We should probably talk about Marvel’s decision to drop the free digital copy they’ve been bundling with their print comics. If you go back a few years, back to when Marvel had a tier of $2.99 comics and $3.99 comics, Marvel started including a free digital redemption code with the $3.99 priced books. Buy a […]
Publishers Weekly has an overview of bookstore sales in 2016, via Bookscan, and print sales edged up 3.3%, the third year of growth. The gains came from non-fiction, up 6.9% from 2015, with growth in the arts and crafts category (yes that’s adult coloring books), self help and religion. In adult fiction, sales were down […]
For the sixth year in a row, The Beat is proud to present the Comics Industry Person of the Year, as chosen by voters in our annual creator survey: Gene Luen Yang. The the Team of the year: Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.
And here’s the fourth and final part of our creator survey, where we look at what inspires creators, what they’re working on and what 2017 may being. Thanks to everyone who participated – and you’ll fine a bunch of previews of work from Legend of Korra to Czap Books to Thanos.
Marvel’s weekly mailer to retailers went out today and buried in it was a little item that read as follows: 10% EXTRA FOR FREE ON MARVEL UNIVERSE JANUARY SHIPPING TITLES! As a thank you to Retailers, Marvel will be sending an additional 10% of FREE copies for all of January shipping Marvel Universe titles! For […]
Here’s part three of our annual survey of the state of comics with a bonus preview of the second volume of Jeffrey Brown’s Lucy & Andy Neanderthals.
And now a NEW wrinkle in the continuing con wars of the Terrible Teens! It seems that several conventions are now requiring volunteers to PAY to volunteer. An unusual situation to be sure, but one that perhaps has precedent and legal backing.
More pundits and creators weigh in on where they see the comics industry going, what inspires them and maybe a hint of news or two.
Marvelous Nerd Years Eve with Stan Lee, held this weekend in Dallas, is the latest show that over reached in its first year, drew far fewer people than expected, and has left a cloud of accusations in its wake.
It’s time! The Beat’s Annual Creator Survey is where we look forward to the year to come and reflect a little on what has just passed in comic, with opinions from a wide swath of industry creators, pundits and retailers. This time out, because 2016 was a little rough, I’ve added a question about what inspires our survey takers, because we can all use a little something to feel good about.