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How to Self-Publish Your Own Comic Book [Paperback]

Tony Caputo
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

March 1 1997
How to Self-Publish Your Own Comic Book is the only reference of its kind, providing complete information on all aspects of the comic book industry and publishing process. Included are sections on:

• Getting started

• Securing trademarks and copyrights

• Comic book creation

• Printers and color separators

• Contracts

• Distribution and sales

• Marketing strategies

• Promotions and public relations

• Budgeting and bookkeeping

• Acquiring needed capital

• Buying and selling secondary rights

Rounding out the volume is a helpful appendix listing that includes the names and addresses of recommended printers, distributors, foreign publishers, comic book industry publications, domestic and foreign comic specialty shops, and related computer resources, making this a truly unique reference that no self-publisher should be without.

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About the Author

Tony C. Caputo is the publisher of hundreds of comic books, including such well-known titles as Speed Racer™, Astro Boy™, The Terminator™, The Real Ghostbusters™, Vespers™, and The Green Hornet™. From 1989 to 1994, he served on the board of directors of the Comics Magazine Association of America (CMAA). and has worked as a publishing consultant for a variety of companies, including Disney Publications and Walter Joseph Communications. He has also produced over 20 volumes of Speed Racer home videos and gift sets, and has collaborated with such legendary industry talents as Harlan Ellison, Neal Abrams, Jim Steranko, Mike Baron, and Jeff Butler.

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3.0 out of 5 stars a nice book for ideas but.. Oct. 5 2002
the infotmation is now 5 years old so while its a good book to get ideas about cost that information needs to be updated.
The book is not geared to the just starting out writer or artist as one reviewer already stated. unless your rich or have a good business background this book is not for you
at least not right away
i am not sorry to own this book but i think the book could have done a better job on actual creating of ads rather then waste a few pages with comic con types of aadvertising. more tips to finding good people rather than just pluging a few talent scouts also whould be helpful
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wealth of Resources June 17 2003
By J. Eure
This book is worth getting just for the comic book resouce listings it contains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Self-Publish Your Own Comic Book: Feb. 17 2003
I am an indy comic book publisher at eigoMANGA.com, and I used this book for the last 3 years to get my company started from the very bottom.
This book is my bible in terms of building my company at eigoMANGA.com. I have it secretly stashed in my desk and let people believe that I'm a comic book genius.
The blueprints are spelled out in this book so you can't go wrong. Yeah, it can be alittle intimidating sometimes so read the parts that are relevant to your needs at that time. When I started out in my dining room several years ago, I didn't need to know about worldwide distribution, now I do.
This industry is a real rat-race, with very few big time people wanting to help you. Mr. Caputo and this book is a blessing!
With a little bit of desire, work ethic, and Mr. Caputo's book, you are destined to go far in this industry. TRUST ME!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the pro - decent for the amatuer May 4 2002
Tony's book is a wealth of information on comic book publishing, from hiring free-lancers, drawing up contracts, dealing with printing, and doing paperwork. I found many parts to be very helpful - especially for the detail-oriented person in me. However, for the small independent publisher in me, it was a little too much. For example, Tony writes about renting office space, hiring lawyers, and doing complicated spreadsheets. In other words, while I found this book helpful with some aspects, the book seems written more for the large scale indy publishers with plenty of money to invest, rather than the small scale bartender/writer collaborating with his artist friend, and working out of his own home - which, I think, is how most of us aspiring comic creators start out... right?
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I've given this book 5 stars because of how it has excited me about the possibilities of self-published comics. Like any other 'how to' book, it doesn't tell you everything of course. But its an excellent source of information that, I believe, has pointed me in the right direction. Thanks Tony!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for novice, average for serious comics fans Dec 26 2001
By A Customer
The author covers a lot of territory. However, it stays rather general, which is good if you are new to the topic. If you are a comics fan however, you probably already know at least half of the info presented in this book. The other half is interesting, but not captivating.
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