August apocalypse: How bad?

The business news website ICv2 isn’t known for being hyperbolic. So when Milton Griepp said that this month’s comics sales had “plummeted”, everyone leaped up, screaming, knocking over chairs and spilling drinks everywhere.

Sales of comics and graphic novels through Diamond Comic Distributors dropped substantially in August with periodical comics falling 17% and graphic novels down 21%.  There wasn’t a single comic title even close to the 100,000 in August. 


If it weren’t for the continued strength of SCOTT PILGRIM trades, the GN drop would have been even more grisly. On the periodical side, there was no big book, but, said ICv2, certainly “the lack of one big title can’t account for everything.”

The grim details immediately set the punditocracy to arms, perhaps sniffing the hint of burning smoke in Tom Spurgeon’s Doomapocalyptigeddon which he described from his aerie high in the Misty Mountains, the same distant smell of charring paper and brimstone that we’ve been picking up for the last few weeks.

Rich Johnston was first out of the gate, bursting into the pub with a hale and hearty hallo as he called for a pint and reassured us that there was no need to get alarmed:

Of course the other explanation is much less sensationalist. Just that there were just no big ticket items in August. Figures for comics weren’t too far off from the previous month, the big difference was that the first issue or X-Men slipped from 140K to 70K for its second issue. And August didn’t see a Blackest Night hardcover, a BN: Green Lantern hardcover or a new Walking Dead book to top the charts. And reduced sales of other books, is just regular attrition that a revamped #1, a big crossover or a hor creative team will help bump at a later date. Just not in August.

So be warned of sensationalist headlines (like this one). This is not the imminent collapse of the comic shop. It’s just another one of the thousand cuts…


Given that Johnston also thinks the #1 book in August was called Blackest Knight, it wasn’t all THAT reassuring. All kidding aside, terming a 50 percent decrease a “slip” is definitely looking on the bright side.
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Mike Gold at ComicMix, a student of distribution and sales if ever there was one, sat at the end of Munden’s Bar, sipping his shandy, and quickly blamed Public Enemy #1, the $3.99 price increase and The Great Comics Flood of 2010:

27 issues featuring Thor, Iron Man, and/or The Avengers. Boy, you’d think there was a Thor movie coming out that, oh I don’t know, tied in to the Iron Man movies, to be followed by the big The Avengers movie.

So, why the flood? Is Marvel worried about competition from Boom, Dynamite, and IDW? I don’t think so. They started producing material for this latest dump just about the time the Disney takeover was ratified. They are trying to impress the Mouse.


Even given similarity of sales patterns to previous dips (which we’ll get to in a minute) there is a corresponding increase in the number of titles coming out from both publishers, with a resultant dilution of talent and interest from readers.
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After the loudmouth and the old-timer had had their say at the bar, the know-it-all piped up, and he brought lots of charts. Todd Allen analyzes all this and more in a piece he calls The Great August Graphic Novel Collapse which is complete with charts like the above which shows the ranking of the titles closest to 1000 units for every month for the past year. Which reveals….something. Allen concludes:

Still, August does look to have some serious shrinkage, which isn’t always the smoothest thing for budgeting a business, or for finding something to read if you wait for the trade.  It has been suggested to me that retailers are increasingly inclined to re-order as they sell out, rather than buying extremely large numbers of graphic novels up front, so we could be seeing some of that here, as well.  Is it a lack of new volumes in old series in August?  Any way you slice it, that just was not a good month for the orders.

It does give you a little pause if you do think that a number of key series are driving the graphic novel sales.  Scott Pilgrim’s had his last film-fueled hurrah and now we have to see if Bryan Lee O’Malley’s next project is embraced with the same numbers.  For that matter, as successful as Walking Dead is in tpb, what would happen if Robert Kirkman was lured to Hollywood and gave up comics?  That’s a lot of sales to make up if anything happened to Kirkman.


Finally, the weatherbeaten stranger in the corner threw back his hood and gave us Comichron. John Jackson Miller points out that sales right now are exactly mirroring sales from 2000, the trough of the last depression, when top sellers hovered around 100K for months, with no breakout series. Instead of unsheathing the shards of Narsil, he pulled out yet more charts and graphs.
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As someone who could never understand JJM’s charts from the old Comics Retailer, this made us super queasy. However what it seems to show is that

The red line is 2010 — and we can see that comics orders have tended, for most of the last 12 years, to be right in the 5-7 million copy per month track. That continues to be the case.


While also blaming the lack of several big number books in August, Miller goes on to make a very detailed comparison of 2010 and 2000 including similar factors — a hit movie, a price increase:

There are differences with 2000, too, of course, making the unit sales comparison problematic. 2000 was near the bottom of a long industry recession; 2009-2010 are years coming off a period of relative growth, and there aren’t the kind of structural problems driving down sales that we contended with in the late 1990s. Marvel had many fewer comics coming out each month in 2000. Downloads for comics, authorized and otherwise, were far less readily available. And as noted before, month-to-month comparisons across time have other problems in comics.

But all that said, we do still have about the same number of comic books being pulled from UPS boxes and placed on shelves each month as we saw back then. Now, as I’ve mentioned before, these identical numbers for the comics unit sales category are not a sign of market stagnation overall, because since 2000, the industry has enjoyed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of sales of trade paperbacks that didn’t exist back then. The market has grown in dollars and units — it’s just those units are trade paperbacks, where 2010 is concerned. And periodicals rebounded nicely in the 2000s, with energy behind projects like Civil War and a stronger general economy. So the narrative is not that sales haven’t increased since 2000; rather, we are not keeping pace with the best years of our run. 


He concludes that we are just one hit away from everything rebounding, yet another positive spin on what seems to be an eroding base.

OVERALL DIAMOND SALES (including all comics, trades, and magazines)
August 2010: approximately $32 million ($35.5 million including UK)
Versus 1 year ago this month: -11%
Versus 5 years ago this month: -2%
YEAR TO DATE: $270.66 million, -5% vs. 2009, +18% vs. 2005

And The Beat. What do we think about this, sipping a glass of Malbec at a booth? We’d like to direct you to yesterday’s column by Rich Johnson, the most succinct write-up we’ve yet seen of the changes at Marvel and DC in the year since both underwent drastic management/ownership changes.

Marvel and DC are still the industry leaders, at least as far as the comics media and loudest fandom is concerned, and whither they goest, we goest. And the truth is, both have been in transitional periods this year.

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Marvel has been pumping out a lot of material, some of it excellent, some of it not. But there is no question that the mini events haven’t taken hold as in the days of Civil War and the Death of Cap. This could be general event burnout or …maybe people really do like big events. The DiDio Doctrine states that big mammoth tie-ins that make every book in the line successful are the only way to keep today’s distracted consumers focused on your line…he’s yet to be proven wrong.

As The Beat’s Rich Johnson pointed out, despite all the upheaval, there has actually been little change in management at both companies. Marvel is still run by the same canny brain trust that got them to the point of Disney thinking the company was worth $4 billion. Marvel has also been successful at bringing along new writers — but the truth is a Bendis or Johns only comes along once every few years. There isn’t anything that has the “MUST BUY THIS IS IT” feeling of some past projects.

Over at DC the situation is dicier. After dithering for four months over who to hire to replace Paul Levitz, they left mostly the same folks in charge that were already running things, but didn’t replace some of the lower levels left vacant by promotions. The doubts over the impending move, a hiring freeze, and so on, have left DC’s main business in a holding pattern. Given all the distractions, its little wonder DC has lagged in establishing any new businesses to replace the ones they’ve shut down.

Our email has been full of people suggesting that 2010 is just one big transitional year. Given the wider uncertainty over the economy, people have a lot on their minds, and comics aren’t doing that much to distract us from our problems, esp. given the price tag of periodical comics.

Which isn’t to say that the next big thing isn’t right around the corner. It seems pretty clear, even from Miller’s level-headed analysis, that we are nearing the end of a cycle of some sort. At $4 for a story you can read in 5 minutes, we’ve reached the tail end of the Satisfying Chunk™ formula. The manga collapse hasn’t helped, and the end of the bookstore market as we knew it has been a big setback — if book sales were THE growth segment of the Aughts, it’s a segment that isn’t growing any more. We have to find new ways to find an audience. Period.

Of course, comics aren’t going to go away or end or turn into video games. Having just returned from SPX where great comics and great cartoonists were multiplying like bunny rabbits, it’s hard to take the August numbers as anything but the logical softening of a certain market. Other markets will spring up. It’s just who will create them and profit from them that everyone must figure out.

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So by the time everyone had their say, it was last call and everyone gathered their charts and headed for a warm bed. Munden locked the door behind them. A chilly, rainswept wind sprang up, and it smelled like change.

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: July 2010

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The big launch for July is the new ongoing X-MEN series, which duly makes its debut at the top of the chart. Also this month, as the X-books’ “Second Coming” crossover ends, the Daredevil-centred SHADOWLAND event begins. The Young Avengers return in AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE. And from the Icon imprint, there’s the debut issue of Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev’s SCARLET.

Needless to say, Marvel were once again the top company in the direct market, leading DC by 43% to 35% in terms of unit share, and 39% to 32% in dollars.

Thanks as always to ICV2.com for permission to use these figures.

1.  X-MEN
07/10  X-Men #1 - 140,332

And here we go again.

This is the third X-MEN #1, the other two being published in 1963 and 1991, to launch the titles presently called UNCANNY X-MEN and X-MEN LEGACY. Theoretically it becomes the fourth ongoing X-Men title, the other one being ASTONISHING X-MEN – although that book seems to be drifting off into some sort of miniseries format.

Last month, the prequel issue DEATH OF DRACULA made number 114 on the charts, with underwhelming estimated orders of 16,464 – not an altogether encouraging sign. But things are back on course this month, as the first issue is easily Marvel’s biggest seller of the month. Less than the recent AVENGERS #1, more than NEW AVENGERS.

This issue has seven covers, including 1:25, 1:50 and 1:75 incentive variants. Marvel were certainly keen to make sure this one worked. But so far, so good.

Since the DEATH OF DRACULA one-shot is essential to the plot, and almost nobody seems to have bought it, I would imagine that the inevitable second printing is likely to do unusually well.

4.  AVENGERS
05/10  Avengers #1 - 170,682
06/10  Avengers #2 -  98,788  (-42.1%)
07/10  Avengers #3 -  87,410  (-11.5%)

Levelling out nicely, particularly when you bear in mind that they’re also cutting back on the variant covers each month. Issue #1 picks up reorders of 6,815 – as always, they’re included above.

7.  NEW AVENGERS
07/05  New Avengers #7  - 158,693
07/06  New Avengers #22 - 124,617
07/07  New Avengers #32 - 122,991
07/08  New Avengers #43 - 108,751
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07/09  New Avengers #55 -  84,745  ( -9.7%)
08/09  New Avengers #56 -  89,996  ( +6.2%)
09/09  New Avengers #57 -  85,598  ( -4.9%)
10/09  New Avengers #58 -  76,656  (-10.4%)
11/09  New Avengers #59 -  74,379  ( -3.0%)
12/09  New Avengers #60 -  72,790  ( -2.1%)
01/10  New Avengers #61 -  78,202  ( +7.4%)
02/10  New Avengers #62 -  76,405  ( -2.3%)
03/10  New Avengers #63 -  76,145  ( -0.3%)
04/10  New Avengers #64 -  75,430  ( -0.9%)
04/10  ---
05/10  Finale           -  82,152  ( +8.9%)
06/10  New Avengers #1  - 129,084  (+67.8%)
07/10  New Avengers #2  -  83,397  (-35.4%)
                           6 mnth  ( +6.6%)
                           1 year  ( -1.6%)
                           2 year  (-23.3%)
                           3 year  (-32.2%)
                           4 year  (-33.1%)
                           5 year  (-47.4%)

Much as you’d expect for the second issue drop. That said, by the time sales settle down, I’d expect that NEW AVENGERS will be back in its familiar sales range – not that they’ll be complaining too much about that.

10. SECRET AVENGERS
05/10  Secret Avengers #1 - 110,681
06/10  Secret Avengers #2 -  77,933  (-30.0%)
07/10  Secret Avengers #3 -  72,293  ( -7.2%)

The third Avengers title is also levelling out nicely, and hangs on to its place in the top ten for a third month. Issue #1 picks up reorders of 3,931.

11,19,20. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
07/05  Amazing Spider-Man #522 -  73,130
07/06  Amazing Spider-Man #534 - 113,522
07/07  Amazing Spider-Man #542 - 105,715
07/08  Amazing Spider-Man #566 -  68,912
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07/09  Amazing Spider-Man #599 -  72,412  (+17.6%)
07/09  Amazing Spider-Man #600 - 116,857  (+61.4%)
08/09  Amazing Spider-Man #601 -  74,279  (-36.4%)
08/09  Amazing Spider-Man #602 -  71,532  ( -3.7%)
08/09  Amazing Spider-Man #603 -  71,051  ( -0.7%)
09/09  Amazing Spider-Man #604 -  63,435  (-10.7%)
09/09  Amazing Spider-Man #605 -  62,831  ( -1.0%)
09/09  Amazing Spider-Man #606 -  70,177  (+11.7%)
09/09  Amazing Spider-Man #607 -  62,570  (-10.8%)
10/09  Amazing Spider-Man #608 -  72,035  (+15.1%)
10/09  Amazing Spider-Man #609 -  61,176  (-15.1%)
11/09  Amazing Spider-Man #610 -  61,170  ( -0.0%)
11/09  Amazing Spider-Man #611 -  64,514  ( +5.5%)
11/09  Amazing Spider-Man #612 -  68,459  ( +6.1%)
11/09  Amazing Spider-Man #613 -  64,499  ( -5.8%)
12/09  Amazing Spider-Man #614 -  59,696  ( -7.4%)
12/09  Amazing Spider-Man #615 -  63,738  ( +6.8%)
12/09  Amazing Spider-Man #616 -  58,856  ( -7.7%)
01/10  Amazing Spider-Man #617 -  76,730  (+30.4%)
01/10  Amazing Spider-Man #618 -  61,969  (-19.2%)
01/10  Amazing Spider-Man #619 -  56,837  ( -8.3%)
02/10  Amazing Spider-Man #620 -  59,860  ( +5.3%)
02/10  Amazing Spider-Man #621 -  55,350  ( -7.5%)
02/10  Amazing Spider-Man #622 -  53,929  ( -2.6%)
03/10  Amazing Spider-Man #623 -  66,064  (+22.5%)
03/10  Amazing Spider-Man #624 -  60,213  ( -8.9%)
03/10  Amazing Spider-Man #625 -  54,179  (-10.0%)
03/10  Amazing Spider-Man #626 -  53,868  ( -0.6%)
03/10  Amazing Spider-Man #627 -  54,206  ( +0.6%)
04/10  Amazing Spider-Man #628 -  57,797  ( +6.6%)
04/10  Amazing Spider-Man #629 -  53,560  ( -7.3%)
05/10  Amazing Spider-Man #630 -  57,969  ( +8.2%)
05/10  Amazing Spider-Man #631 -  57,239  ( -1.3%)
05/10  Amazing Spider-Man #632 -  56,723  ( -0.9%)
06/10  Amazing Spider-Man #633 -  57,670  ( +1.7%)
06/10  Amazing Spider-Man #634 -  61,736  ( +7.1%)
06/10  Amazing Spider-Man #635 -  56,146  ( -9.1%)
07/10  Amazing Spider-Man #636 -  56,011  ( -0.2%)
07/10  Amazing Spider-Man #637 -  56,031  ( +0.0%)
07/10  Amazing Spider-Man #638 -  68,271  (+21.8%)
                                  6 mnth  (+20.1%)
                                  1 year  ( -5.7%)
                                  2 year  ( -0.9%)
                                  3 year  (-35.4%)
                                  4 year  (-39.9%)
                                  5 year  ( -6.6%)

The three July issues comprise the last two chapters of “Grim Hunt”, and the first part of “O.M.I.T.” – the story which finally explained what happened in revised continuity instead of Peter and Mary Jane getting married. All three of these issues have variants, so the sales boost most likely is because of the perception that “O.M.I.T.” is an important story, and the relative rarity of Joe Quesada contributing to a story.

13. UNCANNY X-MEN
07/05  Uncanny X-Men #462 -  91,125
07/06  Uncanny X-Men #476 -  88,775
07/07  Uncanny X-Men #488 -  86,747
07/08  Uncanny X-Men #500 - 151,955
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07/09  Uncanny X-Men #513 -  87,582  (+14.8%)
08/09  Uncanny X-Men #514 -  90,316  ( +3.1%)
09/09  Uncanny X-Men #515 -  73,585  (-18.5%)
10/09  Uncanny X-Men #516 -  73,916  ( +0.4%)
11/09  Uncanny X-Men #517 -  69,557  ( -5.9%)
12/09  Uncanny X-Men #518 -  68,572  ( -1.4%)
12/09  Uncanny X-Men #519 -  67,043  ( -2.2%)
01/10  Uncanny X-Men #520 -  65,758  ( -1.9%)
02/10  Uncanny X-Men #521 -  67,049  ( +2.0%)
03/10  Uncanny X-Men #522 -  67,996  ( +1.4%)
04/10  Uncanny X-Men #523 -  78,999  (+16.2%)
05/10  Uncanny X-Men #524 -  77,056  ( -2.5%)
06/10  Uncanny X-Men #525 -  76,068  ( -1.3%)
07/10  Uncanny X-Men #526 -  66,723  (-12.3%)
                             6 mnth  ( +1.5%)
                             1 year  (-23.8%)
                             2 year  ( -5.6%)
                             3 year  (-23.1%)
                             4 year  (-24.8%)
                             5 year  (-26.8%)

Returning to its normal range now that the “Second Coming” crossover is over (along with its accompanying variant covers). UNCANNY seems to be hovering steadily in the 65-67K range for its baseline.

14. X-MEN: SECOND COMING
03/10  Second Coming #1 of 2 - 73,003
04/10  ---
05/10  ---
06/10  ---
07/10  Second Coming #2 of 2 - 65,863  (-9.7%)

The conclusion of the “Second Coming” crossover – a few thousand short of the sales that UNCANNY was getting during the crossover, but ahead of some of the other participating titles.

17,35. X-FORCE
07/08  X-Force #5               - 72,818
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07/09  X-Force #17              - 61,104  ( +3.9%)
08/09  X-Force #18              - 56,421  ( -7.7%)
09/09  X-Force #19              - 49,817  (-11.7%)
10/09  X-Force #20              - 48,921  ( -1.8%)
11/09  X-Force #21              - 53,967  (+10.3%)
12/09  X-Force #22              - 51,859  ( -3.9%)
01/10  X-Force #23              - 50,848  ( -1.9%)
02/10  X-Force #24              - 49,790  ( -2.1%)
03/10  X-Force #25              - 49,910  ( +0.2%)
04/10  X-Force #26              - 67,512  (+35.3%)
05/10  X-Force #27              - 62,509  ( -7.4%)
06/10  ---
07/10  X-Force #28              - 61,680  ( -1.3%)
07/10  Sex and Violence #1 of 3 - 41,426  (-32.8%)
                                  6 mnth  (-18.5%)
                                  1 year  (-32.2%)
                                  2 year  (-43.1%)

X-FORCE #28 is the final issue of the series, and a “Second Coming” title. The book is relaunched in the autumn as UNCANNY X-FORCE, but in the meantime, to bridge the gap, we have the SEX AND VIOLENCE miniseries. It’s down significantly on the parent title’s regular sales, but that’s usually the way with these things.

21. SHADOWLAND
07/10  Shadowland #1 of 5 - 54,911

The lynchpin miniseries for Marvel’s next crossover. In fact, it’s primarily a DAREDEVIL storyline which has grown arms and legs. Most of the participating titles are actually minis created for the purpose, though MOON KNIGHT and THUNDERBOLTS will also be chipping in.

Since parent title DAREDEVIL usually sells around 37K, this is a strong start.

23. THOR
07/05  ---
07/06  ---
07/07  Thor #1  - 165,325
07/08  Thor #10 -  83,784
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07/09  ---
08/09  ---
09/09  Thor #603 - 65,265  (  -6.2%)
10/09  ---
11/09  Finale    - 53,566  ( -17.9%)
12/09  Thor #604 - 61,608  ( +15.0%)
12/09  Thor #605 - 55,242  ( -10.3%)
01/10  Thor #606 - 55,353  (  +0.2%)
02/10  Thor #607 - 66,973  ( +21.0%)
03/10  Thor #608 - 62,012  (  -7.4%)
04/10  Thor #609 - 64,522  (  +4.0%)
05/10  Thor #610 - 61,779  (  -4.3%)
06/10  Thor #611 - 56,443  (  -8.6%)
07/10  Thor #612 - 53,373  (  -5.4%)
                   6 mnth  (  -3.6%)
                   1 year  (   --- )
                   2 year  ( -36.2%)
                   3 year  ( -67.7%)
                   4 year  (   --- )
                   5 year  (   --- )

Tailing off somewhat over the last couple of months, but then the book is in a sort of limbo awaiting the delayed start of Matt Fraction’s run.

24. X-MEN LEGACY
07/05  X-Men #173        -  77,154
07/06  X-Men #189        -  89,268
07/07  X-Men #201        -  86,278
07/08  X-Men Legacy #214 -  69,863
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07/09  X-Men Legacy #226 -  59,298  ( +1.6%)
08/09  X-Men Legacy #227 -  63,316  ( +6.8%)
09/09  ---
10/09  X-Men Legacy #228 -  52,855  (-16.5%)
11/09  X-Men Legacy #229 -  50,789  ( -3.9%)
12/09  X-Men Legacy #230 -  49,776  ( -2.0%)
12/09  X-Men Legacy #231 -  50,929  ( +2.3%)
01/10  X-Men Legacy #232 -  49,200  ( -3.4%)
02/10  X-Men Legacy #233 -  51,344  ( +4.4%)
03/10  X-Men Legacy #234 -  48,217  ( -6.1%)
04/10  X-Men Legacy #235 -  65,302  (+35.4%)
05/10  X-Men Legacy #236 -  69,731  ( +6.8%)
06/10  X-Men Legacy #237 -  65,578  ( -6.0%)
07/10  X-Men Legacy #238 -  53,313  (-18.7%)
                            6 mnth  ( +8.4%)
                            1 year  (-10.1%)
                            2 year  (-23.7%)
                            3 year  (-38.2%)
                            4 year  (-40.3%)
                            5 year  (-30.9%)

X-MEN LEGACY returns to its normal stories, after the three-issue “Second Coming” crossover. The book usually hovers around the 49-50K mark, so it seems to have held on to some of the readers from the crossover, at least this month.

25. STEVE ROGERS: SUPER-SOLDIER
07/10  Steve Rogers #1 of 4 - 52,727

Miniseries about the guy who used to be Captain America, but isn’t any more. Although this series hasn’t been pushed as a big event along the lines of REBORN, it is by regular CAPTAIN AMERICA writer Ed Brubaker. CAPTAIN AMERICA itself is on a skip month, but last month’s issue had estimated orders of 52,989 – so evidently retailers figure the vast majority of those readers will be picking up the miniseries too.

27. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN
07/05  ---
07/06  Iron Man #10            - 38,102
07/07  Iron Man #20            - 72,831
07/08  Invincible Iron Man #3 -  63,043
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07/09  Invincible Iron Man #15 - 50,554  ( -5.0%)
08/09  Invincible Iron Man #16 - 53,782  ( +6.4%)
09/09  Invincible Iron Man #17 - 47,182  (-12.3%)
09/09  Invincible Iron Man #18 - 48,039  ( +1.8%)
10/09  Invincible Iron Man #19 - 47,178  ( -1.8%)
11/09  Invincible Iron Man #20 - 61,667  (+30.7%)
12/09  Invincible Iron Man #21 - 49,986  (-18.9%)
01/10  Invincible Iron Man #22 - 49,130  ( -1.7%)
02/10  Invincible Iron Man #23 - 50,027  ( +1.8%)
03/10  Invincible Iron Man #24 - 49,239  ( -1.6%)
04/10  Invincible Iron Man #25 - 73,694  (+49.7%)
05/10  Invincible Iron Man #26 - 53,625  (-27.2%)
06/10  Invincible Iron Man #27 - 52,268  ( -2.5%)
07/10  Invincible Iron Man #28 - 48,690  ( -6.8%)
                                 6 mnth  ( -0.9%)
                                 1 year  ( -3.7%)
                                 2 year  (-22.8%)
                                 3 year  (-33.1%)
                                 4 year  (+27.8%)
                                 5 year  (  --- )

No variant cover this month, so the sales are down somewhat. Overall, though, the book looks to be very stable – without the benefit of variants and gimmicks, it consistently does 47-48K.

28. ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES
07/05  Ultimates #7          - 99,134
07/06  ---
07/07  ---
07/08  ---
07/09  ---
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03/10  New Ultimates #1 of 5 - 71,279
04/10  ---
05/10  New Ultimates #2 of 5 - 53,323  (-25.2%)
06/10  ---
07/10  New Ultimates #3 of 5 - 47,840  (-10.3%)
                               6 mnth  (  --- )
                               1 year  (  --- )
                               2 year  (  --- )
                               3 year  (  --- )
                               4 year  (  --- )
                               5 year  (-51.7%)

29. ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS
08/09  U.C. Avengers #1        - 99,701
09/09  U.C. Avengers #2        - 68,597  (-31.2%)
10/09  U.C. Avengers #3        - 62,716  ( -8.6%)
11/09  U.C. Avengers #4        - 59,023  ( -5.9%)
12/09  ---
01/10  ---
02/10  ---
03/10  U.C. Avengers #5        - 58,098  ( -1.6%)
04/10  U.C. Avengers #6        - 53,438  ( -8.0%)
04/10  U.C. Avengers 2 #1 of 6 - 64,811  (+21.3%)
05/10  U.C. Avengers 2 #2 of 6 - 52,939  (-18.3%)
06/10  U.C. Avengers 2 #3 of 6 - 50,797  ( -4.0%)
06/10  U.C. Avengers 2 #4 of 6 - 49,606  ( -2.3%)
07/10  U.C. Avengers 2 #5 of 6 - 46,886  ( -5.5%)
                                 6 mnth  (  --- )

NEW ULTIMATES is levelling out, ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS still seems to be on the slide. Of course, most titles would kill for these sales. But Marvel must surely be disappointed that these two books, with the benefit of a high profile relaunch and big name creative teams, are only just making the top 30.

30. UNCANNY X-MEN: THE HEROIC AGE
07/10  One-shot - 44,658

An epilogue to “Second Coming” and a transition into the next storyline – this is basically UNCANNY #525A. It’s 20,000 astray of the parent title, though, which is more than I’d have expected.

33. DARK WOLVERINE
07/09  Dark Wolverine #76 - 74,017  ( -8.4%)
08/09  Dark Wolverine #77 - 68,593  ( -7.3%)
09/09  Dark Wolverine #78 - 60,702  (-11.5%)
10/09  Dark Wolverine #79 - 60,076  ( -1.0%)
11/09  Dark Wolverine #80 - 52,394  (-12.8%)
12/09  Dark Wolverine #81 - 48,102  ( -8.2%)
01/10  Dark Wolverine #82 - 54,838  (+14.0%)
02/10  Dark Wolverine #83 - 53,958  ( -1.6%)
03/10  Dark Wolverine #84 - 49,469  ( -8.3%)
04/10  Dark Wolverine #85 - 47,527  ( -3.9%)
05/10  Dark Wolverine #86 - 46,315  ( -2.6%)
06/10  Dark Wolverine #87 - 43,087  ( -7.0%)
07/10  Dark Wolverine #88 - 42,522  ( -1.3%)
                            6 mnth  (-22.5%)
                            1 year  (-42.6%)

This is the first part of a two-month crossover with FRANKEN-CASTLE. There’s no discernible effect on sales, but that’s often the case for the higher-selling book in this situation.

34. AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE
07/10  Children's Crusade #1 of 9 - 41,808

The long-awaited (in every sense of the word) continuation of Allan Heinberg’s YOUNG AVENGERS series, although for some reason the team name hasn’t been used in the title. Marvel have lost an incredible amount of momentum with this book thanks to the interruption in its publishing schedule, and the return ends up being overshadowed by a horde of other Avengers titles, but the sales aren’t too bad.

40. DAREDEVIL
07/05  Daredevil #75  - 47,800
07/06  Daredevil #87  - 49,436
07/07  ---
07/08  Daredevil #109 - 39,258
=====
07/09  ---
08/09  Daredevil #500 - 73,486  (+77.5%)
09/09  ---
10/09  Daredevil #501 - 45,181  (-38.5%)
11/09  Daredevil #502 - 40,354  (-10.7%)
12/09  Daredevil #503 - 38,680  ( -4.1%)
01/10  Daredevil #504 - 37,135  ( -4.0%)
02/10  Daredevil #505 - 38,693  ( +4.2%)
03/10  ---
04/10  Daredevil #506 - 37,467  ( -3.2%)
05/10  ---
06/10  Daredevil #507 - 34,744  ( -7.3%)
07/10  Daredevil #508 - 38,438  (+10.6%)
                        6 mnth  ( +3.5%)
                        1 year  (  --- )
                        2 year  ( -2.1%)
                        3 year  (  --- )
                        4 year  (-22.2%)
                        5 year  (-19.6%)

A “Shadowland” tie-in (obviously), and sales do indeed climb a few thousand, to roughly the level that the book tends to achieve with variant covers. Unusually, it’s quite some way behind the SHADOWLAND miniseries itself, even though it’s the parent title – but at least the promotion is bringing new readers in for the climax of this long-running storyline.

41. AVENGERS ACADEMY
07/07  Initiative #4       - 94,773
07/08  Initiative #15      - 63,634
=====
07/09  Initiative #26      - 38,215  ( -4.7%)
08/09  Initiative #27      - 39,014  ( +2.1%)
09/09  Initiative #28      - 33,855  (-13.2%)
10/09  Initiative #29      - 31,412  ( -7.2%)
11/09  Initiative #30      - 28,688  ( -8.7%)
12/09  Initiative #31      - 32,291  (+12.6%)
01/10  Initiative #32      - 36,127  (+11.9%)
02/10  Initiative #33      - 39,968  (+10.6%)
03/10  Initiative #34      - 38,616  ( -3.4%)
04/10  ---
05/10  Initiative #35      - 38,158  ( -1.2%)
06/10  Avengers Academy #1 - 45,890  (+20.3%)
07/10  Avengers Academy #2 - 38,061  (-17.1%)
                             6 mnth  ( +5.4%)
                             1 year  ( -0.4%)
                             2 year  (-40.2%)
                             3 year  (-59.8%)

Standard second-issue drop. It may look as though we’re back where we were before, but bear in mind that the last few issues of AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE were SIEGE tie-ins, and the book actually bottomed out at 29K last November.

42. ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN
07/05  Ult. Spider-Man #80  -  76,906
07/06  Ult. Spider-Man #97  -  76,612
07/07  Ult. Spider-Man #111 -  75,487
07/08  Ult. Spider-Man #124 -  55,262
=====
07/09  USM: Requiem #2 of 2 -  41,374  (  -8.0%)
08/09  U.C. Spider-Man #1   -  86,008  (+107.9%)
09/09  U.C. Spider-Man #2   -  57,477  ( -33.2%)
10/09  U.C. Spider-Man #3   -  52,813  (  -8.1%)
11/09  U.C. Spider-Man #4   -  49,106  (  -7.0%)
12/09  U.C. Spider-Man #5   -  45,849  (  -6.6%)
01/10  U.C. Spider-Man #6   -  43,622  (  -4.9%)
02/10  U.C. Spider-Man #7   -  42,176  (  -3.3%)
03/10  U.C. Spider-Man #8   -  40,967  (  -2.9%)
04/10  U.C. Spider-Man #9   -  39,955  (  -2.5%)
05/10  U.C. Spider-Man #10  -  39,690  (  -0.7%)
06/10  U.C. Spider-Man #11  -  39,149  (  -1.4%)
07/10  U.C. Spider-Man #12  -  37,879  (  -3.2%)
                               6 mnth  ( -13.2%)
                               1 year  (  -8.4%)
                               2 year  ( -31.5%)
                               3 year  ( -49.8%)
                               4 year  ( -50.6%)
                               5 year  ( -36.4%)

Still sliding, albeit slowly. The book is apparently returning to its original numbering with the upcoming issue #150.

43. DEADPOOL
07/09  Deadpool #12 - 58,807  ( +6.3%)
08/09  Deadpool #13 - 55,442  ( -5.7%)
08/09  Deadpool #14 - 50,263  ( -9.3%)
09/09  Deadpool #15 - 50,479  ( +0.4%)
10/09  Deadpool #16 - 46,288  ( -8.3%)
11/09  Deadpool #17 - 46,765  ( +1.0%)
12/09  Deadpool #18 - 45,914  ( -1.8%)
01/10  ---
02/10  Deadpool #19 - 44,580  ( -2.9%)
02/10  Deadpool #20 - 43,347  ( -2.8%)
03/10  Deadpool #21 - 42,062  ( -3.0%)
04/10  Deadpool #22 - 43,061  ( +2.4%)
05/10  Deadpool #23 - 42,761  ( -0.7%)
06/10  Deadpool #24 - 38,663  ( -9.6%)
07/10  Deadpool #25 - 36,828  ( -4.7%)
                      6 mnth  (  --- )
                      1 year  (-37.4%)

Definitely slipping, and by more than you’d expect for a book which is two years into its run. That said, the intermittent variant covers may have the effect of making it harder for retailers to judge the book’s baseline sales.

44. WOLVERINE: ORIGINS
07/06  Origins #4  - 110,830
07/07  ---
07/08  Origins #27 -  47,540
=====
07/09  Origins #38 -  47,211  ( +5.1%)
08/09  Origins #39 -  44,968  ( -4.8%)
09/09  Origins #40 -  42,724  ( -5.0%)
10/09  Origins #41 -  39,453  ( -7.7%)
11/09  Origins #42 -  37,903  ( -3.9%)
12/09  Origins #43 -  36,528  ( -3.6%)
01/10  Origins #44 -  35,154  ( -3.8%)
02/10  ---
03/10  Origins #45 -  37,055  ( +5.4%)
03/10  Origins #46 -  34,004  ( -8.2%)
04/10  Origins #47 -  36,075  ( +6.1%)
05/10  Origins #48 -  35,999  ( -0.2%)
06/10  Origins #49 -  34,695  ( -3.6%)
07/10  Origins #50 -  36,401  ( +4.9%)
                      6 mnth  ( +3.5%)
                      1 year  (-23.4%)
                      2 year  (  --- )
                      3 year  (-67.2%)

Cancelled – the book’s multi-year storyline has been completed.

47. FANTASTIC FOUR
07/05  Fantastic Four #529 - 52,963
07/06  ---
07/07  ---
07/08  ---
=====
07/09  Fantastic Four #568 - 45,828  ( -0.9%)
07/09  Fantastic Four #569 - 44,710  ( -2.4%)
08/09  Fantastic Four #570 - 62,401  (+39.6%)
09/09  Fantastic Four #571 - 47,468  (-23.4%)
10/09  Fantastic Four #572 - 41,939  (-11.6%)
11/09  Fantastic Four #573 - 39,433  ( -6.0%)
12/09  Fantastic Four #574 - 38,431  ( -2.5%)
01/10  Fantastic Four #575 - 41,284  ( +7.4%)
02/10  Fantastic Four #576 - 37,526  ( -9.1%)
03/10  Fantastic Four #577 - 35,791  ( -4.6%)
04/10  Fantastic Four #578 - 37,940  ( +6.0%)
05/10  Fantastic Four #579 - 38,415  ( +1.3%)
06/10  Fantastic Four #580 - 36,582  ( -4.8%)
07/10  Fantastic Four #581 - 35,505  ( -2.9%)
                             6 mnth  (-14.0%)
                             1 year  (-22.5%)
                             2 year  (  --- )
                             3 year  (  --- )
                             4 year  (  --- )
                             5 year  (-33.0%)

Still hovering around the 35K mark.

48. NEW MUTANTS
07/09  New Mutants #3  - 42,961  ( -0.6%)
08/09  New Mutants #4  - 38,558  (-10.2%)
09/09  New Mutants #5  - 31,502  (-18.3%)
10/09  New Mutants #6  - 34,967  (+11.0%)
11/09  New Mutants #7  - 33,328  ( -4.7%)
12/09  New Mutants #8  - 32,240  ( -3.3%)
01/10  New Mutants #9  - 30,572  ( -5.2%)
02/10  New Mutants #10 - 30,807  ( +0.8%)
03/10  New Mutants #11 - 36,629  (+18.9%)
04/10  New Mutants #12 - 49,591  (+35.4%)
05/10  New Mutants #13 - 54,169  ( +9.2%)
06/10  New Mutants #14 - 53,926  ( -0.4%)
07/10  New Mutants #15 - 35,426  (-34.3%)
                         6 mnth  (+15.9%)
                         1 year  (-17.5%)

Another X-book returning to its own stories after completing the “Second Coming” crossover from issues #12-14. Once again, there seems to be some lasting benefit here – instead of returning to the book’s previous baseline of 31K, we’re closer to the sales of issue #11 (which was a SIEGE crossover).

51. ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN/WOLVERINE
05/10  #1 of 5 - 56,518
06/10  ---
07/10  #2 of 5 - 34,704  (-38.6%)

An unusually steep second issue drop, even allowing for the fact that the first issue had a variant cover. (I’m surprised, actually, because it’s a good book.)

53. X-MEN: HELLBOUND
05/10  Hellbound #1 of 3 - 33,345
06/10  Hellbound #2 of 3 - 33,691  (+1.0%)
07/10  Hellbound #3 of 3 - 33,783  (+0.3%)

This miniseries was a peripheral “Second Coming” tie-in. Very unusually, it’s actually increased its sales slightly from issue to issue – clearly a success.

54. ULTIMATE COMICS MYSTERY
07/10  Mystery #1 of 4 - 33,676

Another mini from the Ultimate imprint. There’s a variant cover. For comparison, the last Ultimate mini – ULTIMATE COMICS ENEMY – opened at 39K and ended up at 28K.

56. X-FACTOR
07/06  X-Factor #9   - 68,799
07/07  X-Factor #21  - 50,227
07/08  X-Factor #33  - 53,088
=====
07/09  X-Factor #46  - 31,213  ( +0.3%)
08/09  X-Factor #47  - 33,052  ( +5.9%)
09/09  X-Factor #48  - 30,305  ( -8.3%)
09/09  X-Factor #49  - 29,934  ( -1.2%)
10/09  X-Factor #50  - 30,138  ( +0.7%)
11/09  ---
12/09  X-Factor #200 - 36,577  (+21.4%)
01/10  X-Factor #201 - 29,732  (-18.7%)
02/10  X-Factor #202 - 30,981  ( +4.2%)
03/10  X-Factor #203 - 28,924  ( -6.6%)
04/10  X-Factor #204 - 40,534  (+40.1%)
05/10  X-Factor #205 - 41,745  ( +3.0%)
06/10  X-Factor #206 - 40,981  ( -1.8%)
07/10  X-Factor #207 - 32,082  (-21.7%)
                       6 mnth  ( +7.9%)
                       1 year  ( +2.8%)
                       2 year  (-39.6%)
                       3 year  (-36.1%)
                       4 year  (-53.4%)

Another X-book returning to normal stories now that the “Second Coming” crossover is complete. Once again, X-FACTOR (which was only a peripheral player in the crossover) seems have held on to some of the boost.

57. SCARLET  [Icon]
07/10  Scarlet #1 - 32,015

A new ongoing series from Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev, and it’s a strong start. The most recent relaunch of POWERS, in November 2009, managed 20K, so this is substantially up. It’s not up there with KICK-ASS, which managed 48K in its first month, but then that was in February 2008. For Icon, this is a very good number. There are two variant covers.

58. THANOS IMPERATIVE
05/10  Ignition                  - 29,716
06/10  Thanos Imperative #1 of 6 - 34,285 (+13.4%)
07/10  Thanos Imperative #2 of 6 - 31,888 ( -7.0%)

A fairly small second issue drop – always a promising sign.

59. X-MEN ORIGINS
07/09  ---
08/09  ---
09/09  ---
10/09  ---
11/09  Iceman       - 19,004  (-32.2%)
12/09  --
01/10  Cyclops      - 19,049  ( +0.2%)
02/10  ---
03/10  Nightcrawler - 19,818  ( +4.0%)
04/10  ---
05/10  Emma Frost   - 20,093  ( +1.4%)
06/10  ---
07/10  Deadpool     - 31,522  (+56.9%)

Interesting. The sales on the individual Deadpool titles seem to be tailing off a bit, but a one-shot recounting his origin story evidently still has much more drawing power than the typical X-MEN ORIGINS one-shot.

61. THUNDERBOLTS
07/05  New Thunderbolts #10 - 25,978
07/06  Thunderbolts #104    - 54,092
07/07  ---
07/08  Thunderbolts #122    - 47,170
=====
07/09  Thunderbolts #134    - 40,885  ( +3.6%)
08/09  ---
09/09  Thunderbolts #135    - 39,961  ( -2.3%)
09/09  Thunderbolts #136    - 34,031  (-14.8%)
10/09  Thunderbolts #137    - 32,409  ( -4.8%)
11/09  Thunderbolts #138    - 31,238  ( -3.6%)
12/09  Thunderbolts #139    - 29,957  ( -4.1%)
01/10  Thunderbolts #140    - 28,644  ( -4.4%)
02/10  Thunderbolts #141    - 33,948  (+18.5%)
03/10  Thunderbolts #142    - 34,132  ( +0.5%)
04/10  Thunderbolts #143    - 35,656  ( +4.5%)
05/10  Thunderbolts #144    - 33,276  ( -6.7%)
06/10  Thunderbolts #145    - 31,999  ( -3.8%)
07/10  Thunderbolts #146    - 31,501  ( -1.6%)
                              6 mnth  (+10.0%)
                              1 year  (-23.0%)
                              2 year  (-33.2%)
                              3 year  (  --- )
                              4 year  (-41.8%)
                              5 year  (+21.3%)

Holding steady. THUNDERBOLTS seems have found its level at around the 30K mark.

66. WOLVERINE: WEAPON X
07/05  Wolverine #30 -  76,651
07/06  Wolverine #44 - 105,220
07/07  Wolverine #55 - 130,707
07/08  Wolverine #67 -  89,062
=====
07/09  ---
08/09  Weapon X #4   -  49,284  ( -3.5%)
09/09  Weapon X #5   -  40,975  (-16.9%)
10/09  Weapon X #6   -  38,446  ( -6.2%)
11/09  Weapon X #7   -  36,108  ( -6.1%)
12/09  Weapon X #8   -  33,470  ( -7.3%)
01/10  Weapon X #9   -  31,678  ( -5.4%)
02/10  Weapon X #10  -  30,132  ( -4.9%)
03/10  Weapon X #11  -  29,799  ( -1.1%)
04/10  Weapon X #12  -  30,050  ( +0.8%)
05/10  Weapon X #13  -  29,773  ( -0.9%)
06/10  Weapon X #14  -  30,035  ( +0.9%)
07/10  Weapon X #15  -  29,555  ( -1.6%)
                        6 mnth  ( -6.7%)
                        1 year  (  --- )
                        2 year  (-66.8%)
                        3 year  (-77.4%)
                        4 year  (-71.9%)
                        5 year  (-61.4%)

WEAPON X has now been hovering at around the 30K for the last six months.

67. X-WOMEN
07/10  One-shot - 29,032

An X-Men story by Chris Claremont and Milo Manara. The story itself isn’t of any particular significant. The main selling point here is Minara’s art, and it does indeed do much better than the typical random X-Men one-shot.

69. FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL
07/10  Annual #32 - 28,464

Around 7K behind the parent title, which isn’t bad for an annual.

70. DEADPOOL: MERC WITH A MOUTH
07/09  Merc With A Mouth #1  - 59,628
08/09  Merc With A Mouth #2  - 51,147  (-14.2%)
09/09  Merc With A Mouth #3  - 43,855  (-14.3%)
10/09  Merc With A Mouth #4  - 40,154  ( -8.4%)
11/09  Merc With A Mouth #5  - 37,781  ( -5.9%)
12/09  Merc With A Mouth #6  - 37,051  ( -1.9%)
01/10  Merc With A Mouth #7  - 40,568  ( +9.5%)
02/10  Merc With A Mouth #8  - 34,281  (-15.5%)
03/10  Merc With A Mouth #9  - 33,405  ( -2.6%)
04/10  Merc With A Mouth #10 - 33,803  ( +1.2%)
05/10  Merc With A Mouth #11 - 30,677  ( -9.2%)
06/10  Merc With A Mouth #12 - 30,572  ( -0.3%)
07/10  Merc With a Mouth #13 - 28,454  ( -6.9%)
                               6 mnth  (-29.9%)
                               1 year  (-52.3%)

Final issue. Marvel may be kicking themselves over that one, because it’s 4K ahead of DEADPOOL CORPS and 6K up on DEADPOOL TEAM-UP. Creatively, of course, you can make a case that, of the second-tier Deadpool titles, this is the one which doesn’t have a distinctive premise of its own. Nonetheless, if you’re going to cut one of the Deadpool books, this is an odd one to have chosen.

73,79. WORLD WAR HULKS: WOLVERINE VS CAPTAIN AMERICA
07/10  #1 of 2 - 26,928
07/10  #2 of 2 - 25,588  (-5.0%)

75,82. WORLD WAR HULKS: SPIDER-MAN VS THOR
07/10  #1 of 2 - 26,928
07/10  #2 of 2 - 25,295  (-6.1%)

With both Hulk titles on a skip month, we get these two minis instead. To state the blindingly obvious, they’re quite some way adrift of the regular Hulk titles (HULK is around the 50K mark, INCREDIBLE HULK at around 46K).

83. FRANKEN-CASTLE
07/07  War Journal #9     - 56,854
07/08  War Journal #21    - 26,299
=====
07/09  Punisher #7        - 31,227  ( -5.3%)
08/09  Punisher #8        - 33,057  ( +5.9%)
09/09  Punisher #9        - 28,424  (-14.1%)
10/09  Punisher #10       - 27,167  ( -4.4%)
11/09  Punisher #11       - 24,900  ( -8.3%)
12/09  Punisher #12       - 24,985  ( +0.3%)
01/10  Punisher #13       - 23,734  ( -5.0%)
02/10  Punisher #14       - 23,455  ( -1.8%)
03/10  Punisher #15       - 22,285  ( -5.0%)
04/10  Punisher #16       - 23,047  ( +3.4%)
05/10  ---
06/10  Franken-Castle #17 - 22,378  ( -2.9%)
06/10  Franken-Castle #18 - 19,605  (-12.4%)
07/10  Franken-Castle #19 - 24,947  (+27.2%)
                            6 mnth  ( +5.1%)
                            1 year  (-20.1%)
                            2 year  ( -5.1%)
                            3 year  (-56.1%)

This is a crossover with DARK WOLVERINE, and while it hasn’t made much difference for Daken’s title, it delivers a hefty sales boost to the lower-selling book.

84. WOMEN OF MARVEL ONE-SHOTS
03/10  X-23          - 27,328
03/10  She-Hulk      - 15,583
03/10  Sif           - 18,092
04/10  Firestar      - 13,462
05/10  Dazzler       - 16,320
05/10  Rescue        - 15,711
06/10  Namora        - 14,079
07/10  Lady Deadpool - 24,910

Once again, something Deadpool-related seems to have more drawing power than the rest of the pack. (In case you don’t know, Lady Deadpool is a character from DEADPOOL CORPS – she’s Deadpool’s female counterpart from a parallel Earth.)

87. DEADPOOL CORPS
03/10  Prelude #1 of 5   - 37,011
03/10  Prelude #2 of 5   - 32,024  (-13.5%)
03/10  Prelude #3 of 5   - 31,065  ( -3.0%)
03/10  Prelude #4 of 5   - 30,254  ( -2.6%)
03/10  Prelude #5 of 5   - 29,037  ( -4.0%)
04/10  Deadpool Corps #1 - 39,466  (+35.9%)
05/10  Deadpool Corps #2 - 28,236  (-28.5%)
06/10  Deadpool Corps #3 - 26,251  ( -7.0%)
07/10  Deadpool Corps #4 - 24,476  ( -6.8%)

Sliding a little faster than you’d like, four issues in.

90. DARK TOWER: GUNSLINGER - JOURNEY BEGINS
07/07  Gunslinger Born #6 of 7 - 128,336
07/08  Long Road Home #5 of 5  -  74,981
=====
07/09  Fall of Gilead #3 of 6  -  36,982  ( -7.5%)
08/09  Fall of Gilead #4 of 6  -  35,607  ( -3.7%)
09/09  Fall of Gilead #5 of 6  -  34,522  ( -3.0%)
10/09  ---
11/09  Fall of Gilead #6 of 6  -  32,531  ( -5.8%)
12/09  Jericho Hill #1 of 5    -  30,756  ( -5.5%)
12/09  Jericho Hill #2 of 5    -  28,350  ( -7.8%)
01/10  ---
02/10  Jericho Hill #3 of 5    -  27,215  ( -4.0%)
03/10  Jericho Hill #4 of 5
04/10  Jericho Hill #5 of 5    -  25,896  ( -4.8%)
05/10  Gunslinger #1 of 5      -  26,275  ( +1.5%)
06/10  Gunslinger #2 of 5      -  24,024  ( -8.6%)
07/10  Gunslinger #3 of 5      -  22,744  ( -5.3%)
                                  6 mnth  (  --- )
                                  1 year  (-38.5%)
                                  2 year  (-69.7%)
                                  3 year  (-82.3%)

DARK TOWER continues to shed readers in serial form. But in theory the material ought to be well placed to find an audience outside the direct market in collected form.

