I'm pretty sure the retailer is not 'banning' Mark Waid comics, just making them pre-order only.
Some retailers are starting to feel like a music store in the 90s. They think digital comics are going to put them out of business. Especially those that made/make a lot of money with collectible comics (higher priced back issues, variant covers, etc..). Digital does away with all of that. They don't see a viable future for themselves selling the 'dead tree' version of popular webcomics. Especially against a deep discounting Amazon, or the creator themselves via POD as their audience is more likely to buy from since they already know that they want it and it's just a matter of price and convenience. Why would they leave the house just to pay more for the book at a local comic shop?
Their goal of some retailers is to push back against all movement towards digital. An apt metaphor I've heard is yes, they are dinosaurs and like that scene in Jurassic Park where the T-Rex roars at those kids trapped in a car, they will roar at anybody (that's not a major publisher) for moving towards digital and cutting them out.
Would it be wrong to say most of the time, those types of retailers tend to be the Android's Dungeon types that already drive away their own customers? There are shops that still do good business, it's just a matter of not looking like a beehive and actually giving your customers incentive to come and feel comfortable.Originally Posted by Jamie Coville
Hell they're opening the comic equivilant of a manga cafe in Toronto, soon.
[QUOTE=John M. Coker (Johnny C.);8992400]Slewo's right.
Oh god, I just typed the words "Slewo's right."