Journalista for July 16, 2010: Marvel implosion

Posted by on July 16th, 2010 at 4:23 AM

 

 

“In point of fact, over the last two years, Marvel’s line has gone from about 30% at $3.99 to about 70% or more at $3.99 (and many books at MORE than $3.99!), all while constantly out-publishing DC some 100 titles to DC’s approximate 75-80 offerings. In that same time, DC’s pricing has gone from about 15% of all titles line wide at $3.99 to just about 30%. If DC is able to hold form for another 6-18 months, then my employer’s prediction of a Marvel implosion may not be so far fetched after all.”

– Kansas retailer Chris Walsh

 

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  • July 17 (London, England): Doctor Who comics authors Una McCormack, Gary Russell and Oli Smith will appear at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 1-2PM. Details here.

 

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