Monday, March 29, 2004

Well, there you have it. 

So I find out there's some comic book retailers bitching about Marvel's deal with Source Interlink, which will put their monthlies on the racks at places like Barnes & Noble. I'll go ahead and lift the money quote from Fanboy Rampage, cuz I'm gonna lift everything else from there too:

Marvel's decision to sell to Interlink to rack comics at major book store chains like Barnes & Noble and Borders is another signal that Marvel has absolutely no interest in supporting the current specialty market model, and has in fact SOLD US OUT in their continuing effort to boost their sales, and more importantly to executives, their STOCK PRICE. I find it ridiculous that we as an industry decided to move Free Comic Book Day to time with the release of Spider-Man 2, a Marvel movie, when Marvel is willing to take the bread and butter of comic book stores away and pass it off to the corporate chains.

There are so many things wrong with that statement that I could go in a million different directions of criticism. Turns out, I don't have to. All the commentors pretty much got it nailed. Special Achievement in Awesome awards go to Augie, Shane, and Bill.

Also, special mention goes to Kevin Melrose, who makes a rather brilliant little argument himself at Thought Balloons, in the comments.

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