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Friday, February 20, 2009

Varying Degrees of Salt -- More interesting to me than the piece he is linking to is Tom Spurgeon's heavily-qualified recommendation to read the latest Bookscan "analysis" by retailer Brian Hibbs.

While Brian is an undeniably smart guy, who literally wrote the book on comics retailing within the direct market, he has proved monumentally -- I would go so far as to say fatally, at this point -- blind to the realities of the developed and developing markets for comics and graphic novels outside the stunted, inbred and mostly bumbling direct market. That Hibbs's thunderbolts from the mountain are to be considered with varying degrees of salt is no surprise, but that the mostly tolerant and big-tentish Tom Spurgeon would go to such lengths to explain (quite accurately) why Hibbs's commentary is of limited value but worth reading, seems kind of extraordinary to me.



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