DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: October 2014 – The Sweet Smell of Success

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Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

After last month’s Futures End 3D cover extravataganza, things return to normal in October. DC continued their freely-orderable variant cover program, with the theme this month being Monster covers. The comics with variant covers are still selling higher than they would have without them, but at this point the month-to-month effects are largely subsumed by regular considerations such as creative team changes, crossovers, and standard attrition.

October saw the debuts of several DCU titles, to varying effectiveness. Deathstroke by Tony Daniel and several Batman-related titles did relatively well, while a couple of supernatural-theme books (Trinity of Sin and Klarion) did less so. October was also the debut of the highly-touted revamped Batgirl, which saw the comic jump up to a top-twenty title.

DC’s third weekly title, Earth 2: World’s End, debuted in October. Here are the first month sales of all three weekly series (plus the most recent issue for BE & FE):

10 more Convergence titles with Wolfman on Titans, Wein on Swamp Thing, etc.

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The combination fan wish fulfillment and classic writer comeback that is Convergence—DC’s two month fill in event slated for next March and April while the company moves—have been announced, via The Nerdist and IGN. Once again it’s old home week with Marv Wolfman writing the Teen titans, Len Wein writing Swamp Thing, and artists including Tim Truman back at DC for one last go round.

This was originally going to be an event that featured a lot of younger creators, and there is one—EGOs artist Gus Storms is drawing the Legion.

Michelle Maclaren to direct ‘Wonder Woman’

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  Great Hera! Variety has reported that Michelle Maclaren will direct Warner Bros’ “Wonder Woman” standalone motion picture. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the film aside from the fact that Gal Gadot will star as Princess Diana of Themyscira, and Charles Roven is a producer. Maclaren is known for her work on AMC’s […]

And one more: Warren Ellis’ Global Frequency in development once again

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And here’s another second look at a comics property that already had a time at the dance—Global Frequency, already the subject of a failed project way back in the prehistory of 2005, is getting another look as a TV show, with Jerry Bruckheimer once again leading the way.

Which job at West Coast DC are YOU going to apply for?

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There are now a ton of job listings up at the WB job board for DC’s new West Coast set-up. Among them publicity and strategy and planning and print and even editorial. We looked at this a few weeks ago, and now even more content and managing jobs are posted, including a Director, Business Strategy and Planning to […]

10 more Convergence mini series revealed

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Via Hitfix  and Blastr 10 more of the Convergence 2-issue mini series have been released.  Once again it’s an all-star panel of writers and artists many not seen at DC in forever—Larry Hama! Louise Simonson!—, and some old characters like purple suit Catwoman, plus-size Amanda Waller, peekaboo panties Supergirl and the old Superboy. As you may recall, 40 of […]

February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

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February’s variant cover theme fro DC Comics will be HArley Quinn, and that should come as zero surprise. It worked for Marvel with Deadpool, a similarly anarchic fourth-wall busting character. In fact if Marvel and DC were to do a crossover, I think Deadpool vs Harley would be the Batman vs Spider-man of the day.

In addition, Harley’s new, Suicide-Girls-inspired look has definitely caught on, supplanting the sturdily iconic Bruce Timm designed onesie. I don’t know who did the deredisgn for the New 52, but I think it may have been the most successful of the bunch.

DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

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DC-s announcements for products shipping in FEbruary are out today and here’s the WHOLE thing! what will you try What will make you cry?   THE MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN #1 Written by GRANT MORRISON Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS 1:10 B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE 1:25 Variant cover by AARON KUDER […]

Jim Lee Joins Grant Morrison on The Multiversity: Mastermen

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Grant Morrison’s Multiversity mini-series has proven to be an unexpectedly fun rfrolic thruogh the various realities of DC’s multiverses. Well, perhaps unexpected is not the world, since Morrison actually excels at this kind of thing and he’s does it before —Seven Soldiers—and probably will do it again. Actually, since this has been in the works […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: The Year in Comics on TV

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Recorded at Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast, the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Publishers Weekly’s Best Graphic Novels of […]

Michelle MacLaren may direct Wonder Woman

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Word on the street of late has been that a female director had been approached to direct the 2017 Gal Gadot Wonder Woman movie. Who could it be? Lena Dunham? Miranda July? Well now a name has emerged and it’s Michelle McLaren. If you’re a fastidious credit watcher you’ve seen McLaren’s name in the credits of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. With a resume like that how could she NOT direct a superhero movie? IN particular, she directed some of the most brutal and riveting Breaking Bad episodes, showing she knows her way around a meth lab at least.

DC announces the first 10 Convergence minis

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CBR and io9 get the reveal on the first 10 miniseries. As explaiend by CBR, we’ll see now retconned to oblivion characters like “Stephanie Brown as Batgirl, Cassandra Cain, Donna Troy, Wally West (married to Linda Park with kids), Jesse Quick, Barbara Gordon as Oracle, Dick Grayson as Nightwing and Renee Montoya as The Question. […]

And DC unveils…The Convergence Logo!

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Meanwhile, DC fought back with it’s OWN multi-reality spanning war that will feature all of its realities battling in a Brainiac-created wasteland. Convergence, by Jeff King, Carlo Pagulayan, Stephen Segovia and Ethan Van Sciver debuts in April. On Monday, we debuted a beautiful illustration of Convergence’s villain, Telos, drawn by Carlo Pagulayan and Jose Marzan, […]

More DC Job postings, more structural changes

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More and more job openings at DC Entertainment are being listed at the WB web site, and where once a Joe Orlando just barked at people that Superman’s tights were blue, now it takes a village of VPs to keep the content properly strategized. Take this job, VP, Content Strategy, who works with
the Co-Publishers (Lee and DiDio), the SVP, Editorial Strategy & Administration (a person not publicly announced, I believe), Franchise Management, Business Development, and Sales. He or she will be a busy bee indeed.

The Multiverse is back in DC’s moving event: Convergence

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Acknowledging that moving cross country and restaffing an editorial department might be distracting for its staff, DC officially announced it’s two month fill-in event today, CONVERGENCE. The event will replace the New 52 line-up for two months, April and May of 2015, with a framing 9-issue mini-series, starting with a zero issue, and spinning into 40 two part mini series. Promo art by Carlos Paguayan and Jose Marzan Jr.

The event has been rumored for quite a while, and I’m told it was hatched back in the spring as a way to ease the transition as DC personnel make the move from NYC to Burbank in April 2015. The event was originally run by Tom DeFalco but he moved on and was replaced by ex-Marvel/Teshkeel editor Marie Javins, who worked closely with Dan Didio on the event.

The event was announced this morning in USA Today. The whole event is being overseen by TV’s Jeff King, (White Collar, Continuum, Stargate SG-1) with Carlo Pagulayan and Stephen Segovia on art on the framing mini, and Dan Jurgens and Scott Lobdell helping oversee things. The 40 two-issues minis will feature a wide variety of writers and artists.

31 days of Halloween: Constantine debuts tonight and here’s your guide

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Yes, tonight is the night—the third of DC’s fall TV shows debuts on NBC at 10 pm EDT, Constantine starring Matt Ryan as the man, Harold Perrineau as Manny the angel, Charles Halford as best bud Chas, and in the pilot, Lucy Griffiths as the companion, Liv. This role is changed in future episodes to […]