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Retailer Summits

• ICv2.com reports that Diamond Comic Distributors and Alliance Game Distributors will have just one retailer summit this year, held in conjunction with October’s Baltimore Comic-Con. The more games-oriented event, in Fort Wayne, Ind., has been removed from the schedule.

• Writer Tina Anderson has word that 12 to 15 employees — two in editorial — were let go in last week’s layoffs at Viz Media. (via Simon Jones)

• Jones also points out that the number of items listed in the front of Previews actually has increased since Diamond’s much-discussed cuts: “The total number of items offered has not decreased by much.  The size of the catalogue was reduced by nearly 20% compared to the huge October issue, but that seems rather small savings given all the hoopla.”

• West Hollywood’s celebrated gay and lesbian bookstore A Different Light is closing its doors after nearly 30 years. Owner Bill Barker told Instinct magazine that road construction and the destruction of the bar next door led to a significant decline in business. The San Francisco location and the online store will remain open. (via Jacket Copy)

• The Daily Herald looks at how artists in suburban Chicago try to make ends meet during the recession. “You just have to live beneath your means if you’re serious about your work,” says Brian Babendererde, creator of Soul Chaser Betty.

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Wow that A Different Light item is sad. (I lived around the corner in WeHo for nine years). Esp. sad is the part about how a West Hollywood project to widen the sidewalks — to make it more pedestrian friendly — ended up killing the foot traffic. Parking in West Hollywood is so brutal…parking anywhere in LA that isn’t a mall is a gruesome exercise, with the result that street front communities like this are dying.

Sad.

Question. Did anyone expect that the changes in Diamond’s policies would *shrink* the section devoted to brokered publishers?

Yeah, that’s what I thought, too.

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