Marvel no longer selling single issues in chain bookstores

oldcomicsinremys.jpg

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

201312170406.jpg

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

377363_10152797096095232_1646793542_n.jpg

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

DC-ENT_FCBD14_New-52_Five-Yrs-Later.jpg

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

showsaleschartsp389fhfe9f8.jpg

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

diamondfl49fh.jpg

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?

pvsogn.jpg

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

unnamed.jpg

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

NEWAVN2013016-DC11-b0f12.jpg

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!

Secret Origins 40

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!!

bf1

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.

Great moments in comics marketing 2013

tpeye_02_big.jpg

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

Fearless_Defenders.jpg

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 to […]

Take the Devastator’s anonymous convention economy survey

201311131257.jpg

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 are. […]

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

walking dead media

by 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?

comixology-demographics.jpg

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.