. I wanted to see what all the ruckus was about. Most of the comics they were selling looked like a fifth-grader drew it. They were poorly put together – zeroxed without staples – and they were written as if they were trying to out-crap each other: “Hey, this is the worst thing I can think of! Beat that!”
On the other hand, two creators that I respect and I frequently talked to had no one at their tables. One of them won the SPACE Award for the best comic book last year, the other one is up for the LA Times Best Book of the Year Award (not Best Comic of the Year, Best Book of the Year). I talked to both of them for a good solid hour and neither had one customer during our conversations.
How is this possible? How is it that one person, a person that has a proven track record of crap, has a constant stream of paying customers while someone who has proven to be nationally acclaimed picks up the stragglers?
Is it because people prefer crap? Is it because the better stuff is more expensive? Is it the clientele? I think it might be a little of everything.
Most of the stuff I saw fell into a few categories:
- hot chick/porn
The people I’m talking about – the critically acclaimed folk – made something that doesn’t fall into those categories. They made something original. They said something that hasn’t been said before and they said it beautifully. Unfortunately, originality isn’t valued by most people; most people won’t pay for something new. A few people will pay out the nose for something original, but your average joe won’t pay more than a dollar if it makes them think.
So maybe I’ll take it as a compliment that I sold about as much as either of these creators.
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