Coming Attractions: Fall 2011: Random House, Part Two

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As I noted in the first part, Random House distributes a variety of large and smaller publishers, from National Geographic to Vertical Books.

Here are some of the many graphic novels available this season, sorted by publisher.  Quite a diverse list!  How diverse?  How about:

Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate

From National Geographic Children’s Books!

This book tells a group of intertwining stories that culminate in the historic 1947 collision of the Superman Radio Show and the Ku Klux Klan. It is the story of the two Cleveland teenagers who invented Superman as a defender of the little guy and the New York wheeler-dealers who made him a major media force. It is the story Ku Klux Klan’s development from a club to a huge money-making machine powered by fear and hate and of the folklorist who—along with many other activists—took on the Klan by wielding the power of words. Above all, it tells the story of Superman himself—a modern mythical hero and an embodiment of the cultural reality of his times—from the Great Depression to the present.

There’s even an ebook!

Or perhaps you’d like some inspiration of real world superheroes?  Campfire Graphic Novels, of India, offers three biographies this season:

Nelson Mandela: The Unconquerable Soul

Muhammad Ali: the King of the Ring

Leonardo Davinci: the Renaissance Man

Then there are the fictional books…

Ravana: Roar of the Demon King

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Reloaded

Macbeth

400 BC: The Story of the Ten Thousand

Titan Books has been publishing an eclectic variety of titles for thirty years, and this season’s books are quite amazing!  Comic strip collections!  Reprints of British and American comics!  Hard-boiled crime novels!  Movies!  Rock and Roll!  Artists retrospectives!

Drew Struzan: Oeuvre

The Simon and Kirby Library – Crime

Drawing the Head and Hands

Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema

Charley’s War (Volume 8) – Hitler’s Youth

The Wizard of Id: The Dailies & Sundays – 1971

Hagar the Horrible (The Epic Chronicles) – Dailies 1976–77

Modesty Blaise – Million Dollar Game


Blue Apple Books is a publisher of stylish kids books.  They have a strong how-to and activity book catalog, as well as their new Balloon Toons books, which are aimed at ages 6-9, beginning readers.

Balloon Toons: The Totally Awesome Epic Quest of the Brave Boy Knight

Balloon Toons: The Super Duper Dog Park

Balloon Toons: A Day in the Office of Doctor Bugspit

Balloon Toons: Prickles vs. the Dust Bunnies

In addition to archival titles licensed to Dark Horse Comics and IDW, Archie also publishes a strong list of contemporary graphic novels themselves!

ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 1

Knuckles the Echidna Archives, Volume 1

Sonic Legacy Graphic Novel, Volume 1

Sonic Universe: The Shadow Saga, Volume 1

Archie Christmas Classics, Volume 1

Archie: Obama & Palin in Riverdale

Mega Man: Let the Games Begin

The Magic of Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Vertical has been publishing some of the best manga and Japanese fiction in the U. S. in the past ten years, and just last February, were acquired by Kodansha (see below) and Dai Nippon Printing.  This season, they are publishing two highly anticipated series (interesting enough to interest me, who doesn’t read much manga), and starting two other series.  (As a general rule, I don’t mention on-going series here in the new releases, since most readers will have already have heard of them, and because there are so many new volumes these series being produced, and I have only so much time and sanity available for this reality.)

The most anticipated manga title of the year, in my estimation, is The Drops of God, written by the sibling team Tadashi Agi, and illustrated by Shu Okimoto.  This series, about the estranged son of a Japanese wine critic and his competition with his father’s selected heir to find the twelve greatest wines and describe them in detail, as well as locate “The Drops of God”, the quintessential wine.

Since being published in Japan and Korea, this series has been cited as the main reason for the explosive popularity of wine in both countries.  Some French vineyards have even stopped offering their varietals for sale internationally, after a mention in the series caused sales to skyrocket.  The reader learns about wine along with our protagonist, making the series enjoyable as well as educational.  (The first volume introduces the technique of decanting, as well as describing how terroir can influence the character of a wine.)

If you’d like to know more about this title, Vertical has a free preview, and the New York Times featured the authors back in October 2008.

Most fans of manga and literary comics know that Vertical publishes books by Osamu Tezuka, the grandmaster of Japanese comics and animation.  This season, Vertical offers TWO new series, one a well-known classic, the other a disturbing tale of baby boomers in post-war Japan.

Princess Knight tells the tale of a princess who is given two hearts at birth by a mischievous angel.  Both male and female, Sapphire is raised as a prince, so that she may ascend the throne.  Will her secret be discovered by those who seek to thwart the king?

The other book, The Book of Human Insects, is from Tezuka’s later period.  Let me quote from the website:

Flitting like a butterfly from one field to another, never tied to any single one, absorbing influences with rapacity, Toshiko Tomura’s metamorphoses are all the more intriguing set against the ongoing transformation of the author himself, who famously included the character for “insect” in his pen name. Despite being serialized only at the dawn of postmodernity, what The Book of Human Insects captures with bravura conviction—and some visceral fear—is the progressively protean and neotenic nature of man- and womankind.

Also offered:

No Longer Human, Volume 1, a left-to-right manga adapting the novel by Osamu Dazai.

Velveteen & Mandala by Jiro Matsumoto, a disturbing graphic novel.

Kodansha…  They are the Japanese equivalent of Random House.  A large publisher of books, with some of the most popular manga titles.  I’m going to just list the titles, and let fans gush in the comments.  Me, I’m eager to read the Sailor titles, just so I can recommend them to my nieces!

Shugo Chara Chan, Volume 1

Tokyo Mew Mew Omnibus, Volume 1

Codename: Sailor, Volume 1

Sailor Moon, Volume 1

Love Hina Omnibus, Volume 1

At Full Moon, Volume 1

Around the World

by Matt Phelan, award-winning author of The Storm in the Barn.  This book chronicles three real-world circumnavigators of the 1890s: Thomas Stevens, Nellie Bly, and Joshua Slocum!  There are also lots of extras at the above link, include previews, a teacher’s guide, and notes from the author!

Candlewick also publishes Toon Books, and this season, they offer Nina in That Makes Me Mad, written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Hilary Knight, best known as the illustrator of the Eloise books.

McClelland & Stewart is one of preeminent Canadian publishers, with a long and strong tradition of publishing Canadian authors (as well as importing notable authors from around the world).  While not known for their graphic novels  (I only found ten),  they do have some quality titles, such as Stitches and Alison Dare.

This season, they publish the paperback edition of a hardcover from October 2010: Two Generals, written by Scott Chantler.

Available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book, the book chronicles the experiences of his grandfather, Law Chantler, who shipped out in 1943 as part of the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, and who participated in the invasion of Normandy.

The book is part of the curriculum in Ontario schools, and was a Top 40 finalist (one of three graphic novels!) in the 2011 edition of Canda Reads.

And finally, the last publisher, Universe Publishing, a division of Rizzoli USA. Rizzoli, an Italian publisher of lavish art books, uses their Universe imprint for pop cultural titles.

While not as serious as some of the high brow titles, Universe does have the same great design, and this season’s graphic novel title continues that tradition.

1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die: The Ultimate Guide to Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Manga, edited by Paul Gravett with a foreword by Terry Gilliam, does what it says.  Arranged by decade (there’s an alphabetical list in the front of the volume, with a creator index in back), it gives lots of recommendations.  (If you visit the link above, there’s a preview, which includes four incomplete pages of listings, if you wish to judge his selection before buying.)  Of course, the best way to judge a book like this is to see how many titles you have already read and/or own, which you disagree with,  and then see what his crack team recommends of the unkonwn.

The first page (page 940) of the index shows many creators which I am familiar with, but I would say about a third are new to me.  (And I’ve been actively reading great comics for over twenty-five years!)

(And speaking of which… Universe will be publishing Corto Maltese in March!)

So, if you read this far, you got the secret info about Corto Maltese, and my gratitude!  What caught your eye?  Is there an older series from these publishers you like and recommend?  Anything that made you consider tossing the book in the shredder, so no one else would suffer as you had?  Let us know!

Indie Month-to-Month Sales: October 2011

By Paul Mellerick

Buffy continues in the top spot, while a double-shipping Walking Dead takes second and third places. Turtles creeps back up to fourth, and Star Trek/ Legion of Superheroes gets off to a very promising start. Further down, Orchid benefits from a rock star contributor, Garth Ennis & John Byrne launch new titles and a remarkable success story finishes off the month.

This month everyone wants to know how DC’s New 52 has affected the sales of everyone else’s books. It’s a little too early to tell, the re-charting DC books have pushed a lot of indies off the charts, but while the indie publishers have a lot less titles charting this month, their market and dollar share have only dropped a little, suggesting that sales are up overall. The next three months will show the effects far more clearly.

Only 87 indie books charted this month, down from last month’s high of 127 and again the number 87 book sold around the same as the number 87 book last month. The bottom book sold 5,167 compared to last month’s 3,341.
In total those books sold approximately 921,878, well down on last month’s 1,053,116. That said, last month the average sales were 8,292 per book, this month it’s 10,596. As usual, UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

A look over the sales seem to suggest that the better-selling books have weathered okay, but a lot of books further down the charts have suffered serious drops, with retailers maybe choosing to spend their re-stock money on DC books rather than indies.

This month Image were the number three publisher, with 4.49% dollar share and a 3.98 market share thanks to two issues of Walking Dead, followed by Dark Horse with 4.44% dollar share and 3.28% market share, IDW with a 4.00% dollar share and a 2.97% market share, Dynamite with a 2.81% dollar share and a 2.42% market share, and Boom with 1.68% dollar and 1.02% market share. All but Boom slightly down on last month, but with way fewer titles, a very positive sign.

64. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)

10/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7 - 94,144
10/2008: -
10/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #29 - 50,236
10/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #37 - 43,021 (-4.1%)

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11/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #38 - 41,189 (-4.3%)
12/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #39 - 40,010 (-2.9%)
01/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40 - 39,486 (-1.3%)
02-08/2011: -
09/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 - 42,945 (+8.0%)
10/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #2 - 36,448 (-15.1%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (-15.3%)
				2 year (-30.3%)
				3 year (-53.0%)
				4 year (-61.3%)

Ouch, that’s quite a nasty drop considering the history of the book, massively down on sales of the last season, despite still being the top indie book. Possibly that big gap wasn’t such a great idea.

78,79. The Walking Dead (Image)

10/2006: -
10/2007: The Walking Dead #43 - 22,737
10/2008: The Walking Dead #53 - 24,094
10/2009: The Walking Dead #66 - 24,944
10/2010: The Walking Dead #78 - 27,947

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11/2010: The Walking Dead #79 - 28,971 (+3.7%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: The Walking Dead #80 - 29,526 (+1.9%)
02/2011: The Walking Dead #81 - 30,750  (+4.1%)
03/2011: The Walking Dead #82 - 31,174 (+1.4%)
03/2011: The Walking Dead #83 - 33,686 [39,938](+28.1%)
04/2011: The Walking Dead #84 - 31,930 (-20.1%)
05/2011: The Walking Dead #85 - 37,552 (+17.6%)
06/2011: The Walking Dead #86 - 32,187 (-14.3%)
07/2011: The Walking Dead #87 - 32,126 (-0.2%)
08/2011: The Walking Dead #88 - 31,839 (-0.9%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: The Walking Dead #89 - 31,351 (-1.5%)
10/2011: The Walking Dead #90 - 31,778 (+1.4%)
				6 month (+3.3%)
				1 year (+13.7%)
				2 year (+27.4%)
				3 year (+31.9%)
				4 year (+39.8%)
				5 year (n.a.)

After skipping a month, Walking Dead ships twice in near equal numbers, and it’s pretty much stable. We’ll see over the next couple of months whether the TV show pumps these figures even higher, certainly the book sales have picked up. The new hardcover, volume seven, charted at number 2 on the graphic novel chart, with sales of 4,674, the Walking Dead Survivors Guide charts at 7 with sales of 3,333, and all of the rest of the trades chart as well.

109. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing (IDW)

08/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #1 - 34,803
09/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #2 - 19,333 (-44.4%)
10/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #3 - 22,855 (+18.2%)

A big jump back up, suggesting retailers cut their orders a little too much on the last issue. This really is very strong for the title, possibly the best sales since the cartoon was on the telly.

114. Star Trek Legion of Superheroes (IDW)

10/2011: Star Trek Legion of Superheroes #1 - 20,950

That’s an excellent debut for what could be a slightly hokey cross-over, only a little below what Legion was selling before the relaunch, when retailers would have been placing their orders for this, and well above the Star Trek ongoing. It’s had a second print as well. At least some of the interest might be down to the return of long-time Legion artist Jeffrey Moy.

119. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse)

10/2006: -
10/2007: -
10/2008: After the Fall #13 - 40,838
10/2009: Angel #26 - 22,886
10/2010: Angel #38 - 15,115

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11/2010: Angel #39 - 14,449 (-4.4%)
12/2010: Angel #40 - 14,182 (-1.8%)
01/2011: Angel #41 - 13,566 (-4.3%)
02/2011: Angel #42 - 13,136 (-3.2%)
03/2011: Angel #43 - 13,032 (-0.8%)
04/2011: Angel #44 - 12,897 (-1.0%)
08/2011: Angel & Faith #1 - 22,813 (+76.9%)
09/2011: Angel & Faith #2 - 20,473 (-10.3%)
10/2011: Angel & Faith #3 - 19,437 (-5.1%)
			6 month (+50.7%)
			1 year (+28.6%)
			2 year (-15.1%)
			3 year (-52.4%)
			4 year (n.a.)
			5 year (n.a.)

That’s a really small drop at this point, it seems to be finding its level quickly. It wouldn’t surprise me if sales actually increase from here, It’s been pretty good and is a much better match to Buffy than the IDW version was.

121. Star Wars Crimson Empire III (Dark Horse)

10/2011: Star Wars Crimson Empire III #1 - 19,095

This launches well below the sales of the last series, which launched with 40,383. But that’s okay, because the last series shipped a long time ago (see what I did there) way back in November 1998, before the prequel trilogy had a chance to destroy many fans obsession with the series. These are actually very good numbers, 50% or so higher than the next Star Wars book on the chart.

124. Orchid (Dark Horse)

10/2011: Orchid #1 -18,942

Written by Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, which seems to have pushed it to a very good debut. This issue was only a dollar, which no doubt also helped.

134. The Boys (Dynamite)

10/2007: The Boys #11 - 30,852
10/2008: The Boys #23 - 28,864
10/2009: The Boys #35 - 24,841
10/2010: The Boys #47 - 20,198

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11/2010: The Boys #48 - 20,004 (-1.0%)
12/2010: The Boys #49 - 19,582 (-2.1%)
01/2011: The Boys #50 - 19,293 (-1.5%)
02/2011: The Boys #51 - 18,728 (-2.9%)
03/2011: The Boys #52 - 18,955 (+1.2%)
04/2011: The Boys #53 - 18,692 (-1.4%)
05/2011: The Boys #54 - 18,671 (-0.1%)
06/2011: The Boys #55 - 18,330 (-1.8%)
07/2011: The Boys #56 - 18,108 (-1.2%)
08/2011: The Boys #57 - 17,884 (-1.2%)
09/2011: The Boys #58 - 17,660 (-1.3%)
10/2011: The Boys #59 - 17,533 (-0.7%)
		6 month (-6.2%)
		1 year (-13.2%)
		2 year (-29.4%)
		3 year (-39.1%)
		4 year (-43.2%)

Pretty stable this month.

140. Game of Thrones (Dynamite)

09/2011: Game of Thrones #1 - 20,888
10/2011: Game of Thrones #2 - 16,094 (-22.9%)

That’s a pretty standard second issue drop.

150. Invincible (Image)

10/2006: -
10/2007: -
10/2008: -
10/2009: Invincible #67 - 15,831
10/2010: -

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11/2010: Invincible #75 - 17,029 (+8.2%)
12/2010: Invincible #76 - 15,577 (-8.5%)
01/2011: -
02/2011: Invincible #77 - 15,515 (-0.4%)
03/2011: Invincible #78 - 15,808 (+1.9%)
04/2011: Invincible #79 - 15,558 (-1.6%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: Invincible #80 - 15,563 (+0.0%)
07/2011: Invincible #81 - 15,207 (-2.3%)
08/2011: Invincible #82 - 15,105 (-0.7%)
09/2011: -
08/2011: Invincible #83 - 15,249 (+0.9%)

		6 month (-2.0%)
		1 year (n.a.)
		2 year (-3.7%)
		3 year (n.a.)
		4 year (n.a.)
		5 year (n.a.)

It’s a rare event for Invincible to ship in October, so it celebrates with a small rise.

157. Butcher Baker (Dynamite)

11/2010: Highland Laddie #4 - 15,389 (-7.0%)
12/2010: Highland Laddie #5 - 14,855 (-3.5%)
01/2011: Highland Laddie #6 - 14,214 (-4.3%)
02-06/2011: -
07/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #1 - 16,118
08/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #2 - 15,168 (-6.2%)
09/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #3 - 14,605 (-3.7%)
10/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #4 - 14,303 (-2.1%)

Only 2 issues to go on the last of the mini-series spin-offs from The Boys, as we finally start finding out what happened to Butcher’s wife.

162. Kirby Genesis (Dynamite)

05/2011: Kirby Genesis #0 - 36,429
06/2011: Kirby Genesis #1 - 26,039 (-28.5%)
07/2011: Kirby Genesis #2 - 17,588 (-32.5%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Kirby Genesis #3 - 15,568 (-11.5%)
10/2011: Kirby Genesis #4 - 14,030 (-9.9%)

The drops are slowing a bit.

166. Star Wars Old Republic (Dark Horse)

10/2010: Old Republic #4 - 16,160
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11/2010: Old Republic #5 - 15,660 (-3.1%)
12/2010: Old Republic #6 - 14,862 (-5.1%)
01-05/2011: -
06/2011: Old Republic #1 - 17,642 (+18.7%)
07/2011: Old Republic #2 - 15,436 (-12.5%)
08/2011: Old Republic #3 - 14,741 (-4.7%)
09/2011: Old Republic #4 - 14,121 (-4.2%)
10/2011: Old Republic #5 - 13,580 (-3.8%)
169. Star Wars: Invasion Revelations (Dark Horse)

10/2009: Invasion #4 - 19,138
10/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #5 - 14,572

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11/2010: -
12/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #6 - 13,547 (-7.0%)
01-06/2011: -
07/2011: Revelations #1 - 17,254 (+27.4%)
08/2011: Revelations #2 - 14,829 (-14.1%)
08/2011: Revelations #3 - 13,732 (-7.4%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Revelations #4 - 13,313 (-3.0%)
180. Star Wars Knight Errant (Dark Horse)

10/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #1 - 18,363

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11/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #2 - 14,956 (-18.6%)
12/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #3 - 13,963 (-6.6%)
01/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #4 - 13,101 (-6.2%)
02/2011: Knight Errant Aflame #5 - 12,803 (-2.3%)
03-07/2011: -
08/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #1 - 15,448 (+12%)
09/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #2 - 12,767 (-17.3%)
10/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #3 - 11,937 (-6.5%)

All dropping worryingly fast, and way below Crimson Empire III above.

167. Spawn (Image)

10/2006: Spawn #161 - 25,840
10/2007: -
10/2008: Spawn #185 - 26,775
10/2009: Spawn #195 - 18,475
10/2010: -

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11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Spawn #200 - 65,448 (+262.1%)
01/2011: Spawn #201 - 18,458 (-71.8%)
02/2011: Spawn #202 - 18,335 (-0.7%)
02/2011: Spawn #203 - 15,572 (-15.1%)
03/2011: Spawn #204 - 15,591 (+0.1%)
03/2011: Spawn #205 - 15,320 (-1.7%)
04/2011: Spawn #206 - 15,160 (-1.0%)
05/2011: Spawn #207 - 14,796 (-2.4%)
06/2011: Spawn #208 - 14,468 (-2.2%)
07/2011: Spawn #209 - 13,964 (-3.5%)
08/2011: Spawn #210 - 14,100 (+0.1%)
09/2011: Spawn #211 - 13,526 (-4.1%)
10/2011: Spawn #212 - 13,483 (-0.3%)
		6 month (-11.1%)
		1 year (n.a.)
		2 year (-3.7%)
		3 year (n.a.)
		4 year (n.a.)
		5 year (n.a.)
170. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)

09/2010: Captain's Log Pike #1 - 6,038 (+7.6%)
09/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #1 - 15,943
10/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #2 - 13,198 (-17.2%)

Not a bad second issue drop, but still in retailer orders rather than sales. This will be an interesting one to watch over the next few months, as it’s likely to benefit from these rumoured extra sales that the DC books are bringing in.

