- Posted by Johanna on January 21, 2006 at 5:08 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Christopher Butcher graphically points out how screwed up Diamond’s stock policies are . They have no copies of Buddha or Persepolis available for order (out of several well-reviewed graphic novels that have a strong potential to sell to new, adult, and outreach readers) but they have a truckload of Avatar nude cover editions available.
Why? Avatar Press, the publisher of this mess of crap, signed for an exclusive deal with Diamond. Random House, Scholastic, and Vertical obviously didn’t…. You wonder why bookstores get stuff before the direct market? There’s your answer. Diamond won’t take a realistic stock position on books that they don’t have the exclusive distribution rights to.
Tom Spurgeon chimes in to add “the thought that comic shops can’t use Diamond to get Understanding Comics, with its demonstrably wide audience and proven track record, pretty much boggles the mind.”
There’s more reading available at both links for those who are new to this debate or need convincing. Those of us who’ve seen how hard it can be to get non-superhero, non-teen-boy books reliably from Diamond, it just makes us tired.