Monday, December 3, 2007

What the hell, Midtown?

Midtown Comics has changed the way it publishes its weekly online shipping list, and all I can say is, "Bleagh."

Yes, this is an outrageous sense of entitlement coming from someone who mostly uses the Web site to get an idea of what he's going to buy at his own local comic shop. But even so, I don't understand why Midtown would want to go from an aesthetically boring, but completely functional, listing style to something that seems convoluted and annoyingly hungry for bandwidth. Books, DVDs and every other piece of merchandising are thrown in there with the comic titles, with alphabetization being the only nod to order. A list that was a quick and handy reference is now a slog.

Of course, the easy thing to say is, "Well, find another list, you self-important jerk." And I probably will, even though any other listing I look at is nowhere near as complete or as early. Mostly, it's just a drag to lose something so reliable.

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who considers Midtown as having the go-to shipping list, so I'm curious to know if anyone else was put off by the new format. Or is it just me?

Still, again — bleagh.


Lisa said...

It's just you. I actually never used them, I used to check Diamond's ship list but now I just wait for AB's email. It's just so easy.

Maxo said...

Quiet, you!!

Honestly, I like Austin Books' list too (can't get much more accurate than the shipping list for the store I actually go to) — the main difference is that Midtown's comes out a day earlier.

And Midtown's list seems crazy comprehensive, but I have to give AB credit; I think there has only been one time I couldn't find something at AB that was listed by Midtown.

Lisa said...

Well you know you can look at Diamond's list like a week in advance.

And no! I will never be silenced!

Maxo said...

You will be destroyed!

But in the meantime ... my problem with Diamond is it always has something misscheduled, and it doesn't list things they aren't actually distributing (and that leaves out a lot of the smaller presses).

Eh, it's going to be the Austin Books list.