A Network of Christian Fellowship for Comics Fans, Pros, and Amateurs
wanted to share these thoughts with this community for discussion.
I find that as a fan of christian comics (using the term as an umbrella to the genre, including graphic novels, bible based works, faith based works which may or may not be explicitly Christian, and even mainstream projects done by Christian creators).
The comic book industry is a relatively small market, and christian comics is one of the smallest of the small in that market.
Yet as creators we can spend so much of our time searching for this small market. We search and find out what we already know, there isn't a large market.
The reality is that we are the audience, and we need to grow ourselves.
So let us consider how how to build our audience.
I can think of several people that I know who might enjoy comics, but don't currently read comics. So what is keeping them from becoming fans of comics?
A few obstacles that I've observed.
Foremost seems to be that no one is introducing and inviting them try comics. I think that getting into, or getting back into, comics is intimidating.
We need to be the ones inviting those we know to read comics.
Having someone listen and recommend titles to a newcomer based on their interest would do wonders.
Another obstacle is that money. There can be a hesitancy to go out and spend money to find out if they like comics.
Lend out books, give books as gifts.
The public library often has many great graphic novels available and can be a free way of introducing others.
Start a graphic novel/comic book club.
A once a month meeting where we read and discuss graphic novels sounds awesome to me. This can also be done online (chat, google + hang out, etc).
Support & Promote other creators.
There are several reasons to celebrate other creators success, but the success of any christian creators builds our genre as a whole and thus benefits us all.