Richard C. Meyer, the man behind the YouTube channel Diversity & Comics, took to Twitter yesterday to post the principles of Comicsgate. My favorite was number three. Here it is:
It’s a strange position to take. Each official Comicsgate “graphic novel” on IndieGoGo comes autographed. If Comicsgate creators are workers, why then are they autographing their comics? My guess is to make the unreasonable price point seem more tolerable.
Although some people care about autographs, I am not one of them. Autographs are an outdated concept. Back in olden times, autographs proved you had some type of interaction with a celebrity.
The selfie replaced the autograph a long time ago.
Comicsgate is all about the creator as a celebrity
Meyer wouldn’t be able to sell his overpriced graphic novels if he didn’t have a popular YouTube show. The same is true with all the other Comicsgate creators. Ethan Van Sciver has them on his YouTube show all the time. He does this to make them Comicsgate celebrities. This helps them sell their overpriced books to the Comicsgate community.
Comicsgate is all about the comic creator being a celebrity. The business model depends on it.