Where's the Situation? Not at Wizard World Chicago

A few months ago there was a bit of fanfare—and tanning oil—when it was announced that Jersey Shore cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and his family would be writing a comic for Wizard World, and appearing at various shows on the tour.


Chris Ware persuades D&Q to publish a collection of teen girl mag Rookie

Mystery of the week: Literary comics mainstay D&Q is suddenly getting into prose with 15-year-old Tavi Gevinson’s ‘Rookie Yearbook One’ , a collection of the popular online magazine for teenage girls? With a company-high 40k first printing? Who? How? Why? All this is shocking enough. But here’s the stunning drawing room reveal: it was Chris Ware’s idea! What th–? Will Ware’s unnamed one-legged protagonist suddenly be modeling Fit-Flops?


Nice art: HAWKEYE #2 and the sweet archery of David Aja

Stately Beat Manor approves of David Aja art. Click for larger images.

HAWKEYE #2, written by Matt Fraction with art and cover by Aja, goes on sale September 5.


Survey: Digital book readers buying more print books

A couple of new surveys reveal some interesting book buying trends. In the bad news category, weekly sales are down 32% from 2011but that’s mostly due to last summer’s Borders sell off, Publishers Weekly reports.


Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: June 2012

by Paul O’Brien

The AVENGERS VS X-MEN crossover continued to dominate Marvel’s schedule in June, but the month also saw another high profile release – the SPIDER-MEN miniseries, in which the original Spider-Man meets the new Ultimate Universe version of the character. The Icon imprint also launches a HIT-GIRL miniseries. And other than that, it’s a pretty quiet month for new releases, as often tends to be the case in the height of major crossovers.

Despite the sales boost from the summer crossover, it was a very close month in terms of market share in the North American direct market, with DC leading Marvel in unit terms by 38.2% to 37.8%, but Marvel leading in retail share by 33.8% to 33.0%. Effectively a tie, then. DC’s performance can be attributed in large part to all four BEFORE WATCHMEN titles landing in the top 10 with estimated sales of over 100K each.


Brian Posehn writing the new Deadpool series?

Marvel’s newest teaser is for Deadpool, suggesting the new creative team will be comedian Brian Posehn, writer Gerry Duggan, and artist Tony Moore.


Studio Coffee Run: Eccleston to hinder Thor; Prometheus 2?

Thor has found a villain and he’s the king of the elves! What is this mysterious Avengers spin-off that Disney is kicking around? And what’s this about a Prometheus SEQUEL?


How to get a copy of the Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1 Collectors Edition

Color Scott Pilgrim is coming.

It was available at Comic-Con. And soon it will be available on-line. Soon meaning August 8th.

But to get the very rare Collector’s Editions (which includes the Evil Edition, along with all the sweet merch mentioned below and pictured above, like coins and prints and patches) you must watch and wait. And then crash the server, probably. Here are the details:


Yes, there is a new Doctor Who trailer

And here it is. DALEKS.