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Thorn Doodles 3 is now available for pre-order!

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Books are $15 plus $3 for shipping within the US. Outside the US shipping is $5.

If interested please email me at thornwolf227@gmail.com, supplies are limited and preordering ensures that you will get one, there's no guaranteeing I'll have any available after FC .

There are Still some issues of Volume 1 available, if you buy both 1 and 3 you'll save on shipping =) Volume 2 is sold out.

Also some questions on my part, I'll be selling these at my table at FC but from previous cons I've had people reading but not buying, and generally I'm not too keen on that. One time I taped them closed but people got angry about that, I worry that if I put sample pages out people will still get mad that the example copy is taped closed. Any suggestions on how I can display these without making them able to be opened? I can't allow them to be opened anyways because I got permission to sell these at my table as long as the "offensive material" (read, boobs) would not at any point be seen.

But yeah, email me if interested! Thanks guys =)
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digitalis From: digitalis Date: January 8th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pfft I'd say tape it and if someone complains give them tell them they have to be taped because of "objectionable material"
Should help sell even more w/o making you look like the bad guy. :D
Or bag them in comic bags for nice presentation? They'll look spiffy sealed and also be, well, sealed. :D
westly_roanoke From: westly_roanoke Date: January 8th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just take the pages out, and fill it with blank pages or print a page that says "Hey! Wanna read it! Buy it!"

I'd like one at the con.
From: kilojara Date: January 8th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I say keep 'em sealed or have a couple of safe sample pages out. That's what I was plannin'.
akeyla From: akeyla Date: January 8th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you coming to EF? I'd love to get one there :)
as for the nosey part, hmmm... maybe make a picture of the juicyest part and collage it on a big paper with all(or an amount that looks like all) the small samples scattered around it like this one on the left (http://cathuman.com/print/bwnet.jpg) , cover all naughty parts and then you could have a reason to put a red band around the books saying sealed for Rated items...
that way you could get "the law" to help you fight flitter-throughs (I know those book-breaker-tearers-dirty-finger-pointers, makes the sample unsellable) and yet they could have a small sample of what is inside so they wont feel cheated (which they mostly always do but...)
hope this helps :)
azusis From: azusis Date: January 8th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with the whole "tape and say its objectionable material" thing. It'll make people curious. ^_^
chlorophyta From: chlorophyta Date: January 8th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd like one. =)

Maybe if you had a page of thumbnails of several of the pages, so you could get an idea of what there was without really being able to see much detail? maybe either black out bad bits or just don't include those pages (if there aren't very many?)

ps, I replied to your email, did you get it? 0__0
loiosh_de_talto From: loiosh_de_talto Date: January 8th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like this idea, sorta calendar-mode, Thorn. Have a preview sheet that has thumbnails of all the pages plus one or two full-sized sample images.

Also, ignore people who complain. Furries are notorious cheap-asses =)
reaperfox From: reaperfox Date: January 8th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aye. Have some sample pages to browse, or a large thing with mini examples of each page (small, though, nowhere near real size) as a promo thing, and have the actual copies taped up.
westly_roanoke From: westly_roanoke Date: January 8th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
OT...but is that icon stealable?
reaperfox From: reaperfox Date: January 8th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure it is. I stole it from someone who I am sure allowed such thievery. It's lovely for arty posts!
westly_roanoke From: westly_roanoke Date: January 8th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!
martes From: martes Date: January 8th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had trouble with 1 particular person who reads a whole book then walks away without buying it. I need to get tougher on that.

Unfortunately, a lot of people won't buy sight-unseen. You can get some nasty bad art surprizes that way. Putting out a sheet with much-reduced interior pages is the best solution I've seen here.

You might also want to rethink the cover price, unless the interior is partially or fully in color. $15 for 19 pages of black and white (In digest format? or full-sized?) is very steep. My comics are 30 or 40 pages w/a color cover and I usually sell them between $7 and $10. If it's in full color disregard my statement.
westly_roanoke From: westly_roanoke Date: January 8th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dunno...the other thorn doodles have done pretty well at that price...

I mean, I'm willing to pay $15 for it myself because I adore Thorn's sketches quite a bit.
From: silber Date: January 8th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Demand and availability. If its is sold this way, and appearantly it does, why lower prices?

You may want to raise yours instead?
martes From: martes Date: January 9th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I suppose it depends on how many copies she wants to sell. 10, 20, 50 or 100? 10 or 20 @ $15, probable, but I would be very surprized to see 50 or 100 sell out at that price. With comics, particularly an ongoing series, the goal is to sell as many as you can and thus gain a wider readership, which in turn would translate into additional sales in the future. So keeping the price on the low side to encourage new readers makes sense.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: January 9th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Ive been selling them pretty well for the price they're at. I've bought several sketchbooks at comic con for about 15 bucks for less pages with 2, maybe 3 sketches per page, so I think its a pretty fair price. No sense lowering my price unless there's no demand for it. But so far, I've already sold out of one edition, am nearly sold out of another, and have a lot of preorders for this one already, so really, I'm good, thanks =)

sunraven From: sunraven Date: January 8th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd put the books in plastic sleeves with the top taped shut then have a couple sample pages displayed on the table so people can get an idea of what's inside.
kylet From: kylet Date: January 8th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm surprised so many people say close up the sample. I've always thought the number of annoying browse-but-not-buyers is overshadowed by the potential random passers-by who might become interested if they see the full deal.

Definitely put out at least SOME sample pages, minimum...
doodlesthegreat From: doodlesthegreat Date: January 9th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Some samples are important for selling the book. But you don't have to make it all available. Just a handful will do.

Can't make FC, but if they become available at Califur, I'll grab one.
From: animarelic Date: January 9th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I've seen this sort of thing displayed with a page of thumnails of what's inside inserted in the back of a clear comic bag behind the actual book, then sealed. That way it's a nice, presentable package, and the person has a preview of what's inside without the full, nice experience. (Also, personally, I like the polybags as they protect what I purchase at cons a little from being put into my shoulder bag.)
synnabar From: synnabar Date: January 12th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some of the portfolios I've seen / worked on had thumbnails presented on the back, or clips of the images on front, or a "sample book" of some of the images. All seemed to work.
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