It was alright. Certainly better than the last Batman comics I've read (the Batman Metal ones in Titanvision before they suddenly stopped). Alas, it has the bad fortune of launching when most shops are shut/less footfall. I suspect it will be toast very quickly unless it picks up enough subs.
Last Edit: Mar 29, 2020 21:13:21 GMT by The Doctor
I expect they would be if the editors have been furloughed. I think this is because so many branches of Smiths are shut; for titles that sell slim numbers, the fact the default newsagent for most people isn't open at the moment means sales would be too low to make the print run viable. Interesting Times.
Yes. I quite enjoy reading Infinity and the editor there said exactly that - Smiths being mostly closed means it isn't viable to print an issue now, so they've basically shifted the one due now to the publication date of the next one.
I find it odd that 2000ad and Beano are managing their weekly schedule yet Panini can't with the monthly. My guess is 2000AD/Beano have a high subscription perhaps where as Panini is more newsagent take up ?
Possibly. DWM are still publishing Doctor Who Magazine every 4 weeks with the contents being assembled remotely (their Editorial said reader response to a subs offer had helped). It seems to be their reprint comic titles that are being affected.
I think that's what it is. As Ralph says, the editorial in DWM says that subscriber numbers have been part of what's kept the magazine going, whereas other magazines like Infinity have said they can't publish without Smiths being open. I recall reading in the past that DWM has an unusually high subscriber/newsagent sales ratio, which is what has kept the title going through several times it could have been cancelled. Guaranteed monthly sales through subscriptions will be a huge part of this. We can also guess that the Marvel books are in trouble anyway because of the constant cost cutting/reformatting of the books. They must be about borderline for cancellation anyway, so losing newsagent sales would put them in a position where they can't afford to publish.
They certainly need to up their subscriber base to survive. In the Current Situation, The Phoenix, The Beano, Commando, DWM, 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine are still being published: all titles with a healthy amount of subs. Rebellion's Specials have so far still come out. Maybe they got enough pre-orders to keep them viable and/or the titles were already printed anyway.
I still think big bumper no-thrills newsstand reprints is the best way to keep Paninivision and the like viable. Crappy paper, nice and thick.
They are sending out an email next week to subscribers with options and what not but its a bit late for some and they did mentioned July 9th as the earliest possible restart date on newsagent shelves but subject to changed.
We shall see what they say. I was thinking of cancelling my subs anyway. With the lower page count (and with MWOM gone) they now seem rather expensive for my needs. I use Paninivision as reading copies to keep up with Marvel and recycle them when finished with them. At the price they're at now with the amount of content I'd rather use the library more or get trades for the really good stuff that I'd want to have permanent copies of.
I'd be sad to see them vanish from newsagents but perhaps their time has come.
Last Edit: Jun 26, 2020 23:08:56 GMT by The Doctor