Emerkeith Davyjack said:
The piece in the July 3d NEW YORKER about David Pecker, the head of the company that owns the NATIONAL ENQUIRER and many other mags, provide s me with a topic springboard for some things I've meant to ask here for a while.
I thought Rupert Murdoch owned the National Enquirer. Apparently not.
Time-Warner spun off it's print holdings into Time, Incorporated some years ago. Corporately, DC is part of the Warner Brothers side, not Time Inc....Does Time Inc. internally liscence DC's holdings from Warner's to publish the comic books? Does that extend to the books as well? DC still distributes their comic books to newsstands accounts, unlike Marvel.
Even though the DC books are magazines, DC Comics is part of DC Entertainment, which is part of Warner Bros. Entertainment, not Time Incorporated, which has no claim on the comics side.
Does that Books-A-Million chain that's been referenced here or any similar ones still carry comic books? I've never been to one.
I've never even heard of them, but as far as I can tell they only have one "brick and mortar" store located in Rapid City, South Dakota. They mainly are online. Offhand, it looks like they sell comics TPBs but not periodicals.
Books-A-Million is the second-largest bookstore chain in the U.S., says Wikipedia, likely thanks to the demise of Borders Books and Music and the shrinking of Barnes & Noble. They're in 32 states and in Washington, D.C.
I see that their website is unclear on store locations. When It thought I was in Los Angeles Countyt it suggested one in South Dakota. When it thought I was in Phoenix Arizona it suggested a store in Texas. When it thought I was in Chicago it suggested several stores.
Well, Books-A-Million is being buffeted by the same forces that caused Borders Books and Music to close and is causing Barnes & Noble to shrink. I expect the total number of Books-A-Million stores has fluctuated over the years.