Money makes the world go ’round 2: Khepri’s tough times

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Khepri Comics is a web-based comics seller that’s been around for over a decade, offering a lot of indie books but specializing in work by Brian Wood, Cliff Chiang, Becky Cloonan, and other “new mainstream” creators. Over the years, owner Brian Scot Johnson has built a strong relationship with these creators by promoting their work via special sales and so on. By partnering with Khepri these creators — who, in addition to their distinctive work, have well-defined fanbases which they maintain via web interaction — would be able to, say, offer a blog preview of their small press work with a link to Khepri and know that consumers would be able to purchase a copy.

Money makes the world go ’round: The bottom line of comics creation

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Over Labor Day, Glenn Hauman at ComicMix had a fine post about the actual cost of comics which I’m quoting at length because it’s so true:

That’s about how much it costs for an average page of comic book art, in terms of labor. Figure $100 for the writer, $150 for the penciller, $130 for the inker, $90 for the colorist, and $30 for the letterer. Those numbers go up and down depending on talent and publishers, but that’s a nice round number for us to work with.

TOON Books goes with Candlewick Press

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TOON Books, Françoise Mouly’s imprint of comics for beginning readers, has announced a partnership with Candlewick Press. Previously a standalone line distributed by Diamond Books, TOON will now have its backlist and future releases distributed by Candlewick and the Random House network. Massachusetts-based Candlewick publishes such popular series as Where’s Waldo? and Maisy, and is […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits — 9/8/10

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§ Prominent political blogger Kevin Drum faced a decision many of us have been unable to avoid: He wanted to get rid of some old shit comics and found no one wanted them.

New RED clip: You wouldn’t like Helen Mirren when she’s bored

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A new clip from RED, the Bruce Willis-starring movie loosely based on RED by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, has been released, and to the surprise of no one, it features what is the most eagerly anticipated aspect of the film: Dame Helen Mirren blowing shit up.

We’re told RED has been tracking very well and may even be the graphic novel base hit that perks up an otherwise painful year.

Top Cow revives Minotaur Press

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Image Comics house Top Cow has confirmed that they are resurrecting their Minotaur Press imprint, which will be a home for “darker, more nuanced stories.” A previous version of Minotaur was once home to such books as Obergeist by Tony Harris and Dan Jolley and Felon by Greg Rucka and Matthew Clark.

The new version kicks off with Echoes by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal and Last Mortal written by Filip Sablik and John Mahoney with art by Thomas Nachlik. PR below:

Yadro joins Dark Horse

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Kari Yadro has joined Dark Horse at the new job of events and community manager, a position which will oversee both convention appearances and events and social networking channels. Yadro was formerly at Barnes & Noble. PR below: