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Subj: Re: A Poll---3 TIMES A MONTH or a bigger book
Posted: Wed May 20, 2009 at 01:42:25 pm EDT (Viewed 73 times)
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    Because the cost of printing today isn't that major of a factor. The cost to print a regular colored comic is something under 35 cents per issue for Marvel and DC. Going to black and white reduces the price per issue by something like 5 cents, so it's not going to result in comics for $1.99.

    I've seen indie creators talk about how going to the old school paper is actually more expensive, since no one really uses it anymore. So things like economies of scale wouldn't work there.

    Two factors for the price of comics are the distribution method and low sells. The unit cost for a comic that sells 1 million copies is a lot lower than the unit cost for a comic that sells 10 thousand copies.

Interesting! I did not know that.


I can't remember if it was David Gabriel or Joe Quesada (maybe both, the question comes up fairly often) but the response was that changing paper stock wouldn't do enough to impact the price of a comic. The difference is negligible. I know I've heard this from various comics editors, but I can't find a reference link at the moment.

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