Over the past 25 years, Microcosm Publishing has come to sell millions of books, against all odds, and seemingly by accident. This week we explore what the motivations, key decisions, mistakes, and underlying factors were that led to this success and becoming a proper "Midlist" publisher.
Over the past 25 years it's been awkward to watch how publishers try to paint themselves as plain enough for all people. The events of the past year have demonstrated the timeliness of expressing our values. Rather than trying to avoid having stances on issues, modern publishers are succeeding by aligning themselves with modern movements.
This week's question is "Why does a publisher release a new edition if a book is already successful?"
At first an author is so excited that people have read their book and wants to engage with them but quickly this can simmer into resentment. This week, Faith G Harper (Unfuck Your Brain) and Joseph Green (CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting) help us to understand what healthy boundaries
This week we answer reader questions from Anastacia Ferry: What did you think of Diamond stopping production and how it's affected the comic book world?
What do you think of Diamond in general as a small publisher?
How do you think the world of comics needs to change after the pandemic?