DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: January 2014 — Meet the new guy!

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Hi everyone! New guy, Dave Carter, here with the first DC sales charts of 2014. I have an introductory write-up down at the end of this column, but since you’re all really here for the sales numbers, commentary and snark, let’s get to it:

On the surface DC seemingly does well to start off the year, with their two premier Batman-starring titles in the #1 & #2 slots, and five of the top ten. But once you start looking a little deeper there is much to cause concern…

Three of DC’s top selling titles, Forever Evil, Superman Unchained, and Sandman Overture, did not ship this month, contributing to the overall sales decline.

DC’s September stunt involves 3-D Motion Covers, and five years in the future

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DC has announced its September stunt for the year at the ComicsPRO meeting down in Atlanta and it’s the return of those new-fangled lenticular motion covers, plus a tie-in the the weekly series THE NEW 52: FUTURE’S END. According to an email from a publicity temp at WBE, “Following the overwhelming success of 2013s “Villains […]

FIRST LOOK: Ben Hatke’s New First Second Book ‘Little Robot’

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With the final part of his ‘Zita the Spacegirl’ trilogy hitting stores in May, you might have been wondering what Ben Hatke’s next project would be. Well wonder no more! Because First Second have given The Beat a first look at his new story ‘Little Robot’, which’ll see publication in Autumn (Fal) 2015.

Skottie Young to draw Rocket Raccoon series

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That Rocket Raccoon exploitation we told you about is well underway, but when the exploitation takes the form of a series written and drawn by Skottie Young, it’s really really hard to complain. And note well: this is an ONGOING series, not a one-shot or mini. It’s Young’s first gig writing AND drawing for Marvel.

BOOKMARK: Robyn Chapman’s THE TINY REPORT

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Here’s a new website that anyone who care’s about the continuing evolution of comics should bookmark and heck regularly: The Tiny Report, a news site focusing on micropresses and other small publishers. It’s run by Robyn Chapman, herself the owner of a micropress, Paper Rocket, publisher of some truly excellent comics that shuoldnt’be thought of […]

Bill Watterson creates poster art for STRIPPED

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While the odds are still low on him showing up to fulfill his duties as Grand Prix winner, Bill Watterson is slightly less reclusive of late than he has been for most of the 19 years since he quite Calvin and Hobbes. For instance he has drawn the poster for the film STRIPPED, a documentary about comic strip artists which also features an interview with Watterson. The piece is billed as Watterson’s first cartoon in 19 years (he’s shown a painting since then, a contribution to Project Cul-de-sac.)

Preview: Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

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I’ve been following the progress of Sonny Liew’s (Malinky Robot, My Faith in Frankie) upcoming biography of Singaporean comics pioneer, Charlie Chan Hock Chye for a while now, which he’s been producing for publishers Epigram Books:

Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway: A Sneak Preview

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Before I get into the nitty gritty.. Buy your tickets NOW.  Stop reading, and go buy them.  This is “Lion King” big.  This is “plan a vacation around the tickets you can get” big.  It’s fun, it’s spectacular, and will please almost every theater-goer.  (Except for a few theater reviewers.  There’s always one.) I’ll wait.  […]