DC Month-to-Month Sales: November 2007

by Marc-Oliver Frisch Many of DC Comics’ ongoing problems throughout 2007 persisted in November. With Justice League of America, Justice Society of America and Green Lantern, the publisher’s three best-selling titles on the October chart all failed to come out. The year-long, weekly Countdown to Final Crisis, dragging along a deluge of spin-off titles and […]

One Less Wife update

The final issue of the Spider-man Story “One More Day” came out last week, and events long wished for by Marvel editorial unfolded. We’ll put this rough spoiler in white type and behind the jump, but let’s just say it’s like the last 20 years never happened.

Benazir Bhutto bought comics

We refrain from too much current events here, but the continuing story of the death of Benazir Bhutto has a tiny little comic book connection that adds to the poignancy of it all. If you saw the news this weekend, you’ll recall that Bhutto’s 19-year-old son Bilalwal Zardari has been named the symbolic head of […]

Torchbearers launches

Indefatigable Cheryl Lynn has launchedTorchbearers, am LJ blog given over to…well, we’ll take the liberty of quoting Cheryl’s introductory post in its entirety: Welcome to Torchbearers! This community is in some ways an extension of the Ormes Society. Posts will generally be divided into three sections. Torchbearers: This section will serve to spotlight black female […]

News and notes

With Tom and Dirk both out of commission we’re feeling the pressure to link blog! Luckily not much is going on, because everyone is as focused on the holidays as we are! However, here are things from the past two weeks or so that we had bookmarked: § John Ostrander’s obit for Paul “Zeus” Grant […]

Seen around

Johanna Draper Carlson’s new apron. Ben Templesmith’s new octopus.


We had a lot of thoughts about this year that just was, but it has all been wiped away by a massive clean up effort at Stately Beat Manor that has dragged us through the 80s and 90s via the wonders of closet cleaning. A few strong impressions of only the past 12 months remain, […]

Persepolis is popular

As the year winds up, the animated PERSEPOLIS and creator Marjane Satrapi are getting vast amount of exposure, keeping graphic novels at the forefront of media news yet again. The film itself has a 98% rating at Rotten Tomatoes and has been winning many awards and plaudits in the season of honoraria including a Golden […]

Hulk photos

Very little visual aid has been released on the upcoming HULK movie, starring Edward Norton. In the film, the Hulk gains the powers to make everyone forget that Ang Lee ever made a Hulk movie. However, MTV has a few — two to be exact — stills. A piece of art — below — has […]

POS thoughts

Over at Newsarama, Vaneta Rogers talks to retailers about POS systems: “Making the transition from cigar box to cash register was not only expensive, but actually took longer to ring up customers. Yet, it was essential,” said John Robinson, co-owner of Graham Crackers Comics Ltd. in Naperville, Ill. “It’s ridiculous and laughable when you come […]

Jeannie Schulz comments

A very important link that has been floating around over the last 10 days or so. Jeannie Schulz finally speaks out on the David Michaelis bio of her husband, Charles, and explains what he got wrong: I was married to Charles Schulz for 26 years, and in all that time together, plus in 45 years […]

Sean T. Collins: right to the point

Quote: Comicdom’s continuing enabling of Dave Sim astounds me, not necessarily because his beliefs are crazy and evil but because those crazy and evil beliefs so directly inform all his work. Actually, it’s more than that: His work is about his crazy and evil beliefs. I’m not sure why otherwise bright people would “look forward” […]

RIP Paul “Zeus” Grant

Word is going around that long time comics fan Paul “Zeus” Grant passed away last month. Grant was a popular and big-hearted poster on the early days of Compuserve’s Comics and Animation forum, and I’d run into him at conventions, usually with his son Phillip at his side, and we’d always share a laugh or […]

Quick links

§ See The Beat spout off about 2007 at the Daily Cross Hatch! There were more mountain peaks, but 2007 had a higher over all batting average, to wildly mix metaphors. There were more solid base hits up the middle in 2007. § Clifford Meth has a blog in which he talks about bullying, his […]

Happy birthday, Stan

The Man is 85 today, and still in the mix.

Dave Sim’s follow-up to CEREBUS

It’s called Glamourpuss. It comes with posters and instructions (like “right click to save”) because readers may be internet unsavvy. TCJ readers sum up the bafflement. The below poster is part of the comic, not an editorial comment: