The Retailer’s View // Top Sellers and Bottom Dwellers

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A couple of news bits and a personal announcement to tackle this week, so let’s get right to it. MILLION AIRS About a week ago, Marvel started to make a big deal over Star Wars #1 eclipsing 1,000,000 pre-orders from various retail outlets. While the company hinted at some of this quantity coming from less traditional […]

Spider-Woman Gets New “clothes to kick ass in”

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By: Alexander Jones Designer Kris Anka has just crafted some new threads for Jessica Drew A.K.A. Spider-Woman, a woman in need of a super-makeover. Anka has been pulled into reinvent some classic costumes with great results, including Storm’s newish outfit during Marvel NOW! that stuck around only because it was really fantastic. Anka’s new design for Drew […]

The Free Comic Book Day Silver Titles are Pretty Awesome

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By: Alexander Jones After revealing the first wave of Free Comic Book Day titles, it was only a matter of time before the rest of them started to pop up. This next batch is very exciting, and full of fun offerings from all your favorite publishers with the big guns like Marvel and DC, along […]

Bryan Talbot Talks About Grandville Noël

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I suspect that I’m not alone in thinking any day that brings new work from Dr Bryan Talbot is a very good day indeed. The fourth of his Grandville books, featuring the adventures of Detective Inspector LeBrock (who is, as the name might suggest to the scholarly, a badger) in an anthropomorphic steampunk Paris, is […]

DC Slaughters Over 10 Titles

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Text By: Alexander Jones – Image By: Jeff Stahler All hell broke loose today as DC Comics quickly tried to sweep a host of cancellations under the rug. The upcoming Convergence event taking place in April and May seems to be pulling some big change in the house of Batman and Superman. The news came from […]

The Art of Batgirl and Where We Go From Here

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This is obviously prefaced with a heaping helping of “what the hell does a straight white male know about these issues?”. The simple truth: I don’t know anything. I likely never will – or at least not in a way that can be internalized. At best, I can gather other people’s feelings and memories and […]

Interview: Joshua Dysart on the “Largest Robber Baron” in The Valiant Universe [Imperium]

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By: Alexander Jones “He’s definitely the largest robber baron in the history of the human species,” said author Joshua Dysart of Toyo Harada, the main character in his newest ongoing series Imperium. Valiant Entertainment could have just published another volume of their fan-favorite Harbinger title which Dysart also wrote and called it a day; but […]

Webcomic Alert: Roy in Hollywood by Gilbert Hernandez

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Gilbert Hernandez has a new weekly comic at Vice. So one good thing happened this week.

DC Announces final week of Convergence with pre-Crisis characters

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And the final week of Convergence  mini-series has been announced, with characters from the ancient Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths world, with a little oddball stuff like the Crime Syndicate. Announcements were made at EW and Newsarama. The previous weeks of COnvergence—the two issue moving fill-in event that will help ease DC’s staff into their new […]

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 […]