Image Offers Retailers Two New Incentive Programs

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Tweet by Brandon Schatz Just ahead of the next Image Expo and San Diego Comic Con, Image has announced two new retailer incentive programs that will have shop owners reaching for their calculators. First up is a line wide discount incentive that will see retailers who order 85% or more of the company’s periodicals each […]

The Retailer’s View: Event Comics and Ordering Abuse

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Tweetby 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 […]

Venerable Omaha Comics Shop Damaged By Fire

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TweetThe Omaha World-Herald reports that the building housing Dragon’s Lair Comics and Treasure Mart Collectibles sustained nearly $300,000 in fire damage Sunday morning.

Demo-Graphics: Perespolis, Fun Home and Blankets Popular With Women

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How does gender break down for some of the more popular “indie” graphic novels versus mainstream graphic novels vs the average? And it’s clear, there’s a difference. Taking 17 various graphic novels (and if folks add suggestions in comments, I’ll be happy to add upon this) I looked at men and women who were fans in the United States. I tried to stick to actual graphic novels, or books that have been long out of print and thus a complete graphic novel is how it’s now consumed.

Top Shelf’s Chris Ross on DRM-Free Graphic Novels and Print-Digital Bundles [Interview]

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TweetBy Bruce Lidl Indie comics publisher Top Shelf announced yesterday that they will be selling a selection of their digital titles, without any DRM copy protection technology. Joining Image in the trend away from DRM on comics, Top Shelf will now offer eleven graphic novels from their own website in a variety of open formats, […]

Image Expo: Digital Remaining DRM-Free

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Tweet by Bruce Lidl Last week’s 2014 edition of the ImageExpo has generated a large amount of coverage for both new title announcements, and for the dearth of diversity among the presented creators. From a practical standpoint, Image Publisher Eric Stephenson and Business Development Head Ron Richards clearly got their money’s worth of publicity from […]

Marvel edges DC as other publishers make gains in November sales charts

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Tweet Marvel edged out DC for sales, but DC had a strong 1-2 punch in the top comics for November with Batman and, surprisingly, the all-star Harley Quinn #0 issue. Marvel’s top book was Amazing X-Men #1. It was a four-week month so sales were down overall, against last month, and year to year, although […]

Demographics: Wonder Woman Around the World

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TweetWith the announcement of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman by Warner Bros., I wondered just how popular is Wonder Woman around the world and more interestingly, in each country. With there being over 200 countries in the world, I narrowed the focus a bit. I picked countries in various parts of the world that I […]

Demographics: Comics Readers Almost 45% Women Now and How Publishers Stack Up

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Tweet At the beginning of each month I take a survey of all of the self-identifying comic fans on Facebook, looking at the changes from month to month. Two months (and some change) ago Facebook updated the interface I achieve this by, giving me more options in how to choose and, I suspect, expanding the […]

Facebook Demographics: Different Publishers, Different Fans

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TweetFor all of these posts I’ve tried to instill the idea that there isn’t a simple comic fan. While it might mostly be men, comic fandom is a diverse crowd whose specific interests varies by gender, race, age and more. No two character fandoms are the same. No two publisher fandoms are the same. Marketing […]

Another Crazy Idea!: Valentines Day Comics!

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TweetToday is Free Comic Book Day Halloween ComicFest! Today is the day kids beg trick-or-treat at local retailers, while adults are out cavorting in costumes at various bars, practicing for Santa Con in December. Myself, I’ve ordered bundles of these Halloween comics, and my siblings in Nebraska and Colorado will handing out copies to trick-or-treaters on […]

Facebook Demographics: Even More Data Now Available Means More Info On Who Reads Comics

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Tweet  Just as you get things rolling, Facebook goes and updates how I get all of the data when it comes to looking at demographics. It’s not a big secret that I manipulate Facebook’s advertising platform to return the data that you’ve seen in all of these demographic studies. Recently Facebook has updated that platform, […]

First ICv2 Conference 2013 details announced

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TweetHYPE AERT: Each year Milton Griepp presents  his ICv2 Conference  the day before New York Comic-Con, including his White Paper on the State of the Industry and a series of panels exploring trends and issues in the industry. (And The Beat is a sponsor, hence the hype tag.) This year’s sessions have just been announced and […]

The Retail View: DC’s 3-D’oh

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Tweet by Leo McGovern, Crescent City Comics Growing up, I wasn’t very good at complicated Math. I’ve got the basics, I can balance a checkbook and pay my bills, but I understood high school Geometry and Physics like a good ol’ comic book expository splash page of science–it totally sounded right while it was being […]

A Lazy Comics Summer Weekend

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TweetMany decades ago, I would wander far and wide to get my comics. Sometimes it was a magazine rack at a small town grocery store. Othertimes, a spinner rack at a newsstand or bookstore. Later, an actual comics shop.  (Yes, uphill both ways, but with a convenience store halfway with a soda fountain!) This weekend, […]

Book-Con! Lots of Great New Graphic Novels at Book Expo America!

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Tweet Book Expo America happens every year, and I take time off from work to wander Javits to see what’s new and interesting (this year’s Zeitgeist: mustaches).