Tomorrow: Publishers Weekly Webcast on how Comics are Finding New Audiences

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Want to find more about how graphic novel publishers are approaching the massive changes in comics readership and marketing now underway?

Then fire up your computer tomorrow at 1 pm EST for a webcast with these industry experts.

Kaboom Test Labs: The case of the dissappearing comics shop

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We’ve been talking about how the comics industry is doing well, and people seem to be making good on their business plans. But there are still cautionary tales. One such tale is Kaboom Test Labs, a two store cain located in Albuquerque, NM that abruptly closed shop this weekend. The main site has only a note that the owners were leaving New Mexico; a Facebook page where disappointed customers wondered what happened has been removed.

Must read: David Harper analyzes the changing state of the industry

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Out with the old, in with the new? As we’ve been reporting, October comics sales were pretty damn massive. It’s the culmination of a year that started a little rocky but has blossomed as new trends blew into town behind a strong trade wind. Multiversity’s David Harper has the much needed big think piece on what’s happening complete with CHARTS. First he points out that The Big Two are still the big two:

The Valkyries: secret warrior women of comics shops

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There was a time not too long ago when you could fit all the “women in comics” at a big table in a coffee shop. Now there re more than 300 women who just work in comics shops. That’s the membership of The Valkyries, a private organization for female comics retail employees. and it turns out the group has been instrumental in promoting a coupld of books that have had great success this year, namely Saga and Lumberjanes. Janelle Asselin interviews group founder Kate Leth for all the details:

NYCC’14: Retailer Exclusive: Meet Marvel! Marvel Teases Upcoming Events!

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A diverse group of retailers await entry into the exclusive event! Friday morning, Marvel hosted an exclusive event for retailers, announcing and teasing a variety of titles and projects. On the panel: Dan Buckley David Gabriel Alel Alonso Tom Brevoort Micke Marts C. B. Cebulski Nick Lowe Mark Paniccia Sana Amanat Janine Schafer After all […]

Lightning doesn’t strike twice with Future’s End

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September is Big Event month at DC Comics, and they crushed it this September as they usually do with their super lenticular covered Future’s End event which saw stand-alone stories set five years in the future of the DCU. These “random future” events usually disappoint me as I expect to see the Flash living with is brother in law and their two kids, and Poison Ivy running a plant shop, but then, that’s me. Anyway, Multiversity talked to a bunch of retailers about how the event did compared to last year’s Villain’s month which was allocated and ignited a frenzy as they say. Most retailers I’ve talked to say it was okay but not great and the Multiversity survey yielded similar thoughts. It is a sad time when a Batman butt selfie only does okay but these are the times we live in.

Sales of print books decrease by age group

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Well, this will come as little to no surprise to anyone but….the group of people who buy the most print books are the oldest and the fewest, the youngest according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. In 2013, consumers spent an average of $29.20 on books not purchased through book clubs. Among different age groups, […]

Jimmy Palmiotti on Kickstarting Sex and Violence II and why women are reading Harley Quinn

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Everyone should “Listen to JImmy” Palmiotti that is. The veteran writer, artist editor and publisher is one of the most knowledgeable comics people out there. With his collaborators from Paperfilms, Justin Gray and Amanda Conner, he’s made a small publishing enterprise out of kickstarting a series of graphic novels based on the European album format. The seventh, Sex and Violence Vol. II is ending in a few days and we advise you to get in on the Amanda Conner/Dave Johnson action as soon as possible — the books will not be sold in any other way. We talked to Palmiotti a few months ago when he was Kickstarting the SF tale Denver and got his overall thoughts on using Kickstarter as a platform. This time out we talk about the storytelling process,finding artists and also find out how Harley Quinn, which he co-writes with Amanda Conner, has become one of DC’s bestselling titles, with a huge female fan base.

Watch Comics by the Numbers with Brett Schenker and The Beat

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This year at Baltimore Brett Schenker and I presented a panel called Comics by the Numbers Panel. Schenker is a political analyst and the author of perhaps the most cited post ever on The Beat, the much loved not at all controversial post Market Research Says 46.67% of Comic Fans are Female. The pane; was taped and you can watch (or probably better, listen) above. Depsite it being the first panel on Saturday there was a healthy audience of about 30-40 people, and the questions were really smart and engaged, which is the best you can ask on a panel.

Comics shop owner claims mention of rape room was met with a stern frown; female employee still fired

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Comics got a brand new he-said/she-said with the story of Jennifer Williams, who was employed by Harrison’s Comics in Salem, MA for all of four days before being fired. According to Harrison’s it was for performance issues. According to Williams, it’s because she complained about a remote storage area being called “the rape room” and […]

Is today one of the greatest days in comics history?

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Just looking over various “Week in review” posts at various sites it strikes me that today is an amazing day in comics history, with new releases by Jules Feiffer, Farel Dalrymple, Carla Speed McNeil, Lucy Knisley, Ulises Farinas, Sean Phillips , Renee French, Eichiro Oda and many more…a mind boggling mix of the world’s greatest cartoonists and […]

The Retailer’s View: Greed, Avarice, Power, and Responsibility

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The first superhero comic I paid for with my own money was Sensational Spider-Man #0. It arrived at the pharmacy my mom worked at one cold December before school had let out for winter break. In those days, I would walk to my parent’s work after school and sit in the back reading comics until […]

Lessons from 25 years of selling comics

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Since I was just picking a fight with Brian Hibbs, now I’ll quote him extensively. His latest Tilting at Windmills is an anniversary post, looking the original Diamond catalog from when he started in 1989! We’ve lost some soldiers along the way, but the Diamond catalog is now a bloated thing,

Sales Chart: Graphic Novel sales and Guardians of the Galaxy

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In yesterday’s comments on the Mike Dawson Mid-career assessment, retailer Brian Hibbs stepped in with some comments, including this one

The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 4: Geof Darrow and Kinokuniya

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Live from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In part four of More To Come’s San Diego Comic-Con special podcast, Calvin Reid interviews comic artist and writer Geof Darrow about creating Shaolin Cowboy […]

The Retailer’s View // The Death of Archie and Selling Comics

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by Brandon Schatz On Monday, the pop culture bereft owner of my shop phoned had asked if I had ordered enough of the “death of Archie thing” that was happening. As with all comics, the news of this event had been announced well in advance. As always, calls came pouring in over the telephone lines. […]