If you like Amazon sales charts, you’ll love this link


Oh speaking of Amazon, I didn’t realize that they have sub categories in all their best seller list now. Thus you can not only see what’s selling in the main graphic novel category (answer: coloring books) but in more than a dozen subcategories, such as Manga, Romance Manga, Superheroes and How to Create Comics and Manga.And when you click on some of them, like Publishers, you get sales charts for the top 7 or 8 publishers in one click. (Can you feel teh excitement??!!??)

When you click on Graphic novels you get a Russian nested doll of genre categories, all the way down to zombies.

Ch-ch-ch-changes for The Beat


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.

The Dog Days


You probably didn’t even notice, but The Beat Herself has been on vacation for the last week, however we’re headed home today although travelling by train, the most restful way to travel. However WiFi is unreliable so maybe I’ll be posting later today…or maybe the Elite Beat Operatives will still be running the show. 

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