Robinson & Tan on Masters of the Universe (He-Man) For DC

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Every once and a while, news takes you completely by surprise. Were you expecting James Robinson and Philip Tan to be teaming up for a He-Man comic? Neither was I. And yet, it has been announced.

CAM announces The Second Annual Latino Comics Expo May 5-6

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Bay Area to do for sure!

The Eisner Awards have another chance to get it right re "The Love Bunglers."

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There is always some shock when the Eisner Award nominees for the year are announced. This thing got included, that thing was left off. It’s natural. In recent years the judges have seemingly gone the way of recognizing more things in more categories and spreading around the wealth then singling out a few books/creators for TITANIC-level encomiums. Even the PR for this year’s nominees praised the list’s diversity—and 26 different publishers were mentioned, 15 with one nomination each.

But as always, there was one omission that seemed to stun a lot of people, us included.

Studio Coffee Run 4/6/12: The Avengers is already selling out shows, Powers is re-shooting, a new Man of Steel logo is released, etc.

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The Avengers is pulling an advance ticket sales sweep a la The Hunger Games. Deadline reports that AMC Theaters’ marathon showings of The Avengers along with showings of Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger are selling out all over the place. There’s also a new trailer […]

Dylan Horrocks finishes his amazing week of diary comics

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Of all the new features of the revamped Comics Journal website, perhaps none is so awesome as the series of cartoonist diaries—from Brandon Graham to Emily Flake to Michael Deforge to Pascal Girard. It’s a treasure trove of observations and art. But perhaps none will tug at the heart as much as this week’s by Dylan Horrocks.

Indie Comics Month-to-Month: February 2012

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Indie seems to be having something of a renaissance at the moment, with a lot of books selling out and going to second print. Walking Dead and Buffy top the chart once more this month, with the new Magic The Gathering and Conan titles taking the next two spots, Fatale holding strong and the new Star Wars book, Dawn of The Jedi, looks to be a genuine hit. Rob Kirkman’s new book Thief of Thieves and a new Stephen King adaptation also score high, with kids comic Adventure Time also launching very well.

134 indie books charted this month, 2 down on last month. The bottom book sold 4,270, over 1,500 up on last month. In total those books sold approximately 1,257,329, well up on last month’s 1,052,459 with fewer titles. Average sales are 9,389 per book, also up on last month’s 7,739. As usual, UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

This month IDW were the number three publisher, thanks to the first two issues of Magic the Gathering, with 6.66% dollar share and a 5.62 market share, followed by Image with 5.53% dollar share and 4.88% market share, Dark Horse with a 4.98% dollar share and a 4.06% market share, Dynamite with a 4.20% dollar share and a 3.82% market share and Boom with 1.61% dollar share and 1.40% market share. Everyone but Boom was up for the month.

Must reads: Industry Angst Friday with Waid and Brians Wood and Hibbs

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It is the time of the month when industry figures fret about the Future of Comics. No slight intended—we do it all the time, too, and a few remarkable clear and essential posts about The Way It Is have just been made. So let’s review:

Hope Larson's A Wrinkle in Time adaptation cover revealed

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Well, what were we just saying about comics adapting literary classics? Hope Larson reveals the cover to her A Wrinkle in Time adaptation and talks about some other projects that sound really cool, including a new comic she wrote with art by Tintin Pantoja, a short film she’s directing, and a vegan ice cream recipe.

Dynamite and Top Cow Team For Witchblade: Demon Reborn

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By Todd Allen Roughly 9 years ago Mark Millar and Jae Lee teamed up for a crossover one-shot between Top Cow and Dynamite (or should I say, Dynamic Forces, back then) called Witchblade: Demon. Dynamite is releasing a sequel in July, titled Witchblade: Demon Reborn.  The follow-up is written by Ande Parks and illustrated by […]

The golden age of comics license apathy

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Our feverish maunderings about old comics did draw one great link, from Jamie Coville, this interview with DJ Arneson, who was the editor for Dell after Western pulled its licenses and the company essentially started a comics company from scratch in 1962. It’s a fascinating look at the business away from Marvel and DC. And it also provides a glimpse into a long ago Shangri-La before…approvals:

DC's monthly sales commentary just begs for more commentary

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If you watch the cable newsers these days, you know that instant analysis and punditocracy of the kind once confined to sports is now the only way to analyze anything of import. Sound bites, gotchas, double backs, keeping em honest…analyzing what people are saying about what people are saying is way more productive than actually identifying and solving problems…so everyone does it. And while it isn’t quite as entertaining as 2011’s Republican primary debate analysis, say, comics have developed their own “Counterpoint Arena” in the last few months, as executives from DC and Marvel come out and give their play-by-play on the just released sales charts.

March 2012 Initial Sells Estimates: Hello, AVX!

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Here’s the drill: Diamond has released the top 100 titles and relative rankings for the monthly comics for March 2012. Since Walking Dead is usually a fairly consistently selling title, I’m going to plug last month’s Walking Deadnumbers ( Comichron had January’sWalking Dead estimated at 32,361) into Diamond’s rankings. That should get us relatively close to the formal estimates that should be out soon. If Walking Dead had a good month, the numbers should be higher. If Walking Dead had a bad month, the numbers will be lower. History suggests this will be within +/- 5%, if not +/- 1%, praise to Great Kirkman.

Comics in March: half empty or half full?

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Yesterday’s initial sales charts left no doubt that so far 2012 has been a strong year for comics sales, but the numbers were also flat from last March — five Wednesdays in 2011 vs four in 2012, perhaps? The numbers prompted a vague shadow of worry to cloud the brow of Milton Griepp at ICv2:

The week in links, April 2-6

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Damn, you get sick and a week is gone and you have a whole week’s worth of cool stuff you meant to share a long time ago. We’re not even going to try to organize this.