John Jackson Miller has posted the May sales estimates over at Comic Chronicles and, my but May was a healthy month for comics. Miller reports several records were set in May, at least in terms of Diamond exclusivity era. (This would have been an alarmingly low sales month in 1990.)
A fantastic launch for Dynamite’s Shadow relaunch snags them the number one spot for indie books this month, while Walking Dead just pips Saga to the second spot, by less than 50 copies. A little further down Fanboys vs Zombies, Star Wars Boba Fett is Dead and America’s Got Powers get off to very strong starts.
We had a very interesting comments section last month, with Ed Brubaker and Brian Wood amongst others commenting that the figures reported here are quite far below what the actual sales are. The general consensus seems to be that actual sales are at least 10-20% higher than reported, which makes sense when you account for reorders and foreign sales. I considered adding a percentage to the figures here, but I think that’s likely to make these already estimated figures utterly meaningless, so I’ll stick with the ICv2 figures for the moment. However, if a creator or publisher would like to contribute completed figures, I’m happy to consider including them, as I’m doing with Fatale #1 this month.
There are several artists on here who show in spades that design is not their strong suit. Or their biker suit.
At iFanboy, Josh Flanagan brings up an issue that we often mention at BarCon:Are There Any Superstar Comic Artists Left?:
While laid up with medical issues that preclude him doing serious writing, Kurt Busiek has set up a Formspring account, and, as you could extrapolate from reading his calm, well-reasoned* answers here at The Beat, there’s lots of info:
The seemingly tireless WOMANTHOLOGY organizer and artist Renae De Liz is in the hospital with a serious infection, her husband Ray Dillon reports:
If you’re a regular webcomic reader, you probably have a bunch of bookmarks that you hit daily. If you are a dabbler, you might want to explore a few more. Both types of readers might find the new Comic Rocket webcomic viewer a handy way to organize their reading matter. A browser-based platform that aims to be a kind of souped up feed for webcomics, you can mark your favorites and check them all with one click—although it’s in beta, it’s easy enough to navigate, We signed up three of our favorites in no time.