C2E2014: Day Two: Saturday

So my goal today, after a scant five hours of sleep, was to stroll Artist Alley and find some cool stuff.

Oh, and attend Jimmy Palmiotti’s panel.  More on that below… [Read more…]

C2E2: Marvel Announce ‘The Legendary Star Lord’

Marvel continue to roll out announcements today, with the news that Sam Humphries and Paco Medina will be the creative team for an ongoing Star Lord series. Following the exploits of the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy (and star of the upcoming movie), the series will see him fighting the good fight off – and, it looks, on – Earth.

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Amazon removes ability to buy comics through Comixology app to cut out Apple

201404261559.jpgWith Comixology’s acquisition by Amazon, the number 1 digital comics app is now but a pawn in the larger Kaiju battle of Amazon, Apple, Google and so on. And as many predicted, the first victim of this has been the ability to actually BUY digital comics through Comixology’s ipad and iphone apps.

Amazon does not allow any of its products to be sold through their ioS Kindle app, to avoid paying Apple the 30% cut that they charge for in-app purchases. When the Amazology deal went through, this is one of the first things that people thought would change, and yo diggity, on their tumblr Comixology has announced that this is the case. They are changing both iPhone and iPad apps to remove in app purchases.

We have introduced a new comiXology iPhone and iPad Comics App and are retiring the old one. iPhone and iPad users will now buy comics on comixology.com and download to the app. All your purchased books will be readable in the new app once you’ve downloaded it and taken the following steps:

If you don’t have a comiXology account, go to comiXology.com to create one, or create one in the original Comics app!
In the original Comics app, log into your comiXology account.
Sync your in-app purchases to your comiXology account by tapping the Restore button on the Purchases tab.
Download the new comiXology app. This will be your new home downloading and reading comics.
Start shopping on comiXology.com. New web purchases will appear in the “In Cloud” tab in our new app.
If you have comics downloaded in the old app, no problem! You can continue to read them there without re-downloading to the new app.

Last, but not least, to thank our loyal customers and ease this transition, we are offering a $5 eGift Card credit to all those who have purchased through the comiXology platform in the past. This credit will be automatically applied throughout the day to those accounts who are eligible and all of those eligible have 30 days to purchase books with that credit. Enjoy!

$5! When you’re owned by a 8000 lb gorilla with no worries about profits you can do things like this.

This news just dropped and Twitter is exploding. More to come!

BTW, there is suddenly some concern on The Street about Amazon and its lack of profitability. Even though sales continue to rise, the profit margin is wafer-thin. Some see pieces like this as simple East Coast jealousy…others as the start of greater scrutiny.

UPDATE: Oh here is the workaround to add the Comixology web store 00 where you can still make purchases — to your Apple device.

C2E2: DiDio – Only half the teams for September are set

by David Nieves

One of the key events in Chicago this weekend is all about the people who sell comics. The DC midwest retailer summit was once again held right before C2E2. Dan DiDio gave his usual passionate speech about the industry and DC Entertainment’s product. But he did address the concerns from retailers about not having the creative teams set for this year’s September event. None of the Futures End one shots, in September, have creative teams listed and DiDio answered that was because they don’t have all the information. Only about half the teams have been confirmed and DC didn’t want half the solicits to end up being wrong. He argued that having the books solicited five months in advance will do that, even saying that sometimes books three months out don’t have the final creative team.

Dan also talked about the problems behind last year’s 3D covers. DC destroyed 125,000 copies due to “blurry” proofs and some had cover dimples due to heating issues in production. He assured everyone that those problems were fixed. Heating will be set lower during the process and the blur issue was resolved by lowering the number of lines on the cover.  DC will have gif files of every cover for retailers to view before the May 27th order deadline. 

With Batman’s 75th anniversary landing on the Wednesday of Comic Con International, DC has plans to make it a huge event. A free Batman promo comic will be out just before the craziness of the show starts. It will be available for all retailers to order. San Diego will also see the replica Joker face from Death of The Family sold at the Graphitti Designs booth with an MSRP of $30. This will be something only available during SDCC. Otherwise, fans will only be able to purchase this in the Death of The Family set (mask and book) at retail for $50 

C2E2: The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier

Two issues of Uncanny X-Men will tie into the big Original Sin event at Marvel this year – issues #23 and #24. Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Chris Bachalo will be the creative team for the two-part story, which will reveal the last will and testament of poor old dead Charlie X.

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C2E2: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm

Marvel are kicking off a weekend of announcements today with news about some Original Sin tie-ins. The main Original Sin series will see The Watcher get shot up something rotten, his eyeballs getting ripped out, and everybody finding out deep and dark secrets which previously only Uatu knew about. It’s like superhuman wikileaks, basically. And amongst the tie-ins has just been announced a five-issue miniseries from Jason Aaron, Simone Bianchi, Al Ewing, and Lee Garbett: Loki and Thor: The Tenth Realm.

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Go, Look: We Are Comics


The last few weeks have been, as ever, hopelessly rough on female creators, critics, and fans. Following an article in which writer Janelle Asselin critiqued a cover of Teen Titans and pointed out that Wonder Girl’s breasts were drawn as big – if not bigger than – her head, Asselin has been receiving threats and insults on a daily basis. These have ranged from disagreements right on through to threats of violence, rape, and other horrors. It’s been awful.

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C2E2014: Day One: Wait… It’s Only Friday‽

Oh man… I need to start cross-training before doing a show like this!  It will wear you down!  But I will soldier on!  For COMICS!  (One second while I play the Tom Joad monologue for inspiration….  ahh…) [Read more…]