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September 13, 2010

JAVILAND Episode 39 Interview

Filed under: Audio,Thoughts — M Kitchen @ 3:24 pm

Last night Javier Hernandez (creator of EL MUERTO, MAN-SWAMP and WEAPON TEX-MEX) invited me on his JAVILAND podcast to discuss my Thoughts on Digital Comics and File Sharing post I wrote back on September 5th. We chatted for an hour and a half and you can listen to it all here:

[audio: http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-24098/TS-396435.mp3]

One point I should have made more clear regarding the hypothetical t-shirt bootleg situation is that if someone were to make unauthorized Spy Guy merchandise, one positive way to look at the situation is that this bootlegger is testing the market for me. If they are able to successfully sell unauthorized merchandise, just think of how successful I could be marketing AUTHORIZED merchandise to that same market! It’s the law of supply and demand. If people want something, they’re going to find a way to get it. So why not market to that audience, give it to them and profit? And don’t forget, as owner of the copyright and trademark, I have the legal high ground if I were ever decide to exercise my power and go after them.

Another point I just thought of regarding digital comics: Resolution. We’ve all heard stories about artists who create their comic for the internet and save the files in a low resolution that makes printing them at high quality impossible. That’s something to think about when offering an online version of your work. It helps to deter counterfeit editions being mass produced. And because you hold the original high resolution version, that allows you to control the high quality reproduction in the physical world.

The last point is to make sure that you always offer a way for the reader (in cyberspace or meatspace) to link back to you so that your current work is always acting as an advertisement for your future work.

Hey! Here is a photo of Javier Hernandez with the Kitchen Brothers from WonderCon 2010!


  1. Nice! And here we are with my audio ‘stolen’ from my podcast!!

    JUST KIDDING!! The podcast is now done, so hopefully people will listen to it here or there or wherever. And thanks for the links. See, this is file sharing in the digital age. Reciprocation.

    I felt we had a real good discussion on a variety of issues that should matter to our fellow self-publishing cartoonists.
    Maybe Mike and I should have our own TV show talking bout making comics?!

    Thanks Mike!


    Comment by Javier Hernandez — September 14, 2010 @ 10:27 am

  2. Arh! I be a SHARING pirate!

    Speaking of which, I posted a link over at the CBR forum where this whole convesation started. Curious if those folks will listen and chime in.

    Cross pollination is a good way for us DIY indy types to get our work noticed by like minded people.

    TV show sounds great. Let’s do it!

    Comment by M Kitchen — September 14, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

  3. Mike, I been getting some real good responses to your episode. I’m telling ya man, you got moxie!

    Comment by Javier Hernandez — September 14, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

  4. What has been the general consensus Javier? I would expect that those in the “anti-piracy” camp would be up in arms, and I would expect those in the “piracy” camp would be out making bootleg SPY GUY t-shirts. Haha!

    Is there an online place where people have been posting comments or have they been direct messaging you?

    At any rate, keep me posted!
    The moxie was easy, ’cause I had a great host!

    Comment by M Kitchen — September 15, 2010 @ 8:44 am

  5. Some phone calls and chats with friends of mine. And some comments…probably either Twitter and/or Facebook. Nowadays, it’s all one CONSTANT media, I don’t remember!

    Some folks actually like the format, in that I’m doing a one-on-one talk with an artist. They find you to be a good subject as well. I was hoping to hear people weighing in with actual opinions about the show, but I think the listeners like to mull the content over in their heads….

    Just for the response you got though, I definitely wanna have you back on the show!

    Now I gotta get back to the set. We’re filming a Spy Guy/Possum movie. Multi-million dollar budget, I’m the writer and producer. I’m doing a cameo with Bruce Willis (Spy Guy) and Justin Timberlake (The Possum). See you guys at the premiere!

    Comment by Javier Hernandez — September 15, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

  6. If it’ll get me a distribution deal with Scholastic I’m all for it.
    I can’t wait to see that movie poster.

    Comment by M Kitchen — September 16, 2010 @ 8:16 am

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