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Re: [Groop] How long does it take, anyway....
Then put out two books at a time. Surely the market can stand that, when
they're only ten bucks apiece. Most trade paperbacks seem to be $15-$18
and contain a lot more material. Four issues isn't enough to satiate
inexperienced Groopies like me for the six months between each one, when
we haven't read the stories before.
Here's an idea though: Pack the 12 Image issues into one BIG
trade paperback. That would be, hmm, 330 pages or so? Anyway, enough
material to actually satisfy readers appetites for six months, and you
could charge maybe $20 for it. Unless you're already planning to reprint
them in some other format....
On Sun, 30 Apr 2000, Mark Evanier wrote:
> On Sun, 30 Apr 2000 23:44:04 -0500 (CDT), Jennifer A Burdoo
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >....To do a trade paperback? I missed discovering Groo until a year or
> >two ago, and now everything I could have gotten is gone. I have a few of
> >the back issues, three of the Image ones, and three of the Epic
> >TPBs. But since all those issues are done with, what does it take to put
> >them into paperback form? Yeah, yeah, I know I don't know anything. But
> >still, it seems to me that all it should take is a cover (which would take
> >Sergio three seconds to draw). Color it, letter the title and add one of
> >the famous Mark epilogues, stick four issues inside and voila! (literally,
> >"cheese dip") you have a Groo trade paperback. (Save that they'd fall
> >apart, so you'd have to add glue and so on first). Hell, you could flood
> >the market with them. How come Mark and Sergio don't do that?
> > And when is the next one coming out?
> ME: It takes us very little time to do a trade paperback...the amount
> of time it takes Sergio to do a cover and the new illos and me to
> write the text stuff. That's about two days' work.
> The trouble is that Dark Horse believes that the market can only bear
> so many at a time. If we put too many out close to each other,
> they'll eat into the sales of each other and be unprofitable.
> The next one is THE GROO JAMBOREE and I think it comes out in June or
> > And which ones are still in print?
> ME: THE GROO HOUNDBOOK and THE GROO INFERNO.
> > And how come they don't make a Groo action figure, along the same
> >lines as the Usagi figure from Antarctic Toys? With a little toy Rufferto
> >to go with him?
> ME: No one wants to put one out ...so far.
> > And how come they don't write a Groo story EVERY month?
> ME: Because we don't wanna.
> > And how come there isn't a "Groo" brand of cheese dip?
> ME: Because we hate the taste of cheese dip.
> > Or a "Groo" brand of mulch?
> ME: Because we hate the taste of mulch.
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