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• I’m not sure it’s possible to overstate how big of an effect the increase in Diamond’s minimum-order benchmark will have on small publishers. So, even though I only just posted an item on the subject, I’m leading off with it in this “Food or Comics” roundup. It’s the biggest comics-related money story of the day, the week, the month, and well beyond. This signals a major change in the direct market, one that will force many publishers to rethink what they release and how they release it. That means it also affects creators, retailers and readers.
• I neglected to include in my initial post on the subject something SLG Publisher Dan Vado mentioned in his email to The Comics Reporter: SLG Publishing plans next month to launch a website on which retailers can reorder the company’s books. He’ll now offer some publishers the opportunity to list their titles, “in essence trying to become a distributor myself.” [The Comics Reporter]
• Citing a slump in the publishing industry, Japanese company Kadokawa Shoten is ceasing publication of its two-year-old Comic Charge manga magazine with its Feb. 3 issue. A new magazine may take its place. [Anime News Network]
• Paul Gravett has “Ten Tips for Thrifty Comics Consumers” [Paul Gravett]
• Meanwhile, the Bevery Hills, Calif., home of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has been on the market since August. The price of the five-bedroom, six-bathroom 5,458-square-foot house has been slashed from $3,995,000 to $3,495,000. [SFGate]