David and Meredith Finch to take over Wonder Woman — UPDATED

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To be fair, this news has been out there for months and months, but USA TOday made it official: following the end of the Brian Azzarello/Cliff Chiang run on Wonder Woman, the team of writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch are taking over the book starting with #36 in November. Mr Finch is of […]

DC announces 2 new Bat-books, ARKHAM MANOR and GOTHAM ACADEMY, by unlikely teams

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 The Batverse is getting two ongoing spinoff series, according to EW. And not a mention of the “New 52″ in the pr….In Arkham Manor, Wayne Manor gets turned into…a home for the insane. Whch could just be Batman and Robin, but you get the point. CReative team is writer Gerry Duggan and artist Shawn Crystal. […]

ONE AND DONE: Up, Up, and Away?

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Keeping up with comics is ridiculously expensive if you want to keep up with a number of titles that come out every month. Not everyone can do that–I definitely can’t. So welcome to One and Done, a weekly column where I go to a comics shop and try to find one good book that’s worth […]

DC resets royalty system; colorists and digital now eligible

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I’ve been hearing a lot of conspiracy theories of late about DC, and some of them involve their participation/royalties system. In addition for quite a while, people have been complaining about the fact that colorists aren’t eligible for royalties—and neither are digital-first comics.

But that is changing. I understand a letter has just gone out to DC creative folks announcing a complete overhaul of the DC royalty system. For the first time colorists will be eligible for royalties and will get cover credit. And digital first will also be eligible for royalties. Little things like direct deposit and electronic vouchering will also be available.

Romita Jr. is either playing centerfield for DC or “the real thing” on Superman

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This week Jorn Romita’s first Superman comic debuts, a fairly notable event in that Romita has been known all his career for his Marvel work. DC pulled out the big PR guns and the Times covers the move: For comics fans, Mr. Romita’s change to DC from Marvel is the equivalent of Derek Jeter leaving […]

Quentin Tarantino’s Django and Zorro teaming up for Dynamite/DC

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Well here’s a project you didn’t expect to see: Quentin Tarantino’s firebrand Django is teaming up with Zorro for an adventure co-plotted by Matt Wagner and Tarantino, with Wagner penning the tale The project is a joint Dynamite/DC production with Reggie Hudlin, who wrote the DC Comics adaptation of Django Unchained, editing the project. “I’m […]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: May 2014 – Forever’s End

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

DC take five of the top ten spots on the Diamond sales charts, and after taking a shellacking on market share last month pull up nearly even to their Marvelous Competition, though in a month where the market was down from the previous year.

There are some good things to point to: DC’s strategy of canceling their low-selling ongoing DCU titles and replacing them with weekly titles is working, at least so far. With the exception of last September’s anomalous 3D cover month, May 2014 is the best average sales for the DCU line since in nearly two years, since June 2012. Most importantly, Batman Eternal and Futures End give them several comics in the 50-75K range, an area in which they have been sorely lacking as of late. Mind you this isn’t a long-term strategy, but it keeps the bears at bay for a few more months until the Next Big Event or line-wide gimmick comes along.

The Retailer’s View: Event Comics and Ordering Abuse

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by Brandon Schatz — When you spend your days breaking open comic solicitations and marketing for a living, you begin to pick out patterns. A new batch of solicitations hit the internet, and suddenly your world starts to Beautiful Mind itself with floating words and numbers that glow as you drink the information. When I’m […]

Report: Wonder Woman movie on tap for 2017 and more WB superhero movies

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Showbiz reporter and scooper Nikki Finke has been languishing under a no compete since she left Penske Media’s Deadline.com, which so founded. But she’s back, and the very first scoop on her site is a purported line-up of superhero films that WB is planning for the next four years. According to Finke, this is to be […]

New Constatine trailer includes Dr. Fate’s Helmet

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDYqkl0rlRw A new trailer for the upcoming Constantine TV show was released over the weekend, and along with the assorted cheeky comments, damsels in demonic distress and trenchcoated action, there’s a shot of Dr. Fate’s helmet. This image gave rise to excitement and positive feelings among many observers. In fact, I liked this trailer, and […]

DC puts Bill Finger’s name on the cover of Detective #27

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  DC has done a  nice thing by putting the name of writer Bill Finger on the covers of the special edition of Detective #27, a  giveaway  that will be part of the July 23rd celebration of Batman Day. Finger, who was hired by Bob Kane to ghost write the series, is the uncredited writer […]

The Retailer’s View: Bob Wayne, an appreciation

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by Brandon Schatz As the whispers from last week’s Diamond Retailer Summit turned into audible noise, it quickly became apparent that the rumours were true: after 28 years with the company, Bob Wayne would be retiring from DC Comics when the company moves across country early next year. By all accounts, Wayne was and continues […]

And by the way, DC Entertainment is hiring in publicity, development, online, etc etc

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  Along those same lines, DC’s Burbank office is totally ramping up — although not in editorial, where the biggest defection is coming. and in some pretty big jobs — a VP of Development, a VP of publicity (possibly the position Alex Segura’svacated when he went back to Archie?) Even interns if you want to […]

DC Entertainment SR VP Sales Bob Wayne will retire — and nothing will ever be the same

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When DC announced their move to Burbank, I was told the first name on the list of people who weren’t going was SR VP of Sales, Bob Wayne. Wayne was already near retirement age, and had been dealing with some health issues. Plus he pretty much invented everything that we know about the current direct […]

Interview: Sean E. Williams on ‘Fairest: Return of the Maharaja’, Hinduism, and Giant Crocodiles

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Next week sees the release of the third trade of Fairest, the spinoff series of Fables which has seen a number of writers and artists tell standalone stories spotlighting the different female characters of Bill Willingham’s world. Return of the Maharaja, however, tries something a little different still – writer Sean E. Williams and artist […]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: April 2014 — Eternal Stormwatch of the Spotless Mind

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

DC take five of the top ten spots on the Diamond sales charts, all of them Batman-titled books thanks to the debut of the weekly Batman Eternal. However, DC fall to their lowest Dollar Share and Unit Share in quite some time due to a combination of Marvel’s relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man (with a boatload of order incentives and variant covers leading to over a half million in sales) and their own inability to get out many of their bestselling titles on a consistent schedule—Forever Evil, Sandman Overture and Superman Unchained) didn’t ship this month, with Forever Evil’s lateness causing a ripple effect through other titles like Justice League of America.