DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: September 2011

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September was business as usual for DC Comics’ periodical sales, as… oh, wait.

The “New 52″ project, a relaunch of its complete superhero line via 52 #1 issues, made September 2011 a record-breaking month for DC Comics — and a joyously eventful one for the people watching their sales. It’s not often that publishers attempt something on this scale, unfortunately, so it’s nice not to come up with 52 different ways of expressing that sales have mostly been going down, for a change. It’s a little bit like that myth about Eskimos and the words they have for snow.

Anyway: The average DC comic book sold an estimated 57,224 units in September, the average DC Universe comic book a whopping 67,411 units. That’s more than double what it was in August for both, as well as more than in any previous month since sole distributor Diamond started releasing information on actual sales to specialty retailers in March 2003. The month that comes closest is May 2006, when DC’s line-wide “One Year Later” initiative kicked off, with 44,554 (DC total) and 59,505 (DC Universe) units, respectively.

And, while we’re breaking records: May 2006 was also the only previous time when the total dollar value of DC’s periodical comic books exceeded 10 million, with an estimated $10,157,965. In September 2011, the amount was $10.9 million for DC total and $10.5 million for the DC Universe line, which never broke the 10-million mark on its own before. (Average cover prices were about the same, by the way: $3.05 for DC total and $3.04 for DC Universe in 2006, and vice versa in 2011.)

Laughter alert: Lisa Hanawalt's "What Dogs Want"

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We only JUST SAW Drive last night so we could finally read this hilarious commentary by Lisa Hanawalt when to our joyful giggles, there was a new Hanawalt portfolio up at The Hairpin entitled What Dogs Want and it is great from this first image to the last, surprise twist ending.

R. Crumb's rejected gay marriage New Yorker cover: The rest of the story

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Last year, R. Crumb announced he wouldn’t be working for the New Yorker any more after one of his covers was rejected with no stated reason. Now VICE magazine’s Nadja Sayej has unearthed the cover as (of all things) the illustration for a bookmark in the Danish catalog from the Venice Biennale art show. It was for a story on gay marriage and shows what may (or may not) be a drag king and drag queen applying for a marriage license.

Event report: Meeting Lily Renée and Trina Robbins

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Alexa at Ladies Making Comics has a delightful report up on an event at Books of Wonder with Trina Robbins and Golden Age cartoonist Lily Renée, who is the subject of a new biographical comic written by Robbins. A nice reminder that “Women in Comics” didn’t start last month, last year, or even the last decade!

Stan Lee wins Producers Guild's Vanguard Award

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When he isn’t pacting, Stan Lee is getting awards! This January he’ll be present with the Vanguard Award from the Producers Guild of America.

Bil Keane 1922-2011

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Via Jeff Keane’s Facebook page, word has come that Bil Keane, creator of the iconic Family Circus comic strip, has died. He was 89.