Who among us holds the keys to the future? Who can guess what will happen tomorrow? Are they doomed to be the Cassandras of the world, or will they lead the charge in the revolution to come? The comics industry is heading towards a tipping point, spearheaded by massive changes at DC, in the direct market, and at Walmart, of all places. It’s been a big week with lots of huge headlines that could have enormous implications for the ways that you, the comics fan, buy and consume the stories you love to read. Could a “reborn” Batman #1 reach 1,000,000 issues sold? Could Tom King and Tim Seeley replace Scott Snyder as the kings of Batman as the book moves to a double shipping schedule? Is Walmart a positive force for the market? All this and more, on this week’s Podcorn Podcast.
01:23– Show starts here! Ad Hominid attacks! Pun intended!
04:30– Could the rebirthed Batman #1 reach 1,000,000 copies sold?
09:30– Could Loot Crate sales cannibalize an otherwise successful direct market launch?
15:55– Let’s figure out how to build a better comic book store!
23:10– Are we edging towards a tipping point in the market? For all the doomsday chanting and sidewalk prophesying, could we truly be nearing the era of digital and bookstore? Or perhaps, the rise of the “destination” comic book store/cafe?
32:30– Instead of launching one mega-hit series that grows its audience by 1000% compared to other books in the market, maybe we should shoot to grow the audience of every book by 10%?
36:30– Tom King is a star on the rise. Could we see a co-written King/Seeley Batman series when Snyder and Capullo step off? How do you build buzz for a new product?
44:30– Did DC underestimate the enormity of the response to #Rebirth? How much can you build off of one buzzword…such as “52,” for example?
55:00– DC’s partnering up with Hanna-Barbera to create some new comics! Flinstones, Scooby Doo, Wacky Races and more! What do we think of the relaunch? What’s our pitch for Scooby Doo? DC, are you listening?
1:13:00– Walmart recently announced that they were partnering up with Diamond Distributors to create devoted Graphic Novel and Comics sections for 50 of their stores, with the possibility of rolling out to 2000 stores nationwide. Good move? Amy Reeder joins us to discuss.
Shameless plug: Amy is selling some of her original pages right now, including the Radio City Chandelier spread from Rocket Girl #7 and the cover to the Supergirl issue that featured the debut of Bizzaro Girl!
Every Wednesday, I talk about comics with Brandon Montclare, writer of the hit Image series Rocket Girl and co-writer of Marvel’s 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 full show archive at podcornpodcast.com.
Intro/Outro music this week is Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days, off their album Madding Days.
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Alex is the Managing Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at Papercutz. He is your go-to fella for creator interviews, conversations about comic book structure, and general DC Comics nerding. Currently geeking out over movies, too.