Friday, July 31, 2015
Emmy award winner and Eisner Award nominee Dean Haspiel created Billy Dogma, illustrated for HBO's "Bored To Death," was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, is a Yaddo fellow and a playwright, helped pioneer personal webcomics with the invention of ACT-I-VATE.com and TripCity.net, and is the co-founder of Hang Dai Editions in Brooklyn, NY. "Dino" has written and drawn many comic books, including The Fox, Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men: First Class, Fantastic Four, Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Godzilla, Mars Attacks, Garbage Pail Kids, Creepy, The Walking Dead, and collaborations with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, Jonathan Lethem, Mark Waid, and Stan Lee. Look out for his upcoming graphic novel memoir, Beef With Tomato (Alternative Comics). http://deanhaspiel.com/
Gregory Benton's book B+F was awarded the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art's inaugural Award of Excellence at MoCCAFest 2013. An expanded version of B+F was published in the autumn of 2013 through Adhouse Books (USA) and Editions çà et là (France). The long form edition of B+F was selected for the Society of Illustrators' first Comics and Cartoon Art Annual in 2014. Gregory has written and drawn stories for Nickelodoeon, Vertigo, DC Comics, Disney Adventures, Watson-Guptil, and Entertainment Weekly. Gregory has also produced numerous limited-edition mini-comix, some of which reside in The Library of Congress' rare books collection. Gregory's latest book Smoke, published by Hang Dai Editions, makes its BCC debut! http://www.gregorybenton.com/
Christa Cassano has a background in fine arts and began making comics in 2012 when she attended The Atlantic Center for the Arts. In 2013 she became a member of Hang Dai Studios in Gowanus, Brooklyn, where she wrote and drew The Giant Effect, did a comix-accordian collaboration with Dean Haspiel called A Letter Lasts Longer, and contributed to The Hang Dai Comix Anthology and Seth Kushner's Schmuck. Christa recently co-adapted John Leguizamo's Ghetto Klown, coming out this fall from Abrams, and is currently working on her own graphic series, titled Pawnland. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ccassano/
Swifty Lang was born in Liege, Belgium and raised in South Florida. He received his M.A. in Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam. He is a comix writer and filmmaker. He won a Van Gogh Award for World Cinema Directing in 2015 from the Amsterdam International Film Festival for his film The Showing. Swifty is co-creator of the critically acclaimed, Feeding Ground (Archaia), which was optioned by Pressman Films in 2014. He was a contributor to Occupy Comics (Black Mask). He has worked with IDW on Garbage Pail Kids with Dean Haspiel, and lived his childhood dream of creating a GPK. His mini-series Plunder was published by Archaia in 2015 and a collection is forthcoming in 2016. He has been a member of Hang Dai Studios since 2013. He is a founding partner of S/Lang Entertainment. http://www.slangentertainment.com/
Vito Delsante is a comic book writer/graphic novelist and the co-creator of Stray, published by Action Lab Entertainment. He's written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, and Simon & Schuster, including stories for Superman, Batman, X-Men, and Scooby Doo, and his stories have been reprinted overseas. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Michelle, his daughter, Sadie, his son, James and his dog, Kirby. http://www.incogvito.com/
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Comic Book Legends Mandrake & Ostrander Launch Kros: Hallowed Ground
From the official press release . . . . .
Vampire horror at Gettysburg in this dark and haunting Civil War era tale from John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake.
Against this army of hungry undead rides one man, a vampire slayer known only as Kros. Alone against a vampire army, Kros, a dampyr with an inborn hatred of vampires, knows that if he fails he could become one of the creatures he loathes.
Inspired by films in the genre of John Carpenter's The Thing and stories like Ambrose Bierce's Occurrence at Owl Creek, KROS: HALLOWED GROUND melds history and horror. Writer, John Ostrander, says, “ KROS is THE story we've been wanting to tell! Neither of us are afraid of the dark or taking you there with us! KROS: HALLOWED GROUND isn't only about the war between North and South—to a vampire, you're all part of the feast!”
Renowned for their dark, chilling stories on The Spectre series for DC Comics, as well as for their runs on Martian Manhunter, Batman Grotesk and The Kents, Ostrander and Mandrake are are thrilled to be collaborating once again on KROS: HALLOWED GROUND. “Working and creating together, we feed off each others energy,” says Ostrander. Mandrake adds. “Doing this graphic novel as a creator-owned project will allow us to take what we've done before to the next level.” Add to that mix Tom's daughter, Sian Mandrake, on color for the title. “My first thought was to do Kros as a black and white,” says Mandrake,” but Sian's color brings out the moody atmosphere I am going for with the art.”
