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1. Indie Comics Month-to-Month Sales March 2015: Cult comics score

JemHolograms

by Kate Reynolds

One of the stranger trends this month is the release of several comics based on 80’s and 90’s cult properties. The best of these, Jem and the Holograms (written by Kelley Thompson with art by Sophie Campbell) ranked in the top ten indie comics this month, and number seventy-seven on the total list. For those interested in male-led cult properties, check out Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return from Boom! and Miami Vice from IDW.

This month 144 titles hit the top 300 list, which is a bit up from last month’s total of 138. Without the near ludacris sales of Orphan Black #1, sales dropped 12.5%. Overall there were 1,723,032 sales in March compared to 1,969,396 in February. This brings the average number of comics sold to 11,966 which is also down from last month’s average of 14,271. Considering the Loot Crate aided numbers of February, March still seems to be holding its own.

In terms of individual publishers, Image is in the lead with a 11.39% retail market share and a 12.98% unit market share. IDW manages to snag second place this month with a 6.51% retail market share and a 5.16% unit market share while Dark Horse rounds up third place with a 3.90% retail market share and a 3.07% unit market share. Boom! Studios manages to win out over Dynamite Entertainment this month with 2.41% retail market share and a 2.44% unit market share. Dynamite Entertainment only had a 2.37% retail market share and a 1.99% unit market share.

UK and European Sales from Diamond UK are not represented in this chart.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Grepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates only.

13 & 15.) The Walking Dead #138 & #139; (Image)
10/1/2014 WALKING DEAD #133 (MR)	 69,561 (-78.7%) 
11/1/2014 WALKING DEAD #134 (MR) 	68,093 (-2.1%) 
12/1/2014 WALKING DEAD #135 (MR) 	67,361 (-1.1%) 
1/1/2015 WALKING DEAD #136 (MR) 	66,097 (-1.9%) 
2/1/2015 WALKING DEAD #137 (MR) 	65,620 (-0.7%) 
3/1/2015 WALKING DEAD #138 (MR) 	66,778 (+1.8%) 
3/1/2015 WALKING DEAD #139 (MR) 	67,349 (+0.9%)

The Walking Dead regains its rightful place at the top of the indie chart this month. It even had a nice little bump to celebrate.

17.) Descender #1 (Image)
3/1/2015	DESCENDER #1 (MR)	61,910

Is it any surprise that this book, written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen, has a stellar debut? I’m more interested in what the second issue brings us.

21.)Saga #26 (Image)
6/1/2014	Saga #20 (MR)	56,497	(+1.9%)
7/1/2014	Saga #21 (MR)	55,893	(-1.1%)
8/1/2014	Saga #22 (MR)	55,803	(-0.2%)
9/1/2014	Saga #23 (MR)	56,162	(+.6%)
10/1/2014	Saga #24 (MR)	55,534	(-1.1%)
2/1/2015	Saga #25 (MR)	55,972	(+0.8%)
3/1/2015	Saga #26 (MR)	54,892	(-1.9%)

Standard attrition as this story arc gets in the swing of things.

36.) Chrononauts #1 (Image)
3/1/2015	CHRONONAUTS #1 (MR)	43,272

This time-travelling bromance nabs the second largest debut for the month. Mark Millar and Sean Murphy should be proud.

51.) Outcast #7 (Image)
6/1/2014	OUTCAST #1		71,788	
7/1/2014	OUTCAST #2		55,126	(-23.2%)
8/1/2014	OUTCAST #3		46,717	(-15.2%)
9/1/2014	OUTCAST #4		45,401	(-2.8%)
11/1/2014	OUTCAST #5 	39,967	(-12.0%)
12/1/2014	OUTCAST #6		36,354	(-9.0%)
3/1/2015	OUTCAST #7 	38,077	(+4.7%)

The title sees a nice jump this month.

53.)Wytches #5 (Image)
WYTCHES #1 (MR) 	67,996	
WYTCHES #2 (MR) 	58,345	(-14.2%)
WYTCHES #3 (MR) 	43,240	(-25.9%)
WYTCHES #4 (MR)	41,827	(-3.3%)
WYTCHES #5 (MR)	37,182	(-11.1%)

Still looking for this title to find its pattern. The next issue is the finale of the first arc, so we’ll see what that tells us next month.

67.) Spawn Resurrection #1 (Image)
3/1/2015	SPAWN RESURRECTION #1	29,787

A sizeable debut after the recently celebrated Spawn #250. We’ll see how future numbers reflect the new creative team on the scene.

68.) Southern Cross #1 (Image)
3/1/2015	SOUTHERN CROSS #1	29,658

As long as the second issue drop is on the lower side, this sci-fi mystery lands on solid ground.

77.) Jem and the Holograms #1 (IDW)
3/1/2015	JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #1 	29,015

This is a strong debut for a comic based on an 80’s cartoon. Kelley Thompson’s enthusiastic
writing and Sophie Campbell’s art definitely don’t hurt.

82.) Nameless #2 (Image)
2/1/2015	NAMELESS #1 (MR)	43,785	
3/1/2015	NAMELESS #2 (MR)	27,364	(-37.5%)

This is definitely on the high-end of second issue drops. This appears to be becoming more normal for some of Image’s larger debuts.

92.)Black Science #12 (Image)
4/1/2014	BLACK SCIENCE #6 (MR)	24,892	(-2.3%)
7/1/2014	BLACK SCIENCE #7 (MR)	28,147	(+13.1%)
9/1/2014	BLACK SCIENCE #8 (MR)	22,429	(-20.3%)
10/1/2014	BLACK SCIENCE #9 (MR)	21,639	(-3.5%)
10/1/2014	BLACK SCIENCE #10 (MR)	21,125	(-2.4%)
12/1/2014	BLACK SCIENCE #11 (MR)	19,688	(-6.8%)
3/1/2015	BLACK SCIENCE #12 (MR)	26,112	(+32.8%)

The second year of Black Science brings about a horde of new readers.

97.) Ninjak #1 (Valiant)
3/1/2015	NINJAK #1	24,351

Pretty strong debut for a Valiant title.

102.)East of West #18 (Image)
3/1/2013	East Of West #10	28,853	(-3.4%)
4/1/2014	East Of West #11	28,090	(-2.6%)
6/1/2014	EAST OF WEST #12	27,056	(-3.7%)
7/1/2014	EAST OF WEST #13	26,531	(-1.9%)
7/1/2014	EAST OF WEST #14	26,361	(-0.6%)
9/1/2014	EAST OF WEST #15	25,593	(-2.9%)
12/1/2014	EAST OF WEST #16	35,920	(+40.3%)
2/1/2015	EAST OF WEST #17	23,482	(-12.4%)
3/1/2015	EAST OF WEST #18	23,080	(-1.7%)

Settling back down into normal patterns.

103.)Invisible Republic #1 (Image)
3/1/2015	INVISIBLE REPUBLIC #1 (MR)	22,974

A mid-sized debut for a relatively new creative team.

106.)Red One #1 (Image)
3/1/2015	RED ONE #1 (MR)		22,486

This is just another of several Image debuts in this readership range. Second issues should tell us which are hits and which are misses.

108.) The Surface #1 (Image)
3/1/2015	SURFACE #1 (MR)	21,742

Yay, another mid-sized debut for a niche science fiction comic.

112.) The Wicked and the Divine #9 (Image)
6/1/2014	WICKED & DIVINE #1 (MR)		42,948	
7/1/2014	WICKED & DIVINE #2 (MR)		27,962	(-34.9%)
8/1/2014	WICKED & DIVINE #3 (MR)		27,208	(-2.7%)
9/1/2014	WICKED & DIVINE #4 (MR)		25,668	(-5.7%)
10/1/2014	WICKED & DIVINE #5 (MR)		25,424	(-1.0%)
12/1/2014	WICKED & DIVINE #6 (MR)		22,159	(-12.2%)
1/1/2015	WICKED & DIVINE #7 (MR)		20,893	(-5.7%)
2/1/2015	WICKED & DIVINE #8 (MR)		20,515	(-1.8%)
3/1/2015	WICKED & DIVINE #9 (MR)		20,360	(-0.8%)

This title also seems to be settling into its second story arc.

113 & 130.)My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #28 & #29 (IDW)
6/1/2014	My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #20	20,711	(-9.2%)
7/1/2014	My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #21	20,871	(+0.8%)
8/1/2014	My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #22	21,642	(+3.7%)
9/1/2014	My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #23	19,491	(-9.9%)
10/1/2014	My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #24	20,762	(+6.5%)
11/1/2014	My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #25	26,619	(+28.2%)
12/1/2014	My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #26	17,454	(-34.4%)
1/1/2015	My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #27	18,128	(+3.9%)
3/1/2015	My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #28	20,236	(+11.1%)
3/1/2015	My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #29	16,726	(-17.3%)

These numbers would make a good rollercoaster.

132.)Big Man Plans #1 (Image)
3/1/2015	BIG MAN PLANS #1 (MR)	16,371

We’ll see how these plans pan out in the future.

134.) Autumnlands Tooth and Claw #5 (Image)
11/1/2014	TOOTH & CLAW #1 	                		41,181	
12/1/2014	AUTUMNLANDS TOOTH & CLAW #2 	33,272	(-19.2%)
1/1/2015	AUTUMNLANDS TOOTH & CLAW #3 	20,173	(-39.4%)
2/1/2015	AUTUMNLANDS TOOTH & CLAW #4     	17,700	(-12.3%)
3/1/2015	AUTUMNLANDS TOOTH & CLAW #5     	16,054	(-9.3%)

This title has finally opened its parachute and it’s starting to seriously slow down.

136.)Frankenstein Underground #1 (Dark Horse)
3/1/2015	FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND #1	15,915

Mike Mignola’s take on Frankenstein draws in a niche audience. We’ve had quite a bit of Frankenstein stories in the past few years, so we’re nearing over-saturation.

138.)Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #13
11/1/2014	BTVS SEASON 10 #9	17,067	(-3.7%)
12/1/2014	BTVS SEASON 10 #10	16,448	(-3.6%)
1/1/2015	BTVS SEASON 10 #11	16,493	(+0.3%)
2/1/2015	BTVS SEASON 10 #12	15,840	(-4.0%)
3/1/2015	BTVS SEASON 10 #13	15,565	(-1.7%)
140.) Hellboy and the BPRD #4 1952 (Dark Horse)
12/1/2014	HELLBOY AND THE BPRD #11952    	22,368	
1/1/2015	HELLBOY AND THE BPRD #2 1952	16,725	(-25.2%)
2/1/2015	HELLBOY AND THE BPRD #3 1952	15,779	(-5.7%)
3/1/2015	HELLBOY AND THE BPRD #4 1952	15,416	(-2.3%)

Heading for extremely solid ground.

142.) Lady Mechanika #5 (Benitez Productions)
10/1/2010	Lady Mechanika #0	10,185	
12/1/2010	Lady Mechanika #1	20,034	(+96.7%)
7/1/2011	Lady Mechanika #2	20,760	(+3.6%)
12/1/2011	Lady Mechanika #3	21,358	(+2.9%)
2/1/2015	Lady Mechanika #4	16,924	(-20.8%)
3/1/2015	Lady Mechanika #5	15,168	(-10.4%)

Not a bad drop when you consider this is only the second issue released in the past four years.

144 & 150.)>My Little Pony Friends Forever #14 & #15 (IDW)
10/1/2014	MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #10	16,587	(-1.3%)
11/1/2014	MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #11	15,630	(-5.8%)
12/1/2014	MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #12	15,202	(-2.7%)
1/1/2015	MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #13	14,706	(-3.3%)
3/1/2015	MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #14	14,883	(+1.2%)
3/1/2015	MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #15	14,374	(-3.4%)

More standard attrition for the ponies.

146.)TMNT Ongoing #44 (IDW)
7/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #36	15,415	(+1.6%)
8/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #37	15,470	(+0.4%)
10/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #38	15,498	(+0.2%)
10/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #39	15,235	(-1.7%)
11/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #40	14,734	(-3.3%)
12/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #41	14,970	(+1.6%)
1/1/2015	TMNT ONGOING #42	14,286	(-4.6%)
2/1/2015	TMNT ONGOING #43	14,551	(+1.9%)
3/1/2015	TMNT ONGOING #44	14,604	(+0.4%)

This title is just absolutely determined not to dip below 14k.

149.) Rat Queens #9 (Image)
9/1/2013	Rat Queens #1		21,745	
10/1/2013	Rat Queens #2 		12,335	(-43.3%)
11/1/2013	Rat Queens #3 		11,967	(-3.0%)
1/1/2014	Rat Queens #4 		11,553	(-3.5%)
2/1/2014	Rat Queens #5 		11,121	(-3.7%)
5/1/2014	Rat Queens #6 		11,476	(+3.2%)
7/1/2014	Rat Queens #7 		12,903	(+12.4%)
10/1/2014	RAT QUEENS #8 		14,726	(+14.1%)
3/1/2015	RAT QUEENS #9 		14,425	(-2.0%)

We’re starting to see some minor attrition start again.

152.) Manhattan Projects Sun Beyond the Stars #1 (Image)
3/1/2015	MANHATTAN PROJECTS SUN BEYOND THE STARS #1	14,221

The initial Manhattan Projects debuted to 17,955 readers in 2012. Three years later, that -20.8% drop in readers feels like a standard second issue drop. This series has managed to hold strong, a testament to the quality.

153.) Hellbreak #1 (Oni Press)
3/1/2015	HELLBREAK #1 (MR)	14,068

To help sell this new title, Oni Press sold it at $1.00 for the first issue. As a fan of Cullen Bunn, I think this would have sold well without the discount. That said, it’s been a long time since I last saw an Oni Press title make the top 300 list.

<strong160.) Doctor Who 10th #8 (Titan)
7/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #1	39,707	
8/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #2	10,410	(-73.8%)
10/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #3	14,608	(-40.30)%
11/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #4 	14,296	(-2.1%)
12/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #5 	13,743	(-3.9%)
1/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #6	13,703	(-0.3%)
2/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #7	13,296	(-3.0%)
3/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #8	13,301	(0.00%)

Breaking even is never bad!

162 & 173.) Doctor Who 11th #9 & #10 (Titan)
8/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #1	41,068	
9/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #2	15,947	(-61.2)
10/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #3	14,854	(-6.9%)
10/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #4	13,411	(-9.7%)
12/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #5 	13,477	(+0.5%)
12/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #6 	14,538	(+7.9%)
1/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #7	15,614	(+7.4%)
2/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #8	13,135	(-15.9%)
3/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #9	12,279	(-6.5%)
3/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #10	11,622	(-5.4%)

This title isn’t hasn’t managed to hit the same holding pattern the 10th Doctor has.

164.) Wayward #6 (Image)
8/1/2014	WAYWARD #1 (MR)		29,240	
9/1/2014	WAYWARD #2 (MR)		15,053	(-48.5%)
10/1/2014	WAYWARD #3 (MR)		10,795	(-28.3%)
11/1/2014	WAYWARD #4 (MR)		10,318	(-2.3%)
12/1/2014	WAYWARD #5 (MR)		10,009	(-3.0%)
3/1/2015	WAYWARD #6 (MR)		12,247	(+22.4%)

New story arc, new interest, new readers.

165 & 176.) Star Trek Planet of the Apes #3 & #4 (IDW)
12/1/2014	STAR TREK PLANET OF THE APES #1 	17,307	
1/1/2015	STAR TREK PLANET OF THE APES #2	13,460	(-22.2%)
3/1/2015	STAR TREK PLANET OF THE APES #3 	11,960	(-11.1%)
3/1/2015	STAR TREK PLANET OF THE APES #4 	11,410	(-4.6%)

Picture perfect.

<strong167.) >PS Black Cross #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
3/1/2015	PS BLACKCROSS #1	11,891

Any debut over 10k readers is something to be celebrated.

171.)Doctor Who 12th #6 (Titan)
10/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 12TH #1	33,891	
11/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 12TH #2 	15,277	(-54.9%)
12/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 12TH #3	14,144	(-7.4%)
1/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 12TH #4	13,214	(-6.6%)
2/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 12TH #5	12,140	(-8.1%)
3/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 12TH #6	11,643	(-4.1%)

The 12th doctor’s numbers aren’t quite as high as the others.

174.) Conan Red Sonja #3 (Dark Horse)
1/1/2015	CONAN RED SONJA #1	15,398	
2/1/2015	CONAN RED SONJA #2	12,073	(-21.6%)
3/1/2015	CONAN RED SONJA #3	11,523	(-4.6%)

Incredibly quick cooldown.

190.)Red Sonja #15 (Dynamite Entertainment)
6/1/2014	RED SONJA #10	11,685	(-1.4%)
8/1/2014	RED SONJA #11	11,298	(-3.4%)
9/1/2014	RED SONJA #12	11,431	(+1.3)
11/1/2014	RED SONJA #13	10,600	(-7.3%)
1/1/2015	RED SONJA #14	10,542	(-0.5%)
3/1/2015	RED SONJA #15	10,685	(+1.4%)

Refusing to dip below 10k.

181.) Orphan Black #2 (IDW)
2/1/2015	ORPHAN BLACK #1 	497,002	
3/1/2015	ORPHAN BLACK #2 	10,652	(-97.9%)

Well, this shows us exactly how much impact Loot Crate can have on a comic title.

182.) Transformers #39 Opening War Salvo (IDW)
10/1/2014	TRANSFORMERS #34 	9,418	(-12.9%)
11/1/2014	TRANSFORMERS #35 	9,354	(-0.7%)
11/1/2014	TRANSFORMERS #35 	9,354	0.00%
12/1/2014	TRANSFORMERS #36 	8,964	(-4.2%)
1/1/2015	TRANSFORMERS #37 	8,686	(-3.1%)
3/1/2015	TRANSFORMERS #38 	8,623	(-0.7%)
3/1/2015	TRANSFORMERS #39 	10,644	(+23.7%)

The beginning of the Opening War Salvo arc has brought in some new readers.

183.)Pastaways #1 (Dark Horse)
3/1/2015	PASTAWAYS #1	$3.99	DAR	10,625

This new series from Matt Kindt draws in a middling debut, thought not too bad for Dark Horse
.

184.)Bill and Ted's Most Triumphant Return #1 (Boom! Studios)
3/1/2015	BILL & TED MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #1	10,396

I wouldn’t call this triumphant, but it’s not too bad.

185.)Angel and Faith Season 10 #12 (Dark Horse)
8/1/2014	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #5	11,957	(-4.1%)
9/1/2014	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #6 	11,593	(-3.5%)
10/1/2014	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #7	11,457	(-1.2%)
11/1/2014	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #8	11,129	(-2.9%)
12/1/2014	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #9	10,946	(-1.6%)
1/1/2015	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #10 	11,029	(+0.7%)
2/1/2015	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #11	10,397	(-5.7%)
3/1/2015	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #12	10,296	(-1.0%)

Angel and Faith have been around for 10 seasons, and over ten thousand people are still interested. Just let that sink in.

186.) Spread #6 (Image)
7/1/2014	SPREAD #1 (MR)	21,150	
8/1/2014	SPREAD #2 (MR)	15,244	(-27.9%)
9/1/2014	SPREAD #3 (MR)	15,691	(+2.9%)
11/1/2014	SPREAD #4 (MR)	13,288	(-15.3%)
1/1/2015	SPREAD #5 (MR)	11,115	(-16.4%)
3/1/2015	SPREAD #6 (MR)	10,203	(-8.2%)

This appears to be settling in for the long haul.

188.)Transformers Windblade Combiner Wars #1 (IDW)
3/1/2015	TRANSFORMERS WINDBLADE COMBINER WARS #1	10,154

The previous Windblade series debuted to 9,855 readers. So, interest appears to have grown in the lady transformer.

189.) Rumble #4 (Image)
12/1/2014	RUMBLE #1 (MR)	22,527	
1/1/2015	RUMBLE #2 (MR)	14,580	(-35.3%)
2/1/2015	RUMBLE #3 (MR)	11,084	(-24.0%)
3/1/2015	RUMBLE #4 (MR)	10,138	(-8.5%)

Nearing stabilization.

191.) Chew #47 (Image)
2/1/2014	CHEW #40 (MR)	11,193	(-2.6%)
4/1/2014	CHEW #41 (MR)	10,835	(-3.2%)
6/1/2014	CHEW #42 (MR)	10,981	(-1.3%)
9/1/2014	CHEW #43 (MR)	10,777	(-1.9%)
11/1/2014	CHEW #44 (MR)	10,526	(-2.3%)
12/1/2014	CHEW #45 (MR)	10,407	(-1.1%)
2/1/2015	CHEW #46 (MR)	15,073	(+44.8%)
3/1/2015	CHEW #47 (MR)	9,785	(-35.1%)

Back to normal business as usual.

192.) Adventure Time #38 (Boom! Studios)
7/1/2014	ADVENTURE TIME #30	14,487	(+5.1%)
8/1/2014	ADVENTURE TIME #31	14,099	(-2.7%)
10/1/2014	ADVENTURE TIME #32	12,632	(-10.4%)
10/1/2014	ADVENTURE TIME #33	11,929	(-5.6%)
12/1/2014	ADVENTURE TIME #34	11,442	(-4.1%)
12/1/2014	ADVENTURE TIME #35	11,138	(-2.7%)
1/1/2015	ADVENTURE TIME #36	10,170	(-8.7%)
2/1/2015	ADVENTURE TIME #37	9,978	(-1.9%)
3/1/2015	ADVENTURE TIME #38	9,763	(-2.2%)

While most of this has been attrition, the Adventure Time comic has taken a few big hits in the six months.

193.) Munchkin #3 (Boom! Studios)
1/1/2015	MUNCHKIN #1	16,234	
2/1/2015	MUNCHKIN #2	10,382	(-36.0%)
3/1/2015	MUNCHKIN #3	9,702	(-6.5%)

After a slightly large second issue drop, it’s good to see Munchkin finding its footing this month.

195.)Lady Killer #3 (Dark Horse)
1/1/2015	LADY KILLER #1	8,431	
2/1/2015	LADY KILLER #2	6,804	(-19.3%)
3/1/2015	LADY KILLER #3	9,594	(+41.0%)

It looks like word of mouth (my mouth included) has finally paid off big for Lady Killer. In case you were wondering, Lady Killer is about 1950’s housewives assassins and it is amazing.

196.) Divinity #2 (Valiant)
2/1/2015	DIVINITY #1	12,079	
3/1/2015	DIVINITY #2	9,384	(-22.3%)

A low second issue drop.

197.) Star Trek Ongoing #43 (IDW)
11/1/2014	Star Trek ONGOING #38	10,150	(+2.6%)
12/1/2014	Star Trek ONGOING #39	9,931	(-2.2%)
1/1/2015	Star Trek ONGOING #40	9,819	(-1.1%)
2/1/2015	Star Trek ONGOING #41	9,632	(-1.9%)
2/1/2015	Star Trek ONGOING #42	9,138	(-5.1%)
3/1/2015	Star Trek ONGOING #43	9,383	(+2.7%)

A slight uptick this month.

198.) Casanova Acedia #2 (Image)
1/1/2015	CASANOVA ACEDIA #1 (MR)	16,780	
3/1/2015	CASANOVA ACEDIA #2 (MR) 	9,373	(-44.1%)

A rather large second issue drop.

200.) Ragnarok #4 (IDW)
7/1/2014	RAGNAROK #1	15,598	
10/1/2014	RAGNAROK #2 	12,941	(-17.0%)
12/1/2014	RAGNAROK #3 	9,940	(-23.2%)
3/1/2015	RAGNAROK #4	9,347	(-6.0%)
201.) Big Trouble in Little China #9 (Boom! Studios)
6/1/2014	BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #1	24,160	--
7/1/2014	BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #2	14,838	(-38.6%)
8/1/2014	BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #3	14,076	(-5.1%)
9/1/2014	BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #4	13,370	(-5.0%)
10/1/2014	BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #5	12,598	(-5.8%)
11/1/2014	BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #6	11,483	(-8.9%)
12/1/2014	BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #7	10,482	(-8.7%)
1/1/2015	BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #8	9,699	(-7.4%)
3/1/2015	BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #9	9,265	(-4.5%)

We’re officially nearing attrition level numbers again…if this holds steady for another month or so.

202.) They're Not Like Us #4 (Image)
12/1/2014	THEY'RE NOT LIKE US #1 (MR)	18,015	
1/1/2015	THEY'RE NOT LIKE US #2 (MR)	10,028	(-44.3%)
2/1/2015	THEY'RE NOT LIKE US #3 (MR)	9,424	(-6.0%)
3/1/2015	THEY'RE NOT LIKE US #4 (MR)	9,255	(-1.8%)

This title got off to a rough start, but it looks like things are leveling off.

204.) Crossed Plus 100 #3 (Avatar)
12/1/2014	CROSSED PLUS 100 #1 (MR)	12,666	
1/1/2015	CROSSED PLUS 100 #2 (MR)	10,440	(-17.6%)
3/1/2015	CROSSED PLUS 100 #3 (MR)	9,122	(-12.6%)

Still finding its way.

208.) TMNT Mutanimals #2 (IDW)
2/1/2015	TMNT MUTANIMALS #1 	10,274	
3/1/2015	TMNT MUTANIMALS #2 	8,980	(-12.6%)

Smallest second issue drop on this list. It may not have started out very high, but it probably won’t go too much lower.

209.)Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #38 (IDW)
11/1/2014	Transformers More Than Meets Eye #35	9,390	(-2.9%)
12/1/2014	Transformers More Than Meets Eye #36	9,159	(-2.5%)
2/1/2015	Transformers More Than Meets Eye #37	9,138	(-0.2%)
3/1/2015	Transformers More Than Meets Eye #38	8,864	(-3.0%)

Only minor attrition for the Days of Deception story arc.

210.) The Valiant #4 (Valiant)
12/1/2014	THE VALIANT #1	21,364	
1/1/2015	THE VALIANT #2 	11,649	(-45.5%)
2/1/2015	THE VALIANT #3	9,870	(-15.3%)
3/1/2015	THE VALIANT #4	8,795	(-10.9%)
212.) Empty #2 (Image)
2/1/2015	EMPTY #1	11,623	
3/1/2015	EMPTY #2	8,619	(-17.2%)

Not a bad second issue drop.

213.) X-Files Season 10 #21 (IDW)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #10	12,252	(-6.7%)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #11	13,210	(+7.8%)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #12	11,773	(-10.9%)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #13	11,497	(-2.3%)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #14	10,850	(-5.6%)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #15	10,581	(-2.5%)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #16	10,067	(-4.9%)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #17	9,865	(-2.0%)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #18	9,915	(+0.5%)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #19	9,121	(-8.0%)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #20	8,708	(-4.5%)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #21	8,598	(-1.3%)

In the past year the series has lost roughly four thousand readers (roughly a 29% drop).

214.) Postal #2 (Image)
2/1/2015	POSTAL #1	13,967	
3/1/2015	POSTAL #2	8,464	(-39.4%)

Sizeable second issue drop, for an already low debut.

215.) Django Zorro #5 (Dynamite Entertainment)
11/1/2014	DJANGO ZORRO #1		15,468	
12/1/2014	DJANGO ZORRO #2		11,001	(-28.9%)
2/1/2015	DJANGO ZORRO #3		9,659	(-12.1%)
2/1/2015	DJANGO ZORRO #4		9,212	(-4.6%)
3/1/2015	DJANGO ZORRO #5		8,454	(-8.2%)

This may be close to attrition for a Dynamite title, but it will still need to slow down to stay on the chart the rest of the year.

216.) Lumberjanes #12 (Boom! Studios)
4/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #1	13,129	--
5/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #2	9,904	(-24.6%)
6/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #3	9,150	(-7.6%)
7/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #4	9,988	(+9.2%)
9/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #5	10,099	(+1.1%)
9/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #6	10,029	(-0.7%)
10/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #7	9,999	(-.3%)
11/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #8	9,543	(-4.6%)
12/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #9	8,917	(-6.6%)
1/1/2015	LUMBERJANES #10	8,539	(-4.2%)
2/1/2015	LUMBERJANES #11	8,472	(-0.8%)
3/1/2015	LUMBERJANES #12	8,394	(-0.9%)

Minor attrition.

217.) Alex + Ada #13 (Image)
3/1/2014	ALEX + ADA #5	9,761	(-1.0%)
5/1/2014	ALEX + ADA #6	9,869	(+1.1%)
6/1/2014	ALEX + ADA #7	9,579	(-2.9%)
8/1/2014	ALEX + ADA #8	9,453	(-1.3%)
10/1/2014	ALEX + ADA #9	9,370	(-0.9%)
11/1/2014	ALEX + ADA #10	8,946	(-4.5%)
12/1/2014	ALEX + ADA #11	8,619	(-3.7%)
1/1/2015	ALEX + ADA #12	8,373	(-2.9%)
3/1/2015	ALEX + ADA #13	8,306	(-0.8%)

Viron minor attrition for the majority of this run so far.

218.) Supreme Blue Rose #8 (Image)
7/1/2014	 SUPREME BLUE ROSE #1 (MR)	26,100	--
8/1/2014	 SUPREME BLUE ROSE #2 (MR)	16,268	(-37.7%)
9/1/2014	 SUPREME BLUE ROSE #3 (MR)	13,603	(-16.38%)
10/1/2014	 SUPREME BLUE ROSE #4 (MR)	12,147	(-10.7%)
12/1/2014	 SUPREME BLUE ROSE #5 (MR)	9,783	(-19.5%)
1/1/2015	 SUPREME BLUE ROSE #6 (MR)	8,893	(-9.1%)
3/1/2015	 SUPREME BLUE ROSE #7 (MR)	8,256	(-7.2%)
219.)Conan the Avenger #12 (Dark Horse)
8/1/2014	 CONAN THE AVENGER #5		8,941	(-2.6%)
9/1/2014	 CONAN THE AVENGER #6		8,820	(-1.4%)
10/1/2014	 CONAN THE AVENGER #7		8,547	(-3.1%)
11/1/2014	 CONAN THE AVENGER #8		8,250	(-3.5%)
12/1/2014	 CONAN THE AVENGER #9		8,105	(-1.8%)
1/1/2015	 CONAN THE AVENGER #10	8,024	(-1.0%)
2/1/2015	 CONAN THE AVENGER #11	7,995	(-0.4%)
3/1/2015	 CONAN THE AVENGER #12	7,978	(-0.2%)

More minor attrition to Conan. At least his muscles don’t atrophy according to readers numbers.

220.) Revival #28 (Image)
5/1/2014	REVIVAL #20 (MR)	10,341	(-0.4%)
6/1/2014	REVIVAL #21 (MR)	9,808	(-5.2%)
7/1/2014	REVIVAL #22 (MR)	9,931	(-1.9%)
8/1/2014	REVIVAL #23 (MR)	9,425	(-5.9%)
10/1/2014	REVIVAL #24 (MR)	9,019	(-4.7%)
11/1/2014	REVIVAL #25 (MR)	9,535	(+5.7%)
12/1/2014	REVIVAL #26 (MR)	8,696	(-8.8%)
1/1/2015	REVIVAL #27 (MR)	8,057	(-7.3%)
3/1/2015	REVIVAL #28 (MR)	7,913	(-1.8%)

This title just keep chugging along.

222.) Mouse Guard Vol. 3 #1 (Boom! Studios)
3/1/2015	MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS OF GUARD VOL 03 #1	7,869

Maybe the Mouse Guard story in the Boom! Free Comic Book Day offering will bring in more fans.

224.) Sonic The Hedgehog #270 (Archie Comics)
10/1/2014	SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #265	8,869	(-1.7%)
11/1/2014	SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #266	8,822	(-0.5%)
12/1/2014	SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #267	8,608	(-2.4%)
1/1/2015	SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #268	8,383	(-2.6%)
2/1/2015	SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #269	8,078	(-3.6%)
3/1/2015	SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #270	7,798	(-3.5%)

This comic has over 250 issues. Nothing much is likely to chance in the numbers anytime soon.

225.) Sheltered #15 (Image)
4/1/2014	Sheltered #8	6,013	--
5/1/2014	Sheltered #9	6,047	(+0.6%)
7/1/2014	Sheltered #10	--	--
9/1/2014	Sheltered #11	--	--
10/1/2014	Sheltered #12	--	--
11/1/2014	Sheltered #13	--	--
2/1/2015	Sheltered #14	--	--
3/1/2015	Sheltered #15	7,794	--

It appears as if Sheltered has taken quite a leap in readership to jump back onto the chart.

226.) Secret Identities #2 (Image)
2/1/2015	SECRET IDENTITIES #1	24,848	
3/1/2015	SECRET IDENTITIES #2	7,781	(-68.7%)

That’s a serious hit.

227.) Drifter #5 (Image)
11/1/2014	DRIFTER #1 (MR)		20,887	
12/1/2014	DRIFTER #2 (MR)		10,443	(-50.0%)
1/1/2015	DRIFTER #3 (MR)		8,924	(-14.5%)
2/1/2015	DRIFTER #4 (MR)		8,111	(-9.1%)
3/1/2015	DRIFTER #5 (MR)		7,712	(-5.0%)

After a steep second issue dive it seems like Drifter has found its niche.

228.) Goon Once Upon a Hard Time (Dark Horse)
2/1/2015	GOON ONCE UPON A HARD TIME #1	9,602	
3/1/2015	GOON ONCE UPON A HARD TIME #2	7,4
44	(-22.5%)

A low second issue drop.

229.) Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #3 (Boom! Studios)
1/1/2015	ADVENTURE TIME Marceline Gone Adrift #1	9,493	
2/1/2015	ADVENTURE TIME Marceline Gone Adrift #2	7,613	(-19.8%)
3/1/2015	ADVENTURE TIME Marceline Gone Adrift #3	7,419	(-2.5%)

Hopefully we’ll continue to see numbers like these for the rest of this mini-series.

231.) BPRD Hell on Earth #129 (Dark Horse)
6/1/2014	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #120	8,127	(-2.2%)
7/2/2014	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #121	8,092	(-0.4%)
8/1/2014	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #122	8,004	(-1.1%)
9/1/2014	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #123	7,762	(-3.0%)
10/1/2014	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #124	7,759	0%
11/1/2014	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #125	7,534	(-2.9%)
12/1/2014	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #126	7,535	0%
1/1/2015	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #127	7,275	(-3.5%)
2/1/2015	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #128	7,341	(+0.9%)
3/1/2015	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #129	7,294	(-0.6%)

Minor attrition. Bound to happen with a comic this lengthy.

232.) X-O Manowar #34 (Valiant)
11/1/2014	X-O MANOWAR #30		8,354	(-2.5%)
12/1/2014	X-O MANOWAR #31		7,398	(-11.4%)
1/1/2015	X-O MANOWAR #32		7,042	(-4.8%)
2/1/2015	X-O MANOWAR #33		7,056	(+0.2%)
3/1/2015	X-O MANOWAR #34		7,265	(+2.9%)

This is one of Valiant’s longest running series that’s still regularly on the chart. Nice to see a tiny upswing.

233.) Fly Outbreak #1 (IDW)
3/1/2015	FLY OUTBREAK #1 	7,206

A low debut.

234.) Imperium #2 (Valiant)
2/1/2015	IMPERIUM #1		12,028	
3/1/2015	IMPERIUM #2 	7,202	(-40.1%)

A giant-sized second issue drop at a time when this title really needed a small one.

236.) Thief of Thieves #27 (Image)
5/1/2014	THIEF OF THIEVES #21 (MR)	9,625	(-2.5%)
7/1/2014	THIEF OF THIEVES #22 (MR)	9,457	(-1.7%)
8/1/2014	THIEF OF THIEVES #23 (MR)	9,069	(-4.1%)
10/1/2014	THIEF OF THIEVES #24 (MR)	8,731	(-3.7%)
11/1/2014	THIEF OF THIEVES #25 (MR)	8,336	(-4.2%)
2/1/2015	THIEF OF THIEVES #26 (MR)	7,428	(-10.9%)
3/1/2015	THIEF OF THIEVES #27 (MR)	7,099	(-4.4%)

If this title manages to get back to attrition numbers, it should maintain its presence on the chart.

237.) Satellite Sam #9(Image)
7/1/2013	Satellite Sam #1	32452	--
8/1/2013	Satellite Sam #2	20,752	(-36.1%)
9/1/2013	Satellite Sam #3	16,909	(-18.5%)
10/1/2013	Satellite Sam #4	14,666	(-13.3%)
12/1/2013	Satellite Sam #5	13,060	(-11.0%)
2/1/2014	Satellite Sam #6 	10,797	(-17.3%)
3/1/2014	Satellite Sam #7	10,210	(-5.4%)
5/1/2014	Satellite Sam #8 	9,997	(-2.1%)
7/1/2014	Satellite Sam #9	9,271	(-7.3%)
9/1/2014	Satellite Sam #10	8,655	(-6.5%)
2/1/2015	Satellite Sam #11	7,211	(-16.7%)
3/1/2015	Satellite Sam #12	7,036	(-2.4%)

This title has had a few bumps in the road, but only a minor one this month.

238.) Escape from New York #4 (Boom! Studios)
12/1/2014	ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #1	15,450	
1/1/2015	ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #2	9,221	(-40.3%)
2/1/2015	ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #3	7,761	(-15.8%)
3/1/2015	ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #4	7,007	(-9.7%)

This book is finally escaping some large drop.

239.) Tomb Raider #14 (Dark Horse)
7/1/2014	TOMB RAIDER #6		10,149	(-3.7%)
8/1/2014	TOMB RAIDER #7		9,429	(-7.1%)
9/1/2014	TOMB RAIDER #8		9,125	(-3.2%)
10/1/2014	TOMB RAIDER #9		8,748	(-4.1%)
11/1/2014	TOMB RAIDER #10		8,153	(-6.8%)
12/1/2014	TOMB RAIDER #11		7,730	(-5.2%)
1/1/2015	TOMB RAIDER #12		7,407	(-4.2%)
2/1/2015	TOMB RAIDER #13		7,160	(-3.3%)
3/1/2015	TOMB RAIDER #14		7,000	(-2.2%)

Still falling to attrition.

240.) Neverboy #1 (Dark Horse)
3/1/2015	NEVERBOY #1	$3.99	DAR	6,961

A low debut for this tale of an imaginary friend turned real (with the help of medication).

242.) Rat God #2 (Dark Horse)
2/1/2015	RAT GOD #1	8,744	
3/1/2015	RAT GOD #2	6,928	(-20.8%)

A standard drop.

243.) Groo Friend and Foes #3 (Dark Horse)
1/1/2015	GROO FRIENDS AND FOES #1	8,446	
2/1/2015	GROO FRIENDS AND FOES #2	6,986	(-17.3%)
3/1/2015	GROO FRIENDS AND FOES #3	6,807	(-2.6%)

A positive sign for this series.

245.) EI8GHT #2 (Dark Horse)
207	2/1/2015	EI8HT #1 	8,663	
245	3/1/2015	EI8HT #2	6,779	(-21.7%)

A low-end drop.

246.) Rachel Rising #32 (Abstract Studios)
4/1/2014	RACHEL RISING #25	7,378	--
6/1/2014	RACHEL RISING #26	7,260	(-1.6%)
8/1/2014	RACHEL RISING #27	7,319	(+.8%)
9/1/2014	RACHEL RISING #28	7,188	(-1.8%)
10/1/2014	RACHEL RISING #29	7,036	(-2.1%)
12/1/2014	RACHEL RISING #30	6,952	(-1.2%)
2/1/2015	RACHEL RISING #31	6,819	(-1.9%)
3/1/2015	RACHEL RISING #32	6,707	(-1.6%)

This comic still has life in it yet.

247.) Godzilla Rulers of the Earth #22(IDW)
8/1/2014	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #15	7,156	(+0.2%)
9/1/2014	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #16	7,181	(+0.3%)
10/1/2014	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #17	7,167	(-0.2%)
11/1/2014	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #18	7,065	(-1.4%)
12/1/2014	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #19	6,964	(-1.4%)
1/1/2015	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #20	6,588	(-5.4%)
3/1/2015	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #21	6,694	(+1.6%)
3/1/2015	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #22	6,447	(-3.7%)

More attrition at play.

248.) Lady Death Apocalypse #2 (Avatar)
2/1/2015	LADY DEATH APOCALYPSE #1 	8,202	
3/1/2015	LADY DEATH APOCALYPSE #2 	6,674	(-18.6%)

Color me impressed, a second issue drop under twenty percent. One of few this month.

249.) New Vampirella #10 (Dynamite Entertainment)
>6/1/2014	NEW VAMPIRELLA #1	22,864	
7/1/2014	NEW VAMPIRELLA #2	9,445	(-58.7%)
8/1/2014	NEW VAMPIRELLA #3	8,732	(-7.5%)
9/1/2014	NEW VAMPIRELLA #4	8,287	(-5.1%)
10/1/2014	NEW VAMPIRELLA #5	7,784	(-6.1%)
11/1/2014	NEW VAMPIRELLA #6	7,378	(-5.2%)
12/1/2014	NEW VAMPIRELLA #7	7,417	(+0.5%)
1/1/2015	NEW VAMPIRELLA #8	6,715	(-9.5%)
2/1/2015	NEW VAMPIRELLA #9	6,695	(-0.3%)
3/1/2015	NEW VAMPIRELLA #10	6,659	(-0.5%)

Is anyone else feeling like we’re drowning in Vampirella books? This is the third one on the list.

250.)Simpsons Comic #219 (Bongo)
6/1/2014	SIMPSONS COMICS #212	6,619	(-3.6%)
7/1/2014	SIMPSONS COMIC #213	????	----
8/1/2014	SIMPSONS COMICS #214	7,079	----
10/1/2014	SIMPSONS COMICS #215	6,818	(-3.7%)
12/1/2014	SIMPSONS COMICS #216	6,758	(-0.8%)
1/1/2015	SIMPSONS COMICS #217	6,583	(-2.6%)
2/1/2015	SIMPSONS COMICS #218	6,905	(+4.9%)
3/1/2015	SIMPSONS COMICS #219	6,653	(-3.4%)

A bit of a flip from last month.

