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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:29 pm

:roll:
Most of the big box bookstores carry like two cases full of Marvel and DC stuff, we already see why that isn't a problem in the article and a case full of boutique imprint stuff that are all actually produced by bigger publishers, read, they didn't get those from Diamond either.

I'm sure the single issues they ordered amounted to an account about our size. I doubt very seriously that it will crush Diamond, but who knows how bad off Geppi is, it could. If losing one mid level account is going to spell the end of comics, we are doomed anyhow.
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Doozer

cheese

Postby Doozer » Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:44 pm

BTW, Brian Hibbs over @ CBR does a pretty good analysis of Nielsen BookScan numbers:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=24818

Looks like the 2010 numbers should be available in February, it will be interesting to see how the Borders situation affects the numbers this year.

Also BTW, this was pretty amazing (from 2009's numbers):

The book of 2009 is the same as the previous year: "Watchmen." The big story, however, is that while "Watchmen" in 2008 was the biggest TP sale we’d ever seen before (nearly triple was the best seller of 2007), for 2009 "Watchmen’s" sales broke even that record. "Watchmen" sold 424,814 copies in the BookScan report.

That’s kind of crazy.

Just for grins, here’s "Watchmen’s" seven-year performance:

Year Quantity % Change
2003 14,336 -----
2004 11,340 -26%
2005 17,384 35%
2006 37,554 54%
2007 45,449 17%
2008 308,396 679%
2009 424,814 27%


I'm sure every publisher would love a sustained bump like that with every film that comes out.
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:48 pm

Watchmen is also why Trade Sales were substantially down last year.
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fieldy snuts

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Postby fieldy snuts » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:03 am

thefourthman wrote:Watchmen is also why Trade Sales were substantially down last year.

Borders has flooded an entire row per store with every imaginable variation of Watchmen. No surprise that oversaturation after the movie finally burst that bubble all this time later.
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Zechs

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Postby Zechs » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:25 am

Time to go back to Borders and clear out the Rurouni Kenshin section.
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john lewis hawk

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Postby john lewis hawk » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:59 am

Is Borders actually bankrupt and closing all of their stores?
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fieldy snuts

Rain Partier

Postby fieldy snuts » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:09 am

They're at the point of not able to pay off all their creditors.
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Kolimar

WTF is this rank?

Postby Kolimar » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:22 am

Max Blyss wrote:I hope that comics aren't forced by expense and enviro-nuts to leave the print medium... There is definitely something to be said about actually holding a printed book in your hands and getting the full experience of reading an actual Comic Book. I dig scans and digital comics, but nothing beats the real thing.


This.
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AaronW

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Postby AaronW » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:43 am

I bought all my trades from Amazon and other discounted online shops cheap. Borders stuff was too heavily read, and in some cases cheesed up by fatbeards.

Now I'd rather just download a trade sized collection.

Spidey-Man

Postby Spidey-Man » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:49 am

john lewis hawk wrote:Is Borders actually bankrupt and closing all of their stores?


Even if they go bankrupt, it doesnt; mean they are closing their stores. If they reorganize.

GM went bankrupt. It still makes cars.

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