Tom Mandrake and John Ostrander have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds their new Civil War era horror graphic novel, KROS: HALLOWED GROUND. “KROS has been waiting in the wings for far too long,” says Ostrander. “War is hell--war can also be a nightmare. War is always a horror story and we have a hell of a story to tell.” Mandrake, who recently traveled to Gettysburg to sketch the battlefields and to try to understand the scope of what took place there, agrees. “Many who have visited Gettysburg will swear they have seen a soldier standing on those battlefields. There is a haunting atmosphere there. Ghosts still walk.”
Ostrander and Mandrake are funding KROS: HALLOWED GROUND though Kickstarter because they want to bring their fans and readers the kind of story that is not often seen in mainstream comics. KROS: HALLOWED GROUND is a tale of supernatural obsession, the horror of war and of the monster lurking within humankind.
THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
KROS: HALLOWED GROUND is a graphic novel created by John Ostrander (GrimJack, Suicide Squad, The Spectre, Star Wars: Legacy) and Tom Mandrake (The Spectre, John Carpenter's Asylum, Lance Henrikson and Joe Maddrey's To Hell You Ride). John Ostrander's haunting story of obsession and vengence features darkly atmospheric and brooding artwork and cover by Tom Mandrake.
The KROS: HALLOWED GROUND KICKSTARTER is in progress https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kroshallowedground/kros-hallowed-ground
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/KrosGraphicNovel?fref=ts
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Monday, July 27, 2015
SEVEN24 Films and IDW Entertainment announced today that Syfy has acquired the U.S. rights to Wynonna Earp, a live action television series based on the IDW Publishing comic created by Beau Smith. Emily Andras (Lost Girl, Killjoys) developed the series for television and will serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner.
With an initial order of 13 one-hour episodes, Wynonna Earp is a fast-paced, contemporary thriller that follows Wyatt Earp’s great granddaughter as she battles demons and other supernatural beings. Wynonna is a witty and wild modern day gunslinger, using her unique abilities and a dysfunctional posse of allies to bring the paranormal to justice. The series is scheduled to premiere in April 2016.
“Wynonna Earp is a unique contemporary western that will bring high octane, full-throttle, supernatural action to Syfy,” said Chris Regina, SVP, Programming, Syfy. “It is wildly imaginative and we are excited to work with Seven24 Films, IDW Entertainment and Emily on this truly original concept that will showcase fun, stylized visuals and pure escapism.”
Melanie Scrofano (Damien, Gangland Undercover) will star as Wynonna Earp. Tim Rozon (Being Human, Instant Star) will play legendary con artist Doc Holliday, and Shamier Anderson (Defiance, Constantine) plays the mysterious Agent Dolls.
“Together with SEVEN24 Films, IDW Entertainment, and a virtual dream cast, I’m confident we have something special on our hands: a female-led supernatural series with grand themes of redemption, honor, and the struggle to define good vs. evil. Not to mention, a kick-ass biker babe fighting demon outlaws,” said Emily Andras.
Wynonna Earp will be produced in Calgary by SEVEN24 Films, and distributed by IDW Entertainment. Production is slated to begin in August. SEVEN24’s Jordy Randall and Tom Cox will serve as Executive Producers. IDW CEO & Publisher Ted Adams, David Ozer, Peleton Entertainment’s Todd Berger, and Circle of Confusion’s Rick Jacobs packaged and facilitated financing for the series.
“Developing the series has been a passion for our entire creative team and we’re excited to share this new series with Syfy’s equally passionate audience,” said Jordy Randall of SEVEN24 Films.
“Wynonna is an incredible character that will appeal to a global audience. IDW Entertainment is thrilled that Syfy will be the U.S. home for this fabulous series and we look forward to bringing Wynonna to the global market,” said David Ozer of IDW Entertainment.
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Feiffer began his storied career in comics back in the 1940s working under comics giant Will Eisner at Eisner's studio. Initially working on art clean-up chores, Feiffer soon found himself with writing responsibilities, finishing Eisner's plots on The Spirit. He eventually launched his own comic, Clifford, which ran within the pages of The Spirit between 1949 and 1951.
