Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Near-DIY Distribution II
Ever wonder about the history of comic book distribution? About the emergence of the direct market and the arguable ghettoization of comics as they were removed from mainstream retail? A bunch of fine folks have been developing a "historical view and predictive query" of and about comics distribution over at Comicon.com.

Participants include Jim Hanley, Stephen Bissette, Rick Veitch, Rory Root, Gary Colabuono, and other comics retail, publishing, and creative notables. I hope to track down some folks involved in the DIY, indie, and minicomics distro scene -- a la Wow Cool, Spit and a Half, and Puppy Toss -- but as it stands, it's not a bad introduction to the development and current state of comics distribution as an industry.

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