Elfquest is back…at Boing Boing

Boing Boing, the blog that made blogging cool, is publishing its first ongoing SFf comic…and it’s the venerable indie comics classic Elfquest! Starting Monday, Boing-Boing will serialize an all new Elfquest story by creators Richard and Wendy Pini:

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Indie Month-to-Month Sales July 2012


By Paul Mellerick

For a rare change we get the number one book this month, as Walking Dead #100 breaks records all over the place. Saga and Buffy are still doing decent numbers, while the third Valiant relaunch, Bloodshot does very well too. Elsewhere, Adventure Time and the Trek / Who crossover continue to punch above their weight, while new licensed Transformers and Crow titles launch strongly for IDW.


145 indie books charted this month, up on last month’s 135. The bottom book sold 4,187, up on last month’s 3,302. They sold approximately 1,717,229, up on last month’s 1,344,491, the difference being almost entirely made up of Walking Dead #100. Average sales are 11,842 per book, also up on last month’s 9,959, but without Walking Dead it would have been 9,448. As usual, UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.


Out of the 145 books, 27 went up in sales, a little less than last month, and 90 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts.


Unsurprisingly Image are number one again this month of the indie publishers, with a whopping 9.42% dollar share and a 9.39 market share, IDW with 6.61% dollar share and 4.51% market share, Dark Horse with a 4.51% dollar share and a 3.49% market share (weirdly identical to last month), Dynamite with a 2.77% dollar share and a 2.64% market share and Boom with 1.38% dollar share and 1.30% market share.


Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.


1, 70. The Walking Dead (Image) 
07/2007: The Walking Dead #39 - 22,487
07/2008: The Walking Dead #50 - 27,691
07/2009: The Walking Dead #63 - 24,001
07/2010: The Walking Dead #75 - 33,079
07/2011: The Walking Dead #87 - 32,126  
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%)
11/2011: The Walking Dead #91 - 31,813 (+0.1%)
12/2011: The Walking Dead #92 - 31,496 (-0.1%)
01/2012: The Walking Dead #93 - 31,596 (+0.1%)
02/2012: The Walking Dead #94 - 32,361 (+2.4%)
03/2012: The Walking Dead #95 - 33,916 (+4.8%)
04/2012: The Walking Dead #96 - 36,931 (+8.9%)
05/2012: The Walking Dead #97 - 53,733 (+45.5%)
05/2012: The Walking Dead #98 - 49,974 (54,073)(+0.6%)
06/2012: The Walking Dead #99 - 55,710 (+3.0%)
07/2012: The Walking Dead #100 - 366,051 (+557.1%)

An unbelievable sales achievement, the best selling black and white title in at least twenty years, and the best selling indie title since Darkness #11 some 13 years ago. Obviously the book had 8 regular covers, and the chromium cover sold a further 30,969 copies at $9.99 each, which I’ve included in the total above. Surprisingly none of the collections chart in the top ten, but that’s as much due to other strong releases, and all of the softcover collections chart at some point in the 300. [Read more…]

Archaia is back at Diamond

Via a statement today, Archaia is back at Diamond, after a one year stint with PGW. Although leaving Diamond Books is a popular move for some comics publishers—especially those with a strong graphic novel presence for the book market—several of them have also come back. The bookstore market is a harsh mistress, what with returns and all.

“Archaia’s titles have always appealed to a wide range of audiences, including both traditional comic readers and non-comic readers, and we are excited to bring our library to as wide an audience as possible,” said PJ Bickett, Archaia’s President and CEO. “By expanding our relationship with Diamond in the direct market to include their knowledgeable sales expertise within the book trade, we can look forward to introducing our titles to new segments of the marketplace who may currently be unfamiliar with our library. Our creators are among the best and brightest in the industry, and their work deserves to be appreciated by fans of the medium, and fans of good storytelling, around the world.”

“We are very pleased Archaia has expanded our relationship and entrusted us once again with their key book trade business,” said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing Bill Schanes. “As a book distributor, our key focus is on graphic novels and we look forward to working with Archaia to expand their sales and promote their best-selling line of graphic novels.”

A Little Adventure Time

You don’t always have to think big when you decide to be awesome. When an artist named Oviot decided to pay tribute to Adventure Time, she elected to do so on the smallest scale imaginable. And when I say small, I’m talking about… ooh, around 1cm. Incredibly, she’s rendered miniature figurines of Finn, Jake, and even a Rainicorn from clay, with each piece standing only about one centimetre tall. And now, she shares them with you:

Can you even imagine how steady her hands must be in order to paint something so small? Clearly, she is made of the sternest stuff imaginable. You can find more of her art on her Tumblr.

The 2012 Joe Shuster Awards poster revealed

Up at the official blog, the poster for the 2012 Joe Shuster Awards has been unveiled, a design by Tyrone Biljan as an homage to Expo ’67 posters. The awards, presented to the best in Canadian comics, will be given out during the Montreal Comic-Con:

Palais des congrès de Montréal / Montreal Convention Centre
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle Montréal, QC H2Z 1H5

SAT. SEPT. 15th @ 7:30 PM in Room/Salon 511AB




and here’s the original:


Inappropriate touching and stalking roundup

In light of recent stalkerish stories, two incidents from last weekend’s PAX video game show, make for disturbing readings.

While it occurred at an event that wasn’t officially affiliated with PAX, the incident recalled by female video game blogger Kyle is perhaps given away by her blog post title: Boundaries and The Penis Incident: [Read more…]

Dragon*Con founder once again facing sex charges

Ed Kramer remains a shadowy figure in the fandom community. The founder of Dragon*Con, which has morphed into an adult fantasy fair of costuming and (sometimes) more, he’s also an accused sex offender, charged with molesting two teenaged boys who stayed over at his house 12 years ago. A new piece in Atlanta Magazine profiles Kramer and reveals that he’s been successfully battling those charges for all 12 years by pretending to be too ill to go to trial—so successfully that he was able to go to Connecticut and get access to another 14-year-old boy:
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Wonder Woman smokes and looks sultry in Trouble Magazine

Sultry photos of a loungey Wonder Woman accompany Julie Ditrich’s story on Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, with an emphasis on Marston’s pre-50 Shades interest in bondage, domination and having more than one wife—all interests which seeped into the pages of WONDER WOMAN.
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Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's Nemo: Heart of Ice cover revealed

What’s this — a new book in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen-verse? Yes, in a new book by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill called NEMO: HEART OF ICE. the website for the store Gosh! has details of the 48-page hardcover, which is due in February:
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