Wal-mart may set up their own graphic novel sections

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Despite the jitters everyone is having about the Big Two’s periodical publishing programs, as we reported the other day, graphic novels did pretty well in 2015, with sales up 22% in bookstores. Calvin Reid follows up on this sanguine report with an interview with Diamond Book Distributions Kuo Yu Liang, who says
2016 will probably be their best year ever.:

The latest Eric Stephenson tells-it-like-it-is interview pokes “dull, “bland” industry

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Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson is always quotable and evidently not afraid of being quoted, as he often tweaks other publishers in a blunt way little seen in the industry. In a new interview with CBR’s Albert Ching he talks about Image Comics’ successful 2015 while calling other developments “dull.”: Stephenson notes that Image had […]

Ch-ch-ch-changes for The Beat

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If you’re a faithful Beat reader, you know the past year has been filled with discussions of the economics of running a comics news website. This talk was prompted by an unprecedented run of comics sites closing down or losing key personnel. I summed up a lot of my thoughts back in September, pointing out that the realities of the web make running any kind of independent site very difficult these days.

IDW announces new international licensing program, kicking things off with Archie

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About a year ago, IDW made headlines by buying Top Shelf. They haven’t topped that yet, but they do have a new business division: IDW International, which will handle all the publisher’s foreign rights. While IDW’s deep catalog offers many opportunities for foreign sales, they’e also reaching out to other companies to represent them as […]

Must read: the last decade of graphic novel publishing and the next five

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As we wrap up our big picture look at where it’s at, here’s a piece that Calvin Reid and I put together for Publishers Weekly called From the Fringes to the Mainstream: Ten Years of Growth In Graphic Novel Publishing where we surveyed a bunch of super smart industry folks on the past ten years […]

Is Marvel’s Relaunch Stumbling Out of the Gate?

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The November sales estimate headlines are all about how the market is up, owing to Dark Knight 3, Vader Down and a metric ton of Marvel’s relaunched #1’s. You expect a certain amount of that. Stunts sell, as long as the publishers don’t over-extend the market for variant covers (and they sure seem aggressive in emphasizing those instead of the content in between the covers). What you’d miss out on if you only read the headlines is that Marvel’s #2 and #3 issues aren’t getting a ton of traction relative to those gaudy #1 sales totals.

Barnes & Noble buys 76,000 Double Take comics

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As long as we’re throwing some numbers around, Barnes & Nobles has stepped on the DObletake train , purchasing some 7,600 Super Packs for the holidays. Each Super Pack contains 10 comics so that’s 76,000 issues total. B&N will carry the book through the holiday season and the Graphic novels when they come outing the […]

Layoffs and changes at Wizard World

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Just a few days ago I was predicting some consolidation in the crowded convention business in 2016, and like clockwork I learned that there have been layoffs at the convention company Wizard World, following the most recent financial statements that revealed a slowdown in convention revenue. I reached out to a WW spokesman for confirmation and was told “We are working to run the shows as efficiently as possible.”

Wizard World Financials: ConTV not so great but ConBox is ok

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Ash is here!! #WizardWorld #ComicCon #Louisville #BruceCampbell #ashvsevildead #armyofdarkness #burnnotice A photo posted by Wizard World (@wizardworld) on Nov 7, 2015 at 1:20pm PST Wizard World Inc. filed it’s quarterly financials the other day, (this link may be easier) and ICv2 has a succinct write-up. The short version is that running conventions continues to be […]