174. Warlord of Mars (Dynamite)

10/2010: Warlord of Mars #1 - 36,927

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11/2010: Warlord of Mars #2 - 16,991 (-54.4%)
12/2010: Warlord of Mars #3 - 14,710 (-13.4%)
01/2011: -
02/2011: Warlord of Mars #4 - 14,780 (+0.5%)
03/2011: Warlord of Mars #5 - 14,110 (-4.5%)
04/2011: Warlord of Mars #6 - 13,837 (-1.9%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: Warlord of Mars #7 - 14,038 (+1.5%)
07/2011: Warlord of Mars #8 - 13,872 (-1.2%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Warlord of Mars #9 - 13,565 (-2.2%)
09/2011: Warlord of Mars #10 - 13,003 (-4.1%)
10/2011: Warlord of Mars #11 - 12,491 (-3.9%)
		6 month (-9.7%)
		1 year (-66.2%)
177. Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris (Dynamite)

03/2011: Dejah Thoris #1 - 18,432
04/2011: Dejah Thoris #2 - 14,286 (-22.5%)
05/2011: Dejah Thoris #3 - 14,215 (-0.5%)
06/2011: Dejah Thoris #4 - 13,584 (-4.4%)
08/2011: Dejah Thoris #5 - 13,331 (-1.9%)
09/2011: Dejah Thoris #6 - 12,903 (-3.2%)
10/2011: Dejah Thoris #7 - 12,296 (-4.7%)
		6 month (-13.9%)

There are now five Warlord of Mars books from two publishers. That’s just weird. The third Dynamite Warlord book comes in a bit further down. The first trade charts at 40 with sales of 1,521.

175. Jennifer Blood (Dynamite)

02/2011: Jennifer Blood #1 – 17,413
03/2011: Jennifer Blood #2 - 14,180 (-18.6%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: Jennifer Blood #3 - 13,502 (-4.8%)
06/2011: -
07/2011: -
08/2011: -
09/2011: Jennifer Blood #4 - 12,557 (-7.0%)
10/2011: Jennifer Blood #5 - 12,337 (-1.7%)

The drops are easing and it seems to be finding its level, along with hopefully a more regular schedule. Not proving to be one of Garth Ennis’ more memorable creations, sadly.

176. Chew (Image)

10/2009: Chew #5 - 13,498 (+9.8%)
10/2010: -

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11/2010: Chew #15 - 13,047 (+0.4%)
12/2010: Chew #16 - 12,473 (-4.4%)
01/2011: -
02/2011: -
03/2011: Chew #17 - 12,165 (-2.5%)
04/2011: Chew #18 - 12,438 (+2.2%)
05/2011: Chew #27 - 12,561 (+1.0%)
06/2011: -
07/2011: Chew #19 - 12,510 (-0.4%)
08/2011: Chew #20 - 12,202 (-2.4%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Chew #21 - 12,310 (+0.9%)
		6 month (-1.0%)
		1 year (n.a.)
		2 year (-8.8%)

Totally stable, a slight uptick after last month’s slight drop. All four collections chart this month.

183. Red Wing (Image)

07/2011: Red Wing #1 - 16,464
08/2011: Red Wing #2 - 12,368 (-24.8%)
09/2011: Red Wing #3 - 11,825 (-4.4%)
10/2011: Red Wing #4 - 11,638 (-1.6%)

Jonathan Hickman’s series ends pretty well, and will no doubt do well as a collection.

184, 196. Vampirella (Dynamite)

11/2010: Vampirella #1 - 29,215
12/2010: -
01/2011: Vampirella #2 - 17,531 (-40.0%)
02/2011: Vampirella #3 - 16,366 (-6.6%)
03/2011: Vampirella #4 - 15,765 (-3.7%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: Vampirella #5 - 14,702 (-6.7%)
06/2011: Vampirella #6 - 13,649 (-7.2%)
06/2011: Vampirella #7 - 13,645 (-0.0%)
07/2011: Vampirella #8 - 13,019 (-4.6%)
08/2011: Vampirella #9 - 12,459 (-4.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Vampirella #10 - 11,581 (-7.0%)
10/2011: Vampirella #11 - 10,644 (-8.1%)

Issue ten slips into this month and the drops accelerate quite badly.

186. Conan (Dark Horse)

10/2006: Conan #33 - 29,137
10/2007: Conan #44 - 23,632
10/2008: The Cimmerian #4 - 24,790
10/2009: -
10/2010: The Cimmerian #24 - 15,490 (-2.2%)

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11/2010: The Cimmerian #25 - 15,421 (-0.4%)
12/2010: The Road of Kings #1 - 16,099 (+4.4%)
01/2011: The Road of Kings #2 - 13,385 (-16.9%)
02/2011: -
03/2011: The Road of Kings #3 - 13,193 (-1.4%)
04/2011: The Road of Kings #4 - 12,827 (-2.8%)
05/2011: The Road of Kings #5 - 12,672 (-1.2%)
06/2011: The Road of Kings #6 - 12,523 (-1.2%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: The Road of Kings #7 - 11,955 (-4.5%)
09/2011: The Road of Kings #8 - 11,621 (-2.8%)
10/2011: The Road of Kings #9 - 11,546 (-0.6%)
		6 month (-10.0%)
		1 year (-25.5%)
		2 year (n.a.)
		3 year (-53.4%)
		4 year (-51.1%)
		5 year (-60.4%)

The drops slow up again, hopefully it’s starting to stabilize a bit.

188. Kevin Smith's Bionic Man (Dynamite) 

08/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #1 - 17,187
09/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #2 - 12,343 (-28.2%)
10/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #3 - 11,229 (-9.0%)

Less of a drop this month, this is heading towards finding its level.

189. BPRD (Dark Horse)

10/2006: -
10/2007: Killing Ground #3 (of 5) - 15,885
10/2008: The Warning #4 (of 5) - 16,142
10/2009: 1947 #4 (of 5) - 14,505
10/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #3 - 12,402

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11/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #4 - 11,882 (-4.2%)
12/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #5 - 11,528 (-3.0%)
01/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #1 - 12,820 (+11.2%)
02/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #2 - 11,585 (-9.6%)
03/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #3 - 11,565 (-0.2%)
04/2011: Dead Remembered #1 - 12,825 (+10.9%)
05/2011: Dead Remembered #2 - 11,714 (-8.7%)
06/2011: Dead Remembered #3 - 11,418 (-2.5%)
07/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #1 - 12,623 (+10.6%)
08/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #2 - 11,221 (-11.2%)
09/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #1 - 11,634 (+3.7%)
10/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #2 - 11,093 (-4.6%)
		6 month (-13.5%)
		1 year (-10.6%)
		2 year (-23.5%)
		3 year (-31.3%)
		4 year (-30.2%)
		5 year (n.a.)

Less of a second issue drop than the last series, but it had had less of an increase as well. That said, it’s not far behind where it was a year ago.

191. Stitched (Avatar)

10/2011: Stitched #1 - 10,949

Garth Ennis’ fourth book on the chart this month, a mix of his two favorite genre’s, horror and war. He’s trying to make a film of this story himself, and has already directed a ten minute teaser, which was available with a variant of this issue.

193. Dollhouse Epitaphs (Dark Horse)

03/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs Oneshot - 19,836
04/2011: -
05/2011: -
06/2011: -
07/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #1 - 14,761 (-25.6%)
08/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #2 - 12,366 (-16.2%)
09/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #3 - 10,866 (-12.1%)
10/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #4 - 10,888 (+0.2%)

Surprisingly this issue ticks up a bit, I would imagine that’s due to Eliza Dushku’s character Echo finally joining the storyline. Wasn’t that a slightly weird decision to make, to leave the show’s main character out of the first 4 issues? I guess it’ll work better in the collection.

197. Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters (IDW)

03/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #1 - 58,879 [69,662]
04/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #2 - 14,492 (-79.2%)
05/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #3 - 14,588 (+0.7%)
06/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #4 - 7,570 [14,890] (+2.1%)
07/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #5 - 13,750 (-7.7%)
08/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #6 - 12,524 (-8.9%)
09/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #7 - 11,141 (-12.4%)
10/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #8 - 10,637 (-4.5%)
				6 month (-26.6%)

Not as much of a drop this month, but this is Eric Powell’s last issue, so there may be a bigger fall next month.

200, 203. Transformers Ongoing (IDW)

10/2008: All Hail Megatron #4 - 12,837
10/2009: All Hail Megatron #16 - 11,281 (-3.0%)
10/2010: Transformers Ongoing #12 - 11,166 (-3.6%)

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11/2010: Transformers Ongoing #13 - 10,998 (-1.5%)
12/2010: Transformers Ongoing #14 - 10,573 (-3.9%)
01/2011: Transformers Ongoing #15 - 10,159 (-3.9%)
02/2011: Transformers Ongoing #16 - 10,265 (+1.0%)
03/2011: Transformers Ongoing #17 - 10,094 (-1.7%)
04/2011: Transformers Ongoing #18 - 9,813 (-2.8%)
05/2011: Transformers Ongoing #19 - 10,089 (+2.8%)
06/2011: Transformers Ongoing #20 - 10,232 (+1.4%)
07/2011: Transformers Ongoing #21 - 10,165 (-0.7%)
07/2011: Transformers Ongoing #22 - 9,884 (-2.8%)
08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #23 - 10,327 (+4.5%)
08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #24 - 10,097 (-2.2%)
08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #25 - 9,533 (-5.6%)
09/2011: Transformers Ongoing #26 - 10,118 (+6.1%)
10/2011: Transformers Ongoing #27 - 10,242 (+1.2%)
10/2011: Transformers Ongoing #28 - 10,469 (+2.2%)
		6 month (+6.7%)
		1 year (-6.2%)
		2 year (-7.2%)
		3 year (-18.4%)

Three issues up in a row, which is a first for this title. Overall rock-steady, but about to be replaced by two separate ongoing series.

204. GI Joe (IDW)

10/2006: America’s Elite #16 (Devil’s Due) - 17,325
10/2007: America’s Elite #28 (Devil’s Due) - 15,358
10/2008: A New Beginning #0 - 40,932
10/2009: GI Joe #10 – 16,264
10/2010: GI Joe #23 - 11,531

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11/2010: GI Joe #24 - 10,985 (-4.7%)
12/2010: GI Joe #25 - 10,641 (-3.1%)
01/2011: -
02/2011: GI Joe #26 - 10,323 (-3.0%)
02/2011: GI Joe #27 - 10,102 (-2.1%)
03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #1 - 13,438 (+33.0%)
03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #2 - 12,427 (-7.5%)
04/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #0 - 12,353 (-5.9%)
05/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #1 - 13,703 (+10.9%)
06/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #2 - 11,640 (-15.1%)
07/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #3 - 11,377 (-2.3%)
08/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #4 - 10,824 (-4.9%)
09/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #5 - 10,371 (-4.2%)
10/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #6 - 10,241 (-1.5%)
212. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)

10/2010: Real American Hero #159 - 12,309

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11/2010: Real American Hero #160 - 11,544 (-6.2%)
12/2010: Real American Hero #161 - 11,125 (-3.6%)
01/2011: Real American Hero #162 - 10,516 (-5.5%)
02/2011: Real American Hero #163 - 10,262 (-2.4%)
03/2011: Real American Hero #164 - 10,386 (+1.2%)
04/2011: Real American Hero #165 - 10,218 (-1.6%)
05/2011: Real American Hero #166 - 10,117 (-1.0%)
06/2011: Real American Hero #167 - 10,118 (+0.0%)
07/2011: Real American Hero #168 - 9,943 (-1.7%)
08/2011: Real American Hero #169 - 9,670 (-2.7%)
09/2011: Real American Hero #170 - 9,542 (-1.3%)
10/2011: Real American Hero #171 - 9,686 (+1.5%)
219. Snake Eyes Ongoing (IDW)

