DC resets royalty system; colorists and digital now eligible

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I’ve been hearing a lot of conspiracy theories of late about DC, and some of them involve their participation/royalties system. In addition for quite a while, people have been complaining about the fact that colorists aren’t eligible for royalties—and neither are digital-first comics.

But that is changing. I understand a letter has just gone out to DC creative folks announcing a complete overhaul of the DC royalty system. For the first time colorists will be eligible for royalties and will get cover credit. And digital first will also be eligible for royalties. Little things like direct deposit and electronic vouchering will also be available.

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: May 2014—Original Sales

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Original Sin is Marvel’s big new event and it debuted at 147k and then dropped down to 92k. But is that good for a major event book? For fun I pulled the numbers for #1 issues of the last several big event books from Marvel to see how Original Sin stacks up. As you can see out of these 7 books it ranks 5th. I did better than Siege and Fear Itself, but worse than Age of Ultron, AVX, Secret invasion or Civil War. Two other interesting trends to note is that events have become more frequent and sell worse. I cherry picked these events because they fell around the same time of year as Original Sin and were Avengers-focused, but the last few years have been very event heavy and sales have been dropping overall on these events. They are still the best-selling books of their month generally but Marvel has yet to recapture the excitement and sales of Civil War.

The Retailer’s View: Antagonistic

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Tweetby Brandon Schatz There was a piece hovering around the comics internet this weekend about the industry’s supposed need of more shit-talkers. It was an interesting and well-intentioned conversation, but the premise was flawed from the start. The industry doesn’t need destructive forces. It currently has its fill of that. What the industry needs is […]

Warren Simons Named Valiant Editor-in-Chief

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Word on the street is that Valiant has a lot of new stuff coming down the pike, and perhaps to run the paving machine for both the street and the pike, they’ve promoted Warren Simons to Editor-in-Chief. His previous title was Executive Editor. Since the company’s relaunch in 2011, Wimons has been in charge of book including X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Unity, Rai, and more. In his new role as Editor-in-Chief, Simons will continue to preside over all day-to-day operations of Valiant’s editorial department, and manage Valiant’s growing editorial team, which was just boosted by the addition of former DC assistant editor Kyle Andrukiewicz. CBR has the promotion interview that has a nice snapshot of Valiant’s progress so far:

By Its Cover (Week Of 06.18.14): Elektra Blindness

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Tweet While I try to point out aspects of good design some consider objective, art as a whole is pretty subjective. It’s unavoidable that the covers I pick each week reflect my personal tastes and biases. Every now and then someone will point out a cover that makes me think “how did I overlook that?” For […]

Transformers news: Scott and Stone coming back with second Windblade mini

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Coming out of BotCon this past weekend — the big Transformers confab—there was a bit of news about the comics series, including the news that Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone will be back with a second Windblade mini because the first one did so well.

Webcomic alert: Lauren Weinstein’s ‘Carriers’

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Lauren Weinstein is running a five part webcomic at Nautilus about discovering that both she and her husband (TCJ.com editor Tim Hodler) were carriers of the cystic fibrosis gene, and their unborn child had a 25% chance of having the incurable disease.

Romita Jr. is either playing centerfield for DC or “the real thing” on Superman

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Tweet This week Jorn Romita’s first Superman comic debuts, a fairly notable event in that Romita has been known all his career for his Marvel work. DC pulled out the big PR guns and the Times covers the move: For comics fans, Mr. Romita’s change to DC from Marvel is the equivalent of Derek Jeter […]

Nice Art: Skottie Young, Paolo Rivera cover various Marvel comics

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Tweet Marvel is always generous with artwork in their emails, some of it quite notable. Over the last 24 hours they released this nice cover by Paolo Rivera for their Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1, an anthology celebrating the release of Marvel Comics #1 back in the day. The interior of the book includes Bruce […]