Indie Month-to-Month Sales July 2014: Let’s Kill Archie

By Chris Rice

Death of ArchieA few interesting new entries this month, headed by, of all things, The Death of Archie! That’s joined by Rick Remender’s new book Low, and a pair of new Doctor Who books become Titan’s biggest selling comics yet. Lots of books not charting this month for reasons explained below.

Marvel went a bit bonkers this month, and seem to have released about 25-30 more titles than normal, meaning there are only 126 indie titles charting in the top 300, well down on last month’s 148. Despite that, overall sales were up at 1,766,686, compared to last month’s 1,624,693, so average sales this month are 14,021, a huge increase on last month’s 10,977. 31 titles went up in sales and 72 went down, with the rest made up of new entries and specials.

Image are still at number one with an 8.83% dollar share and a 10.97% market share, IDW at second place with a 5.43% dollar share and 4.67% market share. Dark Horse have a 4.73% dollar share and a 4.03% market share, Dynamite have a 2.59% dollar share and 2.40% market share and Boom! have a 2.32 % dollar share and 2.14% market share.

UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

12. The Walking Dead (Image)

07/2009: The Walking Dead #63 - 24,001
07/2010: The Walking Dead #75 - 33,079
07/2011: The Walking Dead #87 - 32,126
07/2012: The Walking Dead #100 - 388,038
07/2013: The Walking Dead #112 - 72,975

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08/2013: The Walking Dead #113 - 70,273 (-3.7%)
09/2013: The Walking Dead #114 - 70,440 (+0.2%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead #115 - 310,584 (329,127)(+340.9%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead Tyreese Special - 40,572
10/2013: The Walking Dead #1 10th Anniversary Ed - 39,780
11/2013: The Walking Dead #116 - 69,913 (-77.5%)
11/2013: The Walking Dead #117 - 68,818 (-1.6%)
12/2013: The Walking Dead #118 - 68,020 (-1.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #119 - 65,151 (-4.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #120 - 65,286 (+0.2%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #121 - 65,244 (-0.1%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #122 - 64,810 (-0.6%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #123 - 64,460 (-0.5%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #124 - 64,659 (+0.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #125 - 66,761 (+3.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #126 - 67,853 (+1.6%)
05/2014: The Walking Dead #127 - 71,352 (+5.2%)
06/2014: The Walking Dead #128 - 74,326 (+4.2%)
07/2014: The Walking Dead #129 - 72,908 (-1.9%)

A slight drop, but still one of the stronger months for the industry’s premier indie book. [Read more…]

How to Survive Micro-Press Publishing at SPX

by Zachary Clemente

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This past weekend, the 20th annual Small Press Expo (SPX) brought an explosion of independent and small press comics to the Marriott hotel in Bethesda, MD. Literally overflowing with an abundance of talent, the weekend was filled with amazing creators, signings, panels, even a wedding and a prom. One of the panels, Micro-Press and Beyond, discussed the findings of a study on micro-press comics publishers by moderator Robyn Chapman, who runs mini-comics publisher Paper Rocket, as well as posing the study’s questions to the panel participants. From left to right, the publishers are Chuck Forsman (Oily Comics), Keenan Marshall Keller (Drippy Bone Books), Anne Koyama (Koyama Press), and Raighne Hogan & Justin Skarhus (2D Cloud).

Chapman kicked off the panel by showing her findings, collected in The Tiny Report, a mini-comic she published, based on questions she received from 40 micro-press publishers, which she defines as being “one-person publishing houses”. The purpose of the Tiny Report is to be a “micropress yearbook”, serving to be an aid in understanding and chronicling the comics micro-press movement. One by one, she took the panel through some of the questions she posed for the report, seeing how they affect each representing publisher. While the responses for Forsman, Keller, Hogan, and Skarhus were fairly uniform; Koyama, as a more established publisher had slightly different answers. Although all agreed the major challenge of publishing was funding, seeing it as the root of any other discussed challenges, such as distribution or marketing.

Data Collected by Robyn Chapman

Data Collected by Robyn Chapman

The majority of the panel was an informative and lengthy discussion about how micro-publishing is in essence a massive clustercuss. Selling books to comic stores often requires very precise book-keeping, dealing with printing and shipping costs is a measured act of a madness, running the convention circuit can be emotionally and physically punishing, and even trying managing an online store or crowd-funding campaigns can be a full-time job. Despite all these hurdles, micro-press publishers have been springing up left and right to print minis and floppies, filling the void left by publishers left by publishers like Fantagraphics or Drawn & Quarterly, who now focus more on graphics novels, collections, or art books. Ultimately, the issues voiced come from a lack of steady funding as it’s not uncommon for an independent publisher to see a check for books sent to a store 6 months after the fact.

During the audience Q&A portion, a question I’ve been curious about was raised about artist contracts and compensation. Most of the publishers pay in copies or small royalties, depending from artist to artist and many don’t really bother with formal contracts. Only Koyama utilizes formal, customized contracts and pays a lump sum up front to each artist she works with.

“You’re an angel from Heaven.” – Forsman to Koyama

Data Collected by Robyn Chapman

Data Collected by Robyn Chapman

Lastly, on the word of submitting, all but Koyama takes submissions through email or convention drop-offs – all stating that finished or nearly finished work is ideal. Koyama bemoaned the fact that she often cannot find the names of people on their websites or tumblr pages and won’t be able to contact them. Koyama press rarely takes submissions, only publishing 10 books a year, all handpicked by Anne herself. Everyone agreed that the best possible policy for getting published is just “make a good comic.” When asked about the “Beyond” of micro-publishing, all wished for a climate where sustainable and local printing was a more affordable option, but for now, overseas printing is the most economical option.

This was my first time at SPX and it was an exceptional experience. I’ll be back next year and (hopefully) continuing small press coverage!

Z2 Comics announces Henni by Miss Lasko-Gross for 2015

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Miss Lasko-Gross has gained attention for her two autobiographical comics, Escape from Special and A Mess of Everything, but her new book will be more of a fable. Henni is the tale of a young girl named Henni who lives in a structured society where religion is the last word of the law. She goes off on her own to discover truth and adventure. The story is drawn in s style reminiscent of classic children’s books, contrasting carefree childhood with the struggle against dogma.

Lasko-Gross will be at SX this wekeend with an 8-page preview. In the meantime,  here’s a look at some pages. Henni will be out in January 2015.

Z2 Comics, which is run by Josh Frankel, previously published Paul Pope’s Escapo and Dean Haspiel’s Fear my Dear.

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SPX announces programming

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And it’s a doozy as always — PR provided some highlights but I can tell you I won’t miss that alt-weekly panel….90s NOSTALGIA PEOPLE.

SPX will be held Sept. 13-14 in North Bethesda, MD. BE THERE.


White Oak Room
 
TIME
DESCRIPTION

Noon – 1:00
Alt-Weekly Comics Roundtable
Until recently the media landscape has been augmented by alternative weekly newspapers. Beginning with the Village Voice in the 1950s and including a wave of papers in the 1980s and 1990s, alt-weekly newspapers used a mass media format to provide readers with an independent voice—and independent comics. In a historic panel conversation, cartoonist and Seattle Stranger co-founder James Sturm will discuss the phenomenon of comics in alternative weekly newspapers with a panel of the form’s most important practitioners: Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry, Ben Katchor, Charles Burns, and Tom Tomorrow.

1:00 – 2:00
Raina Telgemeier Q+A
Raina Telgemeier has distinguished herself among the leading American artists producing graphic novels for younger readers. Her autobiographical graphic novelSmile has spent more than two years on the New York Times Graphic Books bestseller list, and her follow-up, Drama, has won the Stonewall Book Award among other distinctions. She has just published a sequel to Smile titled Sisters. Telgemeier will discuss her work and her process with moderator Isaac Cates (Cartozia Tales, University of Vermont) in this special spotlight session.

2:00 – 3:00
Pro Tips: How Comics Get Reviewed
How do comics get reviewed? What role do publicists, pitching and marketing plans play in determining coverage? What kind of coverage do editors prefer? To what extent is it possible to get a reviewer’s attention, and how is that best accomplished? And how do individual critics evaluate work? Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading) will investigate these questions and more with Brigid Alverson (School Library Journal), Michael Cavna (Washington Post), Dan Kois (Slate), Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly), and Douglas Wolk (The New York Times).

3:00 – 4:00
Micro-Press and Beyond
For the past year, Robyn Chapman has been documenting the movement in comics towards very small publishing, otherwise know as micro-publishing. Robyn will briefly share findings from her upcoming publication (The Tiny Report: Micro-Press Yearbook 2013) before speaking with a range of publishers—from the micro-press to traditional small press—to discuss how they print, sell, and distribute their comics. Panelists will include Chuck Forsman (Oily Comics), Keenan Marshall Keller (Drippy Bone Books), Justin Skarhus and Raighne Hogan (2D Cloud), and Anne Koyama (Koyama Press).

4:00 – 5:00
Lynda Barry Q+A
Lynda Barry changed the face of North American comics with her pioneering comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, which ran in alternative weekly newspapers for more than twenty years. Her many celebrated books include One! Hundred! Demons!, and What It Is as well as the illustrated novel Cruddy. Barry is currently an assistant professor of art and Discovery Fellow at University of Wisconsin Madison. Her latest book isSyllabus: Notes from an Accidental Profesor. Barry will discuss her current work and her career in conversation with Slate Culture Editor Dan Kois.

5:00 – 6:00
Drew Friedman’s Heroes and Vaudevillians
Drew Friedman is an iconic cartoonist and illustrator whose intensely rendered, caricatural work has appeared in RAW, Spy, The New Yorker, the New York Observer, and countless other venues. His Old Jewish Comedians trilogy of books celebrated entertainers who have attracted Friedman’s fascination in a series of lush portraits. His new book, Heroes of the Comics, features eighty-four portraits of landmark figures from the history of comic books. Friedman will discuss his work in this special spotlight session moderated by Rob Clough (The Comics Journal).

6:00 – 7:00
Inkstuds Live: Michael DeForge, Simon Hanselmann and Patrick Kyle
At this year’s SPX, two cross-country tours explosively collide! Inkstuds host Robin McConnell has taken his popular comics-focused radio show on the road with special guest co-host Brandon Graham in tow, in a series of live Inkstuds programs. In Bethesda, Michael DeForge (Lose #6), Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), and Patrick Kyle (Distance Mover) will kick off their own book tour live on stage as McConnell and Graham’s special guests.

 
White Flint Auditorium
 
TIME
DESCRIPTION

12:30 – 1:30
Sex, Humor and the Grotesque
Eleanor Davis (How to Be Happy), Julia Gfrörer (Black is the Color), and Meghan Turbitt (#foodporn) have all produced comics that touch upon events, experiences, sensations and feelings that contemporary social discourse often fails to engage in meaningful or productive terms. This group of artists will discuss the intersections of humor, anxiety, sexuality and parody in their work in a panel discussion moderated by Katie Skelly (Operation Margarine).

1:30 – 2:30
The Roots of Frémok: Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet
Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet are foundational figures in the poetic comics movement represented by the the avant-garde publishing house Frémok. Alagbé’s work expresses in harsh lines and soft tones his narratives of mysterious desire and explosive cultural conflict, as in his most recent book, École de la misère. Goblet’s work troubles the distinctions between fiction and autobiography, and between narrative comics and poetic image-making. Her new graphic novel Plus si entente was produced collaboratively with Kai Pfeiffer to test the possibilities of narrative within the comics form. Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.

2:30 – 3:30
The Closed Caption Comics Legacy
In 2004 a group of students at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) formed the loosely-defined art group Closed Caption Comics, their collective activity centered around an eponymous comics anthology which ran for nine increasingly ambitious issues. Ten years later, the members of the group are productively focused on individual projects. Several of them will discuss their common roots and current work, including Ryan Cecil Smith (S.F. #3), Molly Colleen O’Connell (Strip Mall, Poety Unlimited), Noel Freibert (Weird Magazine), and Conor Stechschulte (The Amateurs). Moderated by Brian Nicholson.

3:30 – 4:30
Comics Workshop presented by the Sequential Artists Workshop
Comics educators Josh Bayer and Sally Cantirino from the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) in Gainesville, FL, will guide the audience through a complete cartooning exercise. Everyone, from experienced cartoonists to those who have never drawn a panel of comics, is welcome to attend this fun, educational, creative workshop. No matter what your age or experience level, you will leave this workshop having drawn your own comic!

4:30 – 5:30
Jules Feiffer Q+A
Jules Feiffer has reinvented the comics form multiple times in his diverse and storied career. In 1956 Feiffer broke new ground with a truly modern comic strip intended for an adult audience in the pages of The Village Voice. In addition to his incisive comics, Feiffer has distinguished himself as a playwright, screenwriter, children’s book author, and more. His most recent books are the graphic novel Kill My Mother and the picture book Rupert Can Dance. He will discuss these and more in conversation with Bill Kartalopoulos (Series Editor, The Best American Comics).

5:30 – 6:30
John Porcellino: Root Hog or Die / Film Screening and Conversation
For twenty-five years John Porcellino has been writing, drawing, and self-publishing his minicomics series King-Cat. The DIY ethic underlying Porcellino’s life’s work resonates with the sublime authenticity of his comics as he chronicles the events and rhythms of his life. Porcellino is now the subject of the documentary film Root Hog or Die, debuting at this year’s SPX with Porcellino and director Dan Stafford in attendance. After this debut screening, Porcellino and Stafford will discuss the film and Porcellino’s new book, The Hospital Suite, with moderator Jared Gardner (Ohio State University).
 
Sunday Programming

White Oak Room
 
TIME
DESCRIPTION

1:00 – 2:00
Bob Mankoff: The Past, Present and Future of The New Yorker Cartoons
Bob Mankoff is a cartoonist and has been the Cartoon Editor for The New Yorkersince 1997. He has written and edited many books including The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker, The Naked Cartoonist, and his new memoir How About Never — Is Never Good for You? In this special presentation, Mankoff will discuss the historical development and evolution of the iconic single panel cartoon form and the magazine that perfected and popularized it—with an eye towards the future.

2:00 – 3:00
Charles Burns Q+A
Charles Burns is among the world’s most distinguished cartoonists. His work first gained notice in the pages of RAW Magazine in the 1980s. His meticulously drawn early stories reflected upon and transformed the tropes of historical genre comics. Burns then spent ten years drawing his graphic novel masterpiece Black Hole, which dissolved literal horror into the true horror of everyday life. At SPX he will debut Sugar Skull, which concludes the serialized narrative in his new trilogy of full color comics albums. Burns will discuss his work in a spotlight session moderated by Alvin Buenaventura.

3:00 – 4:00
Making Art for the Internet
This panel will consider different aspects of the process, problems and possibilities of making art for internet-based platforms. This will include questions of art-media, digital medium specificity, online platforms, audience, culture, and content. Bill Kartalopoulos will lead a discussion featuring Sam Alden (It Never Happened Again), Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Blaise Larmee (altcomics.tumblr.com), and Rebecca Mock (rebeccamock.tumblr.com).

