Help wanted: Indie Sales Chart analyst

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Tweet Hello people, as you may have noticed the Indie Sales Chart has been getting later and later, and that’ usually a sign that the writer is moving on. After a pioneering stint, Chris Rice and his good friend Paul Mellerick are riding into the sunset to enjoy a life of Pimms Cups and garden […]

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales June 2014: A Change Could Do You Good

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Change is coming! As I researched and wrote this month’s article in the week before Comic Con, Marvel made several huge announcements. Mjolnir will now be wielded by a woman in a new Thor series. The Falcon will wield the shield in a new Captain America. The Avengers will see major Roster changes in Avengers Now.

Now if you’ve been following these sales articles, none of this should have surprised you. Sure the details are exciting and interesting, but we’ve known for a while now that sales on the Avengers books and the big 3 marvel heroes (Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor) have gotten stale. It was time for a change, what is exciting about these announcements is that these aren’t small changes but big changes that garnered national media attention and hopefully will mean big (and hopefully lasting) sales boosts. Let’s look at the numbers for this month.

Artist Randy Queen threatens legal action over unfavorable Tumblr posts

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Randy Queen is a skilled comics artist who often draws attractive women. He’s best known for Darkchyde but he’s worked on many other books over the years like Red Sonja and Witchblade. Escher Girls is a tumblr that posts pictures of ridiculously drawn comics women. As you do.

Some of Queen’s art was featured on the site, and he didn’t like it. So he used the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) to sport these posts to Tumblr and get them removed.

Must read: Mike Dawson on being a mid-career cartoonist

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Mike Dawson is talented cartoonist, a witty raconteur and a fine podcaster— you can hear his work with Alex Robinson here at Ink Panthers. And as of yesterday he was a Tumblr king with a post calledAdvice to the mid-career cartoonist who has failed to build an audience. It’s honest and in some parts brutal.

Housekeeping notes for August

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What’s happening at Stately Beat Manor! So many exciting things, you won’t believe it! Just amazing.

Wanna listen to the Awesome Mix Vol 1 from Guardians of the Galaxy?

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Tweet Perhaps no movie since the last Quentin Tarantino film has used familiar music as effectively to cue emotions as Guardians of The Galaxy. Starting with the trailers, director James Gunn picked out 70s music that has both nostalgic schlock value and hooks as big and irresistible as the universe. The result is music that […]

Marvel Studios has a woman problem again but Sony might be the knight in shining armor

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Well, given LUCY triumphing over HERCULES at the box office—Scarlett Johansson is now a bigger action star than The Rock—you’d think Marvel or DC would finally fish or cut bait, shit or get off the pot, stop hemming and hawing, pull the trigger…

…AND while I was thinking of more metaphors for their on again off again pursuit of a female-led film, Sony scooped them all with a not at all vague and impossible to say if its true scoop at Deadline that says after Sinister Six in 2016 they’ll put out a female led film in 2017!

Analysis: ‘Guardians’ rule the galaxy with biggest ever August opening, and Marvel keeps mining the head

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Whoa, Guardians of the Galaxy…where to start. In a summer of unexceptional sequels and remakes, Marvel and Disney triumphed with a new creation that had a fresh take on the space opera genre, while introducing such comics elements as Thanos, Infinity Gems, and Rocket Raccoon. I never thought I would type that sentence outside of a fever dream.

Preview: POP #1 by Pires and Copland, a stylish thriller with added social commentary

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Tweet Among the selling points of this news mini-series from Dark Horse is that it’s “creator owned.” It’s also got a nice throwback look, with flat, chunky color replicating the primitive (yet still relevant) coloring techniques of the pre-scanning era. Written by Curt Pires and drawn by artist-to-watch Jason Copland, it’s a thriller set in […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/4/14: Home is the hunter from the hill

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Comics have begun their new fiscal year! Here are some links to get you going, and some discussion of a very rarely discussed phenomenon: sexism in comics!

Liked Guardians of the Galaxy? Check out this preview of Thanos: The Infinity Revelation

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Tweet It looks like Marvel has done the utterly impossible by turning Guardians of the Galaxy—a movie based on an obscure SF team of misfits—in a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, $65 mil at the BO certified feel good movie of the summer. And their also releasing a bunch of comics that will keep the characters […]

Valiant brings entire library to iVerse

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Tweet It begins. We’ve been hearing a ton o’ rumors about comics companies jumping aboard iVerse—probably the second largest dedicated digital comics platform—in the wake of Amazon’s acquisition of Comixology. While Amazon is great at selling books, publishers want to avoid a Hachette-like stand off and other weight throng maneuvers that Amazon is known for. […]

Breaking: SDCC cosplayer was injured as the result of a fall not an assault

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Tweet The San Diego Unified Port District Harbor Police have issued a second and final press release in regards to the case of the injured cosplayer at Comic-Con, and it has been ascertained that her injuries were most likely sustained as the result of a fall, not an assault. BACKGROUND: Shortly after 1 a.m. on […]

Con BLOG wars: Hall H line kerfuffle leads blogger to quit

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Tweet Oh man. This really is the year everything got out of control isn’t it. Before we dig in here, I should note that I’m friendly with everyone mentioned below. I’ve talked to Jeremy at the SDCC Unofficial blog many times, appeared on their podcast several times, tweeted with Tony from Crazy4ComicCon, linked to them […]

Update on the injured cosplayer

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Tweet I’m sure everyone has now read up on the details of the arrest regarding the 17-year-old cosplayed who was found injured and was presumably attacked at Comic-Con on Saturday night. The man who was arrested was 29-year-old Justin Kailor, a photographer associated with something called Project Cosplay. Kailor was friends with the victim, and […]

SDCC ’14: Listen to all the best panels AND the Eisner Awards

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TweetJamie Coville has done it again, recording some of the most fascinating panels from Comic-Con just passed, AND the 2014 Eisner Awards to boot. In fact so many of these were on our own “must see” list, we’ll be listening to these while on the treadmill for weeks to come. You can Find Coville’s pictures […]