TweetOver the holiday weekend, I had a chance to view Ron Mann’s documntary Comic Book Confidential, about which I will have more to say at a future date, but the 1989 film serves as a nice recap of the story until the comics shop collapse of the 90s—from Wertham to Maus and Miller, a pretty […]
TweetWell, the year is winding down, and with it comes the annual “Best Of” lists from various websites and media. Publishers Weekly led the charge, issuing an actual graphic novel listing within their greater big list, with Chris Ware’s Unbuilding making the overall “Best Books” listing. Yesterday, the Washington Post released their list, and it […]
Man this is really the year it all HAPPENS isn’t it? The Costa Awards are a prestigious literary prize in the UK, and this year two graphic novels were included in the shortlist of finalists.
Tweet Backing up what we were saying the other day, two hardcover graphic novels debuted on Publishers Weekly Bestseller list via BookScan. Superman Earth One, Volume 2 debuted at #18 with 4097 copies sold; the Avengers vs X-Men collection debuted at #21 with 3124 copies sold. Neither is likely to stick around on the charts […]
With all the controversy about who is and is not a True Geek, and with competition for highly sought after “geek perks” at an all time high, a book on how to be a geek is definitely what we need—and with much loved Geek icon Sheldon Cooper on the cover no less. From Krause, fine publishers of guides to collecting salt shakers, coins and comics, comes The Geek Handbook, by rocketllama.com co-creator Alex Langley. And there is nothing stereotypical at all about this book’s blurbs:
Can comics become legitimate bestsellers, the Beat’s own John Shableski has been asking in a series of publishing procedurals. But in truth…comics already ARE legit best sellers!
Tweet The biggest business book show in America is inching towards a full-on consumer day, as the Comic-con-ization of trade book shows continues. BEA director Steve Rosato writes that the 2013 show—the largest b2b book show in North America— will once again include a “Power Reader” day open to the public, a program which launched […]
Despite the host city’s rep as party central, the Miami Book Fair is one of the nation’s largest, an 8-day extravaganza of top literary figures from everywhere. This year’s line-up includes Lemony Snicket, Junot Diaz and many more, and as usual, a large comics contingent, as seen on the card above. Participants include Chris Ware, Charles Burns, Aline Komoinsky-Crumband many more. Are you going? Tell he Beat about it!
I know, I know! We have been arguing for such a long time that comics aren’t just for kids but the problem is that a majority of the comics publishers have neglected to realize that this is and will always be tomorrow’s adult comics fan. With the acceleration of the Children’s and Young Adult categories, the traditional publishers are dominating a market segment that for some reason, still isn’t registering with the folks who made it possible in the first place.
To me, the answer to that question is definitely: yes! But that also depends on a lot of moving parts and with encouragement from The Beat, I’m going to post a few columns here about the elements needed to create real marketing programs that can help better define what a bestseller is and where the real opportunities lie.
Tweet Okay, don’t everyone kill yourself at once! Seth, cartoonist of the long lost and forlorn, has designed and illustrated a new editions of Chekhov’s ABOUT LOVE, three linked tales of abortive attempts at happiness, The Moscow Times tells us: Chekhov is one of Seth’s favorite writers, because of the sympathetic and yet obtuse nature of his work, Seth […]
Tweet Craig Yoe is putting out another one of his numerous comics compilations and this one has a fun theme. It’s called Comics About Cartoonists What’s cooler than comics about cartoonist? NOTHING! This mind-blowing, full-color hardback book collects rare comics about real and fictional cartoonists–created by the greatest cartoonists in the world! Read comics about […]