Bob Wayne has not left comics yet

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The end of DC Entertainment’s east coast presence also signaled the end of svp of sales Bob Wayne’s fabled career at the publisher, as one of the stewards of the entire direct sales market. You couldn’t name a person in the history of the industry who’s had more influence over what comics are sold and how they are sold. Prodigal circ man James Sokolowski was hired at DC (away from Archie) to run the DM end of things, but I’m sure “Ski” would be the first to admit he can only be the “first Ski” and not the “next Bob.”

As I’ve noted many times before, Wayne was particularly beloved of the comics retailing community, and his absence at the recent C2E2 Diamond retailer breakfast would have been a painful reminder of his departure.

Mike Marts departs Marvel for startup Aftershock Comics

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The timing may have nothing to do with last week’s Twilight of DC’s office, but Marvel Comics Executive Editor Mike Marts leaving a post where he was clearly being groomed for big things to go to a START-UP, is an interesting comment on the state of the American comics industry. Marts confirmed on Twitter that he was leaving Marvel for AfterShock Comics, a new venture with writer Joe Pruett. Deadline has more details. Pruett has written X-Men titles for Marvel. Marts was working on various high profile titles including Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men comics. Marts will become Editor-in-Chief of Aftershock comics after pingponging back between MArvel and Dc for a career that started in 1996.

Andy Khouri joins DC as Editor

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Today is my first day as an Editor at DC Comics. I’m very happy and excited and looking forward to hearing what you guys think of my books. — Andy Khouri (@andykhouri) March 2, 2015 It’s official. Welcome to #DCKHOMICS A photo posted by Andy Khouri (@andykhouri) on Mar 2, 2015 at 1:09pm PST There […]

Andy Liegl and Matthew Klein join Valiant sales team

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Valiant Comics has added Andy Liegl, formerly of Boom! and Matthew Klein formerly of Forbidden planet to its marketing team, joining Sales Manager Atom! Freeman, Publishing & Operations Manager Peter Stern, Director of Marketing, Communications & Digital Media Hunter Gorinson, and Publisher Fred Pierce in that end of the company. Tom Brennan recently joined the editorial side.

Twilight Zone Has a New Ongoing Series

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In January, Dynamite will be launching The Twilight Zone: Shadow and Substance, a new ongoing series based on Rod Serling’s classic TV anthology.  

Archie Vs… Predator?

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And you thought Archie Meets The Punisher was out there.  Never let it be said that the folks at Archie Comics were afraid of thinking outside the box.  This time around, they’re huddling with Dark Horse for a Spring Release of Archie Meets Predator.  Yes, Predator.  Like the movie.  In this case, like the first Predator movie, since […]

The World’s Most Evil Button Returns – Smiley the Psychotic Button

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One of more unusual characters in the Chaos! Comics line is Smiley the Psychotic Button, a button that’s a bit more than a clothing accessory for Evil Ernie.  It’s also a demonic sidekick.  In January, Dynamite will be releasing a one-shot to give the button’s origin in the new Chaos! universe.  The special is written […]

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Down Town Coming in Spring 2015

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I think we can give Jim Butcher his comic book street cred.  It’s one thing for an author to allow adaptions of their work.  It’s an entirely different thing when the author co-writes three new adventures for the comics medium.  And that’s what Butcher is doing.

Nancy Collins On an Older Red Sonja in Vulture’s Circle

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In 2015, Dynamite will be celebrating their 10th year of publishing Red Sonja comics and will starting the anniversary off with Red Sonja Vulture’s Circle, a mini-series co-written by Nancy A. Collins and Luke Lieberman, with art by Fritz Casas. This mini-series will be set a bit in the characters future,  “where the older heroine […]

Archie’s Dark Circle Line Gives Out A Little More Info

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Archie’s Dark Circle imprint continues to slowly dole out details on their new line.  The latest announcements were adding David Williams as artist on The Shield and Jose Villarrubia joining Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid on The Fox, presumably as color artist.  They also unveiled the Francesco Francavilla promotional art piece you’ll see on the left of this page.

Todd McFarlane Passing Spawn Over To Brian Wood

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Todd McFarlane will be wrapping up his current run on Spawn with issue #250, due out in January and then it will be time to shake up the book a bit. McFarlane told USA Today that February will see of Spawn Resurrected  #1 by the team of Brian Wood and Jonboy Meyers.  It will also see the return of […]

Corey Murphy joins Image Comics

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Corey Murphy, formerly of Laughing Ogre,  has joined Image as director of retail sales and will be working with comics shops on retail issues. Image hasn’t had anyone on staff to deal with this specific job function in a little bit, but obviously it’s a huge growth area for them. I don’t know Murphy personally, but […]

Graphicly Folds – Will Creators be Paid What They’re Owed?

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This week saw digital comic publisher Graphicly announce that they have been acquired by Blurb, a book publisher who will be subsequently folding the comics section of Graphicly. The question, however, is if the move means that the many creators – self-publishers and small-press – who used Graphicly will be paid the money that the […]

Gaiman Returns To Marvel With Angela (Formerly of Spawn)

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I think we can finally throw some dirt on the coffin of the Neil Gaiman – Todd McFarlane lawsuit.  The New York Times has announced that Gaiman’s Angela character (created for Spawn with Todd McFarlane, back in 1992), one of the objects of dispute, has moved over to Marvel.  Nothing says “the legal battle is over” like […]

Interview: Gail Simone on Writing Red Sonja For Dynamite

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Gail Simone isn’t exclusive at DC any more.  She’s picked up her first non-DC/Marvel title in a loooooong time in the form of a new Red Sonja series from Dynamite, set to launch in July.

Geoff Johns to Conclude His Green Lantern Run with issue #20

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After ten years working on the character, and reigniting one of DC’s struggling titles into one of their most popular franchises, Geoff Johns has announced that he will be leaving the world of Green Lantern with the giant-sized issue #20 in May.