Starlin in back with THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN in June

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The post-Guardians partnership between Marvel and Jim Starlin continues with the second original graphic novel in a proposed trilogy about Thanos the purple skinned Mad Titan created by Starlin. THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN comes out in June. While standalone graphic novels were once rare at Marvel they’ve gotten into the pool with the Starlin books, and some introductory books aimed at beginning (as in not experts in Marvel continuity) readers. The first book in the trilogy, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, made the NY Times bestseller list, so it probably did all right.

John Schork leaves Oni

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Oni publicity guy John Schork has left, as announced in a model of grown-upness via social media

Nobrow announces Spring catalog with Bosma, Hussenot, Lee and more

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It’s that time of year when we start thinking about NEXT year, and publishers nveil their schedules. And few unveilings are as pretty as those from Nobrow—their books are routinely gorgeous and display a level of artistry few other publishers can match. ANd next year’s line-up (through August) are as gorgeous as you’d expect. Among the goodies: a full color expansion of Sam Bosma’s award winning Fantasy Basketball, and the print debut of Jen Lee, whose webcomics Thunderpaw we’ve long been fans of. The latter is part of a relaunch of Nobrow’s 17X23 line of “pamphlets”—24 pages long and priced at $5.95. The line also includes two french full length graphic novels. Definitely some good reading to come.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits Five 11/20/14: Five trends that will change the way you count on one hand

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Roz Chast did not win the National Book Award—Evan Osnos won for Age of Ambition— But she’s still a winner in my book! There ceremony also saw Neil Gaiman presenting Ursula K. LeGuin with a lifetime achievement type award. LeGuin had things to say:

Which job at West Coast DC are YOU going to apply for?

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There are now a ton of job listings up at the WB job board for DC’s new West Coast set-up. Among them publicity and strategy and planning and print and even editorial. We looked at this a few weeks ago, and now even more content and managing jobs are posted, including a Director, Business Strategy and Planning to […]

Jillian Tamaki wins Governor General Award for This One Summer

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Another win for a graphic novel as Jillian Tamaki won canada’s Governor General Award : for This One Summer in the Children’s Literature Illustrations category. This is a prestigious Canadian literary award, and its the first win for a graphic novel, although cousin Mariko Tamaki was nominated for their previous collaboration, Skim, and Mariko was […]

Valiant’s February Solicitations—now with more Imperium

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Valiant continues to roll out some new books—this month it’s Josh Dysart’s Imperium—but I really just posted this for the Matt Kindt/Jeff Lemire  variant covers.   IMPERIUM #1 [VALIANT NEXT] Written by JOSHUA DYSART Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE Cover A (Harada) by RAUL ALLEN Cover B (Lord Vine-99) by RAUL ALLEN Cover C (Major Mech) by […]

Diamond Retailer Summit returns to Baltimore in 2015

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After several years travelling around the country—three years in Chicago and then earlier this year in Las Vegas—Diamond is holding its 2015 Retailer Summit in Baltimore from September 23-25. The dates not only piggy back on the Baltimore Comic-Con but bring the show close to Diamond’s Timonium, MD headquarters. It’s a pretty good double for […]

Marvel Month to Month Sales Charts: October 2014 Variations on Variant Themes

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BY JASON ENRIGHT — Hello Sales Chart Analyzers! In October, there were a lot of books. So to start, let’s break down the numbers a bit. An interesting trend to look at this month is how variant numbers affect the sales. Several titles benefitted from being included in one or more of Marvel’s themed variant programs this month. In October, Marvel had 3 variant themes, the Anti-Bullying variants, Deadpool 75th anniversary variants and Hasbro toy variants. Many of these issues were in the middle of an arc and normally would have suffered standard attrition of -1 to -3%, but due to these variant programs they got a nice +3 to +5% sales boost. Variants are one of many incentive programs that companies use to boost sales. Recently Marvel and DC have been doing these themed variants across multiple books and they definitely seem to be working. Whether or not, they are actually good for comic sales in the long term is another question entirely. What do you think of variants? Let’s discuss it in the comments below. For now let’s dive into the numbers.

Marvel’s February 2015 Solicitations: Star Wars is coming

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It’s the final issue of Elektra, the first issue of Darth Vader, more Guardians of the Galaxy—teaming up this time—and an Avengers original graphic novel for February. Plus some “movie variants.” DARTH VADER #1 & 2 KIERON GILLEN (w) • SALVADOR LARROCA (a) CoverS by ADI GRANOV ISSUE #1 – Teaser Variant by JOHN CASSADAY […]

10 more Convergence mini series revealed

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Via Hitfix  and Blastr 10 more of the Convergence 2-issue mini series have been released.  Once again it’s an all-star panel of writers and artists many not seen at DC in forever—Larry Hama! Louise Simonson!—, and some old characters like purple suit Catwoman, plus-size Amanda Waller, peekaboo panties Supergirl and the old Superboy. As you may recall, 40 of […]

How to say I Am Groot in 15 languages

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In case you had forgotten that Groot and Rocket Raccoon were Disney’s huge breakout stars in 2014, they released a trailer of the gentle giant of a man-tree saying his signature phrase in 15 different languages,. And in case you had forgotten, Guardians of the Galaxy is out on Digital HD today, and available via […]

February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

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February’s variant cover theme fro DC Comics will be HArley Quinn, and that should come as zero surprise. It worked for Marvel with Deadpool, a similarly anarchic fourth-wall busting character. In fact if Marvel and DC were to do a crossover, I think Deadpool vs Harley would be the Batman vs Spider-man of the day.

In addition, Harley’s new, Suicide-Girls-inspired look has definitely caught on, supplanting the sturdily iconic Bruce Timm designed onesie. I don’t know who did the deredisgn for the New 52, but I think it may have been the most successful of the bunch.

DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

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DC-s announcements for products shipping in FEbruary are out today and here’s the WHOLE thing! what will you try What will make you cry?   THE MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN #1 Written by GRANT MORRISON Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS 1:10 B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE 1:25 Variant cover by AARON KUDER […]

Angoulême fest announces line-up of exhibits and spotlights: Watterson, Kirby, Moomins, Taniguchi

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The Angoulême Festival International de la Bande Dessineé for 2015 has released the schedule of art exhibits, spotlights and other goodies. They attached this as an English-language pdf which I’ve inserted below. There are several amusing typos on the list, see if you can spot them. All that aside, this is a pretty stunning—and cosmopolitan—line-up, […]

Goodreads Choice Awards Graphic Novel Nominees Announced

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Goodreads, the social media network for readers, has its 2014 has its Best Graphic Novels & Comics 2014 nominees up. And they are