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Quote of the day | Kieron Gillen on the economics of independent comics

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Quote of the day | Kieron Gillen on the economics of independent comics

“We’ve been doing Phonogram for over 4 years, not including the years before the first series came out. Imagine if we could have just done the comic and not had to deal with any of the shit we’ve had to. We’d have been up to issue 44 now. Instead, we have 13 issues. … I feel frustrated. Enormously lucky, sure, but frustrated. We’ve done this wonderful thing we’re crazy-proud about. But if the whole economic system was just a couple of degrees to the left, everything would have been different. I mean, just to give you an idea about narrow the margins are between what we are and what we could be, if we were selling 6K instead of 4K, we could have done those 44 issues. The difference between breaking even and actually being able to do it in comics is insane. It’s like being kept under ice, clawing. I feel like a bonsai plant.”

— writer Kieron Gillen, discussing why “The Singles Club” is the final volume of his and Jamie McKelvie’s Image series Phonogram

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