4:00 – 5:00
Mimi Pond Q+A
Mimi Pond has a long and diverse career in cartooning that includes work for such venues as National Lampoon, The Village Voice, and Seventeen. Pond’s work in television includes the screenplay for the first full-length Simpsons episode, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.” Her recent graphic novel, Over Easy, is an autobiographically-based narrative based on her time working as a waitress in a California diner in the late 1970s. Pond will discuss her work and career with moderator Heidi MacDonald (The Beat).
White Flint Auditorium
 
TIME
DESCRIPTION
12:30PM – 1:30
Stories of Girlhood
What is the difference between writing about girlhood and writing for young girls? What can we generalize about the experience of girlhood in Western culture? And how do we express that in words and images? Moderator Ellen Lindner (The Black Feather Falls) will consider these questions and more with artists Jillian Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer), Aisha Franz (Earthling), and Melissa Mendes (Freddy Stories, Lou).
1:30 – 2:30
Spanish-Language Comics
This essential panel will examine a world of Spanish-language comics from South America to Europe, which share a common language, and, sadly, low awareness in North America. Colombian comics editor Daniel Jiménez Quiroz (Revista Larva) will discuss Colombian and South American comics, and will lead a discussion including Spanish comics critic Santiago Garcia, Colombian comics critic Pablo Guerra, and North American editor Scott Brown, who is working to bring Argentine comics by Hector Oesterheld and others into English-language translation.
2:30 – 3:30
Eleanor Davis: How to Be Happy
Eleanor Davis (How to be Happy) will share an autobiographical presentation that will have something to do with finding truth in fiction and the strange passions inside an author/reader relationship. Moderator Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter) will follow Davis’s presentations with questions about her work, and will also take questions from the audience.
3:30 – 4:30
Mana Neyestani Q+A
Mana Neyesteni is an Iranian cartoonist and illustrator. A 2006 political cartoon by Neyesteni prompted riots among the oppressed Azeri minority in Iran; the paper in which the cartoon appeared was promptly closed and Neyestani was imprisoned. He is the recipient of the Cartoonists Rights Network International award for courage in editorial cartooning, 2010. His graphic novel An Iranian Metamorphosiswill debut in an English-language edition from Uncivilized Books at SPX. He will discuss his work in a spotlight session moderated by Alex Dueben (Comic Book Resources).
4:30 – 5:30
Renée French and Jesse Jacobs in Conversation
Renée French first made her mark with the intensely drawn, troubling comic book series Grit Bath in the 1990s and has produced a diverse array of works including The Ticking, H Day, and her new book Baby Bjornstrand. Jesse Jacobs has worked on the animated series Adventure TIme and his books of comics include By This You Shall Know Him and his new book Safari Honeymoon. These artists share a commitment to intense visual explorations of unsettled and unsettling narratives and will discuss their work in a special conversation moderated by Marc Sobel.

Indie Month-to-Month Sales June 2014: Outcast!

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By Chris Rice

My sincere apologies for the lateness of the column this month! Some of you may have seen Heidi’s post from a week or two back, unfortunately my life has become very busy recently and I have to give up writing the column. I’ll be continuing while Heidi recruits the best and brightest candidate for my replacement, but it will be a bit later my last month or two.

Lots of new entries this month, including smash-hit new books from Robert Kirkman and Kieron Gillen and a first ever official comic for a cult film favourite. Elsewhere Valiant continue to falter despite the new Armor Hunters crossover, and Zenescope seem to be similarly slipping down and off the sales chart with their numbers dropping to new lows.

148 indie titles charted in the top 300, slightly down on last month’s 149. Overall sales were down at 1,624,693, compared to last month’s 1,632,573 bt the average sales this month are 10,977, virtually unchanged from last month’s 10,957. 24 titles went up in sales and 98 went down, with the rest made up of new entries and specials.

Image continue at number one with an 8.93% dollar share and a 10.51% market share, IDW at second place with a 5.60% dollar share and 4.45% market share. Dark Horse have a 5.57% dollar share and a 4.89% market share, Dynamite have a 2.62% dollar share and 2.30% market share and Boom! have a 2.52 % dollar share and 2.52% market share.

UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

9. The Walking Dead (Image)

06/2009: The Walking Dead #62 - 23,910
06/2010: The Walking Dead #73 - 25,645 
06/2011: The Walking Dead #86 - 32,187
06/2012: The Walking Dead #99 - 62,182
06/2013: The Walking Dead #111 - 74,857

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07/2013: The Walking Dead #112 - 72,975 (-2.5%)
08/2013: The Walking Dead #113 - 70,273 (-3.7%)
09/2013: The Walking Dead #114 - 70,440 (+0.2%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead #115 - 310,584 (329,127)(+340.9%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead Tyreese Special - 40,572
10/2013: The Walking Dead #1 10th Anniversary Ed - 39,780
11/2013: The Walking Dead #116 - 69,913 (-77.5%)
11/2013: The Walking Dead #117 - 68,818 (-1.6%)
12/2013: The Walking Dead #118 - 68,020 (-1.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #119 - 65,151 (-4.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #120 - 65,286 (+0.2%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #121 - 65,244 (-0.1%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #122 - 64,810 (-0.6%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #123 - 64,460 (-0.5%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #124 - 64,659 (+0.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #125 - 66,761 (+3.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #126 - 67,853 (+1.6%)
05/2014: The Walking Dead #127 - 71,352 (83,445) (+5.2%)
06/2014: The Walking Dead #128 - 74,326 (+4.0%)

Sales increase again, to almost where it was last year, while last issue picks up another 12,093 copies sold.

11. Outcast (Image)

06/2014: Outcast #1 - 71,788

Rob Kirkman takes the one/two this month, with his and Paul Azaceta’s new book launching incredibly strongly. Gone to second print as well.

19. Saga (Image)

06/2012: Saga #4 - 41,143
06/2013: -

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Saga #13 - 55,372 (+3.8%)
09/2013: Saga #14 - 55,585 (+0.4%)
10/2013: Saga #15 - 54,816 (-1.4%)
11/2013: Saga #16 - 54,593 (-0.4%)
12/2013: Saga #17 - 53,264 (-2.4%)
01/2014: Saga #18 - 53,139 (-0.4%)
02-04/2014: -
05/2014: Saga #19 - 55,422 (+4.3%)
06/2014: Saga #20 - 56,497 (+1.9%)

Saga’s highest chart placing yet and also highest initial sales. Well deserved too.

41. Wicked & Divine (Image)

06/2014: Wicked & Divine #1 - 42,948

Gillen and McKelvie have a genuine smash hit with this book, selling only about 600 copies less than the second issue of their Young Avengers book. In creator-owned terms, that’s huge. Second prints are already out.

43. Serenity (Dark Horse)

01/2014: Leaves on the Wind #1 - 47,285 (54,392)
02/2014: Leaves on the Wind #2 - 38,630 (-18.3%)
03/2014: Leaves on the Wind #3 - 37,516 (-2.9%)
04/2014: Leaves on the Wind #4 - 42,269 (+12.7%)
05/2014: Leaves on the Wind #5 - 42,606 (+0.8%)
06/2014: Leaves on the Wind #6 - 42,069 (-1.3%)

Still holding very well.

77. Star Wars (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Star Wars #6 - 42,806

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07/2013: Star Wars #7 - 41,611 (-2.8%)
08/2013: Star Wars #8 - 38,792 (-6.8%)
09/2013: Star Wars #9 - 37,502 (-3.3%)
10/2013: Star Wars #10 - 36,019 (-3.9%)
10/2013: 1-for-1 Star Wars #1 - 16,690 (-3.9%)
11/2013: Star Wars #11 - 34,227 (-5.0%)
12/2013: Star Wars #12 - 33,093 (-3.3%)
01/2014: Star Wars #13 - 31,543 (-4.7%)
02/2014: Star Wars #14 - 30,828 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Star Wars #15 - 29,967 (-2.8%)
04/2014: Star Wars #16 - 29,087 (-2.9%)
05/2014: Star Wars #17 - 28,241 (-2.9%)
06/2014: Star Wars #18 - 27,898 (-1.2%)

It seems that the Dark Horse license comes to an end at the end of the year, with Marvel soliciting their first titles in January.

82. Sex Criminals (Image)

09/2013: Sex Criminals #1 - 37,893
10/2013: Sex Criminals #2 - 22,510 (-40.6%)
11/2013: Sex Criminals #3 - 20,712 (-7.9%)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Sex Criminals #4 - 22,433 (+8.3%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Sex Criminals #5 - 22,593 (+0.7%)
04-05/2014: -
06/2014: Sex Criminals #6 - 26,309 (+16.4%)

Going from strength to strength, and now Eisner award winning!

86. Trees (Image)

05/2014: Trees #1 - 31,926
06/2014: Trees #2 - 25,515 (-20.1%)

Not too bad a drop by recent Image standards.

94. Big Trouble in Little China (Boom!)

06/2014: Big Trouble in Little China #1 - 24,160

Amazingly this is the first time Jack Burton’s been licensed for comics, and this is a pretty strong start.

285. Vampirella (Dynamite)

06/2011: Vampirella #7 - 13,645
06/2012: Vampirella #18 - 9,144
06/2013: Vampirella #30 - 5,995

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Vampirella #31 - 5,618 (-6.3%)
08/2013: Vampirella #32 - 5,548 (-1.2%)
08/2013: Vampirella #33 - 5,445 (-1.9%)
09/2013: Vampirella #34 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Vampirella #35 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Vampirella #36 - ???? (???)
12/2013: Vampirella #37 - ???? (???)
02/2014: Vampirella #38 - 4,758 (???)
06/2014: New Vampirella #1 - 22,864 (+380.5%)

A very successful relaunch, whether sales will stay up is another question.

105. MPH (Image)

05/2014: MPH #1 - 35,632
06/2014: MPH #2 - 21, 937 (-38.4%)

Not a great drop, but in the same sort of area as Starlight, Millar’s other current book (Jupiter’s Legacy seems a bit awol).

112. My Little Pony (IDW)

06/2013: My Little Pony #8 - 33,114
 
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07/2013: My Little Pony #9 - 35,153 (41,444) (+6.2%)
08/2013: My Little Pony #10 - 24,475 (31,860) (-30.4%)
08/2013: My Little Pony Cover Gallery #1 - 6,859
09/2013: My Little Pony #11 - 32,784 (+33.9%)
10/2013: My Little Pony #12 - 23,686 (31,365) (-27.7%)
10/2013: My Little Pony 2013 Annual - 18,614
11/2013: My Little Pony #13 - 35,653 (+50.5%)
11/2013: My Little Pony Art Gallery - 6,028
12/2013: My Little Pony #14 - 22,990 (30,725)(-35.5%)
01/2014: My Little Pony #15 - 27,461 (+19.4%)
02/2014: My Little Pony #16 - 26,942 (-1.9%)
02/2014: My Little Pony 100 Penny Press #1 - 21,957 (-1.9%)
03/2014: My Little Pony #17 - 26,683 (-0.9%)
04/2014: My Little Pony #18 - 26,091 (-2.2%)
05/2014: My Little Pony #19 - 22,820 (-12.5%)
06/2014: My Little Pony #20 - 20,711 (-9.2%)

Looks like sales are starting to drop off a bit permanently now.

114. Star Wars Rebel Heist (Dark Horse)

04/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #1 - 24,913
05/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #2 - 20,387 (-18.2%)
06/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #3 - 19,379 (-4.9%)

Leveling out nicely.

115. Buffy TVS (Dark Horse)

06/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #10 - 27,867
06/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #22 - 21,194

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07/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #23 - 20,768 (-2.0%)
08/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #24 - 20,584 (-0.9%)
09/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #25 - 20,392 (-0.9%)
03/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #1 - 27,851 (+36.6%)
04/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #2 - 21,804 (-21.7%)
05/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #3 - 20,556 (-5.7%)
06/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #4 - 19,365 (-5.8%)

Dropping ominously fast.

116. Starlight (Image)

03/2014: Starlight #1 - 34,080
04/2014: Starlight #2 - 22,305 (-34.5%)
05/2014: Starlight #3 - 19,891 (-10.8%)
06/2014: Starlight #4 - 19,355 (-2.7%)

Leveling.

122. My Little Pony Friends Forever (IDW)

01/2014: MLP Friends Forever #1 - 23,370 
02/2014: MLP Friends Forever #2 - 20,676 (-11.5%)
03/2014: MLP Friends Forever #3 - 20,038 (-3.1%)
04/2014: MLP Friends Forever #4 - 20,149 (+0.5%)
05/2014: MLP Friends Forever #5 - 19,312 (-4.2%)
06/2014: MLP Friends Forever #6 - 18,132 (-6.1%)

Not leveling.

127, 136. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW)

06/2012: TMNT #11 - 19,416
06/2013: TMNT #23 - 17,772

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07/2013: TMNT #24 - 16,484 (-7.2%)
08/2013: TMNT #25 - 17,833 (+8.0%)
09/2013: TMNT #26 - 17,322 (-2.9%)
10/2013: TMNT #27 - 17,042 (-1.6%)
11/2013: TMNT #28 - 17,045 (0%)
12/2013: TMNT #29 - 15,532 (-8.9%)
01/2014: TMNT #30 - 14,979 (-3.6%)
02/2014: TMNT #31 - 14,684 (-2.0%)
03/2014: TMNT #32 - 15,040 (+2.4%)
04/2014: TMNT #33 - 16,736 (+11.3%)
05/2014: TMNT 30th Anniversary Special - 13,391 
06/2014: TMNT #34 - 17,442 (+4.2%)
06/2014: TMNT #35 - 15,174 (-13.0%)

A bit of a hefty fall this month.

130. Armor Hunters (Valiant)

06/2014: Armor Hunters #1 - 16,484

Valiant’s highest entry this month, launching an X-O Manowar themed event.

132. Deadly Class (Image)

01/2014: Deadly Class #1 - 34,572
02/2014: Deadly Class #2 - 21,159 (-38.8%)
03/2014: Deadly Class #3 - 18,536 (-12.4%)
04/2014: Deadly Class #4 - 17,855 (-3.7%)
05/2014: Deadly Class #5 - 17,099 (-4.2%)
06/2014: Deadly Class #6 - 16,305 (-4.6%)

Still dropping, but it’s at a high enough level for that not to be too concerning at the moment.

133. Star Wars Darth Maul (Dark Horse)

05/2014: Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #1 - 17,905
06/2014: Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #2 - 15,829 (-11.6%)

A pretty healthy second-issue drop really.

135. Nailbiter (Image)

05/2014: Nailbiter #1 - 22,746
06/2014: Nailbiter #2 - 15,193 (-33.2%)

Image’s serial killer book takes a bit of a drop, but still at a decent level.

137. The Manhattan Projects (Image)

06/2012: The Manhattan Projects #4 - 18,544
06/2013: The Manhattan Projects #12 - 17,076

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07/2013: -
08/2013: The Manhattan Projects #13 - 17,556 (+2.8%)
09/2013: The Manhattan Projects #14 - 16,881 (-3.8%)
10/2013: The Manhattan Projects #15 - 16,842 (-0.2%)
11/2013: The Manhattan Projects #16 - 16,674 (-0.1%)
12/2013: The Manhattan Projects #17 - 15,646 (-6.0%)
01/2014: -
02/2014: The Manhattan Projects #18 - 15,076 (-3.6%)
03/2014: The Manhattan Projects #19 - 14,813 (-1.7%)
04/2014: The Manhattan Projects #20 - 14,253 (-3.8%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: The Manhattan Projects #21 - 15,126 (+6.1%)

The first part of a new arc sees a nice little boost.

139. Invincible (Image)

06/2009: Invincible #63 - 15,226 
06/2010: Invincible #73 - 15,340 
06/2011: Invincible #80 - 15,563
06/2012: Invincible #92 - 14,553
06/2013: Invincible #103 - 15,072

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07/2013: Invincible #104 - 14,733 (-2.2%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Invincible #105 - 14,437 (-2.0%)
10/2013: Invincible #106 - 13,961 (-3.3%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Invincible #107 - 13,268 (-5.0%)
01/2014: Invincible #108 - 12,844 (-3.2%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Invincible #109 - 12,748 (-0.7%)
04/2014: Invincible #110 - 12,557 (-1.5%)
05/2014: Invincible #111 - 18,440 (+46.8%)
06/2014: Invincible #112 - 14,413 (-21.8%)

Dropping back down after last month, but still a little up on where it was.

141. Fatale (Image)

06/2012: Fatale #6 - 21,828
06/2013: Fatale #15 - 22,373

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Fatale #16 - 17,045 (-24.6%)
09/2013: Fatale #17 - 16,571 (-2.7%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Fatale #18 - 16,154 (-2.5%)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Fatale #19 - 15,725 (-2.7%)
02/2014: Fatale #20 - 13,862 (-11.8%)
03/2014: Fatale #21 - 14,799 (-6.8%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Fatale #22 - 14,694 (-0.7%)
06/2014: Fatale #23 - 14,407 (-1.9%)

Penultimate issue.

145. TMNT Turtles in Time (IDW)

06/2014: TMNT Turtles In Time #1 - 13,840

Drawn by one of my favorite artists, Ross Campbell, the Turtles take a trip to the prehistoric.

