WB/Target release horrible products with different art styles for each gender

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Sue at DC Women Kicking Ass has a post on the fruits of that WB/Target licensing deal that was announced last year, with emphasis on the Wonder Woman aspects of it. Some of it is typical Target fare you’d find in the $4 aisle—a Wonder Woman water bottle filled with candy because health: But then […]

Casual comics readers vs. superheroes

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Children’s book illustrator and sometime cartooner Jed Alexander read my piece on top selling graphic novels the other day, and spun it off into his own piece entitled The Future of Comics: A Casual Readership. While I agree with the basic premise, I think Alexander went a bit far in condemning superhero comics as purely […]

Shocking claim: Booth Babes Don’t Work

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[Photo via Hasbro] Does sex really sell? We all know it does, but marketing dude Spencer Chen has a post at Techcrunch that suggests Booth Babes Don’t Work. Booth Babes, as we all know, are very pretty, often revealingly clad models, almost always female, who are hired to lure people to trade show displays. The […]

The Comic King of Guatemala

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Guatemala just got its first comics shop.

And filmmaker George Clipp made a short film about it.

Marvel’s David Gabriel: we haven’t sold comics in bookstores for months and no one noticed

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Remember what I was just saying about how if Marvel made any money selling periodicals in bookstores, they would never have stopped the program? David Gabriel, sr vp of sales at Marvel spoke to Calvin Reid at PW, and gives the entire overview: Gabriel confirmed that Marvel’s single-issue comics program to bookstores has been ended. […]

Marvel no longer selling single issues in chain bookstores

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Marvel is no longer selling periodical comics to Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million, the two largest chain book stores. Good-Ereader confirmed this with employes at both stores. Barnes and Noble has a flagship store in Union Square, in New York City. This is the location where they tend to have unveiling events for the Nook […]

Editorial: Original Graphic Novels Are Good Business

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by Gina Gagliano [Last week we ran a piece asking for comic shop retailers to weigh in on the relative merits of periodical comics vs original graphic novels. Although the serial nature and rolling monetization model of periodicals was praised, we still live in a world where there are a lot of doe-in-one graphic novels. […]

Retailer Brian Hibbs acquires second comic shop, Comic Outpost

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Veteran Bay Area retailer Brian Hibbs, of Comix Experience, Savage Critics, and Tilting at Windmills fame just announced something pretty momentous: he’s acquired a second store by purchasing the assets of Comic Outpost, Hibbs will take over running the sore on Monday December 16th. ON a FB ppst he added, “I have nothing but good things to say about owner Gary Buechler, and I think that store is a great testament to his love and passion for comics! I’m going to work hard to match that passion.”

Cover Parade: Diamond Gold Sponsor Books for 2014 Free Comic Book Day

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It’s a rite of Spring. Every May people race to the comics shop for the annual comic book holiday—Free Comics Book Day. In 2014, the free comcis are set loose on Saturday, May 3rd, and Diamond has just released information on the Gold Level Sponsor books, including the debut of DC’s Futures Past, and a […]

Must read: Convention Exhibitor Mega Survey shows what comics shows were most profitable for exhibitors

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WOW. This is truly groundbreaking information. Mirthful culture Magazine The Devastator recently ran a poll asking exhibitors at various comics shows—from San Diego to SPX—how much money they made, where they exhibited and many other things. The results have been put into a fascinating infographic which we’ve only excerpted below. Go to the link to see ALL the info, including which shows made the most money, which are in decline and so on.

Diamond is going to Vegas for its next retailer summit

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After several years paired with the C2E2 show in Chicago, Damond is going to Vegas, baby, for its 2014 REtailers Summit. The event will be held May 17-19, 2014. “We’re excited to bring the Summit back to Las Vegas,” said Maryanne Marlowe, Diamond’s Trade Show and Events Manager. “We had a great run in Chicago […]

Retailer roundtable: Are graphic novels a “sh*tty* business model?

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A few weeks ago, retailer and CBR columnist Brian Hibbs commented on the Fantagraphics Kickstarter campaign, but along the way gave a few sharp-toed kicks to the ribs of graphic novels in general. Hibbs has never been a huge supporter of the economic model of the OGN, but this was his strongest salvo yet: Original […]

Marvel offers free digital All New Marvel NOW! sampler

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Marvel is really getting behind this all new Marvel NOW! business—you can download the preview issue free from the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Comics webstore.                                             The issue features a few samples of Avengers World #1 by Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer and Stefano Caselli All-New Invaders #1 by James Robinson and Steve Pugh […]

Hickman and Brevoort disagree over nature of “jumping on” point

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In an interview at CBR, star scripter Jonathan Hickman and executive editor Tom Brevoort argued a bit over whether Avengers #24.NOW was really a good “jumping on point’ for new readers, as the “.NOW” issues have been billed: Jonathan Hickman: It’sa terrible jumping on point. I don’t think I’ve written an issue 20something of anything […]

Grand Comics Tour: 2013: Visiting Omaha’s Comics Shops on Black Friday!

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Once again, my nephew and I set out on Black Friday, in a quest to visit as many comics shops and related geeky retailers in the Greater Omaha Metro Area. (Here is the 2012 travelogue.)

Black Friday Comics: Sales! Sales! Sales!!

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Today is Black Friday, when America celebrates their foundations through the buying of heavily discounted goods. The Beat, being a comics blog, strongly endorses the existence of sales and things being affordable, and in the spirit of that: here’s a list of the various comic book sales being held today.