Support Spy Seal
A few days ago, I encountered one of those status updates on social media that I actually gave a damn about. Considering that the internet is full of unpleasant bullshit and lies that make me scoff and inevitably lose all hope for humanity, I have to say that this only happens once in a blue moon and only during months that are made up of less than five letters, not to mention said months must not have the letter “E” in it. I’m as befuddled at this as you are, so don’t ask. In any case, it was a rather depressing – and I should say rather cautionary – update from an artist that I’ve been following on social media that I’m referring to. The artist in question: none other than the amazing Rich Tommaso, whom you might be unfamiliar with if the only comics you read involve bulky supermen in tights and female characters that fuel your sick wet dreams. He’s best known for his She Wolf series from Image, by the way. Now, if you do know Rich Tommaso, however, then I do not think I even have to talk to you about this, so more power to you.
You see, what prompted him to go on and write perhaps one of the most depressing messages about comic book creation is the fact that his new series entitled Spy Seal, which is coming out later this month, honestly did not perform well at all commercially, and I have to say that this is not some random rant from some slighted artist-type who had illusions of instant acclaim; the guy truly provided anyone who read his message with some perspective and even more questions about how the mainstream comic book industry works. Suffice it to say that there are a lot of factors involved that determine whether a book will sell or not, with most of them having pretty much nothing to do with the stories and artwork themselves.
Now, as much as I want to place the blame on so many sources, I think doing that won’t solve anything. So, instead, I think it’d be better if I told you how to help all those great creators out there who are not getting the credit they so well deserve, and it’s pretty simple actually: there’s no need to act like a damn fool and start fuming over the internet; you don’t have to be one of those armchair activists that sign online petitions; god forbid, you don’t even have to go nuts and start burning down publishers’ offices. All you need to freaking do is buy their books. That’s it. If it’s not carried by your local comic shop, then go ask for it. After all, those shops want you to shill out your cash for them, so it won’t be wise of them to simply turn you away for not wanting to read the thousands of crap about men in tights they have on stand.
As for me, I can’t wait to get my hands on Spy Seal, so here’s hoping the comic book store in my area will actually be able to get even just a single copy for me.