10/2009: GI Joe Origins #8 - 14,961
10/2010: GI Joe Origins #20 - 9,482 (-15.1%)

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11/2010: GI Joe Origins #21 - 8,970 (-5.4%)
12/2010: GI Joe Origins #22 - 8,597 (-4.2%)
01/2011: GI Joe Origins #23 - 8,136 (-5.4%)
02/2011: -
03/2011: -
04/2011: -
05/2011: Snake Eyes #1 - 12,197 (+49.9%)
06/2011: Snake Eyes #2 - 10,246 (-16.0%)
07/2011: Snake Eyes #3 - 10,001 (-2.4%)
08/2011: Snake Eyes #4 - 9,288 (-7.1%)
08/2011: Snake Eyes #5 - 9,141 (-1.6%)
092011: -
10/2011: Snake Eyes #6 - 9,073 (-0.7%)
221. Cobra Ongoing (IDW)

10/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #9 - 8,656 (-1.5%)

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11/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #10 - 8,275 (-4.4%)
12/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #11 - 8,008 (-3.2%)
01/2011: GI Joe Cobra II #12 - 7,613 (-4.9%)
02/2011: GI Joe Cobra II #13 - 7,436 (-2.3%)
03/2011: -
04/2011: -
05/2011: Cobra #1 - 11,949 (+60.7%)
06/2011: Cobra #2 - 10,128 (-15.2%)
07/2011: Cobra #3 - 7,740 (-23.6%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Cobra #4 - 9,391 (+21.3%)
09/2011: Cobra #5 - 9,068 (-3.4%)
10/2011: Cobra #6 - 8,927 (-1.6%)

All of the GI Joe titles appear to be finding their level, and Real American Hero even gets a small increase. The first collection of the main title charted at 92 with sales of 935 copies, which doesn’t sound like a great number.

205. Morning Glories (Image)

10/2010: Morning Glories #3 - 11,258

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11/2010: Morning Glories #4 - 11,292 (+0.3%)
12/2010: Morning Glories #5 - 11,193 (-0.9%)
01/2011: Morning Glories #6 - 10,795 (-3.6%)
02/2011: Morning Glories #7 - 11,037 (+2.2%)
03/2011: Morning Glories #8 - 10,809 (-2.1%)
04/2011: Morning Glories #9 - 10,975 (+1.5%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: Morning Glories #10 - 11,385 (+3.7%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Morning Glories #11 - 10,653 (-6.4%)
09/2011: Morning Glories #12 - 10,537 (-1.1%)
10/2011: Morning Glories #13 - 10,094 (-4.2%)

The drops are accelerating again, as it appears that last month’s sales were slightly boosted by the twelfth issue anniversary.

206. Abe Sapien (Dark Horse )

06/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #1 - 13,010 (+3.9%)
07/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #2 - 11,805  (-9.3%)

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09/2011: Abe Sapien Devil Does Not Jest #1 - 11,846 (+0.3%)
10/2011: Abe Sapien Devil Does Not Jest #2 - 10,056 (-15.1%)

A much bigger second issue drop than last year’s series, but there are changes coming to the Hellboy family.

209. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)

10/2006: Sonic #167 - 7,267
10/2007: Sonic #181 - 6,912
10/2008: Sonic #193 - 7,162
10/2009: Sonic #205 - 8,263
10/2010: Sonic #218 - 7,889

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11/2010: Sonic #219 - 7,770 (-1.5%)
12/2010: Sonic #220 - 7,618 (-2.0%)
01/2011: -
02/2011: Sonic #221 - 7,592 (-0.3%)
03/2011: Sonic #222 - 7,781 (+2.5%)
03/2011: Sonic #223 - 7,719 (-0.8%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: Sonic #224 - 8,023 (+3.9%)
06/2011: Sonic #225 - 11,980 (+49.3%)
06/2011: Sonic #226 - 9,228 (-23.0%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Sonic #227 - 9,419 (+2.1%)
08/2011: Sonic #228 - 9,444 (+0.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Sonic #229 - 9,768 (+3.3%)

Still creeping up, it appears that Sonic has held more of the gain the anniversary issue conjured up than previously thought. This is one that is likely to benefit from the DC books, we’ll see over the next few months. The sixteenth collection charts at 26 with sales of 2,025.

211. Hellraiser (Boom!) 

03/2011: Hellraiser #1 - 13,850
04/2011: -
05/2011: Hellraiser #2 - 10,366 (-25.2%)
06/2011: -
07/2011: Hellraiser #3 - 9,974 (-3.8%)
08/2011: Hellraiser #4 - 11,096 (+11.2%)
09/2011: Hellraiser #5 - 10,303 (-7.1%)
10/2011: Hellraiser #6 - 9,715 (-5.7%)

The drops slow a little, as Boom prepare to launch a second series reprinting the best of the old Epic series.

214. Ghostbuster Ongoing (IDW)

10/2010: Holiday Special What in Samhain Just Happened? - 6,075 (-5.2%)
03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #1 - 11,616 (+91.2%)
03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #2 - 10,445 (-10.1%)
02-08/2011: -
09/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #1 - 16,716 (+60.0%)
10/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #2 - 9,514 (-43.1%)

That’s a very bad drop, but it’ll be an issue or two before we get a better idea of true sales.

215. Infinite (Image)

08/2011: Infinite #1 - 27,434
09/2011: Infinite #2 - 14,585 (-46.8%)
10/2011: Infinite #3 - 9,322 (-36.1%)

Dropping like a rock, I’m not sure that this will continue much longer at this rate.

217. Severed (Image)

08/2011: Severed #1 - 10,573 (14,411)
09/2011: Severed #2 - 9,280 (-12.2%)
10/2011: Severed #3 - 9,240 (-0.4%)

This has found it’s level very quickly, as Scott Snyder’s star continues to rise. This can only be helped by the stunning sales on Batman, which he also writes.

220. Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom (Dynamite)

07/2011: Fall of Barsoom #1 - 11,192
08/2011: Fall of Barsoom #2 - 9,812 (-12.3%)
10/2011: Fall of Barsoom #3 - 8,962 (-8.7%)

Quite far behind the other two Warlord books, but this is a prequel set thousands of years before those other books, so these numbers aren’t too bad.

223. Godzilla: Gangsters and  Goliaths(IDW)

06/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #1 - 13,292
07/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #2 - 11,611 (-12.6%)
08/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #3 - 10,525 (-9.3%)
09/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #4 - 9,061 (-13.9%)
10/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #5 - 8,725 (-4.5%)

The final issue of this mini-series, not really bad numbers and apparently good enough for another mini-series of one-shots about Godzilla’s foes. Simon Gane’s drawing one of those, which should be splendid.

224. Baltimore (Dark Horse) 

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11/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #4 - 9,558 (-2.7%)
12/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #5 - 9,142 (-4.4%)
01-07/2011: -
08/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #1 - 10,797 (+18.1%)
09/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #2 - 8,988 (-16.8%)
10/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #3 - 8,716 (-3.0%)

Hopefully leveling out.

226. Mass Effect Invasion (Dark Horse)

01/2011: Evolution #1 – 8,944
02/2011: Evolution #2 - 7,825 (-12.5%)
03/2011: Evolution #3 - 7,675 (-1.9%)
04/2011: Evolution #4 - 7,815 (+1.8%)
05-09/2011: -
10/2011: Mass Effect Invasion #1 - 8,607 (+10.1%)

Telling the story leading up to Mass Effect 3, this will be finishing just in time to be collected when the game comes out.

229. Irredeemable (Boom) 

10/2009: Irredeemable #7 - 14,282
10/2010: Irredeemable #18 - 11,398

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11/2010: Irredeemable #19 - 11,102 (-2.6%)
12/2010: Irredeemable #20 - 10,406 (-6.3%)
01/2011: Irredeemable #21 - 10,247 (-1.5%)
02/2011: Irredeemable #22 - 10,025 (-2.2%)
03/2011: Irredeemable #23 - 9,983 (-0.4%)
04/2011: Irredeemable #24 - 10,274 (+2.9%)
05/2011: Irredeemable #25 - 10,082 (-1.9%)
06/2011: Irredeemable #26 - 9,784 (-3.0%)
07/2011: Irredeemable #27 - 9,577 (-2.1%)
08/2011: Irredeemable #28 - 8,820 (-7.9%)
09/2011: Irredeemable #29 - 8,582 (-2.7%)
10/2011: Irredeemable #30 - 8,419 (-1.9%)

Still drifting gently down.

230. The Strange Talent of Luther Strode (Image)

10/2011: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode  #1 - 8,338

A really fun new book, it’s sold-out and gotten a second printing. With an art style somewhere between Cory Walker and Rafael Grampa and darkly slapstick sense of humour I think this will do quite well.

231. 30 Days of Night (IDW)

05/2011: Night Again #1 - 8,472
06/2011: Night Again #2 - 7,055 (-16.7%)
07/2011: Night Again #3 - 5,730 (-18.8%)
08/2011: Night Again #4 - 5,157 (-10.0%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #1 - 8,326 (-61.4%)

An okay launch point, almost at the same sales as the last mini, and continuing with Sam Keith on art.

232. Joe Hill's The Cape (IDW)

12/2010: The Cape - 6,564
01-06/2011: -
07/2011: The Cape #1 - 9,469 (+44.3%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: -
10/2011:The Cape #2 - 8,330 (-12.0%)

Selling better than the criminally underappreciated Locke & Key, which charts below, that’s a pretty good second issue drop.

233. Dungeons and Dragons (IDW)

11/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #1 - 15,462 (-34.6%)
12/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #2 - 11,623 (-24.8%)
01/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #3 - 10,112 (-13.0%)
02/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #4 - 9,761 (-3.5%)
03/2011: -
04/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #5 - 9,833 (+0.7%)
04/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #6 - 9,520 (-3.2%)
05/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #7 - 9,427 (-1.0%)
06/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #8 - 9,226 (-2.1%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #9 - 8,987 (-2.6%)
08/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #10 - 8,545 (-4.9%)
09/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #11 - 8,441 (-1.2%)
10/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #12 - 8,274 (-2.0%)

Another one drifting down at a fairly regular pace.

