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New distributor policies claim another victim

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm •  Published: January 30, 2009

The Beat reports another well-reviewed indy comic is going away as the new Diamond Comic Distributors policies take place.  Sammy Harkham will end his well-regarded comic book “Crickets.”

Many are pontificating that the end of the indy comic is nigh.  I do think that the probable consequence of this is more work on the web that eventually gets collected in graphic novel format.

Maybe that’s better for all involved — obviously, much of the artcomix crowd will “wait for the trade” as it is, and neither Harkham nor Kevin Huizenga, who announced the end of his “Or Else” comic earlier, have said they are quitting making comics as an art form.   Diamond doesn’t have to lose money moving around small numbers of low-cost items, and retailers can wait until something builds an audience before taking a chance on ordering it. While those of us who enjoy periodical comic books are no doubt frustrated, these are the economic realities we’re faced with at this time.

– Matt Price

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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