Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 - The year Brazilian comics happened

Paulo Ramos wrote a two-part essay whose title could be traslated as "2011 - The year Brazilian comics happened". Taking away what I already metioned in this year's Quickies, here are a few points I'd like to highlight:

- We'd never had as many comics published as in 2011.
- This year also broke a record of comic book events.
- Comics came through big publishers, independently or as webcomics.
- Quantity, quality and variety.
- Brazilian comic artists still don't really make much money.
- Brazilian long stories never worked out, now they do.
- A lot of adaptations of literary classics, aiming at government buys (and some are actually pretty good).
- So far, Daytripper had 18.000 copies published in Brazil. 3.000 sold out in the first week after its release.
- Turma da Mônica Jovem (aka Teen Monica's Gang) still printing between 300.000 and 400.000 copies.
- And last... for many, many years, some Brazilian comic artists have been trying to create a law that would force companies to publish 20% of made in Brazil comics. It's a very debated subject. Now there's a possibility of that law being approved in 2012. If it does, it'll already be useless.

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