Shop talk

Over at About.Com, Deb Aoki has a terrific interview with Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, owner and founder of the highly regarded Meltdown Comics & Collectibles in Los Angeles. They talk about the various hassles of selling manga in a Direct Market comic shop, even for retailers who really want to sell manga.

There’s also some jaw-dropping detail about the specific challenges for a retailer in L.A., including this tidbit:

“Some junior execs, assistants, others [entertainment] industry types order tons of books from us, then find out that they can download them for free via fan translations from online share sites.

“It’s not really something I can definitively put a dollar value on, but these free download sites have really impacted our manga sales to the college set and our younger readers-base. This kind of this would be the death of the book publishing if it wasn’t for buyers who prefer to have a physical book to read and collect.”

Seriously, go read it.

3 Responses to Shop talk

  1. Mitch H. says:

    Ugh. If I ever see someone italicize manga again, it’ll be too soon. If it was a foreign word fifteen years ago, it’s sure as hell part of the common language these days.

  2. Simon Jones says:

    That’s whom manga publishers should be suing. They have money! @_@

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    Oh, good point! And they’re stealing for personal gain instead of pure fan loooooooove.

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