The Rainbow Orchid: An interview with creator Garen Ewing

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Garen Ewing has been working on his three volume graphic novel The Adventures of Julius Chancer: The Rainbow Orchid for over a decade. The final volume was recently released by Egmont in the UK, and it seemed a good time to talk to him about his influences, his process, and his future plans.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales: May 2011

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The Walking Dead gets a huge boost this month as the recent storyline is a big hit. The number two issue this month is Kirby Genesis from Dynamite, though as a one dollar title its sales are somewhat inflated. Coming in at number three is the IDW launch of a Rocketeer anthology. Further down the chart we have new Star Wars comics from Dark Horse, the most recent GI Joe relaunches from IDW, a new Megaman title from Archie, and a bunch of Image comics with increased sales.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales: March 2011

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IDW’s new Godzilla series grabbed the top spot this month, knocking The Walking Dead from their throne after only one month. Meanwhile Dark Horse released a Dollhouse comic based on the Joss Whedon series of the same name, Dynamite launched a Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris comic with a “Risqué Nude Art” variant cover, and Boom! launched a Hellraiser comic.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales: February 2011

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The Walking Dead finally becomes the top selling non Marvel/DC book in the direct market, the second True Blood book from IDW debuts lower than I’d have expected, the Garth Ennis written Jennifer Blood launches from Dynamite, and Dark Horse launches another Conan series.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales: February 2011

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The Walking Dead finally becomes the top selling non Marvel/DC book in the direct market, the second True Blood book from IDW debuts lower than I’d have expected, the Garth Ennis written Jennifer Blood launches from Dynamite, and Dark Horse launches another Conan series.

To do Saturday: Lorenzo Mattotti & Dave McKean in conversation

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Dave McKean and Italian comics artist Lorenzo Mattotti will be in London this weekend and will be hold a discussion concerning Celluloid (McKean’s upcoming graphic novel), Stigmata (Mattotti’s recent graphic novel from Fantagraphics), and who knows what else.

To do Saturday: London Comic & Small Press Expo

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This Saturday marks the first occurance of a new comics event claiming to be “The Capital’s Bohemian Comic Show” and seemingly replacing the now defunct UK Web & Minicomix Thing UK Web & Minicomix Thing .

Indie Month-to-Month Sales: January 2011

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January wasn’t all bad news in the comics industry as Image had a strong month. Spawn #200 sold a crazy amount of issues thanks to its many variant copies, while The Walking Dead continues to rise and the new weekly reprints did fairly well. The biggest launches were a Darth Vader miniseries from Dark Horse, and IDW’s zombie crossover series Infestation.

Nominations for the Eagle Awards open

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Nominations have opened for the 2011 Eagle Awards. You have until March 7th to nominate writers, artists, comics, and the like. Then on March 14th the top 5 nominees in each category will be named, and the real voting begins. The awards will be handed out May 27th at the MCM London convention.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales December 2010

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Buffy held the top spot once again, while Joe Benitez’s Lady Mechanika was the biggest launch this month. Meanwhile Dark Horse launched new Star Wars, Hellboy, and Conan series, Avatar launched a new Lady Death series, and John Byrne’s Next Men returned from IDW.

The DFC Library Day Three: Neill Cameron

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Tweet Neill Cameron is best known online for his A-Z of Awesomeness and drawing a lot of weird Santa Clauses on his blog last month, but he also recently had his comic Mo-Bot High released as part of the DFC Library. Mo-Bot High is the tale of Asha, a typical young girl starting out at […]

The DFC Library Day Two: Sarah McIntyre

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Tweet (Sarah McIntyre (right) with Gillian Rogerson, the writer of You Can’t Eat a Princess, at Thought Bubble last year.) Sarah McIntyre’s Vern and Lettuce was one of the most recent round of books released from the DFC Library. Its story features a sheep and a rabbit that live in a tower block apartment building […]

The DFC Library Day One: David Fickling

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TweetWhen the weekly DFC comics magazine came to an end in 2009 after only 43 issues many in the UK comics scene were saddened by its loss. The magazine was launched by David Fickling Books, a division of Random House, in 2008 and while it may not exist anymore as a weekly comic, the imprint […]

Titles in Diamond's top 300: A brief graphic analysis

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TweetLast month someone asked me if there had been more “indie” titles in the top 300, or if the high cut off rate for the top 300 was just due to Marvel and DC shipping a lot of books. Well I took a look and the answer is…inconclusive at best. Do not make any assumptions […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales October 2010

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TweetBuffy looks like it will hold on to its position as top “indie” book until its season 8 run finishes early next year. Meanwhile Dynamite’s launch of a Warlord of Mars series did very well, IDW’s True Blood picked up a lot of reorders, and the first of Boom’s Stan Lee inspired comics debuted high. […]

To do Friday: Mo-Bot High book launch

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Tweet Neill Cameron‘s graphic novel Mo-Bot High was released from the DFC Library recently, and it’s having its book launch this Friday in Oxford, England. That’s right, we are having GIANT MO-BOT PARTY! Or “book launch” as it is rather more prosaically known. The Where: Blackwells Bookshop, Broad St, Oxford The When: Friday 3rd December, […]