146. Adventure Time (Boom!)

06/2012: Adventure Time #5 - 27,165
06/2013: Adventure Time #17 - 20,860

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07/2013: Adventure Time #18 - 21,071 (+1.0%)
07/2013: Adventure Time Summer Special 2013 - 19,182 (26,278)
08/2013: Adventure Time #19 - 19,852 (-5.8%)
09/2013: Adventure Time #20 - 18,822 (-5.2%)
10/2013: Adventure Time #21 - 18,156 (-3.5%)
10/2013: Adventure Time 2013 Spooktacular - 16,920
11/2013: Adventure Time #22 - 16,905 (-6.9%)
12/2013: Adventure Time #23 - 15,635 (-7.5%)
01/2014: Adventure Time #24 - 14,757 (-5.6%)
01/2014: Adventure Time 2014 Special - 13,388 
02/2014: Adventure Time #25 - 14,191 (-3.8%)
03/2014: Adventure Time #26 - 13,839 (-2.5%)
04/2014: Adventure Time #27 - 13,205 (-4.6%)
04/2014: Adventure Time 2014 Annual - 11,573
05/2014: Adventure Time #28 - 12,806 (-3.0%)
06/2014: Adventure Time #29 - 13,785 (+7.6%)

A small recovery this month.

147. COWL (Image)

05/2014: COWL #1 - 20,851
06/2014: COWL #2 - 13,569 (-34.9%)

Not too bad a drop.

149. Rai (Valiant)

04/2014: Rai #1 - 29,137
05/2014: -
06/2014: Rai #2 - 13,448 (-53.8%)

Ouch, but not unexpected.

151. Rise of the Magi (Image)

06/2014: Rise of the Magi #1 - 13,345

Marc Silvestri makes a return to monthly comics, writing and co-penciling.

153. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Angel & Faith #23 - 13,668

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07/2013: Angel & Faith #24 - 13,368 (-2.2%)
08/2013: Angel & Faith #25 - 13,335 (-0.2%)
04/2014: Angel & Faith #1 - 17,820 (+33.6%)
05/2014: Angel & Faith #2 - 14,200 (-20.3%)
06/2014: Angel & Faith #3 - 13,029 (-8.2%)

Lower than the last series already.

159. Wildfire (Image)

06/2014: Wildfire #1 - 12,552

Matt Hawkins environmental thriller makes a decent start.

161. Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse)

06/2008: Star Wars Legacy #24 - 29,548
06/2010: Star Wars Legacy #49 - 19,911
06/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #4 - 16,147

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07/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #5 - 15,854 (-1.8%)
08/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #6 - 15,394 (-2.9%)
09/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #7 - 14,924 (-3.0%)
10/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #8 - 14,576 (-2.3%)
11/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #9 - 13,999 (-4.0%)
11/2013: 1 For $1 Star Wars Legacy #1 - 6,624
12/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #10 - 13,783 (-1.5%)
01/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #11 - 13,398 (-3.0%)
02/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #12 - 13,029 (-2.7%)
03/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #13 - 12,671 (-2.7%)
04/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #14 - 12,523 (-1.2%)
05/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #15 - 12,473 (-0.4%)
06/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #16 - 12,373 (-0.8%)

Very solid.

164. Star Trek City o/t Edge of Forever (IDW)

06/2014: City on the Edge of Forever #1 - 12,028

An adaptation of the Harlan Ellison-penned Original Series episode.

165. Angry Birds (IDW)

06/2014: Angry Birds Comics #1 - 11,939

Can’t imagine the world has been crying out for an Angry Birds comic, maybe two years ago.

166. Spawn (Image)

06/2009: Spawn #192 - 19,796
06/2011: Spawn #208 - 14,468
06/2012: Spawn #220 - 30,136
06/2013: Spawn #232 - 16,077

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07/2013: Spawn #233 - 15,701 (-2.3%)
08/2013: Spawn #234 - 15,930 (+0.8%)
09/2013: Spawn #235 - 15,081 (-5.3%)
10/2013: Spawn #236 - 13,368 (-11.4%)
11/2013: Spawn #237 - 14,411 (+7.8%)
12/2013: Spawn #238 - 12,459 (-13.5%)
01/2014: Spawn #239 - 12,369 (-0.7%)
02/2014: Spawn #240 - 11,827 (-4.4%)
03/2014: Spawn #241 - 11,766 (-0.5%)
04/2014: Spawn #242 - 11,827 (+0.5%)
05/2014: Spawn #243 - 11,714 (-1.0%)
06/2014: Spawn #244 - 11,837 (+1.0%)

Very solid for the majority of this year.

168, 275. Red Sonja (Dynamite) 

06/2009: Red Sonja #45 - 12,030
06/2010: Red Sonja #50 - 13,017
06/2013: Red Sonja #78 - ????

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07/2013: Red Sonja #1 - 30,561 (+486.4%)
07/2013: Red Sonja #79 - ????
08/2013: Red Sonja #2 - 18,327 (-40.0%)
08/2013: Red Sonja #80 - 5,066 (???)
09/2013: Red Sonja #3 - 15,928 (-13.1%)
10/2013: Red Sonja #4 - 15,128 (-5.0%)
11/2013: Red Sonja #5 - 13,811 (-8.7%)
12/2013: Red Sonja #6 - 13,291 (-3.7%)
01/2014: Li'l Sonja #1 - 5,465
02/2014: Red Sonja #7 - 12,622 (-5.0%)
02/2014: Red Sonja Berserker - 5,810
04/2014: Red Sonja #8 - 12,392 (-1.8%)
04/2014: Red Sonja and Cub - 5,877
05/2014: Red Sonja #9 - 11,850 (-4.4%)
06/2014: Red Sonja #10 - 11,685 (-1.4%)
06/2014: Red Sonja Sanctuary - 5,486

The main book is pretty settled, with another special selling about half those numbers.

170. X-Files Season 10 (IDW)

06/2013: X-Files Season 10 #1 - 24,270

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07/2013: X-Files Season 10 #2 - 16,729 (-31.1%)
08/2013: X-Files Season 10 #3 - 17,557 (+4.9%)
09/2013: X-Files Season 10 #4 - 16,999 (-3.2%)
10/2013: X-Files Season 10 #5 - 16,819 (-1.1%)
11/2013: X-Files Season 10 #6 - 15,289 (-9.1%)
12/2013: X-Files Season 10 #7 - 14,792 (-3.3%)
01/2014: X-Files Season 10 #8 - 13,981 (-5.5%)
02/2014: X-Files Season 10 #9 - 13,129 (-6.1%)
03/2014: X-Files Season 10 #10 - 12,252 (-6.7%)
04/2014: X-Files Season 10 #11 - 13,210 (+7.8%)
04/2014: X-Files Annual 2014 - 9,504
05/2014: X-Files Season 10 #12 - 11,773 (-10.9%)
06/2014: X-Files Season 10 #13 - 11,497 (-2.3%)

A bit less of a drop this month, sales possibly starting to level out.

173. Chew (Image)

06/2010: Chew #11 - 13,204
06/2012: Chew #27 2nd Helping Ed - 11,262 
06/2013: -

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07/2013: Chew #35 - 12,818 (-0.1%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Chew #36 - 12,402 (-3.2%)
10/2013: Chew #37 - 12,214 (-1.5%)
12/2013: Chew #38 - 12,068 (-1.2%)
01/2014: Chew #39 - 11,487 (-4.8%)
02/2014: Chew #40 - 11,193 (-2.6%)
04/2014: Chew #41 - 10,835 (-3.2%)
05/2014: Chew/ Revival #1 - 18,259
06/2014: Chew #42 - 10,981 (+1.3%)

A small boost.

174. Legenderry (Dynamite)

12/2013: Legenderry #1 - 27,174
02/2014: Legenderry #2 - 14,570 (-46.4%)
03/2014: Legenderry #3 - 12,218 (-16.1%)
06/2014: Legenderry #4 - 10,865 (-11.1%)

The drops are not slowing.

176. Tomb Raider (Dark Horse)

02/2014: Tomb Raider #1 - 18,486
03/2014: Tomb Raider #2 - 13,636 (-26.2%)
04/2014: Tomb Raider #3 - 12,133 (-11.0%)
05/2014: Tomb Raider #4 - 11,300 (-6.9%)
06/2014: Tomb Raider #5 - 10,536 (-6.8%)

Still falling.

178. Blood Queen (Dynamite)

06/2014: Blood Queen #1 - 10,352

Not a bad start for this Elizabeth Bathory -starrer, but there were incentives and I think the book is returnable.

179. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)

06/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #10 - 11,007
06/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #22 - 10,799

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07/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #23 - 11,022 (+2.1%)
08/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #24 - 10,886 (-1.2%)
09/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #25 - 11,388 (+4.6%)
10/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #26 - 10,872 (-4.5%)
11/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #27 - 9,985 (-8.2%)
12/2013: Star Trek Annual 2013 - 8,683
12/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #28 - 10,443 (+4.6%)
01/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #29 - 10,127 (-3.0%)
02/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #30 - 9,906 (-2.2%)
03/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #31 - 9,781 (-1.3%)
04/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #32 - 10,801 (+10.4%)
05/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #33 - 9,729 (-9.9%)
06/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #34 - 10,216 (+4.8%)

Up and down, but overall stable over the last year.

181. X-O Manowar (Valiant)

06/2012: X-O Manowar #2 - 21,261
06/2013: X-O Manowar #14 - 13,227

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07/2013: X-O Manowar #15 - 13,997 (+5.5%)
08/2013: X-O Manowar #16 - 11,019 (-21.3%)
09/2013: X-O Manowar #17 - 10,859 (-1.5%)
10/2013: X-O Manowar #18 - 11,438 (+5.3%)
11/2013: X-O Manowar #19 - 11,744 (+3.0%)
12/2013: X-O Manowar #20 - 9,941 (-15.4%)
01/2014: X-O Manowar #21 - 9,336 (-6.1%)
02/2014: X-O Manowar #22 - 9,808 (+5.1%)
03/2014: X-O Manowar #23 - 9,394 (-4.2%)
04/2014: X-O Manowar #24 - 8,595 (-8.5%)
05/2014: X-O Manowar #25 - 12,493 (+45.4%)
06/2014: X-O Manowar #26 - 10,083 (-19.3%)

Down a bit, but Armor Hunters is still providing a boost.

182. Red City (Image)

06/2014: Red City #1 - 9,981

Sci-fi noir from Moriarty writer Daniel Corey.

183. Shutter (Image)

04/2014: Shutter #1 - 18,984 (21,500)
05/2014: Shutter #2 - 12,267 (-35.4%)
06/2014: Shutter #3 - 9,887 (-19.4%)

Not a very healthy third-issue drop.

184. Revival (Image)

06/2013: Revival #11 - 13,536

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07/2013: Revival #12 - 13,948 (+3.0%)
08/2013: Revival #13 - 12,549 (-10.0%)
09/2013: Revival #14 - 12,254 (-2.3%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Revival #15 - 11,468 (-6.4%)
12/2013: Revival #16 - 11,065 (-3.5%)
01/2014: Revival #17 - 10,585 (-4.3%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Revival #18 - 10,456 (-1.2%)
04/2014: Revival #19 - 10,384 (-0.7%)
05/2014: Revival #20 - 10,341 (-0.4%)
06/2014: Revival #21 - 9,808 (-5.1%)

The drops continue after a few months of relative stability.

185. Transformers Robots In Disguise (IDW)

06/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise #6 - 11,443
06/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #18 - 9,495

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07/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #19 - 9,564 (+0.7%)
08/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #20 - 9,218 (-3.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #21 - 9,220 (0%)
10/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #22 - 9,044 (-1.9%)
11/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #23 - 10,355 (+14.5%)
12/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #24 - 9,812 (-5.2%)
01/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #25 - 9,609 (-2.1%)
02/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #26 - 9,535 (-0.7%)
03/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #27 - 9,409 (-1.3%)
04/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #28 - 9,568 (+1.7%)
05/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #29 - 9,543 (-0.3%)
06/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #30 - 9,714 (+1.8%)

Solid.

186. Alex & Ada (Image)

11/2013: Alex & Ada #1 - 14,992
12/2013: Alex & Ada #2 - 10,700 (-28.6%)
01/2014: Alex & Ada #3 - 10,242 (-4.3%)
02/2014: Alex & Ada #4 - 9,862 (-3.7%)
03/2014: Alex & Ada #5 - 9,761 (-1.0%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Alex & Ada #6 - 9,869 (+1.1%)
06/2014: Alex & Ada #7 - 9,579 (-2.9%)

Dropping a little but still not doing too badly.

187. Caliban (Avatar)

04/2014: Caliban #1 - 13,196
05/2014: Caliban #2 - 9,454 (-28.4%)
06/2014: Caliban #3 - 9,506 (+0.5%)

Rock solid this month.

188. Conan (Dark Horse)

06/2009: The Cimmerian #11 - 20,041
06/2010: The Cimmerian #21 - 16,421
06/2011: The Road of Kings #6 - 12,523
06/2012: Conan the Barbarian #5 - 15,393
06/2013: Conan the Barbarian #17 - 12,395

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07/2013: Conan the Barbarian #18 - 12,331 (-0.5%)
08/2013: Conan the Barbarian #19 - 12,105 (-1.8%)
09/2013: Conan the Barbarian #20 - 11,828 (-2.3%)
10/2013: Conan the Barbarian #21 - 11,800 (-0.2%)
11/2013: Conan the Barbarian #22 - 11,384 (-3.5%)
12/2013: Conan the Barbarian #23 - 11,245 (-1.2%)
01/2014: Conan the Barbarian #24 - 10,924 (-2.9%)
02/2014: Conan the Barbarian #25 - 10,736 (-1.7%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Conan the Avenger #1 - 11,565 (+7.7%)
05/2014: Conan the Avenger #2 - 9,946 (-14.0%)
06/2014: Conan the Avenger #3 - 9,486 (-4.6%)

Leveling out a good amount down from the last series.

189. Unity (Valiant)

11/2013: Unity #1 - 60,003
12/2013: Unity #2 - 18,845 (-68.6%)
01/2014: Unity #3 - 13,277 (-29.5%)
02/2014: Unity #4 - 10,644 (-19.8%)
03/2014: Unity #5 - 12,268 (+15.3%)
04/2014: Unity #6 - 9,351 (-23.8%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Unity #7 - 9,442 (+1.0%)

Armor Hunters does little more than arrest the drops.

190. Transformers More TMTE (IDW)

06/2012: More Than Meets Eye #6 - 11,263
06/2013: More Than Meets Eye #18 - 9,394

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07/2013: More Than Meets Eye #19 - 9,320 (-0.8%)
08/2013: More Than Meets Eye #20 - 9,402 (+0.9%)
09/2013: More Than Meets Eye #21 - 9,258 (-1.5%)
10/2013: More Than Meets Eye #22 - 9,248 (-0.1%)
11/2013: Dark Cybertron #1 - 12,165
11/2013: More Than Meets Eye #23 - 9,579 (+3.6%)
12/2013: More Than Meets Eye #24 - 10,138 (+5.8%)
01/2014: More Than Meets Eye #25 - 9,867 (-2.7%)
02/2014: More Than Meets Eye #26 - 9,663 (-2.1%)
03/2014: More Than Meets Eye #27 - 9,409 (-2.6%)
03/2014: Dark Cybertron Finale - 9,395
04/2014: More Than Meets Eye #28 - 9,667 (+2.7%)
05/2014: More Than Meets Eye #29 - 9,543 (-1.3%)
06/2014: More Than Meets Eye #30 - 9,395 (-1.6%)

Down a little but well within the range of the last year.

191. The Woods (Boom!)

05/2014: The Woods #1 - 13,916
06/2014: The Woods #2 - 9,352 (-32.8%)

An average second-issue drop.

192. Lumberjanes (Boom!)

04/2014: Lumberjanes #1 - 13,129
05/2014: Lumberjanes #2 - 9,904 (-24.6%)
06/2014: Lumberjanes #3 - 9,150 (-7.6%)

Starting to level out.

