Indie comic book hub ComixCentral shutting down after 4 years
On Thursday, the team at ComixCentral.com announced that their website will be shutting down on Halloween, 31 October. The ComixCentral.com website was created as a digital marketplace for independent comic book creators to share and sell their work, but after a long battle hoping to achieve financial sustainability, the CXC team is waving a white flag.
That doesn’t mean that the minds at CXC are abandoning their efforts to promote independent comic book creators. The team is currently building a blog and social media presence focused on indie creators and their work. (Hey- that sounds kinda-sorta like us… sorta-kinda)
Here’s the full announcement from the ComixCentral team:
Hello CXC fam! This isn’t going to be a fun press release. In fact, it’s going to be a very sad one.
ComixCentral.com will be shutting its doors on Oct 31, 2019.
This might come as a shock to many of you, but for others, not so much. It’s no secret that selling comics is a hard game. One that takes passion, drive, and stick-to-it-ness. Unfortunately, sometimes those things just aren’t enough, and eventually, the tank just runs out of gas. Please know that we at ComixCentral worked our butts off to make this dream a reality, and we will still be working hard to drive as much attention as we can to your comics via CXCBuzz.com.
So, let’s talk about how we got here.
4 years ago, we came up with an idea. What if we create a platform where indie comic creators could get together, connect, communicate and sell their comics with a super low commission taken by us? So, we did! A small group of volunteers set out and built Comixcentral. And the community responded! Soon comics were flooding onto the site and the momentum was thrilling. Our volunteer staff grew and excitement was high!
But, over time one thing became clear. CXC was never going to be profitable. It wasn’t a surprise, we set the company up like that, a site for creators by creators. However, eventually, the costs began to far outweigh the income, traffic waned and sales declined despite new comics coming on almost every day. In early March of 2019, we had to face the music. Our experiment, while amazing and incredibly successful in bringing a community together, was simply not going to keep the lights on. So, we decided to wait out the summer, keep working and hoping things might improve. But, alas… things worsened.
And so, with heavy hearts, we have decided to close ComixCentral.com and turn our attention to building a fantastic blog and social media presence focused on our original goal; to shine a light on indie creators and comics and help new creators find a community and audience.
You might be asking, “what’s going to happen to my stuff on Comixcentral.com? Do I have to do anything?”
No action is required on your part.
- All digital Comic files will be deleted.
- All personal information will be deleted permanently
- Payouts will be sent to all accounts having incurred $2 USD or more. (Less than that won’t’ be worth the Paypal fees.)
- The anthology will still be fulfilled. No anthology next year.
- Comixcental.com will be redirected to cxcbuzz.com
- twitter, facebook, and Instagram will become cxcbuzz.com accounts.
- All email addresses not opted into the cxcbuzz newsletter will be deleted.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.
We thank you all for your support and hard work and look forward to growing CXCBuzz.com into a thriving blog site for indies.
So much love it hurts! We wish you all nothing but the best!
The Comixcentral team
While it’s heartening to see the CXC staff moving forward in sharing their passion for indie comics, this news can’t be taken as encouraging by those who still hold out hope that digital platforms are the future of comics. Given the continued struggles of the comic book industry as a whole, it shouldn’t be encouraging news to anyone concerned about the survival of comics as an entertainment medium.
Best of luck to everyone at the ComixCentral team.