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Success in Comics: Creator Syndicate President Jack Newcombe

Creators Syndicate president Jack Newcombe was the second speaker. In what I’m assuming was a grab the audience’s attention, he told us he was going to talk about pirates, porn and ________. It got my attention, but only 2/3 of it. “Did he just say porn?” By the time I refocused, I missed the third intended topic.

Notes:

  • Pirates don’t follow the rules. They’re different. Creators Syndicate is a pirate
  • We’re in the middle of digital revolution. Newspaper will be profitable for number of years, but is on a terminal decline. Embrace it and move on
  • Change can create an irrational fear of loss. 2012 will be hard for a lot of people; there will be pain and nostalgia for a different era
  • Creators is in its 25th year and having the best year ever. They’ve doubled their sales staff
  • His father, Rick Newcombe, decided to start a syndicate that gave the copyrights to the creators
  • The 2008 recession hit and many newspapers had borrowed too much in good times. It was a blow for the industry.
  • There is hope. Porn!
  • In 1969 the US Supreme Court ruled on porn. When asked to define it, one of the justices said, “I know it when I see it”
  • We’re in entertainment business. What’s funny? “I don’t know, but I know it when I see it”
  • There is no formula for success. The only way to get better at something is to do it over and over again
  • When doing something creative, there is no standard for success except your own
  • In the future Creators will use different mediums to distribute work
  • They’re getting into the ebook business, podcasting and a comedy site to promote their cartoonists
  • Asked about their submission process: All submissions are read by 2-3 people. If good, goes on to editors and if enough like it, the offer a development contract
  • Creators will roll out a new comic website. Better than GoComics. It will be cool. Have a business model. It will serve the same purpose of as comics in newspapers

Community Comments

#1 John Platt
February/28/2012
@ 11:58 am

Hope the new site will be like the ‘old’ old comics.com site. That was COOL and way easy to use.

#2 Daniel Beyer
February/29/2012
@ 5:01 pm

You had me at porn.

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