I kind of want to address a small change I made to this blog. I've added links from Amazon to my reviews. I'm kind of two minds on this.
This show is first and foremost a hobby. I have no plans of getting rich off this, or even becoming even significantly less poor. But I would like to improve Comics Are Awesome as much as I can. And this is a theoretical way to supplement the costs involved in doing that, lights, newer software, props, etc. While I do get revenue from Blip from the ads that run before the videos, it's pretty small and requires a lot more views before I'll see anything from them.
And since I partially started this show as a way to encourage people to read more and better comics. So this could be viewed as simply providing a reminder for that, to help encourage people who are interested possibly giving the comic a shot. So it's win/win right?
But it could also be viewed in a negative light. First off I don't want to come off as begging. This isn't me asking for a handout. I don't want anyone to buy any book I link to from this site out of pity. I also don't want to undermine local comic shops. Amazon, online comic retailers like DCBS, digital comics, etc they're all great resources, but local comic shops are currently the major venue for comics. If they all disappear the comic industry, as it stands right now, will be left hurting in a bad way. So not only do I not want pity purchases but I want to encourage you to go to your local comic store if you have one available to you.
Right now the plan is to leave the links there. I've tried to make them small and relatively unobtrusive as much as Amazon allows. If I get a lot of complaints about them, I will take them off, simple as that.
I hope this all makes sense. I feel borderline uncomfortable discussing money, especially at this time when the economy is maybe just starting to get itself out of the dumps. So again, do not feel compelled to click on anything you don't want to. If you do, that's great, but just don't put yourself out to do so.
Thanks all, and I hope this new year sees CAA reach bigger and better heights, and I wouldn't have made it past that first episode without your help, support and constructive comments!