On our own reconnaissance mission, we went to the Borders nearest us on Second Avenue to check out conditions on the ground. There was a bit of a hush in the store — possibly of the pre-ice storm variety — and employees were standing around talking in hushed tones — what COULD they have been talking about.
We happened to look at the GN section of our local store — it was good sized, taking up both sides of two full-sized aisle racks. Every publisher was represented, but Viz, Marvel and DC probably more than anyone. (Yen and TokyoPop as well on the manga side — and even MIA publishers like DMP.)
Since all three publishers have mainstream book distributors — Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Random House, respectively — they would perhaps be in a better position to weather the returns and lost revenue. Maybe.
Personally speaking, we’d be very very sad if our Borders closed. It’s got a Seattle Best Coffee inside and free Wi-Fi, and whenever we need a book, it’s where we go. It’s been a part of life in the nabe for a decade…but increasingly less so, alas.