237. Lady Death (Avatar)

12/2010: Lady Death #0 - 15,665
01/2011: Lady Death #1 - 14,023 (-10.5%)
02/2011: Lady Death #2 - 11,033 (-21.3%)
03/2011: Lady Death #3 - 10,801 (-2.1%)
04/2011: Lady Death #4 - 10,391 (-3.8%)
05/2011: Lady Death #5 - 9,656 (-7.1%)
06/2011: Lady Death #6 - 9,563 (-1.0%)
07/2011: Lady Death #7 - 8,945 (-6.4%)
08/2011: Lady Death #8 - 8,681 (-3.0%)
09/2011: Lady Death #9 - 8,127 (-6.4%)
09/2011: Lady Death Origins Annual #1 - 6,331 (-22.1%)
10/2011: Lady Death #10 - 7,997 (+26.3%)

Actually not too far down on the last issue, ignoring the Annual, this may be finding its level.

239. Cold War (IDW)

10/2011: Cold War #1 - 7,934 

John Byrne’s riff on a slightly grittier James Bond sells in the same region as Next Men.

241. Spongebob Comics (Bongo)

02/2011: Spongebob Comics #1 - 11,814
03/2011: -
04/2011: Spongebob Comics #2 – 8,930 (-24.4%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: Spongebob Comics #3 - 8,514 (-4.7%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Spongebob Comics #4 - 7,889 (-7.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Spongebob Comics #5 - 7,874 (-0.2%)

Pretty much flat, it seems reasonable to imagine that all-ages comics in general will benefit from the DC effect.

246. Vampirella Scarlet Legion (Dynamite)

05/2011: Scarlet Legion #1 - 13,625
06/2011: Scarlet Legion #2 - 9,818 (-27.9%)
07/2011: Scarlet Legion #3 - 9,262 (-5.7%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Scarlet Legion #4 - 8,466 (-8.6%)
09/2011: Scarlet Legion #5 - 7,640 (-9.8%)

The last issue, probably for the best as it was dropping off the edge.

247. Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)

04/2011: Dark Horse Presents #1 - 15,107
05/2011: -
06/2011: Dark Horse Presents #2 - 11,315 (-25.1%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Dark Horse Presents #3 - 8,931 (-21.1%)
09/2011: Dark Horse Presents #4 - 8,366 (-6.3%)
10/2011: Dark Horse Presents #5 - 7,539 (-9.9%)

Not a great drop at this point, I would imagine Dark Horse are hoping this will flatten out soon, despite the $8 price tag.

249. Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover (Zenescope)

05/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover Prelude - 8,558
05/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover #1 - 9,304 (+8.7%)
06/2011: The Piper one shot (part 2) - 6,877 (-26.1%)
07/2011: Myths and Legends #6 (part 3) - 6,215 (-9.6%)
06/2011: Wonderland one shot (part 4) - 6,913 (+11.2%)
06/2011: Neverland one shot (part 5) - 6,701 (-3.1%)
07/2011: Salem’s Daughter one shot (part 6) - 6,423 (-4.1%)
07/2011: Myths and Legends #7 (part 7) - 6,215 (-3.2%)
08/2011: Sinbad one shot (part 8) - 6,059 (-2.5%)
08/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #63 (part 9) - 8,086 (+33.5%)
09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #64 (part 10) - 8,183 (+1.2%)
09/2011: Inferno one shot (part 11) - 6,544 (-20.0%)
10/2011: GFT Dream Eater Crossover Conclusion (part 12) - 7,517(+14.9%)

This series ends with sales right in the middle of the sales-range. I’d imagine Zenescope are quite happy with the overall performance of the series.

251. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW)

10/2009: Doctor Who #4 - 8,354
10/2010: Doctor Who #16 - 6,198

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11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #1 - 8,843 (+42.7%)
02/2011: -
03/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #2 - 7,461 (-15.6%)
03/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #3 - 7,523 (+0.8%)
04/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #4 - 7,477 (-0.6%)
05/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #5 - 7,498 (+0.3%)
06/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #6 - 7,580 (-1.1%)
07/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #7 - 7,356 (-3.0%)
08/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #8 - 7,480 (+1.7%)
08/2010: Doctor Who Annual 2011 - 6,453 (-13.7%)
09/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #9 - 7,324 (+13.5%)
10/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #10 - 7,481 (+2.1%)

This just keeps bouncing around the same sales range, currently the highest it’s been in five months.

252. Mega Man (Archie)

05/2011: Mega Man #1 - 12,586
06/2011: Mega Man #2 - 7,713 (-38.7%)
07/2011: Mega Man #3 - 4,845 (-37.2%)
08/2011: Mega Man #4 - 8,900 (+83%)
09/2011: Mega Man #5 - 8,741 (-1.8%)
10/2011: Mega Man #6 - 7,474 (-14.5%)

This bucks the trend of all-ages books having a good November, but it’s possible that some sales may have slipped into the following month.

254. Super Dinosaur (Image)

04/2011: Super Dinosaur #1 - 12,473
05/2011: Super Dinosaur #2 - 9,945 (-20.3%)
05/2011: Super Dinosaur Origin Special #1 - 8,575 (-13.8%)
06/2011: Super Dinosaur #3 - 8,943 (+4.3%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: -
09/2011: - Super Dinosaur #4 - 8,303 (-7.1%)
10/2011: - Super Dinosaur #5 - 7,380 (-11.1%)

Shedding sales fast, as Kirkman seems to have trouble recapturing the success of Walking Dead & Invincible again. Dunno why, but none of his books since then seem to be able to stick around, despite most of them being pretty decent.

255. Last of The Greats (Image)

10/2011: Last of The Greats #1 - 7,338

Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, this seems to tread similar ground to the likes of Irredeemable, but takes it into an interesting direction. Not a bad start.

256. Guarding the Globe (Image)

10/2010: Guarding the Globe #2 - 10,972

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11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Guarding the Globe #3 - 9,097 (-17.1%)
02/2011: -
03/2011: Guarding the Globe #4 – 9,102 (+0.1%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: -
06/2011: -
07/2011: Guarding the Globe #5 - 8,157 (-10.4%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: -
10/2011: Guarding the Globe #6 - 7,321 (-10.2%)

Another Kirkman book under-performing, although I think the irregular schedule is more to blame here.

258. Sonic Universe (Archie)

10/2009: Sonic Universe #9 - 7,083
10/2010: Sonic Universe #21 - 6,843

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11/2010: Sonic Universe #22 - 6,641 (-3.0%)
12/2010: Sonic Universe #23 - 6,480 (-2.4%)
01/2011: Sonic Universe #24 - 6,228 (-3.9%)
02/2011: Sonic Universe #25 - 6,464 (+3.8%)
03/2011: Sonic Universe #26 - 6,571 (+1.7%)
04/2011: Sonic Universe #27 - 6,636 (+1.0%)
05/2011: Sonic Universe #28 - 6,722 (+1.3%)
06/2011: Sonic Universe #29 - 6,917 (+2.9%)
07/2011: Sonic Universe #30 - 6,892 (-0.4%)
08/2011: Sonic Universe #31 - 7,038 (+2.1%)
09/2011: Sonic Universe #32 - 7,027 (-0.1%)
10/2011: Sonic Universe #33 - 7,244 (+3.1%)

This is the highest sales since the first issue, in the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary year.

261. Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends (Zenescope)

01/2011: Myths & Legends #1 - 12,679
02/2011: -
03/2011: Myths and Legends #2 - 8,018 (-36.8%)
03/2011: Myths and Legends #3 - 7,858 (-2.0%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: Myths and Legends #4 - 9,224 (+17.4%)
06/2011: Myths and Legends #5 - 7,612 (-17.5%)
07/2011: Myths and Legends #6 - 6,215 (-18.4%)
07/2011: Myths and Legends #7 - 6,215 (0.0%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: -
10/2011: Myths and Legends #8 - 6,983 (+12.4%)

Sales jump back up after the two Dream Eater crossover issues, which seem to have harmed sales a little rather than helping.

264. Simpsons Comics (Bongo)

10/2006: Simpsons Comics #123 - 9,739
10/2007: Simpsons Comics #135 - 9,605
10/2008: Simpsons Comics #147 - 8,565
10/2009: Simpsons Comics #159 - 7,645
10/2010: Simpsons Comics #171 - 7,429

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11/2010: Simpsons Comics #172 - 7,429 (0.0%)
12/2010: Simpsons Comics #173 - 7,065 (-4.9%)
01/2011: Simpsons Comics #174 - 6,776 (-4.1%)
02/2011: Simpsons Comics #175 - 6,896 (+1.8%)
03/2011: Simpsons Comics #176 - 6,874 (-0.3%)
04/2011: Simpsons Comics #177 - 6,837 (-0.5%)
05/2011: Simpsons Comics #178 - 6,991 (+2.2%)
06/2011: Simpsons Comics #179 - 6,913 (-1.1%)
07/2011: Simpsons Comics #180 - 6,705 (-3.0%)
08/2011: Simpsons Comics #181 - 6,796 (+1.3%)
09/2011: Simpsons Comics #182 - 6,808 (+0.2%)
10/2011: Simpsons Comics #183 - 6,893 (+1.2%)

Really, really stable over the last year, and perking up at the moment.

265. Planet of the Apes (Boom!)

04/2011: Planet of the Apes #1 - 9,333
05/2011: Planet of the Apes #2 - 7,369 (-21.0%)
06/2011: Planet of the Apes #3 - 7,804 (+5.9%)
07/2011: Planet of the Apes #4 - 6,907 (-11.5%)
08/2011: Planet of the Apes #5 - 8,386 (+21.4%)
09/2011: Planet of the Apes #6 - 6,890 (-17.8%)
10/2011: Planet of the Apes #7 - 6,889 (0.0%)

That’s pretty stable.

266. CBLDF Liberty Annual (Image)

10/2010: CBLDF Liberty Comics #2 - 9,866
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10/2010: CBLDF Liberty Annual 2010 - 8,294 (-15.9%)
10/2011: CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011 #4 - 6,846 (-17.5%)

A surprising drop this year, especially considering this featured the likes of Frank Quitely, JM Straczinski, JH Williams and Matt Wagner.

268, 272. Queen Sonja (Dynamite)

10/2010: -

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11/2010: Queen Sonja #11 - 8,502 (-5.3%)
12/2010: Queen Sonja #12 - 8,231 (-3.2%)
01/2011: Queen Sonja #13 - 7,889 (-4.2%)
02/2011: Queen Sonja #14 - 7,636 (-3.2%)
03/2011: Queen Sonja #15 - 7,539 (-1.3%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: Queen Sonja #16 - 7,287 (-3.3%)
06/2011: Queen Sonja #17 - 7,241 (-0.6%)
07/2011: Queen Sonja #18 - 6,869 (-5.1%)
08/2011: Queen Sonja #19 - 6,816 (-0.8%)
09/2011: Queen Sonja #20 - 6,883 (+1.0%)
10/2011: Queen Sonja #21 - 6,809 (-1.1%)
10/2011: Queen Sonja #22 - 6,501 (-4.5%)

The drops continue and increase. It’s running about four months late, despite the two issues shipping this month.

