X-POSITION: Burnham, Culver, Villalobos Spell Out "E Is For Extinction"
• Fox Interactive Media has laid off 5 percent of its staff at MySpace, FoxSports.com, IGN and PhotoBucket. Heidi MacDonald confirms the MySpace cuts include marketing manager Sam Humphries, who headed up the comic-book content.
In the comments section, Dark Horse Senior Managing Editor Scott Allie says the online anthology MySpace Dark Horse Presents, a partnership between the publisher and the social-networking site, will continue.
• As Chris Mautner noted yesterday, Sammy Harkham has canceled his Drawn and Quarterly series Crickets after just two issues. The reason? The new Diamond threshold.
• Blogger Johanna Draper Carlson points out that Tokyopop has canceled solicitations for 16 titles.
• Writing for Portland, Ore.’s Willamette Week, Brandon Seifert checks in with local publishers to see how the new Diamond policy will affect them.
• New York’s new sales-tax law initially seemed like good news to small retailers who have to compete online with Amazon’s deep discounts. But Pop Syndicate‘s Chris Williams worries that silver lining has a dark cloud.
• At Digital Strips, Brigid Alverson writes that in the wake of the new Diamond threshold, “there’s no doubt that webcomics and other electronic media are suddenly looking better and better”: “It’s not surprising that the [Diamond] system is collapsing; what’s surprising is that it ever worked to begin with. It worked in part because it catered to a very narrow but very dedicated group of fans and because before the internet was invented, there were no alternatives.”
• Could the iPhone be the distribution solution, or at least a solution, for the small press? Newsarama takes a look.
• At Fleen, Gary Tyrrell eyes the success of Monty Python’s Flying Circus on YouTube, and sees it as “another example of the rewards possible when you provide compelling & quality content.”