The Relative Popularity of The 52 Relaunch Titles: Animal Man Up, Firestorm Down

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Marc-Oliver can tell you how the actual sales levels of the DC relaunch are, but let’s take a look at a slightly different metric: how do the relative popularity of the “New 52″ compare to the way that retailers initially ordered them? With November’s sales estimates, we see orders where the retailers had a chance to see how the #1′s moved and potentially the #2′s in some cases, before the cutoff dates for adjusting orders.

To do tonight, Berlin: Erik Mark Sandberg

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As they say, if we were in Berlin, we’d go to this. Maybe. We have no idea what it is but the invite was too cool not to post.

Erik Mark Sandberg is actually an American artist, based in LA, who has exhibited worldwide. He’s best known for his images of hairy children mixed with startling pop culture tableaux.

2012 Free Comic Book Day t-shirt features Jim Lee art

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Following in the footsteps of Sergio Aragones and Darwyn Cooke, Jim Lee will provide the art for next year’s commemorative Free Comic Book Day t-shirt, with an homage to the JLA and Jose Luis Garcia Lopez. The shirt will be on sale in comic shops on April 11, in advance of Free Comic Book Day on May 5, but can be preordered via the January Previews.

First look: PATRICIA BRIGGS’ ALPHA & OMEGA: CRY WOLF #7

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Here’s a peek at the cover to issue #7 of Dynamite’s Patricia Briggs adaptation by Jenny Frison.

IDW switches to comiXology for storefronts, goes day and date

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Well now, comiXology took one step toward becoming the next Diamond as IDW is now powering its stores via comiXology. IDW, always considered one of the most aggressive companies in terms of digital, also announced they will be fully day and date —at full cover price.

IDW had formerly used iVerse to power their standalone stores for series like GI Joe, Transformers and Ben Templesmith, so this is quite a switch.

Marketing to women: three case studies

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How Sony, Ikea and DC Comics approach marketing to women. Hint: only one of these companies actually tried.

First look: Charlaine Harris's Grave Sight Part 3

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Dynamite has provided us with the cover to the third part of their Charlaine Harris adaptation, by Benoit Springer.

Cartoonists sound off on sex problems

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Grace Bello has taken the bold step of going to cartoonists and asking them for sex advice –
and posting the results on Nerve. The results may shock you. Not really, but we had to say that, just because “cartoonists” and “sex” were long considered a bad match –unless you were one of those swinging ’60s Don Draper cartoonists in the NCS, of course. Anyway, back to the present day.

Rick Altergott on the pecking order:

2011 comics movie posters take their lumps

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In a piece called The Ten Best and Worst Movie Posters of the Year Vulture lays out some analysis of the year’s movie posters—why yes, that BRIDESMAIDS poster was pretty cool. They also single out two comics movie campaigns for some brickbats, including Worst: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, describing it thusly: