Will 2016 be bleh, meh, or somewhere in between for comics sales?

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2015 was a great year for comics, but comics sales were generally up in single digits, which is not a bad thing, but less growth than before. There have been many “storm on the horizon” type analyses, with Todd Allen summing up many of the existing risk factors. Recently retailer Brian Hibbs served up a heaping […]

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.

Event: SF’s The Isotope Brings Roberta Gregory, Donna Barr, & JH Williams III to the Fans

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By Victor Van Scoit The San Francisco Bay Area has some fantastic comic book shops, with each having its own take for hosting creator events. One such store known for their intimate signings and creative shindigs is The Isotope. They’re hosting two upcoming events this November that, should you live anywhere in Northern California, are worth checking out. […]

31 days of Halloween Cover Reveal: Books-A-Million variant Deadpool by Mike McKone

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One of the more intriguing developments in recent years in comics retailing has been the resurgence of comics sales in national book chains. Yes I know there are fewer of them, but they are still here and Virgin Records and Blockbuster Video aren’t. Barnes & Nobles has expanded its graphic novel section a great deal, […]

Surprising: You can buy C.F.’s Powr Mastrs 4 at Walmart.com

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Walmart.com has a graphic novel section, with many superhero titles, but also media adaptations and some kids comics. Many publishers have attempted to enter the world of Walmart, and some have been accepted only to be rejected when someone actually reads them and see they are filled with sex and drugs and maybe some violence.

But as of now, you can buy Powr Mastrs 4 on the Walmart website for a mere $14.23, with free shipping.

Podcorn Podcast V4.06- Stupid Sexy Data and How it Affects You

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Every Wednesday, I talk about comics with Brandon Montclare, writer of the hit Image series Rocket Girl and co-writer of Marvel’s upcoming Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series. We gab about what we’re reading now, what books we consider classics (Brandon loves Dark Knight Strikes Again…), and the hottest gossip of the industry.  Occasionally, the inimitable artist Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl, Batwoman) stops by.  Check out our […]