A sad day for archivists of comics – the company Library Binding has been sold to a new owner.
And unlike other, more major comics industry changes recently, the new owners are saying that things will change. And that the company will not offer a binding process for comic books.
Over the last decade, Library Binding has offered affordable quality hardcover binding of people's comics in a form often superior to the eventual collection of such comics by publishers for as little as $15 a book, as well as special publisher/title-specific embossed images, "comics book dies" for the cover and spine.
While they will complete any existing orders, Library Binding have told people they are not taking on any more. Alternative providers charge from $50 to $90 for a similar process and those hoping to bind their entire comics collection are tearing their hair out at the news. Especially those with half a collection bound, and the other half still unbound.
As an alternative, rival Capitol Bindery is looking at reducing its prices in return for increased orders from ex-Library Binding customers.