Generally thought of as the godfather of alt-weekly newspaper comix, Feiffer launched his own strip, Sick Sick Sick, in the pages of The Village Voice in 1956. It was later renamed Feiffer's Fables, and finally just the eponomous Feiffer, which ran in the paper for over 40 years. Feiffer was nationally syndicated, and has been collected in books from McGraw-Hill and Fantagraphics.
More recently, Feiffer created his graphic novel, Kill My Mother. Released by the Liveright division of W.W. Norton, Kill My Mother garnered accolades such as winning the 2015 NCS Reuben Award for Graphic Novel, being declared a Vanity Fair Best Book in 2014 and a Kirkus Review Best Fiction Book in 2014, as well as being nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album-New.
Beyond his work in comics, Feiffer is a man of many talents. He is a novelist, a non-fiction writer (including The Great Comic Book Heroes), an autobiographer, a playwright, and a children's book author. He has adapted works to musicals and film alike. He has taught at ivy league universities and continues to hold an adjunct professorship at Stony Brook Southampton. And beyond his aforementioned accolades, he has been recipient of an Academy Award, an Obie Award, an Outer Circle Critics Award, a Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning, a George Polk Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Writers Guild of America, a Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cartoonists Society, and has been inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
"This is such a privilege," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Jules Feiffer is one of the greats of our industry, not to mention his many accomplishments outside of comics. He has seen and done so much, and continues to produce great work to this day. We couldn't be more pleased to have Jules joining us in 2015!"
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Friday, July 17, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: Podcasts come and podcasts go. I listen to several, especially comics-related podcasts. However, there aren’t many that manage to hold my attention and keep me coming back week after week. I usually end up getting bored with the commentary or tired of certain individuals whose peculiarities begin to annoy me. I’ve been a regular listener of both predecessor From The Booth and now Comics Podcast of the Damned. Some may read this article and protest “favortism” or “cronyism” because Ken is also a contributor/reviewer to this site. We will often feature an article on a specific podcast on this site. If you think we are unfairly “playing favorites” then you can chose to not check out the podcast. You will be missing entertaining and informative episodes. Try one out before you decide to grumble and turn the page.
by KEN of Comics Podcast of the Damned
A New podcast for a new generation.
I love podcasts. During my college days I had to take a five hour bus ride to Penn State and back from my parent’s home in South Jersey. I’ve been grateful for the funny or informational shows that I’ve been able to download to my phone and listen to with earphones or through my car radio.
I moved to Delaware after college, and I was listening to the local comic shop’s podcast when they advertised an opening. Although I had no history in public speaking, I decided to try out for the position and ended up getting it. Throughout the next four and half years, the line-up would change so much that I would go from being the junior caster, having been hired by the other two, to being the senior caster and replacing the entire cast twice over as people left the area or left for other projects.
However, in Spring of 2015 as we had the strongest line-up in years, we were forced to go independent to maintain our vision of what we felt the podcast should be. Now the cohosts of the original podcast, From the Booth, have assembled under the banner of Comics Podcast of the Damned. We also have other original members as occasional cohosts such as Madonna (the less famous one) and new fan favorites like Joe.
Every week on Fridays (or sometimes Saturdays if we’re running behind!) we release a 90-120 minute podcast that discusses TV shows, movies, comic and pop culture related news, and comic books. Billed as an uncensored take on all things pop culture, you always know where we stand. Because we don’t have sponsorship from a shop or advertisers, we are free to offer our unfiltered opinion.
So why should you listen?
Because we have the best cohosts of any geek podcast out there!
Mike, our resident movie expert, contributes to several sites such as www.bluraysteelbooks.com and www.highdefninja.com. His ability to give an IMDB-like rundown of just about any actor or actress off the top of his head keeps the conversation moving. Jim is a tech genius who has been reading comics for decades, is an avid moviegoer and still watches the Batman Animated Series with his young daughter. As for me, I own seven thousand single issues, several hundred trades and a couple thousand digital issues. I like movies but prefer Netflix to the theater. I’m an incurable Buffy fanatic and am always watching and rewatching old series for nostalgia. Last but not least, we bought all new equipment with a higher sound quality than before.