194. Adventure Time Flip Side (Boom!)

01/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #1 - 13,372
02/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #2 - 11,318 (-15.4%)
03/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #3 - 10,157 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #4 - 9,652 (-5.0%)
05/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #5 - 9,174 (-5.0%)
06/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #6 - 9,019 (-1.7%)

Last issue.

195. Transformers Windblade (IDW)

04/2014: Transformers Windblade #1 - 9,855
05/2014: Transformers Windblade #2 - 8,980 (-8.9%)
06/2014: Transformers Windblade #3 - 8,920 (-0.7%)

Not too far behind the main books, and leveling out very quickly.

196. The Goon (Dark Horse)

06/2011: The Goon #34 - 9,203

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11/2013: The Goon #44 - 7,894 
06/2014: The Goon #45 - 8,848

A one-shot issue ahead of another burst of activity in the Goon camp, with a long-form story starting next month.

197. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)

06/2010: Sonic #213 - 7,893
06/2011: Sonic #226 - 9,228
06/2013: -

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07/2013: Sonic #250 - 14,291 (+26.0%)
07/2013: Sonic #251 - 12,782 (-10.6%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Sonic #252 - 10,968 (-14.2%)
10/2013: Sonic #253 - 10,982 (+0.1%)
10/2013: Sonic #254 - 10,585 (-3.6%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Sonic #255 - 10,422 (-1.5%)
01/2014: Sonic #256 - 9,840 (-5.6%)
02/2014: Sonic #257 - 9,325 (-5.2%)
03/2014: Sonic #258 - 9,023 (-3.2%)
04/2014: Sonic #259 - 6,228 (9,495)(+5.2%)
05/2014: Sonic #260 - 8,866 (-6.6%)
06/2014: Sonic #261 - 8,822 (-0.5%)

Solid.

201. Real Heroes (Image)

03/2014: Real Heroes #1 - 23,716
05/2014: Real Heroes #2 - 11,426 (-51.8%)
06/2014: Real Heroes #3 - 8,590 (-24.8%)

Not settling down very fast at all, which is a shame, as it’s ace.

202. Samurai Jack (IDW)

10/2013: Samurai Jack #1 - 23,661
11/2013: Samurai Jack #2 - 12,645 (-46.6%)
12/2013: Samurai Jack #3 - 11,553 (-8.6%)
01/2014: Samurai Jack #4 - 10,451 (-9.5%)
02/2014: Samurai Jack #5 - 9,989 (-4.4%)
03/2014: Samurai Jack #6 - 8,960 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Samurai Jack #7 - 8,990 (+0.3%)
05/2014: Samurai Jack #8 - 8,471 (-5.8%)
06/2014: Samurai Jack #9 - 8,464 (-0.8%)

Pretty level this month.

203. King Conan (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Hour of The Dragon #2 - 9,808

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07/2013: Hour of The Dragon #3 - 9,319 (-5.0%)
08/2013: Hour of The Dragon #4 - 9,492 (+1.9%)
09/2013: Hour of The Dragon #5 - 9,358 (-1.4%)
10/2013: Hour of The Dragon #6 - 9,131 (-2.4%)
02/2014: Conqueror #1 - 9,646 (+5.6%)
03/2014: Conqueror #2 - 8,495 (-11.9%)
04/2014: Conqueror #3 - 8,519 (+0.3%)
05/2014: Conqueror #4 - 8,428 (-1.1%)
06/2014: Conqueror #5 - 8,376 (-0.6%)

Solid.

205. God is Dead (Avatar)

09/2013: God Is Dead #1 - 26,664
10/2013: God Is Dead #2 - 15,366 (-42.4%)
11/2013: God Is Dead #3 - 14,930 (-2.8%)
12/2013: God Is Dead #4 - 13,369 (-10.5%)
01/2014: God Is Dead #5 - 11,897 (-11.0%)
02/2014: God Is Dead #6 - 12,852 (+8.0%)
02/2014: God Is Dead #7 - 12,008 (-6.6%)
03/2014: God Is Dead #8 - 11,515 (-4.1%)
03/2014: God Is Dead #9 - 10,976 (-4.7%)
04/2014: God Is Dead #10 - 10,564 (-3.7%)
04/2014: God Is Dead #11 - 10,326 (-2.3%)
05/2014: God Is Dead #12 - 9,275 (-10.2%)
05/2014: God Is Dead #13 - 8,987 (-3.1%)
06/2014: God Is Dead #14 - 8,262 (-7.5%)

Plummetting, in stops and starts. Still lots of leeway though, it’s ahead of Crossed.

206. BPRD (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Hell on Earth #108 - 10,093
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07/2013: Hell on Earth #109 - 10,018 (-0.7%)
08/2013: Hell on Earth #110 - 9,842 (-1.8%)
09/2013: Hell on Earth #111 - 9,587 (-2.5%)
10/2013: Hell on Earth #112 - 9,497 (-0.9%)
11/2013: Hell on Earth #113 - 8,904 (-6.2%)
12/2013: Hell on Earth #114 - 8,668 (-2.6%)
01/2014: Hell on Earth #115 - 9,072 (+4.7%)
02/2014: Hell on Earth #116 - 8,674 (-4.4%)
03/2014: Hell on Earth #117 - 8,510 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Hell on Earth #118 - 8,473 (-0.4%)
05/2014: Hell on Earth #119 - 8,306 (-2.0%)
06/2014: Hell on Earth #120 - 8,127 (-2.2%)

Sales are spiraling slowly down, with almost two thousand sales lost this last year.

207, 249. Dream Police (Image)

04/2014: Dream Police #1 - 11,804
06/2014: Dream Police #2 - 8,097 (-31.4%)
06/2014: Dream Police #3 - 6,569 (-18.9%)

Not a great third issue drop.

209. Winterworld (IDW)

06/2014: Winterworld #1 - 7,957

New stories from Chuck Dixon, with Butch Guice standing in for the late great Jorge Zaffino. This feels like it should be selling better.

210. Magnus Robot Fighter (Dynamite)

03/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #1 - 27,497
04/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #2 - 9,898 (-64.0%)
05/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #3 - 8,333 (-15.8%)
06/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #4 - 7,898 (-5.2%)

Starting to level out.

212. Sons of Anarchy (Boom!) 

09/2013: Sons of Anarchy #1 - 27,601
10/2013: Sons of Anarchy #2 - 14,688 (-46.8%)
11/2013: Sons of Anarchy #3 - 13,251 (-9.8%)
12/2013: Sons of Anarchy #4 - 12,215 (-7.8%)
01/2014: Sons of Anarchy #5 - 11,607 (-5.0%)
02/2014: Sons of Anarchy #6 - 11,228 (-3.3%)
03/2014: Sons of Anarchy #7 - 9,910 (-11.7%)
04/2014: Sons of Anarchy #8 - 9,304 (-6.1%)
05/2014: Sons of Anarchy #9 - 8,511 (-8.5%)
06/2014: Sons of Anarchy #10 - 7,857 (-7.7%)

Plummeting.

213. Witchblade (Image)

06/2013: Witchblade #167 - 7,329

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07/2013: Witchblade #168 - 7,176 (-2.1%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Witchblade #169 - 7,271 (+1.3%)
10/2013: Witchblade #170 - 7,990 (+9.9%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Witchblade #171 - 7,263 (-9.1%)
01/2014: Witchblade #172 - 6,221 (-14.3%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Witchblade #173 - 6,109 (-1.8%)
04/2014: Witchblade #174 - 6,049 (-0.9%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Witchblade #175 - 7,843 (+29.7%)

The anniversary issue gets a decent boost.

214. Sex (Image)

06/2013: Sex #4 - 17,938

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07/2013: Sex #5 - 15,996 (-10.8%)
08/2013: Sex #6 - 14,488 (-9.4%)
09/2013: Sex #7 - 13,074 (-9.8%)
10/2013: Sex #8 - 12,082 (-7.6%)
12/2013: Sex #9 - 10,707 (-11.4%)
01/2014: Sex #10 - 9,947 (-7.1%)
02/2014: Sex #11 - 9,302 (-6.5%)
03/2014: Sex #12 - 8,830 (-5.1%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Sex #13 - 8,192 (-7.2%)
06/2014: Sex #14 - 7,824 (-4.5%)

That’s the smallest drop yet!

215. Turok, Dinosaur Hunter (Dynamite)

02/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 - 30,722
03/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #2 - 11,296 (-6.3%)
04/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #3 - 9,586 (-15.1%)
05/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #4 - 8,426 (-12.1%)
06/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #5 - 7,803 (-7.4%)

Maybe starting to level out.

216. Empty Man (Boom!)

06/2014: Empty Man #1 - 7,685

Another one that should be selling better, this is Cullen Bunn’s excellent new horror book.

217. Abe Sapien (Dark Horse )

06/2013: Abe Sapien #3 - 10,250

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07/2013: Abe Sapien #4 - 10,314 (+0.6%)
08/2013: Abe Sapien #5 - 9,676 (-6.2%)
09/2014: -
10/2013: Abe Sapien #6 - 9,120 (-5.7%)
11/2013: Abe Sapien #7 - 8,709 (-4.5%)
12/2013: Abe Sapien #8 - 8,622 (-1.0%)
01/2014: Abe Sapien #9 - 8,516 (-1.2%)
02/2014: Abe Sapien #10 - 7,995 (-6.1%)
03/2014: Abe Sapien #11 - 7,825 (-2.1%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Abe Sapien #12 - 7,559 (-3.4%)
06/2014: Abe Sapien #13 - 7,674 (+1.5%)

Solid this month.

218. TMNT New Animated Adventures (IDW)

07/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #1 - 14,397
08/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #2 - 10,304 (-28.4%)
09/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #3 - 8,744 (-15.1%)
10/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #4 - 7,905 (-9.6%)
11/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #5 - 7,112 (-10.0%)
12/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #6 - 6,649 (-6.5%)
01/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #7 - 6,331 (-4.8%)
02/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #8 - 6,034 (-4.7%)
03/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #9 - 6,009 (-0.4%)
04/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #10 - 5,911 (-1.6%)
05/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #11 - 6,075 (+2.8%)
06/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #12 - 7,577 (+24.7%)

This may be one of those comics affected by the UK & Europe ban. Turtles has always had a strong grey market, so US sales may have gone up to fulfill that demand.

219. Bee & Puppycat (Boom!)

05/2014: Bee & Puppycat #1 - 12,204
06/2014: Bee & Puppycat #2 - 7,557 (-38.1%)

Harsh, wonderful comic this.

220. Uber (Avatar)

06/2013: Uber #2 - 16,160

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07/2013: Uber #3 - 14,594 (-9.7%)
07/2013: Uber #4 - 12,030 (-17.6%)
08/2013: Uber #5 - 11,598 (-3.6%)
10/2013: Uber #6 - 10,747 (-7.3%)
11/2013: Uber #7 - 9,784 (-9.0%)
12/2013: Uber #8 - 9,065 (-7.3%)
01/2014: Uber #9 - 8,448 (-6.8%)
03/2014: Uber #10 - 8,133 (-3.7%)
03/2014: Uber Special #1 - 7,176
04/2014: Uber #11 - 7,732 (-4.9%)
04/2014: Uber #12 - 7,694 (-0.5%)
05/2014: Uber #13 - 7,653 (-0.5%)
06/2014: Uber #14 - 7,493 (-2.1%)

Solid. Not selling enough.

221. Revenge (Image)

02/2014: Revenge #1 - 17,362
03/2014: Revenge #2 - 10,112 (-41.8%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Revenge #3 - 7,969 (-21.2%)
06/2014: Revenge #4 - 7,490 (-6.0%)

Last issue. Strange comic.

222. Sonic Universe (Archie)

06/2013: Sonic Universe #53 - 11,123

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07/2013: Sonic Universe #54 - 11,398 (+2.5%)
08/2013: Sonic Universe #55 - 9,239 (-18.9%)
09/2013: Sonic Universe #56 - 9,253 (+0.1%)
10/2013: Sonic Universe #57 - 8,874 (-4.1%)
11/2013: Sonic Universe #58 - 8,433 (-5.0%)
12/2013: Sonic Universe #59 - 8,123 (-3.7%)
01/2014: -
02/2014: Sonic Universe #60 - 7,902 (-2.7%)
03/2014: Sonic Universe #61 - 7,715 (-2.4%)
04/2014: Sonic Universe #62 - 7,927 (-2.7%)
05/2014: Sonic Universe #63 - 7,507 (-5.3%)
06/2014: Sonic Universe #64 - 7,423 (-1.1%)

Pretty stable this month.

223. Solar Man of the Atom (Dynamite)

04/2014: Solar Man O/T Atom #1 - 22,767
05/2014: Solar Man O/T Atom #2 - 8,918 (-60.8%)
06/2014: Solar Man O/T Atom #3 - 7,408 (-16.9%)

Not too bad a third-issue drop, particularly when you consider the second-issue drop.

224. Witchfinder (Dark Horse)

06/2014: Witchfinder Mysteries of Unland #1 - 7,355

Not a particularly strong start.

226. Superannuated Man (Image)

06/2014: Superannuated Man #1 - 7,308

Ted McKeever’s new book. He’s quite a niche taste, so this is pretty decent.

227. Amazing World of Gumball (Boom!)

06/2014: Amazing World of Gumball #1 - 7,285

Another Cartoon Network book, not one of my favorites I must confess.

228. Rachel Rising (Abstract) 

06/2013: Rachel Rising #17 - 8,336

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07/2013: Rachel Rising #18 - 8,504 (+2.0%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Rachel Rising #19 - 8,348 (-1.8%)
10/2013: Rachel Rising #20 - 8,166 (-2.2%)
11/2013: Rachel Rising #21 - 7,795 (-4.5%)
12/2013: Rachel Rising #22 - 7,581 (-2.7%)
01/2014: -
02/2014: Rachel Rising #23 - 7,511 (-0.9%)
03/2014: Rachel Rising #24 - ???? (???)
04/2014: Rachel Rising #25 - 7,378 (???)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Rachel Rising #26 - 7,260 (-1.6%)

Relatively solid at the moment.

229. Harbinger (Valiant)

06/2013: Harbinger #13 - 12,930

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07/2013: Harbinger #14 - 10,709 (-17.2%)
08/2013: Harbinger #15 - 12,086 (+12.9%)
09/2013: Harbinger #16 - 10,199 (-15.6%)
10/2013: Harbinger #17 - 10,686 (+4.8%)
11/2013: Harbinger #18 - 9,203 (-13.9%)
12/2013: Harbinger #19 - 9,237 (+0.4%)
01/2014: Harbinger #20 - 9,060 (-1.9%)
02/2014: Harbinger #21 - 8,473 (-6.5%)
03/2014: Harbinger Bleeding Monk #0 - 8,423
04/2014: Harbinger #22 - 8,213 (-3.1%)
05/2014: Harbinger #23 - 8,011 (-2.5%)
06/2014: Harbinger #24 - 7,256 (-9.4%)

That’s a bit ouch. There’s one more issue, then a mini-series, Omegas, and an Armor Hunters tie-in, not sure of the future beyond that.

231. Lobster Johnson (Dark Horse)

07/2013: Scent of Lotus #1 - 9,586 (-2.6%)
08/2013: Scent of Lotus #2 - 8,844 (-7.7%)
02/2014: Get Lobster #1 - 8,266 (-6.5%)
03/2014: Get Lobster #2 - 7,694 (-6.9%)
04/2014: Get Lobster #3 - 7,480 (-2.8%)
06/2014: Get Lobster #4 - 7,203 (-3.7%)

Last issue.

233. Archer & Armstrong (Valiant)

06/2013: Archer & Armstrong #10 - 13,241

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07/2013: Archer & Armstrong #11 - 9,880 (-25.4%)
08/2013: Archer & Armstrong #12 - 9,971 (+0.9%)
09/2013: Archer & Armstrong #13 - 9,910 (-0.6%)
10/2013: Archer & Armstrong #14 - 10,811 (+9.1%)
11/2013: Archer & Armstrong #15 - 8,998 (-16.8%)
12/2013: Archer & Armstrong #16 - 8,608 (-4.3%)
01/2014: Archer & Armstrong #17 - 8,112 (-5.8%)
02/2014: Archer & Armstrong #0 - 8,671 (+6.9%)
03/2014: Archer & Armstrong #18 - 8,156 (+0.5%)
04/2014: Archer & Armstrong #19 - 7,969 (-2.3%)
05/2014: Archer & Armstrong #20 - 7,553 (-5.2%)
06/2014: Archer & Armstrong #21 - 7,120 (-5.7%)

Continuing for the moment, but not looking too healthy.

