Barnes & Nobles loses $24 million in fiscal 2016, set to open restaurants


With the Nook dragging down profits all around, Barnes & Noble reported a 3,1% revenue fall for fiscal 2016, with a net loss of $24.4 million. In 2015 B&N had a profit of $36.6 so that is…a $50 million swing. Ouch. Actual book sales were still strong however. Revenue in fiscal 2016 was $4.16 billion, down from […]

Sparkplug Books shutting down this summer


Sparkplug Books, the seminal indie publisher founded by the late Dylan Williams, will shut down over the summer, publisher Virginia Paine announced on the company blog. Books remain available on the company website but after the closure backstock will be available via Alternative Comics. Under Williams Sparkplug published seminal works by Jason Shiga, John Hankiewicz (above), […]

Mike Marts departs Marvel for startup Aftershock Comics


The timing may have nothing to do with last week’s Twilight of DC’s office, but Marvel Comics Executive Editor Mike Marts leaving a post where he was clearly being groomed for big things to go to a START-UP, is an interesting comment on the state of the American comics industry. Marts confirmed on Twitter that he was leaving Marvel for AfterShock Comics, a new venture with writer Joe Pruett. Deadline has more details. Pruett has written X-Men titles for Marvel. Marts was working on various high profile titles including Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men comics. Marts will become Editor-in-Chief of Aftershock comics after pingponging back between MArvel and Dc for a career that started in 1996.

On the Scene: Indie Publisher Confronts Amazon Exec at Litquake’s digi.lit Conference


by Bob Calhoun The mood was tense in the fourth floor conference room of the SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco on Saturday—especially for a panel with the dry title of “The Future of Publishing,” but this was far from your usually dry panel. At one end of a folding table sat Charlie Winton, CEO […]