There has never been a better time to become a new listener. Find us on Facebook, visit our website, and don’t forget to add us on iTunes. If you want to ask us a question that we’ll answer on air send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Editor’s Note: We are always looking for the appropriate comics to recommend as starting points for young readers. While we haven’t previewed Monsterjunkies, the subject matter and setting seem like they would be interesting to middle school and perhaps younger readers. It bears checking out. Small Press novel’s Graphic Novel adaption is listed in the June Diamond Catalog.
from the official press release . . . . .
July 9, 2015 - Eagle Award nominee publisher Red Anvil Comics is proud to announce Erik Shein’s “THE MONSTERJUNKIES” Volume One, an Original Graphic Novel that explores the important themes of bullying, conservation and animal preservation in today's ever changing world through a most entertaining and innovative series of books.
Follow us to 1313 Road to Nowhere, to a small New England town called Foggy Point, where behind massive stone walls lies a secluded Gothic mansion. Home to a most usually family and their menagerie of protected, exotic and non-existing legendary creatures called the Monsterjunkies. This family, called strange by society, are continually confronted by harsh bullying simply because of their odd personal style and their unusual sounding name that evokes an imagined fear in their community. This fear allows distrust to flourish that can only bring about hurtful behavior upon the entire Monster Junkie Family. It will be available in October just in time for Halloween.
As the adventure unfolds, teenagers Crow and Indigo, together with their parents Talon, an accomplished crypto zoologist and Pandora, an extraordinary slightly mystical botanist, learn to overcome the town's harassment. Eventually the Monsterjunkies throw open the gates to their home and private sanctuary. To everyone's surprise, once the secret is exposed, the fear disappears and acceptance of the family's unique individuality begins to grow.
Red Anvil Comics welcomes you to THE MONSTERJUNKIES world, where the magical is real and the bizarre is quite normal.
“The reason I dedicate myself to helping animals so much is because there are already so many people dedicated to hurting them.” - Erik Shein.
Joe Martino, Co-Publisher at Red Anvil Comics says “We are very happy to welcome THE MONSTERJUNKIES series to Red Anvil Comics. It is an amazing story that will definitely make people want to come back for more.”
THE MONSTERJUNKIES was adapted from the original novel by Erik Shein and Theresa A. Gates by Jay Fotos Studios, produced by James Costello and published by Red Anvil Comics.
Red Anvil Comics is a New Jersey based comic publisher that boasts the Eagle Award Nominated War of the Independents and critically acclaimed comics, The Mighty Titan, Owlgirls, Penance, Unti 5, Shadowflame and Cyberines.
Diamond Order Code - JUL151567 F MONSTER JUNKIES GN
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
SHEENA, QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE is the 1937 creation of Will Eisner and S. M. Iger. She was the first female comic book character to carry a dedicated series, preceding WONDER WOMAN #1 by four years. The original series spanned 167 issues and twenty years.
LACKLUSTER WORLD UPDATE: We previously reported on the Kickstarter campaign to fund creator/writer/artist Eric Adams’ anthology. The campaign has concluded, reaching the goal and earning $10,657 to fund the publication. Things are behind schedule for the original planned timeline, with books shipping in August. October is the new goal, and surveys should be going out to backers next week. Adams will be at San Diego Comic Con this week in the IP Pavillion at Booth #2203., showcasing some Lackluster World single issues and merchandise.
IS DEATH EVER PERMANENT IN THE WORLD OF COMICS? Here’s your opportunity to see how things get handled in the Valiant universe with the debut next week of THE BOOK OF DEATH #1 of 4. I have higher expectations based on how well Valiant has handled some mega-events and cross-overs so far. They take it more seriously than some other comics companies.
“A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once.”The Valiant heroes. X-O Manowar. Bloodshot. Ninjak. The Harbinger Renegades. Unity. This is how they lived. This is how they died.
“Now we know. The Book of the Geomancer has recorded it all. But only a young girl – the last in a line of the enigmatic mystics who protect the Earth known as Geomancers – has seen this future come to pass, from the coming cataclysm to the dawn of the 41st century. Alone with her sworn protector, the Eternal Warrior – a soldier battle-forged across five thousand years of combat – the duo must defy their allies to stop the Dark Age that now threatens to eclipse our world.”
OK, then. We’ll soon see (July 15th release date) how things play out. With writers Robert Venditti and Robert Gill plus artist Doug Braithwaite it should be a great read for sure.
