Episode 67 - Comic Distribution
If you didn't figure it out already, I'm pretty enthusiastic about this episode. It's about a topic I'm very interested in for a variety of reasons. Primarily it's because comic distribution is a great example of how business models can have a greater effect on which products are produced and how they are produced than consumer demand itself.
In other words, the content and variety of comic books that are printed is more a result of the way the comics are sold than it is a result of capitalism. This is important to many people because it's happening in almost every market, especially music. Online distribution is killing the album as we know it. The invisible hand of capitalism does as it will, but it cannot leave the market. If the structure of the market is pre-determined and limited, then so shall be the possibilities for that market.