This year’s DC Collectibles Preview

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By: Nick Eskey DC Collectibles had a fine showing today of toys, figurines, and statues for the upcoming year. Each one meets the fine level of detail that is synonymous with the DC brand. With the variety of collectible shown, it was hard to decide what to talk about in length. For their action figures, […]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: June 2014 – Bombshell Bonanza!

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The big DC sales news for June was not (as I had expected) the new creative team on Superman, but rather the unexpected huge effect that DC’s Bombshell Variant covers had on those comics lucky enough to sport them.

Some background: For some time now DC has been doing theme variant covers on many of their best-selling rites each month: Steampunk variants, Robot Chicken variants, MAD variants, Batman 66 variants, etc. Prior to June these were always incentive variants, where retailers could order one variant cover for every so many of the regular cover they ordered (e.g. in May the Batman ’66 variant was a 1:25 variant, meaning that for each title retailers could order 1 Batman ’66 cover for every 25 regular covers they ordered on a title). Conventional wisdom is that this increased the number of issues sold, as retailers could mark up the price of the variant covers and sell them to collectors it was believed that they would order extra a copies in order to get to the incentive level.

Is Diamond Selling Digital Comics For DC?

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Is Diamond going to be selling DC’s digital comics?  It certainly looks that way.  As you may recall, Diamond entered into a new digital partnership with Trajectory in May.  Here’s a bit from the Publisher’s Weekly piece on it: Jim Bryant, CEO of Trajectory, said the new deal reflects “a significant amount of demand around […]

Nice art: Becky Cloonan’s Monster variant cover for Batman

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Just to prove that the Bat office is going WILD with art, Becky Cloonan posted her Monster variant cover for Batman for October, which will have “Horror” as a variant cover theme. Me likey!

What house style? New team on Batgirl: Stewart, Fletcher, Tarr and Bellaire

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Since The New 52 set records three years ago, the DCU has adhered to a rather rigid house style, one primarily based on 90s comics. But things are DEFINITELY loosening up a bit, as a new team is taking over Batgirl, and it’s one based way more in tumblr culture than Wizard magazine. Starting with […]

Gilbert Hernandez and Marguerite Sauvage are drawing Wonder Woman

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Sensation Comics, you may recall, is the digital-first Wonder Woman series that will feature diverse folk doing diverse stories about everyone’s favorite star-spangled Amazon. Digital comics will be collected into print issues every few months. So dropped into this rather barebones exclusive story about issue #3 is the stunning news that Gilbert Hernandez will be drawing a Wonder Woman story! And Sean E. Williams and fashion-y illustrator Marguerite Sauvage will be doing another!

DC Entertainment is alright! Toronto statue of abused child will get Superman’s S after all

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Looks like more compassionate—not to mention media-savvy—heads have prevails at DC Entertainment, as they have reversed a lawyer’s decision to disallow a memorial to a boy who died of abuse to have the iconic Kryptonian S on it after all:

Trouble in GOTHAM: Writer Alan Brennert says WB is stiffing him over $45 an episode

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Alan Brennert is a well-established DC Bronze age writer who was one of the first to cross over between comics and TV in the 70s and 80s. And he’s made several contributions to DC’s permanent continuity. But in a Facebook post reproduced below, he says that he’s being denied his equity in a character he […]

New stuff from DC: KLARION, LOBO, TRINTY OF SIN and new teams for CATWOMAN and GREEN ARROW

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A bunch of announcements from DC this week and it looks like the iceberg of the 90s house style DC has been mired in for some time is beginning to melt bit in the wake of global sales warming, as there are some new creators with new styles aboard here. Cover art by Daniel Kuder […]

TV Preview: Constantine: He’s Here and He’s Definitely British 

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[Several of this fall's comic book TV show pilots are floating around out there, and one of our informants got a copy and sent us their impressions. Here's a look at CONSTANTINE which debuts on NBC this Fall.]

DC won’t permit Superman logo on statue of murdered boy

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This may make you cry. Jeffrey Baldwin is a Toronto child who died of starvation in 2002 after severe abuse at the hands of his grandparents. The grandparents were convicted child abusers but Jeffrey and several siblings were still handed into their care by a children’s “aid” organization. He and a sister were locked in […]

Bat-Man and Superman get all selfie-tastic

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August is variant cover Selfie month at DC comics, and to get everyone in a good mood, DC released their first selfie-variant cover on Instagram. The art for Batman/Superman #14 is by Paulo Siqueira and this is either the end of decency across the universe or a smart move to liven up a 75 year […]

DC’s New Royalty Program – Let’s Do The Math On Single Issue Sales

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You probably heard that DC has revamped their royalties program, adding colorists to the payout mix and lumping digital in with print.  We should talk about what’s going on with the single issue sales and royalties.  Here’s the gist of it as DC put it in their media release: We’ve also standardized sales thresholds for […]

The Big Read: Spending the Fourth of July Weekend Catching Up On Comics

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I work in the book publishing industry, and I’ve made many contacts as a comics evangelist.  Thus, between the review copies which flow into my office building everyday and the digital copies available online, I could spend 24/7/366 reading comics.

DC gets edgy with penis-themed advert

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They totally went there.

PREVIEW: Vertigo announces The Kitchen by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle

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Vertigo is NOT DEAD. Although a lot of people thought DC’s edgy imprint would go the way of the dodo in a more cost conscious environment, this is one of several interesting project I’ve been hearing about coming up. I’m told there will be even more before San Diego. This mini series hit in November […]