UK publisher Great Beast shuts down—but it’s for good reasons

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While comics seem to be holding their own as an industry, with revenue generally up, there are a few folks on shaky ground, and 2014 saw a few casualties. One of them is Great Beast, the indie uUK graphic novel publisher run by cartoonists Adam Cadwell and Mark Ellerby. The imprint was sort of run as an “Image” like model, with Great Beast generally handling distribution for an emerging generation of UK cartoonists including , Robert M Ball, Dan Berry, Adam Cadwell, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Dan Cox, John Cei Douglas, Marc Ellerby, Isabel Greenberg, John Riordan and Rachael Smith.

The reason for the shut down? Too much success basically. Ellerby had left running the publisher earlier in the year and Cadwell did not have the time to keep things going:

Comic Arts Brooklyn Debuts Part Two: from Breakdown Press to Toon Books

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More amazing books to pick up tomorrow at Comic Arts Brooklyn or via your local comics shop or the web if you can’t attend. What are you most looking forward to? Many thanks to the creators and publishers for sending me info and to CAB’s Gabe Fowler for enabling this.

Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood reimagine Crockett and Tubbs for MIAMI VICE comic

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Lion Forge, the mostly digital but going to print comics company, picked up some nice 80s licenses like Punky Brewster and Miami Vice.

In the modern era of licensing, it isn’t about likenesses and wooden stories, but about reimagining things.

So Lion Forge hired Joe Casey and artist Jim Mahfood to do Miami Vice. Bringing Crockett and TUbbs to the modern day.

Since both Casey and Mahfood are certifiably bonkers*** this is awesome.

Jimmy Palmiotti on Kickstarting Sex and Violence II and why women are reading Harley Quinn

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Everyone should “Listen to JImmy” Palmiotti that is. The veteran writer, artist editor and publisher is one of the most knowledgeable comics people out there. With his collaborators from Paperfilms, Justin Gray and Amanda Conner, he’s made a small publishing enterprise out of kickstarting a series of graphic novels based on the European album format. The seventh, Sex and Violence Vol. II is ending in a few days and we advise you to get in on the Amanda Conner/Dave Johnson action as soon as possible — the books will not be sold in any other way. We talked to Palmiotti a few months ago when he was Kickstarting the SF tale Denver and got his overall thoughts on using Kickstarter as a platform. This time out we talk about the storytelling process,finding artists and also find out how Harley Quinn, which he co-writes with Amanda Conner, has become one of DC’s bestselling titles, with a huge female fan base.

SPX memories…like a magical unicorn

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You can read my official SPC report at PW, with news and notes, but I’m guessing that everyone who was at SPX is probably, like me, realizing that the magic is over and we have a whole year to go, or maybe a few weeks if you count APE, but in the meantime, I can keep the magic going a few moments more by rounding up some of the magical, mystical memories of SPX. I said there were a few people who didn’t have a good time, and you can find one of two on Tumblr who sat outside hotel rooms sadly waiting for the person with the key to come back. But if you could open your heart, SPX would make you love it. As the above picture shows, SPX is the only con where you can find Julia Wertz and Renee French just sitting and smiling with each other. It’s also the only place where someone would leave their computer just sitting out on a table (as one prominent comics personage di don Friday)and feel pretty secure that it would be just fine. There is a reason why people puts up so many pics and blog so much about this show—it’s a full on love affair.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales July 2014: Let’s Kill Archie

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By Chris Rice A few interesting new entries this month, headed by, of all things, The Death of Archie! That’s joined by Rick Remender’s new book Low, and a pair of new Doctor Who books become Titan’s biggest selling comics yet. Lots of books not charting this month for reasons explained below. Marvel went a […]

SPX 2014 Debuts: a few choice picks

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In the olden days I would slave away all night putting up pictures of debuts, but now all CAFs do it on their website, and here’s the amazing SPX 2014 Debut Books page! BRING MONEY. But if you want some recommendations, Rob CLough has an essential list of seventeen creators to check out. I can’t improve on Rob’s […]

SPX announces programming

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And it’s a doozy as always — PR provided some highlights but I can tell you I won’t miss that alt-weekly panel….90s NOSTALGIA PEOPLE. SPX will be held Sept. 13-14 in North Bethesda, MD. BE THERE. White Oak Room   TIME DESCRIPTION Noon – 1:00 Alt-Weekly Comics Roundtable Until recently the media landscape has been […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales June 2014: Outcast!

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Lots of new entries this month, including smash-hit new books from Robert Kirkman and Kieron Gillen and a first ever official comic for a cult film favourite. Elsewhere Valiant continue to falter despite the new Armor Hunters crossover, and Zenescope seem to be similarly slipping down and off the sales chart with their numbers dropping to new lows.

Here’s the cover to the Sam Alden issue of Frontier

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Youth in Decline’s flagship publication is Frontier, a slim but essential Risographed book featuring the work of one cartoonist. Past issues have spotlighted Uno Moralez, Hellen Jo, Sascha Hommer, Ping Shu and now Sam Alden. And here’s the cover. The issue goes on sales at SPX and will feature a new 36-page comic by Alden. […]

2014 Ignatz Nominees announced: Yang, Shiga, Deitch among nominees

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The 2014 Ignatz Awards have announced their nominations. As usual with this indie-comics focused award the nominees are an eclectic bunch, maybe even more eclectic than usual, going from the National Book Award-nominees Boxers and Saints in the Outstaind Graphic Novel category, to a mix of mostly little known outside indie circles nominees in Newcomer, […]

ONE AND DONE: The Trouble With First Issues [The Life After #1]

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Sometimes, it’s just not fair to judge a book by its first issue. They’re just so different from what you’ll end up getting on a monthly basis. First issues have an incredible amount of work to do, work that’s extremely hard to do well in 22 pages–in fact, a lot of first issues are a […]

Neely and Keller offer zero issue of soon-to-be-announced THE HUMANS

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Hm well, according to this, THE HUMANS, by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom (The Blot, Henry and Glenn) Neely will be announced as an ongoing series by a major publisher at San Diego. BUT BEFORE THAT, they are offering their OWN #0 issue with pin-ups by Kristina Collantes, which you can buy at their web […]

Cartoonist Anders Nilsen is taking on Amazon with two new projects

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Anders Nilsen—Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, Big Questions, Rage of Poseidon—is surely one of the finest cartoonists of the last decade. Big Questions won lots of awards and helped further the cause of the graphic novel’s literary worth when it came out in 2011. The fold-out book Poseidon is an object d’art in addition […]

SPX has been revealing more and more guests and posters, including Sorenson, Graham

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This fall’s Small Press Expo—to be held September 13-14 in North Bethesda—has been quietly rolling out guests, and the list is expanding, even as john Porcellino’s poster reveals even more, including Olivier Schwauren and Michael DeForge. Announced guests include more alt-comix mainstays like Drew Friedman, Jen Sorenson and Ben Katchor, and contemporary masters Emily Carroll and Brandon Graham. Here’s the list of everyone who’s in:

Indie Month-to-Month Sales: April 2014— Oh Those Southern Bastards

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Overall another quiet month, although excellent debuts from Jason Aaron’s Southern Bastards and Valiant’s Rai splash amongst the regular chart-toppers, and a few healthy new entries make their marks selling around the 10-15,000 copy mark .

151 indie titles charted in the top 300, slightly up on last month’s 150. Overall sales were up at 1,688,787, compared to last month’s 1,655,816 and the average sales this month are 11,184, up on last month’s 11,038. 19 titles went up in sales and 108 went down, with the rest made up of new entries and specials.

Image have another great month with a 9.34% dollar share and an 10.31% market share, while Dark Horse in second place have a 5.54% dollar share and 5.18% market share. IDW have a 5.10% dollar share and a 4.24% market share, Dynamite have a 2.49% dollar share and 2.47% market share and Boom! have a 2.07 % dollar share and 1.97% market share. Eaglemoss actually beat Dynamite on dollar sales at 2.14, but that equated to less than 0 .73% market share and were lumped in with the miscellaneous small publishers.