2012: that was a year

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2012 was a wacky year here at Stately Beat Manor and we look back at the good and the bad.

Humberto Ramos covers second printing of Amazing Spider-Man #700

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Tweet A leetle news to ride out the new year. The second printing of the much-discussed storyline hits on January 30th with this cover by Humberto Ramos.

More on Peter David’s stroke

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Tweet Writer Peter David’s wife Kathleen has more on the stroke he underwent while vacationing at Disney World: What happened was that we were in Disney Hollywood Studios having just had lunch at the Prime Time Café. We were walking to the front gate because we were off to Animal Kingdom to see a friend […]

Goodbye, American Elf

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Tweet Vermont Cartoonist laureate James Kochalka is ending his long-running American Elf strip today after 14 years—the strip began in October 1998. During this time, every day (with one exception), without fail, Kochalka would write, draw and post a four panel cartoon about his daily life. It was a remarkable run, and as he tells […]

Quote of the Day; Tom Kaczynski on the practicalities of being a comics publisher

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Tweet The Comics Reporter’s year-end interview series is full of notable quotables, as usual, and spans quite an array of newsmakers and creators. I was happy to see Uncivilized Books’ publisher Tom Kaczynski interviewed because the company had such a strong roll out this year—Gabrielle Bell’s The Voyeurs, True Swamp, James Romberger—but did it in […]

Analysis: New York Times Bestsellers: Graphic Books: Trade Paperbacks: 2012

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TweetEvery week, the New York Times runs bestseller listings, which include “Graphic Books”.  There’s a listing for Hardcover, Paperback, and Manga titles.  The Times dates the charts a week ahead of publication, while tabulating titles a week behind.  That means that the chart from January 1, 2012 “reflects sales for the week ending December 17, […]

Has Toberoff already won the Siegel case?

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Over the past year creators’ copyright crusader Marc Toberoff took some serious hits in the various Superman and Kirby lawsuits. Yet there was also a deceptively routine procedural matter that could have already assured him a victory in the Siegel estate’s Superman appeal.

Analysis: New York Times Bestsellers: Graphic Books: Manga 2012

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TweetWhen the New York Times first started their “graphic books” bestseller lists, they included one for manga.  Why manga?  Why not one for superheroes, or comic strips, or any other segment of graphic novels?

And the Award for Longest Period of Foreshadowing Goes To..

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TweetDAN SLOTT! Way back in 1993, circa January, Dan Slott was a journeyman comics writer, toiling away writing stories about Marlin T. Höek and Stimpson J. Cat.  While the meddlesome meddling of the corporate overlords of Nickelodeon eventually convinced Mr. Slott to explore creative opportunities elsewhere (writing a character with long green hair, for example), he […]

Writer Peter David Suffers Stroke

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TweetRealworld superhero Peter David has published a blog entry on his website today, explaining that whilst on holiday with his family in Florida, he suffered a stroke. We were on vacation in Florida when I lost control of the right side of my body. I cannot see properly and I cannot move my right arm […]

RIP: Rick Olney

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Tweet Con promoter/publisher Rick Olney has passed away at age 58. A controversial figure for many, Olney attempted many things in his life, including starting a readers advocacy organization called ORCA, and throwing many shows which he would abruptly cancel. As a publisher, his major achievement was being accused of owing many artists money. My […]

Analysis: New York Times Bestsellers: Graphic Books: Hardcovers 2012

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TweetSo as the new year approaches, I continue my look back at the graphic novels which made the New York Times bestseller lists in 2012.

Analysis: New York Times Bestsellers: Graphic Books: 2012: Overview

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TweetAs the end of the year approaches, it is commonplace to take a look back at the year, see where we’ve been, and if it foretells anything for the year ahead.  I’m a bookseller and librarian, and this past year saw a continuing growth of comics in bookstores and specialty shops. The New York Times […]

Happy 90th Birthday, Stan Martin Lieber!

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Tweet  Stan “The Man” Lee celebrates his 90th birthday.  I think it should be a national holiday so Stan has no choice but to take a day off. Do you think he’s at home eating birthday cake? Absolutely not!  Stan has been working on his Youtube show Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, co-wrote today’s three panel […]

The Betting Pool: Who’s The Next Marvel Character To Die Via Press Release

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TweetSo Peter Parker died.   Again.  (The Ultimate universe Peter Parker was killed off not all that long ago.)  And there’s a new character parading around as Spider-Man.  Again.  And the announcement was made in the mainstream media before the comic shops opened. How many characters has Marvel killed off (and almost always brought back) in […]

The Spider-Man #700 controversy — SPOILERS, y’all

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Tweet In case you happened to make it to your comics shop or tablet to purchase a copy of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 before the shocking surprise ending was spoiled for you, CONGRATULATIONS. Headlines around the world are spelling it out in big letters: yet another Peter Parker is dead, making him 0-for-2 in Marvel’s various […]