251.) Elfquest Final Quest #8 (Dark Horse)
1/1/2014	ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #1	9,861	
3/1/2014	ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #2	8,390	(-14.9%)
5/1/2014	ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #3	7,967	(-5.0%)
7/1/2014	ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #4	7,622	(-3.7%)
9/1/2014	ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #5	7,364	(-3.4%)
11/1/2014	ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #6	6,961	(-5.5%)
1/1/2015	ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #7	6,710	(-3.6%)
3/1/2015	ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #8	6,648	(-0.9%)
252.) GI Joe (2014) #6 (IDW)
9/1/2014	GI JOE (2014) #1	16,848	
10/1/2014	GI JOE (2014) #2	9,708	(-42.4%)
11/1/2014	GI JOE (2014) #3 	8,602	(-11.4%)
12/1/2014	GI JOE (2014) #4	8,282	(-3.7%)
2/1/2015	GI JOE (2014) #5	7,385	(-10.8%)
3/1/2015	GI JOE (2014) #6	6,578	(-10.9%)
253.) Giant Days #1 (Boom! Studios)
3/1/2015	GIANT DAYS #1	6,541
254.) GI Joe a Real American Hero #211 (IDW)
4/1/2014	Gi Joe Real American Hero #201	8,294	(-29.6%)
5/1/2014	Gi Joe Real American Hero #202	6,781	(-18.2%)
6/1/2014	Gi Joe Real American Hero #203	6,791	(+0.1%)
7/1/2014	Gi Joe Real American Hero #204	6,706	(-1.3%)
8/1/2014	Gi Joe Real American Hero #205	6,562	(-2.1%)
9/1/2014	Gi Joe Real American Hero #204	7,651	(+16.6%)
10/1/2014	Gi Joe Real American Hero #207	6,494	(-16.1%)
11/1/2014	Gi Joe Real American Hero #208	7,810	(+20.3%)
12/1/2014	Gi Joe Real American Hero #209	6,344	(-18.8%)
1/1/2015	Gi Joe Real American Hero #210	6,216	(-2.0%)
3/1/2015	Gi Joe Real American Hero #211	6,500	(+4.6%)
255.) Sonic Universe #74 (Archie Comics)
11/1/2014	SONIC UNIVERSE #70	7,161	(-2.9%)
12/1/2014	SONIC UNIVERSE #71	6,998	(-2.3%)
2/1/2015	SONIC UNIVERSE #72	6,741	(-3.7%)
2/1/2015	SONIC UNIVERSE #73	6,366	(-5.6%)
3/1/2015	SONIC UNIVERSE #74	6,456	(+1.4%)
256.) Red Sonja Vultures Circle #3 (Dynamite Entertainment)
1/1/2015	RED SONJA VULTURES CIRCLE #1	7,888	
2/1/2015	RED SONJA VULTURES CIRCLE #2	6,650	(-15.7%)
3/1/2015	RED SONJA VULTURES CIRCLE #3	6,450	(-3.0%)
257.) Godzilla Rulers of the Earth #22 (IDW)
8/1/2014	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #15	7,156	(+0.2%)
9/1/2014	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #16	7,181	(+0.3%)
10/1/2014	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #17	7,167	(-0.2%)
11/1/2014	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #18	7,065	(-1.4%)
12/1/2014	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #19	6,964	(-1.4%)
1/1/2015	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #20	6,588	(-5.4%)
3/1/2015	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #21	6,694	(+1.6%)
3/1/2015	GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #22	6,447	(-3.7%)
258.) Sonic Boom (Archie Comics)
10/1/2014	SONIC BOOM #1	17,228	
12/1/2014	SONIC BOOM #2	8,216	(-52.3)
1/1/2015	SONIC BOOM #3	7,474	(-9.0%)
1/1/2015	SONIC BOOM #4	6,957	(-6.9%)
3/1/2015	SONIC BOOM #5	6,442	(-7.4%)
259.)Ivar Timewalker #3 (Valiant)
1/1/2015	IVAR TIMEWALKER #1	15,784	
2/1/2015	IVAR TIMEWALKER #2	6,667	(-57.8%)
3/1/2015	IVAR TIMEWALKER #3	6,409	(-3.9%)
260.)Abe Sapien #21 (Dark Horse)
8/1/2014	ABE SAPIEN #15	7,244	(-3.0%)
9/1/2014	ABE SAPIEN #16	7,143	(-1.4%)
10/1/2014	ABE SAPIEN #17	6,998	(-2.0%)
12/1/2014	ABE SAPIEN #18	6,652	(-4.9%)
1/1/2015	ABE SAPIEN #19	6,453	(-3.0%)
2/1/2015	ABE SAPIEN #20	6,381	(-1.1%)
3/1/2015	ABE SAPIEN #21	6,361	(-0.3%)
261.) Miami Vice Remix (IDW)
3/1/2015	MIAMI VICE REMIX #1	6,304
262.) Cowl #9 (Image)
5/1/2014	COWL #1 (MR)	20,851	--
6/1/2014	COWL #2 (MR)	13,569	(-34.9%)
7/1/2014	COWL #3 (MR)	11,604	(-14.5%)
8/1/2014	COWL #4 (MR)	10,893	(-6.1%)
9/1/2014	COWL #5 (MR)	9,852	(-9.6%)
11/1/2014	COWL #6 (MR)	8,208	(-16.7%)
12/1/2014	COWL #7 (MR)	7,343	(-10.5%)
2/1/2015	COWL #8 (MR)	6,747	(-8.1%)
3/1/2015	COWL #9 (MR)	6,276	(-7.0%)
263.) Millennium #2 (IDW)
1/1/2015	MILLENNIUM #1	8,505	
3/1/2015	MILLENNIUM #2	6,273	(-26.2%)
265.) Edward Scissorhands #5 (IDW)
10/1/2014	EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #1 	13,533	
11/1/2014	EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #2 	10,121	(-25.2%)
1/1/2015	EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #3 	7,823	(-22.7%)
2/1/2015	EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #4	8,714	(+11.4%)
3/1/2015	EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #5 	6,135	(-29.6%)
266.) Legenderry Red Sonja #2 (Dynamite Entertainment)
2/1/2015	LEGENDERRY RED SONJA #1	8,854	
3/1/2015	LEGENDERRY RED SONJA #2	6,084	(-31.2%)
268.) Big Con Job #1 (Boom! Studios)
3/1/2015	BIG CON JOB #1	6,039
269.) GI Joe Snake Eyes Agent of Cobra #3 (IDW)
1/1/2015	GI JOE SNAKE EYES AGENT OF COBRA #1	9,539	
2/1/2015	GI JOE SNAKE EYES AGENT OF COBRA #2	6,451	(-32.4%)
3/1/2015	GI JOE SNAKE EYES AGENT OF COBRA #3	6,036	(-6.4%)
270.)Mega Man #47 (Archie Comics)
8/1/2014	MEGA MAN #40	6,924	(-4.7%)
10/1/2014	MEGA MAN #41	6,899	(-0.4%)
10/1/2014	MEGA MAN #42	6,946	(+0.7%)
11/1/2014	MEGA MAN #43	6,771	(-2.5%)
12/1/2014	MEGA MAN #44	6,531	(-3.5%)
2/1/2015	MEGA MAN #45	6,325	(-3.2%)
2/1/2015	MEGA MAN #46	5,987	(-5.3%)
3/1/2015	MEGA MAN #47	6,016	(+0.4%)
271.) War Stories #6 (Avatar Press)
10/1/2014	WAR STORIES #1 (MR)	9,487	
10/1/2014	WAR STORIES #2 (MR)	6,723	(-29.1%)
12/1/2014	WAR STORIES #3 (MR)	6,865	(+2.1%)
1/1/2015	WAR STORIES #4 (MR)	6,575	(-4.2%)
2/1/2015	WAR STORIES #5 (MR)	6,252	(-4.9%)
3/1/2015	WAR STORIES #6 (MR)	5,982	(-4.3%)
272.) Witchblade #181 (Image)
10/1/2013	Witchblade #170	7,990	(+9.9%)
12/1/2013	Witchblade #171	7,263	(-9.1%)
1/1/2014	Witchblade #172	6,221	(-14.3%)
3/1/2014	Witchblade #173	6,109	(-1.8%)
4/1/2014	Witchblade #174	6,049	(-0.9%)
6/1/2014	Witchblade #175	7,843	(+29.7%)
7/1/2014	Witchblade #176	????	????
7/1/2014	Witchblade #177	????	????
10/1/2014	Witchblade #178	????	????
11/1/2014	Witchblade #179	6,041	????
2/1/2015	Witchblade #180	5,985	(-0,9%)
3/1/2015	Witchblade #181	5,964	(+0.4%)
273.) Black Hood #2 (Archie Comics)
2/1/2015	BLACK HOOD #1 (MR)	10,386	
3/1/2015	BLACK HOOD #2 (MR)	5,960	(-42.6%)
274.)TMNT New Animated Adventures #21 (IDW)
9/1/2014	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #15	7,589	(+18.2%)
10/1/2014	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #16          ????	????
11/1/2014	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #17	6,228	????
12/1/2014	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #18	6,084	(-2.1%)
1/1/2015	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #19	5,227	(-14.1%)
2/1/2015	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #20	6,049	(+15.7%)
3/1/2015	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #21          5,949	(-1.7%)
275.) Spongebob Comics #42 (Universal)
7/1/2014	SPONGEBOB COMICS #34	????	????
8/1/2014	SPONGEBOB COMICS #35	6,491	????
9/1/2014	SPONgEBOB COMICS #36	6,405	(-1.3%)
10/1/2014	SPONGEBOB COMICS #37	6,417	0.00%
11/1/2014	SPONGEBOB COMICS #38	6,201	(-3.4%)
12/1/2014	SPONGEBOB COMICS #39	6,007	(-3.1%)
1/1/2015	SPONGEBOB COMICS #40	5,851	(-2.6%)
2/1/2015	SPONGEBOB COMICS #41	5,828	(-0.4%)
3/1/2015	SPONGEBOB COMICS #42	5,884	(+1.0%)
278.) Uber #23 (Avatar Press)
7/1/2014	UBER #15 (MR)	7,456	(-0.5%)
8/1/2014	UBER #16 (MR)	7,082	(-5.0%)
9/1/2014	UBER #17 (MR)	6,934	(-2.1%)
10/1/2014	UBER #18 (MR)	6,684	(-3.6%)
10/1/2014	UBER #19 (MR)	6,436	(-3.7%)
12/1/2014	UBER #20 (MR)	6,303	(-2.1%)
1/1/2015	UBER #21 (MR)	5,858	(-7.0%)
2/1/2015	UBER #22 (MR)	5,915	(+1.0%)
3/1/2015	UBER #23 (MR)	5,747	(-2.8%)
279.) Stray Bullets Sunshine & Roses #2 (Image)
2/1/2015	STRAY BULLETS SUNSHINE & ROSES #1 	14,122	
3/1/2015	STRAY BULLETS SUNSHINE & ROSES #2 	5,688	(-59.9%)
280.) Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #91 (Broadsword Comics)
3/1/2014	Tarot Witch of The Black Rose #85	6,075
5/1/2014	Tarot Witch of The Black Rose #86	6,078
8/1/2014	Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #87	????
10/1/2014	Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #88	????
11/1/2014	Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #89 	5,773
1/1/2015	Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #90	5,593
3/1/2015	Tarot Witch of the Black Rose  #91 	5,594
281.) Unity #16 (Valiant)
8/1/2014	UNITY #10	8,491	0%
9/1/2014	UNITY #11	7,602	(-10.5%)
11/1/2014	UNITY #12	6,508	(-14.4%)
12/1/2014	UNITY #13	6,066	(-6.8%)
1/1/2015	UNITY #14	5,722	(-5.7%)
2/1/2015	UNITY #15	5,636	(-2.4%)
3/1/2015	UNITY #16	5,548	(-1.6%)
282.) Shutter #10 (Image)
4/1/2014	SHUTTER #1 		18,984	
5/1/2014	SHUTTER #2 		12,267	(-35.4%)
6/1/2014	SHUTTER #3 		9,887	(-19.4%)
7/1/2014	SHUTTER #4 		9,107	(-7.9%)
8/1/2014	SHUTTER #5 		8,140	(-10.6%)
9/1/2014	SHUTTER #6 		7,499	(-7.9%)
12/1/2014	SHUTTER #7 		10,669	(+42.2%)
1/1/2015	SHUTTER #8 		6,587	(-38.4%)
2/1/2015	SHUTTER #9	 	5,881	(-10.7%)
3/1/2015	SHUTTER #10 	5,497	(-6.5%)
283.) Legenderry Vampirella #2 (Dynamite Entertainment)
2/1/2015	LEGENDERRY VAMPIRELLA #1	8,629	
3/1/2015	LEGENDERRY VAMPIRELLA #2	5,489	(-36.3%)
284.) Samurai Jack #17 (IDW)
7/1/2014	SAMURAI JACK #10	6,741	(-20.4%)
8/1/2014	SAMURAI JACK #11	7,489	(+11.1%)
9/1/2014	SAMURAI JACK #12	7,135	(-4.7%)
10/1/2014	SAMURAI JACK #13	6,657	(-6.7%)
11/1/2014	SAMURAI JACK #14	6,245	(-6.2%)
12/1/2014	SAMURAI JACK #15	6,023	(-3.6%)
1/1/2015	SAMURAI JACK #16	5,510	(-8.5%)
3/1/2015	SAMURAI JACK #17	5,407	(-1.9%)
285.) God Hates Astronauts #6 (Image)
9/1/2014	GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #1 16,689	
10/1/2014	GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #2 10,178	(-39.0%)
11/1/2014	GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #3 8,017	(-21.2%)
12/1/2014	GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #4 7,008	(-12.6%)
1/1/2015	GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #5 6,071	(-13.4%)
3/1/2015	GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #6 5,394	(-11.2%)
286.)Sons of Anarchy #19 (Boom! Studios)
6/1/2014	SONS OF ANARCHY #10 (MR)	7,875	(-7.7%)
7/1/2014	SONS OF ANARCHY #11 (MR)	7,394	(-5.9%)
8/1/2014	SONS OF ANARCHY #12 (MR)	6,955	(-5.9%)
9/1/2014	SONS OF ANARCHY #13 (MR)	6,506	(-6.5%)
10/1/2014	SONS OF ANARCHY #14 (MR)	6,537	(0.00%)
11/1/2014	SONS OF ANARCHY #15 (MR)	6,271	(-4.1%)
12/1/2014	SONS OF ANARCHY #16 (MR)	5,930	(-5.4%)
1/1/2015	SONS OF ANARCHY #17 (MR)	5,626	(-5.1%)
2/1/2015	SONS OF ANARCHY #18 (MR)	5,485	(-2.5%)
3/1/2015	SONS OF ANARCHY #19 (MR)	5,355	(-2.4%)
287.) Little Nemo Return to SLumberland #4 (IDW)
8/1/2014	LITTLE NEMO RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND #1 	11,883	
10/1/2014	LITTLE NEMO RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND #2 	8,130	(-31.6%)
12/1/2014	LITTLE NEMO RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND #3 	6,320	(-22.3%)
3/1/2015	LITTLE NEMO RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND #4 	5,321	(-15.8%)
289.)Shaper #1 (Dark Horse)
289	3/1/2015	SHAPER #1	5,156
291.) Bart Simpson Comics #95 (Bongo)
1/1/2014	BART SIMPSON COMICS #88		5,020	(-3.7%)
3/1/2014	BART SIMPSON COMICS #89		4,940	(-1.6%)
5/1/2014	BART SIMPSON COMICS #90		????	????
7/1/2014	BART SIMPSON COMICS #91		????	????
9/1/2014	BART SIMPSON COMICS #92	        ????	????
11/1/2014	BART SIMPSON COMICS #93		5,220	????
1/1/2015	BART SIMPSON COMICS #94		4,972	(-4.8%)
3/1/2015	BART SIMPSON COMICS #95		5,115	(+2.9%)
293.) GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #108 (Zenescope) 
7/1/2014	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #100 	11,722	(+56.9%)
8/1/2014	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #101 	6,740	(-42.5%)
9/1/2014	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #102      6,462	(-4.1%)
10/1/2014	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #103      ????	????
11/1/2014	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #104 	5,341	????
12/1/2014	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #105 	5,166	(-3.3%)
1/1/2015	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #106 	5,031	(-2.6%)
2/1/2015	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #107	4,996	(-0.7%)
3/1/2015	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #108	5,067	(+1.4%)
294.) Woods #11 (Boom! Studios)
5/1/2014	WOODS #1	13,916	--
6/1/2014	WOODS #2	9,352	(-32.8%)
7/1/2014	WOODS #3	8,852	(-5.3%)
8/1/3014	WOODS #4	8,272	(-6.6%)
9/1/2014	WOODS #5	7,649	(-7.5%)
10/1/2014	WOODS #6	7,103	(-7.1%)
11/1/2014	WOODS #7	6,554	(-7.7%)
12/1/2014	WOODS #8	6,067	-7.4%)
1/1/2015	WOODS #9	5,558	(-8.3%)
2/1/2015	WOODS #10	5,295	(-4.7%)
3/1/2015	WOODS #11	5,032	(-5.0%)
295.) Dungeons and Dragons Legends of Baldurs Gate #5 (IDW)
10/1/2014	D&D LEGENDS OF BALDURS GATE #1	9,341	
11/1/2014	D&D LEGENDS OF BALDURS GATE #2 	7,642	(-18.2%)
12/1/2014	D&D LEGENDS OF BALDURS GATE #3 	5,563	(-27.2%)
1/1/2015	D&D LEGENDS OF BALDURS GATE #4	4,602	(-17.3%)
3/1/2015	D&D LEGENDS OF BALDURS GATE #5 	4,958	(+7.7%)
296.)GFT Wonderland #33 Well Dreams (Zenescope)
6/1/2014	GFT WONDERLAND #22 (MR)		5,261	(-1.0%)
7/1/2014	GFT WONDERLAND #25 (MR)		7,030	(+33.6%)
8/1/2014	GFT WONDERLAND #26 (MR)		????	????
9/1/2014	GFT WONDERLAND #27 (MR)		????	????
10/1/2014	GFT WONDERLAND #28 (MR)		????	????
11/1/2014	GFT WONDERLAND #29 (MR)		????	????
12/1/2014	GFT WONDERLAND #30 (MR)		????	????
1/1/2015	GFT WONDERLAND #31 (MR) 		4,475	????
2/1/2015	GFT WONDERLAND #32 (MR)		????	????
3/1/2015	GFT WONDERLAND #33 (MR)		4,941	????
297.) Sidekick #10 (Image)
8/1/2013	Sidekick #1 		27,832	--
9/1/2013	Sidekick #2		14,533	(-47.8%)
10/1/2013	Sidekick #3 		11,371	(-21.8%)
11/1/2013	Sidekick #4		9,976	(-12.3%)
2/1/2014	Sidekick #5 		8,943	(-10.3%)
4/1/2014	Sidekick #6 		8,192	(-8.4%)
7/1/2014	Sidekick #7 		6,900	(-15.8%)
9/1/2014	Sidekick #8 		6,320	(-8.4%)
11/1/2014	SIDEKICK #9 		5,382	(-14.8%)
3/1/2015	SIDEKICK #10 		4,935	(-8.3%)
298.) October Faction #5 (IDW)
10/1/2014	OCTOBER FACTION #1 	9,181	
11/1/2014	OCTOBER FACTION #2 	7,174	(-21.9%)
12/1/2014	OCTOBER FACTION #3 	6,445	(-10.1%)
1/1/2015	OCTOBER FACTION #4	6,044	(-6.2%)
3/1/2015	OCTOBER FACTION #5 	4,933	(-18.4%)
300.) Morning Glories #44 (Image)
4/1/2014	MORNING GLORIES #38 	6,007	(-1.8%)
7/1/2014	MORNING GLORIES #39	????	????
9/1/2014	MORNING GLORIES #40	????	????
10/1/2014	MORNING GLORIES #41	????	????
11/1/2014	MORNING GLORIES #42 	5,322	????
2/1/2015	MORNING GLORIES #43 	4,988	(-6.3%)
3/1/2015	MORNING GLORIES #44 	4,917	(-1.4%)

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2. George Romero’s Empire of the Dead is headed to television

empire of the deadPer a new report in Variety and announced at the Cannes Film Festival, the original zombie master himself is aiming to get into the undead television game popularized by The Walking Dead. George Romero, the director of films such as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, etc…has signed a deal with Demarest Films to adapt his Marvel comic series Empire of the Dead for the small screen.

Empire of the Dead, a loose continuation of his “Dead” series of films, sees humans trapped in the middle of a supernatural war between zombies and vampires. The comic, written by Romero, is expected to last 15 issues (comprised of 3 5-issue acts) and has featured art by Alex Maleev, Dalibor Talajic, and Andrea Mutti. The series’ final issue has been solicited to hit stores this August.

The adaptation will be written by Romero and his long-time television partner Peter Grunwald, and they will both serve as executive producers alongside Demarest’s Sam Engelbardt and William D. Johnson.

Will this be just the thing needed to revive a franchise that’s had its share of moribund entries (Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead)?

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3. Indie Comics Month-to-Month Sales February 2015: Orphan Black is #1

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[Editor’s note: This column is super late through no fault of Kate’s. March will be posted shortly.]

by Kate Reynolds

Spring has sprung for the indie comics titles this month, with Orphan Black leading the charge. The first issue sold nearly half a million copies, which is almost more than the combined sales of the top fifty selling indie comics this month. Spawn’s 250th issue also spurred a selling frenzy, catapulting the title to the top of the chart – between The Walking Dead and Saga.

This month 138 titles hit the top 300 list, which is slightly down from last month’s 142. The Orphan Black phenomenon brought sales up 41.6%; 1,969,396 sales in February compared to 1,391,241 in January. This brings the average number of comics sold to 14,271, which is also up from last month’s average of 9,867. We’ll see how next month fairs without a knock-out hit like Orphan Black.

In terms of individual publishers, Image leads with a 10.51% market share and a 10.61% unit market share. IDW comes in next with a 5.57% market share and an 8.06% unit market share while Dark Horse is trails behind with a 3.48% market share and a 2.66% unit market share. Dynamite Entertainment leads over Boom! Studios with a 2.63% market share and a 2.38% market share while Boom! Studios brings up the rear with a 2.12% market and a 2.12% unit market share.

UK and European Sales from Diamond UK are not represented in this chart.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Grepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates only.

1.) Orphan Black #1 (IDW)
2/1/2015	ORPHAN BLACK #1 	497,002

Let’s just take a moment and bask in the glory of an independent comic company nabbing the number one sales for the month of February. The sales were definitely aided by the inclusion of Orphan Black #1 in March’s Lootcrate – a geek subscription box with over 100,000 subscribers. Still, as an Orphan Black fan myself, I’d like to think that the television show’s narrative strength stands for itself.

13.) The Walking Dead #137 (Image)
11/1/2014	WALKING DEAD #134 (MR)		68,093	(-2.1%)
12/1/2014	WALKING DEAD #135 (MR)		67,361	(-1.1%)
1/1/2015	WALKING DEAD #136 (MR)		66,097	(-1.9%)
2/1/2015	WALKING DEAD #137 (MR)		65,620	(-0.7%)

It’s a rare day when The Walking Dead gets outsold by another indie title.

15.) Spawn #250 (Image)
10/1/2014	SPAWN #247	12,023	(-9.9%)
11/1/2014	SPAWN #248	11,934	(-0.7%)
12/1/2014	SPAWN #249	12,121	(+1.6%)
2/1/2015	SPAWN #250	60,357	(+398.0%)

Image went all out to celebrate this huge milestone for Spawn with several variant covers, a triple sized book, and even the return of the original Spawn. Looks like hard work combined with nostalgia helped this title jump into the top 20 titles of the month.

19.) Saga #25 (Image)
6/1/2014	Saga #20 (Mr)		56,497	(+1.9%)
7/1/2014	Saga #21 (Mr)		55,893	(-1.1%)
8/1/2014	Saga #22 (Mr)		55,803	(-0.2%)
9/1/2014	Saga #23 (Mr)		56,162	(+.6%)
10/1/2014	SAGA #24 (MR)	55,534	(-1.1%)
2/1/2015	SAGA #25 (MR)	55,972	(+0.8%)

As Saga comes off its hiatus, so do its readers.

34.) Nameless #1 (Image)
2/1/2015	NAMELESS #1 (MR)		43,785

Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham bring us a new horror sci-fi title to titillate the masses, and these numbers say they succeeded.

