- Posted by Johanna on April 7, 2008 at 8:44 pm
- Category: Meta
Right now, I am supposed to be recommending graphic novels for a comic book store’s customers. I’m having the hardest time doing so — I’ve got lots of things here I want to recommend, but they’re
… self-published webcomic collections, which aren’t carried through distributors and so can’t be profitably resold through stores.
… manga, which sells through bookstores, and the customers of the comic stores I know just aren’t interested. (More and more, I’m coming to accept this as the way it is instead of thinking comic stores need to try harder. The bookstores have captured this product line.)
… preview copies of works that will be released later this summer, so no point in talking about them yet (although the advance notice is much appreciated and some I’m very eager to dive into).
… very small press books, which I’m not sure can successfully be reordered through Diamond.
Yargh! Sometimes I wish I was more excited about superheroes! Seriously, I bring this up because it suddenly struck me how many options there were outside the traditional direct market.