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Re: [Groop] How long does it take, anyway....

Oh, that's fine.  I appreciate your candidness.  I understand there are
business protocols to this sort of thing, and I'm not complaining, because
the joy really IS in the anticipation.  We'll still get Groo stuff.  I
just....<sniffle>....wish we didn't have to <censored> WAIT for it! :)
Long Live Groo, Rufferto, and all else Aragones and Evanier.

On Mon, 1 May 2000, Mark Evanier wrote:

> On Mon, 1 May 2000 01:16:13 -0500 (CDT), Jennifer A Burdoo
> <jburdoo@ksu.edu> wrote:
> >But you've got eighteen books to go.  At six months per book, that'll take
> ><calculates a la Groo -- "nine times eleventeen plus forty-twelve"> NINE
> >YEARS!  As Calvin said, "I'll be OLD then!"  Couldn't they be put out
> >every four months, or every three, instead?
> ME: I appreciate your enthusiasm, Jennifer, but I'll let you in and
> the Groop in on a secret.  The comic book business is in a lot of
> trouble.  Sales are abominable.  More than half the comics currently
> being published are losing money and that trend shows no sign of
> changing.
> GROO currently makes a modest profit.  Its main asset seems to be that
> its audience is intensely loyal and, therefore, the company can pretty
> much count on selling enough to make a profit if they don't damage
> that loyalty.  If they increased the number of GROO items published,
> they'd almost certainly sell a few less of each.  It might not be
> fatal but I can well understand why they wouldn't want to take that
> risk.  
> Unless the business changes radically, we will have to be cautious in
> putting out more GROO reprints.  Yes, I said you could lobby Dark
> Horse for more but I should have said I think it's a waste of time.
> You'd be better off spending that time hunting for back issues.
> Sorry this isn't more what you want to hear but, as other Groopers
> will tell you, I believe in being very honest.
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