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Comics A.M. | One Piece breaks another record, more on Diamond Digital

One Piece, Vol. 61

Publishing | The 61st volume of Eiichiro Oda’s insanely popular pirate manga One Piece sold more than 2 million copies in its first three days of release, according to the Japanese market-survey firm Oricon. It’s the fastest-selling book in the Oricon chart’s nearly three-year history, breaking the previous record set by the 60th volume of One Piece, which sold more than 2 million copies in four days. [Anime News Network]

Retailing | Heidi MacDonald talks to Dave Bowen, Diamond’s director of digital distribution, about the newly announced deal with iVerse Media that will allow retailers to sell digital comics in their stores: “The retailer will login using their Diamond retailer login and be presented with the opportunity to create store-specific, item-specific codes in whatever quantities they need. Then we’ll use some approved cryptographically secure method to generate random codes for the retailer to use. And we’ll format those in a PDF which they can then print out. Likely what will happen is, it’ll print easily on Avery 30-up laser labels. So what you have is a sheet of Avery laser labels with a bunch of different books and codes on individual labels. In that case the retailer takes that material and secures it and then when someone wants Transformers #16 they simply ring the sale and give the label or sticker or cut-out to the consumer. […] It’s really very simple. Then the consumer that has that code, which is live, they could literally step out of the line, pull out their iphone or ipad or whatever other device and redeem the code and begin reading the material.” Meanwhile, Todd Allen dissects what he describes as “a particularly silly digital download scheme.” [The Beat, Indignant Online]


Retailing | Matt Price sets the scene for ComicsPRO’s annual meeting, which begins today in Dallas, and reveals the exclusive cover for The Walking Dead #81 given to attendees. [Nerdage]

Legal | Hiroko Tabuchi looks at the tightening restrictions in Tokyo on the depictions of sexual acts involving minors in manga, anime and video games. [The New York Times]

Legal | Eriq Gardner delves into the recent dismissal of Stan Lee Media’s $1-billion lawsuit against Stan Lee and Marvel: “We’d say that the long saga involving Stan Lee Media may be finally over, except we probably said the exact same thing at least a half dozen times in the past few years.” [THR, Esq.]

Creators | Writer Jim McCann talks about Hawkeye: Blindspot, a four-issue miniseries debuting next week from Marvel. Warning: The article contains spoilers for the conclusion of Widowmaker. [USA Today]

Creators | EmiTown creator Emi Lenox is interviewed on the Hideous Energy podcast. [Hideous Energy]



How does the stats work in Japan? Is that 2 million sold to retailers or consumers?

@Vishwas: The Oricon chart tracks sales to consumers, similar to Bookscan or Soundscan in America.

What’s especially mind-blowing to me is how many copies One Piece sells despite these issues not being original material. Almost 3 million people are already reading One Piece every week in Weekly Shonen Jump, and it still sells 2 million copies of the collections in the first 3 days on top of THAT? Insane.

The “Diamond digital” idea is one the most bafflingly retarded things I’ve ever heard seriously proposed.

You know how people will say “they’re making all the same mistakes the music industry did”? That’s not true anymore. They have officially revealed themselves as even more incompetent.

It’s not that mind-blowing when you factor in just how goddamn good One Piece is. People trade-wait over there just like they do here. It’s cheaper to wait for One Piece to get collected in tankoban than to get Weekly Shounen Jump.

Why should we even have to PAY for a digital copy if we buy the hard copy. Why cant they have a code for a digital download the way the Blu-Ray movies have.

One Piece is hands down the best manga out there, and the sales speaks volumes.

Also keep in mind that the printing quality in a lot of manga anthology mags like Shonen Jump is lower than the glossy books we have in the states. Outside of special color pages, it’s not uncommon to see smudges or faded ink. The collected volumes are much clearer – fans who’ve read it in the magazine would still like to buy the books to get a better look at the art.

Plus, yeah, One Piece is pretty much the biggest manga of the decade in Japan. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch (heh) to say it’s on the same level as Harry Potter is in the UK.

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