Coming Attractions: April 2011

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Wow! Lots of great books coming out this month!

Sneak peek: Jughead moves in with Archie and chaos ensues

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Archie Comics has been making tons of news of late, in case you haven’t noticed. In addition to all the digital initiatives they’ve recently announced, they’re also repurposing the famed Archie Marries storyline by making all the original issues available as digital comics.

Jill Thompson's Jughead and Betty

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Hm, is the multi-talented Thompson working on something Archie Style? After tweeting this art, she tweeted the following:

The Book Report: Bargain Bin: DVD-ROMs

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A minor market segment, these box sets offer what most fans are clamoring for: ownership of the actual file instead of an app, affordable comics (even at $50, the per-comic cost is usually below twenty-five cents), and extras which turns these collections into electronic omnibuses.

However, due to sticker shock, and the experience of reading these comics on a horizontal screen, many fans have been reluctant to purchase these collections. Which means that now, as the digital marketplace transitions to apps and browser-based readers, these older CD- and DVD-ROM collections are being sold at clearance prices.

So, dear readers, in these challenging economic times, we offer you this bargain bin listing of select titles found on Amazon.com. We make no money from directing you to these forgotten gems, and, as with anything on the web, caveat lector et emptor.

Archie drops the Comics Code…Wertham dead forever

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After yesterday’s news that DC Comics was dropping the Comics Code, leaving Archie the last surviving member of the Comics Code Authority…comes word that Archie has also dropped the Code, starting with books on sale in February. The move will have no effect on content: But Pellerito said Archie’s decision has nothing to do with […]

Publishing news: Archie's first OGN to take advantage of deal with Random House

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Archie is going to publish its first OGN — and its in the foolproof “Archie Babies” format. Mike Kunkel (Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam) writes and Art Mawhinney does the art. The project was previously announced as a regular comics series but the new format allows them take advantage of Archie’s new distribution deal with Random House, says co-CEO Jon Goldwater:

Archie goes day and date with digital comics

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Long-running comics publisher Archie is taking the plunge to become the first comics publisher to put its entire line for sale in print and digital at the same time, it’s been announced on their blog. DC announced day and date with BATMAN BEYOND last week, but this is the first time a publisher has made the whole line available. The policy goes into effect on April 1, and will include KEVIN KELLER #1, starring the popular gay character.

People on the move: Alex Segura Jr.

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A good publicist makes a lot of friends, but it’s safe to say that few comics publicists have as many friends as Alex Segura Jr. Last week Segura announced he was leaving DC Comics after four years as Publicity Manager, during which time he oversaw getting the word out about some crises, final and otherwise, and even some blackest nights. On Monday he announced his new position as Executive Director of Publicity and Marketing at Archie Comics, another comics institution which is going through many transitions following the deaths of its long time executive team, and new leadership under co-CEO Jon Goldwater. It seemed like a good time to ask Segura to look back and forward — when we first met him, we were just starting a daily comics news site and he was a comics-loving copy editor for the Miami Herald. So much has changed with comics, marketing and Archie in that time, and Segura has been at ground zero for much of it, so who better to give us some insights on where things are going:

Segura moves to Archie

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On Friday, Alex Segura announced he was leaving DC Comics as Publicity Manager, and strongly hinted he’d be staying in comics. Today, it’s been announced that he’ll be joining Archie Comics as Executive Director of Publicity and Marketing. Segura previously freelanced as a Publicity Coordinator for Archie prior to working at Wizard and DC. Archie has recently revitalized their publishing program under the leadership of co-CEO Jon Goldwater, with news grabbing events such as showing Archie’s marriage, and adding an openly gay character to Riverdale’s cast of characters. They’ve also updated their product list with such things as an Archie Magazine and digital comics.

Coming Attractions: December 2010

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Well here we are, the final month of the year. Most publishers have already launched their big titles last month, so that titles would be on shelves for the pillaging hordes of Black Friday.  This month is a bit quiet, but still has some interesting titles.  Although most Publishers tend to roll up the carpets […]

Coming Attractions: Holidays 2010

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Were you a good boy or girl this year? Did you avoid Internet snark, practice goodwill towards your fellow human being, and cross with the light? Yeah, neither did I. So, as Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach, I offer the following list of graphic novel gift books, designed to help you assuage your guilt, […]

Coming Attractions: November 2010

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By Torsten Adair The following is a selection of new comics titles due to be published in November 2010. This list is not comprehensive, as there are over 350 books scheduled. Instead, I have selected titles which caught my interest.  If you would like to browse forthcoming graphic novels and related books at your leisure, […]

31 Days of Halloween: Betty and Veronica

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This is a digital comics exclusive from Archie. Download via Archie’s comics app.

MYCC 10: Archie Comics #2309

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Dozen of creators and many Kids’ DAy activities highlight Archie’s extensive schedule for NYCC 10. Archie Comics is at New York Comic Con 2010, bigger and better than ever! Archie Comics is celebrating its biggest presence at New York Comic Con with non-stop signings and by teaming up with the organizers of Kids’ Comics Con […]

Coming Attractions: October 2010

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By Torsten Adair
The following is a selection of new comics titles due to be published in October 2010. This list is not comprehensive, as there are over 275 books scheduled. These are just the titles which caught my eye. If you would like to browse forthcoming comic strip books at your leisure, click here. Instead, I have selected titles which caught my interest. These are not necessarily titles I will purchase, but which I will definitely look at once they arrive at my local comics shop or bookstore.

Jillian Tamaki’s Archie

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The artist of “Skim” doodles Riverdale-style.: