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It took me a couple of months to publish God Is In The Water on ComiXology Submit, but it’s finally there. Folks at ComiXology are super-busy with the amount of submissions. The platform happened to be very successful, which is not a surprise. Get to self-publish your comic book in a fully professional manner on the world’s largest digital comics platform? Who wouldn’t like that? I certainly would.
So, here it is http://cmxl.gy/1d8lfZl for a price of 0.99$.
Originally I self-published God Is In The Water in September 2012 for free in various places around the web. ComiXology Submit wasn’t there yet so I was looking for the best way to get the comic book to the audience. It landed on Scribd, Graphicly, Issuu, DeviantArt and on my website. There are several opinions as what to make of free content. Some people say that if you don’t want to be paid, how can it have any value? I cannot agree with that. I like free content and I treat it the same way I do the one with a price. Cory Doctorow is the best example. He gives every book for free the same day it lands in the bookstore. He says this practice increased his sales. Well, couldn’t agree more. I read his first book for free and then bought the next ones in hardcover.
What I found difficult with free content is tracking the amount of readers. I got the biggest success with God Is In The Water on Scribd with over a 10k reads. Ok, but how many people actually read the book? The number of times the document got opened is not equal with the number of people who read it. It’s the same difference you get by publishing a free video online and by having your film in cinemas (I know this comparison is a bit bold, but you get the point). You can count the book sales, you can count the tickets sales. And you can assume that most of the people who bought your content actually read it. With free reads and free views you can’t be so sure.
ComiXology Submit forces the price tag, so that’s one dilemma less. I decided that God Is In The Water won’t be free anymore. I took the comic down from every source that didn’t allow me to set the price. So the ones left other than ComiXology are now Scribd and Graphicly. Those of you who got the book in 2012 can happily keep it, but if you want to enjoy the latest in digital comics both on desktop and mobile with panel-by-panel Guided View™ technology – head on to ComiXology and get a new copy.
I’m glad the comic gets a new life on a new platform!
Today I release
free online comic book God Is In The Water.
It’s 20 pages long, written by me with art by Erik Korsgaard.
It’s set during an actual situation in Kibera – one of the largest slums in Africa. It tells a story of a little boy Wambua and his struggle for water in a harsh environment.
After many years of occasional screenings my short film is finally online. It was restored, regraded and remastered in HD with new original score.
Please do yourself a favour and mimic the cinematic experience while watching the film – go fullscreen, pump up the volume and turn off the lights. Experience the movie, not just watch it. Thank you.
Here’s some webpress:
Watch View From The Closet.