RIP: Bhob Stewart

RIP: Bhob Stewarthttp://ift.tt/1c5WAoV Tweet Pioneering comics journalist Bhob Stewart has passed away after a lingering illness. His website is here, but tributes are piling up on his FB page. Stewart was one of the very first “fan” writers who was a writer first and a fan later, and was hugely influential in helping many people […]

Sad news for MoCCA Fest attendees: Baoguette has closed

Sad news for MoCCA Fest attendees: Baoguette has closedhttp://ift.tt/1hcvlIO Tweet While walking around the ‘hood recently, I’d been noticing that Baoguette, the gourmet banh mi outpost on Lexington opposite the Armory, was ominously closed; today the construction notices and lack of signs made it final: Baoguette is no more. Opened in 2009 or so by […]

Bookscan 2013: kids and zombies ruled the charts

Bookscan 2013: kids and zombies ruled the chartshttp://ift.tt/1fnJkGH Tweet It’s that time of year! SF retailer Brian Hibbs has released his annual analysis of the Bookscan 2013 sales charts. This chart is subscriber only, so technically this is a leak, so if you want to download your own version of the top selling 750 graphic […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: Paul Gravett interview special

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: Paul Gravett interview specialhttp://ift.tt/Yg2pXO Tweet Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s interview special,  Heidi MacDonald interviews leading British comics journalist and historian Paul Gravett, nicknamed “The Man […]

Joyful Shigeru Mizuki

Joyful Shigeru Mizukihttp://ift.tt/1cjT8S7 Tweet Just in case anyone has the Monday Blues … here’s Shigeru Mizuki in a wig for you. http://ift.tt/1fCfX7R — Zack Davisson (@ZackDavisson) February 17, 2014 Shigeru Mizuki was born in 1924, meaning he is 90 years old. He served in World War Ii for Japan and lost his left arm in […]

Sad news for MoCCA Fest attendees: Baoguette has closed

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While walking around the ‘hood recently, I’d been noticing that Baoguette, the gourmet banh mi outpost on Lexington opposite the Armory, was ominously closed; today the construction notices and lack of signs made it final: Baoguette is no more. Opened in 2009 or so by celebrity chefs Michael Huynh and Thao Nguyen, Baoguette’s sandwiches led […]

Disney heroically attempting to blow the brains out of zombie Stan Lee Media

Disney heroically attempting to blow the brains out of zombie Stan Lee Mediahttp://ift.tt/1liH1g8 Tweet I’ve been doing this daily comics news thing for 11 years, more or less, and if there is one thing which has remained consistent throughout those 11 years of comics industry tumult, it’s Stan Lee Media suing someone or something. I […]

Bookscan 2013: kids and zombies ruled the charts

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It’s that time of year! SF retailer Brian Hibbs has released his annual analysis of the Bookscan 2013 sales charts. This chart is subscriber only, so technically this is a leak, so if you want to download your own version of the top selling 750 graphic novels of the year, go here.

Now, as we all know, Bookscan IS NOT 100% of GN sales, even in bookstores. The numbers do not includes comics shop sales, and are billed as 85% of books sold in regular bookstore outlets. While Walmart has been added to the outlets reporting, I’d hazard a guess that those numbers are still low, as they do not include library sales, book clubs and so on.

However, as I always say, these numbers do provide a metric. These are the books that sold in the stores that report to Bookscan, and while they should not be taken as final totals, they do provide a glimpse.

On the Scene: A night with G. Willow Wilson at Word

On the Scene: A night with G. Willow Wilson at Wordhttp://ift.tt/1hOr6Wt Tweet Last night I made the epic journey* to Jersey City to host a talk with G. Willow Wilson at the Word bookstore. This shop opened a few months ago and has a healthy interest in graphic novels. The event was the biggest they’ve […]