Another Grim'N'Gritty Earth 2 Preview From DC

By Todd Allen DC is being a big tease about Earth 2 again.  They’ve released Jim Lee’s design sketch for the Earth 2 Batman. They also have an interesting quote in: “Who will Batman kill to save his own daughter?” asks EARTH 2 editor Pat McCallum. “Right out of the gate that should tell you […]

Françoise Mouly launches Blown Covers blog

On the “authority” scale, the idea of New Yorker cover editor Françoise Mouly launching a blog about New Yorker covers and art would rank….very high. And so Blown Covers, which she describes as a personal blog. Although it’s unafiliated with the New Yorker, she’s holding weekly themed New Yorker cover contests and is “always on the lookout for good ideas and great artists.” So yeah, this is an audition.

Daniel Johnston brings SPACE DUCKS to BOOM!

Is the world ready for a new graphic novel from outsider musician/artist Daniel Johnston?


Johnston, whose long career as a very eccentric musician was the subject of the 2006 documentary THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON, is also an avid comics reader, and this is his first GN. It comes complete with added soundtrack and app for the 360º experience. For those not familiar, Johnston is somewhere north of Wild Man Fischer and south of They Might be Giants and early Beck.

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: January 2012

By Paul O’Brien

Perhaps it’s a side effect of the decision to trim the line, but Marvel seem to have gone back to the days when each month had a small number of new launches that they could focus on properly. This month’s sole new title is SCARLET SPIDER, and the only major new miniseries is WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN: ALPHA & OMEGA. There’s also WOLVERINE #300, and the second issue of the AvX lead-in mini AVENGERS: X-SANCTION.

DC’s resurgence continued in January, as once again Marvel faced a fight to be the top publisher in the direct market. In terms of market share, it’s really too close to call; DC led in units, by 40% to 38%, while Marvel led in dollars, by 36% to 34%. On the other hand, DC swept the top ten with the fifth issues of their regular titles – some of which are selling in a different league from anything in Marvel’s range. It’s been a long time since AQUAMAN was outselling the entire Marvel line.

Thanks as always to for permission to use these figures.

Namco/Bandai launches webcomics portal: ShiftyLook

Okay, now it’s video games that are using comics to revive their dormant properties; only, fittingly, they’re using webcomics, because those are two great tastes that go great together. Clever. Namco/Bandai has launched ShiftyLook with SKY KID, by Jim Zub and Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, via UDON, and XEVIOUS by Mike Costa and Mike Norton via Cryptozoic Entertainment, with a third title imminent, as shown by a big empty spot on the website. Both are old ’80s console games long unseen.

Future comics? Valiant unveils first talking comic book cover

Well, looks like this Valiant relaunch is going to go places we’ve never gone before. The first issue of X-O Manowar will have a QR Voice Variant—”the world’s first QR code-augmented, talking comic book cover!” Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic supplies the art. On Wednesday, a preview poster will be shipped to local comic shops so you can preview the technology, which involves a QR code, a smart phone and a steady hand.