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The Subversive Superheroes of Indie Comics

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This article originally appeared on PublishersWeekly.com. IBPA welcomes your feedback in the comments section of this post.


By Nicole Audrey Spector

“Some of the greatest movements in comics have happened beyond the limits of traditional publishing. Take the underground comics, aka comix, of the 1960s that took on subjects Superman never could have with their defiant depictions of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. It was the provocative stuff of teenage delinquency, and though self-published comic creators may continue to push the envelope of conventional comfort, self-publishing has become the norm for a growing community of supportive readers.

‘Self-published comics are as popular as they’ve ever been—at an all-time high,’ says Anthony Composto, an assistant editor and writer at the pop culture site Monkeys Fighting Robots. “People are gravitating to smaller, underground works ahead of the mainstream comics. It’s on an incline and I see that continuing.’

There are a few reasons behind the rising interest in self-published comics. To an extent it has to do with increasing receptiveness to indie publishing in general, and the fact that social media has connected authors with readers more than ever before. ‘Readers seem to be moving towards a greater acceptance of self-published titles and a greater appreciation for work that is personal, creative, and the result of a more singular vision,’ says Amy Edelman, the founder and president of IndieReader. ‘It is also easier these days for authors to share their work…'”

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