I was very disapointed to hear this news via Newsarama. ( Dark Horse did not even give retailers the courtesy of an e-mail to tell us first)
My problem with their plans is that their day & date comics are going to go for $1.99 instead of being the same price as print like the other publishers. They are competing directly with shops & undercutting price.
This is a BIG step over the line.
Print superior product & justifies a higher price, however in theese trying economic times price could be a huge draw to digital.
I love the digital delivery system for comics, it has so much potential to expand the medium, however discounting the same day is more likely to simply convert readers to digital & kill print.
Dark horse is NOT behaving like a publishing partner, they are simply using the LCS as a delivery system.
The price to use this delivery system has just gone up in my shop.
I work with publishers & creators that work with me.
Dark Horse's shelf space loss is another small press Indy publisher's gain.
I urge other retailers to join me February for: Dark Horse Appreciation Month.
I'm ordering what my customers want & nothing else.
Larry's Wonderful, Wonderful World of Comics n such.
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