Print on demand supplier ComiXpress has shut down after nine years. In a statement on their site, they wrote:
When we started ComiXpress back in 2004 it was just a handful of comic book creators with a dream to use new technologies to help their fellow creators get their books into print. We were lucky enough not only to have the know-how to make this dream a reality, but also the passion necessary to see where the road took us. Over the course of these nine years we have served hundreds of creators and printed thousands of books. And from the smallest single-copy order for an aspiring cartoonist not even in their teens to huge convention orders for industry legends, we have sincerely loved every minute of it.
As our nine year anniversary approached we took a step back and looked at how we’ve grown in that time and what the next nine years might mean for us – both as a company, and as the creative individuals who make up the pieces of that company. Ultimately, after much soul-searching we realized that although it’s been an amazing nine years, sometimes things just run their course and we’ve made the decision to close our doors. This decision wasn’t made lightly but we feel it’s time to close this chapter.
On the technical side, we wanted to let you know that all paid for orders will be shipping promptly, but no other orders will be moving forward. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
While there was a smattering of outcry on social media, this doesn’t seem to have broken too many hearts–Ka-Blam has become a go to dedicated comics printing site, there’s Lulu, and others on this surely outdated list. ComiXpress was the printer for Cerebus Archive, the collection of various Cerebus-related ephemera, which were the best selling titles on the site, although all the internal pages seem to have been taken down.
We don’t know enough about the POD industry to comment any more on this, but from outside it seems to be another business plan that just wasn’t working any more. If you know any more, please post in the comments.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.