Wait what? Marvel and DC announce the end of all print comics
Got this interesting press release from Robot 7, and quickly followed by similar press at Bleeding Cual about Marvel and DC deciding to say sod it to print runs. The press release follows.
New York, New York – Marvel and DC Combined Press Release 01 April 2013
Marvel and DC have teamed together to announce that they as of 01 October 2013 will no longer print comic books. The margins attributed to online e-books have made a significant impact in how we conduct our business. The print trade is no longer viable, and as such both comic book manufacturers have decided to cease entirely all print runs of weekly and monthly comic books. Print comic books are messy, have you ever tried to get printers ink off your fingers? Seriously that stuff is like super glue, you need a surgeon to get this stuff off your fingers. Have you ever smelled printer’s ink? We swear the whole office was high, did you see the comics in the 1970’s? Man that stuff was good, we keep a couple 55 gallon drums of that stuff around for when we get stuck on a plot line like Batman or Superman dying again, or the Avengers need some new trippy thing to go after.
So that is it, print runs are over with, however, the good side of this is that every single print edition you own once it is done being destroyed by the kids, mold, water, poor handling, or not in bags and boards will be worth something someday. Unless you have a pile of 1990’s comic books, those were the shit, thinking it was going to put your kids through college, ha we fooled the crap out of you didn’t we? The great comic book bubble they called it, and you fell for it much like the great silver bubble and the great housing bubble, and all the other bubbles out there. We are surprised you have not grown tired of this game yet, so we just want to make your decade bubblishous. See what is happening in housing again? Lol you are all idiots, so we need to back away from you people.
Comic book nerds, seriously you need to go home, take a shower, and go see who is out there and maybe get a little toned and some sun. By going totally e-book, we are so going to win. Production costs and 1/10th of a print run, we get to keep more, shareholders are happy; we get to increase the bottom line. You don’t really read print anyways; we keep on dropping print runs and can’t even sell those off, so here we are, all eBooks all the time.
And no don’t think for a minute that we will be allowed to pay the authors more, that’s just funny, seriously did you just think that?
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.
The documents provided in this press release contain statements related to our future business and financial performance and future events or developments involving Marvel and DC Comics that may constitute forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “looks forward to,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “will,” “project” or words of similar meaning. We may also make forward-looking statements in other reports, in presentations, in material delivered to stockholders and in press releases. In addition, our representatives may from time to time make oral forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on the current expectations and certain assumptions of all comic books worldwide that are read by people and machines, and are, therefore, subject to certain risks and uncertainties. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond Marvel and DC Comics control, affect Marvel and DC Comics operations, performance, business strategy and results and could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Marvel and DC Comics to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or anticipated on the basis of historical trends. These factors include in particular, but are not limited to, the matters described in Item 3: Key information – Risk factors of our most recent annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC, in the chapter “Risks” of our most recent annual report prepared in accordance with the United States Commercial Code, and in the chapter “Report on risks and opportunities” of our most recent interim report.
Happy April Fool’s day – from all your friends at ComicsForge.com – so rolled – had to do it, sorry if we offended anyone, usual disclaimers, no marvel and dc don’t know anything about this, heck we don’t even write about marvel and dc comics over here. Go back to sleep it will be ok in the morning.