The economic reality of indie comics page rates estimated Captain Canuck 2015 #3 as selling  4,634 copies in July.

Over the last year or so, there’s been an increasing amount of talk in creator circles about the low page rates being given out by independent publishers for some of the smaller books.  The last two or three years, publishers have been putting out a lot more titles than they used to and a lot […]

How To Make Crowdfunding Sustainable For Comics

Jimmy Palmiotti has been a prolific crowdfunder.

A little while back, Brian Hibbs wrote a piece involving the place of Kickstarters in the comics world that still seems to be making the rounds online.  It comes at it from the retailer angle, and as somebody who’s run a few Kickstarters, I have a few different thoughts about how crowdfunding fits into the […]

Advance Review: Black Hood #2 – Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole

The Black Hood #2

The Black Hood #2 “The Bullet’s Kiss Part Two” Duane Swierczynski: Writer Michael Gaydos: Artist Rachel Deering: Letterer Kelly Fitzpatrick: Colorist. Archie slid us an advance copy of Black Hood #2.  I understand the FOC date is today. The second issue continues the descent into madness and addiction of our titular hero, policeman Greg Hettinger, who’s inadvertently […]

Books A Million Selling Variants Online and Getting DC from Diamond


This may well spoil things for people trying to flip variants on eBay, but it looks like Books A Million will let you order (and pre-order) variant covers off their website.  And it looks like they’re expanding how many different publishers they’re getting variants from:

Dark Horse Now At Books A Million Through Diamond


The last time we talked about Books A Million and Diamond, I told you’d I’d been advised to keep an eye on Dark Horse and, sure enough, Dark Horse had disappeared off the newsstand sections at both BAM and Barnes & Noble in my area.  I popped in again today and Dark Horse did have […]

Advance Review: The Black Hood #1 – Vigilante, Not Superhero


Black Hood #1: “Bullet’s Kiss, Part One” Writer: Duane Swierczynski Artist: Michael Gaydos Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick If your point of reference for Dark Circle Comics is The Fox: Freak Magnet which Dean Haspiel did with Mark Waid, J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Cavallaro, The Black Hood is liable to shock you.  There were warnings made that […]

Marvel and Image on the Newsstand: More Details Emerging About Diamond and Books A Million

BAM's exclusive Star Wars #1 variant cover.  Oh, yes, they're part of the DM now.

When last we discussed what was going on with Diamond and Books A Million (BAM), it wasn’t entirely clear what was going on, other than there were comics on sale and they were coming from Diamond, bagged & boarded.  Interestingly, _nobody_ wanted to comment about their monthly comics being available at BAM.  Diamond would not […]

You’re Spinning an Event Out of WHAT? Sales Numbers from the Parents of Convergence and Secret Wars


Event comics are supposed to be the big sellers and pull in the widest possible audience, correct? (Key word being “supposed.”) I’m looking at the December sales estimates and scratching my head over Convergence and Secret Wars. Convergence is supposed to be spinning out of Futures End/Worlds End (and Worlds End is practically an extension […]

Advance Review – Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1, Wherein Warren Ellis Takes the Franchise in a Horror Direction


Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1 Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Colton Worley Colorist: Morgan Hickman Project Superpowers had a few different titles published by Dynamite around 2008-10.  The line is coming back in March and I’ve had an advance look at the first issue.  It was *not* what I was expecting.  In fact, I’m not entirely sure […]

One Day Early: An Ant-Man #1 Review — (Hint, If You Like Hawkeye, You Might Like This)


Ant-Man has the advance buzz as Nick Spencer’s follow-up to his sublime run on Superior Foes of Spider-Man.  That buzz is probably comparing Ant-Man to the wrong book, but this is still something in that general corner of the Marvel universe and worth your time. Superior Foes was a grand farce.  Pure comedy.  Ant-Man has […]