274. Sergio Aragones Funnies (Bongo)

07/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #1 - 9,419
08/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #2 - 7,439 (-21.0%)
09/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #3 - 6,859 (-7.8%)
10/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #4 - 6,482 (-5.5%)

Still dropping, this was always likely to be a bit of a niche comic. It’s very good though, deserves to be selling better than this.

276. Incorruptible (Boom)

10/2010: Incorruptible #11 - 9,844 (-4.6%)

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11/2010: Incorruptible #12 - 9,403 (-4.5%)
12/2010: Incorruptible #13 - 8,701 (-7.5%)
01/2011: Incorruptible #14 - 8,512 (-2.2%)
02/2011: Incorruptible #15 - 8,252 (-3.1%)
03/2011: Incorruptible #16 - 8,108 (-1.7%)
04/2011: Incorruptible #17 - 8,257 (+1.8%)
05/2011: Incorruptible #18 - 8,044 (-2.6%)
06/2011: Incorruptible #19 - 7,804 (-3.0%)
07/2011: Incorruptible #20 - 7,584 (-2.8%)
08/2011: Incorruptible #21 - 7,015 (-7.5%)
09/2011: Incorruptible #22 - 6,669 (-4.9%)
10/2011: Incorruptible #23 - 6,466 (-3.0%)

This probably hasn’t got much more rope, hopefully the upcoming crossover with Irredeemable will pull sales up a bit. The fifth collection charts at 29 in the GN chart, with pretty decent sales of 1,854, so as with Irredeemable, this is making more in GN sales than in comics.

277. Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Special(Zenescope)

10/2011: GFT Halloween Special 2011 - 6,428 

About average for a GTF spin-off.

279. Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island (Avatar)

02/2010: Captain Swing #1 - 10,167
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: Captain Swing #2 - 9,063 (-10.9%)
07/2010 - 02/2011: -
03/2011: Captain Swing #3 - 8,849 (-2.4%)
04-09/2011: -
10/2011: Captain Swing #4 - 6,281 (-26.1%)

Badly harmed by both the ridiculous schedule, with four issues that took twenty months to come out, and the overall feeling that Ellis was just randomly chucking out some of his ideas that he couldn’t fit into other projects.

280. Turok Son of Stone (Dark Horse) 

10/2010: Turok Son of Stone #1 - 12,607

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11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: -
02/2011: -
03/2011: -
04/2011: Turok Son of Stone #2 - 8,015 (-36.4%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: -
07/2011: -
08/2011: -
09/2011: Turok Son of Stone #3 - 6,821 (-14.9%)
10/2011: Turok Son of Stone #4 - 6,257 (-8.3%)

Ships in consecutive months for the first time, I think there are a couple more issues to come, but it’s cancelled.

281. Kull (Dark Horse)

11/2010: The Hate Witch #1 - 8,895
12/2010: The Hate Witch #2 - 6,745 (-24.2%)
01/2011: The Hate Witch #3 - 6,290 (-6.7%)
02/2011: The Hate Witch #4 - 6,018 (-4.3%)
03-09/2011: -
10/2011: The Cat & The Skull #1 - 6,249 (+3.8%)

Only a small bump for the new series, which doesn’t bode well. A collection of the old Marvel strips charts at 39 with sales of 1,534.

284. Caligula (Avatar)

03/2011: Caligula #1 - 6,712
04/2011: -
05/2011: -
06/2011: Caligula #2 -  6,543 (-2.5%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Caligula #3 -  6,560 (+0.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Caligula #4 -  5,895 (-10.1%)

After a good performance over the first few issues, a steep drop. It’s a very odd series, so that’s probably still pretty good.

285. HP Lovecraft The Dunwich Horror (IDW)

10/2011: Dunwich Horror #1 - 5,802

One of a number of recent Lovecraft adaptations, this one is dignified by the writing skills of horror master Joe Lansdale.

286. Elric The Balance Lost (Boom!)

07/2011: The Balance Lost #1 - 9,893
08/2011: The Balance Lost #2 - 6,643 (-32.8%)
09/2011: The Balance Lost #3 - 6,345 (-4.4%)
10/2011: The Balance Lost #4 - 5,758 (-9.3%)

The drops are increasing quite badly again.

288. Grimm Fairy Tales The Library (Zenescope)

09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales The Library #1 - 6,255
10/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales The Library #2 - 5,679 (-9.2%)

An okay second issue drop for the GFT all-ages book.

289. Magdalena (Image)

10/2010: -

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11/2010: Magdalena #4 - 7,171 (-4.9%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: -
02/2011: Magdalena #5 - 6,538 (-8.8%)
03/2011: -
04/2011: -
05/2011: Magdalena #6 - 6,325 (-3.3%)
06/2011: Magdalena #7 - 6,968 (+10.2%)
07/2011: -
08/2010: -
09/2011: Magdalena #8 - 6,551 (-6.0%)
10/2011: Magdalena #9 - 5,664 (-13.5%)
290. Darkness (Image)

10/2010: -

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11/2010: -
12/2010: Darkness #87 - 6,960 (-3.9%)
01/2011: Darkness #88 - 6,842 (-1.7%)
01/2011: Darkness #89 - 6,544 (-4.4%)
02/2011: -
03/2011: Darkness #90 - 6,482 (-0.9%)
04/2011: -
05/2011: -
06/2011: Darkness #91 - 6,207 (-4.2%)
07/2011: Darkness #92 - 5,971 (-3.8%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Darkness #93 - 5,856 (-1.9%)
10/2011: Darkness #94 - 5,632 (-3.8%)

A very nasty drop at this stage for Magdalena, and Darkness not faring too well either. I suspect the whole Top Cow universe is due for a revamp, and possibly some input from founder Marc Silvestri.

294. The Theater #1 (Zenescope)

10/2011: The Theater #1 - 5,469

Raven Gregory’s horror book launches with okay numbers, and has been getting decent reviews.

295. Bart Simpson Comics (Bongo)

10/2010: Bart Simpson Comics #56 - 6,020 (+1.1%)

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11/2010: -
12/2010: Bart Simpson Comics #57 - 5,622 (-6.6%)
01/2011: -
02/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #58 - 5,478 (-2.6%)
03/2011: -
04/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #59 - 5,490 (+2.2%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #60 - 5,589 (+1.8%)
07/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #61 - 5,502 (-1.6%)
08/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #62 - 5,462 (-0.7%)
09/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #63 - 5,475 (-0.2%)
10/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #64 - 5,451 (-0.4%)

Very stable.

297. Executive Assistant Iris (Aspen)

10/2010: Executive Assistant Iris #6 - 6,684

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06/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #0 - 6,929 (+3.7%)
07/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #1 - 7,021 (+1.3%)
08/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #2 - 5,843 (-16.7%)
09/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #3 - 5,502 (-5.8%)
10/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #4 - 5,309(-3.5%)

Smoothing out, the other three books in this crossover failed to chart this month.

300. Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword (Dark Horse)
01/2011: Savage Sword #1 - 1,720
02-4/2011: -
05/2011: Savage Sword #2 - 2,913 (+69.4%)
06-9/2011: -
10/2011: Savage Sword #3 - 5,167 (+77.4%)

It looks like retailers massively underestimated this one, with remarkable sales growth. It’s only by fluke we know that, issue two was the number 300 book back in May, and the first issue only charted in January at 289 because of the lowest monthly sales in years.

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All figures on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to direct market retailers. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. Books shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than ones shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month.

The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal showcases stunning male brokeback

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Jon Bernthal, who plays the hunky and aggro bad boy/survivor Shane on The Walking Dead shows that the brokeback pose can actually work with guys! In fact, this seems to be Bernthal’s favorite way to pose!

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Or is it just….a stylistic choice of the show’s art director?

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Maybe it’s meant to symbolize twisty Shane’s good guy/bad guy nature? We hereby declare Bernthal King of the Male Brokeback!

BTW, is there a reason that T-Dag never shows up in any of the promos? Or any of the plotlines or dialog? Just wonderin’.

To Do tonight: Retrofit Comics Release Signing with Pat Aulisio, Josh Bayer, and Box Brown

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It’s all happening at Jim Hanley’s Universe. Retrofit Comics is Box Brown’s line of pamphlet/floppies that is bringing the periodical back to the indie comics world. Some releases thus far:

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Josh Neufeld's "Bahrain: Lines in Ink, Lines in the Sand"

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New at Cartoon Movement today, Josh Neufeld’s Bahrain: Lines in Ink, Lines in the Sand, a true story set during Bahrain’s short lived Pearl Revolution about two two young Bahraini editorial cartoonists named Mohammed and Sara who see the events from opposite sides. This is an excellent, accessible piece that really helps make clear a smaller eddy of the complex, swirling events of the Arab Spring.

Neufeld met Mohammed and Sara at workshops he led while visiting the tiny Persian Gulf country on a U.S. State Department trip. Shortly after Josh became friends with both of them on Facebook, Bahrain underwent much turmoil in protests inspired by the Arab Spring.

Neufeld documents Mohammed and Sara’s impressions of the events, through their words, experiences, and their own cartoons, which were published as events unfolded. What emerges is a portrait of a complex society burdened by a history of religious sectarianism. “Bahrain: Lines in Ink, Lines in the Sand” is an unusual story of multiple, often conflicting narratives, much of it enabled by a rapidly changing online environment.

Want to go to WonderCon? Now you can!

Registration for next year’s WonderCon in Anaheim has suddenly become available. You’ll recall that after 20+ years in the Bay Area, construction has forced the show to move to Anaheim for the first time. Prices are as follows:

3-DAY BADGE (Best Value!):
Adult 3-Day: $40.00 Advance/$50.00 Onsite
Junior/Senior 3-Day: $20.00 Advance/$25.00 Onsite

1-DAY BADGE:
Friday OR Saturday Only:
Adult 1-Day: $20.00 Advance/$25.00 Onsite
Junior/Senior 1-Day: $10.00 Advance/$13.00 Onsite

Sunday:
Adult: $10.00 Advance/$15.00 Onsite
Junior/Senior: $5.00 Advance/$7.00 Onsite

Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Ages 13-17 pay Junior prices. Seniors are 60+ years of age. Active-duty military pay the Junior/Senior price. This offer does not extend to dependents.


WonderCon traditionally has a great lineup of cartoonists and even some good movie panels and suchlike, so if you are looking to experience all the chills and thrills of a real comic-con with all the joys and laughters of actually being able to just go online and buy a pass…this is your chance.

Watch GREEN LANTERN for 99 cents

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YouTube has a new promotion for its new streaming service where you can watch recent movies for 99 cents — among them GREEN LANTERN. If you’ve been waiting for a budget-conscious way to watch Hal Jordan save the universe from an angry cloud, this is your chance.

You can also watch Harry Potter, Conan, and that movie where Ton Hanks lives out his biker fantasy by riding a scooter with Julia Roberts on the back.

