Comic Book Distribution Icon Milton Griepp Joins hobbyDB Advisory Council

Milton Griepp is a superhero when it comes to getting comic books into the hands of fans.

Griepp co-founded Capital City Distribution in 1980 and helped turn it into the largest comic book distributor in the United States before stepping aside in 1996.

In 1993, Hero Illustrated named him the 10th most important person in the comic book industry and Griepp was among the early leaders in the transition to digital and online resources. Milton went on to create the online trade magazine ICv2, where he operates as CEO.

We’re honored to welcome Milton as the latest member of the hobbyDB Advisory Council. 

Capital City Distributors co-founders John Davis, right, and Milton Griepp. Image via ICv2

The council is composed of close to 80 members from across the globe who bring their vast knowledge when it comes to matters of taxonomy and ontology, as well as data, imagery and lots more from their particular field of expertise. Read more on the hobbyDB Advisory Council here!

We recently chatted with Milton who shared some of his experience and thoughts for the future of the comic book industry.

Were there any comic books that influenced you when you were growing up? Were you a collector and/or are you now?

The biggest revelation I took from comics was the discovery when I moved from a farm on a small town to a university town, and started to see the underground comics of the 60s and 70s, which greatly expanded the types of comics that were being created, and the audiences they were for.

How did you get involved in comic book distribution, etc.,? Was that by chance/opportunity or a goal from early on?

It was by chance. I was looking for a job while I was in grad school and got my first job in distribution because I know a little bit about the comics business from helping a friend sell at conventions.

Milton Griepp, center, joins Paul Levitz and Jim Shooter on a New York Comic Con ’23 panel. Image via ICv2

What’s one of the rewards of a long career in comic books?

Being able to see long-term trends, and understanding what drives them.

What is the inspiration behind ICv2?

I was running a venture funded e-commerce company in San Francisco in 2000, and saw an opportunity for a B2B site covering the categories that interested me.

What does the future hold in store for the comic book industry in this increasingly digital age?

Digital has been a positive factor for print comics, and appears to be moving toward a unique role. The current trends point to a future world in which serialized comics content is released on digital platforms, and collected into print format as stories hit the proper length or break points. A portion of the online readers will also buy or gift print editions; and new readers can also be introduced. The future is bright.

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5 months ago

Just mirroring your last sentence, hobbyDB’s future is brighter now as well! I am very much looking forward to working with you.

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