While we were having vacations and internet problems last week, there were several stories that we had queued up that never got off the launching pad. Just to keep the narrative straight:
• Sony announced that the new PSP would include a digital comics reader and that Marvel and IDW comics would be available through the system at iTunes-like pricing. Obviously, another piece of track in the railroad that is going to join comics and profitable digital distribution has just been laid down. Plus…think of the transmedia possibilities!
• Diamond announced a skip shipping week between Christmas and New Years , due to the UPS deadlines shifting (although is was probably also a cost saving measure.) Although Xmas and New Year’s have fallen on a Friday in the past, this is the first skip week in a long time. Retailer reaction was a little mixed — some had thought this was a dead period anyway; others bemoaned readers with gift cards roaming the streets and no new product to sell them. (Frankly we spend our Xmas money from Granny on things we’ve long dreamed of owning, not a new issue of DARK REIGN: MISTER NEGATIVE but YMMV.) We sent some questions off to Diamond regarding the move but haven’t heard back yet.
• Tom Spurgeon and Hervé St-Louis had a dustup over the Superman copyright story. While we side with Tom in that anyone who thinks the Siegel family does not deserve what is legally theirs and that the original Superman publishers did not act so unscrupulously in defrauding two naive youngsters of the fruits of the labors that US copyright law was partially changed to reflect it—is a tool. However, as St-Louis’s final offering showed, that isn’t quite what he was saying — he’s more of a “copylefter” who believe that stringent copyright protection is lame (short version.) St-Louis is definitely one of the more “opinionated” columnists out there, and perhaps we should just leave it at that.