Breaking news of five months ago: Buenaventura Press closes

Over at Blog Flume, Alvin Buenaventura announced that his much admired Buenaventura Press — publisher of such seminal works as KRAMERS ERGOT #7, FIGHT OR RUN, and THE COMPLETE JACK SURVIVES — was forced to close its doors in January, due to a single devastating financial blow. Buenaventura wrote:

In January of 2010, I closed the doors at Buenaventura Press in Oakland, California. I was forced to let go of the dedicated employees who had worked so tirelessly for so little money in order to create art that we all believed in. This meant that I had to abandon all current and future projects and discontinue sales and distribution.

I deeply regret having to take these actions, but the press experienced a devastating financial blow that made it impossible to continue. (I will release more details about this problem in the future.)

I consider myself lucky to have collaborated with many of the best cartoonists and artists of this generation. I am genuinely proud of the books and prints that the press released, and I am extremely grateful for all of your support.


As one of the most cutting edge publishers of only the finest comics, Buenaventura Press created an indelible legacy of quality and high production values that set the bar for small presses. Such books as Matt Furie’s BOY’S CLUB won dedicated cult followings, and of course the oversized, super deluxe $125 KRAMERS ERGOT #7, (shown in Buenaventura’s hands, above) was the defining statement of a decade of indie comics

As we write this, Buenaventura hadn’t responded to an email asking for further comment, but he told Sean T. Collins that it involved “a legal matter.”

Looking beyond the obvious loss of a great publisher, it’s a bit disturbing that, quite simply, arguably the finest boutique comics publisher in America went out of business five months ago and…no one noticed. Buenaventura had announced something of a hiatus back at the end of 2009 so perhaps people were waiting for the comeback, which never came. An email sent to one of Buenaventura’s email addresses bounced back with an out of office message from January:

Hi folks,

We are taking our holiday vacations and will be back to answering emails on January 5th, 2010.

Happy New Year!


Whatever the cause of the shutdown, Buenaventura is one of the most dedicated and passionate comics publishers to emerge from the last decade (as well as a hell of a nice guy) and we hope he finds some way to remain involved — comics needs more Alvin, not less.

DC Month-to-Month Sales: April 2010

Brightest Day #0by Marc-Oliver Frisch

April brought a hat trick for recently crowned DC Entertainment executive Geoff Johns, who wrote the three top-selling North American comic books.

Thanks to the strong debuts of Brightest Day and The Flash, DC Comics’ April numbers remained rock-solid after the conclusion of Blackest Night. The two new titles took the two top spots in the Top 300 chart, while Green Lantern, Batman and Robin and Green Lantern Corps also placed in the Top 10. Compared to Marvel, the publisher was still a distant second in terms of market share, however, and DC’s average and total sales have seen better days.

At WildStorm, average comic-book sales fell below the 6K mark for the second time in the imprint’s history. This wasn’t unexpected, given that neither of WildStorm’s two top-selling series, Astro City and Ex Machina, came out in April. At Vertigo, meanwhile, average sales appear to be solidifying around 10K again, thanks to a range of books that are selling well for a change.

See below for the details, and please consider the small print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com‘s estimates can be found here.

—–

1 - BRIGHTEST DAY
04/2010: Brightest Day #0  -- 129,446

Geoff Johns and friends launch a biweekly 27-part series that serves as an umbrella title for the DC Universe line for the next year.

In terms of the numbers, Brightest Day #0 picks up where the last couple of issues of Blackest Night left off, but of course, it had some help. There was a 1:50 variant-cover edition, which isn’t unusual. Perhaps more significantly, retailers were able to buy 50 promotional plastic rings for every 25 copies ordered of Brightest Day #0.

As we know from those Blackest Night tie-in books from last November, this particular stunt can motivate retailers to order quite a few copies more than they realistically expect to sell, so we shall see where the numbers stand a few months down the road.

CORRECTION, June 12, 2010: The plastic-ring promotion applies to May’s Brightest Day #1, not to Brightest Day #0.
—–

2 - THE FLASH
04/2005: Flash #221     --   46,471 [47,704]
04/2007: Flash: FMA #11 --   46,963
04/2008: Flash #239      --  33,741
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04/2009: Rebirth #1 of 5 -- 102,429 (+286.6%) [111,515]
05/2009: Rebirth #2 of 5 --  86,183 (- 15.9%)
06/2009: Rebirth #3 of 5 --  83,086 (-  3.6%)
07/2009: --
08/2009: Rebirth #4 of 5 --  78,107 (-  6.0%)
09/2009: --
10/2009: --
11/2009: Rebirth #5 of 6 --  73,875 (-  5.4%)
12/2009: --
01/2010: --
02/2010: Rebirth #6 of 6 --  70,824 (-  4.1%)
03/2010: --
04/2010: Flash #1        -- 100,903 (+ 42.5%)
-----------------
6 months:  n.a.
1 year  : -  1.5%
2 years : +199.1%
5 years : +117.1%

Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul relaunch The Flash one more time.

The fact that sales are almost up there with The Flash: Rebirth #1 would seem to be a good sign, but again, thanks to a number of “retailer incentives,” it’s not quite that simple. For one thing, there were 1:25 and 1:100 variant editions. For another, retailers were able to get sets of plastic rings for every 10 copies ordered. Which, again, may have boosted the numbers a bit. And the book was billed as a Brightest Day tie-in, which probably also helped.

The litmus test for The Flash will be whether sales can be kept from entering a free-fall over the next year, which is where the two previous relaunches from 2006 and 2007 failed.

—–

3 - GREEN LANTERN
04/2005: Rebirth #5 of 6    -- 115,006 [116,652]
04/2006: --
04/2007: --
04/2008: Green Lantern #30  --  65,347
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04/2009: Green Lantern #39  --  79,792 (+15.8%) [ 84,784]
04/2009: Green Lantern #40  --  76,665 (- 3.9%) [ 84,705]
05/2009: Green Lantern #41  --  81,491 (+ 6.3%)
06/2009: Green Lantern #42  --  84,131 (+ 3.2%)
07/2009: Green Lantern #43  -- 109,426 (+30.1%) [117,314]
07/2009: Green Lantern #44  -- 105,063 (- 4.0%) [109,599]
08/2009: Green Lantern #45  -- 102,431 (- 2.5%)
09/2009: Green Lantern #46  -- 103,666 (+ 1.2%)
10/2009: Green Lantern #47  -- 101,349 (- 2.2%)
11/2009: Green Lantern #48  -- 100,371 (- 1.0%)
12/2009: Green Lantern #49  --  97,285 (- 3.1%)
01/2010: Green Lantern #50  -- 106,444 (+ 9.4%)
02/2010: Green Lantern #51  --  95,509 (-10.3%)
03/2010: Green Lantern #52  --  97,369 (+ 2.0%)
04/2010: Green Lantern #53  -- 100,356 (+ 3.1%)
-----------------
6 months: -  1.0%
1 year  : + 25.8%
2 years : + 53.6%
5 years : - 12.7%

The third Geoff Johns-written top-seller in April also profited from a 1:25 variant, a Brightest Day tie-in and a scheme involving plastic rings.

We’ll find out whether the figure is a realistic reflection of what retailers expected to be able to sell soon enough.

—–

4 - BATMAN AND ROBIN
06/2009: Batman and Robin #1  -- 168,604          [184,826]
07/2009: Batman and Robin #2  -- 117,986 (-30.2%) [129,086]
08/2009: Batman and Robin #3  -- 110,594 (- 6.3%)
09/2009: Batman and Robin #4  -- 106,925 (- 3.3%)
10/2009: Batman and Robin #5  -- 101,607 (- 5.0%)
11/2009: Batman and Robin #6  --  95,690 (- 5.8%)
12/2009: --
01/2010: Batman and Robin #7  --  87,780 (- 8.3%)
02/2010: Batman and Robin #8  --  87,302 (- 0.6%)
02/2010: Batman and Robin #9  --  84,562 (- 3.1%)
03/2010: Batman and Robin #10 --  85,292 (+ 0.9%)
04/2010: Batman and Robin #11 --  84,006 (- 1.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 17.3%

The Batman franchise is in flux currently, so retailers may adjust their orders any moment, depending on what’s going on. There was a 1:25 variant, as usual.

—–

8 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS
04/2007: Green Lantern Corps #11 -- 33,506
04/2008: Green Lantern Corps #23 -- 46,780
------------------------------------------
04/2009: Green Lantern Corps #35 -- 58,769 (+ 8.5%)
05/2009: Green Lantern Corps #36 -- 61,591 (+ 4.8%)
06/2009: Green Lantern Corps #37 -- 63,574 (+ 3.2%)
07/2009: Green Lantern Corps #38 -- 82,415 (+29.6%)
08/2009: Green Lantern Corps #39 -- 84,241 (+ 2.2%)
09/2009: Green Lantern Corps #40 -- 83,112 (- 1.3%)
10/2009: Green Lantern Corps #41 -- 81,377 (- 2.1%)
11/2009: Green Lantern Corps #42 -- 80,391 (- 1.2%)
12/2009: Green Lantern Corps #43 -- 77,774 (- 3.3%)
01/2010: Green Lantern Corps #44 -- 76,458 (- 1.7%)
02/2010: Green Lantern Corps #45 -- 75,404 (- 1.4%)
03/2010: Green Lantern Corps #46 -- 76,720 (+ 1.8%)
04/2010: Green Lantern Corps #47 -- 72,163 (- 5.9%)
----------------
6 months: -11.3%
1 year  : +22.8%
2 years : +54.3%

Another Brightest Day tie-in, promoted, as usual, with a 1:25 variant.

—–

11 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA
04/2005: JLA #113           --  64,002
04/2007: Justice League #7  -- 154,984
04/2008: Justice League #20 --  85,807
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04/2009: Justice League #32 --  66,021 (- 4.0%)
05/2009: Justice League #33 --  63,867 (- 3.3%)
06/2009: Justice League #34 --  61,115 (- 4.3%)
07/2009: Justice League #35 --  58,915 (- 3.6%)
08/2009: Justice League #36 --  57,549 (- 2.3%)
09/2009: Justice League #37 --  55,478 (- 3.6%)
10/2009: Justice League #38 --  61,012 (+10.0%)
11/2009: Justice League #39 --  89,376 (+46.5%)
12/2009: Justice League #40 --  68,672 (-23.2%)
01/2010: Justice League #41 --  62,262 (- 9.3%)
02/2010: Justice League #42 --  57,522 (- 7.6%)
03/2010: Justice League #43 --  56,461 (- 1.9%)
04/2010: Justice League #44 --  62,342 (+10.4%)
----------------
6 months: + 2.2%
1 year  : - 5.6%
2 years : -27.4%
5 years : - 2.6%

The fourth and final Brightest Day tie-in for April. The crossover brings a decent increase.

—–

13 - BATMAN
04/2005: Batman #639 --  62,344
04/2006: Batman #652 --  72,889 [82,438]
04/2007: --
04/2008: Batman #675 --  71,138
-------------------------------
04/2009: BfC #2 of 3 --  89,120 (- 2.7%)
05/2009: BfC #3 of 3 --  89,170 (+ 0.1%)
06/2009: Batman #687 --  96,913 (+ 8.7%)
07/2009: Batman #688 --  83,040 (-14.3%)
08/2009: Batman #689 --  78,392 (- 5.6%)
09/2009: Batman #690 --  77,001 (- 1.8%)
10/2009: Batman #691 --  71,431 (- 7.2%)
10/2009: Batman #692 --  70,322 (- 1.6%)
11/2009: Batman #693 --  68,983 (- 1.9%)
12/2009: Batman #694 --  65,908 (- 4.5%)
01/2010: Batman #695 --  63,467 (- 3.7%)
02/2010: Batman #696 --  61,290 (- 3.4%)
03/2010: Batman #697 --  61,157 (- 0.2%)
04/2010: Batman #698 --  60,934 (- 0.4%)
----------------
6 months: -14.0%
1 year  : -31.6%
2 years : -14.3%
5 years : - 2.3%

Holding level in anticipation of issue #700, evidently.

—–

32 - SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN
09/2009: Superman: Secret Origin #1 of 6 -- 54,630
10/2009: Superman: Secret Origin #2 of 6 -- 46,840 (-14.3%)
11/2009: Superman: Secret Origin #3 of 6 -- 45,029 (- 3.9%)
12/2009: --
01/2010: Superman: Secret Origin #4 of 6 -- 43,863 (- 2.6%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: --
04/2010: Superman: Secret Origin #5 of 6 -- 42,638 (- 2.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 9.0%

The Geoff Johns/Gary Frank vehicle keeps holding up well, despite the delays. On the other hand, it’s two top-flight creators on a major character, of course, and the sales are deeply unimpressive for that. There was a 1:10 variant.

