Marvel Month-to-Month Sales — March 2011

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This is the busiest month Marvel have had in quite some time. The big release for March was the relaunch of FANTASTIC FOUR as just plain FF, but the month also sees the prologue to upcoming mega-crossover FEAR ITSELF, two new ongoing titles in VENOM and IRON MAN 2.0, the revival of CrossGen titles RUSE and SIGIL, and issues from the “Death of Spider-Man” and “Age of X” crossovers.

We also have the second month of Point One issues – more on that below.

As usual, Marvel had the largest share of the direct market, both in terms of dollars (leading DC by 40% to 28%) and unit sales (45% to 32%).

Online VP Ron Perazza leaving DC

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On his Twitter account, DC’s vp of Online Ron Perazza confirmed that he is leaving DC instead of moving to the West Coast, as had been previously reported. Perazza was a 12-year-vet at DC, following a stint at Marvel, starting out in creative services where he rose rapidly in influence and rank to vp of creative services.

Perazza’s best known public move at DC was starting the Zuda webcomics line, which was controversial but one of the most innovative efforts at DC in recent years, and one which developed a thriving online community.

Batman police arrested in Michigan was a repeat costumed crusader

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In these end times, we’ll likely see more of this kind of thing; a lone vigilante, striking out for justice, armed with a baton, a can of chemical irritant Freeze Plus P, and lead-lined gloves, until suffocating government interference shut him down.

It all went down in Petoskey, MI where Mark Wayne Williams, 31, was peacefully minding his own business, climbing a building dressed as The Batman.

Quesada, Simonson and Steranko talk about the artist's life

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It’s a busy week for cartooning events here in NYC, with so many you can’t even get to them all. One we didn’t want to miss took place last night, DRAWING THE LINE at the Society of Illustrators, a group chat about the cartooning craft by Joe Quesada, Walt Simonson and Jim Steranko. The panel was organized and moderated by artist Dennis Calero (X-MEN NOIR) as part of a move for the SI to get more involved in covering the graphic literature world. In the regard it was a total success, allowing three important artists talk about their work and approaches devoid of the promotional efforts that color most convention and bookstore appearances. Calero did a great job moderating as well, keeping the talk circling various aspects of the cartoonist’s life, including dealing with “shortcuts”, deadlines and the rewards of artwork, and showing a great knowledge of the trio’s careers.

How to: Cartoonists Hillary Allison and JP Kim learn about social media

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A bit of an interesting experiment going on over at the Drawing Words Writing Pictures blog, as two young cartoonists are learning how to make their way in the world — without even drawing cartoons:

Nice art: Trondheim's LITTLE NOTHINGS

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Just a reminder: The NBM blog is running regular web comics by Lewis Trondheim, one of the finest cartoon diarists of all time. The comics are excerpted from his acclaimed Little Nothings series, published in the US by NBM. Bookmark!

Jason Aaron's beard still very awesome

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In case you were wondering, Aaron, author of SCALPED, WOLVERINE and PUNISHER MAX, sports a beard as fearsome as his talent.

Maryland comics shop has never heard of THE WALKING DEAD

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As we peruse the Google comics scanner, one warhorse is the “local comics shop profile.” Here’s a puzzling one from Maryland that examines how Gotham Comics in Westminster is hoping this summer’s superhero movies boost the bottom line: