The Co-CEO and Co-CCO of new comics publisher Bad Idea, Dinesh Shamdasani, joins Off Panel to give a download on their…atypical business model. Shamdasani discusses why Bad Idea was something they wanted to do, how wider distribution limits quality, what their goals are, the decision to not include variants, the dissonance between making great comics and making them less accessible, the reason for no trades or digital, who their target audience is, what they are looking for in their 20 starter shops (quick note: they are only going to be in 20 shops to start with), adding to retailer workloads, restricting accessibility, pitching creators on this new structure, what kind of deal they offer creators, and a whole lot more.
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Welcome to a very special episode of Comic Talk Today! Joining Martin today is Hivemind movie producer Dinesh Shamdasani, whom you will all remember as the CEO and COO of Valiant Entertainment from 2012 until earlier this year, and the two spend a good deal of time catching up! Dinesh talks about his role in the Bloodshot movie, which is currently filming, his state of mind after his departure from the publisher, all the exciting things he’s currently working on including the TV adaptation of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s Gideo Falls, his love of X-Men, a fascinating discussion on why the direct market may be the strongest it’s been in years, and some surprises. Thanks for listening!