DC fights back with…more rings!

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People have been wondering when DC would make some kind of move aimed at Marvel’s assault on their Lantern Ring promotion…and now they have. But instead of lashing out, they’ve done it in a, dare we say, grown up way — offering two new rings for an even LOWER order threshold on books that are […]

Marvel collects DC covers

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As promised, photos of DC Blackest Night tie-in comics covers returned to Marvel, via Tom Brevoort’s Twitter. You kids play nice, now!

ComicsPRO announces Industry Appreciation Award nominees

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The ComicPRO retailer organization has announced the formation of their Industry Appreciation Awards to honor individuals who have improved the direct market. PR below, more info here. The direct market remains the way most comic-book stories get from creator to fan. ComicsPRO, the largest organization of direct-market retailers, wants to honor those people who stand […]

The Big One:Twilight GN gets 350,000 first printing

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Well gang, here is the game changer. Here is the bestseller. This is the book that’s going to drive all-new readers into comics shops, with full support of the publisher. Unfortunately it’s Twilight so the new readers are barbarian girls. Borders, get ready. EW.com has an excerpt of an exclusive interview with Stephenie Meyer and […]

And now, Marvel’s good deed of the day

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Earlier in the week, Comix Experience retailer Brian Hibbs mentioned that a leaky toilet had flooded his store, and all but demolished his stock of Marvel Comics. His subsequent post, A Very Public Thank you to Marvel Comics shows that Marvel DOES listen…Hibbs was contacted by Marvel sales honcho David Gabriel and asked what was […]

Siege-for-Lanterns: So just why is Marvel all up in DC’s grill, anyway?

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From the moment Marvel sent out its DC-tweaking press release late on Wednesday afternoon, Siege-for-Lanterns is Topic A at BarCon and in private chatter. Why? Why did Marvel turn the clock back to 2001-2, when Nü Marvel under Bill Jemas and Joe Quesada delighted in playing Scut Farkus to DC’s Ralphie at every opportunity — […]

Zenescope’s “Girl of the Month” contest gets some attention — UPDATED WITH PICS!!!

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A little while ago we received an email from someone at Zenescope wondering why we don’t run more of their PR. In fact we had just received this gem the day before announcing the Zenescope Girl of the Month contest.   … calling all aspiring models, amateur models and fans who are interested in becoming […]

Marvel to DC: “Eat my Siege, beeyotch”

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WHOA. Marvel has just announced that they will accept trade-ins of retailers’ unsold copies of Blackest Night tie-ins for copies of a Siege variant edition. You read that right. Marvel will give you a copy of their event comics for the covers of unsold copies of DC’s event comics. The DC comics involved were all […]

Diamond and Wizard renew strategic partnership — UPDATED

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Diamond and Wizard have renewed their age old pact with Diamond’s commitment to giving retailers drinks and snacks at June’s Philadelphia Comic Con, this press release tells us. Diamond will sponsor a hospitality suite at the show. Read on with an UPDATED press release. Diamond Comic Distributors and Wizard Entertainment announced today a renewal of […]

C2E2 to host Diamond Retailer Summit

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Diamond will be holding its next retailer summit in the Midwest, as it’s announced a team-up with Reed’s C2E2, to be held this April in Chicago. Most recent summits have been held in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, and in Las Vegas.  PR below: After successful events in Baltimore, MD; Ft. Wayne, IN; Las Vegas, […]

I came in here for the special offer

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It’s Black Friday, people. Remember to be kind to the harried and overstressed retail employees.

Joseph Koch & Neat Stuff Collectibles Brooklyn Warehouse event

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VIa PR, longtime comics vendor Joseph Koch announces a big comics swap meet out in Sunset Park. Given the number of folks we hear complaining (ourselves included) about how to, er, dispose of comics books that they literally cannot give away, this could be a lively event: Where: 206-208 41st St., Brooklyn, NY 11232 (Corner […]

Take this comic book survey

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If there is one thing the comics industry of late is lacking, it’s demographic info we can all sink our teeth into and shake around like a chew toy. Valerie D’Orazio hinted about a study a few years ago (maybe buried somewhere in Marvel’s SEC filings?); Johanna alludes to a 1995 DC reader survey; Diamond […]

Vertigo Crime Line advertises on BBC America

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Remember how for years and years everyone said “If we could only advertise comic books on TV, everything would be solved!” Well, as announced on Vertigo’s Graphic Content blog, Vertigo is doing just that with a TV spot for their initial Crime Line releases that is currently running on BBC America. You can view the […]

Behind the BOOM!/Haven 2nd printing deal

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Earlier this week it was announced that BOOM! Studios had signed a deal with Haven Distributors to distribute BOOM!’s second printing comics. BOOM! is the LA-based publisher of both original and licensed comics, and they have recently had several critical and sales success, including books based on Pixar, Disney, Fox, and literary sources, such as […]

Death of salesmen

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Hopefully we won’t be posting too much any more about the whole FTC guidelines for bloggers things, but here’s a story from Business Week that explains the amount of money changing hands at times, and turns out it’s a lot more than a measly $4 comic book: More than 75,000 people follow Jason “Shoe Money” […]