The COMIC MANIFESTOS ARE FUCKING STUPID manifesto

After reading, reading, Reading, Reading, reading, and READING on all these new limp-wristed manifesto about comics, I thought I would put in my two cents

1. Nobody gives a fuck. Most people want to read a book here and there, and are looking for a cool graphic or something “funky” or whatever. But in then end? They really don’t give a shit…at least not as much as comic readers and makers. They are not die hard fans, they are people who just want to be entertained. Remember, not everyone is a NERD like us. When I say this I’m saying that as much as we can LOVE comics, and pursue it full on, really there is only a small amount of us. Everyone else just digs Batman, or Cosplay, or Video games, or just want to be entertained for the afternoon and see underage girls have nip-slips at sweaty cons. We’re the only assholes writing Manifestos and taking this shit seriously.

2. People want entertainment to come to them. Most folks, unless they are fucking NERDS like us, will not go to a comic shop. They don’t give a shit, and it looks stupid. They can just go to the nicely laid out bookstore where people don’t smell like soup and buy a book. No one gives a fuck about some cool “underground” store with “weird” shit in it.  Nope. They will buy what is convenient or REALLY fucking cool, so pick a side. This also goes with format. Put it in EVERYTHING is you can, especially with POD printing and such. You don’t need much else.

3. Webcomics isn’t anything to anybody. Not really. When someone sees a gag strip from XKCD or anywhere else, they love the comic sure, and may share it, but I don’t think many people press the previous arrow or subscribe to the RSS right there. They say “HA!” share with some friends and go on there way. Again only those nerds that being addressed with a certain comic and/or follow a certain genre or culture with it, really give a hot damn.

Sry,GOT TO RUIN UR FUNZ, NERD

4. “LOVE US WITH MONEY” is ultimately what everyone is looking for. This is the whole argument, really, and you know what? Make a good fucking comics and hey maybe people will. These are tough times, but we’re not the first to have them. IT CAN BE DONE, just look at the proof.

5. Comics aren’t going anywhere. By the way side, with a wailing doom Sayers out there. be it the coming of Manga, the death of Direct Marketing, Graphic Novels killing Floppies, Webcomics killing Comics etc, we’re still here and it’s still making comics. There is good shit coming out. Not GREAT shit, but good shit.

6. You need to concern yourself with MAKING COMICS and PROMOTING THE SHIT OUT OF THE THING. Make it, and show it. REPEAT for a couple of years. Doesn’t take? Too bad, move to the next project.

7. Vaginas and Penises  are the least of it. I really don’t care WHO is reading my book, as long as they can enjoy it. Our fiddly bits are the least of it.

8. Scott Pilgrim was not the Comics Jesus, so stop looking for one. The reason it didn’t blow the fuck up, is that most people had their full, they know what comics are. THEY JUST DON’T CARE.  So move on. No one is going to just turn around and say “hey, you make comics?!?!” and start blowing you. No.

Making comics is like Magic, see....

9. We’ll get there. Look at San Diego Comic-Cock,  look at ANY con nowadays and attendance is UP. We are making more nerds with this, but also a real audience too. We’re getting there and people will look just keep pumping the work out.

10. Stop trying to be Marvel or DC or whoever.… make comics, make connections and talk to people. You need to be your own evangelist/salesman. If you can’t, then your comics is not good enough. Move on.

I say this with a lot of love…..and BOILING ANGER.

Go make comics people, that’s all…

About Juan Navarro

Juan Navarro is an Artist and Writer, who works in Comics and Film, past works include ZOMBIE YEARS, TOMMY (with John Ulloa) and the webcomic VIGIL, and currently the Editor-in-Chief of CREATURE ENTERTAINMENT. Past film credits include WALL OF SHAME, THANKS GRANDPA and COLLECTORS. Upcoming projects are REZ and 5.BRO
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4 Responses to The COMIC MANIFESTOS ARE FUCKING STUPID manifesto

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  2. amuletts says:

    Hahahaha! Yes, I get tired of these things too. Yet there’s something amusing about Soothsaying Nerds.

  3. juannavarro says:

    I just feel that at times we take things WAY too serious.
    We should be making, and when we’re MAKING Manifesto it takes the eye off the ball. Just keep making and let the rest come in. Make something awesome and everything will fall in place…

    How do I know? …… I don’t.

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