Indie Month-to-Month Sales December 2013: Guess what zombie title was #1?

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My sincerest apologies for both the lateness and the brevity of this month’s column. I’m in the middle of a move to a new city, and have just started a new job, so time has been especially scarce this month. I’ve not been able to comment on many of the titles towards the lower end of the chart, and I suspect next month will be very similar. Things should be back to normal by the February chart though!

It was a relatively quiet December, Bill Willingham’s Legenderry the highest charting new entry amongst the usual bumper-selling Image titles, a couple of Star Wars books and My Little Pony. Elsewhere, it’s a very downward trending chart, with only 11 titles going up in sales and a colossal 123 going down, with the rest made up of new entries and specials.

Top Shelf’s Chris Ross on DRM-Free Graphic Novels and Print-Digital Bundles [Interview]

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By Bruce Lidl Indie comics publisher Top Shelf announced yesterday that they will be selling a selection of their digital titles, without any DRM copy protection technology. Joining Image in the trend away from DRM on comics, Top Shelf will now offer eleven graphic novels from their own website in a variety of open formats, […]

Vaentine’s Day Special: Love and Romance with…Dean Haspiel

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First Look: Chris Hunt’s pin-up for Paul Pope’s Escapo

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Paul Pope is riding high post-Battling Boy and Pope fans are in for a treat in April with the release of ESCAPO, a remastered version of Pope’s long out of print 1999 GN. ESCAPO follows a circus escape artist who tries to use his powers to escape death and unrequited love. If that sounds like […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales November 2013 — The Usual Suspects

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After an unusual couple of months things are pretty much back to normal this month, with the usual suspects of Walking Dead, Saga, Star Wars and My Little Pony joined by a few new Image titles and Valiant’s best-seller yet. At the bottom end of the charts we finally see a few titles returning, although possibly quite briefly in some cases.

150 indie titles charted in the top 300, up on last month’s 135. The indie chart sold approximately 1,820,321 comics, a bit down on last month’s 2,031,509. That’s all due to the increased numbers that Walking Dead added last month. It also means that the average sales this month are 12,153, down on last month’s 15,048. Out of the 150 books, only 20 went up in sales and 112 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts.

UPDATE: Ape Entertainment is still alive and planning

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Yesterday, we reported on the inactivity at Ape Entertainment, and wondered if the company was still around. Well, COO Brent Erwin responded to an inquiry to explain that they are just in reorg mode, but have a digital project coming out at the end of the month and more stuff in the works. Read on: […]

Meanwhile, Amigo Comics is retrenching

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And speaking of the indie world of publishers below the Top Seven, Amigo Comics is a periodical publisher that launched last year with the hope of putting out “creator owned comics”. It was the brainchild of Spain-based creator El Torres (Nancy in Hell) and to be honest we didn’t pay that much attention to it, […]

Is Ape Entertainment dunzo?

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While PictureBox was the first big casualty of the potential Great ShakeOut of ’13-14, it seems that Ape Entertainment may have actually preceded it to the big hiatus box in the sky by just stopping without much notice or mention. It was Detective Carlson who first noticed it was missing from recent activity line-ups with all orders for comics cancelled.

Retrofit announces 2014 schedule and goes electronic

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2014 will be the year of adjustments. Mark my words. I believe Torsten was correct about 2013 being a game changing year when many things were tried and doors opened; 2014 will see people learning and fixing from from the blue sky projections of 2013. And to get started, Box Brown’s Retrofit Comics—a grass roots […]

Comic of the Week: My So-Called Secret Identity

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One fiercely intelligent young woman, one city in which superheroes and villains are the norm, and one comic in which diversity is as natural as the real world, with one kickass female hero to cheer for. And now, in print!

Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute Reunite At NYU for a Distinguished Faculty Lecture

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It’s been more than a year since Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute publicly convened at 2012’s momentous Comics: Philosophy and Practice conference, an event personally significant to both Chute and Bechdel due in part to their collaborative efforts in originating the influential assemblage along with their own partnership in teaching a University of Chicago course […]

Strangehaven is coming back in Meanwhile…

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After an eight year hiatus, Gary Spencer Millidge’s Strangehaven will return next May with new episodes appearing in a revived bimonthly comics anthology Meanwhile… published by Soaring Penguin Press. Originally self-published, Strangehaven is one of those eerie stories about a man who finds himself in a village where not everything is as it seems…the story […]

Will Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival ever expand?

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As the ecstatic reports on last weekend Comic Arts Brooklyn festival continue to roll out—the Secret Acres report is, as always a stand-out-one element of the show is mentioned over and over. It was crowded. Having so many of the world’s great cartoonists in one place is sure to draw a crowd, and the free […]

Take the Devastator’s anonymous convention economy survey

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With the circuit for both cons—traditional comic-cons—and CAFs—more indie styled comic arts festivals like TCAF and CAB—proliferating and becoming an increasingly important part of the comics economy, indie humor magazine The Devastator has taken it upon itself to attempt to create an infographic on how big a part of the economy these shows really are. […]

Comic Art Brooklyn 2013: the Debuts Part One – Blexbolex, Hangdai, PictureBox, Koyama, Wartella and more

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Here’s a listing of the books that will be debuting this Saturday at the first Comic Arts Brooklyn festival. Information has been supplied by the exhibitors and hopefully something here will pique your interest. If you don’t find something to pique your interest, you don’t really like comics.

PREVIEW: Action Presidents #1 by van Lente and Dunlavey

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You loved them in Action Philosophers!, and thrilled to them in Comic Book History of Comics—now Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey are telling it like it was with the American Presidency with Action Presidents. The series wil be released as a digital series on ComiXology, starting next week. Here’s a wee preview and the […]