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Quote the day | ‘We’re … creating some of the best comics in history’

“The numbers don’t lie: More people are reading Image comics every single week, and those numbers are going to increase, whether they get them from your stores or from someplace else, because no offense to everyone who made the last 20 years so vital and creative, but right now, we’re blasting headlong into the future and creating some of the best comics in history.

See – in the past, when everyone claimed the sky was falling, it was because we were losing readers in droves – and worse, we were losing stores – because our numbers had been inflated by speculation. But the reason the sky isn’t falling now – the reason we’re actually skyrocketing – is because there are readers – real readers, the kind of customers we all want – in abundance. It’s our job – yours, mine, and the creators we publish – to capture their attention and give them the kind of experience they’ll come back for again and again.”

– Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson, in his speech at the Diamond Retailer Summit at C2E2

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He nailed it on the head.

Well said.

I sure as hell have been reading more Image and less DC and Marvel lately, that’s for sure.

I wouldn’t say Image is creating GREAT comics. Most of their stuff is poorly drawn and lettered, and badly edited; though they do have SOME good stuff. However, I WOULD say that more and more people ARE reading them because Marvel and DC’s comics keep declining in quality.

I wouldn’t say Image is creating GREAT comics.

Then can you give me an example of a GREAT comic? Just curious what standards they aren’t meeting.

We’ll see what impact Image will have on the industry long term, but right now they’re doing a great job providing an alternative to the Big Two. I’m curious to see how retailers order Image books in the future because right now it looks like all of their series are being underordered. When will we see an Image book in the Top Ten?

We’ll see what impact Image will have on the industry long term, but right now they’re doing a great job providing an alternative to the Big Two.

After 20 years, I think it’s safe to say they’ve already had a huge long-term impart on the industry.

I’m curious to see how retailers order Image books in the future because right now it looks like all of their series are being underordered. When will we see an Image book in the Top Ten?

Given that the Walking Dead is the first Image book to place in Comichron’s March 2012 sales estimates (at No. 54), it may be a while. (Next up is Fatale at No. 89.) That being said, take a look at the sales for TPBs. Walking Dead dominates.

Image is creating outstanding comics and, even better, I think they’re setting good precedents. The comics industry would do well, both with fans and with new readers, to look more like Image. Also, Eric Stephenson’s blog is pretty great. He speaks truth, keeps it real and has good taste. This is the real shit. Count me in.

“in the past, when everyone claimed the sky was falling, it was because we were losing readers in droves – and worse, we were losing stores – because our numbers had been inflated by speculation.”

He talks about speculation like it was some outside natural force, existing beyond Image’s control. Let’s not forget, Image directly contributed to the speculator bubble with hype, variant covers and other stunts, and a close working relationship with Wizard magazine. I like to see creator-owned comics as much as the next person, but a few, in historical terms, minor hits and a small uptick in quality do not make me optimistic about a change in the long-term fortunes of Image or the U.S. comics industry and the direct market.

@Earth-2 Chad: Saga #1 came in at #40. I could see it building up to top ten after a couple years, but it’s unlikely. Maybe the Morrison book might premiere in the top ten.

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