40.) Wytches #4 (Image)
10/1/2014	WYTCHES #1 (MR) 	67,996	
11/1/2014	WYTCHES #2 (MR) 	58,345	(-14.2%)
12/1/2014	WYTCHES #3 (MR) 	43,240	(-25.9%)
2/1/2015	WYTCHES #4 (MR)	41,827	(-3.3%)

The fourth issue is finally settling down into a normal pattern. We should see more normal attrition starting next issue.

85.) Secret Identities #1 (Image)
2/1/2015	SECRET IDENTITIES #1	24,848

A reasonable debut.

95.) East of West #17 (Image)
6/1/2014	EAST OF WEST #12	27,056	(-3.7%)
7/1/2014	EAST OF WEST #13	26,531	(-1.9%)
7/1/2014	EAST OF WEST #14	26,361	(-0.6%)
9/1/2014	EAST OF WEST #15	25,593	(-2.9%)
12/1/2014	EAST OF WEST #16	35,920	(+40.3%)
2/1/2015	EAST OF WEST #17	23,482	(-12.4%)

A drop to normal after numbers spiked last month for the beginning of the second story arc.

96.) Bitch Planet #3 (Image)
12/1/2014	BITCH PLANET #1 (MR) 	39,011	
1/1/2015	BITCH PLANET #2 (MR)	26,508	(-32.0%)
2/1/2015	BITCH PLANET #3 (MR)	22,726	(-14.3%)

Things are heading towards stable ground for this title.

103.) Wicked and Divine #8  (Image)
10/1/2014	WICKED & DIVINE #5 (MR)		25,424	(-1.0%)
12/1/2014	WICKED & DIVINE #6 (MR)		22,159	(-12.2%)
1/1/2015	WICKED & DIVINE #7 (MR)		20,893	(-5.7%)
2/1/2015	WICKED & DIVINE #8 (MR)		20,515	(-1.8%)
108.) Low #6 (Image)
7/1/2014	LOW #1 (MR)		--
8/1/2014	LOW #2 (MR)	28,426	(-34.4%)
9/1/2014	LOW #3 (MR)	24,308	(-14.5%)
10/1/2014	LOW #4 (MR)	23,530	(-3.2%)
12/1/2014	LOW #5 (MR)	21,584	(-8.2%)
2/1/2015	LOW #6 (MR)	19,832	(-8.1%)
120.) Manifest Destiny #13 (Image)
6/1/2014	MANIFEST DESTINY #7	21,500	(+44.8%)
7/1/2014	MANIFEST DESTINY #8	15,060	(-29.9%)
8/1/2014	MANIFEST DESTINY #9	14,672	(-2.6%)
9/1/2014	MANIFEST DESTINY #10	14,312	(-2.4%)
10/1/2014	MANIFEST DESTINY #11	13,620	(-4.8%)
12/1/2014	MANIFEST DESTINY #12 	12,987	(-4.6%)
2/1/2015	MANIFEST DESTINY #13 	17,891	(+37.8%)

New story arc brings in new readers. A similar spike happened with issue seven.

121.) Autumnlands Tooth & Claw #4 (Image)
11/1/2014	TOOTH & CLAW #1 		41,181	
12/1/2014	AUTUMNLANDS TOOTH & CLAW #2 	33,272	(-19.2%)
1/1/2015	AUTUMNLANDS TOOTH & CLAW #3 	20,173	(-39.4%)
2/1/2015	AUTUMNLANDS TOOTH & CLAW #4	17,700	(-12.3%)

Finally seeing some slowing numbers for this title. Stabilization may be nigh!

124.) Southern Bastards #7 (Image)
4/1/2014	SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1 (MR)	38,029	
5/1/2014	SOUTHERN BASTARDS #2 (MR)	25,811	(-32.1%)
7/1/2014	SOUTHERN BASTARDS #3 (MR)	21,313	(-17.4%)
9/1/2014	SOUTHERN BASTARDS #4 (MR)	22,317	(+4.7%)
10/1/2014	SOUTHERN BASTARDS #5 (MR)	21,932	(-1.7%)
12/1/2014	SOUTHERN BASTARDS #6 (MR)	18,637	(-15.0%)
2/1/2015	SOUTHERN BASTARDS #7 (MR)	17,523	(-6.0%)

These numbers might approach settle down to a predictable pattern one of these days.

128.) Lady Mechanika #4 (Benitez Productions)

10/1/2010	Lady Mechanika #0	10,185	
12/1/2010	Lady Mechanika #1	20,034	(+96.7%)
7/1/2011	Lady Mechanika #2	20,760	(+3.6%)
12/1/2011	Lady Mechanika #3	21,358	(+2.9%)
2/1/2015	Lady Mechanika #4	16,924	(-20.8%)

It’s been four years since the last issue of Lady Mechanika, Joe Benitez breaking away from Aspen comics in the interim. After all that hullabaloo a twenty percent drop doesn’t seem so bad.

129.) ODY-C #3 (Image)
11/1/2014	ODYC #1 (MR) [*]	47,414	
1/1/2015	ODYC #2 (MR) [*]	21,316	(-55.0%)
2/1/2015	ODYC #3 (MR) [*]	16,826	(-21.1%)

Starting to settle down for the twenty year journey.

133.) Velvet #9 (Image)
10/1/2013	Velvet #1 (Mr) 	41,897	--
12/1/2013	Velvet #2 (Mr) 	25,549	(-39.0%)
1/1/2014	Velvet #3 (Mr) 	23,177	(-9.3%)
3/1/2014	Velvet #4 (Mr)	            21,412	(-7.6%)
5/1/2014	Velvet #5 (Mr)	            20,258	(-5.4%)
7/1/2014	Velvet #6 (Mr)	            18,775	(-7.3%)
9/1/2014	Velvet #7 (Mr)	            17,901	(-4.7%)
11/1/2014	Velvet #8 (MR)	17,035	(-4.8%)
2/1/2015	Velvet #9 (MR)	16,274	(-4.5%)

Standard attrition.

136.) BTVS Season 10 #12 (Dark Horse)
10/1/2014	BTVS SEASON 10 #8	17,729	(+1.6%)
11/1/2014	BTVS SEASON 10 #9	17,067	(-3.7%)
12/1/2014	BTVS SEASON 10 #10	16,448	(-3.6%)
1/1/2015	BTVS SEASON 10 #11	16,493	(+0.3%)
2/1/2015	BTVS SEASON 10 #12	15,840	(-4.0%)

More attrition for Buffy.

138.) Hellboy and the BRPD 1952 #3 (Dark Horse)
12/1/2014	HELLBOY AND THE BPRD #1 1952	22,368	
1/1/2015	HELLBOY AND THE BPRD #2 1952	16,725	(-25.2%)
2/1/2015	HELLBOY AND THE BPRD #3 1952	15,779	(-5.7%)

Looks like some solid stabilization for the third issue.

142.) Lazarus #15 (Image)
8/1/2014	LAZARUS #10	18,051	(-5.3%)
9/1/2014	LAZARUS #11	16,531	(-8.4%)
10/1/2014	LAZARUS #12 	16,838	(+1.9%)
11/1/2014	LAZARUS #13 	16,094	(-4.4%)
1/1/2015	LAZARUS #14 	15,896	(-1.2%)
2/1/2015	LAZARUS #15 	15,237	(-4.1%)

Continued attrition.

144.) Chew #46 (Image)
2/1/2014	CHEW #40 (MR)	$2.99	IMA	11,193	(-2.6%)
4/1/2014	CHEW #41 (MR)	$2.99	IMA	10,835	(-3.2%)
6/1/2014	CHEW #42 (MR)	$2.99	IMA	10,981	(-1.3%)
9/1/2014	CHEW #43 (MR)	$2.99	IMA	10,777	(-1.9%)
11/1/2014	CHEW #44 (MR)	$2.99	IMA	10,526	(-2.3%)
12/1/2014	CHEW #45 (MR)	$3.50	IMA	10,407	(-1.1%)
2/1/2015	CHEW #46 (MR)	$2.99	IMA	15,073	(+44.8%)

A new story line, with a few other new aspects, has certainly revived the readership.

149.) TMNT Ongoing #43 (IDW)
6/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #35	15,174	(-13.0%)
7/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #36	15,415	(+1.6%)
8/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #37	15,470	(+0.4%)
10/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #38	15,498	(+0.2%)
10/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #39	15,235	(-1.7%)
11/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #40	14,734	(-3.3%)
12/1/2014	TMNT ONGOING #41	14,970	(+1.6%)
1/1/2015	TMNT ONGOING #42	14,286	(-4.6%)
2/1/2015	TMNT ONGOING #43	14,551	(+1.9%)

Almost every loss for this title is followed by a minor gain. Way to keep those numbers strong Turtles.

153.) Stray Bullets Sunshine & Roses #1 (Image)
2/1/2015	STRAY BULLETS SUNSHINE & ROSES #1	14,122

The previous Stray Bullet series, Stray Bullets the Killers, debuted to 14,208 readers. If this title continues to mimic the previous series, we should see numbers just under the 10k mark next issue.

155.) Postal #1 (Image)
2/1/2015	POSTAL #1	$3.99	IMA	13,967

A town full of criminals, a murder, and the FBI rake in a medium debut.

158.) Doctor Who 10th #7 (Titan)
7/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #1	39,707	
8/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #2	10,410	(-73.8%)
10/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #3	14,608	(-40.30%)
11/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #4 	14,296	(-2.1%)
12/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #5 	13,743	(-3.9%)
1/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #6	13,703	(-0.3%)
2/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 10TH #7	13,296	(-3.0%)

Minor attrition.

161.) Birthright #5 (Image)
10/1/2014	BIRTHRIGHT #1 	27,234	
11/1/2014	BIRTHRIGHT #2	18,484	(-32.1%)
12/1/2014	BIRTHRIGHT #3	14,247	(-22.9%)
1/1/2015	BIRTHRIGHT #4	13,506	(-5.2%)
2/1/2015	BIRTHRIGHT #5	13,218	(-2.1%)

I declare this title officially stable. We should primarily only see attrition from here on out.

162.) MPH #5 (Image)
5/1/2014	MPH #1	35,632	--
6/1/2014	MPH #2	21,937	(-38.4%)
9/1/2014	MPH #3	16,881	(-23.04%) 
11/1/2014	MPH #4	14,657	(-13.2%)
2/1/2015	MPH #5	13,202	(-9.9%)

Edging closer to what I’d call attrition.

164.) Doctor Who 11th #8 (Titan)
8/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #1	41,068	
9/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #2	15,947	(-61.2)
10/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #3	14,854	(-6.9%)
10/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #4	13,411	(-9.7%)
12/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #5 	13,477	(+0.5%)
12/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #6 	14,538	(+7.9%)
1/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #7	15,614	(+7.4%)
2/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 11TH #8	13,135	(-15.9%)

This title appears to be making up for two months of increased readership by taking a steep dive.

166.) Deadly Class #11 (Image)
5/1/2014	DEADLY CLASS #5		17,099	(-4.2%)
6/1/2014	DEADLY CLASS #6 		16,305	(-4.6%)
9/1/2014	DEADLY CLASS #7 		14,834	(-9.0%)
10/1/2014	DEADLY CLASS #8 		15,003	(+1.1%)
11/1/2014	DEADLY CLASS #9 		14,148	(-6.7%)
1/1/2015	DEADLY CLASS #10 	13,552	(-4.2%)
2/1/2015	DEADLY CLASS #11 	12,805	(-5.5%)

Numbers often dip towards the tail end of a story arc. Next issue will start a new story, and let’s hope a bump in numbers.

167.) Invincible #117 (Image)
4/1/2014	INVINCIBLE #110		12,557	(-1.5%)
5/1/2014	INVINCIBLE #111		18,440	(+46.8%)
6/1/2014	INVINCIBLE #112		14,413	(-21.8%)
8/1/2014	INVINCIBLE #113		13,642	(-5.3%)
9/1/2014	INVINCIBLE #114		13,921	(+2.0%)
11/1/2014	INVINCIBLE #115		13,277	(-4.6%)
1/1/2015	INVINCIBLE #116		13,125	(-1.1%)
2/1/2015	INVINCIBLE #117		12,627	(-3.8%)

This title is settling back into a normal pace.

167.) Doctor Who 12th #5 (Titan)
10/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 12TH #1	33,891	
11/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 12TH #2 	15,277	(-54.9%)
12/1/2014	DOCTOR WHO 12TH #3	14,144	(-7.4%)
1/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 12TH #4	13,214	(-6.6%)
2/1/2015	DOCTOR WHO 12TH #5	12,140	(-8.1%)

Still trying to find steady ground.

172.) Divinity #1 (Valiant) 
2/1/2015	DIVINITY #1	12,079

I’m personally excited for this title. Matt Kindt sure knows how to tell a stellar sci-fi story.

173.) Conan Red Sonja #2 (Dark Horse)
1/1/2015	CONAN RED SONJA #1	15,398	
2/1/2015	CONAN RED SONJA #2	12,073	(-21.6%)

Standard second issue drop.

176.) Imperium #1 (Valiant)
2/1/2015	IMPERIUM #1		12,028

Let’s hope this title only gets hit with a normal second issue drop, and not a Valiant sized one.

178.) Empty #1 (Image)
2/1/2015	EMPTY #1	11,623

A low debut for this comic set in an unforgiving desert.

181.) Rumble #3 (Image)
12/1/2014	RUMBLE #1 (MR)	22,527	
1/1/2015	RUMBLE #2 (MR)	14,580	(-35.3%)
2/1/2015	RUMBLE #3 (MR)	11,084	(-24.0%)

We should see a smaller drop next issue.

182.) Nailbiter #10 (Image)
9/1/2014	NAILBITER #5 (MR)	14,947	(+1.6%)
10/1/2014	NAILBITER #6 (MR)	13,340	(-10.8%)
11/1/2014	NAILBITER #7 (MR)	12,361	(-5.3%)
12/1/2014	NAILBITER #8 (MR)	12,096	(-2.1%)
1/1/2015	NAILBITER #9 (MR)	11,222	(-7.2%)
2/1/2015	NAILBITER #10 (MR)	10,889	(-3.0%)

More attrition for this book.

184.) Transformers vs GI JOE #5 (IDW)
7/1/2014	Transformers Vs Gi Joe #1 	23,009	
8/1/2014	Transformers Vs Gi Joe #2 	15,472	(-32.8%)
10/1/2014	Transformers Vs Gi Joe #3 	14,293	(-7.6%)
11/1/2014	Transformers Vs Gi Joe #4	12,733	(-10.9%)
2/1/2015	Transformers Vs Gi Joe #5	10,590	(-16.8%)

A large dip for this title.

186.) Angel and Faith Season 10 #11 (Dark Horse)
9/1/2014	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #6 	11,593	(-3.5%)
10/1/2014	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #7	11,457	(-1.2%)
11/1/2014	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #8	11,129	(-2.9%)
12/1/2014	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #9	10,946	(-1.6%)
1/1/2015	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #10 	11,029	(+0.7%)
2/1/2015	ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #11	10,397	(-5.7%)

Larger than average drop for this title.

187.) Black Hood #1 (Archie Comics)
2/1/2015	BLACK HOOD #1 (MR)	10,386

This new title from Archie Comics deals with dark territory. The break from the traditional Archie Comics tone may account for the low debut.

188.) Munchkin #2 (Boom! Studios)
1/1/2015	MUNCHKIN #1	16,234	
2/1/2015	MUNCHKIN #2	10,382	(-36.0%)

Sizable second issue drop.

189.) TMNT Mutanimals #1 (IDW)
2/1/2015	TMNT MUTANIMALS #1	10,274

Not selling as well as the regular turtle titles do, but this is a secondary team.

192.) Adventure Time #37 (Boom! Studios)
10/1/2014	ADVENTURE TIME #32	12,632	(-10.4%)
10/1/2014	ADVENTURE TIME #33	11,929	(-5.6%)
12/1/2014	ADVENTURE TIME #34	11,442	(-4.1%)
12/1/2014	ADVENTURE TIME #35	11,138	(-2.7%)
1/1/2015	ADVENTURE TIME #36	10,170	(-8.7%)
2/1/2015	ADVENTURE TIME #37	9,978	(-1.9%)

Continued attrition for Adventure Time.

193.) The Valiant (Valiant)
12/1/2014	THE VALIANT #1		21,364	
1/1/2015	THE VALIANT #2 		11,649	(-45.5%)
2/1/2015	THE VALIANT #3		9,870	(-15.3%)

A much needed decrease in drops. This title might be on the chart for awhile yet.

195 & 199.) Django Zorro #3 & 4 (Dynamite Entertainment)
11/1/2014	DJANGO ZORRO #1		15,468	
12/1/2014	DJANGO ZORRO #2		11,001	(-28.9%)
2/1/2015	DJANGO ZORRO #3		9,659	(-12.1%)
2/1/2015	DJANGO ZORRO #4		9,212	(-4.6%)

Stabilization at last!

196 & 200.) Star Trek Ongoing #41 & 42 (IDW)
7/1/2014	Star Trek #35	10,089	(-1.2%)
8/1/2014	Star Trek #36	10,017	(-0.7%)
9/1/2014	Star Trek #37	9,893	(-1.2%)
11/1/2014	Star Trek #38	10,150	(+2.6%)
12/1/2014	Star Trek #39	9,931	(-2.2%)
1/1/2015	Star Trek #40	9,819	(-1.1%)
2/1/2015	Star Trek #41	9,632	(-1.9%)
2/1/2015	Star Trek #42	9,138   (-5.1%)

Star Trek readers are incredibly consistent, but if there’s not a boost in these numbers soon we may see a drop below 9k.

197.) Goon Once Upon a Hard Time #1 (Dark Horse)
2/1/2015	GOON ONCE UPON A HARD TIME #1	9,602

This title is following in the footsteps of Goon Occasion for Revenge.

198.) They're Not Like Us #3 (Image)
12/1/2014	THEYRE NOT LIKE US #1 (MR)	18,015	
1/1/2015	THEYRE NOT LIKE US #2 (MR)	10,028	(-44.3%)
2/1/2015	THEYRE NOT LIKE US #3 (MR)	9,424	(-6.0%)

A quick recovery for this title.

200.) Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #37 (IDW)
11/1/2014	TRANSFORMERS More Than Meets Eye #35 	9,390	(-2.9%)
12/1/2014	TRANSFORMERS More Than Meets Eye #36 	9,159	(-2.5%)
2/1/2015	TRANSFORMERS More Than Meets Eye #37 	9,138	(-0.2%)

The current story arc is holding steady.

203.) Legenderry Red Sonja #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
2/1/2015	LEGENDERRY RED SONJA #1	$3.99	DE	8,854

I’m not sure whether this debut is proof that steam punk has lost its momentum, or just that it takes a phenomenal writer like Gail Simone to see Red Sonja sales spike.

204.) Rat God #1 (Dark Horse)
2/1/2015	RAT GOD #1	8,744

This title looked a bit too scary for me. The horror genre of comics also isn’t as popular as some.

205.) Rasputin #5 (Image)
10/1/2014	RASPUTIN #1 (MR)	21,373	
11/1/2014	RASPUTIN #2 (MR)	11,693	(-45.3%)
12/1/2014	RASPUTIN #3 (MR)	9,775	(-16.4%)
1/1/2015	RASPUTIN #4 (MR)	9,264	(-5.2%)
2/1/2015	RASPUTIN #5 (MR)	8,723	(-5.8%)

Not a bad run for Rasputin.

206.) Edward Scissorhands #4 (IDW)
10/1/2014	EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #1 	13,533	
11/1/2014	EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #2 	0,121	(-25.2%)
1/1/2015	EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #3 	7,823	(-22.7%)
2/1/2015	EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #4	8,714	(+11.4%)

A deserved jump in numbers this month.

207.) EI8HT #1 Outcast (Dark Horse)
2/1/2015	EI8HT #1 OUTCAST	8,663
As long as the second issue doesn't fall too much we should see this title around for a bit.
208.) Legenderry Vampirella #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
2/1/2015	LEGENDERRY VAMPIRELLA #1	8,629

Vampirella always seems to play second fiddle to Red Sonja.

209.) Dawn Vampirella #3 (Dynamite Entertainment)
9/1/2014	DAWN VAMPIRELLA #1	13,368	--
11/1/2014	DAWN VAMPIRELLA #2	9,248	(-30.8%)
2/1/2015	DAWN VAMPIRELLA #3	8,548	(-7.6%)

Should only see standard attrition from here on out.

210.) Lumberjanes #11 (Boom! Studios)
9/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #6	10,029	(-0.7%)
10/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #7	9,999	(-.3%)
11/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #8	9,543	(-4.6%)
12/1/2014	LUMBERJANES #9	8,917	(-6.6%)
1/1/2015	LUMBERJANES #10	8,539	(-4.2%)
2/1/2015	LUMBERJANES #11	8,472	(-0.8%)

Issue eleven started a new story arc, accounting for the near stasis in numbers.

212.) Lady Death Apocalypse #1 (Avatar Press)
2/1/2015	LADY DEATH APOCALYPSE #1 (MR)	8,202

We’ll have to see how this title holds up against a second issue drop.

214.) Drifter #4 (Image)
11/1/2014	DRIFTER #1 (MR)		20,887	
12/1/2014	DRIFTER #2 (MR)		10,443	(-50.0%)
1/1/2015	DRIFTER #3 (MR)		8,924	(-14.5%)
2/1/2015	DRIFTER #4 (MR)		8,111	(-9.1%)

The numbers on this title are still slowing.

216.) Sonic the Hedgehog #269 (Archie Comics)
10/1/2014	SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #265	8,869	(-1.7%)
11/1/2014	SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #266	8,822	(-0.5%)
12/1/2014	SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #267	8,608	(-2.4%)
1/1/2015	SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #268	8,383	(-2.6%)
2/1/2015	SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #269	8,078	(-3.6%)

Slow and steady attrition.

217.) Conan the Avenger #11 (Dark Horse)
10/1/2014	CONAN THE AVENGER #7		8,547	(-3.1%)
11/1/2014	CONAN THE AVENGER #8		8,250	(-3.5%)
12/1/2014	CONAN THE AVENGER #9		8,105	(-1.8%)
1/1/2015	CONAN THE AVENGER #10	8,024	(-1.0%)
2/1/2015	CONAN THE AVENGER #11	7,995	(-0.4%)

Ditto.

