Kibbles ‘n’ Bits – 9/21/09

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§ Morning must-read: Over the weekend, Maltdown Comics in LA had a huge manga sale — 2000 titles on sale at $1 each — and Deb Aoki asks owner Gaston Dominguez-Letelier about the state of manga in his shop. The overage is the result of unwise buying early on, he says; manga still sells, but […]

The coming end of the Direct Market

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Retailer Chris Butcher has this Tuesday’s must-read post on how Diamond’s new 2009 policies have left the DM less flexible and less relevant… …things seem “stable” but really, that’s just a convenient lie that we’ve all bought into. Things aren’t stable, behind the scenes (and sometimes spilling onto message boards and websites) people are very […]

Things we learned in Previews

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One thing we learned is that there WILL be a WINTER MEN collection!. As Chris Butcher writes: 5:17pm: Hey look, it’s THE WINTER MEN TP (page 107, $19.99, 176pages). The beloved, beautifully drawn mini-series by Lewis and John Paul Leon. We did okay with this mini–it never set any sales records or anything–but really it’s […]

Today is MAYHEM day

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The Daily News talks to Tyrese Gibson, whose MAYHEM comic goes on sale today: Gibson has been trolling the Internet, reading the harshest criticism and vowing to convince naysayers that he isn’t some celebrity dilettante dabbling in a get-rich-quick scheme. He gets so worked up during his interview with The News that he refers to […]

Frank Santoro’s The bridge is over

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Frank Santoro has posted an important essay on the end of the direct market as a conduit between comics for art and comics for commerce : The bridge is over. From 1975 to 2005, the Direct Market was the bridge from the old world “Comics-as-ephemera”, returnable periodicals model to the new world “Comics-as-Literature” bookstore model. […]

The Big Squeeze

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Posted by Evie Mile High Comics’ Chuck Rozanski appears to be the first out of the gate with the annual “where are the comics at Comic Con?” lament, and Val D’Orazio has a further discussion. My personal flash-assessment, having not been there this year but having gone in the past and following the news from […]

Spirit of Retailing Award nominees announced

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Via PR, the nominees for the annual retailing award have been announced: SAN DIEGO, Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the largest comic book and popular arts event in the United States, has announced its list of nominees for the prestigious Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award (The Eisner Spirit Award). This year organizers are happy to […]

Tyrese creates MAYHEM at The Beat!

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Remember near the end of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND when the ET research team tentatively plays the five note theme that has been haunting the UFO-chasers…and waits, and waits and then the mother ship ANSWERS BACK? Well that’s kind of what happened at The Beat yesterday! When we wrote about the marketing clout […]

Marvel news and notes: profits, Cap’s early release

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Much goings on about a recent Marvelinvestor conference in which John Turitzin, Marvel’s general counsel and EVP of the executive office, answers a fan’s question about their recent price rise by saying, more or less, they did it to maximize their profits, not because they HAD to. Robot 6 and Rich Johnston have much fuller […]

The matter of the day…again

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As if psychically answering our call yesterday for solutions instead of salvos, retailer Brian Hibbs confronts the Warlord of Io Situation with a look at every aspect of the comics chain, from publishers on through distributors and why they are unlikely to work. It’s a sensible, real world-based look at the problem, although Hibbs kinda […]

WARLORD OF IO: a symbol for our times

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Everyone is justifiably linking to this post at The Comics Reporter as a passionate response to the ongoing winnowing at Diamond that is removing books like James Turner’s WARLORD OF IO from its catalog and why this is bad for EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US. Unfortunately, what should be the jewel in the crown of […]

And how was YOUR Free Comic Book Day?

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Fans, pros, retailers — feel free to post your experiences and observations. Preliminary reports are good, with many stores reporting sales UP from last year. Given the economy, this is pretty remarkable, so let’s share the good news! Matt Price at Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman, OK decided to live blog again: 11:45 a.m.: Response […]

Free Comic Book Day!

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It’s the annual comic book holiday…and they even give them away for FREE. It’s a day of signings and sightings and fun and frolic for all. Find the event nearest you here. Get out there, get some comic books, and have some fun!

Diamond iVerse Comics Shop Locator app live

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That app for iPhones for finding the nearest comics shop that we told you about a few days ago is now available on iTunes. Via PR: In a move promising tremendous benefits for comic book specialty shops, Diamond Comic Distributors and iVerse Media have joined forces to create a special “app” for Apple® iPhone® and […]

Comic Shop Locator app for iPhone?

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Hm. Check out this video we found for what looks like a demo of a Comics Shop Locator app for the iPhone. In the demo, the demonstrator uses both GPS and typing in a zip code to find nearby stores. The poster is listed as Diamond Comics, so you can probably figure out who’s behind […]

News and notes and whatnot

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§ In an interview with Percy Carey, musician/actor/model Tyrese Gibson (above) reveals how he got caught up in the glamorous, exciting world of comics books. Tyrese Gibson: I have always been open minded to new things, and I’ve said this a few times: I’m no comic book veteran, but when I went to ComiCon to […]