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Location: Paragon City, RI
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Subj: The relationship between the fans and solicitations has changed dramatically
Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 04:10:07 pm EDT (Viewed 68 times)
Reply Subj: There have been solicitations almost since I've been regularly reading...
Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 at 04:50:08 pm EDT (Viewed 67 times)




      I rememeber when I was younger thinking that the Age of Apocalypse was permanent. \:\(

    Started in 1980, and it wasn't long after this that Marvel started printing Marvel Age (1982), which my LCS gave away free to their subscriptioners. DC had their equivalent, but I forgot what it was called.

    Then in the early-90s there was Advance Comics, plus the CSN. Later came Previews.

    And then there was CBG, which had all the necessary interviews and stuff.

I would guess that solicitations became the norm when the direct market was created in the late 70s. The direct market where comics weren't returnable, ordering had to be more accurate, and the success of the store/business would depend entirely on the information a store owner was given. But for newstands/7-11s, comics were returnable, and comics only made up a small part of their business.

I'm curious about how solicitations have changed over the years. Have they always consisted of creative teams, story summary, and cover? Has the time between sale date and the issuing of solicitations been changed? I'm guessing it hasn't always been a 3 month gap.

The internet has changed this release of information dramatically. I started reading comics in the mid 90s, and I don't think I started seeing the previews online until 2000 or so. I'm guessing a high number (say 90%) of comic readers see the information online today.

My point was that preventing the customers from gaining the knowledge about future comics is a bad thing, with no real positive effect. The reader should be given a choice, which is what he has now.

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