• Cuts at Borders Group continue as the bookstore chain announced it has eliminated 16 executive positions — six vice presidents and 10 directors — primarily in its Ann Arbor, Mich., headquarters. (via GalleyCat)
• Retailer Christopher Butcher elaborates on his earlier comments about Diamond’s new threshold for publishers:
… Diamond is pushing content out of the Direct Market.
Let me say that again:
Diamond Is Pushing Content Out Of The Direct Market
We established this way up at the top there, “Diamond’s job is to serve the direct market.” So you tell me, by denying entry to creative people, by setting the minimums above what _all comics_ not in the top 300 can accomplish, and only ‘working’ with their core publishers, how are they serving the direct market?
The only answer that comes to mind is “because this will allow them to continue to exist.” …
• John Jackson Miller and the staff of Comic Buyer’s Guide do a little direct market number-crunching: In 1997, Diamond Comic Distributors shipped 5,695 periodical comics from 500 different publishers. One-third of those publishers released just one issue.
• Indy Comic News asks seven independent creators how the new Diamond policy will affect them. “Diamond’s new policies don’t mean much to me; it’s like adding barbed wire to the Great Wall of China,” says Brendan McGinley. “I couldn’t sell my print comic DOSE to them in the first place; anthologies don’t move enough units to be worth their time.”
• At Mania, Kurt Amacker looks at some alternatives to Diamond — namely, Haven, and print-on-demand online stores.
• Penn State’s Daily Collegian reports that Comic Swap in State College is holding strong, despite the worsening economy. “The weather has had more of an effect than the recession,” says owner Kristian Boose.