John Jackson Miller has posted the May sales estimates over at Comic Chronicles and, my but May was a healthy month for comics. Miller reports several records were set in May, at least in terms of Diamond exclusivity era. (This would have been an alarmingly low sales month in 1990.)
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A fantastic launch for Dynamite’s Shadow relaunch snags them the number one spot for indie books this month, while Walking Dead just pips Saga to the second spot, by less than 50 copies. A little further down Fanboys vs Zombies, Star Wars Boba Fett is Dead and America’s Got Powers get off to very strong starts.
We had a very interesting comments section last month, with Ed Brubaker and Brian Wood amongst others commenting that the figures reported here are quite far below what the actual sales are. The general consensus seems to be that actual sales are at least 10-20% higher than reported, which makes sense when you account for reorders and foreign sales. I considered adding a percentage to the figures here, but I think that’s likely to make these already estimated figures utterly meaningless, so I’ll stick with the ICv2 figures for the moment. However, if a creator or publisher would like to contribute completed figures, I’m happy to consider including them, as I’m doing with Fatale #1 this month.
Renowned French comic artist Jacques Tardi, a genius of the French bandes dessinées, offers up his US debut “Manhattan,” along with three other tales of the Big Apple written by Benjamin Legrand and Dominique Grange.
There are several artists on here who show in spades that design is not their strong suit. Or their biker suit.
DC’s September solicitations confirm the demise of Resurrection Man, decommissioning of Captain Atom, disbanding of Justice League International and leaves Voodoo VooDONE
At iFanboy, Josh Flanagan brings up an issue that we often mention at BarCon:Are There Any Superstar Comic Artists Left?:
There’s some debate, at least in the comment sections, on whether or not DC is going to cut 4 books after announcing 4 new ones and keep their line at “The New 52.” It looks like there will be at least 2 cuts. Captain Atom has joined Justice League International in the comic book afterlife.
While laid up with medical issues that preclude him doing serious writing, Kurt Busiek has set up a Formspring account, and, as you could extrapolate from reading his calm, well-reasoned* answers here at The Beat, there’s lots of info:
For all you number crunchers, here’s Diamond’s Top 20 publishers shares for May 2012, as well as links to the other charts for the month.
The seemingly tireless WOMANTHOLOGY organizer and artist Renae De Liz is in the hospital with a serious infection, her husband Ray Dillon reports: