Avengers Alliance Launches on Facebook

Avengers Alliance is now live on Facebook. This is basically Mafia Wars with superheroes. You’re a SHIELD agent. You recruit superheroes (initially Iron Man, Hawkeye and the Black Widow) to go on missions with you. The story arc involves chasing around Hydra and meteorite fragments as you beat up henchmen and fight bosses like Whiplash and Viper.

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: January 2012

Beyond sweeping a perfect 10 out of the month’s Top 10 comic books, DC’s “New 52″ titles are also starting to show first signs of stabilization in January. The average “New 52″ title dropped 7.4% in sales, down from 17.4% in December and 19.6% in November.

This gives reason to be cautiously optimistic on the longer-term prospects of DC’s relaunched line. The trend should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as DC made a number of changes to its various retailer incentives in January that may be affecting sales one way or another. On Detective Comics, Batman: The Dark Knight, Superman and Aquaman, the returnability incentive was replaced with 1:25 variant-cover incentives. Batwoman, Green Lantern: New Guardians and Swamp Thing, which were promoted with a special-discount incentive from September through December, also switched to 1:25 variant-cover incentives in January. Finally, the threshold retailers were required to meet in January to qualify for returnability on the 37 titles that weren’t promoted through variant-cover or discount incentives changed from 125% of retailers’ May 2011 orders to 100% of November 2011 orders.

With this in mind, let’s wait for the February figures to see if the trend holds when incentives are equal from one month to the next.

WonderCon programming is go

The programming slate for WonderCon, being held March 16-18, has been announced:


New Avengers poster shows them in new poses

New day, new Avengers poster. This time Black Widow is face front and the character in the brokeback pose is….the Hulk? Truly, this is the dawning of a new day.

Sales chart: What's topping Apple's comics/GN iBookstore

If we’re reading this right, hitting “popular” on the Apple bookstore page for comics reveals what’s hot at that very instant, and based on the placement of AVENGERS #1 and WALKING DEAD, we’d guess this has some relationship to sales velocity—not necessarily numbers, though.

Apple launches standalone comics section of iBookstore — UPDATE

You know how we always wondered what would be the iTunes of comics? It has turned out to be iTunes. Apple has just launched a separate comics/graphic novels section for its iBookstore. It’s a full feature sub-section includes an impressive Marvel bookstore, a “Comics Page” promotions for comic strip books, a Walking Dead section, and most impressively, separate promotions for CLEVELAND by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnant and Lela Lee’s FAIRY TALES FOR ANGRY LITTLE GIRLS.

Things to buy: Steve Ditko comics

Sparkplug has a complete selection. Ditko didn’t stop drawing when he left Spider-Man, you know!

Quote of the day, Image Expo division

Anonymous Image creator on the mood at the Image Expo. It was by all account a successful weekend if only as a pep rally, with hopes for the future and independence for creators. The crowds weren’t immense, except on Saturday, but they liked what they saw.

To do: Tom Gauld on tour

With his gorgeous GOLIATH out from D&Q, Tom Gauld is embarking on a two-continent tour. UK dates are above; here’s his US schedule.

To do, NYC: Crimestoppers with Kupperman, Beaton, Conover, Segal, Conover, Hastings, etc

Comedy and comics at the Lucca Lounge. FREE. More info