—–

33 - DETECTIVE COMICS
04/2005: Detective Comics #805 --  39,077
04/2006: Detective Comics #818 --  60,440 [68,189]
04/2007: Detective Comics #831 --  56,284
04/2008: Detective Comics #843 --  48,431
-----------------------------------------
04/2009: Detective Comics #853 -- 104,107 (+83.8%)
05/2009: --
06/2009: Detective Comics #854 --  72,808 (-30.1%) [79,573]
07/2009: Detective Comics #855 --  61,205 (-15.9%)
08/2009: Detective Comics #856 --  58,859 (- 3.8%)
09/2009: Detective Comics #857 --  57,063 (- 3.1%)
10/2009: Detective Comics #858 --  58,599 (+ 2.7%)
11/2009: Detective Comics #859 --  54,392 (- 7.2%)
12/2009: Detective Comics #860 --  52,295 (- 3.9%)
01/2010: Detective Comics #861 --  45,937 (-12.2%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: Detective Comics #862 --  44,687 (- 2.7%)
03/2010: Detective Comics #863 --  43,119 (- 3.5%)
04/2010: Detective Comics #864 --  42,436 (- 1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 27.6%
1 year  : - 59.2%
2 years : - 12.4%
5 years : +  8.6%

As of the April issue, Greg Rucka’s “Batwoman” feature in Detective Comics is history. The sales seem to be finding their level regardless; of course, when issue #864 was solicited, it was said to be the first chapter in a two-month break for Rucka’s “Batwoman,” so if there’s any fallout, it may be yet to come.

—–

41 - ADVENTURE COMICS
08/2009: Adventure Comics #1  -- 56,706 (+72.6%)
09/2009: Adventure Comics #2  -- 47,296 (-15.9%)
10/2009: Adventure Comics #3  -- 44,431 (- 6.1%)
11/2009: Adventure Comics #4  -- 85,145 (+91.6%)
12/2009: Adventure Comics #5  -- 59,876 (-29.7%)
01/2010: Adventure Comics #6  -- 42,514 (-29.0%)
02/2010: Adventure Comics #7  -- 53,721 (+26.4%)
03/2010: Adventure Comics #8  -- 39,351 (-26.8%)
03/2010: Adventure Comics #9  -- 37,515 (- 4.7%)
04/2010: Adventure Comics #10 -- 37,573 (+ 0.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 15.4%

The continued crossover with the Superman books is keeping the numbers steady. There was a 1:10 variant, as usual.

—–

43 - FLASH SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS 2010
03/2010: Flash SFaO 2010 -- 37,339

This one-shot is doing better than The Flash proper was a couple years back. On the other hand, it’s written by Geoff Johns and name-checks Blackest Night in the advertising copy, so the figures are maybe a wee bit underwhelming compared with The Flash #1. Let’s file it under “moderate success.”

—–

45 - JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
04/2005: JSA #72             --  43,472
04/2006: JSA #84             --  53,245
04/2007: Justice Society #5  --  98,069 [102,275]
04/2008: Justice Society #14 --  80,507
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04/2009: Justice Society #25 --  65,713 (+  0.8%)
04/2009: Justice Society #26 --  81,200 (+ 23.6%)
05/2009: Justice Society #27 --  56,102 (- 30.9%)
06/2009: Justice Society #28 --  52,673 (-  6.1%)
07/2009: Justice Society #29 --  51,375 (-  2.5%)
08/2009: Justice Society #30 --  49,416 (-  3.8%)
09/2009: Justice Society #31 --  47,436 (-  4.0%)
10/2009: Justice Society #32 --  44,885 (-  5.4%)
11/2009: Justice Society #33 --  43,218 (-  3.7%)
12/2009: Justice Society #34 --  41,734 (-  3.4%)
01/2010: Justice Society #35 --  39,934 (-  4.3%)
02/2010: Justice Society #36 --  39,060 (-  2.2%)
03/2010: Justice Society #37 --  37,381 (-  4.3%)
04/2010: Justice Society #38 --  36,648 (-  2.0%)
----------------
6 months: -18.4%
1 year  : -50.1%
2 years : -54.5%
5 years : -15.7%

Possibly finding its level?

——

47 - RED ROBIN
04/2005: Robin #137    -- 30,798
04/2006: Robin #149    -- 37,173
04/2007: Robin #161    -- 27,180
04/2008: Robin #173    -- 26,357
--------------------------------
06/2009: Red Robin #1  -- 64,261 (+102.8%) [71,925]
07/2009: Red Robin #2  -- 51,593 (- 19.7%) [54,544]
08/2009: Red Robin #3  -- 50,329 (-  2.5%)
09/2009: Red Robin #4  -- 47,945 (-  4.7%)
10/2009: Red Robin #5  -- 44,776 (-  6.6%)
11/2009: Red Robin #6  -- 42,409 (-  5.3%)
12/2009: Red Robin #7  -- 39,528 (-  6.8%)
01/2010: Red Robin #8  -- 37,869 (-  4.2%)
02/2010: Red Robin #9  -- 36,466 (-  3.7%)
03/2010: Red Robin #10 -- 36,708 (+  0.7%)
04/2010: Red Robin #11 -- 36,205 (-  1.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.1%
1 year  :   n.a.
2 years : + 37.4%
5 years : + 17.6%

It appears Red Robin is settling into an orbit around 36K. A new creative team is waiting around the corner.

—–

49/52 - SUPERMAN: LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON
04/2009: WoNK #2  of 12 -- 44,880 (-10.3%)
05/2009: WoNK #3  of 12 -- 42,153 (- 6.1%)
06/2009: WoNK #4  of 12 -- 41,620 (- 1.3%)
07/2009: WoNK #5  of 12 -- 39,939 (- 4.0%)
08/2009: WoNK #6  of 12 -- 39,218 (- 1.8%)
09/2009: WoNK #7  of 12 -- 37,697 (- 3.9%)
10/2009: WoNK #8  of 12 -- 36,672 (- 2.7%)
11/2009: WoNK #9  of 12 -- 35,286 (- 3.8%)
12/2009: WoNK #10 of 12 -- 33,868 (- 4.0%)
01/2010: WoNK #11 of 12 -- 32,728 (- 3.4%)
02/2010: WoNK #12 of 12 -- 32,407 (- 1.0%)
03/2010: LSoNK #1 of 3  -- 38,202 (+17.9%)
04/2010: LSoNK #2 of 3  -- 35,886 (- 6.1%)
04/2010: LSoNK #3 of 3  -- 34,553 (- 3.7%)
-----------------
6 months: -  4.0%
1 year  : - 21.5%

First stage of pre-Straczynski deck-clearing complete. Next up: The Free Comic Book Day issue and the weekly four-parter War of the Supermen.

There were 1:25 variants for both issues, as usual.

—–

54 - SUPERMAN
04/2005: Superman #215 -- 112,593 [116,198]
04/2006: Superman #651 --  73,355
04/2007: Superman #661 --  55,738
04/2008: Superman #675 --  54,855
---------------------------------
04/2009: Superman #687 --  43,041 (- 4.3%)
05/2009: Superman #688 --  41,642 (- 3.3%)
06/2009: Superman #689 --  40,366 (- 3.1%)
07/2009: Superman #690 --  39,472 (- 2.2%)
08/2009: Superman #691 --  39,106 (- 0.9%)
09/2009: Superman #692 --  37,695 (- 3.6%)
10/2009: Superman #693 --  35,395 (- 6.1%)
11/2009: Superman #694 --  34,430 (- 2.7%)
12/2009: Superman #695 --  32,482 (- 5.7%)
01/2010: Superman #696 --  31,940 (- 1.7%)
02/2010: Superman #697 --  31,504 (- 1.4%)
03/2010: Superman #698 --  33,336 (+ 5.8%)
04/2010: Superman #699 --  33,183 (- 0.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 6.3%
1 year  : -22.9%
2 years : -39.5%
5 years : -70.5%

With issue #700 around the corner, the numbers are holding level.

—–

57 - JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE RISE OF ARSENAL
03/2010: JL: RoA #1 of 4 -- 36,020
04/2010: JL: RoA #2 of 4 -- 32,000 (-11.2%)

The most ridiculed comic-book series in recent history sees a very moderate second-issue drop — particularly since issue #1 had a 1:25 variant.

—–

58 - SUPERMAN/BATMAN
04/2005: Superman/Batman #18 -- 115,305
04/2005: Superman/Batman #19 -- 114,258 [150,464]
04/2006: --
04/2007: Superman/Batman #33 --  74,807
04/2008: Superman/Batman #47 --  52,557
---------------------------------------
04/2009: Superman/Batman #57 --  41,743 (- 1.7%)
04/2009: Superman/Batman #58 --  41,000 (- 1.8%)
04/2009: Superman/Batman #59 --  40,182 (- 2.0%)
05/2009: Superman/Batman #60 --  39,531 (- 1.6%)
06/2009: Superman/Batman #61 --  38,228 (- 3.3%)
07/2009: Superman/Batman #62 --  38,412 (+ 0.5%)
08/2009: Superman/Batman #63 --  37,467 (- 2.5%)
09/2009: Superman/Batman #64 --  36,332 (- 3.0%)
10/2009: Superman/Batman #65 --  34,585 (- 4.8%)
11/2009: Superman/Batman #66 --  52,143 (+50.8%)
12/2009: Superman/Batman #67 --  49,650 (- 4.8%)
01/2010: Superman/Batman #68 --  33,869 (-31.8%)
02/2010: Superman/Batman #69 --  33,224 (- 1.9%)
03/2010: Superman/Batman #70 --  32,196 (- 3.1%)
04/2010: Superman/Batman #71 --  31,714 (- 1.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 8.3%
1 year  : -22.6%
2 years : -39.7%
5 years : -72.4%

The not-quite Joe Casey arc that’s memorable for reminding us that a lot of Marvel and DC comics are made like sausage is made concludes.

—–

62/66 - ACTION COMICS
04/2005: Action Comics #826 -- 54,769 [58,294]
04/2006: --
04/2007: Action Comics #848 -- 62,216
04/2008: Action Comics #863 -- 56,882
04/2008: Action Comics #864 -- 48,438
-------------------------------------
04/2009: Action Comics #876 -- 43,368 (- 7.9%)
05/2009: Action Comics #877 -- 41,772 (- 3.7%)
06/2009: Action Comics #878 -- 40,011 (- 4.2%)
07/2009: Action Comics #879 -- 38,324 (- 4.2%)
08/2009: Action Comics #880 -- 37,588 (- 1.9%)
09/2009: Action Comics #881 -- 36,183 (- 3.7%)
10/2009: Action Comics #882 -- 34,754 (- 4.0%)
11/2009: Action Comics #883 -- 33,386 (- 3.9%)
12/2009: Action Comics #884 -- 31,873 (- 4.5%)
01/2010: Action Comics #885 -- 30,678 (- 3.8%)
02/2010: Action Comics #886 -- 29,845 (- 2.7%)
03/2010: Action Comics #887 -- 29,460 (- 1.3%)
04/2010: Action Comics #888 -- 29,536 (+ 0.3%)
04/2010: Action Comics #889 -- 29,106 (- 1.5%)
----------------
6 months: -15.6%
1 year  : -32.4%
2 years : -44.3%
5 years : -46.5%

A creative makeover is coming up.

—–

63 - SUPERGIRL
04/2006: --
04/2007: Supergirl #16 --  51,641
04/2008: Supergirl #28 --  31,379
---------------------------------
04/2009: Supergirl #40 --  34,080 (+ 1.1%)
05/2009: Supergirl #41 --  33,441 (- 1.9%)
06/2009: Supergirl #42 --  32,705 (- 2.2%)
07/2009: Supergirl #43 --  32,849 (+ 0.4%)
08/2009: Supergirl #44 --  33,819 (+ 3.0%)
09/2009: Supergirl #45 --  32,240 (- 4.7%)
10/2009: Supergirl #46 --  30,377 (- 5.8%)
11/2009: Supergirl #47 --  29,159 (- 4.0%)
12/2009: Supergirl #48 --  28,176 (- 3.4%)
01/2010: Supergirl #49 --  27,728 (- 1.6%)
02/2010: Supergirl #50 --  33,338 (+20.2%)
03/2010: Supergirl #51 --  29,845 (-10.5%)
04/2010: Supergirl #52 --  29,490 (- 1.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 2.9%
1 year  : -13.5%
2 years : - 6.0%

The crossover with Adventure Comics and the Superman titles doesn’t leave much of an impression on the numbers.

—–

64 - BATGIRL
04/2005: Batgirl #63     -- 28,123
----------------------------------
08/2009: Batgirl #1      -- 51,724 (+149.3%)
09/2009: Batgirl #2      -- 40,626 (- 21.5%)
10/2009: Batgirl #3      -- 37,011 (-  8.9%)
11/2009: Batgirl #4      -- 34,697 (-  6.3%)
12/2009: Batgirl #5      -- 32,482 (-  6.4%)
01/2010: Batgirl #6      -- 30,403 (-  6.4%)
02/2010: Batgirl #7      -- 29,524 (-  2.9%)
03/2010: Batgirl #8      -- 30,886 (+  4.6%)
04/2010: Batgirl #9      -- 29,445 (-  4.7%)
----------------
6 months: -20.4%
5 years : + 4.7%

The numbers return to status quo after the crossover with Red Robin.

—–

65 - GREEN ARROW
04/2005: Green Arrow #49  -- 31,403
04/2006: Green Arrow #61  -- 35,993 [40,621]
04/2007: Green Arrow #73  -- 30,652
04/2008: Arrow/Canary #7  -- 32,033
-----------------------------------
04/2009: Arrow/Canary #19 -- 21,933 (-  3.4%)
05/2009: Arrow/Canary #20 -- 21,445 (-  2.2%)
06/2009: Arrow/Canary #21 -- 20,807 (-  3.0%)
07/2009: Arrow&Canary #22 -- 20,571 (-  1.1%)
08/2009: Arrow&Canary #23 -- 19,452 (-  5.4%)
09/2009: Arrow&Canary #24 -- 18,780 (-  3.5%)
10/2009: Arrow&Canary #25 -- 18,013 (-  4.1%)
11/2009: Arrow&Canary #26 -- 17,384 (-  3.5%)
12/2009: Arrow&Canary #27 -- 16,904 (-  2.8%)
01/2010: Arrow&Canary #28 -- 16,482 (-  2.5%)
02/2010: Arrow&Canary #29 -- 16,600 (+  0.7%)
02/2010: Black Arrow #30  -- 42,014 (+153.1%)
03/2010: Green Arrow #31  -- 28,486 (- 32.2%)
04/2010: Green Arrow #32  -- 29,137 (+  2.3%)
----------------
6 months: +61.8%
1 year  : +32.9%
2 years : - 9.0%
5 years : - 7.2%

The “Rise and Fall” shenanigans has resulted in quite a bit of interest in Green Arrow — from retailers, at any rate.

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72 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE (Vertigo)
03/2010: American Vampire #1  -- 33,762
04/2010: American Vampire #2  -- 26,770 (-20.7%)

That’s an average second-issue drop, but at this level, that won’t hurt American Vampire. Seems like Vertigo has found itself a new flagship title — as long as Stephen King sticks around, anyway.

Also, there was a 1:25 variant that probably helped the numbers.

—–

73 - JSA ALL-STARS
12/2009: JSA All-Stars #1  -- 42,493
01/2010: JSA All-Stars #2  -- 32,601 (-23.3%)
02/2010: JSA All-Stars #3  -- 29,666 (- 9.0%)
03/2010: JSA All-Stars #4  -- 28,526 (- 3.8%)
04/2010: JSA All-Stars #5  -- 26,581 (- 6.8%)

That’s not an encouraging drop, at this stage.

—–

74 - GOTHAM CITY SIRENS
04/2005: Birds of Prey #81  -- 29,832
04/2006: Birds of Prey #93  -- 34,404
04/2007: Birds of Prey #105 -- 28,328
04/2008: Birds of Prey #117 -- 22,181
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06/2009: GC Sirens #1       -- 52,439
07/2009: GC Sirens #2       -- 39,518 (-24.6%)
08/2009: GC Sirens #3       -- 36,772 (- 7.0%)
09/2009: GC Sirens #4       -- 34,405 (- 6.4%)
10/2009: GC Sirens #5       -- 33,015 (- 4.0%)
11/2009: GC Sirens #6       -- 30,990 (- 6.1%)
12/2009: GC Sirens #7       -- 29,709 (- 4.1%)
01/2010: GC Sirens #8       -- 28,254 (- 4.9%)
02/2010: GC Sirens #9       -- 27,172 (- 3.8%)
03/2010: GC Sirens #10      -- 26,550 (- 2.3%)
04/2010: GC Sirens #11      -- 26,359 (- 0.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.2%
2 years : + 18.8%
5 years : - 11.6%
76 - BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM
06/2009: Batman: SoG #1  -- 57,650
07/2009: Batman: SoG #2  -- 44,240 (-23.3%)
08/2009: Batman: SoG #3  -- 40,353 (- 8.8%)
09/2009: Batman: SoG #4  -- 37,888 (- 6.1%)
10/2009: Batman: SoG #5  -- 34,533 (- 8.9%)
11/2009: Batman: SoG #6  -- 32,303 (- 6.5%)
12/2009: Batman: SoG #7  -- 30,290 (- 6.2%)
01/2010: Batman: SoG #8  -- 28,313 (- 6.5%)
02/2010: Batman: SoG #9  -- 27,023 (- 4.6%)
03/2010: Batman: SoG #10 -- 26,396 (- 2.3%)
04/2010: Batman: SoG #11 -- 25,925 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: -24.9%

The two Paul Dini books keep selling back to back, suggesting there’s a great deal of completist inertia involved.

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78 - WONDER WOMAN
04/2005: Wonder Woman #215 --  28,977 [30,436]
04/2007: Wonder Woman #7   --  60,168
04/2007: Wonder Woman #8   --  58,772
04/2008: Wonder Woman #19  --  39,489
-------------------------------------
04/2009: Wonder Woman #31  --  31,857 (- 4.5%)
05/2009: Wonder Woman #32  --  33,065 (+ 3.8%)
06/2009: Wonder Woman #33  --  32,755 (- 0.9%)
07/2009: Wonder Woman #34  --  30,131 (- 8.0%)
08/2009: Wonder Woman #35  --  29,657 (- 1.6%)
09/2009: Wonder Woman #36  --  28,806 (- 2.9%)
10/2009: Wonder Woman #37  --  26,972 (- 6.4%)
11/2009: Wonder Woman #38  --  26,265 (- 2.6%)
12/2009: Wonder Woman #39  --  26,152 (- 0.4%)
01/2010: Wonder Woman #40  --  25,156 (- 3.8%)
02/2010: Wonder Woman #41  --  25,354 (+ 0.8%)
03/2010: Wonder Woman #42  --  25,240 (- 0.5%)
04/2010: Wonder Woman #43  --  25,369 (+ 0.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 5.9%
1 year  : -20.4%
2 years : -35.8%
5 years : -12.5%

Virtually no change for the home stretch of the Gail Simone run.

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79 - TEEN TITANS
04/2005: Teen Titans #23 -- 66,802 [68,675]
04/2006: Teen Titans #34 -- 82,503 [90,051]
04/2007: Teen Titans #45 -- 61,051
04/2008: Teen Titans #58 -- 47,357
----------------------------------
04/2009: Teen Titans #69 -- 35,375 (+ 0.8%)
04/2009: Teen Titans #70 -- 35,412 (+ 0.1%)
05/2009: Teen Titans #71 -- 34,110 (- 3.7%)
06/2009: Teen Titans #72 -- 32,512 (- 4.7%)
07/2009: Teen Titans #73 -- 30,990 (- 4.7%)
08/2009: Teen Titans #74 -- 30,380 (- 2.0%)
09/2009: Teen Titans #75 -- 32,808 (+ 8.0%)
10/2009: Teen Titans #76 -- 29,166 (-11.1%)
11/2009: Teen Titans #77 -- 46,239 (+58.5%)
12/2009: Teen Titans #78 -- 43,400 (- 6.1%)
01/2010: Teen Titans #79 -- 27,790 (-36.0%)
02/2010: Teen Titans #80 -- 26,537 (- 4.5%)
03/2010: Teen Titans #81 -- 25,758 (- 2.9%)
04/2010: Teen Titans #82 -- 25,303 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: -13.3%
1 year  : -28.5%
2 years : -46.6%
5 years : -62.1%

Sales are finding their level.

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82 - DOC SAVAGE
11/2009: B/DS Special #1 -- 32,636
----------------------------------
04/2010: Doc Savage #1   -- 24,539

That’s about as good a debut number as anyone could have reasonably expected for this pulp remake, I’d say. There was a 1:10 variant.

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85 - SECRET SIX
04/2009: Secret Six #8      -- 24,338 (- 0.1%)
05/2009: Secret Six #9      -- 27,116 (+11.4%)
06/2009: Secret Six #10     -- 24,272 (-10.5%)
07/2009: Secret Six #11     -- 24,357 (+ 0.4%)
08/2009: Secret Six #12     -- 24,161 (- 0.8%)
09/2009: Secret Six #13     -- 23,919 (- 1.0%)
10/2009: Secret Six #14     -- 23,345 (- 2.4%)
11/2009: Secret Six #15     -- 23,190 (- 0.7%)
12/2009: Secret Six #16     -- 22,638 (- 2.4%)
01/2010: Secret Six #17     -- 38,515 (+70.1%)
02/2010: Secret Six #18     -- 37,876 (- 1.7%)
03/2010: Secret Six #19     -- 23,181 (-38.8%)
04/2010: Secret Six #20     -- 22,695 (- 2.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 2.8%
1 year  : - 6.8%

Business as usual. Secret Six sales remain solid overall.

—–

89 - THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD
04/2007: The Brave and the Bold #3  -- 59,211
04/2008: The Brave and the Bold #12 -- 37,739
---------------------------------------------
04/2009: --
05/2009: The Brave and the Bold #23 -- 22,312 (- 5.1%)
06/2009: The Brave and the Bold #24 -- 21,272 (- 4.7%)
07/2009: The Brave and the Bold #25 -- 21,234 (- 0.2%)
08/2009: The Brave and the Bold #26 -- 20,154 (- 5.1%)
09/2009: The Brave and the Bold #27 -- 26,904 (+33.5%)
10/2009: The Brave and the Bold #28 -- 23,176 (-13.9%)
11/2009: The Brave and the Bold #29 -- 21,287 (- 8.2%)
12/2009: The Brave and the Bold #30 -- 20,932 (- 1.7%)
01/2010: The Brave and the Bold #31 -- 21,406 (+ 2.3%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: The Brave and the Bold #32 -- 20,466 (- 4.4%)
04/2010: The Brave and the Bold #33 -- 21,528 (+ 5.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.1%
1 year  :  n.a.
2 years : -43.0%

It’s not going down without a fight, at least.

—–

91 - POWER GIRL
05/2009: Power Girl #1  -- 47,322
06/2009: Power Girl #2  -- 36,756 (-22.3%)
07/2009: Power Girl #3  -- 35,163 (- 4.3%)
08/2009: Power Girl #4  -- 32,140 (- 8.6%)
09/2009: Power Girl #5  -- 29,497 (- 8.2%)
10/2009: Power Girl #6  -- 27,060 (- 8.3%)
11/2009: --
12/2009: Power Girl #7  -- 22,533 (-16.7%)
01/2010: Power Girl #8  -- 21,760 (- 3.4%)
02/2010: Power Girl #9  -- 20,900 (- 4.0%)
03/2010: Power Girl #10 -- 20,801 (- 0.5%)
04/2010: Power Girl #11 -- 20,675 (- 0.6%)
----------------
6 months: -23.6%

Holding level, but the current creative team is about to quit.

—–

95 - FABLES (Vertigo)
04/2005: Fables #36 -- 24,975
04/2006: Fables #48 -- 24,476
04/2007: Fables #60 -- 26,048
04/2008: Fables #72 -- 23,853
-----------------------------
04/2009: Fables #83 -- 23,630 (+5.3%)
05/2009: Fables #84 -- 23,634 (+0.0%)
06/2009: Fables #85 -- 23,439 (-0.8%)
07/2009: Fables #86 -- 22,447 (-4.2%)
08/2009: Fables #87 -- 21,876 (-2.5%)
09/2009: Fables #88 -- 21,508 (-1.7%)
10/2009: Fables #89 -- 21,118 (-1.8%)
11/2009: Fables #90 -- 20,882 (-1.1%)
12/2009: Fables #91 -- 20,450 (-2.1%)
01/2010: Fables #92 -- 20,180 (-1.3%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: Fables #93 -- 20,003 (-0.9%)
04/2010: Fables #94 -- 19,965 (-0.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 5.5%
1 year  : -15.5%
2 years : -16.3%
5 years : -20.1%

Sales are stabilizing again around 20K, evidently.

—–

97 - THE SPIRIT
04/2007: The Spirit #5  -- 23,887
04/2008: The Spirit #16 -- 14,697
---------------------------------
04/2009: The Spirit #27 --  8,785 (-  6.6%)
05/2009: The Spirit #28 --  8,329 (-  5.2%)
06/2009: The Spirit #29 --  8,273 (-  0.7%)
06/2009: The Spirit #30 --  8,103 (-  2.1%)
07/2009: The Spirit #31 --  7,882 (-  2.7%)
08/2009: The Spirit #32 --  7,670 (-  2.7%)
---------------------------------
04/2010: The Spirit #1  -- 19,849 (+158.8%)
-----------------
1 year  : +125.9%
2 years : + 35.1%

Given that it’s only been eight months since the previous Spirit series was axed, that’s a great number. There was a 1:10 variant.

—–

98 - BOOSTER GOLD
04/2008: Booster Gold #8  -- 35,982
-----------------------------------
04/2009: Booster Gold #19 -- 23,203 (-  2.3%)
05/2009: Booster Gold #20 -- 22,549 (-  2.8%)
06/2009: Booster Gold #21 -- 23,222 (+  3.0%)
07/2009: Booster Gold #22 -- 22,414 (-  3.5%)
08/2009: Booster Gold #23 -- 22,108 (-  1.4%)
09/2009: Booster Gold #24 -- 21,731 (-  1.7%)
10/2009: Booster Gold #25 -- 21,597 (-  0.6%)
11/2009: Booster Gold #26 -- 57,122 (+164.5%)
12/2009: Booster Gold #27 -- 40,256 (- 29.5%)
01/2010: Booster Gold #28 -- 21,967 (- 45.4%)
02/2010: Booster Gold #29 -- 21,020 (-  4.3%)
03/2010: Booster Gold #30 -- 20,187 (-  4.0%)
04/2010: Booster Gold #31 -- 19,818 (-  1.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 8.2%
1 year  : -14.6%
2 years : -44.9%

The arrival of a new creative team is imminent.

