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. […]

The secret of comics history that people on the internet don’t want you to know!

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I was asked not too long ago what was something I was proud of writing on The Beat, and it’s actually something I didn’t write. This post by political communications specialist Brett Schenker entitled Market Research Says 46.67% of Comic Fans are Female from February, was pretty groundbreaking. Why am I mentioning a six month old post? Well, people continue to quote it when they look for demographic information on comics readership, and it represents a solid benchmark in an area where there is shockingly little research. Schenker’s research via Facebook, which he’s graciously presented here, has been quoted in numerous articles and yesterday it was referenced in this Time.Com piece on the new female Thor. I tweeted it again and it got a whole new set of reactions on twitter from people who hadn’t seen it the first time.

SDCC 2014: This year’s “Has Hollywood Left Comic-Con” think piece

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Every year someone wonders before the big show if Hollywood is giving up on Comic-Con, based on a perceived paucity of panels or whatever, and then Steven Spielberg comes out on stage and kisses Benedict Cumberbatch and everyone forgets about this ideas for another 340 days.

Barnes & Noble announces a month of Get Pop Cultured events with Batman, Marvel and more

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It hasn’t been the best couple of years for the last surviving book super-chain Barnes & Noble, but they are still in it to win it, and to tap into the big month of nerd-esque excitement surrounding San Diego, they’ve just announced “Get Pop Cultured” a month of events celebrating popular books, comics TV shows and movies. Events include Frozen sing-a-long, Matman Day, Marvel Day, and Comic Convention Collectibles weekend.

The Retailer’s View: Antagonistic

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by Brandon Schatz There was a piece hovering around the comics internet this weekend about the industry’s supposed need of more shit-talkers. It was an interesting and well-intentioned conversation, but the premise was flawed from the start. The industry doesn’t need destructive forces. It currently has its fill of that. What the industry needs is […]

The Retailer’s View: Event Comics and Ordering Abuse

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by Brandon Schatz — When you spend your days breaking open comic solicitations and marketing for a living, you begin to pick out patterns. A new batch of solicitations hit the internet, and suddenly your world starts to Beautiful Mind itself with floating words and numbers that glow as you drink the information. When I’m […]

The Retailer’s View: On Rocket Raccoon Orders Topping 300,000

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by Brandon Schatz When Marvel first announced the Rocket Raccoon book, I was fairly excited. Pairing the character with Skottie Young just as interest would crest for the movie seemed like a no-brainer, one that I could use to sell a few copies to interested parties. I was expecting healthy sales, but nothing that would […]

INTERVIEW: Dylan Todd on Designing Monkeybrain, Creating Covers, and Art Direction in Comics

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Comics design is something everybody appreciates whenever they walk into a store – in many cases, it’s one of the central reasons why they try a comic series they’ve never seen before. And yet it’s something which doesn’t get discussed as much as it perhaps should do, considering the importance of a good logo or […]

The Retailer’s View: On Art, Business, and Brian Wood

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by Brandon Schatz A few weeks ago, Marvel’s August solicitations revealed some alarming news: Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey would be leaving Moon Knight after a short run of six issues. For those who have followed Ellis over the past few years, this does not come as a big surprise. Ellis has been keeping his […]

Fat Jack’s Comicrypt celebrates its 38th Anniversary tomorrow with wrestlers Daniels and Kazarian

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I’m not exactly certain how many US comics shops can celebrate a 38th anniversary, but it isn’t a whole lot. Fat Jack’s Comicrypt is not only Philadelphia’s first comics shop, it’s an institution in its own right. But you never stop learning and growing and they are throwing their first ever anniversary party—so what if […]

The Retailer’s View: On Those Fantastic Four Rumours

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By Brandon Schatz Normally I abhor rumours, especially when I know my Wednesday will be nothing but addressing half-truths and lies that some over-glorified click bait magnate has inflated to preposterous extremes – but, lies will fly around the world in the time that it takes for the truth to get its pants on, so […]

Legendary Comics teams with Penguin Random House for three more titles

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Legendary Comics, the comics division of Legendary Entertainment, the movie studio owned by comics-loving Thomas Tull, has had an up and down history since it’s launch. Several of its books—Holy Terror, Godzilla, Pacific Rim—have been bestsellers, but other books have been long delayed. But things are moving forward with new books and new business.They’ve just […]

The Retailer’s View: Bob Wayne, an appreciation

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by Brandon Schatz As the whispers from last week’s Diamond Retailer Summit turned into audible noise, it quickly became apparent that the rumours were true: after 28 years with the company, Bob Wayne would be retiring from DC Comics when the company moves across country early next year. By all accounts, Wayne was and continues […]