Sales Chart: Scholastic was the #1 graphic novel publisher in bookstores and more from Bookscan

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Comics Experience owner Brian Hibbs has done his annual service to the industry byanalyzing the yearly graphic novels sales charts as reported to Bookscan. This is information people normally pay thousands of dollars for so it is technically leaked info, but while it’s there let’s take advantage of it. As Hibbs points out, these numbers do not reflect comics shops, indie bookstores, book fair or libraries, to name but four huge outlets for GN sales. So they are not complete. However they are a metric , and one that’s worth studying.

The Sin City Doctrine: Are movie//TV tie-in comics the way forward for the industry?

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Yesterday Alex Zalben had a modest proposal on CBR called For Comics to Survive, They Must Align with Movies & TV and drew a lot of fire on comics twitter. The piece starts out pointing out how DC dropped the ball by not having a Supergirl comic to come out with the Supergirl TV show but unfolds it as a tarp to cover much of the Big Two publishing strategy:

Diamond Retailer Summit returns to Baltimore 8/31-9/2

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Diamond’s annual Retailer Summit will once again be held in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic Con this year. The summit takes place AUgust31/September 2 with the theme “Future Vision: Building the Comic Book Shop of Tomorrow”. The event traditionally moves around, but the Baltimore location is a handy one as it’s down the road from […]

Retailers Reax to Rebirth: what’s behind that curtain?

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All we’ve seen of Rebirth is a big blue curtain, and there’s a lot of anxiety about what’s behind the curtain. You may recall the game show Let’s Make a Deal where contestants had to pick the prize behind one of three curtains. Will Rebirth be a new car or a box of macaroni and cheese?

The entire comics industry benefits from a strong DC Comics. A lack of customers who are eager to read the exploits of some of the medium’s best known characters is a concerning thing to retailers and even other publishers, who know that the Big Two are the core of the existing business. I’m told even some at Marvel are worried about the effects of Rebirth. DC execs faced many tough questions at the ComicsPRO meting where it was announced, and skepticism and hope were felt in equal measure, sometimes by the same person.

ComicsPRO: Gabriel and Gaines win Industry Appreciation Awards, DC’s four hour town hall

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The ComicsPRO meeting has wrapped up, but not without presenting its two Industry Appreciation awards. Marvel’s svp of sales and marketing David Gabriel won one and MAD/EC founder Bill Gaines won the second. Two awards are presented annually, one to a living and one posthumously. Gabriel released a statement as follows: I am honored to […]

Meanwhile, elsewhere at ComicsPRO: Fighting with Chuck Palahniuk and heading for the Boom RV

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The press isn’t allowed at ComicsPRO, but who needs reporters when you have social media? Faith Eein Hicks made a moving speech about Strange Adventures, her local comics shop, and Fight Cub 2 author Chuck Palahniuk charmed people by fighting with them. Here’s a twitter snapshot of what else has been going on, mixed with […]

ComicsPRO: Dark Horse announces Cullen the barbarian, new all-ages Gail Simone and Moebius Library Vol. 1

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Some Dark Horse news comics out of the ComicsPRO presentation: • Cullen Bunn and Sergio Dávila are taking over Conan with a new #1, Conan the Slayer, due in July. Lee Bermejo will provide covers, and MArk Schultz does the variant for issue #1. Conan the Slayer #1
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Sergio Dávila
Cover: Lee Bermejo
Variant: Mark […]

ComicsPRO underway in Portland—is DC’s Rebirth on the agenda?

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Here's part of the ComicsPro swag bag. pic.twitter.com/2vYZNxWPhG — matt roberts (@mr_oberts) February 18, 2016 ComicsPRO, the annual meeting of the top retailers organization in North America, is taking place in Portland, OR for the next three days, with publishers and retailers meeting in a relaxed and productive setting. The meeting is closed to the […]