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Diamond Comic Distributors

Diamond Comic Distributors

Legal | Camden National Bank in Portland, Maine, has sued Steve Geppi and a partner for $600,000 in bad debt allegedly owed from investment properties. The properties on the Maine coast, purchased in 2005, already are in federal receivership because of $14.7 million in unpaid principal on a mortgage.

This is only the latest financial problem for Geppi, owner of Diamond Comic Distributors. In December, Geppi, Diamond and Gemstone Publishing were sued on behalf of a print broker for $373,000, and in February Gemstone closed its offices in West Plains, Missouri, and laid off five employees. Meanwhile, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore struggles to pay its bills, and his Baltimore magazine tightens its belt. [Village Soup, via Baltimore City Paper]

Sales charts | It’s no surprise that Watchmen topped the Nielsen BookScan chart for May — its 11th consecutive month at No. 1 — followed by two volumes of Naruto. Star Trek: Countdown, a movie prequel, continues to perform well for IDW Publishing, climbing to No. 5. [ICv2.com]

The Soddyssey

The Soddyssey

Awards | The Soddyssey, And Other Tales of Supernatural Law, by Batton Lash, has won the Independent Book Publishers Association’s 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for graphic novels. [IBPA]

Retailing | Tucker Stone talks with Tom Adams, owner of the recently opened Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn, N.Y. [Comixology]

Publishing | I have no idea who Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat is, but the Indian press is abuzz with word that Radical Publishing is releasing a comic inspired by her character from the movie Hisss. [Kerala Online]

Creators | Brian Heater wraps up his three-part interview with Michael Kupperman. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Fandom | Peter David would like some assistance from collectors of Spider-Man memorabilia for a book he’s assembling. [Peter David]

Comics | David Uzumeri provides annotations for Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s Batman and Robin #1. [Funnybook Babylon]

Blogosphere | A blog has launched dedicated to the work of Jack Cole. [Cole's Comics, via Evan Dorkin]

Crime | The Boy Wonder gets himself in a little trouble in Minnesota. [iFanboy]

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Ha! I’ve been to that bar where Robin got himself kicked out.

..I wonder how well that Star Trek: Countdown would be selling if more people read JJ Abrams’ rants over on TrekMovie about how the “official prequel” isn’t canon at all. Every question he answered in a recent interview regarding clarification on discrepancies between the comic and the movie went “Uh…because it’s not canon?”.

Okay, so we’re seeing that Geppi’s overall businesses are taking major hits from all sides, and that he’s in court battling lawsuits for major sums of cash.

When will the industry get a clue and start diversifying their distribution outlets? When the damned company is no longer existing?

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