92. DEADPOOL TEAM-UP
10/09  Deadpool #900         - 51,337
11/09  Deadpool Team-Up #899 - 39,584  (-22.9%)
12/09  Deadpool Team-Up #898 - 36,308  ( -8.3%)
01/10  Deadpool Team-Up #897 - 32,671  (-10.0%)
02/10  Deadpool Team-Up #896 - 30,119  ( -7.8%)
03/10  Deadpool Team-Up #895 - 28,573  ( -5.1%)
04/10  Deadpool Team-Up #894 - 28,835  ( +0.9%)
05/10  Deadpool Team-Up #893 - 26,578  ( -7.8%)
06/10  Deadpool Team-Up #892 - 23,697  (-10.8%)
07/10  Deadpool Team-Up #891 - 22,439  ( -5.3%)
                               6 mnth  (-38.2%)

Again, you’d have hoped to see the book levelling out by this point, but there doesn’t seem to be any sign of it.

95. MARVEL ZOMBIES 5
04/10  Marvel Zombies 5 #1 of 5 - 26,318
04/10  Marvel Zombies 5 #2 of 5 - 26,319  ( -1.8%)
05/10  Marvel Zombies 5 #3 of 5 - 22,894  (-13.0%)
06/10  Marvel Zombies 5 #4 of 5 - 20,141  (-12.0%)
07/10  Marvel Zombies 5 #5 of 5 - 21,720  ( +7.8%)

Unusually, a miniseries which goes up in sales for the final issue. As near as I can make out, it’s probably due to variant covers.

97. PUNISHERMAX  [Max]
07/05  Punisher #23     - 37,376
07/06  Punisher #35     - 34,116
07/07  Punisher #49     - 34,317
07/08  Punisher #59     - 30,064
=====
07/09  Frank Castle #72 - 21,049  ( -1.3%)
08/09  Frank Castle #73 - 20,375  ( -3.2%)
09/09  Frank Castle #74 - 20,259  ( -0.6%)
10/09  Frank Castle #75 - 22,210  ( +9.6%)
11/09  PunisherMax #1   - 29,119  (+31.1%)
12/09  PunisherMax #2   - 23,110  (-20.4%)
01/10  PunisherMax #3   - 22,887  ( -1.0%)
02/10  PunisherMax #4   - 22,472  ( -1.8%)
03/10  PunisherMax #5   - 22,435  ( -0.2%)
04/10  PunisherMax #6   - 22,246  ( -0.8%)
05/10  PunisherMax #7   - 22,198  ( -0.2%)
06/10  PunisherMax #8   - 22,053  ( -0.7%)
07/10  PunisherMax #9   - 21,453  ( -2.7%)
                          6 mnth  ( -6.3%)
                          1 year  ( +1.9%)
                          2 year  (-28.6%)
                          3 year  (-37.5%)
                          4 year  (-37.1%)
                          5 year  (-42.6%)

Dipping slightly, but PUNISHERMAX orders remain extremely steady.

98. AGE OF HEROES
05/10  Age of Heroes #1 of 4 - 33,573
06/10  Age of Heroes #2 of 4 - 25,354  (-24.5%)
07/10  Age of Heroes #3 of 4 - 21,307  (-16.0%)

Sales on the Marvel Universe anthology are dropping off, but that’s not unexpected.

100. HAWKEYE AND MOCKINGBIRD
06/10  Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1 - 27,552
07/10  Hawkeye & Mockingbird #2 - 20,531  (-25.5%)

Issue #1 had two variant covers, so in theory the second issue drop ought to be exaggerated. It’s not a very good number, but since Marvel have already started promoting a crossover with BLACK WIDOW which hasn’t even been solicited yet, it’s evidently sticking around for a little while.

103. IRON MAN LEGACY
04/10  Iron Man Legacy #1 - 48,956
05/10  Iron Man Legacy #2 - 29,175  (-40.4%)
06/10  Iron Man Legacy #3 - 23,340  (-20.0%)
07/10  Iron Man Legacy #4 - 20,142  (-13.7%)

The first three issues had variant covers, so once again, the drop this month ought to be exaggerated.

104,132. THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER
07/10  Mighty Avenger #1 - 20,076
07/10  Mighty Avenger #2 - 14,315  (-28.7%)

A new series by Roger Langridge revisiting the character’s early days. Two issues ship in the first month. If you view this as being akin to something like X-MEN: FIRST CLASS or Marvel’s all-ages books (which seems a fair comparison) then the orders are pretty good.

108. THE STAND
07/09  Nightmares #4 of 5     - 34,292  ( -5.7%)
08/09  Nightmares #5 of 5     - 31,506  ( -8.1%)
10/09  Soul Survivors #1 of 5 - 27,725  (-12.0%)
11/09  Soul Survivors #2 of 5 - 25,600  ( -7.7%)
12/09  Soul Survivors #3 of 5 - 24,308  ( -5.0%)
01/10  ---
02/10  Soul Survivors #4 of 5 - 22,804  ( -6.2%)
03/10  Soul Survivors #5 of 5 - 22,294  ( -2.2%)
04/10  ---
05/10  ---
06/10  Hardcases #1 of 5      - 20,802  ( -6.7%)
07/10  Hardcases #2 of 5      - 19,194  ( -7.7%)
                                6 mnth  (  --- )
                                1 year  (-44.0%)

As with DARK TOWER, monthly sales on THE STAND continue to drop off – but it may be doing better in other formats.

109. VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT
07/06  ---
07/07  ---
07/08  Moon Knight #20 - 28773
=====
07/09  ---
08/09  ---
09/09  Moon Knight #1  - 35,706  (+81.3%)
10/09  Moon Knight #2  - 26,493  (-25.8%)
11/09  Moon Knight #3  - 23,359  (-11.8%)
12/09  Moon Knight #4  - 21,482  ( -8.0%)
01/10  ---
02/10  Moon Knight #5  - 19,733  ( -8.1%)
03/10  Moon Knight #6  - 19,094  ( -3.2%)
04/10  Moon Knight #7  - 20,718  ( +8.5%)
05/10  Moon Knight #8  - 20,597  ( -0.6%)
06/10  Moon Knight #9  - 18,695  ( -9.2%)
07/10  Moon Knight #10 - 19,143  ( +2.4%)
                         6 mnth  (  --- )
                         1 year  (  --- )
                         2 year  (-33.5%)
                         3 year  (  --- )
                         4 year  (  --- )

Final issue. After this, there’s a SHADOWLAND: MOON KNIGHT miniseries, and that seems to be it.

111. BLACK WIDOW
04/10  Black Widow #1 - 32,807
05/10  Black Widow #2 - 23,384  (-28.7%)
06/10  Black Widow #3 - 19,892  (-14.9%)
07/10  Black Widow #4 - 18,665  ( -6.2%)

Dropping a bit too steeply for comfort, but Marvel aren’t giving up on this one; the promised crossover with HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD guarantees that it’s sticking around for a while yet.

112. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PRESENTS BLACK CAT
06/10  Black Cat #1 of 4 - 24,951
07/10  Black Cat #2 of 4 - 18,154  (-27.2%)

Issue #1 had a variant cover by J Scott Campbell, so the drop will be exaggerated.

114. MARVELMAN FAMILY'S FINEST
07/10  Marvelman Family's Finest #1 of 6 - 17,739

Silver Age reprints, with two variant covers. The audience for this sort of thing is, shall we say, a bit niche, and Marvel should probably be quite happy with the numbers here.

115. SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FOUR
07/10  Spider-Man/Fantastic Four #1 of 4 - 17,324

A follow-up to 2008’s X-MEN/SPIDER-MAN miniseries by the same creative team of Christos Gage and Mario Alberti. The original series launched at 31K, so this is quite some way down.

117. AVENGERS: THE ORIGIN
04/10  Origin #1 of 5 - 24,457
05/10  Origin #2 of 5 - 22,108  ( -9.6%)
06/10  Origin #3 of 5 - 18,463  (-16.5%)
07/10  Origin #4 of 5 - 17,141  ( -7.2%)

Levelling out a bit, and not doing too badly for a miniseries revisiting the Silver Age.

118. MARVELMAN CLASSIC PRIMER
07/10  One-shot - 16,943

Basically an introduction to the character. Not too far behind MARVELMAN FAMILY’S FINEST, which seems fair enough – it’s probably the same people buying both.

121. WEB OF SPIDER-MAN
10/09  Web of Spider-Man #1  - 58,412
11/09  Web of Spider-Man #2  - 32,093  (-45.1%)
12/09  Web of Spider-Man #3  - 29,368  ( -8.5%)
01/10  Web of Spider-Man #4  - 24,424  (-16.8%)
02/10  Web of Spider-Man #5  - 24,296  ( -0.5%)
03/10  Web of Spider-Man #6  - 21,574  (-11.2%)
04/10  Web of Spider-Man #7  - 19,533  ( -9.5%)
05/10  Web of Spider-Man #8  - 19,623  ( +4.6%)
06/10  Web of Spider-Man #9  - 17,581  (-10.4%)
07/10  Web of Spider-Man #10 - 16,469  ( -6.3%)
                               6 mnth  (-32.6%)

Cancelled with issue #12.

123. YOUNG ALLIES
06/10  Young Allies #1 - 20,858
07/10  Young Allies #2 - 16,209  (-22.3%)

Not looking healthy at all. This is very close to ATLAS’ orders, and that book’s ending with issue #5.

127. PRINCE OF POWER
07/08  Hercules #119           - 52,598
=====
07/09  Hercules #131           - 29,188  ( +4.7%)
08/09  Hercules #132           - 32,680  (+12.0%)
08/09  Hercules #133           - 27,491  (-15.9%)
09/09  Hercules #134           - 25,380  ( -7.7%)
09/09  Hercules #135           - 26,344  ( +3.8%)
10/09  Hercules #136           - 26,447  ( -0.4%)
10/09  Hercules #137           - 23,463  (-11.3%)
11/09  Hercules #138           - 25,116  ( +7.0%)
12/09  Hercules #139           - 23,591  ( -6.1%)
01/10  Hercules #140           - 23,244  ( -1.5%)
02/10  Hercules #141           - 24,539  ( +5.6%)
03/10  Fall/Avenger #1 of 2    - 23,036  ( -6.1%)
04/10  Fall/Avenger #2 of 2    - 20,215  (-12.2%)
05/10  Prince of Power #1 of 4 - 20,373  ( +0.8%)
06/10  Prince of Power #2 of 4 - 17,068  (-16.2%)
07/10  Prince of Power #3 of 4 - 15,667  ( -8.2%)
                                 6 mnth  (-32.6%)
                                 1 year  (-46.3%)
                                 2 year  (-70.2%)

Still dropping. After this, the story continues in the CHAOS WAR mini.

130. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PRESENTS AMERICAN SON
05/10  American Son #1 of 4 - 20,375
06/10  American Son #2 of 4 - 15,450  (-24.2%)
07/10  American Son #3 of 4 - 14,458  ( -6.4%)

Levelling out quite well.

131. ATLAS
07/09  Agents of Atlas #7  - 23,217  ( +2.8%)
07/09  Agents of Atlas #8  - 20,540  (-11.5%)
08/09  Agents of Atlas #9  - 20,828  ( +1.4%)
09/09  Agents of Atlas #10 - 17,877  (-14.2%)
09/09  Agents of Atlas #11 - 17,529  ( -1.9%)
10/09  X-Men vs #1 of 2    - 32,743  (+86.8%)
11/09  X-Men vs #2 of 2    - 25,222  (-23.0%)
12/09  ---
01/10  Avengers vs #1 of 4 - 21,777  (-13.7%)
02/10  Avengers vs #2 of 4 - 17,998  (-17.4%)
03/10  Avengers vs #3 of 4 - 16,482  ( -8.4%)
04/10  Avengers vs #4 of 4 - 14,900  ( -9.6%)
05/10  Atlas #1            - 22,756  (+52.7%)
06/10  Atlas #2            - 16,130  (-29.1%)
07/10  Atlas #3            - 14,365  (-10.9%)
                             6 mnth  (-34.0%)
                             1 year  (-38.1%)

Cancelled with issue #5.

