2012’s Best Selling Graphic Novels — The Individual Store Version

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‘Tis the season for what the bestsellers of the previous year were.  And with it comes the annual opportunity to illustrate that tastes can be regional and different shops sell different titles.  Here’s the graphic novel edition of this phenomenon.   We’ll start out with Diamond’s top 10 list for graphic novels and then contrast […]

The Path to Becoming a Bestselling Graphic Novel

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When I first began writing this column, my intent was to help creators and comics publishers understand the methods to the madness of landing a book on the bestseller lists. After the November 8th Beat posting of the NYT list showing several GN titles on the list, it’s really not a question of whether a […]

Grand Comics Tour: 2012: Omaha, Nebraska

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Last year, on Black Friday, my 27-year-old nephew Parker and myself attempted a Grand Tour of visit comics retailer in the Omaha metropolitan area.  We didn’t succeed, but we visited most, and found lots of great comics, many on sale, and we even discovered a brand new store, Legend Comics, open just a few weeks! […]

Black Friday Gives Way To Small Business Saturday

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Everyone knows about Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  It’s covered to death by the media, analyzed relentlessly by Wall Street, and now rivals Thanksgiving Thursday for displays of excess, gluttony, and questionable individual behavior. Myself, having worked retail from 1994 to 2008 (and now behind the scenes), I’m much more interested in what I call “Green […]

Coming Attractions: Interlude

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I’ll be posting a list of gift books in the next few days, so I’m doing some research over on Books.com, sorting graphic novels by price, highest to lowest. That’s when I discovered the following…

Diamond Modifies Initial Order Cancellation Guidelines

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Via today’s Diamond Daily, a slight change to the year-old order minimum benchmarks; now, even if a product offered in Previews does not meet the benchmark, orders will still be processed for the first offering: In response to retailer feedback, Diamond is modifying its guidelines for cancelling retailers’ initial orders for underperforming products and merchandise […]

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, […]