DC won’t permit Superman logo on statue of murdered boy

baldwin_statue.jpg.size_.xxlarge.promo_.jpg

This may make you cry. Jeffrey Baldwin is a Toronto child who died of starvation in 2002 after severe abuse at the hands of his grandparents. The grandparents were convicted child abusers but Jeffrey and several siblings were still handed into their care by a children’s “aid” organization. He and a sister were locked in […]

DC gets edgy with penis-themed advert

53b4508cec8d8385d300000a

They totally went there.

PREVIEW: Vertigo announces The Kitchen by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle

kitchen01cloonanCover_53b19f982d0a30.96646279.jpg

Vertigo is NOT DEAD. Although a lot of people thought DC’s edgy imprint would go the way of the dodo in a more cost conscious environment, this is one of several interesting project I’ve been hearing about coming up. I’m told there will be even more before San Diego. This mini series hit in November […]

David and Meredith Finch to take over Wonder Woman — UPDATED

1404161899000-WONDER-WOMAN-36-COMICS-JY-665-65511024.jpg

To be fair, this news has been out there for months and months, but USA TOday made it official: following the end of the Brian Azzarello/Cliff Chiang run on Wonder Woman, the team of writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch are taking over the book starting with #36 in November. Mr Finch is of […]

DC resets royalty system; colorists and digital now eligible

201406241556.jpg

I’ve been hearing a lot of conspiracy theories of late about DC, and some of them involve their participation/royalties system. In addition for quite a while, people have been complaining about the fact that colorists aren’t eligible for royalties—and neither are digital-first comics.

But that is changing. I understand a letter has just gone out to DC creative folks announcing a complete overhaul of the DC royalty system. For the first time colorists will be eligible for royalties and will get cover credit. And digital first will also be eligible for royalties. Little things like direct deposit and electronic vouchering will also be available.

Romita Jr. is either playing centerfield for DC or “the real thing” on Superman

romita-superJumbo.jpg

This week Jorn Romita’s first Superman comic debuts, a fairly notable event in that Romita has been known all his career for his Marvel work. DC pulled out the big PR guns and the Times covers the move: For comics fans, Mr. Romita’s change to DC from Marvel is the equivalent of Derek Jeter leaving […]

Quentin Tarantino’s Django and Zorro teaming up for Dynamite/DC

Zorro-B.jpg

Well here’s a project you didn’t expect to see: Quentin Tarantino’s firebrand Django is teaming up with Zorro for an adventure co-plotted by Matt Wagner and Tarantino, with Wagner penning the tale The project is a joint Dynamite/DC production with Reggie Hudlin, who wrote the DC Comics adaptation of Django Unchained, editing the project. “I’m […]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: May 2014 – Forever’s End

STK638120

Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

DC take five of the top ten spots on the Diamond sales charts, and after taking a shellacking on market share last month pull up nearly even to their Marvelous Competition, though in a month where the market was down from the previous year.

There are some good things to point to: DC’s strategy of canceling their low-selling ongoing DCU titles and replacing them with weekly titles is working, at least so far. With the exception of last September’s anomalous 3D cover month, May 2014 is the best average sales for the DCU line since in nearly two years, since June 2012. Most importantly, Batman Eternal and Futures End give them several comics in the 50-75K range, an area in which they have been sorely lacking as of late. Mind you this isn’t a long-term strategy, but it keeps the bears at bay for a few more months until the Next Big Event or line-wide gimmick comes along.

New Constatine trailer includes Dr. Fate’s Helmet

constantine.jpg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDYqkl0rlRw A new trailer for the upcoming Constantine TV show was released over the weekend, and along with the assorted cheeky comments, damsels in demonic distress and trenchcoated action, there’s a shot of Dr. Fate’s helmet. This image gave rise to excitement and positive feelings among many observers. In fact, I liked this trailer, and […]

The Retailer’s View: Bob Wayne, an appreciation

img_6822.jpg

by Brandon Schatz As the whispers from last week’s Diamond Retailer Summit turned into audible noise, it quickly became apparent that the rumours were true: after 28 years with the company, Bob Wayne would be retiring from DC Comics when the company moves across country early next year. By all accounts, Wayne was and continues […]

And by the way, DC Entertainment is hiring in publicity, development, online, etc etc

download

  Along those same lines, DC’s Burbank office is totally ramping up — although not in editorial, where the biggest defection is coming. and in some pretty big jobs — a VP of Development, a VP of publicity (possibly the position Alex Segura’svacated when he went back to Archie?) Even interns if you want to […]

DC Entertainment SR VP Sales Bob Wayne will retire — and nothing will ever be the same

201405221128.jpg

When DC announced their move to Burbank, I was told the first name on the list of people who weren’t going was SR VP of Sales, Bob Wayne. Wayne was already near retirement age, and had been dealing with some health issues. Plus he pretty much invented everything that we know about the current direct […]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: April 2014 — Eternal Stormwatch of the Spotless Mind

201405201246.jpg

Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

DC take five of the top ten spots on the Diamond sales charts, all of them Batman-titled books thanks to the debut of the weekly Batman Eternal. However, DC fall to their lowest Dollar Share and Unit Share in quite some time due to a combination of Marvel’s relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man (with a boatload of order incentives and variant covers leading to over a half million in sales) and their own inability to get out many of their bestselling titles on a consistent schedule—Forever Evil, Sandman Overture and Superman Unchained) didn’t ship this month, with Forever Evil’s lateness causing a ripple effect through other titles like Justice League of America.

DC cancels six titles in August, but adds selfie covers

ALLSW_Cv34.jpg

All-Star Western #34 cover by Darwyn Cooke, who also draws the innards. I didn’t get a chance to run DC’s August Solicitations yesterday, but they announced that six books were getting canceled: All-Star Western, Superboy, Birds of Prey, and Batwing are all original New 52 books, ending with issue #32. Trinity of Sin: The Phantom […]

DC to launch weekly DIgital First Wonder Woman comic, Sensation Comics

SENWW_RenaeDeLiz-610x926.jpg

IGN has the details on a weekly Digital First Wonder Woman series, Sensation Comics, named after the 40s comic that prominently featured the Amazon warrior. It’s doubtless both a trademark win (when trademarks are abandoned others can use them) and a win for the oft left in the corner third leg of the DC Big […]

DC sets creative teams for September and reveals some covers

JLU_B_580_53757b57235540.01528654

After some squawking over forcing retailers to order September’s “Future’s End” event comics blind due to the time needed to manufacture the lenticular covers, DC has revealed all the lineups and even a few covers. It’s the usual blend of mainstays, with a few yeoman back-ups. In other words, you must be reliable. As for whats in the stories, you can rely on a full array of face sewing, limb chopping, insect-leg attaching action as you like it!