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    I certainly understand if you missed the whole...

    I certainly understand if you missed the whole part about, y'know, my owning a comic book store for a quarter century and all, but I have actual real and practical knowledge about the hard limits to...
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    I have NO idea how this happened, because it is...

    I have NO idea how this happened, because it is correct in the Word doc I sent CBR to post.

    The correct 2012 total is 5,438,329. The 2013 figure is correct.

    -B
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    I suspect I can cut the wheat from the chaff...

    I suspect I can cut the wheat from the chaff fairly quickly (maybe 8 weeks total for the basement?), but organizing things for medium and long term sales will be the amusing challenge. There's barely...
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    I didn't mean to suggest it would "always" be...

    I didn't mean to suggest it would "always" be true, and I always will defer to actual-publisher-experience rather than my at-a-slight-remove perspective.

    Having said that, it would seem to me that...
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    I think that, a) the nature of the market and the...

    I think that, a) the nature of the market and the willingness of new retailer entries has changed the character and the openess of the market in pretty dramatic ways since 1993 and b) that sometimes...
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    My analogies also break down, Gene, when I say...

    My analogies also break down, Gene, when I say "you and I", and an artist of your skill is the "you" reading it!

    Thanks for the kind words, sir.

    -B
  7. Two factual statements: 1) Bleeding Cool is...

    Two factual statements:

    1) Bleeding Cool is many things, but one thing that it is NOT is a "news site". It is a RUMOR site.

    In that report you linked to, there are FACTUALLY INACCURATE...
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    I'm told that they since clarified that they're...

    I'm told that they since clarified that they're making a smaller percentage of cover price, after manufacturing costs, even AFTER they add the buck to the consumer price. They are not "losing money"...
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    One other thing that I forgot to mention in the...

    One other thing that I forgot to mention in the piece is that "A series of mini-series" is the WORST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS.

    See, what happens with POS systems is that they track "series" by an...
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    Or how about this one: this is a page of old...

    Or how about this one: this is a page of old concert tickets... scroll down and you can see a Rolling Stones show for $9.50 in 1975. The new Stones show here in SF has the cheapest seats at a...
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    New Adults. Lots (and lots!) of new KIDS. The...

    New Adults. Lots (and lots!) of new KIDS. The "old readers returning" happened a lot around the launch of the New52, and *some* of those stuck around as we showed them the range of comics available...
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    Huh. So it is. Well, all I can say is that it...

    Huh. So it is.

    Well, all I can say is that it doesn't look like that in my Master. I know this column is an EXTREME pain for Stephen and Jonah to format, and something must have got lost. ...
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    Hi, Ruwan Am I correct in assuming this is...

    Hi, Ruwan

    Am I correct in assuming this is Ruwan Jayatilleke, Associate Publisher of Marvel? If so, you may want to change your account's name to make this clearer. I believe that CBR can also...
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    I think that this is over thinking a great deal...

    I think that this is over thinking a great deal of the problem -- I think the more likely culprits are no clear reading order tied with $25-40 price points.

    -B
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    It was observed to me by a third party that for a...

    It was observed to me by a third party that for a good part of 2012 Barnes & Noble was not stocking the "top 100" DC Comics, which I entirely forgot about in my BookScan 2012 report.

    There are...
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    Yeah, you kinda can't link to that piece and not...

    Yeah, you kinda can't link to that piece and not ALSO link to Jim's chart on Digital sales:

    http://www.jimzub.com/?p=2066


    For your other thought: there really isn't any money whatsoever in...
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    Obviously, I have no way of knowing if people...

    Obviously, I have no way of knowing if people don't like the iVerse interface, or don't want to manage multiple solutions, or if they simply just aren't interested in digital comics as a mass -- what...
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    Our books are delivered by truck (We're the drop...

    Our books are delivered by truck (We're the drop point for the City of San Francisco) -- the truck doesn't show until about 3 PM or so. If we did not have DED, as your suggestion, we would receive...
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    Because we'd be breaking street date -- we are...

    Because we'd be breaking street date -- we are NOT allowed to sell comics before the "prevailing time" in our market -- currently, that is 10 AM.

    Perhaps more importantly, we PAY a weekly fee to...
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    The first thing I want to state is that those of...

    The first thing I want to state is that those of you who think that this is about digital are, in fact, wrong -- this column is about being lying to over very specific promises when the circumstances...
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    I'm *not* talking about DM data -- I'm talking...

    I'm *not* talking about DM data -- I'm talking about all other print markets. 20 years ago people said "If only we could get into the book market, all of our problems would be solved!". So, we're in...
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    The "why" is because comics-industry-specific...

    The "why" is because comics-industry-specific data is showing that it ISN'T the case, regardless of "precedent" -- the current audience appears to prefer print, and the "new" audience has shown only...
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    If that's what you think the article says......

    If that's what you think the article says... well, man, I don't know what to say. Yessss, GNs are up, as a percentage a much larger percentage than comics *this particular reporting period*, but...
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    So... I'm dreamed the headline "Graphic Novels up...

    So... I'm dreamed the headline "Graphic Novels up 53.9% in October; Over-all Up 19.5%"?

    I certainly know that this last Saturday in my store, of the 48 transactions I did, only about 9 of them...
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    Yeah, except that gross aggregate sales are UP,...

    Yeah, except that gross aggregate sales are UP, as is the volume of the best-selling books.

    So... not.

    -B
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