133. HIT-MONKEY
02/10  One-shot           - 12,975
03/10  ---
04/10  ---
05/10  ---
06/10  ---
07/10  Hit-Monkey #1 of 3 - 14,154  (+9.1%)

Let’s say I don’t see this being a breakout hit.

134,135. X-MEN FOREVER
07/09  X-Men Forever #3   - 28,651  ( -9.8%)
07/09  X-Men Forever #4   - 28,645  ( -0.0%)
08/09  X-Men Forever #5   - 27,825  ( -2.9%)
08/09  X-Men Forever #6   - 24,875  (-10.6%)
09/09  X-Men Forever #7   - 24,115  ( -3.1%)
09/09  X-Men Forever #8   - 23,174  ( -3.9%)
10/09  X-Men Forever #9   - 21,926  ( -5.4%)
10/09  X-Men Forever #10  - 22,287  ( +1.6%)
11/09  X-Men Forever #11  - 20,130  ( -9.7%)
11/09  X-Men Forever #12  - 19,541  ( -2.9%)
12/09  X-Men Forever #13  - 18,870  ( -3.4%)
12/09  X-Men Forever #14  - 18,376  ( -2.6%)
01/10  X-Men Forever #15  - 17,665  ( -3.9%)
01/10  X-Men Forever #16  - 17,290  ( -2.1%)
02/10  X-Men Forever #17  - 17,873  ( +3.4%)
02/10  X-Men Forever #18  - 16,464  ( -7.9%)
03/10  X-Men Forever #19  - 16,183  ( -1.7%)
03/10  X-Men Forever #20  - 15,990  ( -1.2%)
04/10  X-Men Forever #21  - 15,530  ( -2.9%)
04/10  X-Men Forever #22  - 15,305  ( -1.4%)
05/10  X-Men Forever #23  - 15,045  ( -1.7%)
05/10  X-Men Forever #24  - 14,940  ( -0.7%)
06/10  Giant-Size #1      - 15,039  ( +0.7%)
06/10  X-Men Forever 2 #1 - 16,094  ( +7.0%)
06/10  X-Men Forever 2 #2 - 14,933  ( -7.2%)
07/10  X-Men Forever 2 #3 - 14,151  ( -5.2%)
07/10  X-Men Forever 2 #4 - 13,835  ( -2.2%)
                            6 mnth  (-20.0%)
                            1 year  (-51.7%)

Renumbering the book for the second year doesn’t seem to have made any difference at all, beyond the first issue. The book is firmly back on its previous track.

141. CAPTAIN AMERICA/BLACK PANTHER: FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
04/10  Flags #1 of 4 - 20,274
05/10  Flags #2 of 4 - 15,480  (-23.6%)
06/10  Flags #3 of 4 - 14,264  ( -7.9%)
07/10  Flags #4 of 4 - 12,788  (-10.3%)

Actually not bad numbers, considering that this is a miniseries set during the Golden Age.

142. HERCULES: TWILIGHT OF A GOD
06/10  #1 of 4 - 16,302
07/10  #2 of 4 - 12,788  (-21.6%)

The sequel to Bob Layton’s 1980s Hercules-in-the-future stories. About what you’d expect for a book which is way out of continuity.

144. SPIDER-GIRL
05/10  Spider-Girl #1 of 4 - 17,025
06/10  Spider-Girl #2 of 4 - 13,775  (-19.1%)
07/10  Spider-Girl #3 of 4 - 12,542  ( -9.0%)

Respectable enough numbers. The feature seems to be winding down for good this time.

150. MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ
07/09  Wizard of Oz #8 of 8   - 15,487  ( +0.1%)
08/09  ---
09/09  ---
10/09  ---
11/09  Marvelous Land #1 of 8 - 25,338  (+63.6%)
12/09  Marvelous Land #2 of 8 - 15,783  (-37.7%)
01/10  Marvelous Land #3 of 8 - 14,216  (-10.0%)
02/10  Marvelous Land #4 of 8 - 13,364  ( -6.0%)
03/10  ---
04/10  Marvelous Land #5 of 8 - 12,922  ( -3.3%)
05/10  Marvelous Land #6 of 8 - 12,366  ( -4.3%)
06/10  Marvelous Land #7 of 8 - 12,200  ( -1.3%)
07/10  Marvelous Land #8 of 8 - 12,152  ( -0.4%)
                                6 mnth  (-14.5%)
                                1 year  (-21.5%)

Very solid over the last few months, and way ahead of the usual sales for Marvel’s novel adaptations.

154. X-FACTOR FOREVER
03/10  X-Factor Forever #1 of 5 - 18,550
04/10  X-Factor Forever #2 of 5 - 14,608  (-21.3%)
05/10  X-Factor Forever #3 of 5 - 12,794  (-12.4%)
06/10  X-Factor Forever #4 of 5 - 11,937  ( -6.7%)
07/10  X-Factor Forever #5 of 5 - 11,318  ( -5.2%)

The concluding part of this thematic sister book to X-MEN FOREVER, with Louise Simonson revisiting her 1980s run on X-FACTOR. Quite respectable sales.

160. CASANOVA  [Icon]
07/10  Casanova #1 - 10,452

Matt Fraction brings his acclaimed creator-owned book to the Icon imprint. It’s starting off with a reprint of the original stories, so sales are likely to pick up when it gets to the new material and previous readers jump aboard.

161. PETER PARKER
03/10  Peter Parker #1 - 18,963
04/10  Peter Parker #2 - 14,647  (-22.8%)
05/10  Peter Parker #3 - 12,514  (-14.6%)
06/10  Peter Parker #4 - 11,335  ( -9.4%)
07/10  Peter Parker #5 - 10,405  ( -8.2%)

Final issue of the digital reprint series.

167. X-CAMPUS
06/10  X-Campus #1 of 4 - 14,867
07/10  X-Campus #2 of 4 -  9,913  (-33.3%)

Reprint of a European series loosely inspired by the X-Men characters – very much one for the completists.

168. GORILLA MAN
07/10  Gorilla Man #1 of 3 - 9,871  

An ATLAS spin-off mini. The sales on this aren’t going to be pretty by the end of the run.

171. OFFICIAL HANDBOOK 
02/10  A to Z Update #1 of 5 -  5,406
03/10  Deadpool Corps        - 21,900  (+305.1%)
04/10  Iron Manual Mark 3 #1 -  9,456  ( -56.8%)
05/10  Avengers Assemble #1  - 15,113  ( +59.8%)
06/10  A to Z Update #2 of 5 -  5,312  ( -64.9%)
07/10  X-Men: Phoenix Force  -  9,566  ( +80.1%)

Once again, HANDBOOK sales vary wildly depending upon the topic.

183. ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER
07/07  First Death #1 of 2     - 33,982
07/08  ---
=====
07/09  Necromancer #3 of 5     - 12,143  ( -5.9%)
08/09  Necromancer #4 of 5     - 11,597  ( -4.5%)
09/09  Necromancer #5 of 5     - 11,142  ( -3.9%)
10/09  Executioner #1 of 5     - 11,205  ( +0.6%)
11/09  ---
12/09  Executioner #2 of 5     - 10,454  ( -6.7%)
01/10  Executioner #3 of 5     -  9,958  ( -4.7%)
02/10  Executioner #4 of 5     -  9,626  ( -3.3%)
03/10  Executioner #5 of 5     -  9,454  ( -1.8%)
04/10  ---
05/10  Circus o/Damned #1 of 5 -  9,484  ( +0.3%)
06/10  Circus o/Damned #2 of 5 -  9,060  ( -4.5%)
07/10  Circus o/Damned #3 of 5 -  8,557  ( -5.6%)
                                 6 mnth  (-14.1%)
                                 1 year  (-29.5%)
                                 2 year  (  --- )
                                 3 year  (-74.8%)

Another series of novel adaptations with declining sales on monthly form – but once again, the collected editions may be doing better.

185. THANOS SOURCEBOOK
07/10  Thanos Sourcebook - 8,417

Profiles of the characters from THANOS IMPERATIVE. Miles behind the parent title, and basically selling in the numbers you’d expect from a cosmic-themed issue of the HANDBOOK.

186. IRON MAN NOIR
04/10  Iron Man Noir #1 of 4 - 10,904
05/10  Iron Man Noir #2 of 4 -  9,268  (-15.0%)
06/10  Iron Man Noir #3 of 4 -  8,913  ( -3.8%)
07/10  Iron Man Noir #4 of 4 -  8,321  ( -6.6%)

This seems to be the final “Marvel Noir” miniseries, though the upcoming DEADPOOL PULP is in a somewhat similar spirit.

188. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE 1940S NEWSPAPER STRIP
06/10  1940s Strip #1 of 3 - 10,913
07/10  1940s Strip #2 of 3 -  8,282  (-24.1%)

These are digital reprints, so the total audience is bigger.

190. GIRL COMICS
03/10  Girl Comics #1 of 3 - 13,491
04/10  ---
05/10  Girl Comics #2 of 3 -  9,263  (-31.3%)
06/10  ---
07/10  Girl Comics #3 of 3 -  8,199  (-11.5%)

Modest sales, but it was never likely to be a big seller.

197. DARKSTAR AND THE WINTER GUARD
06/10  Darkstar #1 of 3 - 10,101
07/10  Darkstar #2 of 3 -  7,743  (-23.3%)

200. RAWHIDE KID
06/10  Rawhide Kid #1 of 4 - 9,993
07/10  Rawhide Kid #2 of 4 - 7,541  (-24.5%)

Not very good numbers, but you have to wonder who the target audience is for either of these books.

222. SPIDER-MAN  [Marvel Adventures]
07/05  M.A. Spider-Man #5  - 8,075
07/06  M.A. Spider-Man #17 - 6,133
07/07  M.A. Spider-Man #29 - 7,071
07/08  M.A. Spider-Man #41 - 5,859
=====
07/09  M.A. Spider-Man #53 - 5,710  ( +23.8%)
08/09  M.A. Spider-Man #54 - 5,684  (  -0.5%)
09/09  M.A. Spider-Man #55 - 5,668  (  -0.3%)
10/09  M.A. Spider-Man #56 - 4,579  ( -19.2%)
11/09  M.A. Spider-Man #57 - 4,501  (  -1.7%)
12/09  M.A. Spider-Man #58 - 4,352  (  -3.3%)
01/10  M.A. Spider-Man #59 - 4,315  (  -0.9%)
02/10  M.A. Spider-Man #60 - 4,212  (  -2.4%)
03/10  M.A. Spider-Man #61 - 4,200  (  -2.8%)
04/10  Spider-Man #1       - 9,770  (+132.6%)
05/10  Spider-Man #2       - 7,709  ( -21.1%)
06/10  Spider-Man #3       - 7,200  (  -6.6%)
07/10  Spider-Man #4       - 6,347  ( -11.8%)
                            6 mnth  ( +47.1%)
                            1 year  ( +11.2%)
                            2 year  (  +8.3%)
                            3 year  ( -10.2%)
                            4 year  (  -3.5%)
                            5 year  ( -21.4%)

Still getting a noticeable benefit from the relaunch.

226,234. DRACULA
06/10  Dracula #1 of 4 - 7,960
06/10  Dracula #2 of 4 - 7,139  (-10.3%)
07/10  Dracula #3 of 4 - 5,946  (-16.7%)
07/10  Dracula #4 of 4 - 5,672  ( -4.6%)

This is a reprint book, so the numbers are perfectly reasonable.

