The Direct Market is sickly, but there are a few things to be thankful for.
A periodical-based comics shop in SF is in jeopardy of closing.
Brian Hibbs goes to New Orleans for ALA and muses about DC’s march on Wal-Mart
THIS IS THE BIG ONE! Retailer Brian Hibbs analyses 2017’s bookstore sales with actual numbers, and this time with the complete cooperation and help of NPD Bookscan.
By Brian Hibbs There’s a particular Myth of the market that says that the “Wednesday Warriors” – the hardcore, most committed fan, who comes in every week without fail, usually on a Wednesday – are the core of the business that we should be catering to. This is a narrative that is regularly advanced by […]
By Brian Hibbs Dear C.B., I want to congratulate you on your new position as Editor-in-Chief at Marvel comics; from what I know about you I think you’ll probably fit the job pretty well. There’s been a lot of chatter about Marvel’s content, and I’d like to talk a bit more about it from […]
By Brian Hibbs So, this is kind of hard column to write, because it means being vulnerable and honest about issues that are genuinely hard to discuss, especially in the exact political climate we live in today. These are also things that are hard for me personally to discuss because I’m a fifty year old […]
By Brian Hibbs I’m a little bored with continually talking about Marvel comics and “Legacy” – there’s not a lot more to say about them now until we get into the sell-through phase in about two months. So, what else is in the comics news? One publisher that caught my eye was IDW, with two […]
By Brian Hibbs As I write this, it’s the deadline to order the October “Legacy” re-positioning from Marvel, with the lenticular covers. Marvel has been explicit that if we don’t order the lenticulars by the initial order deadline of 8/24, then we should expect to get allocated on any orders we might place. One of […]
By Brian Hibbs The solicits for August 2017 Marvel comics have finally been released – the start of “Marvel Legacy” – and I think it is now fair to ask if Marvel actually hears or heard any of the criticism of their line over the last few months. People have complained about (among other things) […]