If you’re going to follow this limited series, don’t overlook the BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER #1 of 4 by writer Fred Van Lente and artist Juan Jose Ryp. This series reveals the history of the Geomancers, and won’t be collected in the eventual trade paperback.
DEVILS DUE TO UNVEIL SPECIAL PROJECT AT SAN DIEGO: At San Diego Comic Con tonight it is preview night all over as well as at Booth #2001 where DEVILS DUE 1FIRST COMICS (partnership between old and new?) will be unveiled. It also marks the penultimate deadline for another worthy Kickstarter program - - just seven days left to contribute to SCORCHED, artist/writer Ashley’s Witter’s creative project.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Editor’s Note: Why are we still reviewing Free Comic Book Day titles when that event is now two months in the past? 1) Because these books have a shelf life far beyond the event. 2) Collectors seek them out, and want complete sets of certain titles. 3) It’s an inexpensive way to check out some titles you might not want to risk spending your comics dollars on 4) The 2015 books have been exceptional, a banner year. Just look at all the titles we gave high rankings too. 5) We are completists, and the job isn’t done yet!
TALES OF HONOR VOLUME TWO, ISSUE ZERO (Image /Top Cow May 2015) Matt Hawkins, writer. Linda Sejic, artist. Troy Peteri, letterer. Set in the Honorverse created by David Weber. www.tales-of-honor.com
COVER APPEAL: Simplistic yet appealing. A woman (the main character, Honor Harrington) in a space-faring military outfit holds a big-ass gun with a spaceship exploding in the background. Makes you curious to look inside. 2.5 Points.
STORY: Based on the military science-fiction tales of David Weber featuring his signature female spaceship commander Captain Honor Harrington, this short tale set in the same universe in a great introduction to the genre. Space pirates. Slavers. Maneuvers and strategy. I’ve read a few of Weber’s novels and this comics adaptation seems to make the heavy emphasis on military tactics a lot more interesting to me when there are illustrations rather than long, detailed explanations. This lets you get into the story quicker without being bogged down with all the finer points. I actually like the comics adaptation better than the books. 3 Points.
ART: A very clean and stylish look. It suits the subject matter. The choice of panel sizes and positioning is particularly effective at moving the story along. 2.5 Points.
YOUTH APPEAL: Not sure at all that this will pull in young adults. Unless the visuals make a Star Wars like (not) connection and they get curious. 1.5 Points.
NEW READER APPEAL: It’s not hard at all to jump into this story and follow along without need of any background material. 3 points.
PROMOTIONAL CONSIDERATIONS: All story and some cool graphics containing background info and maps. The only promotion is for the other books in the series. Nothing at all about what else Top Cow has to offer. A missed opportunity here. 1 point.
BONUS POINTS: WOULD I PERSONALLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? Yes, with limitations. OI would certainly suggest this to anyone I know who has an interest in space opera / military science fiction. It’s a great example of the genre and an easy introduction to novices. 2.5 Points.
FINAL RANKING FOR TALES OF HONOR: 16 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Sunday, July 5, 2015
from the official press release
In April 2013, Pro Se Productions released ‘Black Pulp’, a collection of stories written in classic pulp genres featuring lead characters of African descent. Not only were readers captivated by the cast of characters featured in the book, they also saw the potential of future volumes, both of ‘Black Pulp’, and collections featuring other ethnicities in much the same way. Pro Se Productions proudly announces the release of ‘Asian Pulp’, featuring seventeen of today’s best authors, in both print and digital format.
Leonard Chang, novelist and writer and co-producer of the TV crime drama ‘Justified’, states in his introduction to ‘Asian Pulp’, “The world of pulp fiction was a world that I understood—it was a reaction to trauma, both as art and as catharsis. Personal trauma. Emotional trauma. Physical trauma. National trauma. This is why I responded to it, why I immersed myself in it. And why, whenever I was in a personal and artistic crisis, it saved me. Fiction is a reflection of and commentary on life, and I needed to find a reflection of and commentary on my life.
That there weren't any Asian Americans in the pulp I was reading wasn't a problem (or if there were Asians they tended to be dismissible stereotypes) -- no, not a problem at all, but actually an opportunity. I've always viewed writing as providing myself with more reading material. I write what I can't find out there. Why not have a Korean American act as a private eye, and infuse in his character all the traits I wanted to see but haven't? Why not write about Korean American gangsters, criminals, and detectives? And this is where we, as writers, all began moving toward: writing about people we want to see on the page, in lives and stories that speak to us.”