234. Stray Bullets (Image)

03/2014: Stray Bullets #41 - 8,297
03/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #1 - 14,208
04/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #2 - 9,147 (-35.6%)
05/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #3 - 7,935 (-13.2%)
06/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #4 - 7,092 (-10.6%)

Should be selling better.

235. Flash Gordon (Dynamite) 

04/2014: Flash Gordon #1 - 14,398
05/2014: Flash Gordon #2 - 8,255 (-42.7%)
06/2014: Flash Gordon #3 - 7,034 (-14.8%)

See above comment.

236. Godzilla (IDW)

06/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #1 - 9,813

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07/2013: Godzilla #13 - 6,741 (-0.6%)
08/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #2 - 7,483 (-23.7%)
08/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #3 - 7,080 (-5.4%)
09/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #4 - 6,820 (-3.7%)
10/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #5 - 6,920 (+1.4%)
11/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #6 - 6,653 (-3.9%)
12/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #7 - 6,587 (-0.9%)
01/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #8 - 6,530 (-0.8%)
02/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #9 - 6,531 (0%)
03/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #10 - 6,677 (+0.2%)
04/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #11 - 6,917 (-3.6%)
05/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #12 - 7.890 (+14.1%)
06/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #13 - 6,980 (-11.5%)

Well, that was a short-lived boost from the movie.

239. Quantum & Woody (Valiant)

07/2013: Quantum & Woody #1 - 17,622
08/2013: Quantum & Woody #2 - 12,818 (-27.3%)
09/2013: Quantum & Woody #3 - 10,734 (-16.3%)
10/2013: Quantum & Woody #4 - 11,242 (+4.7%)
11/2013: Quantum & Woody #5 - 10,816 (-3.8%)
12/2013: Quantum & Woody #6 - 8,855 (-18.1%)
01/2014: Quantum & Woody #7 - 8,590 (-3.0%)
02/2014: Quantum & Woody #8 - 7,992 (-7.0%)
03/2014: Quantum & Woody Goat #0 - 8,747 
04/2014: Quantum & Woody #9 - 7,896 (-1.2%)
05/2014: Quantum & Woody #10 - 7,232 (-1.2%)
06/2014: Quantum & Woody #11 - 6,888 (-4.8%)

Penultimate issue I think, then the Delinquents mini-series. Still the return of the Priest and Bright iteration to come though.

240. EA Poe Fall O/T House of Usher 

06/2013: EA Poe Fall O/T House of Usher #2 - 6,556 

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10/2013: EA Poe The Raven & Red Death One Shot - 7,560 
04/2014: EA Poe Premature Burial One Shot - 6,925 
06/2014: EA Poe Morella Murders Rue Morgue One shot - 6,861

Another Corben Poe special.

241. Doc Savage (Dynamite)

12/2013: Doc Savage #1 - 13,631
01/2014: Doc Savage #2 - 9,000 (-34.0%)
02/2014: Doc Savage #3 - 8,214 (-8.7%)
03/2014: Doc Savage #4 - 7,561 (-7.9%)
04/2014: Doc Savage #5 - 6,974 (-7.8%)
05/2014: Doc Savage Annual 2014 - 5,042
06/2014: Doc Savage #6 - 6,841 (-1.9%)

Maybe settling down, saleswise.

243. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)

06/2013: Real American Hero #191 - 7,407

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07/2013: Real American Hero #192 - 7,361 (-0.6%)
08/2013: Real American Hero #193 - 7,314 (-0.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Real American Hero #194 - 7,314 (0%)
10/2013: Real American Hero #195 - 7,135 (-2.4%)
11/2013: Real American Hero #196 - 8,102 (+13.6%)
12/2013: Real American Hero #197 - 6,983 (-13.8%)
01/2014: Real American Hero #198 - 6,736 (-3.5%)
02/2014: Real American Hero #199 - 6,652 (-1.2%)
03/2014: Real American Hero #200 - 11,780 (+77.1%)
04/2014: Real American Hero #201 - 8,294 (-29.6%)
05/2014: Real American Hero #202 - 6,781 (-18.2%)
06/2014: Real American Hero #203 - 6,791 (+0.1%)

Super-solid this month.

244. Bloodshot (Valiant)

06/2013: Bloodshot #12 - 12,145

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07/2013: Bloodshot #12 - 10,058 (-17.2%)
08/2013: Bloodshot #0 - 11,303 (+12.4%)
09/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #14 - 10,225 (-9.5%)
10/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #15 - 9,806 (-4.1%)
11/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #16 - 8,666 (-11.6%)
12/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #17 - 8,142 (-6.0%)
01/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #18 - 8,529 (+4.8%)
02/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #0 - 7,895 (-7.4%)
02/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #19 - 7,281 (-7.8%)
03/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #20 - 7,929 (+8.9%)
04/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #21 - 7,630 (-3.8%)
05/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #22 - 7,350 (-3.7%)
06/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #23 - 6,783 (-7.7%)

Last issue I think, with an Armor Hunters mini following.

245, 261. Ghost (Dark Horse)

12/2013: Ghost #1 - 9,805
01-02/2014: -
03/2014: Ghost #2 - 7,412 (-24.4%)
04/2014: Ghost #3 - 6,826 (-7.9%)
06/2014: Ghost #4 - 6,058 (-11.2%)
06/2014: Ghost #5 - 6,699 (+10.6%)

A nice and slightly unexpected boost.

246. Simpsons Comics (Bongo)

06/2013: Simpsons Comics #203 - 6,930

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07/2013: Simpsons Comics #204 - 6,976 (+0.7%)
08/2013: Simpsons Comics #205 - 6,894 (-1.2%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Simpsons Comics #206 - 7,082 (+2.7%)
12/2013: Wonderful World of Lisa Simpson #1 - 7,744
12/2013: Simpsons Comics #207 - 6,794 (-4.1%)
01/2014: Simpsons Comics #208 - 6,486 (-4.5%)
02/2014: Simpsons Comics #209 - 6,509 (+0.3%)
03/2014: Simpsons Comics #210 - 6,334 (-2.7%)
04/2014: Duffman Adventures #1 - 7,070
04/2014: Simpsons Comics #211 - 6,390 (+0.9%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Simpsons Comics #212 - 6,619 (+3.6%)

A small increase for no apparent reason.

247. Mega Man (Archie) 

06/2013: Mega Man #26 - 9,290

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07/2013: Mega Man #27 - 10,332 (+11.2%)
08/2013: Mega Man #28 - 8,404 (-18.7%)
09/2013: Mega Man #29 - 8,042 (-4.3%)
10/2013: Mega Man #30 - 8,086 (+0.5%)
11/2013: Mega Man #31 - 7,854 (-2.8%)
12/2013: Mega Man #32 - 7,352 (-6.4%)
01/2014: Mega Man #33 - 7,015 (-4.6%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Mega Man #34 - 6,688 (-4.7%)
04/2014: Mega Man #35 - 6,681 (-0.1%)
04/2014: Mega Man #36 - 6,400 (-4.2%)
05/2014: Mega Man #37 - 7,640 (+19.4%)
06/2014: Mega Man #38 - 6,604 (-13.6%)

Sales drop down for the second part of the Mega Man X team-up.

248, 253. Crossed Badlands (Avatar)

06/2013: Crossed Badlands #31 - 7,327

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07/2013: Crossed Badlands #32 - 7,399 (+1.0%)
07/2013: Crossed Badlands #33 - 7,209 (-2.6%)
08/2013: Crossed Badlands #34 - 7,204 (0%)
08/2013: Crossed Badlands #35 - 6,737 (-6.5%)
09/2013: Crossed Badlands #36 - 6,990 (+3.8%)
09/2013: Crossed Special 2013 - 6,472
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #37 - 6,901 (-1.3%)
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #38 - 6,840 (-0.8%)
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #39 - 6,743 (-1.4%)
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #40 - 6,607 (-2.0%)
11/2013: Crossed Badlands #41 - 6,516 (-1.4%)
11/2013: Crossed Badlands #42 - 6,467 (-0.7%)
12/2013: Crossed Badlands #43 - 6,086 (-5.9%)
01/2014: Crossed Badlands #44 - 6,111 (+0.4%)
01/2014: Crossed Badlands #45 - 5,948 (-2.7%)
01/2014: Crossed Badlands #46 - 5,879 (-1.2%)
02/2014: Crossed Badlands #47 - 5,899 (+0.3%)
02/2014: Crossed Badlands #48 - 5,829 (-1.2%)
03/2014: Crossed Badlands #49 - 5,845 (+0.2%)
03/2014: Crossed Badlands #50 - 8,685 (+48.6%)
04/2014: Crossed Badlands #51 - 7,092 (-18.3%)
04/2014: Crossed Badlands #52 - 6,811 (-4.0%)
05/2014: Crossed Badlands #53 - 6,617 (-2.8%)
05/2014: Crossed Badlands #54 - 6,420 (-3.0%)
06/2014: Crossed Badlands #55 - 6,579 (+2.5%)
06/2014: Crossed Badlands #56 - 6,436 (-2.2%)

Relatively stable this month.

250. Wraith (IDW)

11/2013: Welcome to Christmasland #1 - 12,547
12/2013: Welcome to Christmasland #2 - 8,850 (-29.5%)
01/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #3 - 7,967 (-10.0%)
02/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #4 - 7,404 (-7.1%)
03/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #5 - 6,874 (-7.2%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #6 - 6,811 (-0.9%)
06/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #7 - 6,510 (-4.4%)

This was a brilliantly creepy series, I would highly recommend hunting down the collection.

251. Spongebob Comics (United Plankton)

06/2013: Spongebob Comics #21 - 7,043

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07/2013: Spongebob Comics #22 - 7,020 (-0.3%)
08/2013: Spongebob Comics #23 - 7,001 (-0.3%)
09/2013: Spongebob Comics #24 - 6,965 (-0.5%)
10/2013: Spongebob Comics #25 - 7,254 (+4.1%)
11/2013: Spongebob Comics #26 - 6,741 (-7.1%)
12/2013: Spongebob Comics #27 - 6,745 (-0.1%)
01/2014: Spongebob Comics #28 - 6,456 (-4.3%)
02/2014: Spongebob Comics #29 - 6,377 (-1.2%)
03/2014: Spongebob Comics #30 - 6,254 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Spongebob Comics #31 - 6,233 (-0.3%)
05/2014: Spongebob Comics #32 - 6,623 (+6.3%)
06/2014: Spongebob Comics #33 - 6,450 (-2.6%)
06/2014: Annual Giant Swimtacular #2 - 5,044
252. Five Ghosts (Image)

06/2013: Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #4 - 11,357

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07/2013: Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #5 - 10,409 (-8.3%)
08-09/2013: -
10/2013: Five Ghosts #6 - 9,399 (-9.7%)
11/2013: Five Ghosts #7 - 8,417 (-10.4%)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Five Ghosts #8 - 6,890 (-18.1%)
02/2014: Five Ghosts #9 - 6,348 (-7.9%)
03/2014: Five Ghosts #10 - 5,881 (-7.4%)
04/2014: Five Ghosts #11 - 5,735 (-2.5%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Five Ghosts #12 - 6,444 (+12.4%)
254. Ghostbusters (IDW)

06/2013: Ghostbusters #5 - 7,620

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07/2013: Ghostbusters #6 - 7,253 (-4.8%)
09/2013: Ghostbusters #7 - 7,097 (-2.1%)
10/2013: Ghostbusters #8 - 6,875 (-3.1%)
11/2013: Ghostbusters #9 - 6,447 (-6.2%)
11/2013: Ghostbusters #10 - 7,088 (+9.9%)
12/2013: Ghostbusters #11 - 6,059 (-14.5%)
01/2014: Ghostbusters #12 - 5,755 (-5.0%)
02/2014: Ghostbusters #13 - 6,355 (+10.4%)
03/2014: Ghostbusters #14 - 6,065 (-4.6%)
04/2014: Ghostbusters #15 - 6,200 (+2.2%)
05/2014: Ghostbusters #16 - 6,061 (-2.2%)
06/2014: Ghostbusters #17 - 6,400 (-5.6%)
255. The Massive (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Massive #13 - 9,371

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07/2013: Massive #14 - 8,983 (-4.1%)
08/2013: Massive #15 - 8,713 (-3.0%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Massive #16 - 8,345 (-4.2%)
11/2013: Massive #17 - 7,957 (-4.6%)
12/2013: Massive #18 - 7,770 (-2.3%)
01/2014: Massive #19 - 7,387 (-4.9%)
02/2014: Massive #20 - 6,976 (-5.6%)
03/2014: Massive #21 - 6,841 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Massive #22 - 6,650 (-2.8%)
05/2014: Massive #23 - 6,470 (-2.7%)
06/2014: Massive #24 - 6,372 (-1.5%)
256. Thomas Alsop (Boom!)

06/2014: Thomas Alsop #1 - 6,335
258. Clockwork Angels (Boom!)

03/2013: Clockwork Angels #1 - 11,602
04/2013: Clockwork Angels #2 - 6,452 (-44.4%)
06/2013: Clockwork Angels #3 - 6,169 (-4.4%)
259. Powerpuff Girls (IDW)

09/2013: Powerpuff Girls #1 - 38,992
10/2013: Powerpuff Girls #2 - 14,749 (-62.2%)
11/2013: Powerpuff Girls #3 - 13,175 (-10.7%)
12/2013: Powerpuff Girls #4 - 10,029 (-23.9%)
01/2014: Powerpuff Girls #5 - 8,050 (-19.7%)
02/2014: Powerpuff Girls #6 - 7,456 (-7.4%)
03/2014: Powerpuff Girls #7 - 6,457 (-13.4%)
04/2014: Powerpuff Girls #8 - 6,282 (-2.7%)
05/2014: Powerpuff Girls #9 - 6,032 (-4.0%)
06/2014: Powerpuff Girls #10 - 6,106 (+1.2%)
263. Letter 44 (Oni)

10/2013: Letter 44 #1 - ????
11/2013: Letter 44 #2 - 8,352 (+???)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Letter 44 #3 - 7,926 (-5.1%)
02/2014: Letter 44 #4 - 6,945 (-12.4%)
03/2014: Letter 44 #5 - 6,562 (-5.5%)
04/2014: Letter 44 #6 - 6,152 (-6.2%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Letter 44 #7 - 6,032 (-1.9%)
264. Princess Ugg (Oni)

06/2014: Princess Ugg #1 - 5,961
265. Fuse (Image)

02/2014: Fuse #1 - 15,957
03/2014: Fuse #2 - 9,928 (-37.8%)
04/2014: Fuse #3 - 8,039 (-19.0%)
05/2014: Fuse #4 - 6,637 (-17.4%)
06/2014: Fuse #5 - 5,958 (-10.2%)
266. Doodle Jump (Dynamite)

06/2014: Doodle Jump #1 - 5,940

Really? No seriously, really?

