Strong Female Protagonist collection coming from Top Shelf

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Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan & Molly Ostertag has gained a nice following online, for its strong storyline and attractive art, and they ran a kickstarter to fund a graphic nvel edition which raised $60K just like that. The actual print edition will be coming out this December from Top Shelf, and it’s […]

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 […]

Marvel cancels upcoming Milo Manara variant covers

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Ripples from Spider-Woman Butt-Gate continues to rock the world of comics! Every day lots of changes in shipping products are announced on Diamond’s website. And today two little sentences were sent out:

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales August 2014: A Tale of Two Spiders

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This was a tough month for Marvel. Original Sin is ending and none of their other events have really started yet. They also don’t have any real high profile series launches. So there are no books that really pop. There is a lot of attrition this month. Of the 72 books that also had an issue last month, only 12 saw growth in their numbers. That leaves 60 books that dropped in sales. 39 books dropped more than 5% or what might be considered a standard attrition. Luckily there are several major events coming soon which will drive sales up and a lot of books will be relaunching after these events which always bumps up the numbers at least temporarily. It is worrying however, that there are several series that just relaunched a year or for some 6 months ago and are already in trouble again. Let’s look at a breakdown of what came out this month:

A Deadpool movie has been announced! Here’s what you must know to survive in this new world!

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Rob Liefeld was right! The co-creator of Deadpool has been hinting about a movie for the “merc with a mouth” for years, and he’s finally been vindicated, as Fox has announced a Deadpool movie for February 12, 2016. While Ryan Reynolds—who portrayed Deadpool in Wolverine: Origins—hasn’t been signed yet, given his decade long opsession with […]

Jeremy Atkins ankles comics for beer

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Via Facebook, Dark Horse’s Director of Publicity Jeremy Atkins has announced he’s leaving Dark Horse after ten years:

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 […]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: August 2014 – Multiversity Selfies

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It’s month three of DC’s new variant cover ordering scheme, where retailers can order as many of the month’s themed variant covers as they want at the regular price. As previously suspected, the Selfie variants do not attract as many additional orders as the Bombshell or Batman 75th variants did. It’s hard to tell if that is because of a perceived lack of interest in the covers, or an adjustment based on the previous months, or a combination of factors. Next month DC will have round two of the 3D motion covers, hoping to recapture some of the magic of last year’s 3D cover stunt.

This was a down month for DC. Several of their top sellers did not ship in August: Justice League, Superman Unchained and Sandman Overture. Vertigo sales are particularly moribund: the average Vertigo sales of 9,082 per title is the second lowest since Diamond started reporting actual sales back in 2003. (The lowest month was November 2010, at 9,034.) With The Wake over and Sandman Overture shipping sporadically, Vertigo’s top seller this month is short-timer Fables.

Varmint variants: A whole month of Rocket and Groot in November

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Can’t get enough of Rocket Raccoon and Groot, the dynamic duo that busted 2014 wide open? Marvel thinks you can’t and in November will present no less than 20 comics with Rocket and Groot variant covers, by artists including Chip Zdarsky, Ulises Farinas and Tom Fowler.

Walker and Evely announced as creative team on Dynamite’s SHAFT

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Dynamite announced they would be doing a Shaft comic book a few months back, and now they have announced the creative team: David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely. Walker is a writer and filmmaker and one look at his blog BadAzz Mofo will tell you he’s a complicated man. Plus he wrote a book on blaxploitation films so, yep. that works. Evely is a Brazillian artist who isn’t an obvious choice, but an intriguing one. Variant covers are by Francesco Francavilla, Michael Avon Oeming, Ulises Farinas, Matt Haley, Sanford Greene, and a collaboration between Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Marvel releases official synopsis of AVENGERS: THE AGE OF ULTRON

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…and it will be a unique global adventure!

Quinones, Knisley and Level cover Harbinger: Faith #0 variant

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In a world where complains about overly idealized heroines are common, Faith, a member of Valiant’s Harbinger teen superhero group is a nice break: a normal young woman who is learning to deal with her powers just like every other superbeing. And now she’s getting her own one shot by Joshua Dysart and Robert Gill, with variant covers by Joe Quinones, Lucy Knisley and Brian Level. Valiant continues to branch out with their superhero line — because it’s a more diverse world and comics market out there.

Preview: Spider-Man meets Kamala Khan in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7

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Who would win, Spider-Man or Ms Marvel? We may find out when they meet for the first time in October’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7. Will Spidey share tips on how to get home in time for dinner while saving the world? The meeting of Marvel’s seminal “hero with problem” and the modern day “superhero for the […]

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 […]

Review: Teen Titans: Earth One, Volume 1

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Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1   by Jeff Lemire, Rachel Dodson, Terry Dodson On Sale Date: November 25, 2014 9781401245566, 1401245560 $22.99 USD / $26.99 CAD Hardcover 144 pages Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes — — —

Fantagraphics launches new micro imprint FU Press with Fukitor and The Emperor’s New Clothes

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Rumors about Fantagraphics launching a smaller, micro press had been floating around for a while and in advance of SPOX they’ve made it official. FU Press will publish small limited editions (100 to 500 copy print runs) of material that is more “off the beaten path” than Tim Lane or Lucy Knisley. “Work by relatively […]