August apocalypse: How bad?

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The business news website ICv2 isn’t known for being hyperbolic. So when Milton Griepp said that this month’s comics sales had “plummeted” everyone leaped up, screaming, knocking over chairs and spilling drinks everywhere.

Sales of comics and graphic novels through Diamond Comic Distributors dropped substantially in August with periodical comics falling 17% and graphic novels down 21%.  There wasn’t a single comic title even close to the 100,000 in August. 


If it weren’t for the continued strength of SCOTT PILGRIM trades, the GN drop would have been even more grisly. On the periodical side, there was no big book, but, said ICv2, Certainly “the lack of one big title can’t account for everything.”

The grim details immediately set the punditocracy to arms, perhaps sniffing the hint of burning smoke in Tom Spurgeon’s Doomapocalyptigeddon which he descried from his aerie high in the Misty Mountains, the same distant smell of charring paper and brimstone that we’ve been picking up for the last few weeks.

What Lee and DiDio were really saying

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ICv2 has its first comprehensive interview with DC co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio since the publisher restructured in February. The interview runs in three parts. There’s a hint that some of the CMX titles that weren’t finished may get picked up by a different publisher, perhaps Dark Horse, and an acknowledgment of the need to keep prices down from DiDio:

Lee and Johns tweet it up

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TweetIts no secret that newly installed DC Co-publisher Jim Lee and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns are two of the more charismatic and popular comics creators out there, and there is every reason to believe they will continue to be charismatic comics creators-turned-executives. Sean T. Collins has a roundup of Johns’ “charm offensive” twitter hatchet […]

Urgent to DC Entertainment

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Tweet Can you please get these men new headshots so we can get a definitive facial hair statement? Esp. Pat Caldon, since he has managed to live a life free of internet presence.

Your New DC FAQ

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TweetIt was a busy day for DC Entertainment’s new executive team, and they were made available to many press outlets. Although a few key themes emerged (digital, digital, digital) various questions were asked in various places. Here are, perhaps some of the ones on everyone’s mind. So now, how is this all going to work? […]

A brief interview with Diane Nelson

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Tweet On an busy day for DC Entertainment, president Diane Nelson has been making the press rounds, and she very graciously stopped by to answer a few questions for The Beat on today’s management announcements and her first five months at DC. Q: You’ve been running DC for about five months. As a self-confessed relative […]

New game in town: Who will be new DCU Executive Editor?

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TweetThe interviews with DC’s new executive team are trickling out, and first in our inbox is a Vaneta Rogers chat with everyone except Caldon. A key takeaway: The DCU is looking for a new head. DiDio’s former position of executive editor has yet to be filled, although he said all editorial positions are currently being […]

Chains of command unfolding at DC; Bruning’s role downplayed

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Tweet With the new five-headed management team being unveiled at DC, a big question is who reports where? Meetings with the new management team are ongoing today at the DC offices — the announcement was made at a 9 am meeting with Diane Nelson — and we’ve gotten word of a few key changes. Vertigo […]

DC’s Diane Nelson statement

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TweetAlso on the Source blog, Diane Nelson makes a statement that in addition to extolling the men chosen for the new exec team, answers a lot of the questions we’ve all been pondering for the last few months — in fact, they seem directly aimed at them: In terms of possible alternate candidates for the […]

DC Entertainment’s new executive team speaks

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TweetVia the Source blog, statements from DC’s new executive team: Dan DiDio and Jim Lee: With our respective experiences and history with DC and our relationships with the world’s best writers and artists, our mission is to reinvent DC Comics to prepare it for the challenges and opportunities in this quickly changing world. With the […]

Barbara Marcus in the running for DC Publisher job?

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Tweet UPDATE: Well Nikki Finke says there is no truth to this. So that’s that. Like Bleeding Cool, we’ve been hearing the name of former Scholastic Publisher Barbara Marcus as a contender for the job of DC publisher. While the chatter we’ve heard is that it’s not a done deal, her name is, nonetheless, the […]

So what’s going on at DC Entertainment, anyway?

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TweetIf there’s one topic occupying the water coolers and drink-ups of the comics industry these days, it’s “Just what the heck is going on at DC ComicsEntertainment? Where is the new publisher?” After investigating and talking to our most trusted sources, we’ve been able to come up with a fairly definitive answer: NOBODY KNOWS. Or […]

So what’s up with Marvel and DC anyway?

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TweetOkay it’s a brand new year, and Marvel is now officially part of Disney, and DC is officially not officially doing anything yet. So what’s the word? Here’s the week in leaks and whispers: MARVEL: A Marvel insider tells us that a few retailers are definitely sending in covers of their Blackest Night tie-ins — […]

The Beat’s Annual Year-End Survey, 2010 edition — Part One

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TweetYet again we poll folks from EVERY region of the comics industry to see what’s on their minds for the past year and what they have in the works for 2010. We’ve been doing this for a few years and never has there been such consensus on the top stories of both the past and […]

Disney buys Marvel: Stockholders approve

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Tweet PR via Nikki Finke: Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL), a global character-based entertainment and licensing company founded in 1939, announced that at a special meeting held this morning, Marvel stockholders approved the adoption of the Agreement and Plan of Merger entered into by Marvel and The Walt Disney Company (“Disney”), which provides for a […]

The crossover we’re ALL waiting for: Epic Misney

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Tweet T Campbell and John Waltrip for the Disney-Marvel mishmash of your dreams. And posters ARE available. Get ‘em while you can!