Hibbs’ remarks are particularly good: “Here’s the real problem: Diamond’s purchasing department. There are some really great guys working there, but they don’t really have a great aesthetic judgment. That’s not a knock, necessarily, but in 20 years of buying from Diamond I don’t believe that they’ve EVER had a year where they had the entirety of, say, the Eisner nominees in stock at or around the time of the nominations. … I don’t believe that Diamond would recognize the ‘next BONE.’ Not from hatred or anything, but because they have policies in place to be ‘fair,’ that for a decade or more essentially treats all projects as interchangeable widgets.”
Deppey, meanwhile, thinks Last Gasp could use the new Diamond policy to its advantage: “Because their market focus plays more to general American alt-culture, they’ve never seemed like direct competition to Diamond; rather, they’ve been the indy-comics scene’s gateway to record stores and radical bookstores, more a source for hipster culture than literary comics. The fact that they just happen to be a fairly comrehensive source for literary comics really hasn’t been a serious topic for discussion. Until now.”
(Boyd link via Deppey)
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