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

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TweetIt’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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Tweet 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 […]

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

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Tweet 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: […]

Marvel offers free digital All New Marvel NOW! sampler

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Tweet 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 […]

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

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Tweet 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 […]

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

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TweetOnce 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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TweetToday 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.

Great moments in comics marketing 2013

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The other day I was prepping for a talk on marketing at an NYU publishing class, and reached out to the Twitosphere to ask what were “the notable comics marketing success stories over the last year” and the Twitosphere responded with a bunch of smart and savvy suggestions:

Facebook Demographics: Female Characters Beget Female Fans

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Tweet Much has been made over this past week over Marvel‘s announcement about a new Ms. Marvel. The usual nutwings took to the internet to condemn Marvel’s plan to diversify its line of characters and present varied and new comics that might lead to new readers, or possibly more diversified readership. Hopefully, Marvel realizes that […]

Take the Devastator’s anonymous convention economy survey

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Tweet With the circuit for both cons—traditional comic-cons—and CAFs—more indie styled comic arts festivals like TCAF and CAB—proliferating and becoming an increasingly important part of the comics economy, indie humor magazine The Devastator has taken it upon itself to attempt to create an infographic on how big a part of the economy these shows really […]

Facebook Demographics: The Walking Dead, Not All Media Are Created Equal

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Tweetby Brett Schenker The Walking Dead is a cultural phenomenon. The property regularly breaks records, whether it’s television ratings, print runs and sell-outs in comics, or winning accolades and awards when it comes to video games. There have been very few series that tap into the cultural zeitgeist and become regular water cooler conversation. With […]

Facebook Demographics: What do digital comic readers look like?

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During New York Comic Con, comiXology released an infographic with some of the funnier details from their recent user survey. While the exact numbers and results weren’t released, some nuggets slipped out about who exactly their digital comic customer is.

How many comics shops are there? Diamond had 2,638 accounts in September 2013

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TweetHow many comic shops are there in the US? In the late ’80s/early ’90s, numbers like 8,000 were thrown around, but the great Distribution Wars of the ’90s took that down to what many reported to be south of 2000. Since then, the numbers have slowly built up, and on Thurdasy morning, Diamond announced that […]

Facebook Demographics: How many women read graphic novels?

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Tweet And speaking of reaching new audiences, Brett Schenker has been continuing his studies into Facebook’s comics demographics, and has some very interesting info. He’s just released his general demographic study for October and the results are a surprise: since last month 800,000 more people have expressed interest in one of the comics search terms […]

Dark Horse moves to Random House for book distribution

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TweetHere’s a pretty huge story that kind of slipped below the radar yesterday: Dark Horse Book has shifted from Diamond to Random House for its bookstore distribution. Diamond will, of course, continue to distribute Dark Horse periodicals. That leaves Image and IDW the biggest bookstore accounts at Diamond—along with many smaller ones, including Archaia, Top […]