220.) Cluster #1 (Boom! Studios)
2/1/2015	CLUSTER #1 (MR)	7,852

The initial run may have been low, but this went back for a second printing.

221.) Escape from New York #3 (Boom! Studios)
12/1/2014	ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #1	15,450	
1/1/2015	ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #2	9,221	(-40.3%)
2/1/2015	ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #3	7,761	(-15.8%)

If this stabilizes by next issue we may see it on the chart a few more times.

224.) Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #2 (Boom! Studios)
1/1/2015	ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #1	9,493	
2/1/2015	ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #2	7,613 (-19.8%)

One of the lower second issue drops of the month.

225.) Legenderry Green Hornet #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
2/1/2015	LEGENDERRY GREEN HORNET #1	7,593

Green Hornet can’t hold a candle to Red Sonja or Vampirella.

226.) Disney Frozen Adaptation #1 (Joe Books Inc.)
2/1/2015	DISNEY FROZEN ADAPTATION #1	$4.99	JOE	7,553

Frozen fever is still going on, but there doesn’t seem to be much overlap between frozen fans (little girls) and comics.

227.) John Carter Warlord #4 (Dynamite Entertainment)
11/1/2014	JOHN CARTER WARLORD #1		15,930	
12/1/2014	JOHN CARTER WARLORD #2 		8,858	(-44.4%)
1/1/2015	JOHN CARTER WARLORD #3 		8,236	(-7.0%)
2/1/2015	JOHN CARTER WARLORD #4 		7,444	(-9.6%)

I don’t read this title, so I can’t tell you if something really off-putting happened in issue three to drive readers away, or this current hit was just the luck of the dice.

228.) Thief of Thieves #26 (Image)
5/1/2014	THIEF OF THIEVES #21 (MR)	9,625	(-2.5%)
7/1/2014	THIEF OF THIEVES #22 (MR)	9,457	(-1.7%)
8/1/2014	THIEF OF THIEVES #23 (MR)	9,069	(-4.1%)
10/1/2014	THIEF OF THIEVES #24 (MR)	8,731	(-3.7%)
11/1/2014	THIEF OF THIEVES #25 (MR)	8,336	(-4.2%)
2/1/2015	THIEF OF THIEVES #26 (MR)	7,428	(-10.9%)

Continuing on, we have more unexplained large dips in numbers. Maybe the angry naked woman on the cover scared everyone away.

229.) GI Joe (2014) #9 (IDW)
9/1/2014	GI JOE (2014) #1	16,848	
10/1/2014	GI JOE (2014) #2	9,708	(-42.4%)
11/1/2014	GI JOE (2014) #3 	8,602	(-11.4%)
12/1/2014	GI JOE (2014) #4	8,282	(-3.7%)
2/1/2015	GI JOE (2014) #5	7,385	(-10.8%)

Apparently this title doesn’t want to stabilize either.

230.) Sparks Nevada Marshal on Mars #1 (Image)

2/1/2015	SPARKS NEVADA MARSHAL ON MARS #1	7,362

This mini series is based on the hit Nerdist podcast. It makes me wonder how high the digital sales on this title are.

231.) BRPD Hell on Earth #128 (Dark Horse)
9/1/2014	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #123		7,762	(-3.0%)
10/1/2014	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #124		7,759	0%
11/1/2014	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #125		7,534	(-2.9%)
12/1/2014	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #126		7,535	0%
1/1/2015	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #127		7,275	(-3.5%)
2/1/2015	BPRD HELL ON EARTH #128		7,341	(+0.9%)

Tiny upswing this month, fighting to stay above 7k.

232.) Satellite Sam #11 (Image)
2/1/2014	Satellite Sam #6 	10,797	(-17.3%)
3/1/2014	Satellite Sam #7	10,210	(-5.4%)
5/1/2014	Satellite Sam #8 	9,997	(-2.1%)
7/1/2014	Satellite Sam #9	9,271	(-7.3%)
9/1/2014	Satellite Sam #10	8,655	(-6.5%)
2/1/2015	Satellite Sam #11	7,211	(-16.7%)

Since new story arcs typically bring in additional readers, it’s strange to see such a large drop on this issue.

233.) Tomb Raider #13 (Dark Horse)
10/1/2014	TOMB RAIDER #9		8,748	(-4.1%)
11/1/2014	TOMB RAIDER #10		8,153	(-6.8%)
12/1/2014	TOMB RAIDER #11		7,730	(-5.2%)
1/1/2015	TOMB RAIDER #12		7,407	(-4.2%)
2/1/2015	TOMB RAIDER #13		7,160	(-3.3%)

Nothing strange going on here, just normal attrition.

234.) Rai #7 (Valiant)
4/1/2014	RAI #1		29,137	
6/1/2014	RAI #2		13,448	(-53.8%)
7/1/2014	RAI #3		10,665	(-20.7%)
8/1/2014	RAI #4		9,394	(-12.4%)
12/1/2014	RAI #5 	8,280	(-11.9%)
1/1/2015	RAI #6 	8,301	(+0.3%)
2/1/2015	RAI #7		7,151	(-13.9%)

Still waiting to see a drop under 10%.

235.) D4VE #1 (IDW)
2/1/2015	D4VE #1		7,120

Thi is another title we’ll have to wait and see about.

237.) X-O Manowar #33 (Valiant)
5/1/2014	X-O MANOWAR #25		12,493	(+45.4%)
6/1/2014	X-O MANOWAR #26		10,083	(-19.3%)
7/1/2014	X-O MANOWAR #27		9,183	(-8.9%)
8/1/2014	X-O MANOWAR #28		9,634	(+4.9%)
9/1/2014	X-O MANOWAR #29		8,566	(-11.1%)
11/1/2014	X-O MANOWAR #30		8,354	(-2.5%)
12/1/2014	X-O MANOWAR #31		7,398	(-11.4%)
1/1/2015	X-O MANOWAR #32		7,042	(-4.8%)
2/1/2015	X-O MANOWAR #33		7,056	(+0.2%)

Always nice to get a break from attrition.

238.) Transformers Drift Empire of Stone #4 (IDW)
11/1/2014	TRANSFORMERS DRIFT EMPIRE OF STONE #1	9,246	
12/1/2014	TRANSFORMERS DRIFT EMPIRE OF STONE #2	7,729	(-16.4%)
1/1/2015	TRANSFORMERS DRIFT EMPIRE OF STONE #3	7,109	(-8.0%)
2/1/2015	TRANSFORMERS DRIFT EMPIRE OF STONE #4	7,033	(-1.1%)

This title only lost about two thousand readers from start to finish. Not too bad.

239.) Groo Friends and Foes #2 (Dark Horse)
1/1/2015	GROO FRIENDS AND FOES #1	8,446	
2/1/2015	GROO FRIENDS AND FOES #2	6,986	(-17.3%)

A low second issue drop.

240.) George Perez's Sirens #3 (Boom! Studios)
9/1/2014	GEORGE PEREZ SIRENS #1	24,900	
12/1/2014	GEORGE PEREZ SIRENS #2	9,837	(-60.5%)
2/1/2015	GEORGE PEREZ SIRENS #3	6,953	(-29.3%)

Yup.

241.) Simpsons Comics #214 (Bongo Comics)
8/1/2014	SIMPSONS COMICS #214		7,079	----
10/1/2014	SIMPSONS COMICS #215		6,818	(-3.7%)
12/1/2014	SIMPSONS COMICS #216		6,758	(-0.8%)
1/1/2015	SIMPSONS COMICS #217		6,583	(-2.6%)
2/1/2015	SIMPSONS COMICS #218		6,905	(+4.9%)

This title has been staying between six thousand and seven thousand readers for ages. It was due for another upswing.

243.) Rachel Rising #31 (Abstract Studios)
4/1/2014	RACHEL RISING #25	7,378	--
6/1/2014	RACHEL RISING #26	7,260	(-1.6%)
8/1/2014	RACHEL RISING #27	7,319	(+.8%)
9/1/2014	RACHEL RISING #28	7,188	(-1.8%)
10/1/2014	RACHEL RISING #29	7,036	(-2.1%)
12/1/2014	RACHEL RISING #30	6,952	(-1.2%)
2/1/2015	RACHEL RISING #31	6,819	(-1.9%)

Attrition.

244.) Annihilator #5 (Legendary Comcis)
9/1/2014	ANNIHILATOR #1	10,345	--
10/1/2014	ANNIHILATOR #2	6,482	(-37.3%)
11/1/2014	ANNIHILATOR #3	8,383	(+29.3%)
12/1/2014	ANNIHILATOR #4	7,519	(-10.3%)
2/1/2015	ANNIHILATOR #5	6,816	(-9.3%)

Only one more issue to see these numbers settle down.

245.) Lady Killer #2 (Dark Horse)
1/1/2015	LADY KILLER #1	8,431	
2/1/2015	LADY KILLER #2	6,804	(-19.3%)

A nice low-end second issue drop. I’m a huge fan of this title, so if assassin housewives are your groove, check this out!

246.) Cowl #8 (Image)
5/1/2014	COWL #1 (MR)	20,851	--
6/1/2014	COWL #2 (MR)	13,569	(-34.9%)
7/1/2014	COWL #3 (MR)	11,604	(-14.5%)
8/1/2014	COWL #4 (MR)	10,893	(-6.1%)
9/1/2014	COWL #5 (MR)	9,852	(-9.6%)
11/1/2014	COWL #6 (MR)	8,208	(-16.7%)
12/1/2014	COWL #7 (MR)	7,343	(-10.5%)
2/1/2015	COWL #8 (MR)	6,747	(-8.1%)

One of these days these numbers will start to make sense.

247 & 258.) Sonic Universe #72 & #73 (Archie Comics)
10/1/2014	SONIC UNIVERSE #68	7,438	(-1.8%)
10/1/2014	SONIC UNIVERSE #69	7,378	(-0.8%)
11/1/2014	SONIC UNIVERSE #70	7,161	(-2.9%)
12/1/2014	SONIC UNIVERSE #71	6,998	(-2.3%)
2/1/2015	SONIC UNIVERSE #72	6,741	(-3.7%)

2/1/2015 SONIC UNIVERSE #73 6,366 (-5.6%)
More attrition.

248.) Curb Stomp #1 (Boom! Studios)
2/1/2015	CURB STOMP #1	6,736

This new title from Boom! is a little too visceral for me.

249.) New Vampirella #9 (Dynamite Entertainment)
10/1/2014	NEW VAMPIRELLA #5	7,784	(-6.1%)
11/1/2014	NEW VAMPIRELLA #6	7,378	(-5.2%)
12/1/2014	NEW VAMPIRELLA #7	7,417	(+0.5%)
1/1/2015	NEW VAMPIRELLA #8	6,715	(-9.5%)
2/1/2015	NEW VAMPIRELLA #9	6,695	(-0.3%)

Only a minor drop this month.

250.) Ivar Timewalker #2 (Valiant)
1/1/2015	IVAR TIMEWALKER #1	15,784	
2/1/2015	IVAR TIMEWALKER #2	6,667	(-57.8%)
251.) Roche Limit #5 (Image)
9/1/2014	ROCHE LIMIT #1 (MR)	23,404	--
10/1/2014	ROCHE LIMIT #2 (MR)	11,424	(-51.2%)
11/1/2014	ROCHE LIMIT #3 (MR)	9,296	(-18.9%)
1/1/2015	ROCHE LIMIT #4 (MR)	7,885	(-15.2%)
2/1/2015	ROCHE LIMIT #5 (MR)	6,657	(-15.6%)
252.) Red Sonja Vulture's Circle #2 (Dynamite Entertainment)
1/1/2015	RED SONJA VULTURES CIRCLE #1	7,888	
2/1/2015	RED SONJA VULTURES CIRCLE #2	6,650	(-15.7%)
255.) GI Joe Snake Eyes Agent of Cobra #2 (IDW)
1/1/2015	GI JOE SNAKE EYES AGENT OF COBRA #1	9,539	
2/1/2015	GI JOE SNAKE EYES AGENT OF COBRA #2	6,451	(-32.4%)
257.) Abe Sapien #20 (Dark Horse)
8/1/2014	ABE SAPIEN #15		7,244	(-3.0%)
9/1/2014	ABE SAPIEN #16		7,143	(-1.4%)
10/1/2014	ABE SAPIEN #17		6,998	(-2.0%)
12/1/2014	ABE SAPIEN #18		6,652	(-4.9%)
1/1/2015	ABE SAPIEN #19		6,453	(-3.0%)
2/1/2015	ABE SAPIEN #20		6,381	(-1.1%)
259 & 263.) Mega Man #45 & #46 (Archie Comics)
8/1/2014	MEGA MAN #40	6,924	(-4.7%)
10/1/2014	MEGA MAN #41	6,899	(-0.4%)
10/1/2014	MEGA MAN #42	6,946	(+0.7%)
11/1/2014	MEGA MAN #43	6,771	(-2.5%)
12/1/2014	MEGA MAN #44	6,531	(-3.5%)
2/1/2015	MEGA MAN #45	6,325	(-3.2%)
2/1/2015	MEGA MAN #46	5,987	(-5.3%)
260.) War Stories #5 (Avatar Press)
10/1/2014	WAR STORIES #1 (MR)	9,487	
10/1/2014	WAR STORIES #2 (MR)	6,723	(-29.1%)
12/1/2014	WAR STORIES #3 (MR)	6,865	(+2.1%)
1/1/2015	WAR STORIES #4 (MR)	6,575	(-4.2%)
2/1/2015	WAR STORIES #5 (MR)	6,252	(-4.9%)
262.) TMNT New Animated Adventures #20 (IDW)
8/1/2014	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #14	6,420	(-10.3%)
9/1/2014	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #15	7,589	(+18.2%)
10/1/2014	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #16	????	????
11/1/2014	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #17	6,228	????
12/1/2014	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #18	6,084	(-2.1%)
1/1/2015	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #19	5,227	(-14.1%)
2/1/2015	TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #20	6,049	(+15.7%)
264.) Witchblade #180 (Image)
10/1/2013	Witchblade #170		7,990	(+9.9%)
12/1/2013	Witchblade #171		7,263	(-9.1%)
1/1/2014	Witchblade #172		6,221	(-14.3%)
3/1/2014	Witchblade #173		6,109	(-1.8%)
4/1/2014	Witchblade #174		6,049	(-0.9%)
6/1/2014	Witchblade #175		7,843	(+29.7%)
7/1/2014	Witchblade #176		????	????
7/1/2014	Witchblade #177		????	????
10/1/2014	Witchblade #178		????	????
11/1/2014	Witchblade #179		6,041	????
2/1/2015	Witchblade #180		5,985	(-0,9%)
267.) Game of Thrones #24 (Dynamite Entertainment)
4/1/2014	Game Of Thrones #20 (Mr)		6,938	(-1.5%)
8/1/2014	Game Of Thrones #21 (Mr)		7,010	(+1.0%)
11/1/2014	GAME OF THRONES #22 (MR)	6,696	(-4.5%)
12/1/2014	GAME OF THRONES #23 (MR)	6,120	(-8.6%)
2/1/2015	GAME OF THRONES #24 (MR)	5,926	(-3.2%)
268.) Uber #22 (Avatar Press)
9/1/2014	UBER #17 (MR)	6,934	(-2.1%)
10/1/2014	UBER #18 (MR)	6,684	(-3.6%)
10/1/2014	UBER #19 (MR)	6,436	(-3.7%)
12/1/2014	UBER #20 (MR)	6,303	(-2.1%)
1/1/2015	UBER #21 (MR)	5,858	(-7.0%)
2/1/2015	UBER #22 (MR)	5,915	(+1.0%)
269.) Shutter #9 (Image)
4/1/2014	SHUTTER #1 (MR)		18,984	
5/1/2014	SHUTTER #2 (MR)		12,267	(-35.4%)
6/1/2014	SHUTTER #3 (MR)		9,887	(-19.4%)
7/1/2014	SHUTTER #4 (MR)		9,107	(-7.9%)
8/1/2014	SHUTTER #5 (MR)		8,140	(-10.6%)
9/1/2014	SHUTTER #6 (MR)		7,499	(-7.9%)
12/1/2014	SHUTTER #7 (MR)		10,669	(+42.2%)
1/1/2015	SHUTTER #8 (MR)		6,587	(-38.4%)
2/1/2015	SHUTTER #9 (MR)		5,881	(-10.7%)
270.) Futurama Comics #74 (Bongo Comics)
2/1/2014	FUTURAMA COMICS #70	5,901	????
5/1/2014	FUTURAMA COMICS #71	5,914	(+0.2)
9/1/2014	FUTURAMA Comics #72	????	????
11/1/2014	FUTURAMA COMICS #73	5,994	(+1.6%)
2/1/2015	FUTURAMA COMICS #74	5,845	(-2.5%)
271.) Spongebob Comics # (Universal)
9/1/2014	SPONGEBOB COMICS #36		6,405	(-1.3%)
10/1/2014	SPONGEBOB COMICS #37		6,417	0.00%
11/1/2014	SPONGEBOB COMICS #38		6,201	(-3.4%)
12/1/2014	SPONGEBOB COMICS #39		6,007	(-3.1%)
1/1/2015	SPONGEBOB COMICS #40		5,851	(-2.6%)
2/1/2015	SPONGEBOB COMICS #41		5,828	(-0.4%)
273.) Vampirella Feary Tales #5 (Dynamite Entertainment)
10/1/2014	VAMPIRELLA FEARY TALES #1	10,571	
11/1/2014	VAMPIRELLA FEARY TALES #2	6,607	(-37.5%)
12/1/2014	VAMPIRELLA FEARY TALES #3	6,341	(-4.0%)
1/1/2015	VAMPIRELLA FEARY TALES #4	6,076	(-4.2%)
2/1/2015	VAMPIRELLA FEARY TALES #5	5,724	(-5.8%)
274.) Unity #15 (Valiant)
8/1/2014	UNITY #10	8,491	0%
9/1/2014	UNITY #11	7,602	(-10.5%)
11/1/2014	UNITY #12	6,508	(-14.4%)
12/1/2014	UNITY #13	6,066	(-6.8%)
1/1/2015	UNITY #14	5,722	(-5.7%)
2/1/2015	UNITY #15       5,636	(-2.4%)
276.) Sex #20 (Image)
8/1/2014	SEX #15 (Mr)	7,601	(-2.9%)
9/1/2014	SEX #16 (Mr)	7,167	(-5.7%)
10/1/2014	SEX #17 (MR)	6,709	(-6.4%)
11/1/2014	SEX #18 (MR)	6,361	(-5.2%)
1/1/2015	SEX #19 (MR)	5,775	(-9.1%)
2/1/2015	SEX #20 (MR)	5,573	(-3.5%)
277.) Sons or Anarchy #18 (Boom! Studios)
10/1/2014	SONS OF ANARCHY #14 (MR)	6,537	0.00%
11/1/2014	SONS OF ANARCHY #15 (MR)	6,271	(-4.1%)
12/1/2014	SONS OF ANARCHY #16 (MR)	5,930	(-5.4%)
1/1/2015	SONS OF ANARCHY #17 (MR)	5,626	(-5.1%)
2/1/2015	SONS OF ANARCHY #18 (MR)	5,485	(-2.5%)
279.) Galaxy Quest Journey Continues #2 (IDW)
1/1/2015	GALAXY QUEST JOURNEY CONTINUES #1	6,947	
2/1/2015	GALAXY QUEST JOURNEY CONTINUES #2	5,329	(-23.3%)
280.) Zombie vs. Robots #2 (IDW)
1/1/2015	ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS #1	8,725	
2/1/2015	ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS #2	5,308	(-38.3%)
281.) Humans #4 (Image)
11/1/2014	HUMANS #1 (MR)		17,274	
12/1/2014	HUMANS #2 (MR)		7,132	(-58.7%)
1/1/2015	HUMANS #3 (MR)		5,870	(-17.7%)
2/1/2015	HUMANS #4 (MR)		5,299	(-9.7%)
282.) Woods #10 (Boom! Studios)
5/1/2014	WOODS #1	13,916	--
6/1/2014	WOODS #2	9,352	(-32.8%)
7/1/2014	WOODS #3	8,852	(-5.3%)
8/1/3014	WOODS #4	8,272	(-6.6%)
9/1/2014	WOODS #5	7,649	(-7.5%)
10/1/2014	WOODS #6	7,103	(-7.1%)
11/1/2014	WOODS #7	6,554	(-7.7%)
12/1/2014	WOODS #8	6,067	-7.4%)
1/1/2015	WOODS #9	5,558	(-8.3%)
2/1/2015	WOODS #10	5,295	(-4.7%)
283.) GFT The Little Mermaid #1 (Zenescope)
2/1/2015	GFT LITTLE MERMAID #1 (MR)	5,234
284.) Help Us Great Warrior #1 (Boom! Studios)
2/1/2015	HELP US GREAT WARRIOR #1	5,153
286.) King Prince Valiant #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
2/1/2015	KING PRINCE VALIANT #1	5,139
287.) King Mandrake Magician #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
2/1/2015	KING MANDRAKE MAGICIAN #1	5,115
288.) Twilight Zone #12 (Dynamite Entertainment)
9/1/2014	Twilight Zone #8	6,633	(-4.7%)
10/1/2014	Twilight Zone #9	????	????
12/1/2014	Twilight Zone #10	5,680	????
1/1/2015	Twilight Zone #11	5,359	(-5.7%)
2/1/2015	Twilight Zone #12	5,064	(-5.5%)
289.) Joe Frankenstein #1 (IDW)
2/1/2015	JOE FRANKENSTEIN #1	5,030
289.) Quantum and Woody Must Die #2 (Valiant)
1/1/2015	QUANTUM & WOODY MUST DIE #1	5,771	
2/1/2015	QUANTUM & WOODY MUST DIE #2	5,030	(-12.8%)
291 & 297.) God is Dead #28 & 29 (Avatar Press)
9/1/2014	GOD IS DEAD #20 (MR)	6,667	(-2.8%)
10/1/2014	GOD IS DEAD #21 (MR)	6,579	(-1.3%)
10/1/2014	GOD IS DEAD #22 (MR)	6,457	(-1.9%)
11/1/2014	GOD IS DEAD #24 (MR)	5,902	(-8.6%)
12/1/2014	GOD IS DEAD #25 (MR)	5,874	(-0.5%)
1/1/2015	GOD IS DEAD #26 (MR)	5,298	(-9.8%)
1/1/2015	GOD IS DEAD #27 (MR)	5,209	(-1.8%)
2/1/2015	GOD IS DEAD #28 (MR)	5,027	(-3.5%)
2/1/2015	GOD IS DEAD #29 (MR)	4,876	(-3.0%)
292.) GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #107 (Zenescope)
7/1/2014	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #100	11,722	(+56.9%)
8/1/2014	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #101	6,740	(-42.5%)
9/1/2014	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #102 	6,462	(-4.1%)
10/1/2014	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #103 	????	????
11/1/2014	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #104 	5,341	????
12/1/2014	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #105 	5,166	(-3.3%)
1/1/2015	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #106 	5,031	(-2.6%)
2/1/2015	GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #107 	4,996	(-0.7%)
293.) Morning Glories #43 (Image)
4/1/2014	MORNING GLORIES #38 	6,007	(-1.8%)
7/1/2014	MORNING GLORIES #39	????	????
9/1/2014	MORNING GLORIES #40	????	????
10/1/2014	MORNING GLORIES #41	????	????
11/1/2014	MORNING GLORIES #42 	5,322	????
2/1/2015	MORNING GLORIES #43 	4,988	(-6.3%)
294 & 296.) Crossed Badlands #71 & 72 (Avatar Press)
12/1/2014	CROSSED BADLANDS #67 	5,304	0%
12/1/2014	CROSSED BADLANDS #68	5,159	(-2.7%)
1/1/2015	CROSSED BADLANDS #69 	5,019	(-2.7%)
1/1/2015	CROSSED BADLANDS #70 	4,973	(-0.9%)
2/1/2015	CROSSED BADLANDS #71 	4,978	(+0.1%)
2/1/2015	CROSSED BADLANDS #72 	4,886	(-1.8%)
298.) Lady Demon #2 (Dynamite Entertainment)
12/1/2014	LADY DEMON #1	9,016	
2/1/2015	LADY DEMON #2	4,836	(-46.4%)
299.) Strain Night Eternal #6 (Dark Horse)
8/1/2014	STRAIN NIGHT ETERNAL #1 (MR)	9,394	
9/1/2014	STRAIN NIGHT ETERNAL #2 (MR)	7,540	(-19.7%)
10/1/2014	STRAIN NIGHT ETERNAL #3 (MR)	7,021	(-6.9%)
11/1/2014	STRAIN NIGHT ETERNAL #4 (MR)	6,162	(-12.2%)
1/1/2015	STRAIN NIGHT ETERNAL #5 (MR)	5,209	(-16.5%)
2/1/2015	STRAIN NIGHT ETERNAL #6 (MR)	4,828	(-7.3%)

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4. Cartoon update: Lizz Hickey’s Jammers and Matt Furie’s Doble Fried get pilots


We’ve seen the upfronts and the webfronts, and basically the pipeline of entertainment that we’ll be complaining about in Twitter over the next 12 month or so has been set up. And a few cartoonsits types have made the jump to multi media.

