Marvel news and notes: profits, Cap’s early release

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TweetMuch goings on about a recent Marvelinvestor conference in which John Turitzin, Marvel’s general counsel and EVP of the executive office, answers a fan’s question about their recent price rise by saying, more or less, they did it to maximize their profits, not because they HAD to. Robot 6 and Rich Johnston have much fuller […]

The matter of the day…again

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TweetAs if psychically answering our call yesterday for solutions instead of salvos, retailer Brian Hibbs confronts the Warlord of Io Situation with a look at every aspect of the comics chain, from publishers on through distributors and why they are unlikely to work. It’s a sensible, real world-based look at the problem, although Hibbs kinda […]

WARLORD OF IO: a symbol for our times

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Tweet Everyone is justifiably linking to this post at The Comics Reporter as a passionate response to the ongoing winnowing at Diamond that is removing books like James Turner’s WARLORD OF IO from its catalog and why this is bad for EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US. Unfortunately, what should be the jewel in the crown […]

And how was YOUR Free Comic Book Day?

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Tweet Fans, pros, retailers — feel free to post your experiences and observations. Preliminary reports are good, with many stores reporting sales UP from last year. Given the economy, this is pretty remarkable, so let’s share the good news! Matt Price at Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman, OK decided to live blog again: 11:45 a.m.: […]

Free Comic Book Day!

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Tweet It’s the annual comic book holiday…and they even give them away for FREE. It’s a day of signings and sightings and fun and frolic for all. Find the event nearest you here. Get out there, get some comic books, and have some fun!

Diamond iVerse Comics Shop Locator app live

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TweetThat app for iPhones for finding the nearest comics shop that we told you about a few days ago is now available on iTunes. Via PR: In a move promising tremendous benefits for comic book specialty shops, Diamond Comic Distributors and iVerse Media have joined forces to create a special “app” for Apple® iPhone® and […]

Comic Shop Locator app for iPhone?

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Tweet Hm. Check out this video we found for what looks like a demo of a Comics Shop Locator app for the iPhone. In the demo, the demonstrator uses both GPS and typing in a zip code to find nearby stores. The poster is listed as Diamond Comics, so you can probably figure out who’s […]

News and notes and whatnot

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Tweet § In an interview with Percy Carey, musician/actor/model Tyrese Gibson (above) reveals how he got caught up in the glamorous, exciting world of comics books. Tyrese Gibson: I have always been open minded to new things, and I’ve said this a few times: I’m no comic book veteran, but when I went to ComiCon […]

That darned New York Times bestseller list!

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TweetNow that the New York Times‘ online-only Graphic Books Chart has been around for a month or so, people are beginning to wonder just how the heck it works. It’s almost like one of those steampunk automatons — shiny and mysterious at the same time, and no one quite knows where it came from. Kevin […]

Amazonfail fallout

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TweetWhile offline (randomly) for two days, we missed the biggest story ever on Twitter, #amazonfail, which is, depending on who you listen to, a technical “glitch” or a incredibly clumsy attempt on Amazon’s part to remove potentially “offensive” material, which ended up being mostly gay-themed literature. As covered by every media outlet in existence, the […]

Dark Horse and Image join Final Order Cut-Off program

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TweetAs planned for over a year, Dark Horse and Image are joining the ranks of “FOC” publishers at Diamond. Already used by Marvel and DC, “Final Order Cut-Off” allows retailer to raise or lower orders right up until print time in accordance with changing factors, such as increased publicity, or negative reaction to previous issues. […]

Pamphlet vs Book, round 12

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TweetA few ruminations on the Fate of the Pamphlet: • Chris Butcher catches the same Chris Oliveros quote that we did and has some thoughts on it: I’m just like ranting here, but yeah. It’s really, really hard for a graphic novelist to lock themselves up for a year or two, with little-to-no feedback and […]

Are comics leading a charmed life?

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TweetWhile the idea that “comics do well in a recession” is being sorely tested by the ongoing global economic meltdown, the comics industry really does seems to be riding out the storm better than most sectors. The boisterous moods at New York Comic-Con and WonderCon and the faster-than-ever sellout of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con […]

A weekend of two mediums

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TweetBy a strange quirk, two big meetings are taking place today that reflect the two branches of the comics industry as it’s evolving. Up in Easthampton, MA, the New England Webcomics Weekend is taking place, a Woodstock like gathering of webcomickers from around the nation that we’re sure will plot a course to take comics […]

DC expands After Watchmen program

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TweetIn today’s PW Daily, Calvin Reid write that DC will expand its After Watchmen promotion with even more titles (including collections), co-op advertising and social networking: The After Watchmen program will initially focus on a list of about 20 book collections—from other works by Alan Moore to such works as Bill Willingham’s Fables to Brian […]

Marketing comics by Ken Marcus

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TweetOver at Robot 6, writer Ken Marcus (SUPER HUMAN RESOURCES) has a long list of marketing tips that, in the Post-Benchmark era, will need to be heeded more than ever, as he faces harsh facts: People do not care about you. Not readers, not retailers, not the press and maybe not even your publisher. No […]