- Posted by Johanna on July 19, 2007 at 7:35 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
On the topic of forcing minimum pricing: two cases have been filed in which companies try to use the recent Supreme Court decision to shut down ebay auctions where they think people are selling their products too cheaply.
Even with Leegin, the companies’ claims in these cases are pretty questionable. Leegin’s existence, however, has given companies pursuing these sorts of claims a new potential justification for interfering with online auctions and suing competitors that undercut their prices.
I’m really enjoying being part of the Savage Critics, because I’m in the company of good writers like Douglas Wolk, whose latest piece reviews the ads in a typical Marvel comic. I was told, somewhere I don’t remember, that one of Marvel’s conditions for licensing its characters is that the company has to buy some ads for the product in their publications, which would explain why advertisements for Wolverine boxer shorts and Marvel Heroes bottled water are now appearing. There was much speculation at the local comic shop yesterday on whether that last product actually exists. Where would you buy superhero water? And isn’t putting the Human Torch in the ad dumb?
One of the conditions of the settlement in the Ellison lawsuit against Fantagraphics appears to be trying to sanitize the two sides’ websites. I guess that’s relatively harmless, since the information has likely leaked out all over the internet by this point, but isn’t that also what Ellison was trying to do in the first place? Erase anything said about him he didn’t like?
In response to my Divalicious! review, Jennifer points out some bad news for that title: The artist, Amy Mebberson, has posted that Tokyopop decided, for “fiscal reasons”, to end the series with the second book. Their choice, of course, but I can’t help wondering if something with such devoted creators behind it could have gone further if they’d been on their own. Alternately, if that was the case, it might never have been published at all.
Amy goes on to ask for fans to buy more copies in order to try and convince the publisher to change its mind. I suspect that’s unlikely at this point. I liked the book, and I recommend trying it if it sounds entertaining, but it wasn’t the kind of “classic in the making murdered in its crib” people will rally around. (Given its episodic nature, I think it would make a good webcomic.)
My old-fashioned collector side is also a little annoyed at the convention specials they keep doing. If you buy the book at San Diego, then you get a comic with “material NOT in the book”. Hopefully they’ll put it online later for those of us who can’t or won’t go to that particular show.