Lizz Hickey is a very very funny cartoonist, and now she’s made a pilot for the Cartoon Network called Jammers, which you can watch right here. It’s based on her comics—previewed at The Beat many years ago!—about some middle schoolers who get into hijinx. Go watch this pilot and make it the next Cartoon Network show! The original comic was published by Hic and Hoc and you may be able to buy a copy before it goes up in value.

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(representative Furie art, not Doble Fried.)

• Also, I don’t think I need to tell you that Matt Furie is another wellspring of hilarity. Landwolf is all I need to say. The Boy’s Club cartoonist has his own pilot in development at Adult Swim, Doble Fried, which follows six carnival freaks running an amusement park on the border of Mexico.

Whether it’s 4:20, beer-thirty, or crazy clown time, these dudes are constantly trying to scam money and score lady lizard honey. It’s a rickety roller coaster ride from the deep fried, clogged heartland of our failure. This quarter-hour animated pilot is created by Matt Furie and produced by PFFR.

There’s also lots more for Adult swim for the Robot Chicken people, the Children’s Hopsital Folks and Christy Karacas of Superjail fame, so suffice to say that the alt.comix influence in animation shows no sign of going away. Given the numebr of cartoonists who make a living in animation I’d say it’s getting more and more prevalent.

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5. Kirkman combines with Transformers writing team

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Because uniting to fight boredom takes teamwork, Paramount has just made a Devastator out of a bunch of star writers to revamp the Transformers franchise, and Robert Kirkman is among them. The team, led by Akiva Goldsman, includes Kirkman, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost, Fringe) So yes, this is pretty much the superhero franchise dream team. They’ll sit around thinking about ways to make the Transformers cool. I got one word: Victorion..

While initial reports are sketchy of how or when this secret cabal will meet, it’s a great step up for Kirkman and reveals that his show running duties on The Walking Dead are substantive enough to move him beyond the zombie-sphere in Hollywood. Hopefully he’ll still find time to sneak away and write the monthly comic, but given the enormity of his Hollywood projects, he’s going to need the Pomodoro method to juggle all these franchises.

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6. Review: A-Force #1 Delivers on Captain Marvel Punching a Shark in the Middle of Secret Wars

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Writers: 

G. Willow Wilson

Marguerite Bennett

Artists:

Jorge Molina

Craig Yeung

Colorists:

Laura Martin

Matt Milla

Letterer: 

VC’s Cory Petit

Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series! In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before… Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!

What’s left to be said about Marvel’s A-Force? After The New Yorker author Jill Lepore doused the characters inside with criticism, author G. Willow Wilson came back with a defense that really cemented a reason for the title’s existence. This is the Marvel Universe, and these are the ladies of the Marvel Universe coming together in the middle of Secret Wars. Bringing me back to the first question: what’s left to be said about Marvel’s A-Force? The answer is if the title is actually any good — to which I would respond: yes…yes it is.

Jorge Molina delivers some interiors that are more than worthy of the beautiful Jim Cheung cover gracing this issue. The linework and facial expressions from the various characters are rendered with absolute care. It’s easy to differentiate the various heroine’s lacing the tale as well, thanks in part to the excellent coloring of Laura Martin and Matt Milla. From a presentation perspective, the way that this book introduces itself is breathtaking. The first couple pages hide a double-page spread that dovetails into the nicely introduced recap section. The excellent facial perspectives really bring out another strength of the art in this title: the ambitious layouts allow for some truly dynamic action.

The ladies of the Marvel Universe unite to defend Arcadia — which is the name of the A-Force island contained within Secret Wars. Also, Marvel definitely delivers on that preview promised with Captain Marvel punching a shark — I’ll be forever grateful for that. This title gets some props for giving Dazzler a moment to shine, as well as many supporting cast members featured in this issue. Thanks to the art of Molina even the moments of downtime really do some poignant here (see the opening pages.)

Eventually the larger perspective of Secret Wars begins to shed some light on how the girls ended up in the singular location. The way the narrative is thrust into into the greater conflict seems appropriate — and actually makes the conflict more natural than it would have been if it wasn’t launching during the event. This is actually a pretty good Secret Wars tie-in as well. There’s a few characters in this narrative that are going to surprise readers. We don’t quite know everyone in the cast just from the cover here. Also, many of the relationships have been changed since we are thrust in the middle of Secret Wars. Reading the main title is essential for full reader comprehension to start to get a sense of how the world is actually different. This isn’t just the Battleworld of the Secret Wars from 1984, it’s a new Battleworld that’s much better fleshed out. In fact, new elements of Battleworld are introduced into this issue that should offer even more intrigue to the current status of the event as a whole.

It’s also hard not to appreciate how Wilson and Bennett turn the attention towards a few of the characters in the Marvel Universe that aren’t as well known. Just handing over the screen time to characters like Phoenix or Captain Marvel would have been fun, but the authors go a step further in introducing some old favorites. While there is indeed a lot to love about the issue, the best part of A-Force #1 is how it both retains a plot and functions as an excellent addition to the current Secret Wars crossover. Marvel is changing the direction of the current Universe, and it’s up to the ladies to protect it. Wilson, Bennett, and Molina are destined to help the women of Arcadia defend their region of Battleworld against harm in the pages of A-Force.

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7. Exclusive: Titan’s Doctor Who Comics Day poster art from series artist Neil Edwards

The folks at Titan are really teasing their upcoming three four Doctor crossover story line from Hugo-nominated Who writer Paul Cornell, slated for release on August 12 ahead of their second annual Doctor Who Comics Day on August 15. On Monday, Diamond revealed the poster art to advertise the upcoming Doctor Who Comics Day event to their retailers. Drawn by series artist Neil Edwards (Justice League United), you’ll be seeing the art in local comic shops in the near future, but allow us to leak that to you now, Whovians:

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So we’ve got three Doctors, a TARDIS, and what looks like a rock quarry. No sign of the War Doctor, though…wait! What’s that shadowy figure in the upper left of the lower image?

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8. Roger Deakins to shoot Blade Runner 2

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I really, really disliked Roger Deakins and Denis Villenueve‘s last collaboration Prisoners, but it sure was pretty to look at!

Herein lies my dilemma: these two are now teaming up for Blade Runner 2. The original Blade Runner is one of my favorite films of all time, and Deakins is easily one of the best cinematographers working today, if not THE best. That long line of wonderful Coen Bros‘ films that he served as DP on can attest to that, along with some stellar work on movies like Skyfall and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

I guess I’m going to have to see another Villenueve flick in hopes that he’ll actually produce something that I’ll find enjoyable. Their most recent collaboration, Sicario, hasn’t hit theaters yet but is receiving generally good reviews on the festival circuit.

Let’s be honest here, I’d probably go see a Deakins shot Blade Runner even if the sound wasn’t working at the theater.

This new sequel to the 1982 dystopian classic will star Harrison Ford and, according to reports, possibly Ryan Gosling, who was in negotiations for a leading role. The script is written by the first film’s scribe, Hampton Fancher and Micheal Green (Green Lantern), based on a story by Fancher and Ridley Scott. Scott, director of the first Blade Runner, is set to executive produce.

Here’s the full press:

LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY, 20, 2015 – Twelve-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will join director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) on Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to BLADE RUNNER, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22 reteams with Villeneuve on what will be their third feature collaboration, havingpreviously worked together on Alcon’s Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Villeneuve’s upcoming film Sicario, a drug-trafficking drama starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro from Black Label Media, which is in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Deakins received his latest Academy Award nomination this year for his work on Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.  He was previously nominated for Joel and Ethan Coen’s FargoThe Man Who Wasn’t ThereO Brother, Where Art Thou?No Country for Old Men and True Grit; Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption; Martin Scorsese’s Kundun; Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Stephen Daldry’s The Reader, which he shared with Chris Menges; and, more recently, Prisoners and Sam Mendes’ Skyfall.

Film is scheduled to start principal photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard.

Villeneuve previously worked with Kosove and Johnson as the director of Alcon’s critically acclaimed Prisoners.

Kosove and Johnson state: “Roger is an extraordinary talent and we are very excited that Denis and Roger have chosen to continue their collaboration in bringing the sequel to BLADE RUNNER to the big screen.

Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to BLADE RUNNER in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Yorkin will serve as a producer on the sequel along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will also produce.

Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce.

Among its many distinctions, BLADE RUNNER has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by innumerable polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.

Released by Warner Bros., BLADE RUNNER was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” and was directed by Ridley Scott following his landmark Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).

BLADE RUNNER was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.

Deakins is repped by ICM.

 

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9. Don’t miss Matt Fraction on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’

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Here’s the part where you support your favorite comic book creators almost as much you endorse the films they help make possible.

Kelly Sue DeConnick’s husband, Matt Fraction, will be making his first appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers this Thursday, May 21.

The other guests on the show include America’s Got Talent’s Heidi Klum, and funny man Richard Lewis. If that’s not the strangest and perfect line-up to offset the slowly dying Late Show With David Letterman, then I don’t know what is.

We are confident that Fraction will be the next Harvey Pekar of late night talk show. Hopefully, he shows Meyers first hand how to be a sex criminal, the origin of Pizza Dog, and discusses the glorious and  frustrating process of creating Casanova with Brazilian twins.

Don’t miss Fraction on Thursday at 12:35 a.m. on NBC.

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10. Review: Psycho Bonkers #1 is a cheat code for fun

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Story: Vince Hernandez

Art: Adam Archer

Colors: Federico Blee

Letters: Josh Reed

Publisher: Aspen Comics

 

 

Like a lot of you; I love me some comics, I love me some games. Adaptations or series based on –one or the other–seem to be more frequent in the age of modern marketing. Every once in awhile something comes along which incurs the two worlds to make one completely new thing. Aspen Comics, a company not known for all-ages material, creates that thing. They call it Psycho Bonkers, we call it an instruction manual for fun.

Psycho Bonkers is a tale of a technologically advanced world obsessed with kart racing. Picture Mario Kart, but with more LEDs and blinky things. This story, written by Vince Hernandez, is about a rambunctious girl named Shine and her anamorphic mouthy car named Shiza. Readers are dropped in the middle of the duo trying to win the historic Bonk Rally race Shiza has been obsessed with since she was a little girl growing up in a racing family. It’s a journey of twist, turns, and atmospheric drops while avoid the distractions of other drivers.

Shine is a compelling character living in Aspen’s version of a Pixar story. Like any good animated story, there’s an element of real world tragedy that drives her. Her rebellious outer shell hides a deep mystery of her family’s turmoil that’s peeled back through flashbacks.

The debut issue gives readers a glimpse of Shine’s family, love interest, and supporting cast without making them feel buried in exposition. Though, Gabbo the repair bot that lives in Shiza would have benefitted from playing the straight man to the colorful character of the car instead of having a similarly sarcastic voice as the car.

Visually the art of Adam Archer is mix of frenzy and clean line work. The team’s love of video games shines through with nods to some of your favorite racing games *CoughNintendoDon’tSueCough* . Psycho Bonker’s underlining theme is speed and the book shows it by making everything feel like it’s in constant motion.

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For a publisher known for mature themed fantasy tales, Psycho Bonkers is uncharted waters. Lap one is a spark of speed fueled heart they can hopefully build on. It has a few things to work out, but delivers an emphatic opening that mixes the excitement of a racing game with comic book storytelling. You should definitely “press start” on this title.

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11. Matter-Eater Lad Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Comics Pull: 5/20/15

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The Beat Staff has been…busy lately with two events going on and the Ultimate Universe coming to an end (sort of) this week. All of us that write here at The Beat live at the Stately Beat Manor where our heads are stuck in the printed page from early morning to late in the day. However, we’ve had some…distractions as of late. We have had a series of unwelcome guests from the pages of these…comic books come and crash our party — or unwavering focus on delivering the news delivered straight to our astute fans and readers. Unfortunately, our newest guest did the unthinkable when he made his way over to the Beat Manor. His name — Matter-Eater Lad of the Legion of Superheroes. We noticed our comics supply dwindling over the past few weeks, and in truth, we we’re happy with it. Here at the Manor, the Beat Staff has been running low on space to store their books — but when crucial high priced back issues were missing from the pile, we had a feeling that something was wrong. After a Beat Stakeout we caught one of the weirdest legionnaires in the act of literally devouring expensive older issues. We took him to small claims court and relinquished a large part of the Legion’s monetary reserves. All’s well that ends well — here’s our top comics picks for this week.


Alex’s Picks:

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A-Force #1

Writer: G. Willow Wilson & Marguerite Bennett Artist: Jorge Molina Cover: Jim Cheung

Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series! In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before..Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!

No single issue this week has been buzzed about more than A-Force #1. The comic has been the headline of more than a couple of fascinating news stories, and was supposed to be announced on The View. Afterwards, a piece from Jill Lepore via The New Yorker lit the internet on fire. Now, the comic is finally here written by the incredibly well respected author G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett featuring the art of Jorge Molina. The comic is a tie-in to Marvel’s new Secret Wars event, that fetures various Avengers females teaming up together in a certain region within Battleworld. The pedigree of the tale alone should allow it to become more than just a silly news story — but it’s up to the quality of the book to capture the attention of the readers.

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Oh Killstrike #1

Writer: Max Bemis Artist: Logan Faerber Colorist: Juan Manuel Tumburus Letters: Jim Campbell

WHAT’S TO LOVE: Say Anything frontman Max Bemis writes a love letter to 1990s superhero comics in this tongue-in-cheek homage to the era, featuring the art stylings of Logan Faerber – reminiscent of works by Chip Zdarsky and Jeff Lemire. Much like Polarity, Oh, Killstrike is very personal to Bemis: It’s about a new dad who loves comics from his youth. Part twisted buddy comedy, part profound coming-of-age story, we could not stop smiling when reading Oh, Killstrike. WHAT IT IS: Jared, a new father, fears parenthood. An old comics fan, he turns to them for comfort. But when he unwittingly lets loose his favorite character, Killstrike – a single minded, vengeance loving anti-hero – onto the world, Jared must find a way to send him back before he harms all the people he loves the most. But before that happens, Killstrike leads Jared on a quest of self-discovery to make him realize the kid who loved this character is not the man he has become.

In the wake of the end of the Ultimate Universe, we chose to look at something a little different — Oh Killstrike #1 from Boom Studios. The series has an incredibly enticing premise, featuring a vengeance seeking 90’s rebel attempting bothering the life of Jared, a brand new father attempting to escape his stressful via the escapism of comic books. Killstrike is on the difficult new quest of acclimating Jared to his upcoming quest of being able to cope with a brand new kid. Author Max Bemis has written some interesting stories with titles like Evil Empire and Polarity. He’s joined by Logan Faerber — an alumni of Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time, and Regular Show — this story is a departure from the rest of Faerber’s works.


Brandon Schatz’s Pick:

Optic Nerve #14

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Optic Nerve 14 brings Adrian Tomine’s multifaceted, expressive cartooning to a new peak with two stories and a bonus autobiographical strip. “Killing and Dying” is about a father’s struggles to be supportive: it centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand-up comedy. “Intruders” depicts a man obsessively trying to find his way back to a former life by revisiting places he once knew. Optic Nerve 14 will appear on the twentieth anniversary of Tomine’s beloved comic book series, in whose pages the landmark graphic novel Shortcomings was first published. Each story in Optic Nerve 14 reveals new dimensions to Tomine’s unique visual sensibility and complex, character-driven stories.

A new issue of Optic Nerve is a rare and beautiful thing to behold. Adrian Tomine is one of those fancy-pants comic creators who make the bulk of their “money” doing “art” for the “New Yorker” instead of rolling in the fat stacks of cash that exist in the comic book industry. As a result, issues of Optic Nerve occur few and far in-between – but the results are always stunning. Everyone in Optic Nerve seems to be screaming just behind the eyes whether they know it or not, as they claw and attempt to find perfection in flawed worlds. Equally uncomfortable and exquisitely beautiful, this is the event comic I wait each and every year (or two) for.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have stacks of comics in boxes to ignore as I read through this before my store opens.


 

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12. Here’s a brief teaser for The Flash Season 2 and let’s chat about that finale

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I haven’t had a chance to watch the finale of The Flash yet (business travel is the worst sometimes), but I hear it was pretty fun! The CW has already released a very, VERY brief teaser for the next season with showrunners Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti about what fans can look forward to this fall when the series returns:

There’s really not much to see here as of yet, but let’s take the opportunity to chat about last night’s finale, what’d you think? Did The Flash‘s inaugural season live up to your expectations?

We’ll consider any that comments below are free to be rife with spoilers, so anyone who’s in my boat and hasn’t watched it yet, steer clear!

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13. On minding your social media manners and hot takes

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The priceless Deb Aoki has created yet another masterful Storify called Twitter for Comics Creators – Do’s & Don’ts and rather than embed here, it just go read it. But here’s the nut graph:

Be someone who gives/shares information and ideas, makes people laugh, makes them think, gives them exposure to a point of view that they may not have considered before. Be a friend and you’ll make friends — this is true in Twitter and in “real life.”


Basically what the compilation is about is how tweeting at people to retweet your kickstarter or your comic book to someone you don’t know just doesn’t work. And nether does setting up a twitter account just to promote your book. That’s now how social media works. You have to build up good will and cred and then people will be happy to help out, but you have to make a foundation for that good will first.

Basically a lot of people are annoyed by the blind-side request, as shown in the tweets Deb quotes in her storify. I’m not annoyed exactly but it’s just “one more thing.” Like most people, I try to do good things and help out where I can, and I have a low level nagging sense of letting people down all the time, but meaningless retweets don’t help me or you.

Doing it the hard way does pay off. To cite just one example, I “met” Henry Barajas through interacting through Twitter and eventually he started writing for the site, and we’re now good friends IRL. But it took time. Twitter is a firehose not a Britta filter, and building up good will is a process not an event.

That reminds me of something else that I’ve had in my drafts for a while. In addition to requests for retweets I often get “urgent notifications” on social media as stories break with “WHY AREN”T YOU COVERING THIS RIGHT NOW???!??!??!!!” The specific event that tipped me over the edge was during C2E2. On opening day on Friday there was a teeny tiny kerfuffle when one of the exhibitors (let’s call them Madison) posted on FB that his booth had been vandalized. This led to many calls for an investigation, outrage and one well-meaning website wrote a whole piece calling it an example of “disrespect for the medium.” While I was tempted to join in the outcry, another FB post by a veteran convention goer (let’s call them Dakota) also happened to pop up that complained about how Global Experience Specialists, the set-up company for the heavily unionized McCormack Place are “literally THE WORST conference services company in the U.S.” I’m told that palettes were delivered to the wrong booths, tables and chairs got mixed up and other things that made set-up a pain in the ass.

Anyway, seeing these in close conjunction and examining the picture of the ruined table, it wasn’t too hard to figure out what had happened. And indeed after a bit of outrage and outcry, “Madison” rather sheepishly admitted that probably a forklift had just knocked into the table. If you’ve ever been on the floor of a con pre or post working hours, you know that convention center workers seem to think the show floor is for forklifts what a dune is to a buggy or a mountain to a bike, and knocking things over isn’t out of the question—in fact I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more.

The rest of the show went pretty smoothly, but there was a new Fire Marshall, who took a close look at some booths and told “Dakota” that boxes couldn’t be stored behind their booth, which is as anyone who has been to a con knows, where people store their boxes. Despite these issues, Dakota had a great and enjoyable C2E2, with a lot of business conducted at the show. So basically everyone had a happy ending.