And from here on, it’s mostly novel adaptations and “all ages” books…

233. ORSON SCOTT CARD'S ENDER IN EXILE
06/10  Ender in Exile #1 of 5 - 6,568
07/10  Ender in Exile #2 of 5 - 5,673  (-13.6%)


242. SUPER HERO SQUAD
09/09  Super Hero Squad #1 of 4 - 6,760
10/09  Super Hero Squad #2 of 4 - 4,496  ( -33.5%)
11/09  Super Hero Squad #3 of 4 - 4,384  (  -2.5%)
12/09  Super Hero Squad #4 of 4 - 4,132  (  -5.7%)
01/10  Super Hero Squad #1      - 9,709  (+135.0%)
02/10  Super Hero Squad #2      - 5,691  ( -41.4%)
03/10  Super Hero Squad #3      - 5,399  (  -5.1%)
04/10  Super Hero Squad #4      - 5,822  (  +7.8%)
05/10  Super Hero Squad #5      - 5,639  (  -3.1%)
06/10  Super Hero Squad #6      - 6,029  (  +6.9%)
07/10  Super Hero Squad #7      - 5,328  ( -11.6%)
                                 6 mnth  ( -45.1%)

247. PET AVENGERS UNLEASHED
07/09  Pet Avengers #3 of 4 - 11,739  ( -4.7%)
08/09  Pet Avengers #4 of 4 - 11,340  ( -3.4%)
09/09  ---
10/09  ---
11/09  ---
12/09  ---
01/10  ---
02/10  Tails o/Pet Avengers -  8,214  (-27.6%)
03/10  Unleashed #1 of 4    -  8,554  ( +4.1%)
04/10  Unleashed #2 of 4    -  6,767  (-20.9%)
05/10  Unleashed #3 of 4    -  6,339  ( -6.3%)
06/10  Unleashed #4 of 4    -  6,166  ( -2.7%)
07/10  Dogs of Summer       -  5,142  (-16.6%)
                              6 mnth  (  --- )
                              1 year  (-56.2%)

264. THOR AND THE WARRIORS FOUR
04/10  Thor/Warriors Four #1 of 4 - 6,861
05/10  Thor/Warriors Four #2 of 4 - 5,651 (-17.6%)
06/10  Thor/Warriors Four #3 of 4 - 5,190 ( -8.2%)
07/10  Thor/Warriors Four #4 of 4 - 4,725 ( -9.0%)


266. PHILP K DICK'S ELECTRIC ANT
04/10  Electric Ant #1 of 5 - 8,869
05/10  Electric Ant #2 of 5 - 6,181  (-30.3%)
06/10  Electric Ant #3 of 5 - 5,238  (-15.3%)
07/10  Electric Ant #4 of 5 - 4,622  (-11.8%)

269. SUPER HEROES  [Marvel Adventures]
07/08  M.A. Super Heroes #1 - 11,968
=====
07/09  M.A. Super Heroes #13 - 4,439  (+26.5%)
08/09  M.A. Super Heroes #14 - 4,355  ( -1.9%)
09/09  M.A. Super Heroes #15 - 4,268  ( -2.0%)
10/09  M.A. Super Heroes #16 - 3,250  (-23.9%)
11/09  M.A. Super Heroes #17 - 3,308  ( +1.8%)
12/09  M.A. Super Heroes #18 - ?,???  (  ??? )
01/10  M.A. Super Heroes #19 - 3,103  (  ??? )
02/10  M.A. Super Heroes #20 - 3,008  ( -3.1%)
03/10  M.A. Super Heroes #21 - ?,???  (  ??? )
04/10  Super Heroes #1       - 8,107  (  ??? )
05/10  Super Heroes #2       - 6,360  (-21.5%)
06/10  Super Heroes #3       - 5,678  (-10.7%)
07/10  Super Heroes #4       - 4,564  (-19.6%)
                              6 mnth  (+47.1%)
                              1 year  ( +2.8%)
                              2 year  (-61.9%)


272. HER-OES
04/10  Her-oes #1 - 7,464
05/10  Her-oes #2 - 5,871  (-21.3%)
06/10  Her-oes #3 - 5,021  (-14.5%)
07/10  Her-oes #4 - 4,455  (-11.3%)


294. OFFICIAL INDEX TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE
07/09  Index #7    - 4,518  ( -4.7%)
08/09  Index #8    - 4,263  ( -5.6%)
09/09  Index #9    - 4,144  ( -2.8%)
10/09  Index #10   - 3,980  ( -4.0%)
11/09  Index #11   - 3,739  ( -6.1%)
12/09  Index #12   - 3,689  ( -1.3%)
01/10  Index #13   - 3,248  (-12.0%)
02/10  Index #14   - 3,161  ( -2.7%)
03/10  ---
04/10  ---
05/10  Avengers #1 - 4,997  (+58.1%)
06/10  Avengers #2 - ?,???  ( -?.?%)
07/10  Avengers #3 - 3,776  (  ?.?%)
                    6 mnth  (+16.2%)
                    1 year  (-16.4%)

And finally, three Marvel books missed the top 300 in July – SENSE & SENSIBILITY #3 and IRON MAN: EXTREMIS DIRECTOR’S CUT #5-6 – with orders below the 3,675 needed to make the chart.

6 month comparisons
===================

+47.1% - Spider-Man (Marvel Adventures)
+47.1% - Super Heroes (Marvel Adventures)
+20.1% - Amazing Spider-Man
+16.2% - Official Index to the Marvel Universe
+15.9% - New Mutants
+10.0% - Thunderbolts
+ 8.4% - X-Men Legacy
+ 7.9% - X-Factor
+ 6.6% - New Avengers
+ 5.4% - Avengers Academy/Initiative
+ 5.1% - Franken-Castle/Punisher
+ 3.5% - Daredevil
+ 3.5% - Wolverine Origins
+ 1.5% - Uncanny X-Men
- 0.9% - Invincible Iron Man
- 3.6% - Thor
- 6.3% - PunisherMax
- 6.7% - Wolverine: Weapon X
-13.2% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
-14.0% - Fantastic Four
-14.1% - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
-14.5% - Marvelous Land of Oz
-18.5% - X-Force
-20.0% - X-Men Forever
-22.5% - Dark Wolverine
-29.9% - Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth
-32.6% - Web of Spider-Man
-32.6% - Prince of Power/Hercules
-34.0% - Atlas
-38.2% - Deadpool Team-Up
-45.1% - Super Hero Squad

1 year comparisons
==================

+11.2% - Spider-Man (Marvel Adventures)
+ 2.8% - X-Factor
+ 2.8% - Super Heroes (Marvel Adventures)
+ 1.9% - PunisherMax
- 0.4% - Avengers Academy/Initiative
- 1.6% - New Avengers
- 3.7% - Invincible Iron Man
- 5.7% - Amazing Spider-Man
- 8.4% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
-10.1% - X-Men Legacy
-16.4% - Official Index to the Marvel Universe
-17.5% - New Mutants
-20.1% - Franken-Castle/Punisher
-21.5% - Marvelous Land of Oz
-22.5% - Fantastic Four
-23.0% - Thunderbolts
-23.4% - Wolverine Origins
-23.8% - Uncanny X-Men
-29.5% - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
-32.2% - X-Force
-37.4% - Deadpool
-38.1% - Atlas
-38.5% - Dark Tower
-42.6% - Dark Wolverine
-44.0% - Stand
-46.3% - Prince of Power/Hercules
-51.7% - X-Men Forever
-52.3% - Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth
-56.2% - Pet Avengers


2 year comparisons
==================

+ 8.3% - Spider-Man (Marvel Adventures)
- 0.9% - Amazing Spider-Man
- 2.1% - Daredevil
- 5.1% - Franken-Castle/Punisher
- 5.6% - Uncanny X-Men
-22.8% - Invincible Iron Man
-23.3% - New Avengers
-23.7% - X-Men Legacy
-28.6% - PunisherMax
-31.5% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
-33.2% - Thunderbolts
-33.5% - Moon Knight
-36.2% - Thor
-39.6% - X-Factor
-40.2% - Avengers Academy
-43.1% - X-Force
-61.9% - Super Heroes (Marvel Adventures)
-66.8% - Wolverine: Weapon X
-69.7% - Dark Tower
-70.2% - Prince of Power/Hercules

3 year comparisons
==================

-10.2% - Spider-Man (Marvel Adventures)
-23.1% - Uncanny X-Men
-32.2% - New Avengers
-33.1% - Invincible Iron Man
-35.4% - Amazing Spider-Man
-36.1% - X-Factor
-37.5% - PunisherMax
-38.2% - X-Men Legacy
-49.8% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
-56.1% - Franken-Castle/Punisher
-59.8% - Avengers Academy/Initiative
-67.2% - Wolverine Origins
-67.7% - Thor
-74.8% - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
-77.4% - Wolverine: Weapon X
-82.3% - Dark Tower

4 year comparisons
==================

+27.8% - Invincible Iron Man
- 3.5% - Spider-Man (Marvel Adventures)
-22.2% - Daredevil
-24.8% - Uncanny X-Men
-33.1% - New Avengers
-37.1% - PunisherMax
-39.9% - Amazing Spider-Man
-40.3% - X-Men Legacy
-41.8% - Thunderbolts
-50.6% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
-53.4% - X-Factor
-71.9% - Wolverine: Weapon X

5 year comparisons
==================

+21.3% - Thunderbolts
- 6.6% - Amazing Spider-Man
-19.6% - Daredevil
-21.4% - Spider-Man (Marvel Adventures)
-26.8% - Uncanny X-Men
-30.9% - X-Men Legacy
-33.0% - Fantastic Four
-36.4% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
-42.6% - PunisherMax
-47.4% - New Avengers
-51.7% - New Ultimates
-61.4% - Wolverine: Weapon X

Are there comics in Cambodia? Why, yes

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Wherever there are people and pens, comics seem to spring up. This long, comprehensive story on comics in Cambodia documents the emergence of a cartooning scene through the dust and haze of past political upheaval as a bunch of young folk try to make their dreams come true:

In the sunny studio of Sonleuk Thmey in Battambang, the future for young Cambodian artists looks bright.

Prak Ke, 22, a young Khmer graphic artist and cartoonist is explaining his plans for the future. Though he is in no doubt as to the difficulty of the path he has chosen to tread, he seems confident enough.

“I want to be a comic artist,” Prak says. “It is hard, but I will put in the effort.”


One surprise element: the guiding presence of John Weeks, whom some will remember from his days with Eclipse and Dark Horse, as a kind of guru for the movement. Just call him Johnny Comics-seed.

Examples of actual Cambodian comics are not easily googleable, but this gallery shows the efforts from various workshops over the years. The efforts thus far are pretty rudimentary, but it’s exciting and encouraging to see a native comics scene emerging from whole cloth.

Above illustration by Hiek Vila.

West Hollywood Book Fair features lots of comics stuff

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The West Hollywood Book Fair takes place Sunday, September 26th, and as in past years will have an extensive Comics and Graphic Novels Pavilion and a full slate of programming, on topics including webcomics, YA and a spotlight on MOUSE GUARD’s David Petersen, all of which you can see below:

THE FUTURE OF WEB COMICS

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Joshua Dysart (Moderator)
Lorelei Bunjes (Head of Digital Comics, IDW)
Jorge Cham (Piled Higher & Deeper)
David Malki (Wondermark)
Signings @ The Comic Bug booth
What place does a medium with no motion and no sound have in the streaming, blinking inter-cloud? Can traditionalism and innovation stand side-by-side? Vertigo author Joshua Dysart talks process, intent and the future with cartoonist and Caltech roboticist Jorge Cham, satirist David Malki and the woman guiding a major comic book publisher into the stormy seas of the web, without a map, Lorelei Bunjes.

DOWN & DIRTY COMICS: COMICS OUTSIDE OF THE “BIG THREE”

12:15 PM-1:15 PM
Tim Beedle (Moderator)
Joshua Fialkov (Alibi)
Renae Geerlings (Editor, Top Cow/Radical)
Rafael Navarro (Sonambulo)
Richard Starkings (Elephantmen)
Signings @ The Comic Bug booth
Comics and graphic novels have charted on bestseller lists and been awarded some of the most prestigious prizes in literature, and yet for many readers, the medium continues to be synonymous with superheroes. But over the past decade, independent publishing has transcended its quiet roots to become a dominant and richly diverse part of the comic book scene. In this panel, five comic book creators who have built their careers outside the “Big Three” discuss the ins and outs of working for smaller publishers and what place non-superhero comics hold in today’s rapidly evolving comic book industry.

FEMME FANTASTIC: CUTTING EDGE WOMEN WRITING THE YA GRAPHIC NOVEL

1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Lillian Diaz-Przbyl (Moderator)
Hope Larson (Mercury)
Ariel Schrag (Awkward)
Jen Wang (Koko Be Good)
Esther Pearl Watson (Unlovable)
Signings @ The Comic Bug booth
Why, yes! Women do read comics, and they even make them, too! Come see some of the brightest and most innovative talent in the industry discuss their influences, their audience, and where they see the YA graphic novel going in the future. (We may even talk about the profound influence of…*gasp*…Twilight!)

“MOUSE GUARD” CREATOR DAVID PETERSEN

2:45 PM-3:30 PM
…IN CONVERSATION WITH JOSHUA DYSART
David Petersen Signing @ Archaia Comics booth
Joshua Dysart Signing @ The Comic Bug booth
Writer and Artist David Petersen is the the creator of the Eisner Award-winning series, “Mouse Guard.” “Mouse Guard” focuses on a colony of intelligent mice, who live in a medieval era, paralleling the same age in human history. Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier) will interview David on stage!

