Just when you thought the comic medium was dead digital, Bleeding Cool reports that Texas-based entertainment and media chain Hastings will be stocking comic books in almost 130 stores across 20 states nationwide, effectively "[increasing] the number of direct market comic book sales outlets by a very significant margin...and [making] Hastings one of the major players in the comic book industry." We at Geekosystem seriously worry for local comic shops, but in a world where paper is becoming irrelevant, perhaps any exposure is good exposure. Plus, we're not talking your mini-shelf of graphic novels at Barnes & Noble or Borders here, but stands full of comics, which will reportedly include brand new comics distributed by Diamond, the world's largest distributor of English-language comics and related merchandise. More details below.
More than one million people are expected to download the pilot episode of Pioneer One, the new indie sci-fi series by filmmakers Josh Bernhard and Bracey Smith which debuted on Bittorent-powered distribution platform VODO last Wednesday, with P2P file-sharing giants such as uTorrent, Limewire and The Pirate Bay also pledging their support. As of this post's publication, there are over 19,000 seeders for one torrent of the episode. It's an exciting vision of how entertainment content will be presented in the future: After all, why spend buckets of money trying to get your show on television when you can circulate it directly among the viewers? Who watches actual television nowadays, anyway?