Although the comics industry seems to be hitting a rough patch, one thing that I noticed at last week retailer summit is that a bunch of people have just been hired as staffers to actually work in the comics business! And interestingly, many of them are working directly with comics retailers. I think if you’re going to invest money in your business at a time like this, investing in new employees who work directly with the people who buy your products is a pretty smart move. Here’s the new faces:
Former Vice President, Publishing Planning & Collected Editions at DC Entertainment Jeff Boison has just been hired by Image Comics and will join them Monday, October 5 as Director of Publishing Planning & Book Trade Sales. Bison worked at DC since 2009 and was at Rondom House for 11 years prior to that.
Comics sales have been growing and continue to grow, but we’re definitely entering a period of retrenchment and contraction for many, as I reported from this year’s Diamond Retailer summit for PW in a story called At Diamond Summit, Cracks in Comics Market Come to Fore. Pretty much every company has some kind of adjustment […]
Local Comics Shop Day is the latest holiday on the comics calendar, to be held November 28th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The date has been promoted as “Small Business Saturday” for a while, but this new date and focus will allow comics shops to tie in to the desire to shop locally and support small […]
Last week, we learned that we had an internal leak at Stately Beat Manor, home of the staffers of the Comics Beat, the world’s greatest information sources of all things comics. One of our newest writers had secretly been operating a blog for Marvel ‘90s villain Stryfe. The antagonist had secret correspondence with the staffer […]
In the debut issue of Sktchd.com’s Off Panel podcast interview series, David Harper sat down with Sean Gordon Murphy, prolific illustrator of titles including The Wake and Hellblazer: City of Angels. Recently, he collaborated with Mark Millar on Chrononauts, a time-hopping action miniseries that was optioned for a movie deal before the release of its first issue. While Murphy is known as one of the most talented artists in comics, he’s also one of the most brutally honest, and this podcast is full of truth bombs about the harsh realities of working in comics.
As anticipated, writer James Robinson has made a statement to GLAAD about the controversy over the issue of Airboy #2, which we reported on earlier today. And as also expected, he knows that he fucked up. It will certainly be interesting to see how this affects reprint volumes of AIRBOY. When Batgirl has a similar controversy, the trade […]
When creators James Robinson and Greg Hinkle showed me a copy of the first issue of Airboy back at NYCC last year, my jaw dropped. A fourth-wall breaking 8 1/2 storyline about two creators bringing back a Golden Age hero while engaging in all sorts of drug taking, alcohol abusing and balls-out (and shown) sexual […]
Once again, we return to the end of another arc in Kieron Gillen’s, Jamie McKelvie’s, Matthew Wilson’s, and Clayton Cowles’ Image hit, The Wicked + The Divine. The trade that collects the “Fandemonium” story will hit store shelves on Wednesday, July 1st. To celebrate, designer James Leech has put together an expertly animated trailer featuring sad […]
Mark Millar is at it again. Following a prolific period at Image with — Jupiter’s Children and sequel, Starlight, MPH and Chrononauts—he’ll have some new treats, having just sent out a teaser for a new book which will be announced, one presumes, at Image Expo next week. (Although he’s been blabbing about it on Twitter […]