But I didn’t write about the vandalized booth. When I get an outraged call-out I don’t always cover it immediately. While in many instances it’s because I ran out of time (that happens a lot these days), in other instances it’s because the inciting post or incident just didn’t pass my sniff test. I can think of at least two times where I got called out to write about something even though I could tell that what people thought happened wasn’t the whole story, and while I posted something about what seemed to have happened, the truth was something else entirely. And I regret that and won’t do it again.

While it isn’t good for traffic to resist jumping on social media bandwagons with a “hot take,” after more than a decade of writing on the internet, I am here to tell you something very shocking: not everything you read on the internet is true. I certainly don’t do a good enough job of investigating the truth behind the headlines, but I’ll continue to at least attempt to offer a little more insight. And that takes a lot of time.

Now this doesn’t mean don’t send news tips. Please send more of them! But my goal here is to deal in information not as it happens pictures of boxes on the floor. Like I said, I don’t do a great job of it, but it’s the goal. So now you know.

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14. 2015 Glyph Comics Award winners announced, led by Shaft

The 2015 Glyph Awards, recognizing the best in African American comics, were presented over the weekend, and here are the winners:

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STORY OF THE YEAR
SHAFT; David F. Walker, Writer; Bilquis Evely, Artist

BEST WRITER
Keef Cross; DAY BLACK

BEST ARTIST
Nelson Blake 2; ARTIFACTS

BEST COVER
OFFSET #1 – THE MAN WHO TRAVELS WITH A PIECE OF SUGARCANE; Tristan Roach

BEST MALE CHARACTER
Bass Reeves; BASS REEVES: TALES OF THE TALENTED TENTH ; Joel Christian Gill, Writer and Artist

BEST FEMALE CHARACTER
Ajala Storm; AJALA: A SERIES OF ADVENTURES; Robert Garrett, Writer; N Steven Harris and Walt Msonza Barna, Artists

RISING STAR AWARD
Alverne Ball and Jason Reeves, Writers; Lee Moyer and Ari Syahrazad, Artists; ONE NATION: OLD DRUIDS

BEST COMIC STRIP OR WEBCOMIC
KAMIKAZE; Alan and Carrie Tupper, Writers and Artists; Havana Nguyen, Artist

BEST REPRINT PUBLICATION
TECHWATCH; Chameleon Creations

FAN AWARD FOR BEST WORK
ONENATION: SAFEHOUSE; Jason Reeves, Writer; Samax Amen and Deon De Lange, Artists

day_blackI had the pleasure of reading some of these as a judge for the Dwayne McDuffie award and all are worth checking out. Shaft has gotten a lot of positive support here there and everywhere. I’d also like to note that Day Black comes out from Rosarium  and it’s a very well written vampire story about a slave who is turned and is a tattoo artist in the present day. It has a very unusual style.

 

Congrats to all the winners!

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15. Review: Avengers–themed Aged White Cheddar Pirate’s Booty

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Just to show that I cannot escape marketing or branding, a few weeks ago I received some PR about limited edition bags of Pirate’s Booty cheese snacks that feature The Avengers on them, because cheese snacks are the new shawarma. Just in time for the movie. I got to corresponding with the PR person, and well, soon a giant FedEx box full of Pirate’s Booty arrived at Stately Beat Manor.

I’m told that “Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar is a deliciously baked (never fried) snack made from puffed rice and corn, and blended with real aged white cheddar cheese. Made without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, it is a snack that kids and parents agree on. Additionally, it is gluten-free and has 0 grams of trans fat per serving.” So basically these are healthy-ish cheese puffs. So here’s my review:

I love Pirate’s Booty! The cheese flavor, described as aged white cheddar, is natural and sharp, and the texture is light and crispy. I’ve been eating these as an afternoon (or sometimes midnight) snack since the box arrived. I will be sad when the box is empty. I guess these are not on my low-glycemic diet, but the portions are very modest in each bag so it wasn’t a Hulkbuster. Also gluten and wheat free if you’re into that. (Gluten doesn’t really bother me, I’ve found, but I do have a mild wheat allergy, which is sad, but life goes on.)

The puffs do leave a grainy residue on your hands, but it’s pale, unlike the fire hydrant orange paste that must be scrubbed off with steel wool that remains after a session with Cheetohs.

And on a very positive note, Black Widow is included on the packaging art along with Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor as if she were a real member of the team!

Anyway, you can find out more about Pirate’s Booty at their website.

Disclosure: product samples were supplied for this review, but I did not receive any financial compensation.

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16. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 5/20/15: Surviving Charlie Hebdo cartoonist quits and other news of the week

§ Luz, the Charlie Hebdo cartoonist who sirvived the January attack, is quitting the magazine in September, he revealed in an interview on Monday. It’s hard to blame him.

“Each issue is torture, because the others are gone,” Mr. Luzier said. “Spending sleepless nights summoning the dead, wondering what Charb, Cabu, Honoré, Tignous would have done is exhausting,” he added, referring to cartoonists who were killed by two Islamist brothers by their pseudonyms.


Although Renald Luzier, to use his full name, drew the post-attack cover that showed a weeping Mohammed he also said that he’s not going to draw the prophet any more, as it doesn’t interest him. He has other projects to work on, including an autobiographical comic and an adaptation of The Shining. I think we can all wish him some peace of mind.

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§ Here’s a very goofy story: pop star Rihanna and DC are clashing over the trademark of the word “Robyn” which is her given name—her full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. DC thinks that’s too close to Robin. The tussle flared up when RiRi sought to trademark the word for some business interests:

Rihanna, or as us good friends apparently call her, Robyn, owns a company, Roraj Trade LLC that owns the trademarks associated with her businesses like her cosmetics and perfume line. In June 2014, Roraj Trade filed a trademark registration application for the term ROBYN used for “providing on-line non-downloadable general feature magazines”. So it appears Rihanna wants to use her real name in association with some online magazine. DC Comics has its own Robin, of course. Batman’s sidekick first appeared way back in 1939 and since that time, the Dynamic Duo have had an on and off relationship but DC Comics still uses the character and trademark to this day. In 1984, DC Comics received a trademark registration for ROBIN for action figures and in 1995 received another for comic books. DC Comics use of the ROBIN trademark is well established and DC Comics has invested a lot of time and money establishing the character and the trademark.


The Outhouse has the legal filings on the matter. While this all seems silly, both Robin and Rihanna often go out in public wearing briefs, so we can see how the public might be confused.

§ Here is a new site called ComicsChicago that lists comicksy type things to do around the Windy City. Here’s one that sounds promising: Sex & Gender Empowerment in the Comics.

§ J. Caleb Mozzocco is now writing for Comics Alliance! They have all the cool kids. And here he is reviewing Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona:

Noelle Stevenson‘s Nimona is not your typical fantasy comic heroine. I say that not because of her style, which includes a partially shaved head, with dyed hair and piercings; and not because of the way she dresses, which is in practical chain mail and leather adventuring gear; and not because of her build, which is short and stocky, in sharp contrast to the tall willowy male characters.

No, Nimona is not your typical fantasy comic heroine because Nimona is not a hero period. She’s a villain.

§ And speaking of Nimona, it’s been optioned by Vertigo. SAY WHAT?!? Oh Vertigo Entertainment, which is run by Roy Lee”

Lee will produce the adaptation through Vertigo, with production president Adam Stone overseeing. Vertigo most recently produced the Ryan Reynolds horror/comedy The Voices, Warner Bros.’ smash animated hit The Lego Movie, and the Liam Neeson starrer Run All Night. Vertigo is currently producing a number of high-profile projects, including The Lego Movie sequels and spinoffs, the Adventure Time adaptation, and Stephen King’s It. Vertigo’s latest, the Poltergeist remake, is set to bow this weekend.

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§ And just to wrap up this Nimona discussion, I’ve mentioned a few times that I think this is one of the most important graphic novels of the year from a publishing standpoint as it’s a major house—HarperCollins—getting back into original comics content after some early missteps. Graphic novels for younger readers are definitely the hottest category out there, but a strong showing by this book would show that Smile isn’t just an outlier. So how’s it doing? Not bad as of right now:
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Amazon sales rankings are of course only a snapshot, but this is a pretty solid indication that it’s finding an audience.

As well it should. Stevenson is so young and has that out-of-the-box talent and confidence that presages a very long and successful career. And Nimona is a wonderful book, as Mozzocco suggests above, taking fantasy tropes and recasting them in fresh and funny ways. You should check it out.

§ Luvable Simon Pegg suddenly turned into a snarling wolverine when he dared to criticize nerd culture for being “childish.” Nice one, Scotty. Just who is paying your salary again. But in a thoughtful op-ed, the Spaced co-creator explained that he was talking about the co-opting of media for marketing puposes among other things:

Recent developments in popular culture were arguably predicted by the French philosopher and cultural theorist, Jean Baudrillard in his book, ‘America’, in which he talks about the infantilzation of society. Put simply, this is the idea that as a society, we are kept in a state of arrested development by dominant forces in order to keep us more pliant. We are made passionate about the things that occupied us as children as a means of drawing our attentions away from the things we really should be invested in, inequality, corruption, economic injustice etc. It makes sense that when faced with the awfulness of the world, the harsh realities that surround us, our instinct is to seek comfort, and where else were the majority of us most comfortable than our youth? A time when we were shielded from painful truths by our recreational passions, the toys we played with, the games we played, the comics we read. There was probably more discussion on Twitter about the The Force Awakens and the Batman vs Superman trailers than there was about the Nepalese earthquake or the British general election.


This is very true. I have seen way more discussion in my Twitter feed of the fictional rape of a fictional character than the real horrifying systematic rape and impregnation of kidnapped girls and children because criticizing fiction is fun, but trying to fix the actual world of brutality and suffering is hard and depressing. I will just direct you to The Project Solution, a charity run by my friend Joe Gonzalez, of the podcast Comic News Insider, that tries to do little things like build a well for a village or buying a computer for some orphans. Small measurable things that do make a difference. Calling out HBO for its gross pandering is a good thing, but I’m pretty sure Boko Haram doesn’t watch Game of Thrones. Anyway, we have to be vigilant on BOTH fronts, but don’t forget, there is so much misdirection out there.

§ And speaking of which, obligatory Marvel section. They’re the best at what they do and what they do is market stuff like crazy: How @Marvel Perfected the Integrated Social Campaign | Simply Measured

…OR DO THEY? I know you are sick of AVENGERS: AFE OF ULTRON think pieces but this much linked piece by Sady Doyle explains How Marvel Is Killing the Popcorn Movie that lays out some of the fatigue many are feeling:

The movie also has a pre-determined narrative, which we know because it’s the same narrative every Marvel movie adheres to, which is, roughly: There’s a thing and a bad guy and the bad guy steals the thing, so they fight. They lose one fight and then they lose another fight and then they win the last fight. The end. We also need to end the movie in such a way that all of the characters with ongoing franchises can go back to those franchises, alive and more or less unchanged.


True enough, but all hot dogs are pretty much the same and people still like hot dogs.

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17. The third Walking Dead Compendium is coming in October

Your shelves have been buckling for years under the weight of the first two Walking Dead compendiums — compact volumes offering more than 40 issues and 1000 pages of the famed comics series for $60 each. Talk about a license to print money—the first two compendia have been constant bestsellers, with thousands and thousands of copies in print, and creator Robert Kirkman and artists Charlie Adlard and Stefano Gaudiano have earned all those royalties.

And now they are doing it again with The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 3 which goes on sale on October 13—just in time for the new season of the Walking Dead TV show. Fire up the money bin!

This edition will sell for $59.99 and include issues #97-144. That’s Negan, Alexandria and the loss of some much loved characters. It’s primo material and everyone is going to want a copy.

You can preorder THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM THREE (ISBN: 978-1-63215-456-9) now at your local comic shop, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.com.

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18. DC unveils “DC You” marketing campaign

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There had to be a reason the new West Coast Dc hired all those branding, licensing and content managers. It’s to create a new branding message and it is…”DC You.” Which sounds like it might be an insult but is really a way of saying that these comics are for YOU.

The new DCyou url is live, and here’s the ad campaign. SPOILERS!!!!

 

DC Entertainment revealed a bold new advertising campaign today titled “DC YOU.”  The campaign shines a spotlight on the New DC Universe (DCU) line of comic books, and reinforces the company’s commitment to creating a diverse offering of titles – something for everyone. 

“With the New DC Universe, there’s a story for every kind of DC Comics fan.  There’s a story for YOU,” stated Amit Desai, senior vice president of marketing and global franchise management, DC Entertainment.   “The DC Comics slate rolling out this summer truly offers a comic book for everyone and our new advertising campaign – DC YOU – celebrates this bold, new direction.”  

Beginning June 3, the new DCU will consist of 24 brand-new series as well as 25 on-going, best selling fan-favorite series, resulting in the most ambitious DC Comics lineup-to-date.   Celebrating the new direction of the DC Universe, the DC YOU advertising campaign will focus on four main themes:

  • Characters – DC Entertainment will highlight its iconic characters, like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as popular characters, such as Batgirl, Black Canary, Bizarro, Cyborg and Starfire.
  • Talent – The campaign will spotlight top writers and artists, as well as emerging fresh voices, who are on board to help create an expansive line of comics that appeals to a broad audience of fans.  Comic talent featured in the campaign include Batman’s Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Superman’s Gene Luen Yang and John Romita Jr., Justice League’s Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, Justice League of America’s Bryan Hitch, Black Canary’s Brendon Fletcher and Annie Wu, among many others.
  • Stories – The campaign will engage the readership, showcasing the diverse range of styles and genres as well as approaches to storytelling across the New DCU through various taglines, such as Are YOU ready to laugh?, Are YOU ready to hashtag this?, and Are YOU ready for the new awesome?
  • Fans – As the campaign name suggests, the New DCU is first and foremost about our fans and our commitment to creating great stories for all fans.  The campaign will celebrate life-long fans as well as those new to comics.  

DC YOU will appear in print inserts and ads across DC Entertainment’s physical and digital comic books beginning May 20. Digital ads featuring video content will begin airing June 3 across major online platforms.  

The campaign will come to life on the DC Comics website (DCComics.com/DCYOU) and multiple DC Comics social media channels will encourage fans to celebrate and share their DCU via hashtag #DCYOU.  And this year’s Comic-Con International San Diego(July 9-12) will bring DC YOU directly to fans in fun and engaging ways.

As part of DC YOU, DC Entertainment will also offer comic book retailers weekly promotional packs filled with collectible items inspired by the New DCU line of comic-books.  These items will include posters, masks, temporary tattoos, stickers and are sure to encourage fans to visit their local comic book shop each week.

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19. New set pictures from Suicide Squad showcase the Joker and his car

Via JustJared, here are a whole bunch of pictures from the set of Suicide Squad, featuring Jared Leto‘s Joker and Margot Robbie as an either in disguise or pre-“Harley Quinn” Harleen Quinzel.

It looks like the Joker is wearing some pretty typical mobster clothing, and while some fans thought perhaps those tattoos were just for the promotional picture from last month, you can see that they are indeed present on Leto here.

Suicide Squad opens on August 5, 2016.

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20. Phil Lord confirms that Ezra Miller will be playing Barry Allen in The Flash

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller, after having a number of smash hits like The Lego Movie and the 21 Jump Street franchise under their belts, have become among the most desired screenwriters in Hollywood. Currently, they’re working on both a Spider-Man animated feature for Sony and Warner Bros’ big screen version of The Flash, starring Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being A Wallflower).

Given that there’s already a pretty popular television series starring Grant Gustin on The CW as the Barry Allen version of The Flash, there’s been some question as to which iteration Miller might play, even though the movies will not be connected to the television series as part of any shared universe.

Lord was recently a guest on the Hippojuice podcast (via /Film) where he gave an update on the film:

We’re trying to break a story. It’s interesting, because there’s a really popular TV show out there, and we’re trying to carve out space for the movie that’s apart from that. I think we’re doing alright. … I believe [our Flash] is going to be Barry Allen. … It’s going to be its own [thing, apart from the TV show] — we’re more trying to stick with the cinematic universe… it really is its own thing, and kind of a stand-alone movie. We’re just trying to think of the best story. I think you guys will like it, it’s kind of a different take on superhero stuff.

This basically confirms that we’ll have both a television and film version of the same character. Honestly though, I don’t see this as a terribly big deal. On average about 3-4 million viewers watch The Flash, and I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt that any confusion for that relatively modest audience (in comparison to the audience that will reach a feature film) will be limited.

More importantly, in a somewhat chaotic DC film slate that reportedly has five screenwriters assigned to Wonder Woman and at least three on Aquaman, the fact that The Flash‘s script situation is being approached in a much more stable manner is reassuring.

But only time will tell. The Flash is expected to see release in 2018.

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21. Mad Max Fury Road: A citadel in the Uncanny Valley

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After attending an afternoon showing of Mad Max Fury Road, I stood outside the theater in a daze. I was almost literally speechless, and my PTSD continued as I hopped in a cab to go to a dinner engagement. Fury Road’s insane, relentless, vivid and non-stop car chase was so senses shattering that it felt weird to actually BE in a car in the real world. I kept expecting the taxi to rear end a war rig or see an Interceptor career towards us at a 45 degree angle or have a Polecat suddenly dip towards our cab, lobbing a grenade. The real world suddenly seemed like a distant echo of the thunderous one that had seared itself on my eyeballs for the last 120 minutes.

My visceral reaction was so different from how I felt after any number of recent CGI extravaganzas. I’d forgotten about Age of Ultron by the time I crossed the street. I left Guardians of the Galaxy humming “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” and loving raccoons, but the plot quickly receded into the rearview mirror. Perhaps this is because of my own subconscious processing of real images as opposed to animated ones — the practical effects of Fury Road are so much more memorable and powerful—and expensive.

I can’t remember the last time an action movie seized the imaginations of critics and viewers alike so fully. MMFR’s stunning 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes make all the recent Best Picture nominees look shabby. Most people I know had a similar road to damascus experience, with multiple viewings planned. They’ve heard the call and have to keep preaching. I kept calling Avengers: Age of Ultron an “experience” not a movie, but Mad Max Fury Road was the real experience, something so exhilarating and cathartic that people need to feel that way again.

It would be simple to declare that the success of Mad Max Fury Road is just due to good old fashioned great moviemaking—and it’s true. George Miller is an amazing filmmaker, always has been, Babe: Pig in the City. But it’s 2015 and this is the internet, so let’s drill down with some crucial questions, shall we?

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Is Mad Max Fury Road a success at the Box Office?

Maybe the MRA/GuffleGab crowd—which suggested a boycott of MMFR due to its feminazi lies—is crowing about the film not hitting #1 at the BO, proving people don’t want to see a movie with a strong female lead, but it was beaten by Pitch Perfect 2, a girl-aimed movie about an all girl singing contest with a mostly girl cast, a first time female director—congrats Elizabeth Banks!—and a 75% female audience. MMFR had a 60% male audience. This was a pretty straightforward win for girl power—$70 mil to $44.4 mil. All this led Pitch Perfect producer Lynda Obst to crow a bit:

It also explains why that awful Jem and the Holograms trailer has a title that reads “From the studio that brought your PItch Perfect.” We have a new tentpole here, and people are going to be chasing it for a while.

Deadline’s Anita Busch put an even gloomier spin on it:

This $200M+ budgeted road rager from Village Roadshow was definitely restricted by its R-rating but there’s no pr company in the world that can put a great spin on this opening weekend. Everyone wanted this one to open better.

Mad Max triumphed worldwide with $109.4 mil, which sounds pretty good until you remember that this movie cost $200 million. All those Cirque du Soleil stunts and practical effects did not come cheaply, oh no. I’ll get back to that in a minute. As you probably know, MMFR had a very troubled production, with fits and starts for 15 years, and a worried set visit by WB’s Denise De Novi to find out what was costing so much and why Tom Hardy and Cherlize Theron didn’t get along. While there’s already hopeful talk of a sequel, to be called Mad Max: The Wasteland, this is not a no-brainer. In fact, it’s a total brainer, so we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, Miller and Co have turned to the far more economical world of comics to tell more of the backstory. Smart move, Vertigo!

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Is Tom Hardy as Mad Max awesome possum?

Yes.

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Is Mad Max Fury Road a feminist triumph?

1) On first thought, as everyone now knows, George Miller intended this to be explicitly feminist in its message, and even got playwright/activist Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) on set as a consultant. And looking at the story of Imperator Furiosa (Cherlize Theron) seeking redemption by rescuing the five wives (who had already graffiti’d up their living quarters with empowering slogans) of the grotesque Immortan Joe with the aid of a bunch of exiled old ladies on bikes called the Vuvalinis does make it sound a bit didactic. So yes. But…

2) On second thought, I’m of the generation that followed humanism long before we heard about intersectionality. I know, I know, humanism is way out of fashion, but I can’t help framing the journey of Furiosa, the Splendid Angharad, the Valkyrie and the rest as simply interesting characters who struggle and triumph just the way men always have. Charlize Theron herself pointed out out that

People keep saying ‘strong women’ but we are actually just women. We had a filmmaker that understood the truth of women is powerful enough and we don’t want to be put on pedestals or made to be unnaturally strong.


While it’s constantly pointed out that Marvel has made a tree and a raccoon beloved characters but not a woman, it seems that constantly having to label “strong females” as females is marginalizing in itself. All the characters in Mad Max Fury Road are iconic and my FB feed yesterday was filled with artists drawing them; like a good filmmaker should, Miller wants ALL of his characters to be memorable and have agency. Why that should be so hard for most movies is a failing of craft and artistry, and why it is so rarely applied to film characters other than white men is something that needs to be dissected while it’s still alive. Can’t we just say it was good storytellign without addding labels?

3) But on third thought….man alive, this movie goes right back to the White Goddess with an explicit war between patriarchal and matriarchal values. I know some female writers have been disturbed by the childbirth scene because, well, it’s tough. But it’s a clear indication of how Immortan Joe and his crew view gender, a view sadly prevalent in the real world, where the existence of a dead male fetus is of more importance than any living female. Furiosa, the Valkyrie, Max and Nux are fighting for a more giving society, one where scarce resources are used to build a society, not to govern one. That this brainy idea is the driver for the most visceral action movie in a decade makes its triumph all the more remarkable…but I would argue that it’s a (barely hidden) subtext that gives the movie its strength. We’ve seen a gazillion action movies where the good guys beat the bad guys because of family and honor and courage and blah blah blah. Mad Max Fury Road is direct…but it isn’t simple. It’s this refreshing refusal to talk down to its audience that is so thrilling. It’s the difference between being taken for a ride and going for a ride.

