Notes From The Future: First Details Regarding September Releases

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TweetAhead of their solicitations, The Beat has learned about several new books coming out in September and beyond. GI JOE returns to the shelves with a brand new ongoing by novelist Karen Traviss, with art from Steve Kurth. Traviss used to write DC’s Gears of War comics, and she is well suited for this gig. […]

May Sales now online: Amazing Spidey #1 up to 545k

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Tweet  [Editor's note: I've posted today's complete charts and numbers for May 2014 along with commentary from John jackson Miller from Comichron. My own comments are in itals thus.] by John Jackson Miller Marvel’s Original Sin #1 led the market in a month that included a Spider-Man movie release and what Diamond Comic Distributors reported […]

SENYC 2014: The Return of the Original Quantum & Woody

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Tweetby Brandon Schatz Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright return to Quantum and Woody this October, as the long announced Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody will finally see release. Announced at last year’s New York Comic Con, Valiant sent out additional details at this weekend’s Special Edition: NYC event, featuring a release date for […]

Brian Wood Comics Return To Print From Dark Horse

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Tweetby Brandon Schatz Over at Publisher’s Weekly, they’ve announced that a couple of Brain Wood series will return to print from Dark Horse, as part of a focus on YA content from the company. In November, a collection of the two New York Four/Five volumes the writer did with artist Ryan Kelly for DC’s  Minx line, […]

Interview: Nicola Scott on Wonder Woman and more

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Wonder Woman has always been a part of Nicola Scott’s life, in fact it might seem like she was destined to work with the heroine’s, be as an artist or an actress. Scott came late to comics and in fact, it was the simple desire to draw Wonder Woman every day that set her on her path to DC.
Her pursuit of her dream is a study in determination and will cause no small amount of awe given the fiercely competitive industry she wanted to break into. Below Nicola discusses her Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman’s appearance in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie, and how a failed Wonder Woman pilot set her on her path to comic success.

Rocket Raccoon #1′s Initial Orders Inflated By Single Source

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Tweetby Brandon Schatz A few days before the book’s final order cut-off with retailers, Marvel let it slip that their upcoming Rocket Raccoon series had garnered over 300,000 initial orders, well above expected estimates for the series. Yesterday, the other shoe dropped as reports came in regarding mass quantities of the book having been ordered […]

Review: ‘Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present’ paints a worldly picture

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Tweet by Alexa Dickman Funny story: A few weeks ago, I got a message on Facebook from an old friend from college. He asked me if I was still blogging, because the publishing company he now works for had a comics history book coming out that took a global view of comics history from 1968 […]

The Retailer’s View: On Rocket Raccoon Orders Topping 300,000

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Tweetby Brandon Schatz When Marvel first announced the Rocket Raccoon book, I was fairly excited. Pairing the character with Skottie Young just as interest would crest for the movie seemed like a no-brainer, one that I could use to sell a few copies to interested parties. I was expecting healthy sales, but nothing that would […]

On the scene: MCM Belfast Comic Con and cosplay photos

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Tweet by Angeline B. Adams and Remco van Straten 7th June 2014, King’s Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland Typical Belfast: it was raining, and the bus was late. Bedraggled youths in comic book shirts and young families with superhero-onesied kids crammed themselves into the bus shelter. When the bus finally departed it was chased by a […]

The Retailer’s View: On Art, Business, and Brian Wood

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Tweetby Brandon Schatz A few weeks ago, Marvel’s August solicitations revealed some alarming news: Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey would be leaving Moon Knight after a short run of six issues. For those who have followed Ellis over the past few years, this does not come as a big surprise. Ellis has been keeping his […]

CAKE Report: Indie comics go to Chicago

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by Benjamin Rogers — Once again the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo was a huge success. CAKE 2014 featured over 120 exhibitors and drew 2,200 attendees over the course of the weekend, a ten percent increase from last year’s show. Conference organizer Neil Brideau said that CAKE was excited to continue increasing its scope, noting that “this was the first year we’ve had a large international presence.” He highlighted some artists who travelled a long way to attend the show such as Inés Estrada of Mexico, and Philippa Rice and Luke Pearson of the UK.

The Retailer’s View: On Those Fantastic Four Rumours

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TweetBy Brandon Schatz Normally I abhor rumours, especially when I know my Wednesday will be nothing but addressing half-truths and lies that some over-glorified click bait magnate has inflated to preposterous extremes – but, lies will fly around the world in the time that it takes for the truth to get its pants on, so […]

How To Be A Comics Fan When You Can Barely Afford Them

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TweetBy Joshua Rivera Comics are expensive. It’s something everyone knows about our favorite hobby, but not many people bother to engage. Reviewers may bring it up when a story is particularly bad, or if a publisher decides to raise the price of a book without adding much perceived value.  But that’s about it. “The economics […]

Review: “The Devilers” Offers A Delightfully Subversive Apocalypse

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TweetBy Matt O’Keefe An atheist, a Catholic Priest, a Jewish Rabbi, an Islamic Mullah, a Hindu Brahmin, and a Buddhist Monk. Sounds like the start of a convoluted joke, but it’s actually the cast of a damn fine comic from Dynamite Entertainment. The Devilers is a series written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Matt […]

Interview: Mark Waid Talks Re-Establishing his “Empire”

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TweetBy Matt O’Keefe Over ten years in the making, Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s Empire is finally back. Volume 2 just debuted as on Thrillbent as a comic. I spoke to Mark about transitioning the series and updates on Thrillbent’s iOS app and new subscription model service. Can you describe Empire for those who haven’t […]

The Retailer’s View: On Lenticular Covers

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There’s very little chance you’re at this site, reading this article about comic book retail, and do not have a working knowledge of recent comic book history. That said, it never hurts to add a little context to current events. So.

In September of 2011, DC Comics relaunched their entire superhero universe with fifty-two brand new ongoing series functioning in a bright new continuity. Since then, the company has used September as a large-scale event month, using 2012 to flashback to the unexplored “early days” of the new continuity, and 2013 to unleash their villains across each and every one of their titles. Conceptually, there’s nothing wrong with this. The comic book industry thrives off of the occasional event as the eyeballs gained from the news of a line-wide disruption usually translates into higher profits. It was the reason why DC’s line-wide relaunch in 2011 was shatteringly successful for that month (and several after), and why their flashback month in 2012 garnered a slight bump in sales, despite a comparatively lower profile concept and easier execution.