• The same day that Reed Exhibitions announced its new Chicago Entertainment & Comic Expo, it closed the doors on BookExpo Canada, a major convention and trade show. The 2009 event had been scheduled for June 19-22 in Toronto.
“Over the last 18 months, it has become clear that the dynamics of the publishing industry in Canada is no longer best served by a traditional trade event,” Greg Topalian, Reed’s senior vice president, said in a press release.
• Borders Books has accelerated its store closings, shuttering at least 28 Waldenbooks in January alone. Other casualties were a handful of Borders and Borders Express, and a Brentanos location. (via Andrew Wheeler)
• Way down in this Bloomberg article about the big 11-day Japan Media Arts Festival is this nugget: “Electronic comics ballooned 148 percent to 25 billion yen in 2007 as cellular-phone technology improved, according to a survey by Yano Research Institute. For anime in 2008, digital distribution on sites like YouTube.com and legal digital downloads via online stores like Apple iTunes have boosted sales and opportunities for independent artists.”
• Anime Vice finds indications that Japanese stores that sell doujinshi — amateur-published comics — may be “recession-proof.”
• Strangeways writer Matt Maxwell bids farewell to the monthly comic: “… the days of serial comics being written for serial form are over and done. The days of the single issue being the startup format or way to launch a new character? Done. Over. The startup costs are too high for any real outsider (we can discuss the gradations of that tag as they apply to brokered and non-brokered with Diamond publishers at a later time.) Single issues are now a boutique format with a fixed audience.”
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