Updated on 16 October, 2021
Independent comics cover a massive variety of American comic books that have appeared throughout the decades, after the underground comix revolution of the late 1960's and early 1970's. These alternative comic book titles offer an alternative to the norm by telling truly unique stories told through unconventional means. Many of these titles are written by a wide variety of creators who come from all walks of life including professional comic book writers, artist and sometimes even publishers. The diversity of talent and style seen in independent comic books is what leads to their growing popularity among readers.
Comic book culture is very big at the moment and is very popular with people of all ages. However, the fact that many of these comic books are sold without the traditional publishing channels has led to their growth in popularity amongst readers who love to read independent comics but cannot buy them in their local stores. Many people purchase these titles because they offer an alternative to the comics and graphic novel industry that are often sold in traditional media. These titles offer readers real value for money and have shown in recent years that they are able to sell in large numbers.
Many of today's most popular celebrities are also avid readers and fans of independent comics. Celebrities such as Oprah and Julia Roberts have encouraged young readers to purchase independent comics and to encourage others to do so as well. Even the popular DC comics titles " Batman Beyond Burne" and " Robin Day" have been written by famous DC comic book writers including DC Entertainment Head honcho Geoff Johns. There are many other famous names involved in independent comics such as Kurt Busiek and Tomasi discussed in "Comics Uprising: An Alternative Comic Revolution" by Greg Pak. Image South Park creator Matt Stone is also another example of an creator who gets his start writing and drawing for indie comics.
As an independent publisher, you can sell whatever you want of this literary material. You do not need a publishing company or literary agent to help you promote your books, although those are both good options. Your best bet is to sign up with multiple publishers so you can gain exposure for your work. Keep in mind that indie comics do not have to conform to the conventions of traditional comics. In fact, many of today's greatest creators started out doing things independent of the mainstream. Just be aware of potential scams with companies who claim to represent you.
With the rise of the Internet, indie comics are more accessible than ever. This is great for all writers and artists because it allows you to reach a much larger audience for your work. If you are selling an independent comic in your local store, you probably won't make very much money. However, when you get an online outlet such as eBay or a website like ClickBank, the potential is much greater. For example, a quick search for "indie comic" and you'll find a plethora of places to sell your wares, including auctions and personal websites.
Even in this day and age, selling online is still a very new market. The most successful store, Comic Book Legal High School, has sold more comic books in a month than some of the biggest retailers have done in a year. With the rise of ebooks, graphic novel sales are at an all time high. Selling digital copies is a huge market and many people choose this path over print. Indie comics are ideal for this because the cost is much lower and there are no production costs.
Whether you are selling fiction, graphic novels or one of the various types of alternative media, it is important that you keep your information current. A lot of people who buy comics will never go back to the publisher's store again. It would be incredibly irresponsible to publish a new book, only to not give any information about the previous issues that came out just before you're going to release the new one. This is why it's imperative to keep your comics current.
It can be hard work trying to get into this industry, but the rewards are tremendous. Selling images alone can be lucrative for independent comics, especially with digital webcollections coming out daily. Selling comics as part of a larger store can allow you to work with the most popular publishers while selling a wide variety of titles. Whether you want to sell your image comics as part of a store, or as a creator of your own independent dark horse comics, there are plenty of options for you to consider.