What's the New 52 Cancellation Threshold? Here's What the Numbers Say:

By Todd Allen

There have been some questions about what sales circumstances call for a book’s cancellation.  Now, there are factors beyond simple sales — are they paying premium rates for the creative budget, is a title selling especially well in collected editions (well… some of these titles are axed before you can get a good sense of that), are they selling exceptionally well in digital (indications from DC’s interviews on the topic are that most comics are roughly proportional to their print sales, so this likely isn’t a particularly large consideration), do they have big picture plans for the title, how fast are the sales dropping?

That said, with the advent of the “New 52,” DC has been cancelling titles in groups and replacing them with “Second Wave,” “Third Wave,” and if that trend continues we’ll have a “Fourth Wave” in January.

For the first round of cancellations (announced in January), I’ve pulled the December estimates (i.e. the most current sales estimates prior to the cancellation announcements) and the April estimates (the last issues).  For the second round (announced in June), I’ve pulled the May estimates (last estimates before announcements) and the August estimates — that’s the next to last issue for everything but Justice League International, but it’s the most current estimates we have.  Finally, I have the August estimate for the just-announced cancellation of G.I. Combat. [Read more…]

First Look: Avengers Arena #2 cover by Chris Bachalo (and Barron Storey)

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Marvel has given The Beat readers the first peak at the cover to Avengers Arena #2. The art is by Chris Bachalo.

As you’ll recall, AVENGERS ARENA is a Battle Royale homage that pits various young superheroes in a Hunger Games-like battle to the death. The first issue comes out in December. Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker are the regular team.

EDIT: as pointed out in the comments, this is an homage to the great Barron Storey’s cover for LORD OF THE FLIES:

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While I should have ponted this out earlier, I’m sure Marvel acknowledges the homage nature of this—in fact that’s why they sent it to the Beat.

BTW, as mentioned in the comments, yes this is obviously a riff on Battle Royale/Hunger Games/Lord of the Flies. Comics have always used familiar tropes, trends and genres as the basis for new series. Razorback is the one I always think of.

I, Vampire and Demon Knights are not getting canceled

Following this morning’s speculative piece on which DC New 52 titles were falling below the cancellation line, writers Paul Cornell and Joshua Hale Fialkov have issued definite rebuttals on Twitter.

Although these books are safe for now, rumblings do indicate “standard attrition” in titles, with an ongoing freshening up as old titles fade away. In other words…publishing as usual.

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2012 Shuster Award Winners

The 2012 Joe Shuster Awards, honoring the best in Canadian comics, were handed out on Saturday, September 15th at the Montreal Comic-Con. Jason Rockman and Catherine Smith-Desbiens handed out the awards–check the link for jury comments on the winners.

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Outstanding Comic Book Cover Artist / Dessinateur de couverture de bande dessinée exceptionnel

Francois Lapierre
Chroniques Sauvages
(Glenat Quebec)

The Gene Day Award for Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day de l’auto-édition
Ghost Rabbit - Dakota McFadzean

The Dragon Award – Comics for Kids / Le Prix Dragon – Bande dessinée jeunesse

Ariane et Nicolas Tome 6: Les Toiles Mysterieuses
Paul Roux

(Les 400 Coups)

Outstanding Web Comics Creator / Créateur de bande dessinée web exceptionnel

Emily Carroll
Comics 2011

Outstanding Comic Book Writer / Scénariste de bande dessinée exceptionnel

Kurtis J. Wiebe
Green Wake 1-8
The Intrepids 1-6
(Image Comics)
Logan’s Lost Lesson“/Marvel Holiday Special 2011
(Marvel Comics)

Outstanding Comic Book Artist / Dessinateur de bande dessinée exceptionnel
Stuart Immonen 
Fear Itself 1-7
Queen, King, Off-Suit“/X-Men: To Serve and Protect 4
(Marvel Comics)
Say You’re Dead“/Outlaw Territory Vol.2
(Image Comics)

Outstanding Comic Book Cartoonist / Auteur de bande dessinée exceptionnel

Ramón K Pérez
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand
(Archaia Press)
The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer / Le Prix Harry Kremer du libraire de bandes dessinées exceptionnel

Silver Snail (Toronto, ON)

New 52 Cancellation Watch – Another Purge On the Way? UPDATED

By Todd Allen

When DC released their solicitations yesterday, the dreaded words “Final Issue” were on the listing for G.I. Combat #7.  Thus far, DC has liked to cancel titles in batches and then install a new “wave” of titles.  Does this mean we’ve got some unannounced cancellations and a new batch of titles will be coming out in January?  The New York Comic Con _would_ be a good time to announce a new batch of titles, after all.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the bottom of the “New 52″ and see what’s happening… or not happening as the case may be.  We’ll also see if anything in the December solicitation sounds like a wrap up. [Read more…]

J. Torres finds some True Patriots for Canada

By Steve Morris

Wolverine, Alpha Flight, Jack Bauer, Captain Kirk: many of the most famous heroes in modern history have been Canadian. But despite that, Canada still has a reputation mainly for politeness, rather than spandex-based punching and flying. As an attempt to finally wake the world up to Canada’s innate ability to defeat supervillains, writer J. Torres is this October launching a new anthology via Indiegogo, called True Patriots.

Featuring a line-up of writers and artists including Faith Erin Hicks, Andy Belanger, Ramon Perez and J. Bone, the anthology will create and celebrate a range of new Canadian superheroes. And while some of them will be new creations, the book will also see some more familiar faces appear as well.

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Free Molly Crabapple

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Yesterday’s first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street Movement was marked with a protest and some arrests, just for old times sake. Among those arrested, cartoonist Molly Crabapple. The anxiety of her experience was somewhat dimmed by the modern phenomenon of being able to live-tweet your arrest and incarceration:
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Free Genndy Tartakovsky's Luke Cage Comic!

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While he was out junketing for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, animation genius Genndy Tartakovsky was asked about his Luke Cage miniseries for Marvel that was announced in 2007. While you would have guessed that it was just a cool idea that never got very far, Tartakovsky drops the bomb:
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Wally Wood's other 32 panels

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So apparently comics is not limited to 22 effective panels. There are 32 more. The palette of comics expression has been drastically expanded, the storytelling arsenal fully stocked. Alert the media!
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UPDATE: Uncanny X-Force brings back Bishop

Not mentioned in the launch interview, Marvel.com have established the initial hook for Sam Humphries and Ron Garney’s relaunch of X-Force: the return of Bishop.

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