JLA #1 initial orders more than 200,000

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Initial orders for The New 52 are in and JLA #1 has more than 200,000 pre-orders, and six other #1s have more than 100,000 pre-orders.

The Complete Pogo is at the printers

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Long, long delayed by difficulties finding the source materials, Fantagraphics’ long awaited reprinting of the complete Pogo by Walt Kelly is finally at the printers, Mark Evanier announces.

Fight! Grant Morrison vs Chris Ware

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Well not really a fight, more of a strafing run, since it’s unlikly Chris Ware will ever be asked about Grant Morrison in an interview. While on his voluble book publicity tour, Scottish superstar Grant Morrison continues to drop quotable bombs to be picked up by websites worldwide. Today the battlefield is Rolling Stone, where he comes clean on Chris Ware; the Acme Novelty Library genius, known for his grim vivisection of human futility, is not Morrison’s cuppa Earl Grey tea.

D23 wraps without revealing two mystery Disney/Marvel movies

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Despite what seemed like a logical timeline, Disney did not reveal the identity of two mystery Marvel movies planned for Summer 2014 at this weekend’s D23. A mystery Pixar film was shown to be “The Untitled Pixar film about Dinosaurs” and “The Untitled Pixar Movie that Takes You Inside the Mind.” Well, fair enough. The only Marvel movie touched on was THE AVENGERS — Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth all showed up to wave to the crowd — however, and a no cell phones policy meant that no pictures or leaked footage got out.

Atomic Comics update: Malve filing for bankruptcy

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Via a private mailing list sent to comics professionals, Atomic Comics owner Mike Malve has made a statement on the abrupt closing of his four-store Atomic Comics chain in Phoenix, AZ. He confirmed that he would be filing for bankruptcy.

Malve blamed the economy in general for the closings, but cited a specific incident as the beginning of the problems: in October 2006, the Mesa Superstore had to be closed for five months after a car crashed through the front window, taking out a water main and causing such severe damage that they lost a million dollars in inventory. After the reopening, many former regular customers did not return, Malve noted. This began the downward spiral of declining sales which the last two years of recession had worsened.

Flashback: When digital-to-print was new

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While googling for an image of Girl Genius in the previous post, we can across this Chris Butcher post from 2007 — was it only fur years ago that the digital to print model was a new, uncertain thing? It was then that Phil Foglio began to serialize Girl Genius online and sell print collections, and pronounced it a success, a claim that Butcher analyzed:

Girl Genius wins its third Hugo Award

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For the third year in a row, Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genus won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story for Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse. The awards were presented this weekend in Reno, NV.