HUGE NEWS: New BISAC codes for kids and YA graphic novels

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If I told you a secret cabal of the comics industry’s most important players had been working behind the scenes for years to implement an important change for how comics are sold, your ears would perk up, right?

But if I told you this change was to get expanded BISAC codes for kids and YA graphic novels they’d probably perk right down again, right?

Barnes & Nobles loses $24 million in fiscal 2016, set to open restaurants

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With the Nook dragging down profits all around, Barnes & Noble reported a 3,1% revenue fall for fiscal 2016, with a net loss of $24.4 million. In 2015 B&N had a profit of $36.6 so that is…a $50 million swing. Ouch. Actual book sales were still strong however. Revenue in fiscal 2016 was $4.16 billion, down from […]

Hastings bookstore chain files for bankruptcy; debt to Diamond uncertain

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As suggested by recent rumblings, Hastings, the third largest national bookstore chain after Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million, hasfiled for bankruptcy following years of losses. The chain, which operates 123 stores, was purchased in 2014 by Joel Weinshanker, owner of Movie Stop. Despite efforts to diversify its offerings since then, it had mostly foundered with […]

Nostalgia corner: Harris Publications shuts down

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Books and comics may have survived disruption but magazines really haven’t and the great 21st century newsstand massacre just claimed another victim as Harris Publications announced that they were shutting down, effective immediately. Only a few old timers will know why I mention that here: although at the end it was mostly a publisher of […]

Surprise! Raina Telgemeier tops indie bookstore graphic novels sales

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While researching the previous item, I cam across this every other month chart of graphic novel bestsellers in indie bookstores, via the ABA. It’s about what you’d expect, with Raina Telegemeier and Allie Brosh, Noelle Stevenson, Kate Beaton and Saga reigning supreme. In other words, the unstoppable forces of mainstream comics acceptance. A little surprised that no Walking Dead on there, but the new season hadn’t debuted when this chart was made.

ComicsPRO underway in Portland—is DC’s Rebirth on the agenda?

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Here's part of the ComicsPro swag bag. pic.twitter.com/2vYZNxWPhG — matt roberts (@mr_oberts) February 18, 2016 ComicsPRO, the annual meeting of the top retailers organization in North America, is taking place in Portland, OR for the next three days, with publishers and retailers meeting in a relaxed and productive setting. The meeting is closed to the […]