267. V-Wars (IDW)

04/2014: V-Wars #1 - 10,460
05/2014: V-Wars #2 - 6,912 (-33.9%)
06/2014: V-Wars #3 - 5,866 (-15.1%)
269. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope)

06/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #86 - 6,231

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07/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #87 - 7,201 (+15.6%)
08/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #88 - 6,023 (-16.4%)
09/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #89 - 7,423 (+23.2%)
10/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #90 - 6,779 (-8.7%)
11/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #91 - 6,697 (-1.2%)
12/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #92 - 6,262 (-6.5%)
01/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #93 - 6,362 (+1.6%)
02/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #94 - 6,175 (-2.9%)
03/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #95 - 6,036 (-2.3%)
04/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #96 - 5,928 (-2.3%)
05/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #97 - 6,055 (+2.1%)
05/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2014 - 5,089
06/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #98 - 5,828 (-3.7%)
270. Shadowman (Valiant)

06/2013: Shadowman #7 - 12,017

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07/2013: Shadowman #8 - 10,089 (-16.0%)
08/2013: Shadowman #9 - 9,895 (-1.9%)
09/2013: Shadowman #10 - 10,064 (+1.7%)
10/2013: Shadowman #11 - 10,632 (+5.6%)
11/2013: Shadowman #12 - 8,735 (-17.8%)
12/2013: Shadowman #13 - 9,403 (+7.6%)
01/2014: Shadowman #14 - 7,560 (-19.6%)
02/2014: Shadowman #15 - 7,239 (-4.2%)
03/2014: Shadowman #16 - 7,189 (-0.7%)
04/2014: Shadowman End Times #1 - 7,777 (+8.2%)
05/2014: Shadowman End Times #2 - 6,216 (-20.1%)
06/2014: Shadowman End Times #3 - 5,826 (-6.3%)
271. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files (Dynamite)

06/2014: JBDF War Cry #1 - 5,820
272. Grimm Fairy Tales Oz (Zenescope)

07/2013: GFT Oz #1 - 19,237
08/2013: GFT Oz #2 - 11,119 (-42.2%)
10/2013: GFT Oz #3 - 10,537 (-5.2%)
11/2013: GFT Oz #4 - 12,064 (+14.5%)
12/2013: GFT Oz #5 - 10,158 (-15.8%)
02/2014: GFT Oz #6 - 9,631 (-5.2%)
03-04/2014: -
05/2014: Warlord of Oz #1 - 7,787 (-19.1%)
06/2014: Warlord of Oz #2 - 5,810 (-25.4%)
273. Clive Barker Nightbreed (Boom!)

05/2014: Clive Barkers Nightbreed #1 - 7,790
06/2014: Clive Barkers Nightbreed #2 - 5,702 (-26.8%)
274. 24 (IDW)

04/2014: 24 #1 - 8,515
05/2014: 24 #2 - 6,326 (-25.7%)
06/2014: 24 #3 - 5,655 (-10.6%)
276. Mercenary Sea (Image)

02/2014: Mercenary Sea #1 - 10,728
03/2014: Mercenary Sea #2 - 8,509 (-20.7%)
04/2014: Mercenary Sea #3 - 7,222 (-15.1%)
05/2014: Mercenary Sea #4 - 6,103 (-15.5%)
06/2014: Mercenary Sea #5 - 5,482 (-10.2%)
277. Army of Darkness (Dynamite)

10/2013: Ash & The Army of Darkness #1 - 12,620
11/2013: -
12/2013: Ash & The Army of Darkness #2 - 8,223 (-34.8%)
01/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #3 - 7,261 (-11.7%)
02/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #4 - 6,563 (-9.6%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #5 - 6,207 (-9.6%)
04/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #6 - 5,884 (-5.4%)
05/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #7 - 5,690 (-3.3%)
06/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #8 - 5,455 (-4.1%)
278. Dejah of Mars (Dynamite)

06/2013: Dejah Thoris #26 - 6,593

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07/2013: Dejah Thoris #27 - 6,506 (-1.3%)
08/2013: Dejah Thoris #28 - 6,366 (-2.2%)
09/2013: Dejah Thoris #29 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Dejah Thoris #30 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Dejah Thoris #31 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Dejah Thoris #32 - 5,611 (???)
12/2013: Dejah Thoris #33 - 5,502 (-1.9%)
01/2014: Dejah Thoris #34 - 5,392 (-2.0%)
02/2014: Dejah Thoris #35 - 5,394 (+0.1%)
02/2014: Dejah Thoris #36 - 5,320 (-1.4%)
03/2014: Dejah Thoris #37 - 5,237 (-1.5%)
05/2014: Dejah of Mars #1 - 7,085 (+35.3%)
06/2014: Dejah of Mars #2 - 5,416 (-23.6%)
279. Regular Show (Boom!)

06/2013: Regular Show #2 - 19,507

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Regular Show #3 - 16,000 (-18.0%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Regular Show #4 - 15,269 (-4.6%)
11/2013: Regular Show #5 - 12,677 (-17.0%)
11/2013: Regular Show #6 - 11,213 (-11.6%)
12/2013: Regular Show #7 - 10,733 (-4.2%)
01/2014: Regular Show #8 - 9,201 (-14.3%)
02/2014: Regular Show #9 - 8,554 (-7.0%)
02/2014: Regular Show #10 - 7,623 (-10.9%)
03/2014: Regular Show #11 - 7,084 (-7.1%)
04/2014: Regular Show #12 - 6,540 (-7.7%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Regular Show 2014 Annual - 5,377
280. Halo Initiation (Dark Horse)

08/2013: Halo Initiation #1 - 12,584
09/2013: Halo Initiation #2 - 8,771 (-30.3%)
10/2013: Halo Initiation #3 - 7,960 (-9.2%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Halo Escalation #1 - 8,875 (+11.5%)
01/2014: Halo Escalation #2 - 6,656 (-25.0%)
02/2014: Halo Escalation #3 - 5,961 (-10.4%)
03/2014: Halo Escalation #4 - 5,702 (-4.3%)
04/2014: Halo Escalation #5 - 5,550 (-2.7%)
05/2014: Halo Escalation #6 - 5,432 (-2.1%)
06/2014: Halo Escalation #7 - 5,330 (-1.9%)
281. Undertow (Image)

02/2014: Undertow #1 - 14,859
03/2014: Undertow #2 - 9,247 (-37.8%)
04/2014: Undertow #3 - 7,291 (-21.2%)
05/2014: Undertow #4 - 6,114 (-16.1%)
06/2014: Undertow #5 - 5,270 (-13.8%)
282. Wonderland (Zenescope)

06/2013: Wonderland #12 - 7,765

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07/2013: Wonderland #13 - 7,253 (-6.6%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Wonderland #14 - 7,034 (-3.0%)
09/2013: Wonderland #15 - 6,558 (-6.8%)
10/2013: Wonderland #16 - 6,820 (+4.0%)
11/2013: Wonderland #17 - 6,723 (-1.4%)
12/2013: Wonderland #18 - 7,859 (+16.9%)
01/2014: Wonderland #19 - 6,434 (-18.1%)
02/2014: Wonderland #20 - 5,780 (-10.2%)
03/2014: Wonderland #21 - 5,937 (+2.7%)
04/2014: Wonderland #22 - 5,374 (-9.5%)
05/2014: Wonderland #23 - 5,313 (-1.1%)
06/2014: Wonderland #24 - 5,261 (-1.0%)
283. Tales of Honor (Image)

03/2014: Tales of Honor #1 - 13,827
04/2014: Tales of Honor #2 - 6,067 (-5.6%)
05/2014: Tales of Honor #3 - 5,170 (-14.8%)
284. Twilight Zone (Dynamite)

12/2013: Twilight Zone #1 - 21,723
01/2014: Twilight Zone #2 - 11,537 (-46.9%)
02/2014: Twilight Zone #3 - 10,061 (-12.8%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Twilight Zone #4 - 9,014 (-10.4%)
05/2014: Twilight Zone #5 - 8,140 (-9.7%)
06/2014: Twilight Zone Annual 2014 - 5,154
285. That’s Because You’re A Robot (Image)

06/2014: That’s Because You’re A Robot One Shot - 5,149
286. Peter Panzerfaust (Image)

06/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #11 - 17,683

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07/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #12 - 9,951 (-43.7%)
08/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #13 - 8,419 (-15.4%)
09/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #14 - 7,714 (-8.4%)
10/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #15 - 10,769 (+39.6%)
01/2014: Peter Panzerfaust #16 - 6,128 (-43.1%)
02/2014: Peter Panzerfaust #17 - 5,598 (-8.6%)
04/2014: Peter Panzerfaust #18 - 5,374 (-4.0%)
06/2014: Peter Panzerfaust #19 - 5,106 (-5.0%)
287. Battlestar Galactica (Dynamite)

06/2013: Battlestar Galactica #2 - 10,503

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Battlestar Galactica #3 - 9,200 (-12.4%)
09/2013: Battlestar Galactica #4 - 7,955 (-13.5%)
10/2013: Battlestar Galactica #5 -???? (???)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Battlestar Galactica #6 - 6,896 (???)
01/2014: Battlestar Galactica #7 - 6,120 (-11.2%)
02/2014: Battlestar Galactica #8 - 5,992 (-2.1%)
03/2014: Battlestar Galactica #9 - 5,586 (-6.9%)
04/2014: Battlestar Galactica #10 - 5,586 (-6.9%)
05/2014: Battlestar Galactica #11 - 5,243 (-6.1%)
06/2014: Battlestar Galactica #12 - 5,103 (-2.7%)
288. Eye of Newt (Dark Horse)

06/2014: Eye of Newt #1 - 5,087
290. Judge Dredd Mega City Two (IDW)

01/2014: Mega City Two #1 - 6,755
02/2014: Mega City Two #2 - 5,700 (-15.6%)
04/2014: Mega City Two #3 - 5,380 (-5.6%)
04/2014: Mega City Two #4 - ???? (???)
06/2014: Mega City Two #5 - 5,036 (???)
291. Maxx Maxximized (IDW)

11/2013: Maxx Maxximised #1 - 9,714
12/2013: Maxx Maxximised #2 - 7,345 (-24.4%)
01/2014: Maxx Maxximised #3 - 6,322 (-13.9%)
02/2014: Maxx Maxximised #4 - 5,943 (-6.0%)
03/2014: Maxx Maxximised #5 - ???? (???)
04/2014: Maxx Maxximised #6 - 5,377 (???)
05/2014: Maxx Maxximised #7 - 5,241 (-2.5%)
06/2014: Maxx Maxximised #8 - 5,031 (-4.0%)
292. Mass Effect (Dark Horse)

06/2012: -

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07/2012: Mass Effect Homeworlds #3 - 7,375 (-5.3%)
08/2012: Mass Effect Homeworlds #4 - 7,310 (-0.9%)
07/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #1 - 9,291 (+27.1%)
08/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #2 - 7,310 (-21.3%)
09/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #3 - 6,849 (-6.3%)
10/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #4 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #5 - 5,820 (???)
12/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #6 - 5,655 (-2.8%)
01/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #7 - 5,222 (-7.7%)
02/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #8 - 5,097 (-2.4%)
03/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #9 - 4,998 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #10 - ???? (???)
05/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #11 - 4,879 (???)
06/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #10 - 4,998 (+2.4%)
293. Robyn Hood (Zenescope)

06/2013: Robyn Hood Wanted #2 - 7,116

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07/2013: Robyn Hood Wanted #3 - 6,864 (-3.5%)
08/2013: Robyn Hood Wanted #4 - 5,727 (-16.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Robyn Hood Wanted #5 - 7,438 (+29.9%)
11/2013-01/2014: -
02/2014: Robyn Hood Age of Darkness - 6,388 (-14.1%)
03/2014: Robyn Hood Legend #1 - 6,622 (+3.7%)
04/2014: Robyn Hood Legend #2 - ???? (???)
05/2014: Robyn Hood Legend #3 - 5,268 (???)
06/2014: Robyn Hood Legend #4 - 4,964 (-5.8%)
295. Translucid (Boom!)

04/2014: Translucid #1 - 9,487
05/2014: Translucid #2 - 5,507 (-42.0%)
06/2014: Translucid #3 - 4,891 (-11.2%)
297. Madame Frankenstein (Image)

05/2014: Madame Frankenstein #1 - 9,771
06/2014: Madame Frankenstein #2 - 4,692 (-52.0%)

I wrongly attributed this to Steve Niles last month; it’s actually by the lovely Jamie Rich. Sorry Jamie! Oh, and Steve I guess…

298. Pathfinder (Dynamite)

06/2013: -

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07/2013: Pathfinder #8 - 6,085 (-3.6%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Pathfinder #9 - ??? (???)
10/2013: Pathfinder #10 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Pathfinder #11 - 5,110 (???)
05/2014: Pathfinder City of Secrets #1 - 7,101 (+39.0)
06/2014: Pathfinder City of Secrets #2 - 4,621 (-34.9)
299. Littlest Pet Shop (IDW)

05/2014: Littlest Pet Shop #1 - 8,211
06/2014: Littlest Pet Shop #2 - 4,593 (-44.1%)
300. Rocky & Bullwinkle (IDW)

03/2014: Rocky & Bullwinkle #1 - 7,022
04/2014: Rocky & Bullwinkle #2 - ???? (???)
05/2014: Rocky & Bullwinkle #3 - ???? (???)
06/2014: Rocky & Bullwinkle #4 - 4,560 (???)

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All figures on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to direct market retailers. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. Books shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than ones shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month.

Here’s the cover to the Sam Alden issue of Frontier

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Youth in Decline’s flagship publication is Frontier, a slim but essential Risographed book featuring the work of one cartoonist. Past issues have spotlighted Uno Moralez, Hellen Jo, Sascha Hommer, Ping Shu and now Sam Alden. And here’s the cover. The issue goes on sales at SPX and will feature a new 36-page comic by Alden.

Alden’s work has already been published by Uncivilizaed, and his “Hawaii 1997″ has been widely anthologized. Expect this to be a hot ticket item at SPX!

2014 Ignatz Nominees announced: Yang, Shiga, Deitch among nominees

The 2014 Ignatz Awards have announced their nominations. As usual with this indie-comics focused award the nominees are an eclectic bunch, maybe even more eclectic than usual, going from the National Book Award-nominees Boxers and Saints in the Outstaind Graphic Novel category, to a mix of mostly little known outside indie circles nominees in Newcomer, Story and Comic…and that’s why the Ignatzes are great, they introduce us to a whole new list of comics to check out.

The nominees were chosen by a five-person jury this year consisting of Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor. Winners will be chonse by the attendees of the Small Press Expo on September 13th and presented in a gala awards ceremony that night, sponsored by Comixology and Submit.

And the nominees are:

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Outstanding Artist
Sam Bosma – Fantasy Basketball
Kim Deitch – The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley
Sophie Goldstein – Darwin Carmichael is Going To Hell; Edna II; House of Women
Ed Piskor – Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1
Jesse Reklaw – Couch Tag

Outstanding Anthology or Collection

Amazing Facts and Beyond - Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch
The End – Anders Nilsen
Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 – Leslie Stein
Sock Monkey Treasury – Tony Millionaire
QU33R – ed. Robert Kirby

Outstanding Graphic Novel

The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley – Kim Deitch
The Boxer – Reinhard Kleist
Boxers and Saints – Gene Luen Yang
This One Summer – Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
War of Streets and Houses – Sophie Yanow

Outstanding Story

“Brownout Biscuit,” from Octopus Pie: Dead Forever – Meredith Gran
Destination X – John Martz
The Grassy Knoll – Nick Drnaso
“Jobs” from Life Zone – Simon Hanselmann
“Mom” from Viewotron #2 – Sam Sharpe

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Promising New Talent

Luke Howard -Trevor
Cathy G. Johnson – Jeremiah; Boy Genius; Until It Runs Clear
Nick Offerman – Orange; Onions
Keiler Roberts – Powdered Milk
Daryl Seitchik – Missy

Outstanding Series
The Black Feather Falls – Ellen Lindner
Demon – Jason Shiga
Powdered Milk – Keiler Roberts
Sky in Stereo – Sacha Mardou
Towerkind – Kat Verhoeven

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Outstanding Comic
Blammo #8 – Noah Van Sciver
Cosplayers – Dash Shaw
It Will All Hurt #2- Farel Dalrymple
Misliving Amended – Adam Buttrick
Wicked Chicken Queen – Sam Alden

Outstanding Minicomic
The Grassy Knoll – Nick Drnaso
House of Women – Sophie Goldstein
Never Forgets – Yumi Sakugawa
Test Tube #1 – Carlos Gonzalez
Up to the Top – Ian Sampson

Outstanding Online Comic

Band for Life by Anya Davidson

Big Dogs at Nite by Dane Martin

Demon by Jason Shiga

On Hiatus by Pete Toms

Vattu by Evan Dahm

SDCC 14: Batman’s 75th, My 20th, and a Lot of First Experiences

By David Nieves

We’re all still recovering from copious amounts of walking around taking pictures with people and wishing the people in front of us taking pictures would just move. Yes another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. By now all the news is out and we’re still reeling from the Batman V Superman and Avengers: Age of Ultron footage. Every Comic-Con comes with two things, a ridiculous hotel bill and for a lot of us the empty promise of this being my final one. For me the one take away from this show is that, now more than ever, Comic-Con has the power to be a boom for every industry if affects but it doesn’t always accolade with the full potential of its crown.

