Retailer Brian Hibbs wrote an article for Tilting at Windmills on that theoretical potential of the digital comics market recently.
Originally Posted by Hibbs@Tilting at Windmills
Woohoo! I got the final question on the final A-i-C of the year!!! Thanks!
Shame that Ellis has no projects on the immediate horizon with Marvel though!
I'd be very happy if Hickman took over the Avengers franchise! I would love to see Mike Carey on board though! That's the dream!
Merry Christmas true believers!
It hurts my brain thinking about marvel's digital pricing structure
And then when someone raises the question they consistently act dumb and pretend they don't understand why there is a problem or how this is even an issue.
My local lcbs is the most poorly run business in town. Why marvel insists on tieing their fortunes to dinasours is beyond me
Considering that a recent blog post by him on digital comics (which, to be fair, actually does make a few good points, such as that the current DM audience won't be convinced to switch to digital overnight) featured an unironic iPad/3Com Audrey analogy, I wouldn't take Hibbs as any kind of authority on the ultimate potential of the digital market.
Also, unlike other retailers, Hibbs has quite adamantly refused to diversify his business beyond comics to games and other merchandise, which will make it a lot harder for me to be sympathetic when and if Comix Experience ever goes under.
I find Marvel's digital pricing structure sends a very clear message.
Don't buy Marvel digital unless it's on sale.
There are a number of Marvel books that are on the bubble for me because they look interesting but not interesting enough to justify $3.99 sight-unseen. If Marvel followed the same policy as some other companies and dropped digital prices after they'd caught the initial release window I might try those books. Unfortunately, they don't.
IDW and Dynamite drop $3.99 books to $1.99 after about a month, why can't Marvel? If I like the book enough I'll start paying the $3.99 when it comes out; but even if I don't like it that much, I might like it enough to pay the $1.99 every month to read the stories a month or two behind.
As it is, Marvel's done a good job of directing my digital purchases (all I do these days) towards other companies.
I know it's not Axel making these decisions, but hopefully someone will read this thread and see that the lack of a clearly defined policy is hurting their sales.
Anyone who thinks DC is bringing back the Silver Age doesn't know what the Silver Age is.
There is no such word as "persay," it's per se, two words, from the Latin.
I look at their sales regularly, but very little says "must be", especially when they do repeat them and focus on stuff a couple of years out. I may not get that much when DC Comics does its big 101 sales, but I get far more than Marvel. And I'll even say that I pick and choose books by page length. I'll try the 50 page Batman or Superman or JL books that hit at that price. But the Marvel stuff is so deeply embedded in other books that it's still off-putting.
Lapsed comic fan (20,000+ singles in the basement!) that's hugely enthused for the digital DC Comics relaunch.
- EIC, The Fandom Post
I've gotten into the transformers ongoing, flash, aquaman, and batwing books via the 1.99 pricing strategy. Now I'm buying all those when they come out
Also. When I do buy floppy back issues. I do so knowing if I ask or not the guy will knock a percentage off at the cash register. Lcbs don't even stick to their own pricing model why is marvel
Last edited by FriendRoss; 12-24-2011 at 12:46 PM.
Then there's their other current teleporter, Pixie whom Magik taught the same exact spell.