Earlier today we ran a story regarding the 2000AD Free Comic Book Day title for 2016 being refused distribution. The story was confirmed after publication by 2000AD publishers, Rebellion.
Well, I have also learned that the next loss for 2015 is ComixTribe.
I am told that Diamond and ComicsPro told ComixTribe that they would have to bring their cost-to-retailer price down to 20 cents or below – Diamond get 5 cents of that. ComixTribe weren't able to make the numbers work, so were forced to withdraw for 2016, after a number of years in the programme.
This policy is likely to hit the smaller publishers all round, those unable to get the economies of scale that the big boys can muster….
This is what ComixTribe said about their offerings in 2014.
We recognize it's a tremendous thing to be a part of this event, and with our offerings, we've really tried to make them count. That's why we pairedSCAM's Joe Mulvey with Eisner-nominated scribe Jason Ciaramella (The Cape) on an explosive one-shot featuring SCAM's marquee villain. Not only that, we included a crossword puzzle on the back of the issue that readers who solve and submit the correct answer can win a ComixTribe graphic novel for themselves and their comic shop! We did a similar promotion last year, had more than 300 entries, and gave away 10 graphic novels to readers and shops.
And it's also why, for our second Free Comic Book title, EPIC, we did something no other publisher did. We gave away a book that is BIGGER than an average length comic – one 32 page pilot issue for this new super-teen action comedy. More than 33,000 copies of EPIC were given out on Saturday, a print run that puts this book on par with mid-list Big Two, and bigger than most other publisher's standard print runs. That's a hell of an opportunity Free Comic Book Day provides.
More as we have it.