Baseball, Comic-Cons, and Paying Volunteers

Minimum Wage

Yesterday The Mary Sue published an article suggesting that for-profit comic-cons could be violating federal labor law by not paying minimum wage to workers improperly classified as volunteers. However, a recent case involving Major League Baseball shows how ReedPop and other commercial comic-con ventures could beat the tag.

Ross Richie Wants to Push #ComicsForward (so I’m giving some direction)


Last month, via the BOOM! Studios PR mailing list, I received a letter, containing a copy of a guest editorial by Ross Richie, CEO and founder. You can read it here.  Go ahead… I’ll wait. Here’s his reason for doing this: We know where we’ve been—our favorite eras, our favorite characters, our favorite runs. We already know […]

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 […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: 2014 in Comics

More to come 2014

Brought to you by Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald! In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew discuss the big stories of 2014 month by month, including gains and growing pains in the […]

The Retailer’s View // Top Sellers and Bottom Dwellers


A couple of news bits and a personal announcement to tackle this week, so let’s get right to it. MILLION AIRS About a week ago, Marvel started to make a big deal over Star Wars #1 eclipsing 1,000,000 pre-orders from various retail outlets. While the company hinted at some of this quantity coming from less traditional […]

Gotham Greets the Justice League

Justice League NYC logo

On Friday New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio met with protestors to discuss their demands for police reform after the shocking death of Eric Garner and the controversial grand jury decision that followed. The name of the activists’ organization will sound familiar to any comics fan: Justice League NYC. That this prominent group of social […]