—–

100 - THE OUTSIDERS
04/2005: --
04/2006: Outsiders #35 -- 45,774
04/2007: --
04/2008: Batsiders #6  -- 36,551
--------------------------------
04/2009: Outsiders #17 -- 27,171 (-  2.9%)
05/2009: Outsiders #18 -- 25,995 (-  4.3%)
06/2009: Outsiders #19 -- 27,485 (+  5.7%)
07/2009: Outsiders #20 -- 24,323 (- 11.5%)
08/2009: Outsiders #21 -- 23,856 (-  1.9%)
09/2009: Outsiders #22 -- 22,775 (-  4.5%)
10/2009: Outsiders #23 -- 21,413 (-  6.0%)
11/2009: Outsiders #24 -- 50,918 (+137.8%) [55,704]
12/2009: Outsiders #25 -- 37,847 (- 25.7%)
01/2010: Outsiders #26 -- 22,626 (- 40.2%)
02/2010: Outsiders #27 -- 21,167 (-  6.5%)
03/2010: Outsiders #28 -- 19,632 (-  7.3%)
04/2010: Outsiders #29 -- 19,094 (-  2.7%)
----------------
6 months: -10.8%
1 year  : -29.7%
2 years : -47.8%
5 years :  n.a.

The Outsiders continues to not be the focus of great enthusiasm among the comics people.

—–

106 - BLACKEST NIGHT DIRECTOR'S CUT
04/2010: BN Director's Cut -- 17,299

Not bad for a glorified reprint.

—–

119 - JOE THE BARBARIAN (Vertigo)
01/2010: Joe the Barbarian #1 of 8 -- 25,543          [29,712]
02/2010: Joe the Barbarian #2 of 8 -- 17,512 (-31.4%)
03/2010: Joe the Barbarian #3 of 8 -- 17,672 (+ 0.9%)
04/2010: Joe the Barbarian #4 of 8 -- 17,102 (- 3.2%)

Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy’s story about a British boy hallucinating as he struggles to reach his diabetes medicine keeps up a rock-solid performance.

—–

112 - BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL
04/2007: Batman Confidential #5  -- 36,219
04/2008: Batman Confidential #16 -- 24,038
------------------------------------------
04/2009: Batman Confidential #28 -- 19,540 (- 2.0%)
05/2009: Batman Confidential #29 -- 18,867 (- 3.4%)
06/2009: Batman Confidential #30 -- 18,443 (- 2.3%)
07/2009: Batman Confidential #31 -- 19,225 (+ 4.2%)
08/2009: Batman Confidential #32 -- 18,545 (- 3.5%)
09/2009: Batman Confidential #33 -- 18,140 (- 2.2%)
10/2009: Batman Confidential #34 -- 17,097 (- 5.8%)
10/2009: Batman Confidential #35 -- 16,724 (- 2.2%)
11/2009: Batman Confidential #36 -- 16,664 (- 0.4%)
11/2009: Batman Confidential #37 -- 16,355 (- 1.9%)
12/2009: Batman Confidential #38 -- 16,132 (- 1.4%)
12/2009: Batman Confidential #39 -- 15,906 (- 1.4%)
01/2010: Batman Confidential #40 -- 17,241 (+ 8.4%)
02/2010: Batman Confidential #41 -- 16,856 (- 2.2%)
03/2010: Batman Confidential #42 -- 16,652 (- 1.2%)
04/2010: Batman Confidential #43 -- 16,449 (- 1.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 2.7%
1 year  : -15.9%
2 years : -31.6%

The April issue was the conclusion of the Sam Kieth arc, which stabilized the book’s sales. It’s probably a temporary respite, though.

—–

119 - CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE (Vertigo)
11/2009: Cinderella #1 of 6 -- 20,337
12/2009: Cinderella #2 of 6 -- 16,598 (-18.4%)
01/2010: Cinderella #3 of 6 -- 15,827 (- 4.7%)
02/2010: Cinderella #4 of 6 -- 15,421 (- 2.6%)
03/2010: Cinderella #5 of 6 -- 15,285 (- 0.9%)
04/2010: Cinderella #6 of 6 -- 14,956 (- 2.2%)

The Fables spinoff comes to a close with perfectly good numbers.

—–

125 - THE UNWRITTEN (Vertigo)
05/2009: The Unwritten #1  -- 26,915          [31,081]
06/2009: The Unwritten #2  -- 16,290 (-39.5%)
07/2009: The Unwritten #3  -- 17,028 (+ 4.5%)
08/2009: The Unwritten #4  -- 16,336 (- 4.1%)
09/2009: The Unwritten #5  -- 16,011 (- 2.0%)
10/2009: The Unwritten #6  -- 15,314 (- 4.4%)
11/2009: The Unwritten #7  -- 14,763 (- 3.6%)
12/2009: The Unwritten #8  -- 14,257 (- 3.4%)
01/2010: The Unwritten #9  -- 13,792 (- 3.3%)
02/2010: The Unwritten #10 -- 13,644 (- 1.1%)
03/2010: The Unwritten #11 -- 13,630 (- 0.1%)
04/2010: The Unwritten #12 -- 13,507 (- 0.9%)
----------------
6 months: -11.8%

Solid numbers.

——

130 - DOOM PATROL
04/2005: Doom Patrol #11 -- 16,247
----------------------------------
08/2009: Doom Patrol #1  -- 28,267
09/2009: Doom Patrol #2  -- 22,001 (- 22.2%)
10/2009: Doom Patrol #3  -- 20,036 (-  8.9%)
11/2009: Doom Patrol #4  -- 53,748 (+168.3%)
12/2009: Doom Patrol #5  -- 35,348 (- 34.2%)
01/2010: Doom Patrol #6  -- 17,117 (- 51.6%)
02/2010: Doom Patrol #7  -- 15,689 (-  8.3%)
03/2010: Doom Patrol #8  -- 14,197 (-  9.5%)
04/2010: Doom Patrol #9  -- 13,126 (-  7.5%)
----------------
6 months: -34.5%
5 years : -19.2%

Not solid numbers.

—–

138/159/184/185/240 - WHAT'S NEXT REPRINTS
04/2010: Batman and Robin #1 -- 11,761
04/2010: Green Lantern #29   --  9,937
04/2010: The Losers #1       --  7,879
04/2010: Ex Machina #1       --  7,863
04/2010: Human Target #1     --  5,280

A new wave of $ 1.00 reprints. Retailers seem confident in the material, possibly to promote recent collections of titles like The Losers and Human Target.

—–

141 - JACK OF FABLES (Vertigo)
04/2007: Jack of Fables #9  -- 20,273
04/2008: Jack of Fables #22 -- 16,305
-------------------------------------
04/2009: Jack of Fables #33 -- 19,242 (+41.5%)
05/2009: Jack of Fables #34 -- 19,420 (+ 0.9%)
06/2009: Jack of Fables #35 -- 19,571 (+ 0.8%)
07/2009: Jack of Fables #36 -- 15,256 (-22.1%)
08/2009: Jack of Fables #37 -- 14,508 (- 4.9%)
09/2009: Jack of Fables #38 -- 13,790 (- 5.0%)
10/2009: Jack of Fables #39 -- 13,161 (- 4.6%)
11/2009: --
12/2009: Jack of Fables #40 -- 12,970 (- 1.5%)
12/2009: Jack of Fables #41 -- 12,559 (- 3.2%)
01/2010: Jack of Fables #42 -- 11,966 (- 4.7%)
02/2010: --
03/2010: Jack of Fables #43 -- 11,878 (- 0.7%)
03/2010: Jack of Fables #44 -- 11,472 (- 3.4%)
04/2010: Jack of Fables #45 -- 11,324 (- 1.3%)
----------------
6 months: -14.0%
1 year  : -41.2%
2 years : -30.6%

The secondary Fables book continues a slow decline.

—–

142 - JONAH HEX
04/2006: Jonah Hex #6  -- 22,763
04/2007: Jonah Hex #18 -- 16,880
04/2008: Jonah Hex #30 -- 13,253
--------------------------------
04/2009: Jonah Hex #42 -- 11,551 (- 0.1%)
05/2009: Jonah Hex #43 -- 11,606 (+ 0.5%)
06/2009: Jonah Hex #44 -- 11,592 (- 0.1%)
07/2009: Jonah Hex #45 -- 12,588 (+ 8.6%)
08/2009: Jonah Hex #46 -- 12,466 (- 1.0%)
09/2009: Jonah Hex #47 -- 12,231 (- 1.9%)
10/2009: Jonah Hex #48 -- 11,281 (- 7.8%)
11/2009: Jonah Hex #49 -- 11,146 (- 1.2%)
12/2009: Jonah Hex #50 -- 15,131 (+35.8%)
01/2010: Jonah Hex #51 -- 11,184 (-26.1%)
02/2010: Jonah Hex #52 -- 11,213 (+ 0.3%)
03/2010: Jonah Hex #53 -- 11,565 (+ 3.1%)
04/2010: Jonah Hex #54 -- 11,306 (- 2.2%)
----------------
6 months: + 0.2%
1 year  : - 2.1%
2 years : -14.7%
143 - R.E.B.E.L.S.
04/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #3  -- 14,442 (- 10.4%)
05/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #4  -- 13,468 (-  6.7%)
06/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #5  -- 12,909 (-  4.2%)
07/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #6  -- 12,349 (-  4.3%)
08/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #7  -- 11,682 (-  5.4%)
09/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #8  -- 11,347 (-  2.9%)
10/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #9  -- 11,284 (-  0.6%)
11/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #10 -- 51,100 (+352.9%)
12/2009: R.E.B.E.L.S. #11 -- 31,489 (- 38.4%)
01/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #12 -- 12,428 (- 60.5%)
02/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #13 -- 11,836 (-  4.8%)
03/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #14 -- 11,362 (-  4.0%)
04/2010: R.E.B.E.L.S. #15 -- 11,271 (-  0.8%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.1%
1 year  : - 22.0%

Two low-selling DC Universe titles with rock-solid numbers over the last six months.

—–

144 - AZRAEL
04/2009: Death's Dark Knight #2 of 3 -- 36,432 (- 8.9%)
05/2009: Death's Dark Knight #3 of 3 -- 35,916 (- 1.4%)
06/2009: --
07/2009: --
08/2009: --
09/2009: --
10/2009: Azrael #1                   -- 35,311 (- 1.7%)
11/2009: Azrael #2                   -- 21,392 (-39.4%)
12/2009: Azrael #3                   -- 17,757 (-17.0%)
01/2010: Azrael #4                   -- 14,703 (-17.2%)
02/2010: Azrael #5                   -- 12,856 (-12.6%)
03/2010: Azrael #6                   -- 11,825 (- 8.0%)
04/2010: Azrael #7                   -- 11,080 (- 6.3%)
----------------
6 months: -68.6%
1 year  : -69.6%

A low-selling DC Universe title with abysmal numbers over the last six months.

—–

157 - HELLBLAZER (Vertigo)
04/2005: Hellblazer #207 -- 15,368
04/2006: Hellblazer #219 -- 14,206
04/2007: Hellblazer #231 -- 13,142
04/2008: Hellblazer #243 -- 11,958
----------------------------------
04/2009: Hellblazer #254 -- 11,053 (-0.7%)
05/2009: Hellblazer #255 -- 10,937 (-1.1%)
06/2009: Hellblazer #256 -- 10,898 (-0.4%)
07/2009: Hellblazer #257 -- 10,762 (-1.3%)
08/2009: Hellblazer #258 -- 10,665 (-0.9%)
09/2009: Hellblazer #259 -- 10,813 (+1.4%)
10/2009: Hellblazer #260 -- 10,767 (-0.4%)
11/2009: Hellblazer #261 -- 10,553 (-2.0%)
12/2009: Hellblazer #262 -- 10,334 (-2.1%)
01/2010: Hellblazer #263 -- 10,179 (-1.5%)
02/2010: Hellblazer #264 -- 10,025 (-1.5%)
03/2010: Hellblazer #265 -- 10,295 (+2.7%)
04/2010: Hellblazer #266 -- 10,256 (-0.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 4.8%
1 year  : - 0.7%
2 years : -14.2%
5 years : -33.3%

The two-parter with art by Simon Bisley concludes.

—–

158 - DV8: GODS AND MONSTERS (WildStorm)
04/2010: Gods and Monsters #1 of 8 -- 10,203

This Brian Wood revamp of the late-1990s WildStorm Universe property is a bit of an oddity — it’s Wood’s first published major work for hire since his run on Marvel’s Generation X (as part of the Warren Ellis-led “Counter X” revamp) ten years ago, and it’s not quite clear yet whether the paperback collections will be as much of a factor here as they are for Wood’s Vertigo work.

Retailers seem to be going for the middle ground between recent WildStorm Universe books and Wood’s own stuff, from the looks of it, which probably makes sense. Don’t be surprised if they correct their orders up or down in the next few months, though. Oh, and it’s the top-selling WildStorm book in April.

There was a 1:10 variant.