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Why was that ride so thrilling?

During the long, brutal winter of ’14-’15 I spent many a night huddled under a blanket watching movies. One of the films viewed was James Cameron’s True Lies, which was made in 1994 and was the last huge action movie that used practical stunts and sets. They really blew up that bridge, and really mounted a harrier jet on a crane so Arnold could clamber over it. Jamie Lee Curtis really jumped onto a helicopter. It cost a lot and wasn’t a huge success, and now these things are all CGI and green screen.

The original Star Wars trilogy and even the Lord of the Rings trilogy used miniatures and guys in suits. The prequels and the Hobbit movies used tons and tons of CGI and in the case of the latter, Peter Jackson even turned Billy Connolly’s Dain into a CGI character. To no good effect. Little kids like the prequels just as well, but most people who like movies find the originals much more engaging and real. The Tolkien stuff is a perfect example of one set of films remaining vital and thrilling while the other is just bleh. Admittedly, one has way better material, but all that animation was ultimately numbing.

It’s obvious that the realness of Mad Max is the main reason people have reacted so strongly to it. Those were real cars, real guys on poles, real deserts, real stunts, real make-up. Of course, there was CGI, but it aided the reality instead of becoming a substitution for it—Charlize Theron’s stump of an arm being a perfect example

I find most contemporary CGI spectacle rubbery and unconvincing. It feels like shopping at the Dollar Tree: drab and monotonous. Of course I’m also old and cranky — younger movie goers, and those used to video game CGI, have no problem with it. But it’s all so lazy. One big or monster can be truly chilling—cf. Stan Winston’s work in The Thing. But that takes real time and care, so an army of CGI Ultrons, or Chitauri or bugs or orcs or whatever swarms the screen with all the spectacle of an iPhone game.

Practical effects are more expensive and take a lot more skill. It’s why its a vanishing art. Mad Max Fury Road is a profoundly 80s movie: it’s touchstones, like the old Mad Max movies, are heavy metal and hot rods and leather jackets. The filmmaking is also 80s standard for stunts and models, with contemporary CGI wizardry thrown in as the seasoning. But the rapturous response to the film made me wonder about the psychological distinction between real and unreal. Yes, we’re back in the Uncanny Valley, the theory that people are attracted to unreal, cartoonish characters but as these characters become more human and realistic, they reach a point where they are actually disturbing and repulsive. Many Robert Zemeckis films are proof of this (Polar Express ho!) We’ve moved a bit beyond Zemeckis’s early efforts, or the now laughably unconvincing swinging Spider-Man of the first Sam Raimi films, now less engaging than the guy in a Godzilla suit of the 50s.

But is there any evidence for this effect beyond constant kvetching about “all that CGI”? I googled “psychological effects of CGI” and found very little easily accessible research. (one of the top results was “Physical, Sexual and Psychological Effects of Male Infant Circumcision: an Exploratory Survey” however.)

Here’s one article from 2011 examining the Uncanny Valley:

In other experiments, MacDorman’s team showed that people feel particularly disconcerted when characters have extremely realistic-looking skin mixed with other traits that are not realistic, such as cartoon eyes. Furthermore, in a 2009 study in which participants were asked to choose the eeriest-looking human face from among a selection, the researchers found that computer-rendered human faces with normal proportions but little detail were rated eeriest. When the faces were extremely detailed, study participants were repulsed by those that were highly disproportionate, with displaced eyes and ears. In short, viewers seemed to want cartoonish facial proportions to match cartoon-level detail, and realistic proportions to match realistic detail. Mismatches are what seemed eerie.


I also found this paper from 2002 (!) about the history of animation in terms of CGI by one David Mitchell. Some solid groundwork there.

A hopeful piece from the BBC in 2013 suggested that special effects might be going practical again, but focused on the budgetary angle. And Cartoon Brew wondered why Practical Effects Get Replaced with CGI? but it’s a video and I don’t have time to watch.

Doubtless, there is a lot of research that studies how humans react to things that are really real and things that seem real…but the time I spent googling didn’t reveal much. I’m sure Mad Max will reignite the debate and this remains a topic for further study.

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But wasn’t Mad Max Fury Road racist?

The visionary, unsurpassed imagination of artist Brendan McCarthy—co-writer and concept artist—is a huge part of what made MMFR so memorable. Sadly, he’s also been caught making many racist statement in recent years, so it’s hard to praise him without reservations. But yeah, he is awesome as a creator.

But not everyone liked Fury Road. A tumblr user going by Xmaslemmings whose real name I am not smart enough to figure out summed up the racist, ableist, fan-phobic aspects of the film:

Then, like, just look at the fact that they were stoked to work with this guy, that they shot most of this movie in Namibia with an almost exclusively white cast. Look at postapocalyptic fiction of this sort which largely aims to shift the structures of postcolonial Western genre works into a fictive precolonial (or just colonial) state where we can enjoy Cowboys versus No-Longer-Recognizable-As-Indians, open terrain, tribes to fight, lands to claim and to settle. Fury Road, like a lot of these stories, postures as only whiteness speaking to whiteness about whiteness (or substitute for whiteness: a primitive yet “postracial” civilization in which race has inexplicably not been reasserted as a central basis for organizing violent hierarchies of power) but from whom did the filmmakers borrow this imagery of tribal desert life? From whom did these cultures get their spears, their warpaint, their war drums? How have these retained their use as signifiers of barbarism and from where did that significance originate? I think the movie’s answer is: from nowhere. From a mountain with a steering wheel carved into it. As the movie ends with Furiosa ascending to traditional White Saviorhood (most of the only people of color I can recall seeing in the film being in the grateful crowd hailing her as their new queen, or whatever) there’s a quote from “The First History Man” to “sort of jokingly” suggest a universal profundity of the film’s plot and non-ironically underscore that this fantasy is a tabula rasa in which white experience has been miraculously universalized without the need to dismantle white supremacy because the violent establishment of white supremacy did not occur, or something. That isn’t unique to this film. It describes a zillion stories a white author’s ever written in this genre, such as this film, shot in Africa with a mostly white cast, which happens to also have at least one clearly white supremacist voice among its principal originating collaborators.


Lots of fodder for backlash there, and Australia’s own awful history with its native peoples won’t help.

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But was it still wonderful?

I hope so. There’s a takedown on MMFR’s feminism at the right wing Breitbart site, but even the critic has to admit it looks great, and the commenters seem to have forgotten the awful feminist agenda because of the great stunts. I think the last movie that pretty much shut up all its critics with its imagination and stunning visuals like this was the original Sin City. I’ll leave this with a quote from Warren Ellis, who has a way with words:

You forget that the MAD MAX films are a narrative continuum, from the brink of societal collapse all the way through to the petrol- and water-cults after the end of the world.  Max himself goes from tightly-wound cop to broken man to the Max of FURY ROAD, who, for the first half of the film, is pretty much a grunting animal on his hind legs and then reduced down to a bag of blood.  From husband and father to medical object.

Someone said to me the other day that MAD MAX is “his Star Wars.”  His modern myth.  A myth of the time of steel and petrol, that’s about collapsing back into dark history.  Viewed as a continuum, the film cycle almost plays as a warning sent ahead to us from 1980.  A time capsule that’s still telling itself stories from inside its box.  FURY ROAD doesn’t feel like a modern film.  It’s a throwback to classical filmmaking.  A scream from the nightmares of the last century.

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How Much Did The Beat love Mad Max Fury Road?

So much that I spent half an hour on the WB media site downloading the stills just so I can look at them again and again until I go to the theater to see it again.

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22. Atlantic City Boardwalk Con 2015: Inaugural Show Has Promise

Atlantic-City-Boardwalk-Con-370x260When I first heard of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Con, my gut had some trepidation:

  • A first-time convention, from a new company.  (A little research, and I discovered it was the company which builds and manages booths for various comic book publishers, as well as manages other consumer events.)
  • A first-time convention, in a convention center.
  • A convention in Atlantic City, which is a bit dogeared as tourist destinations go.  (The casinos are struggling, the city has not invested the gaming revenue wisely.)

Yet… the show managed to bring in a lot of comics publishers (Boom, Valiant, Aspen, Zenescope, Marvel, Top Cow), placing it ahead of many older, regional shows.

They have a decent guest list. While I have been to Atlantic City to gamble and hang out on the boardwalk, I have never been to the convention center.  Why not take a day trip to Atlantic City and check out the show?  I woke up at 5 AM Saturday morning, caught the 8:15 Greyhound, and arrived at Bally’s casino at about 10:30 AM.

(Note: if travelling to Atlantic City by Greyhound, they might give you a gaming voucher with your bus ticket. Otherwise, ride the bus to the casino, not the bus station, show ID, and you’ll get a gaming voucher. Free money! And they’ll have geeky slots, like Lord of the Rings, Iron Man, Wizard of Oz…  Then walk a few blocks to the convention center.)

I decided to experience the convention like a normal fan.  Buy the ticket, hang out, see a few panels, no agenda.  My only question to answer: How successful was the show?

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This map gives a sense of scale of how far one had to walk from the main entrance to the front of the show floor on the far left.

Things which impressed me:

  1. ACBC 2015 badgeThe badge.  The front had space to write your name! But even more impressive and “why wasn’t this done sooner?” mind boggling: the back had a matte finish, and a miniature blank comics page! Get autographs! Signatures! Take notes!
  2. Hall B was mostly empty. During the day, it hosted giant scenic backdrops for cosplay photos! The other half of the room was set up for a stage, and right after the show, from 8 PM – 2AM, hosted the Cosplay Ballroom Party.
  3. The middle aisle was divided into thirds (see map above). The middle row, it seems, was used for those with ADA needs. I didn’t see it used for that, but I wasn’t there when the show opened. Otherwise, that middle aisle was easy to navigate; few traffic jams. I had no problem moving around.
  4. One exhibitor was selling 3-D printer sculpts of cosplayers.  The process took about two minutes on a turntable, and the initial scan looked great! Six weeks for processing and printing.  The Jedi Knight I witnessed paid $100 for a six-inch model.
  5. Did you know that George Romero had planned to do a science fiction cyborg movie in 1984? Bob Layton explained the history to me.
  6. The Atlantic City Convention Center!  There’s a big, 90-foot atrium when you enter, with lots of natural light!  The exhibition halls are on the second floor, covering 486,000 sq.ft.  Above that, on both sides of the Atrium, levels three and four offer meeting rooms and large event spaces. (No ballroom, although Hall A can be used as such.) (Flat daily rate for that entire exhibition space? $45,000) Walking the length of the atrium wasn’t bad…about two blocks long.

Atlantic City CC atriumThings I noticed:

  1. There was a lot of space.  Even artists alley, the booths were “small press” size,  The rows were also short, perpendicular to the main aisle, so were more intimate than the typical AA layout which recedes into the vanishing point.
  2. I don’t know how they convinced the Convention Center, but there were a lot of food vendors on the show floor. Bulk candy, macaroons, pop corn, chocolate…  Next year, they should get Pez or candy licensees for comics properties to show up!
  3. The auto row was a nice idea.  Lots of Batmobiles, the Batcycle with sidecar, Dukes of Hazzard, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future… $10 a photo.  The added bonus: the curtain wall hid the bathrooms and concessions behind it. Shorter lines!
  4. miss america scepter tiara lee meriweather miss americaI wandered over to the convention hotel (the Sheraton) to scope out their event space. I discovered a small Miss America museum off the lobby!  Did you know that Lee Meriwether AKA Catwoman, was also Miss America 1955? She was the first to wear the current tiara. There’s also a costume display of famous winners. (Wouldn’t it be awesome to have her appear next year?!)
  5. There was a lot of cosplay! Lego Avengers (no Black Widow, alas), Inside Out, and what might be the most comfortable outfit: The Goon.
  6. Did the earlier Wizard World Philly drain off some excitement? Is the local demographic one which shops at conventions, or just site-sees?

Things to improve next year:

  1. From the entrance to the exhibit hall, one had to walk about 100 yards past the box office to turn the corner and enter the show floor.  That entrance wasn’t well laid out…  it required a 90-degree right turn, so you were bumping into people who were exiting.  Yes…  that was the only entrance/exit. Once the mass of humanity was let in, they should have opened a secondary entrance at Hall C or B.
  2. There was a lot of empty space unused, especially in Hall D.  While I understand the need for a big space to hold the early attendees before the show opens, Hall B, where the Cosplay Ballroom Party was held, could have been used instead. Or… line them up on the Third and Fourth floors, in the hallways outside the panel rooms.  Run the line down the open stairwells to the Second Floor and the exhibit hall.  Or, better yet… seat them in the film room, show ads while they wait, do some emceeing, then guide them downstairs in an orderly fashion.
  3. The floor layout was very confusing. I’m systematic when I hit shows, and I thought I had completed my first run in 90 minutes. After a panel, I took a second pass to do some shopping, and found even more booths I had missed. Then I deliberately did a third pass, and I still missed seeing the Aspen booth!  There were strange placements, triangular booths (a nice idea on paper, but not in practice), a bit hard to orient oneself, even with the banners overhead. I don’t think the booth islands were arranged well. (The parent company does 3-D booth design. Perhaps they should use that software to better layout the next show.) If Marvel returns, their booth should run parallel with the outside walls. Place the entrance to the show floor where Aisle 1100 is, make it lead directly to Marvel so that’s the first thing attendees see, and then run the long aisle both ways. That would avoid the narrow 1000/1100 booths seen on the current map, and makes circulation less complicated.
  4. The Cosplay dance party… it’s a good idea, but with regional pop culture cons, there will be other events in competition with whatever the show plans. It’s best to co-sponsor an off-site after party event with a publisher, as Aspen did with a local retailer at Bally’s. It also saves money, not just with the sponsorship, but also in hall rental and convention center expenses such as security.
  5. The convention center has a permanent box office, on the first floor.  It wasn’t used, instead, part of the show floor held the ticket booths. I described above how this created a big inconvenience for attendees. ACBC also needs to improve the Will Call process. It should be as simple as “scan printout barcode, hand attendee the badge”.
  6. There was good media coverage locally, but I heard and saw little here in the New York City area. I wonder if the same happened in Philadelphia?

The best cosplay?  This:

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Overall:

I paid $35 for the Saturday ticket, $44 for the bus ticket, and $13 for lunch (hoagie and a bottle of OJ).  I spent less than $150 on merchandise, at five vendors.  I’m not a big spender at shows, unless I see original art that interests me. Also, I didn’t want to schlep something onto the bus and subway.

The scheduling of the show was good.  While there might be a ConWar with Wizard World Philadelphia (which is scheduled next year for early June 2016), there aren’t many other regional shows on the calendar in mid-May. It’s a nice counter-balance to the New York Comic Con in October, although I don’t see ACBC getting that large.

A bigger problem, which I don’t know how to solve: hotel rooms. Unlike Las Vegas, Atlantic City doesn’t have much weekday business powered by conventions. Thus, weekend hotel rooms, unlike every other hotel in the country, are in high demand and expensive. (Unless you have a car and can stay at one of the cheaper hotels far from the Boardwalk.) ACBC did offer hotel deals, as many shows do, but they weren’t available when I checked on Friday. ACBC should partner with one of the hotel casinos, offering a shuttle bus service, and hosting after parties. Then, you’ve got a captive audience, both for gambling and nightlife. (Were I a hotel manager, I’d advertise a drag queen revue to the cosplayers!)

There was a lot of posting on social media Monday, and generally, people had a good time.  I’ve heard that there will be another next year, so I hope it keeps improving and growing. The locale is good (between Philadelphia and New York City), the convention center can handle the growth (about the same size as Denver and Salt Lake City), there’s an audience hungry for this type of show, and enough retailers nearby to make this show work.  Of course, if the numbers get big, then national retailers will jump on the bandwagon.

Will I attend next year?  Sure, I’ll probably daytrip like I did this weekend. It had a good mix, and there was little stress.


 

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23. All the Secret Wars News You Can Handle from the last 48 Hours

Even without an issue of Secret Wars proper this week, the news coming out of Marvel regarding the event has been overwhelming. Get a snack and relax as we inform you on all the big new coming from the publisher about the event from the last two days — it’s kind of a lot!

1. Get ready for the ‘THE FINAL WAR.’

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This morning CBR debuted the brand new new solicits for the publisher where Thanos stands in what seems to be the pit introduced in Secret Wars #2 with a solicit reading reading: THE FINAL WAR! I think this Alex Ross cover has my attention…

2. Something is happening…8 Months Later?

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AS IF that wasn’t enough for you, Marvel also announced on Newsarama yesterday that their books after Secret Wars are picking up a full 8 months after the big event! It’s interesting to hear that Marvel is billing 8 months as their mysterious number. Fans already got a taste of the Marvel Universe 8 Months Later with the Free Comic Book Day Avengers story. Sneaky! The House of Ideas went onto to state that A-Force and Weirdworld are continuing after the event (AWESOME!) Maestro, Mrs. Deadpool & The Howling Commandos, and Uncanny Inhumans will all be part of the new Marvel Universe (reboot?) So let’s look for the reboot publishing initiative in Fall 2015.

3. Uncanny X-Men #600 Delayed!

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Uncanny X-Men #600 has been delayed until AFTER Secret Wars. That’s huge news as Marvel has been seeding some massive plot developments for Cyclops in Secret Wars that need to be addressed in Bendis-written titles eventually! Uncanny X-Men #600 has been delayed into October, and it is the last X-Men title written by Bendis.

The author commented on the story through Tumblr: the Internet is half lying to you. It is not shipping in October because I am a massive spastic fuck up. it was bumped until after secret wars for editorial and commercial reasons. not my call. this was marvel. but they have their reasons.

4. Mike Zeck is getting an Artist’s Edition with a Secret Wars reprint.

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Finally, the extremely important 80’s Marvel artist Mike Zeck known for a little story entitled Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt, and an obscure comic called Secret Wars first published in 1984 is getting an Artist’s Edition featuring his Marvel work called: Mike Zeck’s Classic Marvel Stories: Artist’s Edition.

The author said the following about working on the original Secret Wars with Jim Shooter via this comment with CBR: I didn’t think much about that at the outset, but when issues started hitting comics outlets, it became evident that it was “a big deal with a lot of attention!” Deadline pressures and other elements made the work less enjoyable than some other projects but [it was] definitely worthwhile in the end. “Secret Wars” totally succeeded in bringing attention to Marvel comics via the series and the toy tie-ins. I always hear from fans at conventions that it was “Secret Wars” that prompted them to start reading comics. Very gratifying.

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24. Media notes: TRIPWIRE is back; Comicon.com is gone; and Hollywood Heroes debuts

A few things going on out there in nerd media land.

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§ Tripwire Magazine has relaunched their website. Spo far mostly Mad Max, which is no problemn, but comics sstuff on there too. Editor Joel Meadows writes

“We have created a website that we can be proud of and now that we have found a format that works, we shall be updating it regularly with interviews, reviews, columns and more. We’ll also be including audio and video content, making the most of an interactive website,” editor-in-chief Joel Meadows said.

“We have also brought some new faces on board for the website too. Our webmaster Leonard Sultana from podcast An Englishman in SDCC is bringing his web savvy to Tripwire to make it the best experience it can be.”

After the beta period, Tripwire has already given its visitors unique content on Mad Max: Fury Road, columns from Mike (Girl with All The Gifts, The Unwritten) Carey and Jasper Bark.

 

§ My alma mater Comicon.com as new, as yet secret owners, and they’ve jettisoned all the old comments and message boards and the Pulse and the Beat and a ton of other history of the internet stuff. The links go to the Wayback Machine because nothing lasts forever in the cold November rain. Comicon.com launched back in the 90s run by Rick Veitch and Steve Conley and was a true pioneer of the comics website. But now it’s going to be something else, and I’m curious to see what they’ll use that admittedly awesome URL for. Farewell, Comicon.com

§ One of the biggest movie scoopers around, Umberto Gonzalez, has left Latino Review, and partnered with Daniel Alter to launch a transmedia site called Heroic Hollywood. It’s rare to see anyone striking out on their own like this nowadays—Latino Review was sold and El Mayimbe, as he’s known, couldn’t come to terms with them—but movie scoops might be the one area where it works. While the site is still nascent, Gonzalez has been tearing it up with DC and Marvel leaks on his Instagram account.

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25. Brad Woods named CMO at Viz

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Former Dreamworks SVP Brad Woods has joined Viz Media as Chief Marketing Officer. Woods also has Mattel and Warner Bros. on his resume. At Viz he’ll oversee strategies for expansion into multiple channels. Inaddition to it’s well known print manga products. Viz also has streaming, online, film, TV and many other home entertainment branches, so hiring a veteran exec to look at all this stuff is a good move.

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced that Brad Woods has been named as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).
 
“Brad Woods is a seasoned entertainment executive with a proven success record of enhancing brand equity, increasing revenue, and achieving results with innovative strategies and visionary leadership,” says Ken Sasaki, CEO of VIZ Media. “His multi-disciplinary experience will play a vital role in expanding VIZ Media’s market share across the publishing, digital content, licensing, home media, and consumer product landscapes.”  
 
Woods will be responsible for developing a range of marketing and product strategies to expand the VIZ Media brand and omni-channel marketing for titles across all company imprints.
 
“I am very excited to build upon VIZ Media’s mission to offer exciting and unique multimedia content to a diverse global audience,” Woods says. “Our dynamic catalog of titles across the print, digital, broadcast, and mobile arenas will allow us to reinvent how consumers discover, enjoy, and interact with our properties on a truly global level.”
 
Woods joins VIZ Media from DreamWorks Animation, where he served as Senior Vice President leading the domestic consumer products and retail business development divisions. During his tenure at DreamWorks, he restructured and substantially expanded the studio’s consumer products business, led the U.S. licensing and retail teams, and also provided strategic leadership for breakthrough marketing programs on properties including Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How To Train Your Dragon. 
 
Over his 20-year career, Woods has held senior positions in the entertainment and multi-media industries with companies including Mattel and Warner Bros. Entertainment. His experience spans a wide variety of marketing and licensing operations such as product marketing, brand development, corporate marketing and communications, lead generation, channel relations, and digital and social media marketing. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, and a BS from the University of Arizona.









 

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