Kelly Sue DeConnick
Yes! I will totally be there! (Sadly, no, the rest of the family will not.) I won’t be at a table, but I will be at the following places, at the following times:
Signing at Marvel Booth (#515)
Signing at Marvel Booth (#515)
Next Big Thing Panel
Unless I’m spacing something (entirely possible–I’ve had 12 hours sleep cumulatively over the last three nights), that’s all I’ve got scheduled.
HOWEVER, if you see me on the floor — I will be the 5 foot tall red-headed lady with the bright orange backpack — feel free to stop me. I will have Things To Show You. I also have a few Captain Marvel buttons left.
See you there.
Fraction just put our panel schedule up on his blog! When we’re not on panels, you’ll probably be able to find us at our table — M-06. Walk in and come straight to the back. We’ve got a few meetings/appointments/whatnot that may tear us away from time to time, but we’ll try to be there as much as we can. (I brought my laptop and I’ve got a ton of work to do. Pray for a Wi-Fi signal for me, will you? Wah wah.)
In addition to what Fraction posted, I’ve got a signing with Phil Noto for GHOST at Dark Horse (#702) at 1pm on Sunday. Our book’s not out yet, so they’ve put together a FREE PRINT for us to sign! Come by and get you one.
Oh! Oh! And at some point today, I should have unofficial Captain Marvel buttons to give out. Follow me on twitter — @kellysue — and I’ll let you know when they arrive!
It was announced over the weekend at WonderCon that Dexter Soy and I will be doing a Captain Marvel book starring Carol Danvers, starting in July of this year–my birthday week, as it happens. Happy birthday to me!
I’ve got interview links to share galore:
That is absolutely and in no uncertain terms not meant to vilify the retailer. They retailer is as much a victim of this system as anyone — they’re working with surprisingly slim profit margins and unlike their brethren at Barnes & Noble, their products are not returnable. Which means, whatever they order, they have to be able to sell through–or they’re stuck with it. They’ve got limited shelf space and literally hundreds of titles choose from every month. I do no envy them their position. The system makes it very difficult for the retailer to take risks…
Which is where pre-ordering comes into play. If you register your interest in a title–your commitment even, if you do it in the form of a pull–with your retailer, then they know that they’ve got a guaranteed sale there. And the more pre-orders they have for a title, the more likely they are to order a couple extra for the shelf, because they can have a reasonable confidence that the book will have some buzz. The better the orders, the better the forecast, and the more likely the publisher is to keep putting out the resources to keep producing the book. Remember, they’re working with limited resources too–I know, I know–but think in terms of time, not money. There are only so many editors in an office, they can only spread their attention so thin. The number of books that can be produced by any one office is limited and the ones that will win out are the ones that are expected to bring in the highest profits. Feels crass, I know, but at every stop on along the way, this is a business.
Without pre-orders, the retailer has to intuit how many copies of the book they’re going to be able sell based on their experience with similar titles in the past. With Captain Marvel, we’re asking them to work out an algorithm based on what?
So. I don’t mean to sound dramatic. Really, no one’s life depends on this, does it? I worked in a surgery clinic for a while–that was life and death. This? It’s not a career-killer. This is just a bummer. And the bummer is that we’re swimming upstream here. Without preorders, retailers are going to quite naturally make modest assumptions about our prospects.
Does that all make sense? There are no bad guys here. We’re all stuck in the same machine.
All that said, I don’t have a better idea! I’d advocate revolution if I had ANY idea how to do it better. I do not. I leave that to wiser folks. In the meantime, with apologies in place, I ask you –
If you favor an underdog–and if you read superheroes, I’m betting you do–and if you think you might be willing to take a $3 or $4 (I confess, I have no idea what price point we’ll be at) gamble on Carol, Dex and I, please let your retailer know by preordering.
When I get back home and I have a chance to breathe, Chris Sebela is going to help me put together a little pre-order form that you can print off this site and take to your local comics shop. We’ll endeavor to thank you for your support by making this as easy as possible.
Of course I’m not the first person to beat this drum. I never said I was. I’m frankly surprised that bit of that interview has gotten all the traction it has. Warren Ellis started making pre-order coupons for his books and advocating the practice easily ten years ago. I humbly recall that I got pissy about it back then. (Sorry, Papa.)
Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Thank you for the insane and unexpected amount of support Carol, Dex, me and Jamie have gotten from you over the past two days. I am… astonished, frankly. You’re challenging my pessimism–which is a very Danvers thing for you to do.
And if our book is not for you? That’s okay. You’re not dooming our comics, our gender, the future of comics, or comics by or about women. Taste is subjective and we can still be friends. (You know, though, if you’ve never pre-ordered a comic before, you might take this opportunity to try it–it doesn’t have to be Captain Marvel. You can take support something else–how about an indie or creator-owned book that might not be stocked by your shop at all with out a preorder?)
And, lastly, in whatever form it may take, I thank you for your passion for comics. Without that, we would have nothing.
Still more good news I neglected to share!
Mr. Brian M. Bendis and I are teaming up once again! This time we’re working with Uh! Maze! Zing! Italian artist EMANUELA LUPACCHINO on the sequel to the ABC TV tie-in Castle: Deadly Storm — Castle: Storm Season. We’re well into it already and let me say Ema is killing it. I’m having so much fun working on this book, I kind of can’t believe it’s happening.
The image below is from the cover, by artist Dustin Weaver.
Man. It’s been a rough couple of weeks around our house with some truly epic illnesses and the death of our beloved dog, Captain Applejack. I’m afraid I’m still reeling. Amidst the doom and gloom, I somehow managed not to share some good news with you–namely, that I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to team with PHIL NOTO and Dark Horse editor Patrick Thorpe to bring back GHOST, starting in Dark Horse Presents #13.
If you know Phil’s work at all, you’re a fan. For more on our take on the character, check out this interview for CBR.
(We won’t look like that. That picture’s, like, 5 years old.)
Also, if you want to mark your calendars:
That’s all we’ve confirmed thus far this year, but there are at least two more possibilities. I’ll update as I know.
© Kelly Sue DeConnick