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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Tom Spurgeon Is So Polite -- Don't believe me?
"Could it be that comics retailers -- the people who should be selling the most comics in any format but no longer do so for certain key publishers and entire categories of comics -- are underestimating the potential for alternative comic books as well?"
The usual response I get from superhero convenience store apologists and practitioners like Robert Scott is something along the lines of "We don't have to sell those shitty artcomix you love so fucking much if we don't want to, nanny nanny nanny, neener neener neener and who the hell are you, a mere consumer of comics for nearly four decades, to presume to understand anything at all about buying them?"

Kudos, anyway, to Tom Spurgeon for getting to the core dysfunction of the Diamond-crippled serviced direct market. I just wish he wasn't so damned polite about it.

And by the way, I want to call out a specific part of the above quote for further consideration:
"[C]omics retailers -- the people who should be selling the most comics in any format..."
Tom could be opening himself up for a world of nerd-wrath there. Because he is saying -- as I have for years -- that to be a professional comic book retailer means you want to sell as many comics as possible to as many people who want to buy them, regardless of genre, format, gender or other considerations. And Tom seems to be agreeing with me there. And every time I say it, nimrods like Robert Scott show up at my castle at dawn with torches and pitchforks to accuse me of everything from miscegenation to being the Anti-Christ. So it'll be interesting to see how Tom's rude declaration of what a comic book retailer really ought to be will sit with the Geoff Johns is God crowd that have so far bullied dominated the online discussion of the direct market and all its many fatal flaws.



Blogger David Wynne said...

Heh. I'm glad to see Spurgeon making this point, and I can only hope that this will help the idea that comics retailers have to take at least some small amount of responsibility for the success of their own businesses get out into general conciousness a bit more...

06 February, 2008 22:41  
Blogger d. emerson eddy said...

...but it's fun to be the Anti-Christ. You get to go to all the best parties.

07 February, 2008 15:51  

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