DC Month-to-Month Sales June 2008

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch In June, DC Comics’ periodical business was mostly defined by all the things that didn’t happen. Final Crisis #2 didn’t seize the top spot. The new weekly Trinity, DC’s big launch of the month, didn’t make the Top 10. The third chapter of “Batman RIP” didn’t show up in stores as scheduled; […]

DARK KNIGHT passes $400 million

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He just went roaring past on his scooter: In only its 18th day in release, Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight” reached the $400 million mark in domestic sales on Monday, grossing $6.3 million for a cume of $400.1 million. That easily beats the 43 days it took “Shrek 2″ to jump the $400 million boundary. […]

Publishing slips at Marvel

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Marvel held its second quarter earnings calls this morning (transcript here), and while you’d expect a good result following IRON MAN and INCREDIBLE HULK, instead the stock has tumbled 3 percent today. The culprit? Profits that didn’t live up to expectations on the street: The comics company earned $46.7 million, or 59 cents per share, […]

Comings and goings: Seijas, Palmer, etc.

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§ Just another contender to the throne: Casey Seijas has left his position as associate editor at Vertigo to blog about comics at Splash Page, the new MTV comics blog. Kevin Melrose runs the attached photo in his announcement of the move, showing that Seijas is definitely ready for MTV, or at least the Headbanger’s […]

People are saying…

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§ Jeet Heer interviews Seetha Srinivasan about The University Press of Mississippi’s excellent comics scholarship publishing program, and reveals that some people don’t just roll over and play dead when you say comics are an artform, yo. Jeet: In your article for the International Journal of Comic Art, you mentioned that there has been some […]

Diversion: Seth Kushner photos

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Everyone else on Earth has linked to this site, but we still haven’t. Photographer Seth Kushner is working on a book of portraits of some of the greater NYC area’s finest cartoonist types. He’s been posting pictures from his photo shoot over on his blog and there are a ton of great pics, including the […]

And here we thought we had enough tote bags…

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After a summer of trade shows, we are stuffed to the gills with tote bags! Plastic tote bags, cotton tote bags, totes with zippers, totes with cross body straps…totes with water pockets. We have more than enough to last the next decade. It’s one of the reasons we weren’t so motivated to get to the […]

Diversion: Hewlett’s Olympic Monkey

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Sometime cartoonist Jamie Hewlett (and his Gorillaz cohort Damon Albarn) have created an animated Monkey character to serve as the BBC’s mascot for their Olympic coverage. You can watch the cartoon here and learn more about it here. As far as we can tell, the 2 minute video is about 23 times better than the […]

The very last links

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§ Just for the record. Everyone — but everyone — sent us these links to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at SDCC. Part 1 and Part 2. § Charlie Chu’s photo set of cartoonist portraits is totally excellent. Above, Ivan Brandon. § Have you always wanted to go to the Eisners but not been able […]

He-Man still out there!

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As long as it’s summer and we’re reporting on ephemera, we totally saw He-Man walking back from Morton-Williams last night! He was wearing a shirt, however.

Montauk Monster mystery now covered with butter substitute?

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The mystery of the strange dead beast that washed ashore on Long Island has continued to capture the imaginations of Web surfers everywhere. Even Fox News got into the act with a photo from another angle and expert testimony that the creature is the decomposing corpse of a raccoon. That theory would seem to match […]

Scotty’s rocket breaks apart — for real

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When actor James Doohan — best known for his role as the Enterprise’s beloved and crusty engineer Scotty on STAR TREK — died in 2005, it was announced that his ashes would be rocketed into space. A fitting final resting place for someone who often went into that final frontier. In 2007, a portion of […]