The Retailer’s View // A Confluence of Events (Part Two)

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With both Marvel and DC running big, somewhat vague multiverse spanning crossovers this year, I decided to take some time to go over what retailers would be looking for from both of these series. Last week (a day before more details were released about the event), I went over the shape of Convergence and what […]

TGI-FOC: Degree of Variants

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It’s the return of The Beat’s weekly look at comics on Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) and bits of retail process that doesn’t merit a full column. The last time I tried to write one of these, I ended up staring at the screen as it blurred at 2am the night before I got married. That […]

The Retailer’s View: A Confluence of Events (Part One)

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2014 is swiftly drawing to a close. In the midst of making sure my shelves will weather the upcoming Christmas season, I’ll be placing my final orders for the last dribs and drabs of product that will grace the new comic book shelves through to the end of this year. Most of the year’s events […]

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: September 2014: There’s life in that there death

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September is always an interesting month because DC does its big line-wide event with crazy covers and Marvel has to find a way to compete. The answer this year was Death of Wolverine, which shipped two issues this month and landed the number 1 and number 2 spots. DC still won overall market share, but Marvel still managed to make a few headlines themselves and capture those top two spots. Beyond those books, there is a lot of standard attrition this month and a lot of books ramping up for AXIS which is likely to lead into several new series and rebooted series over the next few months. Below is a breakdown of some of this month’s stats which includes a rise in the number of $4.99 books, which is very interesting.

NYCC ’14: Marvel finally confirms their Fantastic Four Cancellation: WWBGD?

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by Alexander Jones What would Ben Grimm do? After a few months of truly bizarre speculation across the internet, and denial from the publisher, Marvel confirmed this morning at their Axel-In-Charge panel at New York Comic-Con that they are indeed canceling their main Fantastic Four title. The publisher seems like they are planning something new for […]

TGI-FOC // Adventures in Marketing

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Welcome to TGI-FOC, a weekly feature at The Beat about comics on Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) and bits of the retail process that don’t merit a full column. I changed the name, for reasons. It’s a thing now. RECOMMENDATIONS It’s come up recently, so here’s the quick rundown of how I sell and recommend comics. […]

NYCC’14: Baby Groot Officially ‘Grooting’ to a Store Near You!

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By Alexander Jones There has been a lot of hullabaloo on Marvel Studios not capitalizing on the ‘Grooting’ phenomena that has been sweeping the internet. This is in reference to the Guardians of the Galaxy character Groot dancing behind Drax the Destroyer a.k.a. actor Dave Batista’s back during the end credits of the film. In […]

Wednesday Pulse: The Fluctuating Prices of Batman

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If you’re picking up Batman #35 this week, do yourself a favour and check out the price point. See that $4.99 price sticker? Originally solicited at the regular $3.99 price, DC sent an e-mail to retailers last week telling them that the price of Batman #35-37 would be pumped up to the $4.99 mark in […]

The Retailer’s View // Speculative Non-Fiction

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The Death of Wolverine has gone over exceedingly well – or at least it has in my shop. Putting aside sales numbers (which were apparently great), the event has garnered quite a bit of attention in the medium and the shop in general. After putting a few copies in the window, we get a steady […]

Go FOC Yourself // The Latest

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Welcome to Go FOC Yourself, a weekly column at The Beat about comics on Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) and bits of the retail process that don’t merit a full column. This week, I’ve been diving through the back issues in our overstock and I have caught a little space madness. This will turn out quite […]

Jason Aaron and Ron Garney get angry in ‘Men of Wrath’

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by Alexander Jones If Men of Wrath‘s ‘Mail of Wrath’ letters column is true, author Jason Aaron has one bleak family tree. His latest creator-owned title comes from the same deep, dark pit that birthed his previous collaboration in the space, Southern Bastards; and even if he is bringing in a different team for this […]

Is DC Planning on Making a Kamandi Comic?

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Bad news and possibly good news. Tom Fowler, exceptional Canadian artist, announced on Twitter that he passed up an opportunity to work on one of Jack Kirby’s most beloved characters: Kamandi. Just had to turn down a KAMANDI book this morning and now I feel sick and alone and universe makes no sense and cry. […]

Go FOC Yourself // More Like Deathstroke the Terminated, Amirite?

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This is being written on the day that initial orders are due for my store, and with the three week vacation I took, I’m a little behind the eight ball. Should I be writing articles for the internet? Probably not, but nothing says “Important Work Needs To Get Done” quite like doing something else entirely. […]

Jen Van Meter explores the First “New” Valiant Leading Lady in the Death-Defying Dr. Mirage

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By Alexander Jones The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage Issue #1 marked an important change in the history of Valiant Comics. The publisher finally opened up their stable of characters and swapped the gender of Dr. Mirage, turning the character into a widowed super heroine searching for her late husband in the afterlife. The first installment featured […]

Wait ‘Til You See The Graphic Novels DC Has Planned for Spring and Summer 2015!

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149 titles!   Geoff Johns!  John Byrne!  Colleen Doran!  Geoff Johns!  Harley Quinn!  And “The End” of Fables.  (Well, until they do an annotated edition in 2017…) I’ve highlighted the titles I found interesting.  What excites you?  Bores you?  Makes you wonder, “WTF…?” Click on the title links for more information.  I’ve also placed a […]

The Retailer’s View: Eventful

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In August, I went on vacation with my girlfriend (who is now my fiancée) and took some well deserved time away from the store and the world of comics in general. Being Mr. Manager for a shop and writing about comics on the internet doesn’t allow for a lot of extracurriculars, so stepping away for […]