Report: DC brain trust is moving west

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CBR has a pretty confident report that four of DC’s top brass will be moving to Cali when the big exodus happens in 2015: co-publisher Dan DiDio, editor-in-chief Bob Harras, Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond and group editor Eddie Berganza.  Even among those “in the know” confirmations of comings and goings have been hard to come by, although Berganza and DiDio always seemed like naturals. I never had any question that Bond would go because she’s a trooper all the way. Harras has been a big question mark, but as far as I know, his kids are pretty grown up, which is usually a big factor in going westward ho or not.

DC’s Previews April ’14: The Forever People are back

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DC released the advance preveiws of its June titles today with the start of INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE by Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen, and the end of Larfleeze, and a lot of issue #32s.

Trenchcoat alert: First look at Matt Ryan as Constantine

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Tweet NBC has released the first official image of actor Matt Ryan as John Constantine in the upcoming pilot. Trenchcoat check, stubble, check, cigarette, no, but there is a memorial swirl of smoke behind him. The pilot is being produced by Daniel Cerone & David S. Goyer, who wrote the script, and directed by Neil […]

And here’s a quick first look at The Flash costume

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Tweet A Flash pilot is on the way starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen—and here’s the first look at his costume. It was designed by Academy Ward winner Colleen Atwood, who also works on ARROW. (Her Oscars include Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago.) This image says scarlet, it says foreshortening…does it […]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: January 2014 — Meet the new guy!

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Hi everyone! New guy, Dave Carter, here with the first DC sales charts of 2014. I have an introductory write-up down at the end of this column, but since you’re all really here for the sales numbers, commentary and snark, let’s get to it:

On the surface DC seemingly does well to start off the year, with their two premier Batman-starring titles in the #1 & #2 slots, and five of the top ten. But once you start looking a little deeper there is much to cause concern…

Three of DC’s top selling titles, Forever Evil, Superman Unchained, and Sandman Overture, did not ship this month, contributing to the overall sales decline.

DC’s September stunt involves 3-D Motion Covers, and five years in the future

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Tweet DC has announced its September stunt for the year at the ComicsPRO meeting down in Atlanta and it’s the return of those new-fangled lenticular motion covers, plus a tie-in the the weekly series THE NEW 52: FUTURE’S END. According to an email from a publicity temp at WBE, “Following the overwhelming success of 2013s […]

Go girl: Lois Lane gets a very rare one shot today

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Tweet Today’s Lois Lane one-shot comic by Marguerite Bennett and Emanuela Lupacchino is not only the first Lois Lane solo book in a long time, but a possible “pilot” season for the character, who is actually the LONGEST running female character in the Superhero Universe, having debuted in Action Comics #1 right along side Clark […]

Constantine has been cast with Welsh actor Matt Ryan

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Tweet Finally, the long national nightmare is over, and a British actor has been cast as John Constantine! Although I thought it would be one of the dead guys from Game of Thrones, it’s Matt Ryan, seen in Criminal Minds, The Tudors, Layer Cake and other reputable productions. Constantine is being readied as a TV […]

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: December 2013 — The Caped Crusader towers at the top

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The month of December was dripping with excitement at DC Comics, as the publisher’s comic-book line shivered on the brink of a new year of bold opportunities and potential tours de force. DC’s œuvre held strong and even grew slightly in total unit sales versus November, as the publisher thrust into an already booming direct market with stiff opposition its new DC Universe title JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000.

The Vertigo imprint, alas, which added DEAD BOY DETECTIVES to its arousing line-up in December, continued its refractory period in-between new issues of THE SANDMAN, the second and next of which shall find release no sooner than February.

DC to spend $250,000 on marketing Vertigo graphic novels this year

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Tweet Or at least that’s what a a wraparound ad on this week’s Publishers Weekly states. (The ad in itself is a bold, pricey buy.) The books spotlighted for the campaign are FBP, Coffin Hill, Brother Lono, Trillum, The Wake, and Hinterkind. According to ad copy, there will be a $250,000 marketing campaign including ads […]

Ben McKenzie cast as Young Commissioner Gordon in Gotham

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Tweet Former The O.C. and Southland star Ben McKenzie has been cast as young James Gordon in Gotham, the upcoming Fox series about young Bruce Wayne and friends. McKenzie doesn’t look like Archie Goodwin, but we’ll just have to deal with that. Gordon will be a main character in Gotham, which is set during Batman’s […]

Three things you need to know about the Preacher TV show

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Tweet AMC has officially announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will develop a TV show based on Preacher, the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon Vertigo classic. This is crazy news if you know Rogen and Preacher—one is a weed-friendly, huggable Canadian comedian, the other is a comic book series about God abandoning man and a lone […]

Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. taking over Superman this summer

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Tweet Via their DC ALl Access video series DC has confirmed that the new team on Superman will be writer Geoff Johns and artist John Romita Jr. You may recall that last summer JRjr went on something of a charm campaign, basically telling everyone he was available, now that his Marvel contract was over. DC […]

Mike Marts Moves to Marvel

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TweetIt’s been announced that Mike Marts, DC’s Batman group editor, has moved to Marvel Comics this week as an Executive Editor. Having overseen the Batman titles for several years – including runs like the Snyder/Capullo Batman, Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc and Williams/Blackman’s Batwoman – he’ll be returning to Marvel, where he previously worked for ten […]

WB/Target release horrible products with different art styles for each gender

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TweetSue at DC Women Kicking Ass has a post on the fruits of that WB/Target licensing deal that was announced last year, with emphasis on the Wonder Woman aspects of it. Some of it is typical Target fare you’d find in the $4 aisle—a Wonder Woman water bottle filled with candy because health: But then […]

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: November 2013 – The Final Countdown

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November was more of the same for DC, basically, with the “Forever Evil” and “Zero Year” crossovers rolling on, along with a couple of smaller ones. Oh, and Harley Quinn debuted.