Off Panel #389: Comics Pro with Filip Sablik
BOOM! Studios’ President of Publishing & Marketing, Filip Sablik, joins the show to discuss what BOOM! is up to as we head into ComicsPRO’s annual meeting. Sablik discusses the ComicsPRO experience, what he’s looking for at the event, its value, what’s working for BOOM!, the anomalies of 2020 and 2021, BOOM!’s number of titles, balancing variants, Kickstarter as a tool, comics promotion, inspiring in-store sales, experimentation, format focuses, whether a shift is on for single issues, finite series, changes to distribution and digital, what’s next for BOOM!, and more.
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