Following in the tradition of the best selling ‘Black Pulp’, from Today's Best Authors and up and coming writers comes ‘Asian Pulp’ from Pro Se Productions! A collection of stories featuring characters of Asian origin or descent in stories that run the gamut of genre fiction!
‘Asian Pulp’ includes works from Don Lee, Naomi Hirahara, Kimberly Richardson, Percival Constantine, William F. Wu, Gary Phillips, Calvin McMillin, Mark Finn, Dale Furutani, Steph Cha, Henry Chang, Sean Taylor, Gigi Pandian, Louise Herring-Jones, Alan J. Porter, and David C. Smith. The anthology opens with an introduction from Leonard Chang.
“As an author of color who writes genre fiction,” says Gigi Pandian, “I love finding books where there are diverse characters in exciting stories. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved reading mystery and adventure stories, but characters in the types of stories I enjoy rarely reflect my own ethnic heritage or the diversity around me (my father is an immigrant from India, and I grew up in California). When I became a writer, I naturally created characters that were part of my own life experience. I enjoyed ‘Black Pulp’, so it was an honor to be invited to contribute a story for this new anthology. ‘Black Pulp’ was first and foremost a great collection of fiction--but I also loved how black writers and characters were brought into the spotlight. I hope ‘Asian Pulp’ does the same thing for Asian writers and characters.”
Mysteries, westerns, stories of crime and noir, and more, all with Asian characters in the lead! Between these covers are 17 tales of action, adventure, and thrills featuring heroes and heroines of a different shade that will appeal to audiences everywhere. ‘Asian Pulp’. From Pro Se Productions.
Featuring a fantastic, evocative cover by Adam Shaw and logo design and print formatting by Sean Ali, ‘Asian Pulp’ is available now at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Asian-Pulp-Leonard-Chang/dp/1514752182/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436131934&sr=1-1&keywords=asian+pulp+chang in print and for the Kindle, and Pro Se’s own store at http://prose-press.com/ This historic collection of authors and tales is also available as an Ebook, designed and formatted by Forrest Bryant and available for most digital formats via Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/555805
from the official press release . . . . .
Comics and Graphic Novel Sales Hit New 20-Year High
According to New Estimate by ICv2 and Comichron
The comics and graphic novel market hit another new high for the century in 2014, and a new high since the mid-90s, according to a new joint estimate by Comichron ' s John Jackson Miller and ICv2 ' s Milton Griepp. Total comics and graphic novel sales to consumers in the U.S. and Canada reached $935 million in 2014, a 7% increase over sales in 2013.
" It ' s a very exciting time in the comics business, " Griepp said. " The broad range of titles being published, the wide variety of places they're sold, and the great exposure comics are getting from other media are all very positive for the industry. "
" The market ' s in great shape, " Miller said. " According to our tracking at Comichron, 2014 was the biggest year for print since 1995, adjusting for inflation; without adjusting for inflation dollar sales hit a mark unseen since 1993. And digital appears to be complementing, rather than cannibalizing, print. "
Increases were spread across all three formats. Print grew $55 million to $835 million in 2014, or around 7% more than the $780 million in print sales in 2013. That growth occurred in every channel and format except newsstand sales of periodical comics, which declined from $25 million to $20 million as Marvel withdrew from the market.
Sales of periodical comics through comic stores grew 4%, from $340 million to $355 million. Sales of graphic novels through comic stores grew at a slightly faster pace, from just under $170 million to just over $175 million.
The book channel (bookstores, online, mass) was where the greatest growth was, with graphic novel sales in the book channel up 16%, from $245 to $285 million.
Download-to-own digital sales reached $100 million in 2014, but the growth rate declined to around an 11% increase over 2013's $90 million in sales, compared to a 29% growth rate in 2013, according to estimates released yesterday by ICv2.
So despite a slower growth rate in 2014 than in 2013, the signs of strength were broad, across channels and formats, a positive sign for the industry.
As presented above and in the accompanying infographic, the 2014 analysis by ICv2 and Comichron was divided up between periodical comics (what some call " floppies " or " pamphlets " ), graphic novels, and digital download-to-own sales. All print figures are calculated based on the full retail price of books sold into the market, and do not account for discounting or markup. Digital sales do not include subscription or " all you can read " services.
This is the second joint market size analysis from ICv2 and Comichron; the first was last year for 2013 sales.
