Even though we have the examples of the Movie industry and the Record Industry behaving like dinosaurs when embracing the digital medium that the new age brings, I think the comic book industry is being a bit insensitive to its retail partners.
Lots of comic-books shops across the nations, big and small, are adding another variable to the already complicated formula of “how many issues should I order?”, and this may even put some shops in the red.
Of course I don’t presume to know all the factors that were taken into consideration for making this decision at DC, but it is hard to imagine how a more flexible timetable couldn’t have been implemented.
For example selecting the September date for releasing the digital comics 1 week after they reach the retail shops, and then in January re-evaluating the impact and deciding whether to same-day release or keep a one week delay.
I think that Brian Michael Bendis was right when he was quoted in an article for newsarama http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dc-retailers-number-ones-110601.html stating “If people want to see the local comic shop stick around they need to support brick and mortar stores.”
- Do you think the same date release will have a big impact on stores?
- Do you think the numbers by DC are not enough to worry store owners?
- And do you think Marvel will follow suit with all its titles (The Ultimate line-up is already same-day-release)?