Like the death of a warrant canary, sometimes the most notable news stories stem from absence rather than presence. Such was the case last night when literary agent Charles Olsen tweeted out this doozy: Graphic novels can no longer be @nytimes bestsellers as of February 5th. No explanation for change, I think we deserve one. Please RT! […]
We should probably talk about Marvel’s decision to drop the free digital copy they’ve been bundling with their print comics. If you go back a few years, back to when Marvel had a tier of $2.99 comics and $3.99 comics, Marvel started including a free digital redemption code with the $3.99 priced books. Buy a […]
Hey, gang. We need to talk to about the looming problem with the Direct Market. You’ve seen the articles about comic shop owners being worried about mass closings in the Direct Market. We’ve got a couple GoFundMe’s active for shops in Seattle and San Francisco. There’s the game store in the Phoenix metro area dropping […]
Are comics sales slipping or stagnating as we enter 2017? Some signs point to yes, as you can see from the November sales figures released earlier today. While the sales decline earlier in the year has been reversed to a net positive thanks to the Rebirth surge, as retailers Joe Field of Flying Colors tweeted earlier this week, there is a sense of worry out there.
In a note sent to customers and posted on FB, Last Gasp publisher Ron Turner revealed the 47 year old company is shutting down its distribution arm. Dear Customer, Vendors, and Friends, We are writing to announce that Last Gasp is closing the distribution portion of our business. However, we are not closing our publishing program, […]
Thing have been looking pretty turbulent over at convention company Wizard World, with cash flow problems and office shut downs, but chairman Paul Kessler, who has been on the board since 2013 and was named Chairman in April of this year, has just come to the rescue via financing agreement with his company Bristol Investment […]
By Brian Hibbs Despite now being in retail for over thirty years now, I have to admit that there are times that I worry about the death of small-business retail. Now my fears are certainly driven by the area I am in – San Francisco has both rapidly escalating retail rents, as well as […]
The boom in comics periodical publishers over the last few years has a first casualty: Double Take. The division of video game company Take Two Interactive, which was headed by former Marvel publisher Bill Jemas will shut down at the end of the month. The news was first reported at Bleeding Cool and independently confirmed by The Beat.
The fast developing deal for AT&T to buy Time Warner is about to be announced, according to the Wall Street Journal. It’s the largest media deal since Comcast purchased Universal in 2011 and represents another key moment in an era of vast media conglomeration.
Those who think comics need to ditch the direct market right this minute had better not read the latest news about Barnes and Noble. The last big box chain had a dismal quarter, fired its CEO, and is looking to shore things up. Concern about Barnes & Noble’s Nook business gave way to worries about […]