Free Comic Book Day 2012 Gold Sponsor titles announced

Here’s what you’ll be getting gratis next May 5th — you’ll note it’s a mostly family friendly line-up of tested characters — and Marvel is, not surprisingly, sending out am Avengers book and DC is sticking with The New 52.

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The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee has announced its Gold Sponsor comic book selections for the industry’s top annual event, Free Comic Book Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 5th, 2012. Next year marks the eleventh anniversary of Free Comic Book Day with another year of incredible stories that allow fans of all ages to dive into the adventures of their favorite comic book characters and encourage new readers to explore the fun and excitement that comics can offer.

Chosen by retailers on the FCBD Committee, there’s a free comic book for everyone’s taste: from Avengers, Star Wars, Transformers and Superman to Peanuts, Mouse Guard, and Mega Man.

“We had a record amount of entries from publishers this year with more than forty-five different titles” said FCBD spokesperson Leslie Jackson. “Retailers on the committee had a tough time deciding on which titles to choose for Gold sponsorship, but we’re sure fans will be pleased with the line-up for next year.”

A complete listing of all FCBD titles, including the ten Gold and thirty-five Silver comic books, can be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops on December 28. Look for a separate announcement next Friday on FCBD 2012’s Silver comic book offerings.

For more FCBD news and updates go to the FCBD website, www.freecomicbookday.com.; become a fan at Facebook: www.facebook.com/freecomicbook; and follow us on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/freecomicbook.

Free Comic Book Day 2012: Gold Comics

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Archaia Entertainment
Mouse Guard, Labyrinth and More HC Flip Book
Written by Jeremy Bastian, Nate Cosby, Royden Lepp, Jim McCann, Ted Naifeh and David Petersen
Illustrated by Jeremy Bastian, Chris Eliopoulos, Cory Godbey, Janet Lee, Royden Lepp and David Petersen. Cover by David Petersen
This Free Comic Book Day, Archaia offers readers the chance to experience history in the making with a FREE, gorgeous, 48-page, 6” x 9” full color hardcover original graphic novel featuring all-new material! David Petersen returns with an all-new Mouse Guard tale that’s guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings! Lose yourself once again in Jim Henson’s amazing world of Labyrinth, featuring a fantastical story from Eisner Award-nominee Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin) and Cory Godbey (Fraggle Rock). Get a new perspective on Jet Jones in Royden Lepp’s critically acclaimed Rust, with a short story seen through the eyes of younger brother Oswald Taylor. Jeremy Bastian’s acclaimed Cursed Pirate Girl hits the high seas in this whimsical, swashbuckling tale of wonderland journeys and unimaginable dangers. Nate Cosby (Pigs) and Chris Eliopoulos (Franklin Richards) present Cow Boy, a comedy/western that tells the tale of a young bounty hunter determined to send his entire outlaw family to jail. And Jim McCann and Janet Lee follow up their Eisner Award-winning Return of the Dapper Men with an all-new short story that leads into the upcoming sequel, Time of the Dapper Men. Witness the origin of a new, major character! And…the return of 41?!

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Archie Comics
Mega Man: Let the Games Begin
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, John Workman, Matt Herms
“Let the Games Begin!” Part One: Don’t miss the first classic issue of the hit new MEGA MAN comic series! The future looks bright when brilliant and benevolent Dr. Light unveils his latest creations: the Robot Masters! But when the nefarious Dr. Wily steals them for his own sinister purposes, there is no one left to stop him. No one – except Mega Man!

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Bongo Comics
2012 Bongo Comics Free-For-All!
SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies
By Groening/Hillenburg
Bongo offers the best in humor comics with a proud tale from the boasting barflies of Moe’s Tavern, as they recount their  close encounter with marauding beasts as members of the Springfield Bear Patrol. And Sergio Aragonés joins the fun with a story from his own past of how he made his first peso as an underground and underage artist. THEN, flip over the book for two of the swimmingest SpongeBob sagas from the series’ hard-to-find earliest issues. In “Squidward and the Golden Clarinet,” SpongeBob reads an issue of Mermaid Man to a less-than-welcoming Squidward. But this story has a musical hook even Squidward can’t resist. Plus: a page of gags that go off the deep end by indie artiste James Kochalka.

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Boom! Studios
Peanuts/Adventure Time Flip Book
Author(s): Charles Schulz, Vicki Scott, Ryan North
Artist(s): Charles Schulz, Ron Zorman,Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb                                      
Cover Artist(s): Charles Schulz, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Two stories of two boys and their dogs — on one side, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, along with the entire Peanuts gang, come to Free Comic Book Day! On the other side — boy Finn and his dog Jake, along with the entire cast of the hot new Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, adventure in the Land of Ooo for Free Comic Book Day! Get your full KABOOM! dose of “Good Griefs” and “Algebraics” all in one book!

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Dark Horse Comics
Star Wars/Serenity Flip Book
Zack Whedon (W), Davidé Fabbri (P), Fábio Moon (P/I), Christian Dalla Vecchia (I), Adam Hughes (Cover), and Daniel Dos Santos (Cover)
Han Solo and Chewbacca have a falling-out after a deal with a shady customer goes bad. When the client gets designs on the Millennium Falcon, Han and Chewie present a united front that can’t be beat! “Mal” Reynolds, captain of the outlaw vessel Serenity, is no stranger to jobs gone wrong. But when the chips are down, he’s able to rely on an amazing, odd, and diversely talented crew for help!

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DC Comics
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 FCBD EDITION
(W) Various (A) Various
DC COMICS—THE NEW 52 took the industry by storm!  Now get an exclusive look at what’s happening in 2012— written and illustrated by today’s top creators.

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IDW PUBLISHING
Transformers #80.5
Simon Furman (w); Andrew Wildman (p), Stephen Baskerville (i); Wildman (c)
The wait is over–after a 20-year hiatus, IDW proudly returns to the original TRANSFORMERS comic book universe, picking up right where 1991’s TRANSFORMERS #80 left off! Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Kup, Hot Rod and all your favorite Generation One TRANSFORMERS characters charge into the future as fan-favorite writer Simon Furman and legendary Transformers artist Andrew Wildman present TRANSFORMERS #80.5! Reflecting back on the dizzying highs and the terrifying lows of the original run of Transformers comics, Optimus Prime watches over a Cybertron that hasn’t faced Megatron for decades. But that peace shudders to an end, as we dive headlong into July’s TRANSFORMERS #81!

Because the Fans demanded it! Thousands of TRANSFORMERS fans signed petitions urging us to make this book–and IDW listened!

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Image Comics
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An anthology featuring all-new stories with a mix of Image’s old and new best loved characters!

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Marvel Comics
Avengers #12.1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller (cover/interiors): Bryan Hitch
Start reading with this POINT ONE issue! Prepare for the upcoming high-stakes Avengers event with a battle between the Avengers and the Intelligencia, the return of SWORD, and the disappearance of Spider-Woman!

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Oni Press
Yo Gabba Gabba
Writer(s): Jamie S. Rich, Kali Fontecchio, Frank Pittarese, Evan Dorkin, & Sarah Dyer
Artist Name(s): Michael Allred, Kali Fontecchio, Jarrett Williams, & Evan Dorkin, with Han Allred, Rico Renzi, & Sarah Dyer
From the hit Nickelodeon show! Come join your Gabba Land pals Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, Plex, and of course DJ Lance Rock for a series of fun-filled adventures! Plus, an awesome Super Martian Robot Girl tale, too!

Stuff to buy at the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Fest

This Saturday, the indie comics circuit for the year wraps up with the third Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest, to be held at

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
 275 North 8th Street 
Brooklyn, NY
12-9 pm 
Free and open to the public

Union Pool 
484 Union Avenue # A
 Brooklyn, NY
1-8 pm 
Free and open to the public.

While the exhibitor’s page does list debuting books, we wanted to run pictures, so here you go:


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Sam Henderson is bringing along FREE ICE CREAM:

It collects the gag cartoons from 2009 and 2010. If you’ve bothered to check out the archives here and seen the blurb that says “you have to buy the book”, this is that book. It’s 40 pages and comic-book sized, and you can get it from me for $3 postpaid by using the “donate” button on the right.


Secret Acres

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Secret Acres has Curio Cabinet 5 locked, loaded and ready for takeoff. John Brodowski’s highly acclaimed alt-horror series continues with its first issue since the publication of the collected Curio Cabinet, named a top ten book of 2010 by Rob Clough, High-Low, and Picturebox Publisher Dan Nadel, writing for the Economist’s More Intelligent Life. Four explosive new stories are presented in a special, footlong edition. Advance copies will be coming in hot at the 2011 Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival in Brooklyn, New York.


  
• CURIO CABINET 5 by JOHN BRODOWSKI
• ADVANCE COPIES at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, December 3rd, 2011, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 275 North 8th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
• IN STORES DECEMBER 2011
• STITCH BOUND, 32 PGS, ISBN 978-0-9831662-2-1, 8x12in, $7.00


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Drawn and Quarterly

Come visit Drawn & Quarterly this weekend in Williamsburg Brooklyn at the Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church with Adrian Tomine, Brian Ralph, Jillian Tamaki, R. Sikoryak, John Porcellino, and also Matt Forsythe and Gabrielle Bell in attendance! The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics festival is the best small press how in NYC. We’re not the only ones who think so. Check out the Voice, and the New Yorker!
Signing Schedule at D+Q Tables 20-22:
Brian Ralph 1:00-3:00
R. Sikoryak 2:00- 3:00
Jillian Tamaki 3:00 – 4:00
Adrian Tomine 3:00 -5:00
Brian Ralph 5:00-7:00

John Porcellino, Matt Forsythe & Gabrielle Bell are signing at other tables, too!

6:00 THE LANGUAGE IN COMICS
The recent embrace of graphic novels by the publishing industry has led to misguided attempts to evaluate comics according to the standards and conventions of literary fiction. The writing in comics occupies a more peculiar place, with its own constraints and opportunities. John Porcellino, Gabrielle Bell, and David Sandlin will discuss the particular demands of writing within a visually-driven form in this conversation moderated by novelist Myla Goldberg.

7:00 C.F. and BRIAN RALPH IN CONVERSATION
C.F. and Brian Ralph both emerged from the revolutionary art and comics scene that flourished in New England throughout the 1990s, radiating outward from the Fort Thunder artists’ space in Providence, RI and incorporating a network of friendships, influences, and collaborations. Both artists are now producing the strongest work of their careers, engaging fantasy and adventure as modes for personal expression. The two will discuss their work with moderator Tom Spurgeon.


Koyama Press is bringing:

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COMICS CLASS, a new mini-comic by Award-winning cartoonist Matthew Forsythe coming this December that is kind of based on a real class, but mostly untrue! COMICS CLASS is 44 pages of loosely-drawn, quasi-autobiographical comics about the comics class Forsythe taught last spring. Hegelian dialectics, sexual politics and the detestable use of clipart in comics are just some of the issues that Forsythe tackles with his disaffected class of 11-year olds––that is when he isn’t challenging them to arm wrestle for money. This hilarious collection of half-truths and half-baked theories lovingly skewers the life of a working cartoonist, and it might just teach you something, maybe.