—–

162 - DAYTRIPPER (Vertigo)
12/2009: Daytripper #1  of 10 -- 12,010
01/2009: Daytripper #2  of 10 --  9,846 (-18.0%)
02/2009: Daytripper #3  of 10 --  9,577 (- 2.7%)
03/2009: Daytripper #4  of 10 --  9,872 (+ 3.1%)
04/2009: Daytripper #5  of 10 --  9,703 (- 1.7%)
163 - SWEET TOOTH (Vertigo)
09/2009: Sweet Tooth #1  -- 18,657
10/2009: Sweet Tooth #2  -- 11,315 (-39.4%)
11/2009: Sweet Tooth #3  -- 10,363 (- 8.4%)
12/2009: Sweet Tooth #4  --  9,817 (- 5.3%)
01/2010: Sweet Tooth #5  --  9,787 (- 0.3%)
02/2010: Sweet Tooth #6  --  9,740 (- 0.5%)
03/2010: Sweet Tooth #7  --  9,718 (- 0.2%)
04/2010: Sweet Tooth #8  --  9,612 (- 1.1%)
----------------
6 months: -15.1%
166 - HOUSE OF MYSTERY (Vertigo)
04/2009: House of Mystery #12 -- 12,636 (- 1.2%)
05/2009: House of Mystery #13 -- 14,358 (+13.6%)
06/2009: House of Mystery #14 -- 12,039 (-16.2%)
07/2009: House of Mystery #15 -- 11,809 (- 1.9%)
08/2009: House of Mystery #16 -- 11,572 (- 2.0%)
09/2009: House of Mystery #17 -- 11,142 (- 3.7%)
10/2009: House of Mystery #18 -- 10,922 (- 2.0%)
11/2009: House of Mystery #19 -- 10,478 (- 4.1%)
12/2009: House of Mystery #20 -- 10,175 (- 2.9%)
01/2010: House of Mystery #21 --  9,888 (- 2.8%)
02/2010: House of Mystery #22 --  9,401 (- 4.9%)
03/2010: House of Mystery #23 --  9,350 (- 0.5%)
04/2010: House of Mystery #24 --  9,168 (- 2.0%)
----------------
6 months: -16.1%
1 year  : -27.5%

Three Vertigo books that seem to be settling down in the 9,000-unit area.

—–

174 - TINY TITANS (Johnny DC)
04/2008: Tiny Titans #3  -- 11,197
----------------------------------
04/2009: Tiny Titans #15 --  9,207 (+ 5.4%)
05/2009: Tiny Titans #16 --  8,844 (- 3.9%)
06/2009: Tiny Titans #17 --  8,640 (- 2.3%)
07/2009: Tiny Titans #18 --  8,576 (- 0.7%)
08/2009: Tiny Titans #19 --  8,432 (- 1.7%)
09/2009: Tiny Titans #20 --  8,435 (+ 0.0%)
10/2009: Tiny Titans #21 --  8,259 (- 2.1%)
11/2009: Tiny Titans #22 --  8,100 (- 1.9%)
12/2009: Tiny Titans #23 --  8,017 (- 1.0%)
01/2010: Tiny Titans #24 --  7,844 (- 2.2%)
02/2010: Tiny Titans #25 --  8,566 (+ 9.2%)
03/2010: Tiny Titans #26 --  7,878 (- 8.0%)
04/2010: Tiny Titans #27 --  8,224 (+ 4.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 0.4%
1 year  : -10.7%
2 years : -26.6%

A Johnny DC book, see small print.

—–

175 - MADAME XANADU (Vertigo)
04/2009: Madame Xanadu #10 --  9,664 (- 1.4%)
05/2009: Madame Xanadu #11 -- 10,179 (+ 5.3%)
06/2009: Madame Xanadu #12 --  9,949 (- 2.3%)
07/2009: Madame Xanadu #13 -- 10,009 (+ 0.6%)
08/2009: Madame Xanadu #14 --  9,873 (- 1.4%)
09/2009: Madame Xanadu #15 --  9,733 (- 1.4%)
10/2009: Madame Xanadu #16 --  9,283 (- 4.6%)
11/2009: Madame Xanadu #17 --  8,856 (- 4.6%)
12/2009: Madame Xanadu #18 --  8,686 (- 1.9%)
01/2010: Madame Xanadu #19 --  8,439 (- 2.8%)
02/2010: Madame Xanadu #20 --  8,285 (- 1.8%)
03/2010: Madame Xanadu #21 --  8,191 (- 1.1%)
04/2010: Madame Xanadu #22 --  8,158 (- 0.4%)
----------------
6 months: -12.1%
1 year  : -15.6%

Finding its level, looks like.

—–

177 - WARLORD
04/2009: Warlord #1  -- 17,540
05/2009: Warlord #2  -- 13,390 (-23.7%)
06/2009: Warlord #3  -- 12,283 (- 8.3%)
07/2009: Warlord #4  -- 11,445 (- 6.8%)
08/2009: Warlord #5  -- 10,790 (- 5.7%)
09/2009: Warlord #6  -- 10,331 (- 4.3%)
10/2009: Warlord #7  --  9,892 (- 4.3%)
11/2009: Warlord #8  --  9,547 (- 3.5%)
12/2009: Warlord #9  --  9,102 (- 4.7%)
01/2010: Warlord #10 --  8,807 (- 3.2%)
02/2010: Warlord #11 --  8,532 (- 3.1%)
03/2010: Warlord #12 --  8,430 (- 1.2%)
04/2010: Warlord #13 --  8,130 (- 3.6%)
----------------
6 months: -17.8%

Canceled with issue #18.

—–

186 - MAGOG
09/2009: Magog #1  -- 26,352
10/2009: Magog #2  -- 16,193 (-38.6%)
11/2009: Magog #3  -- 12,915 (-20.2%)
12/2009: Magog #4  -- 10,700 (-17.2%)
01/2010: Magog #5  --  9,215 (-13.9%)
02/2010: Magog #6  --  8,548 (- 7.2%)
03/2010: Magog #7  --  8,119 (- 5.0%)
04/2010: Magog #8  --  7,743 (- 4.6%)
----------------
6 months: -52.2%

Another hastily aborted DC Universe book: Issue #11 was meant to be the start of a five-part arc, but then they went and pulled the plug with #12 instead.

—–

187 - NORTHLANDERS (Vertigo)
04/2008: Northlanders #5  -- 12,278
-----------------------------------
04/2009: Northlanders #16 --  9,323 (- 1.3%)
05/2009: Northlanders #17 --  9,239 (- 0.9%)
06/2009: Northlanders #18 --  8,877 (- 3.9%)
07/2009: Northlanders #19 --  8,722 (- 1.8%)
08/2009: --
09/2009: Northlanders #20 --  8,786 (+ 0.7%)
10/2009: Northlanders #21 --  8,360 (- 4.9%)
11/2009: Northlanders #22 --  8,136 (- 2.7%)
12/2009: Northlanders #23 --  8,069 (- 0.8%)
01/2010: Northlanders #24 --  7,935 (- 1.7%)
02/2010: Northlanders #25 --  7,807 (- 1.6%)
03/2010: Northlanders #26 --  7,824 (+ 0.2%)
04/2010: Northlanders #27 --  7,683 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 8.1%
1 year  : -17.6%
2 years : -37.4%

Business as usual.

—–

189 - THE AUTHORITY (WildStorm)
04/2005: Revolution #7  of 12 -- 19,582
04/2007: --
04/2008: --
---------------------------------------
04/2009: The Authority v4 #9  --  9,748 (- 2.4%)
05/2009: The Authority v4 #10 --  9,531 (- 2.2%)
06/2009: The Authority v4 #11 --  9,204 (- 3.4%)
07/2009: The Authority v4 #12 --  8,918 (- 3.1%)
08/2009: The Authority v4 #13 --  8,648 (- 3.0%)
09/2009: The Authority v4 #14 --  8,394 (- 2.9%)
10/2009: The Authority v4 #15 --  8,174 (- 2.6%)
11/2009: The Authority v4 #16 --  8,066 (- 1.3%)
12/2009: The Authority v4 #17 --  7,829 (- 2.9%)
01/2010: The Authority v4 #18 --  7,952 (+ 1.6%)
02/2010: The Authority v4 #19 --  7,943 (- 0.1%)
03/2010: The Authority v4 #20 --  7,781 (- 2.0%)
04/2010: The Authority v4 #21 --  7,563 (- 2.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.5%
1 year  : -22.4%
2 years :  n.a.
5 years : -61.4%

Slowly declining, as usual.

—–

193 - NEMESIS: THE IMPOSTORS
05/2009: FCA: Escape #1 of 6 -- 28,668
06/2009: FCA: Escape #2 of 6 -- 20,576 (-29.2%)
07/2009: FCA: Escape #3 of 6 -- 15,294 (-25.7%)
08/2009: FCA: Escape #4 of 6 -- 12,950 (-15.3%)
09/2009: FCA: Escape #5 of 6 -- 11,613 (-10.3%)
10/2009: FCA: Escape #6 of 6 -- 10,519 (- 9.4%)
--------------------------------------
03/2010: Impostors #1 of 4   --  9,005 (-14.4%)
04/2010: Impostors #2 of 4   --  7,291 (-19.0%)
----------------
6 months: -30.7%
198 - HUMAN TARGET
04/2005: Human Target #21     --  7,313
---------------------------------------
02/2010: Human Target #1 of 6 -- 13,690
03/2010: Human Target #2 of 6 --  8,403 (-38.6%)
04/2010: Human Target #3 of 6 --  6,857 (-18.4%)
----------------
5 years : - 6.2%

Two DC Universe miniseries with terrible numbers.

—–

199 - DMZ (Vertigo)
04/2006: DMZ #6  -- 15,212
04/2007: DMZ #18 -- 13,120
04/2008: DMZ #30 -- 10,038
--------------------------
04/2009: DMZ #41 --  8,061 (-1.3%)
05/2009: --
06/2009: DMZ #42 --  7,927 (-1.7%)
07/2009: DMZ #43 --  7,806 (-1.5%)
08/2009: DMZ #44 --  7,654 (-2.0%)
09/2009: DMZ #45 --  7,589 (-0.9%)
10/2009: DMZ #46 --  7,399 (-2.5%)
11/2009: DMZ #47 --  7,187 (-2.9%)
12/2009: DMZ #48 --  6,977 (-2.9%)
01/2010: DMZ #49 --  6,872 (-1.5%)
02/2010: DMZ #50 --  7,262 (+5.7%)
03/2010: DMZ #51 --  6,840 (-5.8%)
04/2010: DMZ #52 --  6,826 (-0.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.7%
1 year  : -15.3%
2 years : -32.0%

Virtually no change in April.

—–

203 - THE AUTHORITY: THE LOST YEAR (WildStorm)
10/2006: The Authority v3 #1     -- 58,136
03/2007: The Authority v3 #2     -- 39,886
------------------------------------------
11/2009: The Lost Year #3  of 12 --  8,988 (-77.5%)
12/2009: The Lost Year #4  of 12 --  7,999 (-11.0%)
01/2010: The Lost Year #5  of 12 --  7,541 (- 5.7%)
02/2010: The Lost Year #6  of 12 --  7,184 (- 4.7%)
03/2010: The Lost Year #7  of 12 --  6,942 (- 3.4%)
04/2010: The Lost Year #8  of 12 --  6,712 (- 3.3%)

The Authority book that Grant Morrison no longer writes keeps slipping down the chart.

—–

205 - SCALPED (Vertigo)
04/2007: Scalped #4  --  9,163
04/2008: Scalped #16 --  7,071
------------------------------
04/2009: Scalped #27 --  6,950 (+ 1.2%)
04/2009: Scalped #28 --  6,860 (- 1.3%)
05/2009: --
06/2009: Scalped #29 --  7,078 (+ 3.2%)
07/2009: Scalped #30 --  7,059 (- 0.3%)
08/2009: Scalped #31 --  6,916 (- 2.0%)
09/2009: --
10/2009: Scalped #32 --  6,905 (- 0.2%)
11/2009: --
12/2009: Scalped #33 --  6,752 (- 2.2%)
01/2010: --
02/2010: Scalped #34 --  6,731 (- 0.3%)
02/2010: Scalped #35 --  6,443 (- 4.3%)
03/2010: Scalped #36 --  6,648 (+ 3.2%)
04/2010: Scalped #37 --  6,584 (- 1.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 4.7%
1 year  : - 4.7%
2 years : - 6.9%

Solid sales overall.

—–

207 - BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Johnny DC)
04/2005: Batman Strikes! #8    -- 10,368
04/2006: Batman Strikes! #20   --  8,331
04/2007: Batman Strikes! #32   --  7,294
04/2008: Batman Strikes! #44   --  7,541
----------------------------------------
04/2009: Brave & Bold #4       --  8,381 (+  2.4%)
05/2009: Brave & Bold #5       --  7,994 (-  4.6%)
06/2009: Brave & Bold #6       --  7,614 (-  4.8%)
07/2009: Brave & Bold #7       --  7,441 (-  2.3%)
08/2009: Brave & Bold #8       --  7,153 (-  3.9%)
09/2009: Brave & Bold #9       --  7,064 (-  1.2%)
10/2009: Brave & Bold #10      --  6,646 (-  5.9%)
11/2009: Brave & Bold #11      --  6,438 (-  3.1%)
12/2009: Brave & Bold #12      --  6,342 (-  1.5%)
01/2010: Brave & Bold #13      --  6,129 (-  3.4%)
02/2010: Brave & Bold #14      --  6,084 (-  0.7%)
03/2010: Brave & Bold #15      --  6,208 (+  2.0%)
04/2010: Brave & Bold #16      --  6,506 (+  4.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 2.1%
1 year  : -22.4%
2 years : -13.7%
5 years : -37.3%

A Johnny DC book.

