I’ve, uh, decided to stop my membership with ComicsPRO because of the reactions of the Board to recent DC moves. I may or may not go to this year’s meeting (you don’t NEED to be a member), but I’m no longer a member of the organization as of this month.
The org that I formed was intended to look out for the little guy; the current Board seems much more interested in keeping the big guys big. Democracy in action, I suppose, so I vote with my dollars.
Although most headlines regarding this suggested that Hibbs quitting was a direct result of the allocation mess—which we’ll have more on tomorrow—in an email he said his decision predated the Villains month revelation:
I didn’t “quit over this” — I’ve been thinking for 6+ months that the leadership was more interested in protecting their relationships with publishers than they were protecting the interests of smaller retailers. When I got my renewal notice last month I’d already decided I wasn’t going to renew. That the Board has shown zero leadership on this issue, IMO, merely caps my decision.
Hibbs was one of the earliest supporters and spokesmen for ComicsPRO, so the move does come as a bit of a surprise…and also reveals a split among the most vocal retailers at a time when, despite glitches/poor planning like the 3D allocation, comics sales seem to be as strong as they’ve ever been. But when things are flush people often feel they have the leeway to go their own route, as opposed to banding together for survival in a hostile environment, Rick Grimes style.
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.