SalesBeat: The long tail of comics; Marvel clarifies

A couple of developments in the ongoing pamphletpocalypse/sales adjustment.

§ At long last John Jackson Miller has appeared with comforting words to explain why September’s sales figures weren’t cause to jump out the window. This may be just our interpretation, but it appears that the plunge isn’t so much that all periodical sales are shrinking as top periodical sales are slipping. Miller explains that the tail-end of the long tail is actually HEALTHIER than ever.

Walking Dead was a hit!

The Walking Dead premiere last night was the highest rated cable series premiere of 2010, and its highest rating EVER on AMC for an original series, Deadline reports. The premiere drew 5.3 million total viewers, and the second showing increased the total audience to 8.1 million. “It’s a good day to be dead,” said AMC […]

First Look: Tintin in the Uncanny Valley

While there may be some perception that comic book movie fever is cooling off, at least one super-epic-mega film that will change the world is in the works — the Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson Tintin 3D-mocap-CGI epic. Spielberg is directing while Jackson produces The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which comes out 12/23/11. The cast includes Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook, Carey Elwes and Daniel Mays, most of whom did mocap or supplied vocal talents.

Walking Dead Recap: Good morning, America, how are you?

Season 1/Episode 1: The Walking Dead/Days Gone By What’s your day after Halloween take on the TV Zombiepocalypse?  I’m pretty satisfied with the balance of gore and subtlety last night’s highly anticipated (and heavily promoted) pilot episode of The Walking Dead achieved.  I may be more satisfied in some ways than others, but on the […]

This year's Halloween costume report

Based on our trip to the Village Halloween Parade, there were a lot of pirates and superheroes — many Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl costumes, so good on that, John Romita, Jr. … We did not personally witness any Scott Pilgrim costumes that were not worn by comics folks, but Edgar Wright has a Posterous gallery, above.