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April 13 2011

Layoffs at Dark Horse. Hard times hit Whedon's publisher of choice.

Best wishes to all those affected.

Tough times. I hope everyone lands on their feet and finds future success.

I'm wondering when Dark Horse is going to start selling their books through online media. It feels like bookstores are going the way of the dodo.
online as in e-comics? Or just from orders? To be honest, I hope it's not the latter. It makes it more complicated for people outside of the US. Shipping is not getting cheaper!
They just launched an e-comic store and app.
Did they? I hope the new model's a success.
Thanks b!x, guess I'm just too behind the times!
But does e-comics and the like not require more staffing? Or is it just simpler that it's all digitised now? Either way it really sucks for the employees. Thought the economy was improving...
I see it as an opportunity to widen the audience. Some people have to drive up to an hour every month to buy their monthly comics they day they're released. Others purchase by ordering through online distributors and getting their comics in the mail.

I imagine Dark Horse launching an e-comic store and app would provide a more stable and direct revenue stream. Innovating so they don't become irrelevant like Blockbuster.
Or old people! Thank you Emmie for that set up!
But yeah, the e-comics seem like a good move in general. Getting rid of the middle man, but at the same time it puts the shops at risk. I assume we'll be looking at more comic shop closures. Convenience seems to come with a terribly steep price.
It feels like bookstores are going the way of the dodo.

;_;

Good luck to everyone who has been hit by this.
Yeah, redundancy is no fun at all, hope these folk find something else.

I imagine Dark Horse launching an e-comic store and app would provide a more stable and direct revenue stream. Innovating so they don't become irrelevant like Blockbuster.

Well "innovating"ish, more like just keeping up with e.g. Marvel who've had one for a while. No idea what the split is but I don't see the majority of readers buying digital comics just yet - the mechanisms for reading them are still clumsy and inconvenient - so it's more added value than replacement for paper comics.

Guess stuff like this isn't surprising really, comics weren't exactly in rude health before the recession and personally i've cut right back on what I buy just because in bang-for-buck terms they're appalling value for money right now (particularly with the exchange rate).

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