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Essays by Von Allan


This area collects a lot of the writing I’ve done over the past couple of years. Much of the older content originally appeared elsewhere. Some of it was first posted on our blog and some of it was initially posted over on GirlAMatic.com. Most of these touch on some aspect of the world of comic books, graphic novels and webcomics, but a few are entirely unrelated. I’ve tried to keep it organized so that navigating it is, hopefully, fairly intuitive. No promises, though!

1. Guerrillas in the Mist - the effectiveness of exhibiting at comic book and graphic novel conventions. Why do artists and writers exhibit at them? Do they really stand to gain anything? Especially if you're new and unknown? I based this on a lot of my own experiences but I still stand by my conclusions.

2. Robert Kirkman and Invincible - a few years back I took a look at the rapid rise of Invincible and tried to determine why such a rise occured in the first place. I'll never know if this anaylsis is correct, but it certainly was interesting to look at. And I think it does shed some light on what factors lead to a comic's success or failure.

3. A comparison between the historical prices of mainstream comics and the United States Federal Minimum Wage: For those wondering why comics seem so expensive nowadays, this is an attempt to show that there has been a very real inflation in comic book prices since the 1970s and the amount of comics one can buy on a minimum wage job is now very small compared to what it once was.

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