DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: January 2015 – Flash Drop

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Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

This month, nearly all of the comics with freely-orderable variants (Flash 75th anniversary) saw a drop of 3-4K. We’ve seen drops on these in the past months, but they were so uniform this month that I thought that maybe something else was going on. But the more I looked at it, I became convinced that it was the case the retailers as a whole just dropped their orders on these.

Webcomic alert: “The phone rang. It was my college rapist.”

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Jen Sorenson illustrates a troubling story from a friend that has a little bit of pay back at the end. But not nearly enough.

Digital imprint Comicker launches with five series

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Another new line of digital comics? Yes. Comicker, founded by Saori Adams and Sean E. Williams (Fairest) as a plat form to serialize digital comics. Collections can be purchased at DriveThru and eventually Comixology and a subscription mobile app, developed by The Horizon Factory. Adams:

Lee and Didio on nuDC: the diverse diversity of diverseness

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DC co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee gave a talk to comics journalists a few weeks back during the Burbank talent conference, and CBR has a round-up and in June, it’s all about the diversity! And less about…*gasp* nitpicking fans who only want their Aquaman! There’s also some news: Bobbie Chase, who is moving west, […]

Rebecca Taylor joins DC Comics editorial staff

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So @BexTay has done some of my favorite Archaia books and now she's working with me at DC. I'm thrilled and know she's gonna teach me a lot. — Andy Khouri (@andykhouri) March 9, 2015 ….aaaaaand as we long ago predicted, DC is raiding a few players from the locals, in this case Boom!/Archaia by […]

This is Groot—the comic book

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Well the Raccoon and Starlord got their own books, so why not a tree? (And Gamora is coming, we’re told.) Jeff Loveness, usually a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Disney animator Brian Kesinger are teaming for a Groot ongoing comic—Declan Shalvey does the variant cover, with colors by Jordie Bellaire. The colorist on the […]

Slate’s Cartoonist Studio Prize nominees announced

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Slate and the Center for Cartoon Studies have teams up for the third annual Cartoonist Studio Prize nominees. Awards and a $1,000 prize are given to the best in two categories print and webcomics, with nominees selected by people from boh Slate and CCS. This year the pickers were Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, […]

James Gunn wants to make a We3 movie

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Over the weekend, he had a little spare time, and director James Gunn answered a bunch of question on FB, summarized here. The one thing the leapt out at us was this: Gunn repeatedly reiterated his desire to direct a movie version of Grant Morrison’s Vertigo series “We3,” answering a question about a dream project […]

RIP: Yoshihiro Tatsumi

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Manga pioneer Yoshihiro Tatsumi has passed away at age 79, according to a letter received by Paul Gravett. Tatsumi had been battling cancer for several years.

Tatsumi is best known as the pioneer of the “gekiga” style of manga (a term be invented), true to life stories of ordinary people. He own work featured haunting adult themes of alienation, dread and obsession. His autobiography A Drifting Life, depicting his struggles as an artist, won the Eisner award for Best Reality Based Work in 2010. He also won the World Outlook Award at Angoulême and the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/9/15: Secrets of the Manga Industry Revealed

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§ Deb Aoki is the Charles Dickens of Storify, You may know her from that other one we mentioned recently, but she also put together an epic compilation on manga translation based on her being a judge at the Manga Translation Battle in Tokyo. ONce again, if you are interested in manga at all this […]

Valiant lands nine-figure deal with Chinese entertainment company for movies and more

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Valiant Entertainment is partnering up with Chinese-based distribution company DMG Entertainment to bring Valiant characters to the big screen, according to a report from The New York Times. The deal is described as a nine-figure investment geared at creating films for global audiences as well as animation, theme parks, and merchandise.

To Do Today NYC: Smoke Signal 21 Launch

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Smoke Signal, Brooklyn’s free comics newspaper, gets a fab release party today with Al Jaffee in attendance: Please join us on Saturday, March 7th from 6 to 8 PM to launch Smoke Signal 21 at Fountain Gallery at 702 9th Ave in Manhattan. Grab a free copy of the new issue, which features a new […]

Unassuming Barber Shop: Age of Ultron, Vision, and Spock

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The passing of Leonard Nimoy last week was, as Lance Parkin notes, “a significant event.” Trekkers Everyone mourned this actor, and this character, by watching Wrath of Khan, taking LLAP selfies, and retweeting Nimoy’s last public words. We took a moment. The character of Spock is an icon of American popular culture. But what about […]

Tonight to do NYC: Alt-Weekly Comics show at SoI

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This one is pretty special, a joint Society of Illustrators/SPX exhibit focusing on Alt-Weekly Comics. The show is jointly curated by Bill Kartalopoulos and Warren Bernard so its pretty much guaranteed to be museum quality. Bill K has been posting tantalizing sneaks at the events FB page, and this is pretty certain to be a generation-defining reunion of the 90s Max Fish crowd at the very least.

The El Paso Comic Con is dunzo— but more cons are coming

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A little while ago I wrote about a bunch of comic-connish events getting postponed or cancelled and now The El Paso Comic Con has bitten the dust.

Another editor-in-chief fleeing his website as Hoffer leaves The Outhouse

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We get most of our mainstream comics news at The Outhouse, which despite being a little rough with the personal jokes, still has a jaundiced view of comis publishing that’s closer to the truth than many would suspect. However in a recent spate of comics news site turnovers, The Ourhouse is losing it’s editor in chief, Christian Hoffer, who’s moving on. Although he cites the usual—life changes, less time—it’s clear that the snarky tone of the Outhouse also took its toll: