By Chris Rice Hello, my name’s Chris, nice to meet you. For the last three years or so, I’ve been writing the indie chart under the nom de plume of Paul Mellerick, as for most of that time I was working for a certain well-known comic distributor here in the UK. They can be assured […]
The parade of the CAFs continues with MeCAF in Portland, Maine, a one day event to be held this Sunday, May 18th. This year the show has moved to a new venue, The Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore Street. It’s still near the ocean, and has bigger space, free wifi and food vendors. Guests include
Sean Gordon Murphy, James Sturm, Kazu Kibuishi, Jimmy Gownley, Zack Gialongo and Maris Wicks. Programming is here. This is a comics focused event with a big emphasis on all-ages material that everyone likes going to. There is also an emphasis on lobster, Shipyard beer and other nautical fare. The local paper has a nice preview.
Over the weekend Portland, OR saw Linework NW debut as a new indie-styled comic arts festival to replace Stumptown, which has merged with Rose City Comic-Con. Held at the more indie-complaint Norse Hall it sounds from all reports that the show had a great energy. Dark Horse’s David Scroggy was kind enough to send in […]
I’ll have a longer report (HA) later, but to hold you over here is Robyn Chapman’s MoCCA Festival wrap-up at The Tiny Report, which hits all the main points, including the big one, which was “Whoa! Charlie Brown!” PW Comics World also has a photo gallery up by Jody Culkin and Calvin Reid, including the […]
S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) is yet another comics-related event in Columbus. This will be the 15th year for the show, making it one of the granddaddys of the indie “CAF” circuit and it claims to be “the midwest’s longest running exhibition of small press, creator owned and art comics.” This year it will be held April 14 and 15th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus and sponsored by Back Porch Comics.
Joining Walking Dead and Saga this month as the best-selling indie titles are a new Serenity book and Rick Remender’s new title, Deadly Class. As with last month, there are a swathe of recent books that are doing well around the top 150, but below that things aren’t looking too healthy. There are very few long running titles (besides Walking Dead of course) that are selling in healthy numbers, and the mini-series as ongoing series model that the likes of BPRD use doesn’t seem to be having any noticeable benefit anymore. Worth keeping an eye on, that.
New York’s MoCCA Festival kicks off on April 5 &6 at the Lexington Armory,and the key art by guest Fiona Staples has just been released. It’s a take off on Breughel’s classic Tower of Babel imagery except with flying carpets. That’s how MoCCA always feels to me. Along with Staples, Howrd Cruse, Robert Williams and […]
Just So Happens By Fumio Obata Published by Jonathan Cape Buy This Book Upon first impression of Fumio Obata’s new graphic novel, Just So Happens, I was struck with a lot of similar impressions that arose whilst reading a related, albeit a hastily associated work, Glyn Dillon’s Nao of Brown. Sure, both recount stories about […]
My sincerest apologies for both the lateness and the brevity of this month’s column. I’m in the middle of a move to a new city, and have just started a new job, so time has been especially scarce this month. I’ve not been able to comment on many of the titles towards the lower end of the chart, and I suspect next month will be very similar. Things should be back to normal by the February chart though!
It was a relatively quiet December, Bill Willingham’s Legenderry the highest charting new entry amongst the usual bumper-selling Image titles, a couple of Star Wars books and My Little Pony. Elsewhere, it’s a very downward trending chart, with only 11 titles going up in sales and a colossal 123 going down, with the rest made up of new entries and specials.
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.
Yesterday, 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: […]
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 it, […]
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.
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 roots […]