Sales Charts: September was okay but has Marvel Now!’s crop rotation leeched the soil?

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It’s that time of the month where comics sales pundits analyze monthly sales. ICv2 has it’s industry standard sales estimates, and praise for how DC turned the ship around with Rebirth. Comic sales in September demonstrate just how dramatic the “Rebirth” impact on DC Comics sales has been.  A year ago, in September 2015, there […]

DC Rebirth Wave 2: Only Three Titles?

Multiple sources are reporting that DC was touting three books as their second wave of Rebirth titles at today’s retailer breakfast: the Bennett/Epting Batwoman title that was announced today, the Orlando/Reis Justice League of America title that was previously announced and… the previously MIA Super Sons? You may recall that Super Sons was announced as […]

When Jack Kirby drew Captain America saluting Adolf Hitler

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Hate and outrage have defeated love and optimism yet again.

On Monday it was suggested that Marvel had a story trick up their sleeve that would steal the spotlight from DC’s ramming-speed publicity blitz for its revamped universe and Rebirth #1.

A shocking!!! plot twist in Captain America Steve Rogers #1 that revealed Steve was really a Hydra agent all along seemed unlikely to unseat a wholesale rewriting of ten years of DC history, along with a shocking Alan Moore related plot twist.

But, today we have a genuine tweet storm and think piece blitz, all wrapped in a bow

Josh Williamson gets “Frostbite” at Vertigo and an exclusive

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Looks like DC’s Vertigo line is still alive and kicking and even announcing some new titles from exclusive creators. Joshua Williamson, sometimes known as “The man in the hoodie” has just gone exclusive with DC. In addition to writing the rebirthed adve ntures of The Flash he’s writing Frostbite, a six issue mini series from […]

The Sin City Doctrine: Are movie//TV tie-in comics the way forward for the industry?

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Yesterday Alex Zalben had a modest proposal on CBR called For Comics to Survive, They Must Align with Movies & TV and drew a lot of fire on comics twitter. The piece starts out pointing out how DC dropped the ball by not having a Supergirl comic to come out with the Supergirl TV show but unfolds it as a tarp to cover much of the Big Two publishing strategy:

Are we seeing the twilight of the “Big Two”?

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We’ve been keeping an eye on threats of eroding comics sales that may spell trouble ahead for the comics industry, and it isn’t just Brian Hibbs any more. Big Bang Comics in Dublin, Ireland went on a tweet-storm yesterday criticizing not only DC’s anemic relaunch but Marvel’s increasingly tepid flood of titles no one is […]

FIGHT! Tony Isabella vs Best American Comics, Heidi MacDonald and Derf Backderf

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Please note the “FIGHT!” title is a joke—Tony is a wonderful human being, and we’re just having a good old fashioned argument, like friends do. But this is the internet and we must ratchet up the appearance of conflict so….

Will 2016 be bleh, meh, or somewhere in between for comics sales?

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2015 was a great year for comics, but comics sales were generally up in single digits, which is not a bad thing, but less growth than before. There have been many “storm on the horizon” type analyses, with Todd Allen summing up many of the existing risk factors. Recently retailer Brian Hibbs served up a heaping […]

The Beat Podcasts!: More to Come – Supergirl Power

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In this week’s podcast, the More to Come Crew – The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss the new Supergirl tv show and writing to appeal to female audiences, The New York Review of Books opening a comics publishing imprint, Attack On Titan and what its lack of American press […]