I’ve been going to SDCC since 1994, back then I was a snot nosed adolescent who knew nothing about panels or even that comic books had writers. In those days all I would do is walk laps around the exhibit hall. There were no Petco Park events, or Indigo Ballrooms. Hall H was a gleam in the eye of some up and coming PR person. You might not believe it but I managed to have fun simply by trying to get as many of those door sized Knightfall Batman posters from the DC booth that year as my grubby pin seeking hands could carry.

Fueled by studio funds and rabid fandom, SDCC has turned into a monster. A hydra mated with Cousin It, if you get that reference then you’re old enough to appreciate what SDCC once was. Now Comic-Con is the cradle of fandom, and it’s divided everyone. There those who feel that the show is no longer something they want to be a part of, and there are also lots who live for the spectacle it currently encapsulates. Understand that fandom is never a bad thing; it fuels economies and brings people together who would otherwise never leave the comforts of their basement. You might as well get use to it because the extravaganza isn’t going away.

(It isn’t all bad sometimes you can catch up with old elfish classmates)

 

This year was no exception. From the moment I arrived in the Whale’s Vagina on Wednesday; my senses were overloaded with promotions for Guardians of The Galaxy, Blacklist, Gotham plastered everywhere from busses, trains, to hotel elevator doors. Pedicabs were already huffing people over to different parts of the Gaslamp for meager tips. Comic-Con had already been in full “on” mode days before I even arrived.

Preview night was just as bad in overcrowding as any regular day of SDCC. Five years ago it was still hard to get that exclusive collectible you wanted but still within the realm of possibility. Five seconds into the exhibit hall opening this year and almost every line from Peanuts, Tokidoki, to Hasbro was either capped or full beyond reasonable time to wait for a tote bag. After, I walked to the Gaslamp to try and meet some friends for late dinner, to no one’s surprise there were already convention goers with bags and bags full of T-shirts, toys, and I can only assume remnants of the first borns they sacrificed to get their loot. I even witnessed an elderly woman who was barely 5’0 tall hoist two Comic-Con souvenir bags filled with –who knows what– above her shoulders like they were bags of dog kibble.

My preview night finished with old “good one big G” when I got back to my hotel room to upload photos; this wallet draining douche status symbol macbook of mine decides it’s time to die. Forcing me at 2am to smoke signal Heidi and figure out just how I’m going to handle the next four days of news and rabid fandom. Like any good sibling would my sister back home came through with a old tablet that was the size of a Speak and Spell. Which in retrospect would have been better to type on than this HP monstrosity. The next three days would be characterized by a lack of italicization, which kids never let anyone tell you isn’t important.

To open the first hour of the con, I foolishly tried to procure my wish list. Anyone who attends Comic-Con knows that list mostly comes from those people who tell you “hey can you pick me up a..” At least we can say SDCC disappoints people around the world even if they don’t attend. It creates lots of those disappointments that turn youngsters towards a life of stripping. After the first hour I’d given up that hope and simply abandoned my home address and phone in a feeble attempt to hide from crushed loved ones, but carried on to the convention floor where I had my first interview of the show. This was also by far my most nerve racking interview.

I got to speak with none other than the amazing Becky Cloonan, who I’m not afraid to say I totally swoon over. Yes, I’m one of those stereotypical comic book readers who’s confused and terrified by women. In fact there’s one doing that to me as I write this. But let’s talk about Becky. Though I was more nervous than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs; she was nothing short of a delight who has so much insight on how to live life to the fullest. You can listen to that entire thing here. Feel free to throw your grade school taunts at me you smug socially well adept bastards. Sorry, Comic-Con will do that to people. We cool? Yeah. Okay.

(Becky Cloonan is amazing at being amazing)

 

My first panel of the show was the DC Collectibles panel. Originally I had a spotlight and a Batman panel scheduled but with my productivity situation in question, I wanted a panel that I could easily go back to and dig up info on later. After that panel it was time to see if my laptop workaround was going to prove fruitful. Nope. Can’t bold type, can’t upload images, looks like this is all going to be eyewitness accounting and Lochness monster reports.

(Bombshell girls invade the DC Collectibles Panel)

Thursday closed out with another interview I’ve been looking forward to for weeks. Ever since I saw Karloff’s Frankenstein and read the IDW published 30 Days of Night, I’ve always wanted to talk about monsters with Steve Niles. I can proudly attest, we did that sh**! Not only did I find Steve to be every bit the punk rock scholar I imagined him to be, but he also made me feel like I belonged in my comics fandom. Just as anyone in life does, you gravitate towards like minded people (Booze/Drug Free hell yeah!). When you feel like you’ve been accepted because of who you are or what you love there’s no feeling like it. Thanks to Pam for letting me conduct this interview in her place.

(Steve Niles is the legend that lives up to the legend)

Naturally the kickoff of Comic-Con sees tons of parties and people in the streets that look like a World War Z scene come to life. Some of you who are reading this can vouch for the pain in the a** that train –which just stopped in front of the convention center for what felt like hours– was. It got so out of hand at one point that the hundreds of people waiting to cross the street into Gaslamp would brave oncoming traffic and hop the guard fence over the train tracks. Stay classy San Diego.

Thursday night I was invited by my main man Gaz from Rocksteady (developers of the Arkham game franchise) to the Batman: Cape Cowl Create exhibit party at the Hard Rock across the street from the convention center.

 

Since I showed up at about 11:30pm most of the party had moved on and there was nothing left but a few odd dancers and the remanence of a once open bar. Curious because I’d never stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel, I wandered into the elevator and hit the button for the secured 4th floor pool area. Miraculously the box moved and when the doors opened I found myself in the midst of the IGN/Sin City party. Yep I crashed a party. Even got to run into IGN’s Greg Miller who was kind enough not to have me tossed out for crashing.

(Gameovergreggy oreo dude extraordinaire)

Celebrities, a seemingly drunk Joe Quesada, everything any SDCC party could want. It was a fun time mingling with those I had no business talking to. A pro tip, if you ever find yourself at an industry party you weren’t invited to: act like you belong. You’d be surprised how people will welcome you by just peacocking a bit.  I had a few cokes, told Amanda Conner where she and Jimmy should go eat after the party and then I called it a night.

(Somewhere in that blurry mess is Amanda Conner and friends)

The next few days are a bit of a blur between overpriced pretzels, someone yelling out the Hall H news, talking to people on the floor and mistaking Geoff Johns for my long lost cousin at the DC booth. Friday was the convention grind in full force. Like I do at just about every show I’ve ever covered, I attended the Aspen Comics panel. If you’ve never checked out their books, I highly recommend that you do. They’re comic books made by people who care about comic books. Last year my 10th anniversary submission was picked for the souvenir book and I’d met editor Vince Hernandez. This year we talked again before the panel and during their presentation he acknowledged my contribution to their celebration in 2013. It was one of those surreal con moments you hear about. The house that Michael Turner built will always hold a special place for me.

Later in the day, I was involved in a BKV moment. First of all, if you ever see Brian K Vaughan’s name for anything immediately go to it. You’re guaranteed a memorable encounter. You can read all about his self hosted spotlight panel here. During the panel I thought to myself “I need a picture with this guy,” with SDCC eliminating all common sense I thought to myself what better time than in the middle of his panel. Voilâ.

One of the things that should stand out about BKV’s words is his passion for the comic book industry. This is a guy who has written and spearheaded successful television. If he really wanted to he could have left comics behind, but he came back. Not only did Vaughan come back, but still continues to champion the industry. He’s a comic book guy’s comic book guy.

My Friday would end with an eye opening interview with Naughty Dog’s Creative Director, Neil Druckmann. He’s the American success story come to life. A kid from Israel, who came to America at a young age and found comics. A medium which would inspire him to tell the incredible stories he does today. Listen to our full interview and hear how Sin City actually inspires part of The Last of Us.

Saturday had memories of its own, but what I can really recall is going over to an Age of Ultron preview showing and putting the whole shindig into perspective while talking with my friend and frequent collaborator Kevin Johnson. Fandom is never a bad thing, but SDCC has so many things working against it that the fact they are able to pull of this logistical nightmare every year is a little bit of a miracle. Bravo to Comic-Con International for it all.

First let’s get an observation out of the way. Most of you probably already see this but it dawned on me this year. Comic-Con has the same problem that social security does in the United States. Just like we don’t always retire at 65 and live longer than in previous years, so does this problem affect SDCC. I’m not saying the reason people can’t go to Comic-Con is because no one’s dying, it’s because we don’t outgrow this in our fandom anymore. Not only do we turn 30 and still go to SDCC, we make little versions of ourselves to add to our counts as another group of kids becomes of age to attend the coolest show on earth. This year I saw fewer solo attendees than ever before. It’s a very encouraging sign on a social level, especially when we live in the age of not talking to each other (right Robin!).

Where I take issue with San Diego Comic-Con isn’t with the overcrowding, the glitz and glamour, or masses of people who prevented me from picking up my Jim Lee T-Shirt. No I fault the people who should be influencing convention goers to try comics every chance they get. The Zack Snyders’, the Evans’, even the Samuel L Jacksons’. There’s so many celebrities, directors, and multi-media personalities that go to SDCC and say they love the medium but have never once said in their Hall H spectacles, “I’m here cause I love comics and everyone should be reading them!” So many publishers like Marvel say the books are what drive everything but Hall H has nothing to do with comics. I want to hear Sam Jackson talk about the first time he read Nick Fury for research or have Andrew Garfield tell me what issues of Spider-Man I should pick up. The passioned speeches and the gimmicks are fun to see but I can hear about their lives and movies on the news or TMZ. Talk to me about comics.

Obviously the Entertainment Weekly shoot and whatever story comes out of it is a step in the right direction. It definitely signals the beginning of comics getting their time in the limelight. There are tons of great creators and characters out there who should be talked about everywhere. We shouldn’t have to wait for a 75th anniversary or a movie announcement for them to make Hall H size news during the biggest comic book convention in the world. Comics need to survive and Comic-Con has the potential now more than ever to be the biggest part of that.

(Random Dan Slott picture I don’t remember taking)

Like most people who’ve been doing the con since before 2000, I’ve come to peace with the big show, but I just wish Comic-Con did everything it could to get people talking about comic books. But we don’t have to wait for SDCC to push the industry. Comics are for everybody, we can talk about them anywhere/ anytime; on the internet, at Portillo’s Hot Dogs, while we’re on dates, waiting in line to see Guardians of The Galaxy for the seventh time. Comics aren’t just for everybody, they’re for everywhere. No other medium can spawn such new and innovative ideas. It’s my big take away from the show, realizing how much I missed writing and talking about comics.

(Obligatory Rocket Pic)

Will I ever attend another SDCC? Who knows, my body recovers slower at my age; but I was an LA Kings fan long before 2012 and a Dodgers fan through the 80’s till now. I’m a glutton for punishment so you just might see me there, after all Becky Cloonan promised to take another picture with me.

 

 

SDCC 14: Fiona Staples… Artist, Icon, Saga Fan

By David Nieves

On SDCC Friday, after a rousing Brian K Vaughan one man show, Saga co-creator Fiona Staples took the room stage for an hour of career and advice for young artists in her own spotlight. Fiona’s time was led by Jennifer de Guzman director of Image Comics Trade Book Sales.

Fiona’s introduction read like a hall of fame induction ceremony. It felt as though the entire hour could just be a reading of everything the artist has accomplished in her career. After the accolades, the ladies jumped into Staples discography of comics beginning with a 24hr comic challenge she did alongside other would be comic makers in a mall food court. Her first professional work was a horror story in 2006 called Done to Death. The book would later be republished through IDW. Her Wildstorm work was touched on and through her early journey it was clear to see how her style has evolved through the artist’s unique lens, particularly seeing a decline of lines contrasted with a rise in her painted style. She credited a time spent in the UK with friend Frazer Irving for teaching her how digital can be used to create “beautiful organic work that doesn’t necessarily look digital.” Of course no Fiona career retrospective would be complete without talking about Saga.

She told the story of being introduced to Brian K Vaughan. Instrumental in getting the two together was acclaimed comics writer Steve Niles. He pointed Vaughan in Staples direction and she received an e-mail from BKV that included the elevator pitch, ” a family wrapped in a space opera.” This would be her first book that would be longer than six issues. When she asked Brian how long he wanted to do the book his answer was, “I want to do it forever.” Fiona Staples would clear her schedule for the rest of her life and we’re all better for it.

One of the most interesting tidbits from behind the scenes of Saga is that Staples reads every script as a fan. She knows very little ahead of time and it shows in the pages she draws. Every reaction we get from a monthly issue is her reaction to BKV’s words. It really is almost like Vaughan writes the book just for Fiona and we’re all along for the ride.

On the screen was her process for doing a page of Saga beginning with very light penciled layouts using photo references that she takes on her laptop, then inking and digital painting. She looks through a tremendous amount of photos to select just the right colors for every scene she paints. With some of the off the wall character death and sex scenes you’d imagine there’s some pretty hilarious photo reference, and there is but it will never see the light of day according to Staples.

Fan questions ran the gamut from the simplicity of her favorite color to the complexity of education in the arts. For the traditionalist out there, Fiona still loves to draw with the hand tools of the trade, but in her view it isn’t the most efficient way to finish a monthly comic. On the topic of the controversies that come about seemingly every issue of Saga. The duo acknowledge what could cause controversy when planning a story arc but always seem to ignore it if the story would be altered in any way.  Her view on traditional cape comics was quite unexpected. Fiona doesn’t have much of desire to do any of the most popular characters, but instead would do a character like Deadman.

The panel closed out with what we can expect from the next few issues of Saga. She teased the crowd by saying ” heartbreak and some jokes.”

When you looked at that large stage with just Fiona and Jennifer, you indeed see the greatest artist of her generation. If you take all her words, mannerisms, and bright smile you see the strength of her artistic desires but also a vulnerability that’s prevalent in Hazel’s story within the pages of Saga. When we look at Fiona Staples, we’re looking at the imagination and vision that will no doubt leave her branded an icon in the comic book industry, but to hear her speak so softly and humbly about her experiences endears the artist to you on an entirely new level.

You can pick up Saga every month and read the random thoughts of Fiona Staples on twitter.

 

SDCC 14: Jeff Smith Spotlight, the Head of Comic’s Cool Table

By David Nieves
If you’re a lifer, comics have always been the cool thing. Certain people personify what’s “out there” and distinct about comics more so than any other industry; and at the very top of that list is Bone creator Jeff Smith. On SDCC Saturday afternoon, moderated by his friend Tom Spurgeon(The Comics Reporter), Jeff talked about all things Jeff Smith during his spotlight panel.

Opening with the news from Scholastic, Bone vol 1 will see a special Scholastic Anniversary edition of the book with colors and an eight page poem about the Rat Creatures alongside a whole bunch of pinups from Scholastic artists like Kate Beaton. Scholastic is set to release it in the Spring of next year.

You could tell by Jeff’s laid back demeanor and rocking back and forth in his seat that Tom held the opening talk with Jeff as if they were just having lunch together looking over comic books.  Jeff enlightened his buddy, along with the room 9 audience in attendance, about off-the-wall character design, getting older in comics, and meeting a larger age ranges of fans.

Jeff praised about the Rasl sculpture that was at his booth. A group of art students 3D built it for him, they took the little hints in the darkness of the engines to build something that resembles a Tesla Coil and an alternating engine. Seeing the final piece astonished Smith because he himself never knew what the inside of the engines never looked like because they were always draped in shadows, only showing hints of what was inside.

