DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: January 2009

by Marc-Oliver Frisch The big news on the January sales chart is a catastrophic crash of WildStorm’s average periodical sales. The monthly direct-market numbers of the DC Comics sub-label hovered around the 10K mark for most of the past twelve months, but in the new year, the bottom dropped out: WildStorm’s average sales nosedived by […]

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: January 2009

By Paul O’Brien The new year begins with a relatively quiet month on the charts. The big news, of course, is Barack Obama’s unexpectedly popular appearance in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Ironically, the other significant new releases for January are part of the “Dark Reign” event, with the launch of DARK AVENGERS and the relaunch of PUNISHER. […]

Wizard moves office

Via PR, Wizard is moving its office from Congers to the big, bad city. Starting this May, all three monthly Wizard Entertainment publications—Wizard, ToyFare and Anime Insider—will be produced in the company’s New York City office. Since it was founded in 1991, Wizard Entertainment has operated out of its headquarters located in Congers, New York, […]

WonderCon Day 3: Just as was told

[image from CNet] by Matt Maxwell Take it away, Lift to Experience. “Hear the train a-comin’” indeed. Saturday was a runaway train, full tilt roto, unstoppable on the tracks without a Superman in sight to slow it down. But even runaway trains lose momentum over time. And that was Sunday. Now, in reality, at least […]

REVIEW: WATCHMEN, flaws and all

I promised to give a fuller review of WATCHMEN, but it seems that my feelings are much like those of everyone who has already seen it. Those who liked it and those who didn’t seem to identify the same flaws and the same strengths. Both flow from director Zack Snyder’s devotion to making this a […]

Well, that was stupid

Today is a bad day at Stately Beat Manor, as I managed to badly sprain my ankle in a humiliating home accident that involved no savings of kittens, bear wrestling or heroic feats. Just clumsiness. In addition, instead of chugging two Tylenol right after the accident, I seem to have chugged several multi-vitamins, and I […]