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.

Bring the Gift of Geek to You and Yours in the Beat Holiday Shopping Guide

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Contrary to what the Northeastern United States’ relatively mild weather would tell you, winter is here and the holidays are swiftly blowing towards us. The many stresses of the season include college finals, the encroachment of no-longer-so-distant relatives on our homes, and the strangely loaded task of gift giving. While we at The Comics Beat cannot save your grades or your pantries, we can make it a little bit easier for you to find the perfect gift for the geek in your life. It’s The Comics Beat Holiday Shopping Guide 2015!

SDCC ’15: Abrams Books signings and schedule

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As usual Abrams Books will have some dandy books and signings at booth #1216, with authors including Cece Bell, Nathan Hale and Tom Angleberger. PLus many signed books and prints by the likes of Jules Feiffer. And if you’re luycky, you might even get a galley of Trahsed, Derf Backderf’s hilarious and disgusting account of a garbageman’s life. Other galleys and samplers will also be available from the likes of John Leguizamo and Tom Kinney.

D+Q to publish Laura Park’s Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream

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Ignatz winner, Eisner-nominee Laura Park is a cartoonist who veers into “national treasure” territory for me. Her classically styled linework and delicate coloring mix with an ineffable, inspired mix of sadness and tenderness. Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream, her mini comic, is a small classic, released in small numbers. But hooray, D+Q will be publishing a collected edition of her comics under the Waking Dream title.

SelfMadeHero discovers a new level of rip-off for The King in Yellow

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The King in Yellow is a) Robert W. Chambers famed horror story about a play that dooms all who read it to madness b) a new graphic novel adaptation of the same by INJ Culbard published by SelfMadeHero. (See a preview here.)

It’s also c) a sneaky ripoff by someone on CreateSpace who used the cover to the Culbard book for their own self-published reprint of the prose book. The SelfMadeHero blog has all the details and how to spot the sneaky fake.

Review: Nothing And Everything Left To The Imagination In James Robinson And Greg Hinkle’s “AIRBOY”

“James Robbins” himself, being assigned the Airboy comic for a reboot

by Nick Eskey For starters, this work is not for kids, and there might be a plot spoiler. With that out of the way, let’s review! Airboy was originally made during the boom of super hero comics in the World War II era, where America dreamed of spandex clad heroes fighting not only super villains, […]

Breaking: Breaking Cat News is coming to print!

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BREAKING CAT NEWS about, well, BREAKING CAT NEWS! @UniversalUclick and @gocomics are publishing a BCN book in 2016!!! pic.twitter.com/QSclyit7LF — Georgia Dunn (@pseudooctopus) May 15, 2015 We’ve been big fans of Georgia Dunn’s Breaking Cat News for quite a while, laughing with the boys’ in depth reporting on stupid human tricks, and shedding a tear […]

Conundrum’s fall line allows you to become a kitten

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Of course there are some great graphic novels in Conundrum Press’s fall line, but the book I’m choosing to headline is “You Are a Kitten!’ — a shoose your own path book that will redefine how we perceive reality and yarn balls. But all these books look great. In particular, Fitzgerald had a great debut with Photobooth, a non-fiction graphic novel about the history of the photobooth. Turning her storytelling to her own tale sounds very promising.