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MySpace Comic Books to close up shop

MySpace.com

MySpace.com

Yesterday the social media megasite MySpace announced that it was laying off almost 30 percent of its staff, about 400 employees — a move their CEO called “necessary for the long-term health and culture of MySpace.” Per the L.A. Times, MySpace’s user numbers are down from last year, and ad revenue is projected to fall 15 percent in 2009.

As reported on Comics Alliance yesterday and confirmed by our sources, MySpace Comic Books is shutting down. An attempt to e-mail the current contact for MySpace Comic Books resulted in a response that he was no longer with the company.

No doubt with the 30 percent cut in employees, you can expect other initiatives on MySpace to be cut or at least scaled down as well.

The MySpace Comic Books community launched in 2007 and has played host to numerous comic previews, full issues of comics like Hexed, interviews, a news feed from Comic Book Resources and MyCup O’ Joe, which ended its run on May 1. MySpace is owned by News Corporation, which also owns 20th Century Fox, FOX Broadcasting Company, The New York Post, HarperCollins and IGN Entertainment, among many, many other media outlets.

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Outstanding! Yet another reason to leave MySpace! With less sarcasm… what the heck? Are they trying to lose members? Is that what they meant by getting back to being like a startup – having no members? Just asking.

Doesn’t CBR have a contact over there from when they agreed to and set up the news feed? (Although, he was probably let go, too.)

The times they are a-changin’.

Mysterious Stranger

June 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Could this also be why Joey Q moved Cup O’ Joe to CBR? It was hosted on Myspace after it left Newsarama right? I never checked it on Myspace so I don’t know if it was still being updated regularly or not.

I would be more disappointed, but the site has been treading water for a while now without any updates. With so many great sources of comic information, I’m hopeful everyone involved will find work elsewhere.

Cisco — the site just wasn’t the same after MCB producer Sam Humphries was let go from MySpace in their first round of layoffs earlier this year. MCB was a passion project for Sam, which really showed. His replacement tried his best, but he didn’t have the same passion for comics that Sam had.

Sorry to see it go, but I’ve been expecting this.

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