ICv2 is the #1 industry source on the business of geek culture, including comics and graphic novels, hobby games, and showbiz on its Website, www.ICv2.com, and in its magazine, Internal Correspondence. For the people on the front lines of the geek culture business, staying ahead of the trends isn ' t something that can be left to chance--it's a basic necessity for being successful. That's why ICv2 is the #1 source of news and information for the buyers, gatekeepers, and tastemakers on the front lines. ICv2 is where trend-watching is a science.
Comichron is the world ' s largest public repository of comic-book sales figures, featuring data from the 1930s to today about comic book and graphic novel circulation, cover prices, and market shares on its website, http://www.comichron.com. With data and analysis on the distant past as well as the present, Comichron serves as a trusted resource for academics studying the historical reach of the medium and for collectors seeking accurate information about how many copies of a comic book originally circulated.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
BLOODSHOT REBORN #4 Written by JEFF LEMIRE. Art by MICO SUAYAN with JEFF LEMIRE
New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Descender) and rising superstar Mico Suayan (Moon Knight) bring the synapse-shattering first act of Bloodshot’s return to a knockout conclusion! With each nanite-infected killer Bloodshot confronts, he loses more of his humanity, but with killers wreaking havoc across Colorado, does he have a choice? Meanwhile, the mysterious figure called Magic makes a move to restore Ray Garrison’s soul – but can he let go of the demons of his past? Does he even want to? $3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On sale JULY 8
UNITY #20 Written by MATT KINDT. Art by JOSÉ LUIS.
Out of the darkest recesses of the 20th century…the War-Monger returns to rage against the combined might of Valiant’s most elite superteam! For thousands of years, the Eternal Warrior has waged battle; and for thousands of years, one spirit has vexed him…the spirit of warfare itself. nToday, Gilad Anni-Padda and his teammates in Unity must reckon with a long-thought-forgotten enemy–unseen since Unit-Y faced it in World War II–now returned to bring destruction and death to the heroes once and for all. Unity may not survive the coming of War-Monger! $3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On sale JULY 8
NICKELODEON AND JHONEN VASQUEZ’S LANDMARK ANIMATED SERIES RETURNS IN COMIC FORM NEXT WEEK WITH A MASSIVE SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON APPEARANCE AND A NUMBER OF VARIANT COVERS FROM FAN-FAVORITE ARTISTS
PORTLAND, OR July 1, 2015 – Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, is set to launch the first issue of the sure-to-be hit Invader Zim comic series next week on Wednesday, July 8th. The comic will launch with a number of activities at San Diego Comic-Con and several alternate covers from fan-favorite artists.
Invader Zim #1 will arrive in stores next Wednesday, July 8th, just in time to make San Diego Comic-Con a major event for Invader Zim fans. Oni Press will host a panel, The Return of Invader Zim, Saturday 7/11 at 2 pm in Room 29AB that features original creator Jhonen Vasquez, original show staff and creative staff on the new Zim comic Aaron Alexovich, original show writer and comic staff Eric Trueheart, Inker on the new Invader Zim comic Megan Lawton, and Oni Press Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones. Questions for the panel will be accepted via responses to a specific message on Oni Press’ Twitter in the week leading up to Comic-Con, with those whose questions are selected winning a copy of Invader Zim #1. Invader Zim cosplayers visiting Oni Press’ booth (#1833) at SDCC will also receive Invader Zim #1. Bryan Konietzko (creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and staff member on original Invader Zim show) has produced a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover for the first issue that will be available exclusively at Oni Press’ SDCC booth. Finally, Oni Press will host signings for the Invader Zim comic creative team at their SDCC booth #1833.
Moonstone Nov ’15 release The Black Bat Returns
Authors: Ron Fortier, Bobby Nash Cover art: Mike Fyles
6” x 9”, sc, 270pgs, $13.95 ISBN: 978-1-936814-97-8(51395)
The original Black Bat returns in this thrilling collection of all NEW action-crime stories.
Read the character that was created at the SAME TIME as Batman!
Ex-District Attorney Tony Quinn is blinded in a courtroom assault.
He now seeks justice outside of the law as the relentless hero who can see in the dark: The Black Bat.
Guest-starring: The Green Lama, Domino Lady, and Golden Amazon.