Smith was asked if SDCC was a better place to present your projects than when he started? “it’s a very different landscape then when I came into it. In 1991 there was only two kinds of comics; the mainstream Marvel and DC, then there were the alternative comics,” Smith explained. He defended the extravaganza known as Comic-Con for its potential to attract new readers.

His latest work, TUKI, is out first digitally with a print version available shortly after. What’s great about the print version is that it’s still read horizontally true to its digital roots. Unlike other digital to print books that have to crop pages in awkward ways. Jeff took the simple notion of keeping things the way they were meant to read.

One question he hears a lot was asked during this panel. Other company owned characters he’d like to do?
DC Comics said he could come do the second half of Shazam and the Monster Society of Evil whenever he wants but has no plans to do so in the near future. Unless he gets, “really bored or really broke.” The Rocket Raccoon 1 cover was also shown and he chalked that one up to it simply being, “up his alley.”

A fan asked Jeff, “when did he decide to make Bone more epic?
According to the cartoonist, the moment happened organically when he decided to turn the jokes it was based on into story. Particularly the stories he liked such as the works of Tolkien. It was a time where he couldn’t hide behind the Donald Duck style comics purely laced with jokes and running gags. In his words, “he had to come out.”

The last question was about how Smith transitioned Bone from college comic strip to real comic book. He had opportunities to bring bone to publishers but it would have required him changing or eliminating things like the Rat Creatures and selling his copyright. Before that time he’d never been inside a comic book store and during his first time inside one, saw that there were people self-publishing their own comics. It gave him the epiphany to create his own company and all the stories he’s done in his career.

With that the panel came to an end. You can listen to the full spotlight below (note: delay at beginning starts at 0:09) full of all Smith’s quips and insights about the industry. You can find Rasl, Tuki, and all things Bone on his website Boneville.com

 

10 Steps to Make Your Creations Real

Douglass Neff instructing on what constitutes as attainable.

Douglass Neff instructing on what constitutes as attainable.

By: Nick Eskey

The thing about fandom is that on some level, we all wish we be a part of what we love: We want to write a hit novel because we love to read; we want to draw a comic book because we love to draw; we want to be a filmmaker because we love to watch movies. But making fantasy a reality is never as easy as the dreaming part. I can personally speak from experience, as that I’ve been trying to finish a manuscript for the last two years. Either there’s always something to keep me from meeting my writing goal, or some maybe an important chore I have to get done first. Sound familiar to you?

Douglass Neff, author of Epic Win! The Geek’s Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator, treated convention goers to a workshop revolved around completing that certain artistic project we’ve been wanting to complete. Referred cutely as the “10 Magic Coins,” Douglass discussed ten steps of action aimed to facilitate the success of one’s prospective project.

1. “There is no magic.”

Simply put, no one will do the work for us. There are no short cuts we can take, no magic lamps to rub, no secret passage that will lead us to our end goal.

2. “Specific.”

You may know what you want to do, like write a book for example, but there has to be more than that. What type of book? Young adult? Children’s? Murder mystery? Is it going to be one book, or is it going to be a series of books? Douglass used Neil Gaiman’s adaption of Jack Kirby’s Eternals for instance. When Neil Gaiman announced that he was going to do it, he just didn’t leave it at that. He said he was going to do “six” books for the series. If you are planning a project, it should be fully fleshed as to make a clearer goal.

3. “Measurable.”

Though you may not be under any real deadline, you should set one. Having a due date makes the project more real, and gives a new layer of urgency. “I need to get it done by this date, so I should get to work on it.”

4. “Attainable.”

If you want any hope of your goal/project to be realized, the goal itself has to be realistic. Especially if attempting something for the first time, it would be best to make set the end goal to be definitely reachable. If the goal ultimately fails, don’t take it too hard. Failure is a chance to learn. Use what you learned to figure out why it failed, whether the goal was too lofty, or if perhaps the approach wasn’t effective.

5. “Get some help.”

Every great hero either has a sidekick, or has someone in their life that they can depend on to be in their corner. This is their support staff. “It’s too dangerous to go alone. Take this!” A good support team will be needed to stay on track. Your “coach” should be someone who will push you continuously towards your goal. Sometimes, they may even need to pull you along kicking and screaming. Your coach doesn’t care how it gets done, just that it does. Your “cheerleader” will be very important in their own right. When you are at your lowest, they will cheer you own and keep your spirits high. Lastly, your “score keeper” is the one that cares about the quality of your work. “Does that sentence need to be there, why is there a pink elephant dancing on a bar top in this scene, why did you give this woman a mustache?” They are the one that will be brutally honest to you and keep your feet on the ground. Douglass strictly advised that if a spouse fills any of these roles, they should only fill “one” of them. It would be a conflict of interest otherwise. Anyway, more than likely some of your support staff will butt heads with each other. It happens.

6. “One step at a time.”

Along with an ultimate goal, try to create smaller goals that act like waypoints for each step along the way. The process will then seem easier to manage.

7. “Play into your strengths.”

This step should really have a few smaller steps in it, because it covers a number of things. You may not be the best at drawing, but by the gods you are an excellent story teller. Focus on what you’re good at, for these things are what will carry you the farthest. Where you decide to do your work is also going to be a strength. Do you do your best work when alone, or sipping a large-iced-no-fat-soy-latte in a busy coffee shop? How will you do your work also will play a part. Some people are glued to their computers for writing, where others swear by old-fashioned typewriters for their projects. George R.R. Martin for instance writes all his books on an antique dos computer with no internet, or spell checker capabilities. It works for him.

8. “Do your homework.”

A goal requires research. Seems simple enough, but some aspects aren’t always that clear. If you’re trying to sell a script, make sure the people you want to present it to are interested in your genre, or if they are even excepting open submissions at the moment.

9. “Know your nemesis.”

Any proper super hero has that one, really super villain that always manages to be a persistent thorn in their side. Mind you, I’m not saying that you’ll have someone trying to tie your project to the railroad tracks. But there will be things that stand between you and success. Have a habit of searching the web mindlessly on your computer, or easily get tempted away by invites for drinks at the bar? Call out all the things that will impede you, and ensure they won’t get in your way.

10. “Never ever ever give up.”

Now this step is the most important. If you’ve made a real, obtainable goal, then it will eventually be reached. We all know it’s hard to see the trees from the forest, but don’t let the loss of momentum or the fear of failure hold you back. After all, how can you reach your goal when you stop reaching all together?

SDCC 14: Brian K Vaughan “The Greatest One Man Show Ever”

By David Nieves
There’s no spotlight like a BKV spotlight and today at SDCC faithful companion of Hamburger K Vaughan, Brian, indeed delivered a fast paced hour Q&A that delighted a packed house. BKV took on about 35 questions from inquisitive fans ranging from animals to gin cocktails. We’ll post the full audio in the next day or so but for now we’ll recap the five best questions asked on the panel.
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1) A girl from D.C asked, “What is your favorite gin and gin cocktail?”
Vaughan isn’t picky; any well gin will do with his favorite cocktail being half well-gin and half tap water. Perfect for sitting and thinking about your problems in his opinion.

2) Another young lady asked about where the source material for Saga comes from?
“I knocked up my wife.” Writing is a way for him to understand the unknown and fatherhood terrified him. All the characters are based on friends and loved ones in his life including Lying Cat.

3)Any other TV or film projects on the way?
“No. I quit everything,” Brian talked about the perks of working in Hollywood among them being free lunch, but after working to please so many bosses in television he realized comics were the best place to cultivate new ideas. Later he talked about the rights for Y:The Last Man reverting back to him and Pia. He doesn’t think it will get made because in order for another studio to do so they’d have to pay New Line what they’ve already invested. In Vaughan’s own words, “that’s a sh**ton of money.”

3) Would he ever comeback to fix Runaways?
“I like what they’re doing… I made an okay living sort of working off other peoples creation. I should throw something back into the toy box.” His hope is that a young creator would take it and breathe new life into it.

4) Do you always know how a story is going to end?
“I don’t start a story till I know how it’s going to end.” Brian talked about fluidity being important in story telling. While writing Y he knew what the last panel would be, only the signposts along the way might chan

5)What comics are you reading?
Having been asked this at every panel, the man came prepared with a list that consisted of great independent and big two books. On that list; ALEX AND ADA, CALIBAN by Ennis, MOON KNIGHT by Ellis, MS MARVEL, and the upcoming COPPERHEAD. He also gave a nod to Kirkman’s zombie book.

After the panel, Brian announced he was in the process of making two new books one with an artist he’d worked with before and another book with a brand new artist. No official word yet as he said the books were still very early. Personally, I’m hoping for a reunion with Pia. There was laughter, touching moments, and more laughter plus the brave questioners got a free copy of next weeks Saga from BKV himself.

If you search Instagram you might find the picture posted in this write up that was taken right in the middle of the panel. All hail Hamburger’s owner!

Listen to all of the entertainment that was Brian K Vaughan below

The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 2: Don Rosa, Eleanor Davis, Lucy Knisley & Archie Comics

logo-pod-more-to-come-1400.pngLive from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald.

In part two of More To Come’s San Diego Comic-Con special, Calvin Reid talks to Don Rosa about Scrooge McDuck, European fans and Carl Barks; Eleanor Davis on her new book How to Be Happy; and Lucy Knisley about her new book An Age of License. Meanwhile, Heidi MacDonald interviews Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito and sr. v-p Alex Segura about Life With Archie, dead Archie and zombie Archie. All this and more from Publishers Weekly’s More To Come!

Listen to this episode in streaming here, download it direct here and catch up with our previous podcasts on the PublishersWeekly website, or subscribe to More To Come on iTunes

 

Indie Month-to-Month Sales May 2014: Image has top four new entries

By Chris Rice

MPH_01Another decent month for Image, who have all of the top four new entries, including Warren Ellis’s return to creator-owned books. Elsewhere Valiant appear to be going through a radical shift in publishing model, and don’t look too healthy over-all. Stick around after the top 300, as there’s a bit of an extra this month.

149 indie titles charted in the top 300, slightly down on last month’s 151. Overall sales were up at 1,632,573, compared to last month’s 1,688,787 and the average sales this month are 10,957, down on last month’s 11,184. 16 titles went up in sales and 116 went down, with the rest made up of new entries and specials.

Image are number one again with an 8.86% dollar share and an 9.96% market share, IDW go up to second place with a 6.38% dollar share and 4.18% market share. Dark Horse have a 5.96% dollar share and a 5.50% market share, Dynamite have a 2.30% dollar share and 2.29% market share and Boom! have a 1.97 % dollar share and 1.84% market share.

UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

8. The Walking Dead (Image)

05/2009: The Walking Dead #61 - 23,902
05/2010: The Walking Dead #72 - 25,182 
05/2011: The Walking Dead #85 - 37,552
05/2012: The Walking Dead #98 - 60,699
05/2013: The Walking Dead #110 - 76,455

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06/2013: The Walking Dead #111 - 74,857 (-2.1%)
07/2013: The Walking Dead #112 - 72,975 (-2.5%)
08/2013: The Walking Dead #113 - 70,273 (-3.7%)
09/2013: The Walking Dead #114 - 70,440 (+0.2%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead #115 - 310,584 (329,127)(+340.9%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead Tyreese Special - 40,572
10/2013: The Walking Dead #1 10th Anniversary Ed - 39,780
11/2013: The Walking Dead #116 - 69,913 (-77.5%)
11/2013: The Walking Dead #117 - 68,818 (-1.6%)
12/2013: The Walking Dead #118 - 68,020 (-1.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #119 - 65,151 (-4.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #120 - 65,286 (+0.2%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #121 - 65,244 (-0.1%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #122 - 64,810 (-0.6%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #123 - 64,460 (-0.5%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #124 - 64,659 (+0.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #125 - 66,761 (+3.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #126 - 67,853 (+1.6%)
05/2014: The Walking Dead #127 - 71,352 (+5.2%)

The bi-monthly All Out War is over, and the schedule returns to once a month with a nice little boost for the new arc.
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ONE AND DONE: The Trouble With First Issues [The Life After #1]

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Sometimes, it’s just not fair to judge a book by its first issue. They’re just so different from what you’ll end up getting on a monthly basis. First issues have an incredible amount of work to do, work that’s extremely hard to do well in 22 pages–in fact, a lot of first issues are a longer than those that will follow.

I say this because, while The Life After #1–written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Gabo–is a well-executed comic book, with great art and deft storytelling that rewards multiple reads, I am far more interested in what might lie ahead than what actually happened. But more on that later.

The Life After #1 begins with Jude, a young man who leads a terribly monotonous life. It’s pretty standard sad-sack stuff, but really well depicted by Gabo, who chooses to convey Jude’s static life in a meticulously composed fifty-panel grid. It’s one of my favorite things about the book, and it’s the first double-page spread.

But something is off about Jude’s life, and we’re clued in right from the start. He’s being monitored. Everyone is. And when he finally decides to break his routine, to break everyone’s routine, he realizes the truth–he’s in purgatory, and so are the people around him. He lives in a mundane afterlife for people who committed suicide. And now that he’s awake, whoever’s in charge isn’t going to be happy.

At this point, my only real gripe with The Life After is all the comparisons I want to make–not to something like The Matrix, although it did come to mind–but to a little-seen 2006 film called Wristcutters: A Love Story. It’s a black comedy about purgatory for suicides that hits a lot of the same beats. Having seen that film, it sort of robbed me of that thrill you get when discovering something entirely new, and I was worried that The Life After wouldn’t be all I hoped it would.

That’s not to say it isn’t good–there is very deep, somber stuff being explored here, and it’s well worth your time. It just felt familiar to me, and I had trouble adjusting to that.

And then Ernest Hemingway showed up, and I think everything is going to be alright.

I’m serious. Hemingway is going to be a big part of the book. Ask the author, he’ll tell you.

It’s not so much Hemingway’s inclusion that excites me, but what it represents. It was that spark I was looking for, that flash of something new and exciting and full of possibility. It suggests that this world, this story, is only going to get weirder and more whimsical, that there might be more afterlifes to explore than this one, that there are interesting questions and ideas to wrestle with here.

The Life After is off to a slow start, but I’m extremely hopeful for the ride that lies ahead. It could be a good one.

As always, support your local comic shop if you can, patronize your local library if you have one, and say hi on Twitter if you like.

Neely and Keller offer zero issue of soon-to-be-announced THE HUMANS

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Hm well, according to this, THE HUMANS, by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom (The Blot, Henry and Glenn) Neely will be announced as an ongoing series by a major publisher at San Diego. BUT BEFORE THAT, they are offering their OWN #0 issue with pin-ups by Kristina Collantes, which you can buy at their web store. Based on the art this is actually about monkeys so it’s even BETTER THAN YOU COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE.

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As for who will publish the regular HUMANS title…hm. Neely worked for IDW but it seems more Image to me. What do you think?

Apart, they are nothing… deemed by society as outcasts, misfits, losers, no-good punks!

But together, they are THE HUMANS!

The HUMANS, is a high octane, no holds barred, ape-biker-gang chopper ride into ’70s exploitation genre bliss. Follow Bobby, Johnny and all The HUMANS as they fight and fly down the road to oblivion on a ride filled with chains, sex, leather, denim, hair, blood, bananas and chrome.

The HUMANS #0 introduces three members of The HUMANS gang: Marra, Mojo, and Karns, as they encounter members of a local rival gang, The SKABBS, trying to party on HUMANS turf! Chaotic violence ensues as the pages drip with 100% Ape-Biker Exploitation at its finest.

Plus a mind-melting full color acid-banana freak-out pin-up by the future series colorist Kristina Collantes!

Created by Keenan Marshall Keller (Galactic Breakdown, Drippy Bone Books) and Tom Neely (The Blot, Henry & Glenn Forever, Popeye), The HUMANS is their combined dream – an action packed genre comic overflowing with dynamic primal action and psychedelic energy!

AND!!!!

on JULY 18th in Los Angeles, CA @ The Secret Headquarters & VACATION Vinyl, we will be having our dual store release party, featuring the art of The HUMANS and signing at SHQ and a special in-store performance at Vacation by the Zig Zags for the release of The Humans Soundtrack Volume 1: split 7″ by Zig Zags and Smelly Tongues.