H.P. LOVECRAFT & THE HORROR OF COMICS

3:45 PM-4:45 PM
Gary Deocampo (Moderator)
Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night)
Signings @ The Comic Bug booth
An examination of Lovecraft’s influence on some of the most INFLUENTIAL maestros of horror comics; STEVE NILES & MIKE MIGNOLA! The creators of “Hellboy” and “30 Days of Night” join forces to discuss the indelible impression the writings of H.P. Lovecraft have left both on their career and their own creations. Moderated by Gary Deocampo.

COMICS ON COMICS
5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Guests TBA 
Pre-panel Signings @ The Comic Bug


Definitely a smart lineup, and we welcome all on-the-scene reports.

Friends of Lulu going away; Comics Are For Everyone showing up

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Over on her blog, Valerie D’Orazio announces that as of January she will no longer be running Friends of Lulu, the organization formed to promote women in comics. Instead, she’ll be putting her efforts toward a new organization called “Comics are for Everyone.”

Spinning off of my “Comics Revolution” mailing list, the five goals of Comics Are For Everyone are:

1. Return Comics To The Masses

2. Create Tomorrow’s Heroes & Icons

3. Increase Opportunities For Comic Creators

4. Eradicate Sexism/Racism/Homophobia/Ageism in Comics

5. Give Back To The World


It’s pretty hard to argue with any of those; it probably makes much more sense to put energy into an inclusive group in a time when everyone has somewhat equal access.

The 2010 Lulu Awards will go forward…after that, D’Orazio encourages anyone who wants to pick up FoL or its goals and move forward.

Atlas is back, debuts at NYCC

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Can an old-fashioned comic book company that lasted about a year in the newsstand era find happiness in the modern world of licensing and Hollywood exploitation? That’s what Stan Lee’s cousin (by marriage) is counting on, with the relaunch of Atlas Comics.

Atlas/Seaboard, was founded by Martin Goodman, founder of the original Marvel/Atlas/Timely. After selling Marvel to the distributor Cadence, Goodman got back into the publishing game in 1974 with Atlas Comics, a short-lived but innovative outfit that offered art returns, profit sharing, and other ahead-of-their-times perks. However, it didn’t last long — by 1975, it was dead.

Atlas has long been a kind of a punchline in old timer comics circles, as the one ’70 comics company whose characters have not been resurrected, relaunched, or acquired.

Until now.

Jason Goodman, Martin’s grandson, tells Deadline he’s bringing Atlas back to the party, starting with issues of THE GRIM GHOST and PHOENIX, which will debut at next month’s New York Comic-Con. Goodman has one advantage over start-up comics companies: a library!

“Although my grandfather eventually sold Marvel, he insisted on keeping Atlas Comics in the family,” Jason said. “As a result of his vision, Atlas Comics is the largest individually-held library of comic book heroes and villains on the planet. We have 28 titles and hundreds of characters imagined by some of the greatest minds in the industry.”


The new Atlas is teaming with Ardden Entertainment, which has of late been resurrecting FLASH GORDON. Brendan Deneen, who has worked in both the Hollywood agenting and New York publishing fields, will oversee while J.M. DeMatteis has been hired as editor-in-chief.

PR below:

In 1974, Martin Goodman, the Founder of Marvel Comics, created Atlas Comics. On October 8th, 2010, Jason Goodman, the grandson of Marvel’s Founder, will re-launch Atlas Comics at the New York Comic-Con.

Goodman, in association with Ardden Entertainment, will release Atlas’ first two titles, THE GRIM GHOST and PHOENIX. Both series will draw from the original Atlas library that featured stories and art by such industry legends as Neal Adams and Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko.

THE GRIM GHOST and PHOENIX are the first of many Atlas properties that Goodman plans on releasing. “Although my grandfather eventually sold Marvel, he insisted on keeping Atlas Comics in the family. As a result of his vision, Atlas Comics is the largest individually-held library of comic book heroes and villains on the planet.”

Goodman continues, “We have twenty eight titles and hundreds of characters imagined by some of the greatest minds in the industry. They will now find a new life in comics, television, and movies. We are thrilled to finally bring these great characters back for the world to enjoy.”


Co-President of Ardden Entertainment and comic book industry veteran, Rich Emms, and Brendan Deneen, Co-President of Ardden Entertainment and a former development executive for Scott Rudin and Bob & Harvey Weinstein, add, “Ardden has had success and critical acclaim for our own Flash Gordon and Casper the Friendly Ghost re-launches. We are very excited to be working with Jason and his Atlas team on revisiting a group of characters created by some of the biggest names in the business.”


Ardden’s Editor-in-Chief and legendary comic writer, J.M. DeMatteis, concludes, “”The Atlas universe is filled with characters of tremendous potential. I look forward to being a part of this re-launch as we re-imagine these wonderful characters and send them off on new adventures for the first time in thirty-five years.”
For more information, contact Jason Goodman at [email protected] or Brendan Deneen at [email protected]

One self-publisher's digital survival plan

elmer_alanguilan.jpgFilipino comics artist/self-publisher Gerry Alanguilan (Elmer), was supposed to deliver an address at a symposium called “Future of the Book” but he was forced to bow out, so instead he posted his speech for all of us to read. While reading the whole thing is the best way to approach it, the gist can be conveyed. Although Alanguilan is basically married to the idea of print publishing, he thinks it can exist with digital:

WASTED is the title of a comic book that I created from 1994 to 1996. It has gone through several editions in print, the first edition coming out in 1998 through Alamat Comics. In 2000 it was serialized for several months in Pulp Magazine. In 2002, Pulp Magazine published another compiled edition. A few years later, Wasted went out of print. In 2007, I decided to upload Wasted completely online, including a DVD-like commentary for each page at Webcomicsnation.com. It allowed a lot more people to read it, specially those from abroad.

But then, a strange thing happened. I still get letters and emails to this day from people looking for copies of Wasted. I always point out that they can read the entire thing for FREE online. The reaction is almost unanimous and immediate: No, we want to buy the print edition. There is not a comics convention that goes by (and believe it or not, we have something like six or seven of those a year here in the Philippines) that people don’t ask me for a copy of Wasted. The demand has grown so much that I’ve put it in the front burner of my company’s publishing schedule.


Another vote for free sampling.

To Do 9/15, NYC: Dean Haspiel signing at Midtown Grand Central

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For more information.

SPX 2010 memory roundup

Small Press Expo – Canon 7D from Steven Greenstreet on Vimeo.

This year’s Small Press Expo was so wonderful that we can’t stop reading about it! It’s the first time in a while that it wasn’t too cold or too hot but just right at an indie comics show we’ve attended and that made it special. PLUS, SVA and MICA and CCS and MCAD and SCAD have been turning out lots and lots of excellent new cartoonists, the established people are putting out great stuff, and there is real excitement everywhere.

There are tons of ‘em, including this video made by Steven Greenstreet…we selected a few because they were interesting or especially charming.

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• The report of D&Q’s Tom Devlin is of course an epic journey into the history of culture. Here he captures just two of the HORDES of plaid-shirt wearing men at SPX. Seriously, apparently if you don’t wear a plaid shirt, you don’t get a discount or something.

• Brian Heater at The Daily Cross Hatch — we should throw in here that our traveling companions for the show, Brian, Jeff Newelt, Sean Pryor, and Rick Parker, were great companions and helpers every step of the way. Also, having been up and down to the Baltimore/DC area twice in three weeks, we can safely state that the Delaware rest stop is definitely the best one.

Comicsgirl — how have we managed to not meet Comicsgirl…or we did and forgot about it?

I’ve often said that it seems like a lot of people — exhibitors included — come to SPX primarily to hang out. And to me, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that (I am, more or less, becoming one of those people). It feels very relaxed and everyone’s approachable. Other than a tiny number of exceptions, everyone I’ve met at SPX — volunteers, attendees, exhibitors — have been incredible people who I feel honored to know.


Matt Dembicki has photos.

• The reporting from JOURNALIN COMIX reads exactly like the summer camp vibe that everyone felt, but he ends up all pumped up:

I’m inspired. I want to write. I want to draw. I need to draw and be proactive. I don’t want to languish in obscurity in Ohio forever.

Ariyana Suvarnasuddhi discovered what doesn’t sell:

1. Couples walking by my Castration comic poster. The lady always laughs pointing out the comic to her boyfriend. He shakes his head and smiles, but it’s a stiff smile that says, “No. we are not doing that.” as he coaxes her away from the table.

Laughing Boy Comics also learned some lessons:

So I spent this past weekend in Bethesda as an exhibitor at the Small Press Expo. And while I had a great time hanging out with Erik Heumiller and a host of other cartoonists, it was also a rude awakening. A final nail in the coffin that’s been building for quite sometime. Aside from a handful of friends casually reading my strip, not a lot of people are coming in the door. Not to mention the minicomics I put a lot of time into that have virtually no appeal to readers and potential readers alike. But I’m not complaining.

Basically, going into the future I have to give some serious thought about what I want to do with, and what Laughing Boy Comics should be. I don’t ever plan to give up making comics or these characters, but I can’t rule anything out yet.

• But Sean Ford brings it back to the awesome:

Another year, another great SPX. This was my fourth year at the show, and every time I’ve gone it’s been my favorite show of the year. There’s something great about having (most of) the best cartoonists in the world trapped in a fancy hotel, sharing chocolate fondue and beer tickets, making gin and tonics out of their backpacks, hanging out in each other’s rooms and trading minis and goofy sketches.

The Beat herself creates unrealized expectations in Secret Acres’ report but it all turns out OK:

And yet, between our books and the books we distro and our amazing table guest, Ms. Hanawalt, we realized we had seven Ignatz nominations (yes, four noms for the deserving Troop 142, from Mike Dawson – who is not old at all, for crying out loud) and three winners, including the first ever for a book with the Secret Acres logo on it, our very own Eisner-nominated Monsters. Considering that our SPX debut books were both delayed, between those little red Ignatz tags, a couple bricks and some leftover Eisner stickers, we sure as hell had a lot of bling on the table, even if it was mostly just loaners from our pals (Many, deep thanks to new pals Lisa and Mike – and old pal Blaise). And we did okay, with no new books and a table in the middle of nowhere, because we have a lot of pals. So how lonely could we be?

Graphic.ly and Marvel offer desktop downloads

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Yet another step towards complete digital distribution as Marvel and Graphic.ly announced a deal to sell Marvel Comics via Graphic.ly’s desktop application. Single issues will be available via both digital download to desktop and some mobile devices, including such titles as Iron Man; Kick Ass; Amazing Spider Man; Captain America, and Astonishing X-Men. While comics have been getting established on handheld devices, selling them via a stand-alone desktop client has been having a harder time getting off the ground; this should change that. Desktop downloads have the advantage of being readable when offline of benig able to be shared among devices.

The Graphic.ly software is available for Mac and PC via ADbove AIR and Windows. In an email to siubscribers, head Micah Baldwin announced a few that individual issues would cost $1.49, and a few other initiatives:

We believe that the experience of reading comics on your laptop or desktop in full screen mode is awesome. So awesome in fact, that we are going to give everyone who has signed up (or signs up in the next few days) Fantastic Four #1 (Which started it all!). It might not appear right away, but it will over the next day or two. (I wish I could get everyone in the same room so I could go all Oprah and scream “you get a comic! and you get a comic! Everyone gets a comic!”

All Marvel books will be priced at $1.49 in the desktop stores (because of Apple’s pricing policies, they will be $1.99 in the iPhone/iPad. BUT – if you buy them on the desktop, they automatically show up on the iPad/iPhone for free. *hint, hint*)

Here is the second: We have partnered with Foursquare to bring the comic world to the real world. If you go to our Foursquare profile you will see (soon – like in the next couple of days) tips about real locations in the world that correspond to the world of comics! We are building the badges as we speak, but you can imagine that we will have some fun stuff in store for New York Comic Con! (Including free stuff! and a scavenger hunt.) If you have suggestions for tips and or venues, let us know.

Here is the third: Not sure if you saw this, but we launched Bonus Content at San Diego ComicCon. With Berserker #0 and Irredeemable #1 you can listen to the creators talk about the book, download scripts and with Irredeemable, actually run away the color on panels to reveal the inks below! To allow everyone to play around with this, we have put Berserker #0 into everyone’s account as well for free. (Its not an all ages book, so please be mindful).


We haven’t been able to test the Graphic.ly software yet — AIR and our computer don’t go well together — but it seems that yet another stretch of the highway to digital day and date delivery has been paved.

Nice Art: Emma Rochon

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More here: Emma Is a Pirate:

Via Richard Cook.