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Marvel Comics Dropping Out of Big Book Retailers

Written by Jude Terror on Monday, December 30 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

Marvel Comics Dropping Out of Big Book Retailers

Major retailers like Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million will no longer sell single issue Marvel comics.

Source: Various (linked inline)

Doomsday for the comic book industry has finally been brought about by the proliferation of digital comics, and it begins, as everyone predicted, with the death of the the big chain retail... wait, what?

Good eReader is reporting that giant book retailers Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million have both stopped selling Marvel Comics, at least in floppy form. The story has been developing all weekend, with sources inside a New York City Barnes & Noble reporting the decision to no longer stock Marvel comics to Bleeding Cool. Good eReader confirmed these reports as well, and also heard directly from "contacts" at the main office of Books-A-Million that Marvel chapbooks are no longer on the menu there. But here's the strange part - the decision is apparently Marvel's, not the retailers'.

It's a strange turn of events. Good eReader speculates that it has something to do with plans Marvel has to develop their own digital distribution strategy and drop comiXology. It's an interesting theory, but what does that have to do with Barnes & Noble and its ilk? Is it meant to appease direct market retailers, to calm fears of digital doom in the wake of their digipocaypse and let them know where Marvel's loyalty lies? That may sound far-fetched, but it's not like Marvel has no reason to fear retaliation for a digital push.

Of course, that's all speculation (though very interesting speculation), and we're not familiar enough with the site to know how much of what they say is bullshit. That's not a slight at them - we honestly don't know, and in the modern journalistic climate, you can't trust anyone. For instance, with Bleeding Cool, we know how reliable they are because every time Rich Johnston gets something right, he lets us know at every opportunity in future articles. So we believe Marvel is pulling single issues out of book retailers. We're not sure about Good eReader's digital conspiracy theory though. As they admit, it could also be a simple matter of profitability for Marvel, which has to accept returns of unsold books ordered by big retailers, unlike with the direct market, where once they trick them into buying 1000 copies of that foil-embossed super rare 3D issue #0 cover, they're pretty much stuck with it.

More details will probably be revealed, and we'll keep you posted.

Now we shall steal the article image that both Bleeding Cool and Good eReader used for their stories (our guess: the latter stole it from the former), because in this post-digital-apocalyptic world, there are no rules.


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Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. A certified trash eater ruining the pristine field of comics journalism with his sarcasm and goofiness, Jude Terror is secretly friendly and congenial, so if you've got a complaint, why not just bring it up to him instead of subtweeting like a jackass, jackass? You can find him on Twitter or try your luck with an email, but keep in mind that he is notoriously unreliable and may not get back to you right away. Unless you want to send him free stuff, in which case he'll get back to you immediately.

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