James Turner's Warlord of IO Rejected by Diamond
The Toronto cartoonist James Turner has had his latest project rejected by Diamond Distributors. The series, Warlord of Io, is Turner's follow-up to the Wright Award nominated Nil graphic novel and the Rex Libris comic book series.
The cancelled series, a comedic space opera set on Jupiter, was to be published by Slave Labor in the U.S. but has become the latest casualty of Diamond Distributors new minimum standards policy that denies distribution to comics deemed unlikely to sell a minimum number of copies. The policy is controversial since it reduces the chances of quality art reaching an audience. According to a report at Comic Book Resources, the book will be distributed online for now, with a possible trade collection in the future. Turner, who will be appearing at TCAF this week, has posted several updates along with a video preview at his website.
Tom Spurgeon writes, "I know that Warlord of IO is only one comic book, but a long time ago that what's the Direct Market was set up to do: give people a chance to buy the one comic book they wanted to buy. That obviously couldn't hold, but where the line gets drawn seems to me a much more vital issue than should be decided by a single company around which whirls occasional rumors of external financial distress. If the Direct Market will inevitably go away with the rise of an on-line replacement, why not have the best possible Direct Market until that happens?"
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