tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post5221041551589089278..comments2007-03-11T20:42:59.680ZComments on Bad Librarianship Now!: News just in: Comics retailers scared shitless by ...Mark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671mark@badlibrarianship.comBlogger6125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-89035313764925011132007-03-11T20:42:00.000Z2007-03-11T20:42:00.000ZWell, there's plenty of people already doing it, g...Well, there's plenty of people already doing it, getting their comics in bootlegged form from torrents. This would be about establishing a way of attracting that potential revenue back into the industry.Markhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-81191529318562171492007-03-10T22:22:00.000Z2007-03-10T22:22:00.000Zbut who's going to read a comic in pdf form? anybo...but who's going to read a comic in pdf form? anybody who downloads a book will likely print it off. and then revert to buying the printed versions as it probably costs more in ink to print off a comic and it does to buy it.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-87361293459584250572007-03-08T21:38:00.000Z2007-03-08T21:38:00.000ZAll fair points, and I don't want to be totally he...All fair points, and I don't want to be totally heartless, but it's really only my job to think as a punter. I'm sure, after an initial period of chaos, some form of equilibrium will be reached. That's always the way with revolution. And something this big could/should be revolutionary for the artform.Markhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-85979907285817134122007-03-08T08:11:00.000Z2007-03-08T08:11:00.000ZHmmm...<br>I've got mixed feelings about this...<b...Hmmm...<BR/>I've got mixed feelings about this...<BR/><BR/>(and I do agree with Rab--distribution and copyright and electronic formats have quickly become the "religion and politics" topics--which is great! I hate two party systems! And monotheism, too! And draconian copyright laws! yeah...)<BR/><BR/>one one side, the idea of downloading a PDF or some other format of my favorite titles is pretty exciting. Environmentally it is a good idea, and publishers might be able to drop prices if they figure out a sensible and inexpensive way to auto-distribute from their own sites and then don't have to worry about distributions costs.<BR/><BR/>On the other, I work at a small independent bookstore, and while we are getting by, we are usually working on a <3% profit. What has really hurt us as a business is not really the "big box" stores; what is killing us is Amazon. Online sales and distribution really puts the whammy on local places that have to rely on what they can sell to pay the rent. And while I love going to my local comic book store and chatting, I can just as easily see them losing a large portion of their revenue to those who would prefer to buy a comic online while their level 60 World of Warcraft gnome is flying from one place to another. <BR/><BR/>In any case, it is very late, and I have to be up very early, and I am not going to go back and double check this post. I hope it all makes sense when I see it tomorrow.Trevorhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14599869888780825546noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-91631040154435527142007-03-06T20:34:00.000Z2007-03-06T20:34:00.000ZAnother thing that was strange was the amount of p...Another thing that was strange was the amount of people on the forum siding with the retailers. Think as consumers, people! If Marvel sold hundreds of thousands of comics on the web rather than just tens of thousands of comics through specialist stores, then fan favourite, marginal comics like SOLO, MANHUNTER and NEXTWAVE become economically a lot more viable. Page rates go up, encouraging talent on the verge of leaving the artform for greener pastures to follow their heart and stay in comics.<BR/><BR/>But then, it was the Newsarama forums, where the weirdest of the weird "Comic Book Guys" roam, after all.Markhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-39705611016426028622007-03-06T06:26:00.000Z2007-03-06T06:26:00.000ZWhether the medium is digital music, digital video...Whether the medium is digital music, digital video, or digital comics, the debate has become a matter of religion: people on each side know what they know and no one is going to tell them otherwise. No amount of reasoned logical argument will penetrate those fortifications.<BR/><BR/>Now, I myself am firmly on one side of the issue, and it's sad to hear the same old disingenuous arguments used by the RIAA being repeated by comics retailers. The comics industry and its distribution model is what's strangling comic shops to death; retailers actually stand a <I>much</I> better chance of survival in a future with widespread downloading of digital comics -- but they'd have to accept that a new business model is called for. If you try to make that case to them, it'll just fall on deaf ears; worse, they'll brand you as the enemy rooting for their destruction. I just don't have the energy for that argument, you know? They won't be told and it's their own fault.<BR/><BR/>(I say this as an atheist who was once engaged to marry an evangelical Christian, so I know all about repeatedly banging my head against a brick wall in matters of religious faith...)RABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01714171897239398438noreply@blogger.com