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New Tilting is up!

Brian Hibbs

Comic Book Resources has it, as always. Feel free to use this comments section to discuss it, if you like.



4 Responses to “ New Tilting is up! ”

  1. As a member of the existing audience who’s getting pulled away from print toward digital — I’m not buying DC’s print editions once the switch is made, mainly for space and convenience’s sake — I’m wondering if the big two publishers’ shift toward day and date will change what you stock in your store.

    Have you seen any shift in sales for Image titles that have gone day and date, like Walking Dead, Savage Dragon, etc.?

    The gorgeously designed books that Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, and IDW’s Library of American Comics put out seem to me to be the most digital-proof, but I’m guessing there’s not enough cash to be made there to keep your lights on.

  2. At this stage, there has been no major change in existing day-and-date titles…. but publishers also say to me “…and those sales are absolutely minimal, and nothing we could survive on.”

    Obviously, with one of the “Big Two” going full-hog, and the other saying they’re shifting to it over the next year (or whatever), I would expect that to change in some fashion.


  3. In this kind of transitional period do you see it as necessary to adapt to survive? Are there any new sales opportunities? Can you start stocking digital reading devices or work out bundles that you can offer through your store directly through comixology. I feel really bad for all retailers but this has to have a particularly bad taste in the mouth of the most outspoken advocate comic book retailers and thus customers have right now.

    What digital customers need to remember is that they don’t own their product. It is only available for as long as the issue is in the online store, correct? So if a company removes an issue or goes out of business that is $$$ lost from the consumer who is really only renting their product. Product pricing and the quality and affordability of reading devices would have to dramatically change for digital to entice a cent out of my pocket.

    Also a move to straight digital brings up all kinds of scary scenarios with company’s having the ability to sensor their portfolio with no hard copy record publicly available. And that isn’t even taking into consideration the most important element, actual human interaction and as you point out local economic considerations.

    I wish you the best of luck Mr. Hibbs, and really appreciate you sharing your insiders perspective so eloquently.

  4. I’m in over my head a bit on this topic, but I thought I’d try sharing my thoughts anyway.

    The Comixology deal is a terrible deal. I can’t see any potential upside for comic retailers.

    It sounds like the person at DC you spoke to didn’t have the necessary influence when the Comixology contract for retailers was created. Whether it’s a case of the person being busy with other things, being outside the loop, or playing both sides, who’s to say.

    I think your vision of Comixology being a digital equivalent to Diamond is a bit pie-in-the-sky. I don’t see why Comixology wouldn’t want to strong arm you out. It’s not good, but it’s the way of business.

    It seems to me this will all be moot anyway. I imagine the people who want to read digital comics are already pirating them anyway. I can’t imagine they’ll all rush towards buying digital when they’re used to not paying. Some will, certainly, but they probably weren’t buying the physical version anyway.

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