The Retailer’s View: Bob Wayne, an appreciation

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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

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  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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Vertigo Gets Back To Its Roots: A Look At Coffin Hill: Forest of the Night

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There was a time, early on, when Vertigo was considered more of a horror and dark fantasy line.  Swamp Thing, Hellblazer and Sandman all being prominent parts of the first wave.  Vertigo’s widened its doors considerably since then to include straight up crime and science fiction titles, as well as fantasy with a lighter tone.  It’s […]

FLASH trailer debuts

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnXsnR-2AvU Looks like he’ll be running…and FAST. Seriously, this is a fine trailer. And I don’t even like the Flash. And the Arrow crossover possibilities are endless. Grant Gustin will be playing the title character, Barry Allen, and he’s evidently a jolly sort who likes his powers. The Flash previously appeared in a one season […]

Three minute long Constantine trailer released

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The first three minute look at Constantine, the upcoming NBC series based on the Hellblazer comics, has been released and there is good and there is bad. I liked the callouts to actual comics, like the insect covered call of the very first issue, and the angel winged Mannym as played by Harold Perrineau. OBviously […]

Zack Snyder passes along camera tips…and first look at Ben Affleck as Batman

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I shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. #Batman #Batmobile #Gotham http://t.co/WPHKLxgBLM pic.twitter.com/p5DEf6fLzJ — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 13, 2014 Over on twitter Batman vs Superman director Zack Snyder has helpfully passed along a photo with some lens information to help you get that moody gritty look. Another aid in getting just the right note of […]

Constantine, iZombie and The Flash have all been picked up for series

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Wow what a week for DC’s tv properties! iZombie, The Flash and Constantine have ALL been picked up for series commitments! The Flash, which is a spinoff of Arrow, will air on The CW, as will iZombie, based on the Chris Roberson/Mike Allred Vertigo book of the same name. And NBC has ordered Constantine, based […]

FInger family is “not okay” with DC despite other statements

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I think this statement from the family of Bill FInger, the long uncredited co-creator of most of the Batman mythos speaks for itself. The long memories of comics aren’t just for issue numbers, people. During a recent WonderCon Anaheim panel for Batman’s 75th anniversary, an audience member asked panelists for opinions about the fact that writer […]

Fox releases first trailer for GOTHAM

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Fox and WB just released the very first trailer for this falls GOTHAM tv show! With great hesitation and uncertainty, I would tag this as “Nolan-esque.” And why not? The Christopher Nolan Batman movies are the benchmark now. Gotham has been ordered for a full season this fall on Fox, and it’s billed as “an […]

What’s best for Mother’s Day? Wonder Woman merchandise!

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WB Consumer Products has just unveiled a bunch of Wonder Woman merchandise themed to Mothers Day, reminding us that even if an actual storyline for Wonder Woman is problematic, difficult and whatever other synonym for “iffy” word you want to use, licensing wise, she’s a powerhouse for Warner Bros

C2E2: The Man of Tomorrow panel with Pak, Snyder, Kuder and Soule

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DC’s final C2E2 panel focused on Superman featuring the talent line up of Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder, with Scott Snyder and Charles Soule coming in a little late. Much of Superman’s 2014 was discussed along with Scott’s heart felt goodbye to Superman Unchained.

First up was Action Comics with Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder. The scene in issue 30 was shown where Doomsday kills polar bears. Pak went on to talk about how much fun he’s having writing Action and that issue 30 was a prelude to the “Doomed” storyline. He promised in the upcoming storyline we’d see “enormous comic book fights like you’ve never seen before.”