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Food or Comics | More on the new Diamond threshold and the economy

by  in Comic News Comment

• At the Forbidden Planet International blog, Richard Bruton provides some perspective regarding the impact of the new Diamond threshold: “… Where it would really impact is the new publisher or the never broken out big publisher. I’d imagine that the amazing, long running successes of books like Bone, Strangers In Paradise, Mouse Guard and many more would be impossible under this situation. I have no idea what initial numbers were, but I’d be willing to bet they’d have trouble making the threshold. These books all generated readers and numbers through word of mouth, eventually becoming best-sellers. But these Diamond numbers effectively stop any possibility of a slow burn success. And of course, less publishers is a bad thing. Less variety means less potential interest from new readers. Which means a shrinking customer base. And that’s always bad news.”

Bruton also speaks with Kenny Penman about what the threshold will mean to him as a retailer and as publisher of Blank Slate Books.

• Blogger Johanna Draper Carlson examines a largely overlooked aspect of Diamond’s new minimum-order policy: a 60-day time limit for reordering magazines and comic periodicals. She wonders what the change will mean to magazine publishers such as TwoMorrows.

Atomic Robo writer Brian Clevinger delcares that “the basic model of getting new independent comics into shops is dead” — for small publishers, at least — but asserts that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

• Blogger Sean Kleefeld looks at some of the posts written this week by creator Dwight MacPherson about Diamond and alternate distribution, and defends him from criticism.

• Hong Kong animation house Imagi, which is producing the upcoming Astro Boy and Gatchaman movies, reportedly is shutting down temporarily because of lack of funds. According to AnimeVice, studio executives hope to be closed for just one week while they secure more money.