Stories by Ron Fortier, Bobby Nash, Adam L. Garcia, Colin B. Harvey, Sean Taylor, James Palmer, David Boop, David White, and Josh Vogt.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
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SAN DIEGO COMIC CONVENTION 2015 will take place from July 9th through July 13th at the San Diego Convention Center.
BOOM! Studios can be found at Booth #229. Their schedule can be found here . . .
If you want to get a sketch the details can be found on the above link. If you want the sketch done on one of the special blank (title logo only) boards, you need to place that order by Monday, July 6.
The annual mega-convention, now in its 46th year, will remain in San Diego at least until 2018. Website Deadline reports that the City Mayor secured a two-year extension by announcing an expansion plan that includes special hotel rates. The San Diego Comics Convention was being courted by both Los Angeles and Anaheim to move to those cities. Per the web article (as well as content at Paste online magazine) more that 130,000 fans brought $135 in revenue to San Diego by attending the 2014 convention. You can read Deadline’s full article here . . . . .
Diamond Comics Distributors, suppliers of print edition of weekly comics and gifts to local comic book shops and bookstores across the nation, can be found at Booth #2401, where they will feature many SDCC exclusives, giveaways, creator signings, photos with Star Wars characters, a Retailer Appreciation Lunch and several Previews panels.
On Thursday July 9th, Diamond will host its own PREVIEWSworld Panel from 12:30-1:30pm PST in Room 8. The panel will give a detailed look inside the pages of PREVIEWS, information on how PREVIEWSworld.com interacts with the catalog, a look at the new “How To Order” comic, followed by an interactive Q&A session. The panel will be led by PREVIEWS Editor Marty Grosser, PREVIEWSworld.com Editor Vince Brusio and Diamond Consumer Marketing Manager Andy Mueller. Panel attendees will get a free copy of the July issue of PREVIEWS and have a chance to win many other great prizes.
On Friday July 10th, Diamond will also host a Retailer Appreciation Lunch from 12:00PM-2:30PM in room 31A. Lunch sponsors Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Marvel Comics, BOOM! Studios, Titan Publishing, and Valiant Entertainment will make presentations, announcing their upcoming editorial plans and other news in addition to Diamond presenting its new initiatives for retailers.
For more information about Diamond’s SDCC Exclusives and where to find them, in addition to learning more about Diamond’s Comic-Con activities, visit www.previewsworld.com.
DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES FULL CREATIVE TEAM FOR ALIENS / VAMPIRELLA, THE UPCOMING CROSSOVER OF TWO CLASSIC HORROR PROPERTIES
July 2, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the full creative team for Aliens / Vampirella, the upcoming horror crossover between their classic comic book heroine and the Xenomorph monsters from Dark Horse Comics' long-running comic book, based on the renowned film series. Corinna Bechko ( Star Wars: Legacy) will steer the series with her scripts, while artist Javier García-Miranda will provide the atmophere and action. Also, artist Gabriel Hardman will provide the distinctive covers worthy of the tradition of horror excellence that both long-standing terror icons represent.
As established in Aliens / Vampirella #1, humans have begun to colonize Mars, but something ancient and sinister got there first. Vampirella, a supernatural exterminator, is faced with a mystery only she can solve... and the bloody realization that some monsters should never be awakened.
Aliens / Vampirella #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July Previews catalog. Aliens / Vampirella will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
Valiant and Swyft Media Announce Valiant Heroes Emoji Digital Stickers
Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce it is working with Swyft Media, the company driving the emojification of brand marketing, to bring Valiant's best-selling comic book icons directly to fans' mobile devices around the world with the Valiant Heroes Emoji – the first in a new line of digital sticker packs featuring emoji-style renditions of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Faith, and more of Valiant's greatest superheroes.
Available now in the iOS App and Google Play stores, fans can add a nanite-enhanced new element to their mobile messages by expressing themselves with the heroes of the Valiant Universe! Straight from the pages of Valiant’s award-winning comics and graphic novels, grab exclusive digital sticker packs to text friends and family with all-new, never-before-seen Valiant emojis – including Apologetic Ninjak, Frustrated Bloodshot, Exclamation Archer, and more than 20 other designs for $1.99.
Fully compatible with Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Viber, LINE, Skype, WhatsApp, and more, as well as standard texting and SMS, send these stickers through your favorite mobile texting platform to let all of your friends, family, and loved ones just how Valiant you are feeling! Standard text and data rates may apply.