—–

209 - SUPERNATURAL: BEGINNING'S END (WildStorm)
05/2007: Origins #1         -- 21,128
06/2007: Origins #2         -- 15,955 (-24.5%)
07/2007: Origins #3         -- 14,812 (- 7.2%)
08/2007: Origins #4         -- 13,915 (- 6.1%)
09/2007: Origins #5         -- 13,034 (- 6.3%)
10/2007: Origins #6         -- 12,350 (- 5.5%)
-------------------------------------
04/2008: Rising Son #1 of 6 -- 16,013 (+29.7%)
05/2008: Rising Son #2 of 6 -- 11,846 (-26.0%)
06/2008: Rising Son #3 of 6 -- 11,276 (- 4.8%)
07/2008: Rising Son #4 of 6 -- 10,676 (- 5.3%)
08/2008: Rising Son #5 of 6 -- 10,110 (- 5.3%)
09/2008: Rising Son #6 of 6 --  9,590 (- 5.1%)
-------------------------------------
01/2010: Beginning's End #1 --  9,251 (- 3.5%)
02/2010: Beginning's End #2 --  6,922 (-25.2%)
03/2010: Beginning's End #3 --  6,764 (- 2.3%)
04/2010: Beginning's End #4 --  6,420 (- 5.1%)
----------------
2 years : -59.9%
211 - WILDCATS (WildStorm)
04/2006: Nemesis #8 of 9 -- 14,410
04/2007: --
----------------------------------
04/2009: World's End #10 --  8,460 (- 3.4%)
05/2009: World's End #11 --  8,165 (- 3.5%)
06/2009: World's End #12 --  7,863 (- 3.7%)
07/2009: World's End #13 --  7,609 (- 3.2%)
08/2009: World's End #14 --  7,417 (- 2.5%)
09/2009: World's End #15 --  7,178 (- 3.2%)
10/2009: World's End #16 --  6,883 (- 4.1%)
11/2009: World's End #17 --  6,691 (- 2.8%)
12/2009: World's End #18 --  6,487 (- 3.2%)
01/2010: World's End #19 --  6,791 (+ 4.7%)
02/2010: World's End #20 --  6,669 (- 1.8%)
03/2010: World's End #21 --  6,491 (- 2.7%)
04/2010: World's End #22 --  6,367 (- 1.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.5%
1 year  : -24.7%
2 years :  n.a.

Two WildStorm books with desolate numbers.

—–

213 - GREEK STREET (Vertigo)
07/2009: Greek Street #1  -- 20,422
08/2009: Greek Street #2  -- 11,996 (-41.3%)
09/2009: Greek Street #3  -- 10,628 (-11.4%)
10/2009: Greek Street #4  --  9,246 (-13.0%)
11/2009: Greek Street #5  --  8,610 (- 6.9%)
12/2009: Greek Street #6  --  7,802 (- 9.4%)
01/2010: Greek Street #7  --  7,335 (- 6.0%)
02/2010: Greek Street #8  --  6,872 (- 6.3%)
03/2010: Greek Street #9  --  6,603 (- 3.9%)
04/2010: Greek Street #10 --  6,324 (- 4.2%)
----------------
6 months: -31.6%

A Vertigo book with desolate numbers.

—–

214 - THE GREAT TEN
11/2009: The Great Ten #1  of 10 -- 13,159
12/2009: The Great Ten #2  of 10 --  8,760 (-33.4%)
01/2010: The Great Ten #3  of 10 --  7,458 (-14.9%)
02/2010: The Great Ten #4  of 10 --  6,812 (- 8.7%)
03/2010: The Great Ten #5  of 10 --  6,555 (- 3.8%)
04/2010: The Great Ten #6  of 10 --  6,301 (- 3.9%)

Canceled with issue #9.

No, I’m not kidding.

—–

219 - VICTORIAN UNDEAD (WildStorm)
11/2009: Victorian Undead #1 of 6 -- 11,422
12/2009: Victorian Undead #2 of 6 --  7,430 (-35.0%)
01/2010: Victorian Undead #3 of 6 --  6,663 (-10.3%)
02/2010: Victorian Undead #4 of 6 --  6,365 (- 4.5%)
03/2010: Victorian Undead #5 of 6 --  6,285 (- 1.3%)
04/2010: Victorian Undead #6 of 6 --  6,102 (- 2.9%)

One of the most successful creator-owned WildStorm books of late concludes.

No, I’m not kidding.

—–

221 - DEMO (Vertigo)
11/2003: Demo #1  of 12      -- 4,529
12/2003: Demo #2  of 12      -- 3,115 (-31.2%)
01/2004: Demo #3  of 12      -- 3,170 (+ 1.8%)
02/2004: Demo #4  of 12      -- 3,220 (+ 1.6%)
03/2004: Demo #5  of 12      -- 3,301 (+ 2.5%)
05/2004: Demo #6  of 12      -- 3,514 (+ 6.5%)
06/2004: Demo #7  of 12      -- 3,882 (+10.5%)
07/2004: Demo #8  of 12      -- 3,803 (- 2.0%)
08/2004: Demo #9  of 12      -- 3,976 (+ 4.6%)
10/2004: Demo #10 of 12      -- 4,260 (+ 7.1%)
10/2004: Demo #11 of 12      -- 4,344 (+ 2.0%)
12/2004: Demo #12 of 12      -- 4,628 (+ 6.5%)
-------------------------------------
02/2010: Demo Vol. 2 #1 of 6 -- 8,317
03/2010: Demo Vol. 2 #2 of 6 -- 6,573 (-21.0%)
04/2010: Demo Vol. 2 #3 of 6 -- 6,010 (- 8.6%)

Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan’s black-&-white miniseries sees a fairly harsh third-issue drop.

—–

230 - UNKNOWN SOLDIER (Vertigo)
04/2009: Unknown Soldier #7  --  8,631 (+ 5.6%)
05/2009: Unknown Soldier #8  --  7,705 (-10.7%)
06/2009: Unknown Soldier #9  --  7,586 (- 1.6%)
07/2009: Unknown Soldier #10 --  7,256 (- 4.4%)
08/2009: Unknown Soldier #11 --  7,070 (- 2.6%)
09/2009: Unknown Soldier #12 --  6,865 (- 2.9%)
10/2009: Unknown Soldier #13 --  6,636 (- 3.3%)
11/2009: Unknown Soldier #14 --  6,359 (- 4.2%)
12/2009: Unknown Soldier #15 --  6,134 (- 3.5%)
01/2010: Unknown Soldier #16 --  5,848 (- 4.7%)
02/2010: Unknown Soldier #17 --  5,701 (- 2.5%)
03/2010: Unknown Soldier #18 --  5,611 (- 1.6%)
04/2010: Unknown Soldier #19 --  5,542 (- 1.2%)
----------------
6 months: -16.5%
1 year  : -35.8%

Unknown Soldier is finding its level, but there probably isn’t a lot of rope left.

—–

239 - THE SHIELD
08/2009: RC: Shield #1  -- 19,088
09/2009: The Shield #1  -- 16,997 (-11.0%)
10/2009: The Shield #2  -- 10,401 (-38.8%)
11/2009: The Shield #3  --  8,546 (-17.8%)
12/2009: The Shield #4  --  7,316 (-14.4%)
01/2010: The Shield #5  --  6,444 (-11.9%)
02/2010: The Shield #6  --  6,010 (- 6.7%)
03/2010: The Shield #7  --  5,568 (- 7.4%)
04/2010: The Shield #8  --  5,288 (- 5.0%)
----------------
6 months: -49.2%

Canceled with issue #10.

—–

241 - GEN13 (WildStorm)
04/2007: Gen13 #7  -- 20,555
04/2008: Gen13 #19 -- 11,887
----------------------------
02/2009: Gen13 #27 --  7,929 (- 4.9%)
03/2009: Gen13 #28 --  7,593 (- 4.2%)
04/2009: Gen13 #29 --  7,313 (- 3.7%)
05/2009: --
06/2009: Gen13 #30 --  6,880 (- 5.9%)
07/2009: --
08/2009: Gen13 #31 --  6,544 (- 4.9%)
09/2009: --
10/2009: Gen13 #32 --  6,044 (- 7.6%)
11/2009: --
12/2009: Gen13 #33 --  5,718 (- 5.4%)
01/2010: --
02/2010: Gen13 #34 --  5,412 (- 5.4%)
03/2010: --
04/2010: Gen13 #35 --  5,257 (- 2.9%)
----------------
6 months: -13.0%
1 year  : -33.7%
2 years : -55.8%
245 - SPARTA, U.S.A. (WildStorm)
03/2010: Sparta, U.S.A. #1 of 6 -- 8,214
04/2010: Sparta, U.S.A. #2 of 6 -- 5,194 (-36.8%)

Two more WildStorm books with numbers well below 6K.

—–

246 - AIR (Vertigo)
04/2009: Air #8  --  7,216 (-29.9%)
05/2009: Air #9  --  7,115 (- 1.4%)
06/2009: Air #10 --  6,954 (- 2.3%)
07/2009: Air #11 --  6,793 (- 2.3%)
08/2009: Air #12 --  6,589 (- 3.0%)
09/2009: Air #13 --  6,476 (- 1.7%)
10/2009: Air #14 --  6,156 (- 4.9%)
11/2009: Air #15 --  5,921 (- 3.8%)
12/2009: Air #16 --  5,733 (- 3.2%)
01/2010: Air #17 --  5,573 (- 2.8%)
02/2010: Air #18 --  5,352 (- 4.0%)
03/2010: Air #19 --  5,268 (- 1.6%)
04/2010: Air #20 --  5,184 (- 1.6%)
----------------
6 months: -15.8%
1 year  : -28.2%

Canceled with issue #24.

—–

249 - SUPER FRIENDS (Johnny DC)
04/2008: Super Friends #2  --  8,935
------------------------------------
04/2009: Super Friends #14 --  5,792 (+ 7.5%)
05/2009: Super Friends #15 --  5,513 (- 4.8%)
06/2009: Super Friends #16 --  5,548 (+ 0.6%)
07/2009: Super Friends #17 --  5,368 (- 3.2%)
08/2009: Super Friends #18 --  5,291 (- 1.4%)
09/2009: Super Friends #19 --  5,045 (- 4.7%)
10/2009: Super Friends #20 --  5,026 (- 0.4%)
11/2009: Super Friends #21 --  4,879 (- 2.9%)
12/2009: Super Friends #22 --  4,837 (- 0.9%)
01/2010: Super Friends #23 --  4,538 (- 6.2%)
02/2010: Super Friends #24 --  4,644 (+ 2.3%)
03/2010: Super Friends #25 --  4,678 (+ 0.7%)
04/2010: Super Friends #26 --  4,955 (+ 5.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 1.4%
1 year  : -14.5%
2 years : -44.5%

A Johnny DC title.

—–

250 - GARRISON (WildStorm)
04/2010: Garrison #1  -- 4,936

The figure speaks for itself.

—–

254 - THE WEB
08/2009: RC: Web #1  -- 19,535
09/2009: The Web #1  -- 15,507 (-20.6%)
10/2009: The Web #2  --  9,421 (-39.3%)
11/2009: The Web #3  --  7,631 (-19.0%)
12/2009: The Web #4  --  6,653 (-12.8%)
01/2010: The Web #5  --  5,809 (-12.7%)
02/2010: The Web #6  --  5,276 (- 9.2%)
03/2010: The Web #7  --  4,981 (- 5.6%)
04/2010: The Web #8  --  4,763 (- 4.4%)
----------------
6 months: -49.4%

Canceled with issue #10.

—–

261 - BILLY BATSON & THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM (Johnny DC)
04/2009: Billy Batson #4  --  8,470 (-14.0%)
05/2009: --
06/2009: Billy Batson #5  --  7,869 (- 7.1%)
07/2009: Billy Batson #6  --  6,771 (-14.0%)
08/2009: Billy Batson #7  --  6,382 (- 5.8%)
09/2009: Billy Batson #8  --  5,858 (- 8.2%)
10/2009: Billy Batson #9  --  5,388 (- 8.0%)
11/2009: Billy Batson #10 --  4,993 (- 7.3%)
12/2009: Billy Batson #11 --  4,795 (- 4.0%)
01/2010: Billy Batson #12 --  4,371 (- 8.8%)
02/2010: Billy Batson #13 --  4,316 (- 1.3%)
03/2010: Billy Batson #14 --  4,227 (- 2.1%)
04/2010: Billy Batson #15 --  4,236 (+ 0.2%)
----------------
6 months: -21.4%
1 year  : -50.0%
270 - SCOOBY DOO (Johnny DC)
04/2005: Scooby Doo #95  -- 4,800
04/2006: Scooby Doo #107 -- 4,359
04/2007: Scooby Doo #119 -- 4,373
04/2008: Scooby Doo #131 -- 4,403
---------------------------------
04/2009: Scooby Doo #143 -- 4,610 (+19.3%)
05/2009: Scooby Doo #144 -- 4,062 (-11.9%)
06/2009: Scooby Doo #145 -- 4,093 (+ 0.8%)
07/2009: Scooby Doo #146 -- 4,110 (+ 0.4%)
08/2009: Scooby Doo #147 -- 4,111 (+ 0.0%)
09/2009: Scooby Doo #148 -- 4,103 (- 0.2%)
10/2009: Scooby Doo #149 -- 4,005 (- 2.4%)
11/2009: Scooby Doo #150 -- 4,044 (+ 1.0%)
12/2009: Scooby Doo #151 -- 3,906 (- 3.4%)
01/2010: Scooby Doo #152 -- 3,724 (- 4.7%)
02/2010: Scooby Doo #153 -- 3,780 (+ 1.5%)
03/2010: Scooby Doo #154 -- 3,846 (+ 1.8%)
04/2010: Scooby Doo #155 -- 3,836 (- 0.3%)
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6 months: - 4.2%
1 year  : -16.8%
2 years : -12.9%
5 years : -20.1%

Two more Johnny DC books.

