DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: July 2013 – The Ring Bling


Breaking: Comics retailers will buy any old rubbish.

The direct market is a peculiar distribution channel, and it has its hang-ups. One of the more peculiar aspects of this arrangement is how at every level — publishing, retail and consumer — its users fail singularly and incessantly to exercise or even realize their ability to help shape the market in such a way as to better serve their interests, while simultaneously bemoaning the situation that results.

That time that comics didn’t die


For some reason, this post I wrote in February 2012 popped up on my feed; it was called Comics Crisis: Doujinshi Nation and at the time, people seemed to think that Gary Friedrich’s loss in his Ghost Rider suit—and Marvel’s subsequently telling him he owed them $17,000 for selling unauthorized Ghost Rider merch was viewed […]

IDW nabs three for marketing: Morehead, Henning, and Schweitzer


IDW has had some comings and going in the marketing department over the last year or so, but they look to have filled the open position, and raised it two, by hiring THREE seemingly bright eyed and bushy tailed new folks. Rosalind Morehead , formerly of Mad Catz, will be Marketing & PR Manager. Diamond’s Kate Henning has been hired as Manager of Sales Operations.

Highlights from Canada’s Biggest Show Fan Expo


Canada’s largest comic-con Fan Expo broke some records this year, with well over 100,000 attendees and 900 retailers, artists and exhibitors descending upon Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre. Roughly about the same size of New York Comic Con this year it occupied both buildings for the first time. The significance of the Canadian market was not […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, August 29, 2013: Gitty-up Daddy


§ Top news today! The city of Scottsdale, AZ, hopes to erect a statue in tribute to cartoonist Bil Keane who was a citizen of the town. While you’d think a statue dedicated to the artist Family Circus might include a diorama of footsteps strewn across a park, this one will feature a 9×7 bronze statue of Keane with the four Family Circus kids riding him like a pony. Hopefully this statue does not have a “torture variant.” The above photos are artist’s renditions.