'What I would have done" was Re: Statistics
SRoweCanoe at aol.com
SRoweCanoe at aol.com
Sat Nov 18 00:50:09 CET 2006
Since everybody is playing micro-managing Gladstone, so will I.
The comics Market in the USA is divided into three groups, neither of them
comic book shops, bookstores, and newstands-groceries-etc.
as fans, comic books shops are what we are used to. There comics are color,
monthly,and non-reprint, however, you generally have to order your comics
months in advance, and most cater to guys in their 20s -30s who read superhero
and semi-SF comics.
bookstores, the bigsellers are magna books and books that look like magna.
There are Disney books there by TokyoPop. Magna sells well enough that at
least one book is on the Publisher's Weekly bestsellers list (although this is
usually a series). these are in black and white, digest, - the bookstores i
see usually have young teens of both sexes there. books are usually reprints.
not as many spinner racks or checkout line racks with comics as there used
to be. Archie digests sell there (with numbers on just the low side of
X-men), these seem to cater to kids, and parents as a sop to kids - color but
digests are 80% reprints. Heavy Metal may still be selling good on the
newsstands too - last i knew it sold over x-men numbers.
While we as adults know that Disney comics are good for adults as well as
kids (well Im not including the soccer kids), but most of the folks who go to
comic shops arent interested in non-superheroes. Obviously this is why
Gemstone tried to beef up the SF and superhero content. I didn't care for the
stuff at all, but I know many of yall on this list did.
While fans dont like reprints - the average person buying Archie digests and
Peanuts Fantagraphic books either want and enjoy reprints or dont care if
they're reprints. After all a good story is a good story.
I dont see any chance for Disney comics to do well in comic book shops; and
attempts at re-building the newsstand-grocery market hasnt been that
successful (and I suspect that the non-classic characters would do better on the
newstand, but that's not what folks on this list are interested in).
There might be hope on getting those digest books out in USA stores -in the
magna section, but I assume that Gemstone tried the color digest books out
there - and I never saw them.
I hate being a pessimist, but it doesn't look good.....
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