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278 - DANTE'S INFERNO (WildStorm)
12/2009: Dante's Inferno #1 of 6 -- 5,431
01/2010: Dante's Inferno #2 of 6 -- 3,808 (-29.9%)
02/2010: Dante's Inferno #3 of 6 -- 3,557 (- 6.6%)
03/2010: --
04/2010: Dante's Inferno #4 of 6 -- 3,495 (- 1.7%)

Another game adaptation from WildStorm. Free Realms, also from WildStorm, once again missed the Top 300 chart with issue #8, so I’m presuming it moved 2,900 copies for the purposes of the averages below, which is what the No. 300 title sold.

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6-MONTH COMPARISONS
+ 61.8%: Green Arrow
+  2.2%: JLA
+  0.2%: Jonah Hex
-  0.1%: REBELS
-  0.4%: Tiny Titans
-  1.0%: Green Lantern
-  1.4%: Super Friends
-  2.1%: Batman: Brave & Bold
-  2.7%: Batman Confidential
-  2.8%: Secret Six
-  2.9%: Supergirl
-  4.0%: Superman: LSoNK
-  4.2%: Scooby-Doo
-  4.7%: Scalped
-  4.8%: Hellblazer
-  5.5%: Fables
-  5.9%: Wonder Woman
-  6.3%: Superman
-  7.1%: Brave & Bold
-  7.5%: Authority
-  7.5%: Wildcats
-  7.7%: DMZ
-  8.1%: Northlanders
-  8.2%: Booster Gold
-  8.3%: Superman/Batman
-  9.0%: Superman: Secret Origin
- 10.8%: Outsiders
- 11.3%: GL Corps
- 11.8%: Unwritten
- 12.1%: Madame Xanadu
- 13.0%: Gen13
- 13.3%: Teen Titans
- 14.0%: Batman
- 14.0%: Jack of Fables
- 15.1%: Sweet Tooth
- 15.4%: Adventure Comics
- 15.6%: Action Comics
- 15.8%: Air
- 16.1%: House of Mystery
- 16.5%: Unknown Soldier
- 17.3%: Batman and Robin
- 17.8%: Warlord
- 18.4%: JSA
- 19.1%: Red Robin
- 20.2%: GC Sirens
- 20.4%: Batgirl
- 21.4%: Billy Batson
- 23.6%: Power Girl
- 24.9%: Batman: SoG
- 27.6%: Detective Comics
- 30.7%: Nemesis: Impostors
- 31.6%: Greek Street
- 34.5%: Doom Patrol
- 49.2%: Shield
- 49.4%: Web
- 52.2%: Magog
- 68.6%: Azrael

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1-YEAR COMPARISONS
+125.9%: Spirit
+ 32.9%: Green Arrow
+ 25.8%: Green Lantern
+ 22.8%: GL Corps
-  0.7%: Hellblazer
-  1.5%: Flash
-  2.1%: Jonah Hex
-  4.7%: Scalped
-  5.6%: JLA
-  6.8%: Secret Six
- 10.7%: Tiny Titans
- 13.5%: Supergirl
- 14.5%: Super Friends
- 14.6%: Booster Gold
- 15.3%: DMZ
- 15.5%: Fables
- 15.6%: Madame Xanadu
- 15.9%: Batman Confidential
- 16.8%: Scooby-Doo
- 17.6%: Northlanders
- 20.4%: Wonder Woman
- 21.5%: Superman: LSoNK
- 22.0%: REBELS
- 22.4%: Authority
- 22.4%: Batman: Brave & Bold
- 22.6%: Superman/Batman
- 22.9%: Superman
- 24.7%: World's End
- 27.5%: House of Mystery
- 28.2%: Air
- 28.5%: Teen Titans
- 29.7%: Outsiders
- 31.6%: Batman
- 32.4%: Action Comics
- 33.7%: Gen13
- 35.8%: Unknown Soldier
- 41.2%: Jack of Fables
- 50.0%: Billy Batson
- 50.1%: JSA
- 59.2%: Detective Comics
- 69.6%: Azrael

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2-YEAR COMPARISONS
+199.1%: Flash
+ 54.3%: GL Corps
+ 53.6%: Green Lantern
+ 37.4%: Red Robin
+ 35.1%: Spirit
+ 18.8%: GC Sirens
-  6.0%: Supergirl
-  6.9%: Scalped
-  9.0%: Green Arrow
- 12.4%: Detective Comics
- 12.9%: Scooby-Doo
- 13.7%: Batman: Brave & Bold
- 14.2%: Hellblazer
- 14.3%: Batman
- 14.7%: Jonah Hex
- 16.3%: Fables
- 26.6%: Tiny Titans
- 27.4%: JLA
- 30.6%: Jack of Fables
- 31.6%: Batman Confidential
- 32.0%: DMZ
- 35.8%: Wonder Woman
- 37.4%: Northlanders
- 39.5%: Superman
- 39.7%: Superman/Batman
- 43.0%: Brave & Bold
- 44.3%: Action Comics
- 44.5%: Super Friends
- 44.9%: Booster Gold
- 46.6%: Teen Titans
- 47.8%: Outsiders
- 54.5%: JSA
- 55.8%: Gen13
- 59.9%: Supernatural

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5-YEAR COMPARISONS
+117.1%: Flash
+ 17.6%: Red Robin
+  8.6%: Detective Comics
+  4.7%: Batgirl
-  2.3%: Batman
-  2.6%: JLA
-  6.2%: Human Target
-  7.2%: Green Arrow
- 11.6%: GC Sirens
- 12.5%: Wonder Woman
- 12.7%: Green Lantern
- 15.7%: JSA
- 19.2%: Doom Patrol
- 20.1%: Fables
- 20.1%: Scooby-Doo
- 33.3%: Hellblazer
- 37.3%: Batman: Brave & Bold
- 46.5%: Action Comics
- 61.4%: Authority
- 62.1%: Teen Titans
- 70.5%: Superman
- 72.4%: Superman/Batman

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Average Periodical Sales
(not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, Johnny DC titles and magazines)

DC COMICS
04/2005: 30,053
04/2006: 33,566
04/2007: 39,134
04/2008: 28,051
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04/2009: 27,373 (+25.6%)**
05/2009: 24,386 (-10.9%)
06/2009: 25,880 (+ 6.1%)**
07/2009: 30,905 (+19.4%)**
08/2009: 29,977 (- 3.0%)
09/2009: 28,493 (- 5.0%)**
10/2009: 27,525 (- 4.4%)**
11/2009: 28,913 (+ 5.1%)**
12/2009: 25,904 (-10.4%)**
01/2010: 25,657 (- 1.0%)**
02/2010: 26,199 (+ 2.1%)**
03/2010: 23,299 (-11.1%)**
04/2010: 23,740 (+ 1.9%)**
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6 months: -13.8%
1 year  : -13.3%
2 years : -15.4%
5 years : -21.0%
DC UNIVERSE
04/2005: 39,140
04/2006: 45,129
04/2007: 52,768
04/2008: 35,452
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04/2009: 38,150 (+21.8%)
05/2009: 33,163 (-13.1%)
06/2009: 36,329 (+ 9.6%)
07/2009: 41,218 (+13.9%)
08/2009: 37,300 (- 9.5%)
09/2009: 36,725 (- 1.5%)**
10/2009: 34,795 (- 5.3%)
11/2009: 38,488 (+10.6%)
12/2009: 35,473 (- 7.8%)**
01/2010: 33,698 (- 5.0%)
02/2010: 35,895 (+ 6.5%)
03/2010: 32,375 (- 9.8%)
04/2010: 32,859 (+ 1.5%)
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6 months: - 5.6%
1 year  : -13.9%
2 years : - 7.3%
5 years : -16.1%
VERTIGO
04/2005: 13,050
04/2006: 15,473
04/2007: 12,105
04/2008: 10,550
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04/2009: 10,767 (+ 5.8%)
05/2009: 12,918 (+20.0%)
06/2009: 11,166 (-13.6%)
07/2009: 11,055 (- 1.0%)**
08/2009: 11,369 (+ 2.8%)
09/2009: 11,345 (- 0.2%)
10/2009: 10,551 (- 7.0%)
11/2009: 11,036 (+ 4.6%)
12/2009: 10,583 (- 4.1%)
01/2010: 11,267 (+ 6.5%)
02/2010:  9,256 (-17.9%)
03/2010: 11,394 (+23.1%)
04/2010: 10,815 (- 5.1%)
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6 months: + 2.5%
1 year  : + 0.5%
2 years : + 2.5%
5 years : -17.1%
WILDSTORM
04/2005: 12,846
04/2006: 16,036
04/2007: 13,609
04/2008: 12,156
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04/2009:  8,277 (- 7.6%)**
05/2009:  8,579 (+ 3.7%)
06/2009:  8,805 (+ 2.6%)**
07/2009:  8,519 (- 3.3%)**
08/2009:  7,977 (- 6.4%)
09/2009:  8,280 (+ 3.8%)**
10/2009:  9,769 (+18.0%)**
11/2009:  7,111 (-27.2%)**
12/2009:  7,260 (+ 2.1%)**
01/2010:  6,532 (-10.0%)**
02/2010:  5,692 (-12.9%)**
03/2010:  7,691 (+35.1%)**
04/2010:  5,923 (-23.0%)**
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6 months: -39.4%
1 year  : -28.4%
2 years : -51.3%
5 years : -53.9%

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Disclaimers, et cetera

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com‘s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in parenthesis behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]”). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

Titles released under the Johnny DC imprint and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo and some WildStorm titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

For a more lyrical approach to discussing sales figures that covers all the essentials in a more condensed, less tedious fashion, finally, go right here.
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Marc-Oliver Frisch writes about comics at his weblog and at Comicgate. You can also follow him on Twitter.

World Cup post #2: Marion Vitus

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The artist salutes the world’s biggest event!

Watch this: Masters of Manga

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Masters of Manga is a new web project by translator Marc Bernabé with interviews with such giants as Moto Hagio, Urasawa, Tako Saito and more many. First up, Hideshi Hirata (known for the gekiga samurai yarn Satsuma Gishiden) and Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina, Negima.) BOOKMARK MUST.


[Via Johanna]

Gary Panter’s new website

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Gary Panter has revamped his website, and of course this means hours of poring over comics, drawings, paintings, and historical artifacts. Panter also has a few events coming up for you West Coasters.

Scion presents: ZPFfffft!!!
A group exhibition with Bob Zoell, Gary Panter and Devin Flynn
June 19 – July 10, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 19, 2010 | 7-10pm
Scion Installation L.A.
3521 Helms Ave (at National)
Culver City, CA. 90232
Gallery Phone: 310.815.8840
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM & by appointment

Devin Gary & Ross musical show is here:
http://synchronicityonmelrose.blogspot.com/
under June 22nd on the Synchronicity site calendar.

HeroesCon Final Thoughts

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Although we’re probably the very last person to get our HeroesCon thoughts online, it was such a good time, it would be wrong not to enumerate a few of the ways it rocked. Although everyone knows that Shelton Drum, Dustin Harbin and the rest of the Heroes crew know how to extend Southern hospitality to convention guests in a relaxed, unassuming way, the show — the largest HeroesCon yet by all signs — also served as a near-perfect capsule of the comics industry, thanks to a wide ranging, well-deployed guest list showcased in diverse, entertaining programming. While Indie Island is Harbin’s baby and remains a hotbed of amazing talent, the rest of the show showed off other elements of the cartooning world — there was a wall of strip cartoonists, for instance, and the “mainstream mainland” included an amazing lineup of artists from Brian Bolland to Jill Thompson to Adam Hughes and Tony Harris.

HeroesCon is known as a great show for original art, and nearly every mainstream artist we spoke to had been booked solid with commissions and sketches. Indeed, evenings found many of the artists holed up in their rooms finishing commissions instead of hanging out. In a time when the economy is still spotty, this alone ensured that pretty much everyone was hot to make a return appearance in 2011.

For the indie and webcomics crowd, HeroesCon is a little bit more of a question mark. Two years ago, indies staged a full scale invasion — an invasion which was largely warded off by the attendees, alas. However, this year featured a strong webcomic presence –Kate Beaton, R Stevens, Meredith Gran — as well as a strong indie showing — Sammy Harkham, Alec Longstreth, the Freewheel Tour, Joe Lambert. Although they weren’t vying with Adam Hughes for attention, there were indications that repeated exposure is paying off with more recognition for more challenging material. Sometimes you just have to invest some time in building an audience — or capturing a new territory — or at least that’s our optimistic takeaway.

