Steve Piranha

The state of IDW

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I’m not much into the comic industry, but I have seen a few times that IDW has been dealing with losses for years. If true, it concerns me because that could mean we may not be seeing a conclusion for S10 comics, and EG. With poniesxtransformers coming late this year is a bit of a relief they are at least confident pony comics won’t be cancelled by then, but it’s still concerning. It’s the last bit of FIM remaining

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Hopefully the readership stays so that S10 will stay for a good while. The writers will now have a lot more freedom to write the stories that they want.

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I really hope the MLP comics aren't cancelled anytime soon. Like most other primarily paper mediums, comic companies in general have been sustaining losses, but hopefully the readership for the MLP comics are high enough now after the show has ended to keep the series afloat

In other news, my brain hits a brick wall every time it tries to imagine the transformers crossover :mlp_blink:

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This has been happening across the entire comic book industry for some time due to the advent of the online world among other things. IDW appears to be more affected than some of the other big name comic book companies though they too have been affected. If IDW were a concern, Hasbro would've stripped from them the rights to make comics based on their properties and taken their business elsewhere. But, Hasbro doesn't see a problem unless they haven't paid much attention to it.

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Not sure what sort of losses you mean, but I assume you're talking financially.

I liked reading the comics, but I rarely buy any because my local store that sells that sort of thing rarely has the latest issue on the rack. When you can't just pop in and purchase a copy and then it's $4/each for about 10-15 minutes entertainment if you like the physical format (I could get a full novel in paperback for between $8-10) it almost feels like a waste of money and effort.Sure, if I really wanted it I supposed I could get them to order it for me or I could buy it online directly from IDW either in individual issues or omnibus volumes as they come out. But I can only do that because I'm an adult. Being a teenager without a receptive parent would require more effort.

Plus, good art aside, I can get reasonably well written fanfiction on FIMFiction for merely the cost of my time and attention. So the story alone, while perfectly fine and presumably canonical, is not necessarily the strongest draw.

Idk how other people feel, but there might be economics problems here. Comics may be seen as rather expensive for the amount of 'content' they provide. I'm not saying authors don't deserve to be paid, but reality often intrudes. There's a ton of entertainment content these days, some of it is practically free, and for a subscription fee there is more than you could ever consume.

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On 2/6/2020 at 6:27 PM, Steve Piranha said:

I’m not much into the comic industry, but I have seen a few times that IDW has been dealing with losses for years. If true, it concerns me because that could mean we may not be seeing a conclusion for S10 comics, and EG. With poniesxtransformers coming late this year is a bit of a relief they are at least confident pony comics won’t be cancelled by then, but it’s still concerning. It’s the last bit of FIM remaining

 

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On 2/8/2020 at 5:08 PM, bwrosas said:

 

I feel famous :blush:. Anyway, well, I guess it’s possibly not bad enough for pony cancellation being immi:huh:nent 

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