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Comics A.M. | Publishers doubt Borders plan; what’s next for digital?

Borders Group headquarters

Retailing | Publishers characterize a restructuring plan presented Wednesday by Borders Group as unrealistic, with some saying they’re more convinced than ever that the struggling bookstore chain — the second-largest in the United States — will be forced to sell itself or liquidate. The bookseller, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 16, reportedly contends it could turn a profit by the end of this year. By 2015, it hopes to draw almost 40 percent of its revenue from online sales. The company, which is in the process of closing 226 superstores and is set to shutter 20 more, is also considering moving its headquarters from Ann Arbor, Mich., to less-expensive space in metropolitan Detroit. [The New York Times, The Detroit News]

Digital comics | Seth Rosenblatt surveys the digital landscape, and wonders what’s next: “Though no publisher interviewed for the story would confirm plans to do so, it’s not unreasonable to expect premium pricing for digital comics that come with extra features like audio tracks, or the ability to look at the black-and-white version of the artwork.” He also gets a tease from Oni Press’ Cory Casoni, who says, “”We have digital plans, and we’ll unveil them later this year and in early 2012. We are nefariously, giddily crafting things.” [Download.com]

Digital comics | Adam Balkin profiles comiXology. [NY1]

MoCCA

Conventions | Scott A. Rosenberg previews this weekend’s MoCCA Festival in New York City with a rundown of comics attendees should seek out. [am New York]

Crime | Two young men have been arrested in connection with the Wednesday robbery of Legends comic store in Rome, Ga. Police say one of the men held a stun gun on owner Gordon Lee as they stole a folder filled with about $1,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering cards. They were caught about an hour later because one of the suspects dropped his wallet as he fled, leading police to his home. [Rome News-Tribune]

Retailing | Shawn Evans offers a snapshot of the Savannah, Ga., comics market. [The Inkwell]

Creators | Cartoonist Diana Tamblyn is profiled as one of the London, Ontario, artists opening up their studios next week for public tours. [London Free Press]

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“They were caught about an hour later because one of the suspects dropped his wallet as he fled, leading police to his home.”

“Look, Robin! A clue!”

– MrJM

“The bookseller, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 16, reportedly contends it could turn a profit by the end of this year. By 2015, it hopes to draw almost 40 percent of its revenue from online sales. ”

Yeah, if you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you…

“They were caught about an hour later because one of the suspects dropped his wallet as he fled, leading police to his home. ”

Yeah, b/c a smart robber ALWAYS brings his wallet on a job!!! More stupid criminals…

Oh, Borders. Seriously guys — your online store is not competitive with other retailers. Lower your prices or quit dreaming about online sales as an untapped source of massive revenues.

Magic players are stupid.

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