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THE WORLD OF GLORIA BADCOCK the first all-new comic book in more than ten years by acclaimed illustrator and author Maurice Vellekoop, coming from Koyama Press this December. Time travel! Lesbianism! Gay three-ways! Bionic love-machines! Celebrity product endorsement!!! All this and more is found in THE WORLD OF GLORIA BADCOCK. Last seen in 1997’s Vellevision, sexually liberated magazine editrix Gloria Badcock, is making her triumphant return! Join Gloria, her gay best friend, the renowned inventor Dr. Cornelius, his faithful sidekick, five-time Mr. Sweden and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Sven, and a nutty cast of eccentrics in a joyous, guilt-free, surreal, silly, symphonic celebration of sexual freedom and the special friendship that bonds gay men and (mostly) straight women!

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RIVERS FORGOTTEN, a journey through the passages and portals of the underground waterways that lie unseen below cities. Self-taught photographer, Jeremy Kai brings these forgotten landscapes to light with his first book published in a limited edition this December. Beneath the streets of all cities lie networks of hidden water features, like sewers and storm drains, which go unobserved by the general public. Kai’s underground photography explores these buried vistas, as well as the concepts of urban watersheds and the methods in which cities and their populations interact with them. His boundless exploration is matched by his artistic ability, which illuminates the beauty that can be found in the abandoned and unexpected. In RIVERS FORGOTTEN, Kai – who is often pictured as a lone figure, his face obscured by his brightly shining headlamp – stands as a guide helping to bridge the gap between the known and the forgotten.


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Chuck Forsman is bringing a mini called The End of the Fucking World Part 2. 

It’s 12 pages and only a dollar. This issue is about the first stop on a teenage runaway road trip. James is sociopathic and Alyssa is hard-shelled but thoughtful. 

I’ll be at the Sundays table (#28-upstairs) with cartoonists Melissa Mendes (Freddy Stories), Sean Ford (Only Skin), Joseph Lambert (I Will Bite You) and José-Luis Olivares (Polite Fiction)


Domino Books is proud to announce the publication of two new books. Face Man by Clara Bessijelle (available for PREORDERS only. All orders placed now will ship in late December/Early January) and Spider Monkey #1 by Jesse McManus with Austin English are now available in our webstore. Look for both books in bookshops in early January.
 
Domino will be tabling at The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest on December 3rd. (Located at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 275 North 8th Street. Brooklyn, NY 12-9 pm. Free and open to the public). Please come by—we will have TONS of books, zines, art books, etc etc etc. Copies of Spider Monkey will be available for sale, as well as preview editions of Face Man. Also available at our table: Dark Tomato #1 by Sakura Maku, The Disgusting Room by Austin English, zines and mini comics by Nate Doyle, Everything Unseen #2 by Drew Beckmeyer, Midnight Special, Ögonaböj, and Print on the Nose by animator Peter Larrson, and zines from Elisabet Ericsson. Most artists listed above will be at the Domino table throughout the event.
Here is some info about our new books:

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$5, 24 pages. Color cover with black and white interiors

A theater critic attends an incomprehensible play. Forced to write about the it, he finds he can’t remember a single detail. He attempts to ask the box office clerk to summarize the plot but instead she misunderstands him and the critic finds himself forced to view the performance a second time. While sitting in the theater, a man begins to follow him, always one step away. Slowly  the critic becomes entangled with events that will force him to question his ‘identity’—a problem that sets him onto a collision course with he powerful Identity Group.

Drawing in a rich, highly detailed style (rendered entirely in graphite) Clara Bessijelle creates eccentric characters dropped into lush environments. In Face Man, her longest and most ambitious story yet, we find characters that are at once personal and alien. Their actions are sharp, coldly humorous but their reasoning is often warm. Every drawing is teeming with patterns and concealed clues, like a Will Elder drawing from a forgotten era. Face Man is a stand alone work, full of str
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ange power.

Spider Monkey #1

by Jesse McManus and Austin English
Spider is a small boy living in a kinetic pinball city. He spends his time with his sister who enters their home every day with a ritualistic flair. Spider’s best friend is a small creature named Nako who he speaks to constantly. In fact, Spider is learning to communicate with animals of all kinds. In the first issue, we meet Spider’s idol, Emeric Powell, who has his own designs on animal communication/ Spider-Monkey is a tour de force from artist Jesse McManus (Kramers Ergot 7), working from a script by Austin English, incorporating horror manga, childrens comics and fantastic golden age elements into one beautiful comic.


Closed Caption Comics

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I’m breaking my zine called SF Supplementary File #2 into 3 parts and releasing the first 2 parts at BCGF. (SF is my scifi series that I self-publish. SF Supplementary Files are related mini-stories that I produce on the side).

It’s basically a tribute to or experiment with Matsumoto Leiji’s 1979 story Queen Esmeraldas.


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Jesse Balmer and Jonny Negron are debuting their anthology Chameleon No2 (issue #1 will also be available)
Contributors:
Jesse Balmer
Jon Boam
Patrick Kyle
Uno Moralez 
Roman Muradov 
Jonny Negron 
Zejian Shen 

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Box Brown:
I’ll be debuting the following books at BCGF:

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1) Roussimoff special previe
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w mini-comic, Roussimoff is my continuing work about the life of Andre the Giant

2) 50% chance of debuting The Survivalist, my brand new book published by Blank Slate

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3) Retrofit Comics new release: RAW POWER by Josh Bayer who cannot be contained in the standard 32 page zine-sized Retrofit comic! RAW POWER is a KING SIZED 48 page comic featuring G. Gordon Liddy, Cat-man and Punk Rock.


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Paul Hoppe:
My latest comic Tales To Behold #2 will debut at the Festival. I am exhibiting artwork from it and the prototype at a show at the Brooklyn Public Library, but now it will actually be available for the first time. It’s the latest in my series of gonzo-superhero comics.


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PictureBox is debuting Kramers Ergot 8 with a signing with 7 of the 12 artists: Anya Davidson, Gary Panter, Gabrielle Bell, Frank Santoro, Dash Shaw, CF and artist/editor Sammy Harkham. It’s 232 pages, full color, hardcover, and $32.95. Signings are at 12:30 and 4 pm. Matthew Thurber is signing 1-800 MICE at 2:30 and 6:00 pm. 

PictureBox is also working with the Don (Apex Novelties) Donahue estate to display and sell some of the work he published, including rare silkscreens and other prints by the likes of Charles Burns, Rory Hayes, S. Clay Wilson, and file copies of some wonderful underground comics published by Don’s Apex Novelties. Theyy’ll be giving away a zine that compiles texts by Don about the origins of Apex and the true story of Zap #1.


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J.T. Yost:

Birdcage Bottom Books is thrilled to release a new mini-comic by J.T. Yost into the wild at the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival this Saturday (12/3). We will also have new silk-screened Snoop shirts in a nauseating color palette! Both items will also be for sale on our website as well.


Domatille Collardey will have

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– What Had Happened Was #3 : The new oversize (24′x36′)  fold out poster issue! This special issue will come in a special customized gift envelope. Be ready for Christmas, guys.


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Victor Kerlow is debuting SOMETHING BIG, a new collection of his comics. “They are ten dollars, 48 pages, perfect bound, and will be available to buy on the Comic Shop sidebar after this weekend.”


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Lamar Abrams is debuting FERZAN DREI at the AdHouse table. The subject matter consists of drawings of women farting. There is also a rumblr tumblr page devoted to the book.


How Hard Is It to Buy A Marvel Essentials on Amazon?

I don’t know about you, but when the holidays come around and the relatives want a cheap-ish gift, I usually send them some links to Marvel Essential volumes on Amazon.  They’re relatively inexpensive, my relatives don’t have to figure out where the comic shop is (in rural areas, this can be an issue) and they like the thickness of the volumes when they wrap them.

Imagine my shock Thursday night as I was online and noting the massive amount of Essential volumes that were out of stock.  Marvel’s inability/unwillingness to keep tpbs in print has been a hot button topic in recent months, but this is a bit beyond anything I would have expected.  This doesn’t mean Diamond doesn’t have some copies in the warehouse for the DM, but my experience with Amazon has been if they think it will take a few weeks to restock, you’ll see a 4-6 weeks to ship notation and they’ll take your order.  Here’s a list of major Essential series, how many volumes are out and then the ones where the only purchase option on 12/1 were the “used & new” 3rd party resellers.  I’m not listing Dazzler/Ant-Man/Human Torch.

Maybe Marvel’s just selling really well and it gets restocked shortly, but this seems like an awful lot of titles to be out of and a few of them have pre-orders on new printings available in 2012…

The Amazing Spider-Man 1-10

Vol 5 out
Vol 6. on pre-order in a few weeks

Vol 7 out
Vol 8 out
(Unless you want to pay for the library binding)

Avengers vol. 1-7
Completely in stock

Captain America vol. 1-6
Completely in stock

Classic X-Men vol. 1-3
Vol 3 out (They _might_ get more of the library binding)

Daredevil vol. 1-5

Vol 1 out (pre-order for April ’12 printing)
Vol 2 out (pre-order for May ’12 printing)
Vol 3 out
(pre-order for May ’12 printing)
Vol 4 out

The Defenders vol. 1-6
Vol 1 out
Vol 2 out
Vol 3 out
Vol 4 out

Doctor Strange vol. 1-4
Vol 1 out
Vol 2 out

Vol 3 out

The Fantastic Four vol. 1-8
Vol 1 out
Vol 2 out

Vol 3 out

Vol 4 out
Vol 5 out
Vol 6 out
(pre-order for Feb. ’12 printing)
Vol 7 out

Ghost Rider vol. 1-4
Vol 1 out
Vol 2 out
Vol 3 out

The Incredible Hulk vol. 1-6
Vol 1 out (pre-order for Feb. ’12 printing)
Vol 2 out
(pre-order for March ’12 printing)
Vol 3 out
(pre-order for April ’12 printing)
Vol 4 out
(pre-order for May ’12 printing)
Vol 5 out

Iron Man vol. 1-4
Vol 1 out

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man vol. 1-5
Vol 1 out
Vol 2 out
Vol 3 out

The Punisher vol. 1-3
Vol 1 out
Vol 3 out

Thor vol. 1-5
Vol 2 out
Vol 4 out

Web of Spider-Man vol. 1
In stock

Wolverine vol. 1-5
Vol 1 out
Vol 2 out
Vol 3 out
Vol 4 out

Vol 5 out

X-Factor vol. 1-3
Vol 2 out
Vol 3 out

X-Men vol. 1-9
Vol 1 out

Vol 9 out