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 […]
Well now, this is interesting. IDW has moved its book distribution to Penguin Random House effective April 2017. ICv2 has all the enthusiastic quotes from executives at both companies, including a sad quote from Steve Geppi who owns Diamond Book Distribution, which formerly repped IDW to the book trade. DBD will continues to sell IDW products to the mass market in the UK. But this really makes PRHPS, which also distributes DC, a powerhouse player in the GN field.
Here’s am impressive state of the graphic novel in schools and libraries piece by Shannon Maughan for Publishers Weekly that talks to all the major players – Telegemeier, Yang, Volin, and several dedicated teachers – and includes a great resource list.
It seems more and more people want to get into this comics business. California-based Insight Editions has already published a ton of pop culture guides, art books and coloring books, and comics-influenced titles such as The Art of Jock. Now they’re getting into the biz themselves with a new imprint, Insight Comics, launching in early 2017. […]