Hey FriendsSince we all desire a certain level of success in this business/ministry of Christian Comics ,I thought that I would ask a question. Who or what is the most successful Christian comic book title? I'm defining success by popularity/exposure, longevity and units moved. Why have certain titles "made it" while other "seem" to limp along? In this quest to be successful I'm looking to them that have managed to end up in the light. This is by no means a new topic or give man the glory mission, but valuable in terms of research and the ability to get solid content to a community that is willing to recieve and consume it.Clint D. Johnsonwww.newcreationnow.com
Speaking of UMI, does anyone know what's happening with their Guardian line? I have a couple issues of Seekers because I met writer Kevin McCarthy a couple years ago.
Ralph Ellis Miley said:
I would have guessed Marvel, because llluminator was published, copyrighted and trademarked by Marvel. It was also anchored in Marvel continuity (issue #1 refers to Dallas as "the place where the X-Men were supposed to have died.") It would be nice to find out, even though I can't afford to do anything with it.
PowerMark #1 shows 2000 for it's copyright. #24 seems to be missing a copyright date, but it can't be more than a few years old. I'm guessing it came out in 2005 or 06. For now, let's call it 24 issues plus digests over a 6 year run. That's nothing to sneeze at.
I heard somewhere that PowerMark Productions and/or Quest Ministries (the publisher) was connected with the Assemblies of God Church. Did that make it a denominational publication? Can anyone confirm or deny this?
So the question remains, what did the PowerMark people do right?
Clint DeRon Johnson said:
Clint, thanks for defining success. That was my big question, because I feel good answers depend on your definition. I intend to limit my replies to what we might consider modern Christian comics, too. While I have nothing against the "classics," I suspect you were referring to the more modern comics.
Most popular/exposure - I'd say it's a toss up between Archangels and the Z GNs, with an honorable mention to the EyeWitness books.
Greatest longevity - Cardinal Adventures. No one else comes close to Kurt's 17 year run.
Units moved - Left Behind! Those skinny GNs had sales numbers that made Marvel & DC exceedingly jealous of Tyndale. If someone could pick up the rights and continue the series, they'd have a built in market...
A question for the historians, though - I thought I'd heard "Treasure Chest" was available to the public in the last few years of its run. Is this true or not?
A question for the record - who has the rights to Illuminator? That's another book that ought to be resurrected.
Ralph Ellis Miley said:
Concerning the Illuminator, Don Ensign, Kevin Yong, and I wrote an extensive article about the Thomas Nelson/Marvel collaboration that appeared in the New Creation newsletter. We might post that article on the New Creation blog.