- Posted by Johanna on September 26, 2006 at 5:15 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Update: Congratulations, Jane and Paul!
Greg Morrow realizes how strong a force habit can be. He’s dropping the Flash because the stories are disappointing, but he can’t remember the last time they were actually good.
The other day, I was remembering the good old days on Usenet, when everyone loved Mark Waid’s Flash stories (before the evil twin and the Speed Force running on twue wove). Then I realized just how long ago that was… What’s the opposite of the Flash? I feel like that, with everything around me moving faster and faster.
Matt High agrees with Brian Hibbs (column link no longer available) that the comic market has distributor competition… but only for graphic novels.
One recent example is a discussion on the CBIA board a month ago, where one retailer said “Hey, don’t forget to order the latest Bone trade paperback, which only appeared in the Diamond weekly update, and not in the Diamond Previews catalog”. Half a dozen retailers replied back immediately with, “Yeah, we’ve actually had that book in stock for weeks now, ordering it from Baker and Taylor, and we’ve restocked it repeatedly already. Anyone who’s waited to order it through Diamond missed the boat.”
Everyone, including myself, was lamenting the death of virtually every comic book direct market distributor, leading to a de-facto monopoly of comic book distribution in America. But very people were noticing that a new form of competition was growing outside the direct market, as mainstream book distributors gained a tiny toehold in the comics market, and have been edging into Diamond’s territory little by little ever since…. graphic novel sales have shifted so strongly (and probably irrevocably) away from Diamond to the mainstream (in terms of distribution, that is).
If you scroll down to the photo gallery in this piece on the recent Phoenix Comic-Con, you would be forgiven for thinking that all comic pros wear grey shirts and are balding.
Update: What is wrong with people? No more TV ads for sugared cereal? No more crappy licensed products, like Mario Bros. cereal? Sounds like someone wants to try and turn cutting costs into a PR plus.