Big Dog Ink to become an imprint of Aspen Comics

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Every once in a while I mention the “small companies banding together to survive in a hostile environment” strategy, and here’s a perfect example. Aspen Comics, the long running company founded by the late Michael Turner, has acquired Big Dog Ink as an imprint. Both Aspen and Big Dog publish primarily periodicals, and that really is a tough business plan these days unless you have well known IP, and even then it is no cakewalk.

ICv2 Conference announces speakers for “The New Comics Customer”

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Things are changing rapidly in comics retailing, and as we mentioned previously, this year’s ICv2 conference which will be held the day before New York Comic Con kicks off, will examine the “New Comics Customer”:on multiple fronts. (Disclaimer: The Beat is a co-sponser of the event.) The programming and and initial list of  speakers has been announced, […]

Tim Beyers launches pop culture site The Full Bleed

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We here at The Beat have long been a fan of Tim Beyer’s analysis of comics and comics-based entertainment trends at The Motley Fool and he’s just launched his own site to expand on that called The Full Bleed:

ICv2 announces The New Comics Customer conference at NYCC

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ICv2 will once again hold a conference the day before New York Comic-Con officially kicks off, on Wednesday, October 8th. This year’s conference has a timely theme: “The New Comics Customer” — given all the quickly changing demographic info we’ve been seeing in the last 12 months, this should be a lively one. (Disclosure: The […]

Report: Hobby games industry hits $700 million

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ICv2 has a new report on the size of a market, this time the hobby game market—games like Magic, Warhammer,various card capture games, D&D and so on which he estimates as being a $700 million industry — not far below the comics industry size of $870 million. : Here’s the pr: Pop culture experts ICv2 […]

Wizard World announces revenue growth in Q2 on increased show slate

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Wizard World just released its Q2 SEC filings, reporting income up sharply on an increased slate of shows. You’ll recall that Wizard World is a public company having gone “penny stock” a few years ago. The PR cites “higher quality events, including better organization, more programming, and an exciting list of celebrities and artists to […]

The bigger picture: Some big mergers fail, but the craze isn’t over

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Is consolidation still cool? A number of big deals have collapsed in recent days, whether it’s just the dog days of summer or something else in the air. Most notably, Rupert Murdoch suddenly cooled on acquiring Time Warner, when it turned out Warners head Jeff Bewkes—and more importantly, Fox stockholder—weren’t so eager to canoodle. The […]

SDCC ’14: Defending the “Superfan” to the NY Times

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As just reported, the NY Times delivered a pretty strong diss to the economics of Comic-Con, and I’m sure con vets and observers will be responding very soon, as Marvel’s CB Cebulski already did: @Comixace They fail to mention that the line at Subway on Thurs was that long because of a Community promotion where […]

SDCC ’14: Report, Comic-Con attendees are cheapskates again

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Veteran NY Times entertainment business writers Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes have perhaps put the final curse on a year in which SDCC got a little bit smaller, by reviving claims that con-goers are low rent consumers unworthy of high end sponsorships:

Rupert Murdoch wants to team up the Simpsons and Bat-Mite, and here’s why that’s bad

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I heard about the Rupert Murdoch putting in a bid for Tim Warner a little while ago and thought it was too astounding to be true, but it is. Why would Mr Burns like to own even more of the known media world? Isn’t ruining the Fantastic Four for comic enough for him? David Carr […]

Report: Digital comics sales at $90 million in 2013

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Milton Griepp has run his annual analysis of digital comics sales and the numbers are up again. He reports that digital was at $90 million in 2013, up $20 million from 2012. Although the percentage growth isn’t as big as in past years (Last year saw a $45 mil 180% jump from 2012) it’s still […]

DC’s New Royalty Program – Let’s Do The Math On Single Issue Sales

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You probably heard that DC has revamped their royalties program, adding colorists to the payout mix and lumping digital in with print.  We should talk about what’s going on with the single issue sales and royalties.  Here’s the gist of it as DC put it in their media release: We’ve also standardized sales thresholds for […]

DC resets royalty system; colorists and digital now eligible

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I’ve been hearing a lot of conspiracy theories of late about DC, and some of them involve their participation/royalties system. In addition for quite a while, people have been complaining about the fact that colorists aren’t eligible for royalties—and neither are digital-first comics.

But that is changing. I understand a letter has just gone out to DC creative folks announcing a complete overhaul of the DC royalty system. For the first time colorists will be eligible for royalties and will get cover credit. And digital first will also be eligible for royalties. Little things like direct deposit and electronic vouchering will also be available.

CrowdWatch: The Economics of Digital Comics by Todd Allen

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Frequent Beat contributor Todd Allen has just launched a Kickstarter for a new edition of his book The Economics of Digital Comics —the goal is quite modest—$500, and it’s already more than halfway there. This book is an update of his previous The Economics of Web Comics which was last updated in 2007. As you […]

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

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by 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 […]

Graphicly leaves behind a big old mess

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As reported by Steve Morris, the shutdown of Graphicly, the once competitive digital comics service, has left a lot of unpaid creators, and confusion over its relationship with POD/self-publishing platform Blurb, which hired six former Graphicly employees including founder Micah Baldwin. While it’s clear that Graphicly shut down, whether it actually filed bankruptcy claims isn’t as clear. While poking around with legal filings, I did find an older wrongful termination case by former vp of sales Michael Croy. While disgruntled employee rules apply, it does add to a picture of financial woes that were going on as far back as a couple of years ago. I’d appended both Croy’s complaint and Graphicly’s response.