Great moments in comics marketing 2013

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The other day I was prepping for a talk on marketing at an NYU publishing class, and reached out to the Twitosphere to ask what were “the notable comics marketing success stories over the last year” and the Twitosphere responded with a bunch of smart and savvy suggestions:

Image announces another Image Expo for January 9

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Tweet Yikes, the 2014 comics calendar just got a new event to get it off to a bangin’ start: the third Image Expo, to be held January 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. From the looks of things it will be another big media and fan event, as was the last one, […]

Diamond: DC, Marvel and Image all won something in October sales charts

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TweetIt was kinda a three-way tie in October’s sale charts, according to Diamond’s just released statistics. THE WALKING DEAD #115 was the best selling comic, but DC won the units battle, 31.02% to Marvel’s 30.47%, behind The Sandman: Overture #1 and Batman #24. Marvel won the DOLLARS chart, however, 33.63% to 33.15%, thanks to strong […]

Image Offer an Invitation for 11th November

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TweetImage have stepped up with some smart marketing over the last few months, and today sees a darned intriguing teaser release from the company. Simply, it’s this – What are they up to? If I were a guessing man – and let’s be honest, that’s basically all I ever do – then I’d suggest this […]

NYCC ’13: The East of West Panel with Hickman and Dragotta

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Tweet By Jeffrey O. Gustafson Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta, the co-creators of the hit Image series East of West, held a panel in front of a packed audience of appreciative fans Saturday at New York Comic Con. Image Comics’ Director of Business Development Ron Richards moderated the panel, with Dragotta showing up just as […]

NYCC ’13: The Chew Panel

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Tweet by Jeffrey O. Gustafson Friday at New York Comic Con, creators John Layman and Rob Guillory talked to several hundred fans of their hugely entertaining, humorous, action-drama series Chew.   They talked about upcoming issues in the current stoyline. Next month’s Issue 38 will be Colby/Savoy focused and set in the FDA prison. Additionally, […]

NYCC 13: Kirkman & Azaceta Launch Outcast at Image

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Tweet Well here’s what Image was teasing all week: a new horror series by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta called Outcast. The Beat was not able to make the press call for this (yes not even for Robert Kirkman, sob) but our pals at CBR have the skinny: “I’ve been working in TV for a […]

NYCC ’13: Comixology offers signings and giveaways

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Tweet  Free stuff and signings with Doug Braithwaite, Larry Hama and more! Take comics further this New York Comic Con 2013 at the comiXology booth (#1928) with a host of exclusive giveaways, signings, offers and panels happening all convention long.  ComiXology has produced in conjunction with Image Comics, IDW Publishing and Valiant a series […]

NYCC ’13: Road War – Boom Vs Valiant Vs Image Vs Dark Horse

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TweetValiant’s editors were talking about something strange on Twitter yesterday. Boom’s editors were doing the same today. They kept going on about cars and something called #NYCCKOTR, which nobody would explain when I asked about it. Well! Today this weird list of letters has been revealed to be New York Comic Con: King of the […]

Image unveils complete Walking Dead #115 cover

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Tweet  Not content with celebrating the 100th issue, Image and The Walking Dead are now ramping up for the 10th anniversary of the bleak, flesh eating mega-hit. #115, the 10th anniversary issue, will have a bunch of variant covers by Charlie Adlard, colored by Dave Stewart, that add up to the complete image seen above. […]

Ben Templesmith: “I’m alive.”

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Tweet When the story broke about J. Michael Straczynski replacing Ben Templesmith with CP Smith, as artist on his Image series Ten Grand after Templesmith went into extreme radio silence, many wondered if Templesmith was okay. We reached out to him and he emailed back to say he had apologized to JMS, and the communication […]

Fraction and Zdarsky unveil their Sex Criminals

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Tweet Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky are collaborating on a new Image ongoing about two people who can stop time when they have sex. We’ll have more of the nitty gritty from Fraction and Zdarsky in a bit. but here’s the SFW preview released by Image.

Nice art: Fiona Staples covers to SAGA #’s 13-16

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A new issue of SAGA is out today and that will undoubtedly be cause for rejoicing among many readers. Over on her Tumblr, artist Fiona Staples has been posting the covers through issue #16 and here for your edification they all are.

Artist Laura Braga joins Witchblade team with issue #170

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Tweet Oh yeah while we’re announcing new comics teams, Laura Braga, the very talented Italian artist, is the new artist on WITCHBLADE as of issue #170. She joins writer Ron Marz and colorist/editor Betsy Gonia on the book, meaning the book will be 2/3s people not named Ron. You may be amazed to know WITCHBLADE—the […]

Should Digital Comics Still Be Locked Down?

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Tweet by Bruce Lidl   If nobody cares about DRM on digital comics, why does everybody keep bringing it up? San Diego 2013 was unquestionably a triumph for digital comics heavyweight comiXology, with a stream of announcements of new initiatives and new partnerships. Chip Mosher may have been one of the busiest men at the […]

SDCC’13: Skybound Announce ‘Manifest Destiny’ and ‘Dead Body Road’

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TweetRobert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint had a panel today, during which the company announced two new titles: Dead Body Road from Justin Jordan and Matteo Scalera; and Manifest Destiny from Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts.