Indie Month-to-Month Sales November 2013 — The Usual Suspects

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After an unusual couple of months things are pretty much back to normal this month, with the usual suspects of Walking Dead, Saga, Star Wars and My Little Pony joined by a few new Image titles and Valiant’s best-seller yet. At the bottom end of the charts we finally see a few titles returning, although possibly quite briefly in some cases.

150 indie titles charted in the top 300, up on last month’s 135. The indie chart sold approximately 1,820,321 comics, a bit down on last month’s 2,031,509. That’s all due to the increased numbers that Walking Dead added last month. It also means that the average sales this month are 12,153, down on last month’s 15,048. Out of the 150 books, only 20 went up in sales and 112 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts.

UPDATE: Ape Entertainment is still alive and planning

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TweetYesterday, we reported on the inactivity at Ape Entertainment, and wondered if the company was still around. Well, COO Brent Erwin responded to an inquiry to explain that they are just in reorg mode, but have a digital project coming out at the end of the month and more stuff in the works. Read on: […]

Meanwhile, Amigo Comics is retrenching

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Tweet And speaking of the indie world of publishers below the Top Seven, Amigo Comics is a periodical publisher that launched last year with the hope of putting out “creator owned comics”. It was the brainchild of Spain-based creator El Torres (Nancy in Hell) and to be honest we didn’t pay that much attention to […]

Is Ape Entertainment dunzo?

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While PictureBox was the first big casualty of the potential Great ShakeOut of ’13-14, it seems that Ape Entertainment may have actually preceded it to the big hiatus box in the sky by just stopping without much notice or mention. It was Detective Carlson who first noticed it was missing from recent activity line-ups with all orders for comics cancelled.

Retrofit announces 2014 schedule and goes electronic

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Tweet 2014 will be the year of adjustments. Mark my words. I believe Torsten was correct about 2013 being a game changing year when many things were tried and doors opened; 2014 will see people learning and fixing from from the blue sky projections of 2013. And to get started, Box Brown’s Retrofit Comics—a grass […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales October 2013: Indies rebound after that dastardly Villains Month

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Tweet By Paul Mellerick Far more indie titles this month after DC’s Villains month stunt last month, that added 52 extra DC titles into the chart. 135 indie titles charted in the top 300, up on last month’s 109. Partly, but not entirely due to this month’s Walking Dead issue, the indie chart sold approximately […]

Take the Devastator’s anonymous convention economy survey

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Tweet With the circuit for both cons—traditional comic-cons—and CAFs—more indie styled comic arts festivals like TCAF and CAB—proliferating and becoming an increasingly important part of the comics economy, indie humor magazine The Devastator has taken it upon itself to attempt to create an infographic on how big a part of the economy these shows really […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales September 2013: Star Wars beat The Walking Dead

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It’s a very strange month this month. With DC producing two versions of all of their Villains Month books, there are only 109 indie titles charting in the top 300, down on last month’s 153. Lots of titles missed the top 300 this month, but will no doubt return next month.

Despite that, they sold an estimated 1,521,695 comics, only 60,000 less than last month’s 1,581,067, on 44 titles less. This was mainly due to a lot of big new titles, seven of the top 14 titles are new entries, selling over 20,000 copies each. It also means that the average sales this month are 13,960, massively up from last month’s 10,333. If it hadn’t been for Villains month, it would have been a big month for indie.

31 Days of Halloween: Nightworld: A Gothic Treasure

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Tweet The comic miniseries Nightworld is a saga of psychodramas between cunning devils, gross monsters, and the inner demons of regret of lost love. It’s a monster mash-up horror movie romance with slapstick gags, which your whole pack of bad wolf friends will howl over. The story stars anti-hero Plenilunio, who was transformed into a […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales August 2013: The Walking Dead, Saga, Star Wars

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Kind of a quiet month this month, with only two notable debuts, JMS’s new book Sidekicks, and this month’s Aspen debut, Overtaken, amongst the usual high flyers. In fact there are only 10 new books charting all month. The return of Saga is the only other big news, going from strength to strength.

It occurred to me this month that many of Image’s new books are getting some form of returnability. However, I’ve decided that, unlike my colleague MOF on the DC column, I’m not going to adjust the figures to reflect that, I’m going to stick to the raw data.

DeForge’s Kid Mafia to be reprinted by Secret Headquarters

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Tweet Three-time 2013 Ignatz Winner Michael DeForge is a prolific cartoonist — very prolific. So if you’re wondering just which strip is Kid Mafia, it’s the one about skateboarding teens who are also Mafia kingpins who go around cutting deals and then cutting up bodies when things don’t go so good. It’s drawn in DeForge’s […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales July 2013

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A triumphant return for Fathom, albeit one backed by a price-promotion, and a full price relaunch for Red Sonja join Matt Fraction’s Satellite Sam as the big debuts this month, and East of West and Lazarus cement their places in the upper part of the chart. Elsewhere are a clutch of strong mid-level launches, and a slightly worrying series of drops for Valiant.

SPX 2013 programming goes live

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Tweet HOW WILL YOU CHOOSE? The super-excellent lineup of guests has led to an amazing lineup of spotlights and panels as always. Put together by Bill Kartalopoulos, SPX always has a diverse and thought provoking lineup and this year is no exception. This year’s SPX will be held September 14-15 in North Bethesda, MD. ——- […]

So what kind of person buys a “Torture variant” cover anyway? (NSFW, trigger images)

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I know everyone tsk tsk’s Avatar’s habit of putting out gory, exploitive covers, but seriously, after looking at some of their “torture variant” covers, I find myself asking “WHAT KIND OF SICK FUCK BUYS THIS SHIT????” I get the appeal of a little transgressive gore now and then, but these are basically images of sawed off limbs, flaying and twisted sexual situations that make Mark Millar look like Hannah Montana.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales June 2013: Walking Dead continues to climb

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It’s mostly as you were this month, Walking Dead continuing its residency in the top twenty, while Image generally have a strong showing at the top, Lazarus joining Jupiter’s Legacy, East of West and Ten Grand amongst the best-selling indies. X-Files and Fabulous Killjoys also score very good debuts for IDW and Dark Horse respectively.

FIRST LOOK: The Human Fly debuts at Comic-Con

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TweetThe Human Fly is back. Who is the Human Fly, you ask? Well, he was the star of a 70s Marvel Comic, which was based on a real stuntman; the Marvel version ran for 19 issues and included tasty vintage Bronze Age art by Frank Robbins. This new comics anthology revives him and ties in […]