The Paid Content website recently reported that Marvel Comics plans on investing upwards of $10 million in the digital media aspect of their company, including digital comics.
Despite the initial investment’s affect on their current profit loss, Marvel forecasts a profit as a result of this investment beginning in 2011. Last month, the company announced that Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited features over 5000 digital versions of its back catalogue, as well as new material created for the web.
Peter Cuneo, vice chairman of the board, told analysts in today’s Q3 earnings call that the company is making a substantial investment in it’s digital publishing effort. “We’ve noted in our press release today (PDF Format) that the out-of-pocket in 2009 we anticipate will be around $6 million for that effort,” he commented, according to the transcript (via Seeking Alpha). “So when you look at the publishing segment as a whole, you will see a decline in the profitability.”
The company has invested $2.5 million to $3 million so far this year and plans to finish at $4 million. That would bring the total digital media investment for 2008-09 to about $10 million.
Asked to flesh out the digital initiatives, CFO Kenneth West added: “I would imagine that probably in the year 2011, we are going to see the first real positive contribution associated with digital media. That would be a combination of ad revenues, digital subscribers picking up on the subscription of comic books but not until that period, because we’ll continue to invest in that and it’s going to take some time and the dollars that we’ve built into our forecast.” He wouldn’t project the 2010 level of investment but said “we would anticipate the continuation of the digital investment for our future.”
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
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