Commentary: An Inevitable Surprise—Amazon buys ComiXology

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Tweet by Rob Salkowitz Is Amazon’s acquisition of comiXology the beginning of the end, or just the end of the beginning, of digital comics’ golden age? It didn’t take a genius to predict that something was going to happen with comiXology this year. The company had come too far, too fast. The iron was hot. […]

Heavy Metal magazine sold, to relaunch as bigger brand

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Tweet Heavy Metal Magazine has been sold for several million dollars to music industry vet David Boxembaum and producer Jeff Krelitz, Variety reports. The duo will relaunch the magazine as a digital quarterly and revive the brand as an umbrella for film,TV and music projects. Heavy Metal magazine started in the trippy seventies as a […]

Madefire raises $5.2 million in VC money

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Tweet Launched last year at San Diego Comic-Con, Madefire aims to be both a publishers and platform for developing next level motion comics/future comics/whatever you want to call them. And now, in traditional start-up fashion. they’ve just announced a $5.2 million round of funding, which was led by original funder True Ventures, with participation from […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Exit the Batwoman… Creators

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Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s episode, Heidi and the rest of the More to Come Crew – Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Batwoman, J. H. Williams III, W. Haden […]

Breaking news: Cartoonist gets paying job!!!!

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Tweet The unthinkable has happened. A cartoonist has been hired for a job that pays a living wage. Instead of heating up old shoe leather to serve with his peanut butter, he’ll be able to invest in a George Foreman grill and serve grilled chicken on his top ramen, just like the serving suggestion on […]

Valiant goes to Mexico with Kamite publishing deal

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Tweet Valiant has just announced it’s teaming with Mexican publisher Kamite to distribute a new line of Spanish-language versions of the Valiant line. Foreign publishing deals are a smart way to cut your creative costs down and develop new audiences. The Mexican comics industry is probably most familiar to American audiences via the lurid “photonovelas” […]

About Comics has warehouse sale

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TweetAbout Comics was a total baller before we ever knew what a micro-publisher was, with books by Charles Schulz, Gail Simone and more. According to publisher Nat Gertler, it’s a bit of an on again off again thing nowadays, but still has a good backlist. Gertler writes to say that due to his Canadian printer […]

Is DC launching a stealth price hike?

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Tweet While holding the line at $2.99 was a rallying cry for DC a few years ago, since then realities have been encroaching on comics pricing. DC’s stealth price hike is well under way and it’s much like when Marvel started hiking things to $3.99 several years back. New series are among those getting hiked, […]

Inside this week’s PW Comics World: the retailer survey and more

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Tweet I actually mentioned this in my previous post but wanted to give it its own item. A new issue of PW Comics World, the monthly newsletter co-edited by myself and Calvin Reid, came out yesterday and, if I do say so myself, it’s chock full of interesting reading. You can see the whole issue […]

Behind the news: Amazon’s comics debut and Marvel’s market research

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Tweet A lot of big comics announcements this week in advance of Comic-Con showbiz onslaught, and some of them have interesting reverberations. By far the biggest is Amazon’s entrance into the comics fold with Jet City Comics. As one of the “Big Five” utilities of the internet age (the others being Apple, Google, Facebook and […]

On the Scene: Indie Publisher Confronts Amazon Exec at Litquake’s digi.lit Conference

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Tweetby Bob Calhoun The mood was tense in the fourth floor conference room of the SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco on Saturday—especially for a panel with the dry title of “The Future of Publishing,” but this was far from your usually dry panel. At one end of a folding table sat Charlie Winton, CEO […]

Digital comics make up 15% of Image Comics sales, 27% of revenue

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Tweet Wired has more info on Image’s big digital news today including charts and graphics. Basically, Image publisher Eric Stephenson isn’t afraid of no pirates since, as we’ve seen digital has been additive, not killing print sales but sending them up industry-wide. “Over the last several years, we’ve learned the answer to the big question, […]

Boom! Studios acquires Archaia

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Tweet Well, well. While the general state of comics is pretty healthy these days, there had been one company whose well-being we continually heard whispers about, and that was Archaia: an ill-timed move to a bookstore distributor two years ago left them with massive returns and a lot of cash flow problems. None of these […]

Warner Bros. studio shakeup official: Robinov out, Kroll, Silverman, and Emmerich in

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Tweet (Above Jeff Robinov and his wife, Nicole.) Despite the importance of MAN OF STEEL in the futures of both Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, its greater than expected success ($400 mil and counting worldwide) wasn’t enough to salvage the job of studio head Jeff Robinov, who has been officially removed, to be replaced by […]

IDW’s Ted Adams confirms that comics are not dying

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TweetIDW president Ted Adams is always engaging and as candid as any comics CEO might be, so when ICv2 catches up with him for a state of the industry interview, it’s always good. And Adams confirms, the state of the industry is good. There are a lot of really good books out.  What I like […]

Licensing world round-up: Princesses are king but Avengers are for boys

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TweetAs we mentioned in the previous post, the Licensing Show’s wrapping up today and there are always some lists and announcements and other observations that are very germane to where our world is going. It all starts with the product which leads to advertising which leads to media and here’s what we want. Some stats […]