Ka-Blam’s announcement regarding direct market distribution has been followed with the launch of ComicsMonkey. The site and service, which is promising “No Benchmarks, No Thresholds, No Minimums, No Fees” will offer print-on-demand distribution to direct market comic shops.
ComicsMonkey explains why it pulled the trigger now thusly:
With news of the developments in the direct market in January and their impact on independent publishers, we began getting pummeled with messages and emails all asking a variance of the same thing “When are you guys going to start distributing to comics shops?”
We realized that a multi-month pilot program, an indeterminate retooling period, and an official launch 9 months or so from now were off the table for good. Circumstances were dictating the pace. We couldn’t wait any longer.
We’ve got to go now.
This is less than ideal, but unavoidable. We know that just as with the launch of Ka-Blam and then again with IndyPlanet, there will be unforeseen complications, fits and starts, and hiccups aplenty along the way. Things will not always go smoothly. We’ll make mistakes, but we’ll correct them. It’ll certainly take us a while to get our legs under us and to fully hit our stride. We beg your indulgence during this time and promise you that your patience will be rewarded.
Granted, this is an important story with many facets to analyze. We’ll be reading the details closely and reporting new information as it becomes available. We’ll also have commentary from people in the industry regarding the possible impact of this bold new move.