2012’s Best Selling Graphic Novels — The Individual Store Version

201212131654.jpg‘Tis the season for what the bestsellers of the previous year were.  And with it comes the annual opportunity to illustrate that tastes can be regional and different shops sell different titles.  Here’s the graphic novel edition of this phenomenon.   We’ll start out with Diamond’s top 10 list for graphic novels and then contrast it with the top 25-ish lists from three well-known Direct Market shops. [Read more…]

Women to enter a comic shop on Big Bang Theory

Dear lord.

It all happens this Thursday. That’s one small step for a woman…


Marvel’s Next Big Thing: Fearless Defenders with Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney

Marvel’s Next Big Thing is…. Fearless Defenders! Which launches in February from Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney. We’ve already given you a look at how this Valkyrie-starring book got started, and you can expect a few more insights over the next few weeks. Tease!

But tonight Marvel offered the comics press a chat with Bunn and Sliney, along with editor Ellie Pyle. They also revealed the fourth member of the team – Hippolyta. Huh? Read on.

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Diamond announces top comics for 2012: The Walking Dead, Marvel and Batman

Walking Dead 100Diamond released its preliminary year-end data for 2012 today, and it wasn’t a big surprise. THE WALKING DEAD #100 was the top-selling comic of the year, and the first WALKING DEAD trade topped the GN charts. Marvel was the top publisher over DC.

Sales were up for the year; even graphic novels, which had lagged at times because of the Borders debacle, ended up in double-digit points over 2011. Comics sales overall were up nearly 15%—a healthy growth margin that reflects all the good things we’e been talking about.

Aside from The THE WALKING DEAD, all the top ten books were Avengers and/or X-Men related. In the graphic novel charts, THE WALKING DEAD ruled the roost, with Days Gone Bye coming in at #1 for the third year in a row. Two Batman volumes snuck in—Earth One and Court of Owls—and the top 10 was rounded off by a book by perennial best seller mainstay Alan Moore, the LOEG Century #3 2009.

“2012 was a terrific year for comic books and graphic novels,” remarked Diamond CEO Steve Geppi. “Our publishers did a tremendous job of creating compelling storylines that comic book fans wanted to see — from Marvel’s Avengers vs. X-Men followed by its Marvel NOW! titles later in the year to DC’s powerful New 52 ongoing titles. Add in Dark Horse Comics’ horror line-up, IDW’s My Little Pony and Image Comics’ creator-driven hits and it was quite a year. In addition, I would like to mention what a wonderful job comic shop retailers did in 2012, by continuing to establish a great environment that readers and fans want to come and visit.”

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Phil Noto joins Thunderbolts, and The Punisher gets Romantic

Marvel have released a full teaser image – brings you back to those heady days before one-word teasers, sweet memories – for Daniel Way’s Thunderbolts series, revealing Phil Noto as the artist for the second arc. It also reveals Punisher getting a special lapdance from Elektra.

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Stan and Jack seen together c. 1964

One of the holy grails of the blogosphere (at least this blogosphere) has been a picture of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby together to run whenever one of those “Stan did this” or “They made another movie based on Jack Kirby’s characters” comes up. Up until now, this semi-obscured photo from a San Diego Inkpots banquet was the only thing we had:

Although Stan looks like the Stan of today, you can hardly see him behind Jim Steranko’s hair—admittedly a common hazard.

Thanks to Marvel: The Untold Story author Sean Howe, however, many more photos of the Stan and Jack duo have been put online—and at the height of their powers. Here’s one: Stan Lee, age 42, and Jack Kirby, age 48.


That would be 1964 just when things were taking off—the duo had just co-created Spider-Man, the Avengers, the FF, the X-Men, The Hulk, and Iron Man. Wow. This Stan is hardly recognizable, however: a receding hairline, meaty chin, and lack of aviator sunglasses as effective as disguise as Batman’s cowl. The Stan we know and love is a product of the second half of his life—which began when he was nearing 50. So rebranding can be done later in life, if you have the verve and longevity of a Stan.

As for Kirby…well, looking at photos from his entire life, it’s pretty clear, he was always Jack Kirby. And always will be.

Brian Wood and Oliver Coipel on new X-Men series in April?

It seems so! Marvel have released another one of their one-word teasers today, although this one is less of a word and more of an initialism. This April, Marvel will be releasing what appears to be an X-Men book, written by Brian Wood and drawn by Oliver Coipel.

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The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2013 Edition, Part Four

Oh yeah it’s the final countdown, as industry professionals from every walk of life pick out the biggest stories an dpersonalities of 2012 and look ahead to what’s in store for 2013, with plenty of news and art sneak peeks strewn along the way. Perviously: Part One, Part Two, Part Three

BTW, if you count up all the “biggest story of 2012” answers, the most votes went to one partricular story: Karen Berger leaving Vertigo. It was truly the end of an era of comics.

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Corsetto and Sterling craft original Adventure Time graphic novel

Adventure Time comics have been a huge hit for Boom Studios, with variant covers by a who’s who of indie ad animation stars as eagerly sought after as the latest Alex Roos variant. And the franchise has shown enough legs to warrant a stand alone original graphic novel by Danielle Corsetto and Zack Sterling. The cover is by Stephanie Gonzaga.

Adventure Time Vol. 1: Playing With Fire will be released in the kid-friendly manga size trade paperback and focused on the Flame Princess going on her first adventure with Jake and Finn.

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New ASTRONAUT ACADEMY: REENTRY serialized online

Dave Roman’s Astronaut Academy is coming back in a second graphic novel this year, called Astronaut Academy, and First Second is running it as a webcomic prior to the book release.

A fast paced manga-inspired comedy about the adventures and romances at a school for young space-farers, ASTRONAUT ACAEDMY stars a student named Hakata Soy. The story line involves some sinister romance:

{S}omething is stalking the halls of Astronaut Academy, impersonating everyone’s crush-objects and making off with their extra hearts!  How can the students continue to learn (and have crazy adventures, sometimes having to do with bears, dinosaurs, and/or spelling bees) when they’re too woozy to get out of bed?  Will Hakata Soy be able to save the day even in his weakened state?  And isn’t eating peoples’ hearts kind of gross? 

 A new page of the comic—which is all ages—will be published every weekday, with the book due in May. First Second has been using the webcomic prior to print model with numerous books, including Faith Erin Hicks Friends with Boys and Mark Siegel’s Sailor Twain.