Shroud wrote:That may be, but it still stands that from a business POV, if their main money making imprint loses sales, then they have less money to put out things under their less widely distrubuted imprint as they have more money to "recover".
That's true, but let's put ourselves in DMP's shoes. June is their main / original imprint, and must be in line with their major business strategy / vision etc. I suspect they came up with 801-Media out of fear of competition, from Kitty, DQ and partially Deux. If none of these competitors are posing any serious threat, we will see more and more "June-type" June titles, and licensing of Finder (or MAIDEN ROSE) under June (contrary to the expectations of most) is yet another sign of this. If I were a publisher and wanted to earn relatively safe money and reach the whole national market (not just a few most progressive states), I'd not venture in publishing explicit titles unless absolutely necessary / driven by a huge income or competitive pressure.
That's my point: given today's realities and DMP's overall business priorities, 801 Media titles have to bring them whole lot of money to be "prioritized" at least as equally as June. This is not going to happen as 801 Media cannot be "widely" distributed, and DMP didn't even trust 801 Media distribution channel with "Finder", a super popular title, which I had previously thought would sell well under any imprint, any publisher (apparently, not...). In this country, my guess is that only REALLY niche companies (that do not target "wider distribution" across all states) or fan-driven publications will try to bring explicit / uncensored titles over the long run / in the future. [In case it's unclear to anyone: I have nothing against June or DMP in this respect, and do NOT criticize them. In fact, I WANT 801 Media to flourish. But regardless of what I want, reality appears to be different, and I'm just stating what I see..)