Another element that made this “the artist show” was the lack of presence from Marvel and DC. Although there were perfunctory big company panels, they were lacking in news — as one of my journo buds told me of one of them, “It was over before it began.” Without a squad of editors on hand, everyone could just relax. “There’s no jockeying in the bar,” as one person put it. It was a pleasant scenario.

No wonder, then, that everyone had such a fine time. The Beat stayed on for the Sunday night Dead Dog party for the first time, and it won’t be the last , as it was a marvelously relaxed affair with lots of catch up chatter from the show. HeroesCon’s social events are always well arranged with shuttle service and snacks. On Friday, it was an art show at Gallery 22; Saturday, it was the legendary auction, where pieces went for as much as $8,000. While Hughes and Phil Noto had amazing entries, it was Eric Canete’s Elektra (above) that the artists of our acquaintance were raving over. Canete even wrote about it on his blog:

The whole event went off as it did in years past; entertaining, competitive and festive – all benefitting the show and its organizers. And at the end of the day, that’s what mattered to me most. I’ve included a shot of the piece (kindly sent to me by the auction winner) next to the chair so you guys can have a point of reference regarding its size. I hope now you can see where my “Holy sh*t! What the f*ck am I doing and who the hell said we could do this in color!? You’re a loser and you’re going to have harlequin babies, Canete!” state of mind came from. For a guy who does nothing but B&W images on 10×14″ paper, this was like asking a kid who plays ‘Operation’ to do a actual triple bypass.


An overwhelming number of people that we checked in with said it was either their first HeroesCon or their first in a long time, but pretty much everyone we talked to declared it wouldn’t be the last. Mike Mignola, who hadn’t been there in many years, said it was “The best show!” Surely part of the enthusiasm and the turnout is becuase (okay, you knew this was coming) San Diego has become Too Big And Scary. While people go to the Big Show for the business they need to conduct (and to make money — despite the hassles, a table at San Diego can be extremely lucrative), for pleasure, creators are starting to flock to smaller regional shows like Emerald City, WonderCon and HeroesCon. The shows are cheaper to do, much easier to get in and out of and, increasingly, a good place to make money.

But whatever the merits of HeroesCon as part of the con circuit, this year’s con showcased coimics art in an amazing manner. On Sunday night we found ourselves at a Dead Dog dinner with a stellar lineup of artists that incluided Jill Thompson, Ming Doyle, Jim Mahfood, Paul Maybury, Ben Templesmith, David Mack, Declan Shalvey and Eric Canete; myself, Ben McCool, Molly McIsaac and Jimmy Aquino held up the writing/photography/journo end of things, and 18-year old Karen Wang — whose portfolio was the talk of the show — represented the future superstar category. At one point Mike Golden came in to say hi, and I guess that made the circle complete. It was a little staggering to be in the company of so much talent, but that’s why you keep coming back to the comics, right? Most of the con reports I’ve read have been much the same thing — just hanging out and talking with an inspiring array of talented people.

Aside from the above we got to hobnob with Richard Thompson, Cully Hamner, Mike Mignola, Tommy Lee Edwards, Benard Chang, June Brigman, Steve Leiber, Erika Moen, Marc Bernardin, Chris Gage, Tony Harris, Joe Staton, Mark Morales, Jose Marzan, Rich Case, Steve Bird, Shannon Stewart, Nick Spencer, Tom Fowler, Kirby Krackle, and of course other people that we’re unjustly forgetting. It was ALL a blast.

We have a few mote newsy bits to type up from the weekend over the next day or so, but here are a few links in the meantime: the essential Dustin Harbin on the indie side:

We had a hugely expanded Indie Island this year, which was great for people like me who love “indie” comics, not to mention a large contingent of cartoonists whose work is best known on the web, like Meredith Gran, R Stevens, Kate Beaton, and a ton of others. I’m always nervous having bigger names from the “indie” world because Heroes is essentially a superhero show after all; it’s hard to know what kind of response they’ll get. But the consensus seemed to be pretty good–some people did pretty good, and I got a few reports of banner years. Some were a little more circumspect; I could tell they were sparing my feelings a little. I just want everybody who tables at HeroesCon to be FILTHY RICH by the end of the weekend, is that so wrong? But overall I was pretty pumped about how traffic was in Indie Island, I like how it’s growing and turning into its own thing, slowly but surely.


The Dollar Bin is posting almost all the panels; more will be up every day but here are a few:
Craft and Process in Comics
Vocational Comics: Comics As Career
and the one you MUST listen to, Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson.

Friedrich and Binder to receive Finger award

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Via PR, Gary Friedrich, a seminal figure at Marvel in the ’60s and ’70s and co-creator of Ghost Rider, and the late Otto Binder, without whom there would be no Supergirl or Krypto or hundreds of comics, are the two latest recipients of the Bill Finger Award. This honor is presented annually at the the San Diego Comic-Con to honor one living writer, and one deceased who have made significant contributions to the comics industry.

Comic-Con International is proud to announce that Otto Binder and Gary Friedrich have been selected to receive the 2010 Bill Finger Award for Achievement in Comic Book Writing. The choices made by a blue-ribbon committee chaired by writer-historian Mark Evanier were unanimous.

“This is an award about excellence and about contributions to the field which have not received the recognition they deserve,” Evanier explains. “Bill Finger sure merited more acclaim than he got and in his name, we try to honor others who have been similarly overlooked. Many people know of and love the work of Otto Binder and Gary Friedrich. Not nearly enough know the names of the men who created that work.”

Gary Friedrich was a member of the legendary Marvel Bullpen of the sixties, joining the company in 1967 after a brief stint working for Charlton Comics on strips that included Blue Beetle and The Sentinels. For Marvel, he began with westerns and quickly segued to super-hero features including The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, and Marvel’s version of Captain Marvel. He distinguished himself with a long, memorable run writing Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, and in 1972 he introduced a new, memorable character with the name of Ghost Rider, which has had a successful run in publishing and which in 2007 resulted in a major motion picture bringing Friedrich’s fiery hero to the screen.

Otto Binder sold the first of hundreds of science-fiction stories in 1930 at the age of 19. Within a few years, he was a major contributor to pulp magazines, and when comic books came along, he was an early entrant in that field and one of its most prolific writers. He was the primary scripter for the original Captain Marvel, authoring nearly a thousand stories—approximately half—of those featuring that hero and allied characters. It was largely due to Binder’s work for Fawcett Comics that Captain Marvel became the bestselling superhero of his era. Binder also found time over the years to write for Timely Comics, Quality, MLJ, Western Publishing and EC. In 1948 he began working for DC Comics and soon was writing Superman. In the course of writing that character he introduced such important, lasting elements of the mythos as Supergirl, Brainiac, Krypto the Super Dog, and The Legion of Super-Heroes. Binder passed away in 1974.

The Bill Finger Award honors the memory of William Finger (1914–1974), who was the first and, some say, most important writer of Batman. Many have called him the “unsung hero” of the character and have hailed his work not only on that iconic figure but on dozens of others, primarily for DC Comics. The Bill Finger Award was instituted in 2005 at the instigation of comic book legend Jerry Robinson, who worked with Finger on the original Golden Age Batman.

In addition to Evanier, the selection committee consists of Charles Kochman (executive editor at Harry N. Abrams, book publisher), comic book artist-historian Jim Amash, writer Tony Isabella, and writer/editor Marv Wolfman.

The 2010 awards are underwritten by Comic-Con International. DC Comics is the major sponsor; supporting sponsors are Heritage Auctions and Maggie Thompson.

The Finger Award is presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International: San Diego and is administered by Jackie Estrada. The awards will be presented during the Eisner Awards ceremony at this summer’s Comic-Con on the evening of July 23 at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront.

Additional information on the Finger Award can be found at

Comic-Con adds shuttles, helps with parking

Via PR, due to the great number of hotels outside the usual shuttle route at this year’s con, CCI is expanding the shuttle route, expanding bag check hours and facilitating advance parking permit purchases. All these changes will make getting to and from the con, if not easy, at least easier. You can read all about it in the PR below, but it’s of some note that the shuttle costs are being partially paid by Travel Planners — it’s no secret that Travel Planners kind of screwed things up this year, with what was supposed to be a first come, first served hotel system being changed to a willy nilly lottery.

Comic-Con International, North America’s largest comic book and popular arts convention, today announced an expanded shuttle route for guests staying at hotels outside of the downtown area, as well as advanced reserved parking options for those driving to the show.

“The hotel reservation situation this year didn’t go as well as it should have,” commented David Glanzer, spokesperson for the nonprofit event. “As a result many people who expected to be closer to the downtown area found themselves in hotels farther away. For this reason we have expanded our shuttle route to help accommodate those who are staying at Mission Valley and Shelter Island hotels.”

The expanded shuttle route will service hotels in the Mission Valley and Shelter Island areas and is made possible, in part, by a generous contribution from Travel Planners. To provide faster service, the shuttle route for Mission Valley will run from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm from a location near the Omni Hotel (at the foot of L Street in downtown San Diego). Using this drop point during heavy daytime traffic periods will increase the frequency of shuttles from every 30–60 minutes to every 15–20 minutes for most hotels. After 8:00 pm this shuttle route will originate from the Convention Center front driveway.

In addition to the expanded shuttle route, Comic-Con is expanding Bag Check services at the Convention Center. From Thursday through Saturday, Bag Check will be open until 2:00 am so attendees can check their bags while taking part in evening activities.

To assist those who choose to drive to the event, Comic-Con has arranged with ACE and Five Star, two of the largest downtown parking companies, to offer advanced purchase of parking permits at many of downtown’s parking areas. As with all parking lots, in and out privileges do not apply. To take advantage of the advanced parking permit option, please visit http://www.thepermitstore.com/comic-con/event/

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 6/11/10

§ Can Yahoo go where science has failed? I want to start reading the marvel comics but i dont know where to start?

§ Jakes Forbes weighs in on the Manga/scanlation equation with the suggestion of A BETTER WAY.

§ Dan Nadel reports on marvelous comical doings in LA.

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§ Brian Wood talks about Vikings and Metal to introduce a new storyline in NORTHLANDERS.

Heavy metal and Vikings go hand in hand. I didn’t need Becky Cloonan and Espen Jorgensen to tell me that. I’m pretty sure I was first schooled to this fact walking across “stoner bridge,” a little walkway that crossed a pitiful stream and opened up onto the back of my high school’s parking lot in northern Vermont. Crossing it meant running a gauntlet of rednecks, headbangers, weed smoke, and heavy metal t-shirts. From Led Zeppelin to Bathory, the imagery was dominant.

§ Speaking of Zep, remember when THIS was what made the internet great? As far as we’re concerned, it has never been improved upon.

§ Stan Lee talks about the whole Donald Glover as Spider-Man campaign, and shows why he’s a master diplomat:

As for the racial aspect of the debate, Lee brushed it off, saying that casting Peter Parker “shouldn’t be a racial issue.” However, he added that drastically changing Peter Parker’s appearance could risk confusing audiences — but that shouldn’t stop anyone from giving Glover or other non-white actors a shot.

§ Sean T. Collins catches Tom Brevoort snarking on DC. Saucer of milk for one!

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§ Chris Sims has The 18 Best Batman Panels Ever and this one (by Len Wein and Jim Aparo) is only #17!

§ Tom Spurgeon catches Peter Bagge being “prudishly edited” at one of his recent mainstream efforts.

§ TCJ is looking at Boys Love with a roundtable, so of course we’ll quote Shaenon T. Garrity:

Even before reading Boys’ Love, I was more than familiar with all the convoluted arguments explaining how the characters in BL aren’t “really” men, not even fantasy men. Because they look like women. Because they act like women. Because the seme/uke relationship is a coded heterosexual relationship, therefore BL is a coded heterosexual fantasy. Because the seme and uke are both kinda girly, therefore BL is a coded lesbian fantasy. Or a transsexual fantasy. Or an asexual fantasy. Or anything other than girls ogling boys.


§ Brian Hibbs is trying to put it all behind him.

§ Finally, this movie review reminded us that former Marvel Entertainment VP Shirrel Rhoadesis now a sometime movie critic, among other things.

First of many soccer postings: Roy of the Rovers

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The biggest event in the world, the World Cup, is kicking off today and we’ll kick off (heh) our link blogging with Richard Bruton’s tribute to Roy of the Rovers , which, based on the squeal FMB gave when a Roy collection arrived on our doorstep, is some kind of seminal kids footie comic. Bruton concentrates on the “Dark Knight” of Roy comics, a 1994 version by Rob Davis and Stuart Green:

The artist on much of these new Roy Of The Rovers strips was Rob Davis, who talks about the genesis of the idea at his blog here. Essentially it all came from an idea from the ill-fated Tundra UK (a 90s money pit of excess and wonderful idealism funded by Kevin Eastman and the millions made from the Turtles goldmine). The proposed Glory Glory football comic never got off the ground (a familiar tale for anyone who remembers Tundra) and writer Stuart Green and Rob Davis took the idea over for a radical reinvention of the worlds most famous football comic.

If that’s a little too dystopian for ya, we point you to the ’70/’80s version, which is a perfect synthesis of feathered blond hair, tight shorts, and panels full of little figures executing soccer plays.
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