Slave Labor joins iVerse

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Meanwhile Slave Labor, the long-running quirky comics publisher which has survived against all odds for over 20 years, has just teamed with iVerse to offer digital comics. We’ll vouch for MIDNIGHT SUN by Ben Towle, one of those Antarctic comics we’re so fond of, and the other initial offerings are sounds, as well, including the popular REX LIBRIS.

ComiXology for Android downloaded more than 1 million times

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Comixology’s iOS app hit one million downloads last year, and now their Android app has done the same, we’re told. PR below:

Win Green Lantern tickets and a Green Lantern Hex watch band

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There are a lot of Green Lantern merch tie-ins out there, and here’s a cool one, a Hex sport watch band suitable for ipod Nano. It isn’t actually a Green Lantern licensed product…but it’s the right color. You can win this or a pair of tickets to see Green Lantern by going to the ShopHex Facebook page and answering some questions. Today’s quiz: “IF YOUR HEX WATCH COULD GIVE YOU ANY SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?”

Mystery postcards highlighting comics gender issues hit mailboxes — SOLVED

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We’ve heard from some of our pals in the comics industry that they have received two anonymous postcards — both postmarked in Chicago — with various statistics on gender disparity in the comics industry. One highlights problems with the materials:

Comics sales back in the dumps in May

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Although both sales charts seemed to show incremental gains in March and April for comics periodical sales, everything at the top seems to have slid bay in May ICv2 reports. Comics sales were down a whopping 17.3% and NO comic — not even the debut of DC’s highly touted FLASHPOINT mini – topping 100k copies sold. Although FLASHPOINT did very well in reorders, the low initial orders show that event fatigue is very real where comics retailers are concerned.

Beasts of Burden in development

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Andrew Adamson, director of several outings in the Shrek and Narnia franchises, has set his sights on a CGI-animated version of BEASTS OF BURDEN, the acclaimed tale of animals who fight supernatural threats in a suburban community. The film will be made by Reel FX.

Archie’s Jon Goldwater on moving forward

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Archie’s dynamic publisher Jon Goldwater gets the Comics Reporter interview treatment and his comments on the many changes he’s made since the venerable comics publisher had a big management change might be viewed as emblematic of much going on these days: