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1. Rainbow Bird

Here are some illustrations from a recent project - an Australian folk tale about the rainbow bird, commonly known as the rainbow lorikeet. In the tale, the lorikeet which starts out grey obtains his beautiful colors from the rainbow.






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2. ‘To the Boys Who May One Day Date My Daughter’ Poem Goes Viral

How would you treat the people who may become a love interest for your children? Jesse Parent penned a cautionary spoken-word poem entitled “To the Boys Who May One Day Date My Daughter.”

The video embedded above features Parent performing his piece at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted it earlier this month and it has since attracted more than 840,000 views.

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3. Environmental Book Club

Check out Literacy, Families and Learning's Literature and Environmental Issues: 18 Challenging Picture Books. The blog breaks the eighteen titles into four groups:

  • The relationship of people to the environment
  • The negative impact of humanity on the environment
  • A celebration of the environment, its beauty and wonder
  • Environment as creation and the metaphysical experience of our world
Graeme Base makes the list twice.
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4. Emotional Anticipation

Build tension to build your character's emotions. 

http://kidlit.com/2014/03/24/building-emotional-anticipation/

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5. Bird Speed Painting In Photoshop





Just playing around with doing some speed painting videos.

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6. And The Fox Kit Research Begins

Fox kits 4-17

I went to the fox den today, just thinking I’d be collecting the SD card from the trail cam.  But I didn’t get that far.  Once I saw these adorable kits outside the den entrance, I knew I had to keep my distance.

fox kits 4 4-14

I set up my camera and extended the lens. I itched to get closer, but resisted the urge. Two very young kits lay in the opening, curled around each other, soaking up a sunbeam.

I never *sneak* in to see them, quite the opposite in fact.  I let my hiking boots crunch and snap twigs so they know I’m coming and have the opportunity to hide.

These two didn’t scramble away though. They just peeked in my direction through sleepy lids . . .

fox kit 3 4-14

Stumbled around a bit on wobbly legs .  . .

Fox kit 2  4-14

Curled up together again, and fell back asleep.

 

I fox kit 5 4-14

I never did collect that SD card, as I would have had to take another seven giant steps in their direction.  Why disturb their nap in the sunshine?

The card can wait. I got what I needed for today.

 

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7. A Video Essay on Jim Jarmusch: "Dead Men & Ghosts, Limited"


As the silence around here indicates, I've been tremendously busy the past few weeks. One project I managed to complete was a new video essay, this one about Jim Jarmusch's films Dead Man, Ghost Dog, and The Limits of Control. It's now available at Press Play, along with a brief introduction.

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8. Manischewitz

Once a year, for one week straight,
A beer I will decline.
Instead, I will indulge in
Manischewitz kosher wine.

If you have never tried it,
Well, your life is not complete,
But you’d sure surprise your taste buds
‘Cause it’s sickeningly sweet.

Since it’s part of my tradition,
It’s a habit I can’t break
And from childhood sips to current times,
I’ve stuck with Concord Grape.

Though I’m not at all religious,
I’m nostalgic for the past
And at Seders* long ago,
The Manischewitz die was cast.

Certain connoisseurs of culture
Call me out and say, “Enough!
Now it’s time to climb the ladder
And reject that sweetened stuff.”

But a creature (me!) of habit
Thinks that Manischewitz wine,
Like the macaroons and matzoh,
Fits the holiday just fine.

*Passover meal

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9. Two Selkie Stories From Scotland by Kate Forsyth, Ill. by FionaMcDonald, Armidale, NSW, Christmas Press, 2014


This is the second book to be published by Christmas Press, an Australian small press run by a group of writers and artists. The purpose of it is to publish the kind of  illustrated children's books they would have loved to read as children - and now! 

The first book, Two Trickster Tales From Russia, by Sophie Masson, featured Russian folktales with appropriately Russian-style illustrations(though they also reminded me of the art of British fairytale artist Walter Crane). The language was not too difficult for young children to understand, both those who could read independently and those to whom parents might read.

This new book is the same in that respect. I would have loved to read this when I was in Grade 2 or 3. (Admittedly, by the next year I was reading Robert Graves, but that was nerdy me.;-D) 

The two stories are "The Selkie Bride" - a story I have read before - and "In The Kingdom Of The Seals", which I haven't, although the theme of shooting at seals and hitting a Selkie is not unfamiliar. I've come across a much scarier version elsewhere. This one has a positive ending.

If you've been following Australian spec fic in the last year or two, you may have heard of Margo Lanagan's wonderful Selkie-themed Sea Hearts,  known as The Brides Of Rollrock Island outside Australia. It won about a million prizes and got on to the Stella list for women's fiction. 

Selkies are a part of Celtic folklore. The Selkie is a seal that can drop its skin and appear as a human for a while. If you steal the skin and hide it, the poor thing can't get home to the sea. The standard folktale is this: a fisherman or farmer sees a bunch of beautiful young women dancing on the shore. He startles them and they   run off back to the water, grabbing their skins and turning into seals. One poor girl isn't quite fast enough; the young man snatches her sealskin and demands she marries him.  She hasn't much choice. He hides the skin from her. She becomes a good wife and mother, but is always sad. One day, the  husband is out and one of her children finds the skin, either by accident or to make her happy. The woman grabs the skin, kisses the children goodbye - or sometimes doesn't bother - and returns to the sea. There's never a happy ending to these stories; even if the Selkie does go home, she loses her children and they lose her. 

In this book, the man who steals a bride from the sea is a laird, who tries to make his reluctant bride happy with nice clothes and food. Of course, he doesn't, and the story is pretty much the usual one.In the  second tale, "In The Kingdom Of The Seals", a man who makes his living killing seals and selling their pelts finds himself under the sea, facing the results of his actions, with a badly wounded Selkie that can't be healed except by him. But he's not a villain, just a man who has a wife and children to support, and the seals are a lot more forgiving than you'd expect. 

It's very appropriate to have these stories retold by a writer well known for her YA and adult fiction with folktale themes. She doesn't disappoint in this one.

The art is gorgeous and lavish, perfect for the kind of stories it's illustrating.

Another triumph for a wonderful new Australian small press.

The book will be available at all good bookshops in Australia from May 1. If you live outside Australia and would like a copy, you should be able to buy online. Just check out the web site: http://christmaspresspicturebooks.com/buying-our-books/. 

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10. Rock the Drop: Recap #1

We cannot express how grateful we are about the amount YA love that you showed today! Here are just a few screen grabs of tweeted photos. More recap to come! If you have a story you'd like to share, email us at readergirlz AT gmail and we'll post it here. THANK YOU FOR ROCKING THE DROP!




























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11. big headed

Some more great work by these kids, way to go!

age 11
age 10


age 6
age 8


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12. Gabriel García Márquez Has Died

GabrielColumbian author Gabriel García Márquez has passed away. He was 87-years-old.

In 2012, Márquez’s brother Jaime revealed that the beloved writer was suffering from dementia. Earlier this month, he was hospitalized in Mexico City.

Throughout his career, Márquez wrote nonfiction, short stories, news articles, and novels including his best known works, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). In 1982, he won the the Nobel Prize in Literature and accepted the award by delivering his now famous speech, “The Solitude of Latin America.” (via Latin Times)

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13. Creative Writing- can it be taught? - Linda Strachan

There has been a lot of debate about whether creative writing can be taught and whether it should be taught.  
I do believe that you can teach certain aspects of creative writing - but then I would say that, having written a book about it!   
Some say writers should be free to find their own way, to experiment. That is fine, but why reinvent the wheel?
I think it is akin to someone who wants to draw buildings or street scenes being told that no one should teach them about perspective, they should find out by trial and error.

There are aspects of any skill, including writing, that can be taught, there is always something new to learn and I think the best teachers in any field will encourage students to go out and experiment, but they give them some kind of board to dive from.
It is important that the people who are teaching have some kind of credibility and publishing credentials. There are so many universities and colleges offering creative writing courses and I often wonder how many of them give their students any insight into the realities of what it takes to survive as a writer in this day and age. Do they tell them how uncertain a career path it is, that even if the book they write on the course gets published (with lots of time, help and support when writing it), that is no guarantee for the future?

I get a real buzz from working with emerging writers of any age. I love encouraging people to explore their creativity, and watching as they discover they have written something that surprises them; seeing ideas blossom into stories and their characters growing into fully fleshed out people.
We all know that writing can be scary, and sharing it with others is sometimes the most difficult thing, which is why creating a sense of trust within a group of students is so important. They should feel safe, and confident that any comments though honest, will not be destructive.  Whether a novice writing in secret, or an experienced writer waiting to hear what people think of your new book, we all feel wary when putting our latest creation out there. People may not like it!  But we keep on writing, because we love it, and hate it, and we just have to do it.
Moniack Mhor



I recently spent a weekend at Scotland's Creative Writing Centre, Moniack Mhor.  I've been there a few times before, tutoring Arvon courses much like those discussed in the post last Sunday The Arvon Habit by Sheena Wilkinson.   

This time I was working with a group of adults both at Moniack Mhor and at the Abriachan Forest Trust, on a short course called Words in the Landscape, and what a landscape it is!
View from my window at Moniack Mhor

We spent one day at Abriachan walking in the forest, being inspired by our surroundings. 

It was wonderful to stand quietly in the middle of the forest and -

LISTEN to the quiet, and the noises we often miss because we are talking or making noise ourselves -
Abriachan Forest Trust cabin classroom





LOOK at everything around us from the great majesty of trees to the smallest insect walking on the water - 

FEEL the wind against your skin, the warmth of the early spring sunshine -

IMAGINE what creatures might have inhabited these woods thousands of years ago, or in an imaginary world far away.  



Artist's Impression of Straw Bale Studio




On the second afternoon at Moniack Mhor some of us were lucky enough to be the first to try out the newly finished Straw Bale Studio, an 'eco friendly tutorial space. It was really exciting to see it finished.

I had watched some of the early stages of the build when I was there in August last year.

The group created some great stories and ideas for further writing.


I always come away inspired and ready to get back to my own writing. 

Running courses in creative writing reminds me to make sure my readers will care about my characters; to make the plot layered, the characters flawed and fascinating; to work harder on dialogue, and at making the plot grab the reader and pull them through the story.  It sharpens my critical senses and reminds me of all the things I have been working on with my students.  

Teaching creative writing is hard work but rewarding in so many ways.


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Linda Strachan is the author of over 60 books for all ages from picture books to teenage novels and the writing handbook Writing For Children  

Her latest YA novel is Don't Judge Me  


Linda  is  Patron of Reading to Liberton High School, Edinburgh 


website:  www.lindastrachan.com
blog:  Bookwords



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14. Children’s Books Illustrators Contribute Pieces to ‘Imaginary Friends’ Art Show

BeekleSeveral children’s books illustrators will contribute pieces for the “Imaginary Friends” art show hosted at Gallery Nucleus.

The participating artists include Chu’s Day illustrator Adam RexThe Shabbat Puppy illustrator Jaime ZollarsAstronaut Academy graphic novelist Dave Roman, and more. The show will open on April 19th and run until May 11th.

The theme of this exhibition celebrates the main character of Dan Santat’s latest picture book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Santat announced on Facebook that he will share limited prints, unpublished art, and design sketches from the book for the display.

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15. Amazon Bestseller List

I made it to the Amazon bestseller list for Children's Literature & Fiction today!  There I am! I'm right there WAY down at the bottom, right after Dr. Seuss.  I took a screen shot before it disappeared. :)

"May I Please Have a Cookie?" is also the number one best seller in Children's Books (hyphen)  Animals (hyphen) Alligators & Crocodiles AND number one in Children's Books (hyphen) Growing Up & Facts of Life (hyphen) Friends, Social Skills & School Life (hyphen) Manners

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16. A girl with a fish tail


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17. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.
The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.
I am late to the party. This has been known to happen. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, if you've not read it already, should be on your to-read list. It evokes a profoundly strange and exotic and surreal world, in which creatures can be made from teeth (super creepy, super awesome) and hidden realms can be accessed through magical doors and holes in the sky. This stuff, you guys? I love this stuff. Not quite as much as I love time travel, coma dreams, and everybody getting killed by zombies, but almost as much. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was so extraordinary that my expectations were impossibly high for Days of Blood and Starlight, and while that contained some astonishingly good twists and more of the vivid imagery of the first book, it's pretty difficult for a middle book of a series to be a stand-out, especially after the amazing world-building and utterly mesmerising first novel.
Another thing that happens with series is that with each subsequent book the characters have experienced more suffering and pain - necessary for a good, exciting plot, but if the characters develop properly (i.e. not in soap operas, where everyone forgets five minutes later) characters get dark and tortured really quickly. I think that can make a book a little too draining - and as Karou discovers more and more about who she was, it gets terribly heavy. What I seek in stories is generally some sort of ultimate hopefulness, and Days of Blood and Starlight did not end on a good note. So I'm certainly looking forward to Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the final instalment of the trilogy.

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18. Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: March 2014 — the two types of All-New Marvel Now #1s

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By Jason Enright

Another month of All-New Marvel Now releases is upon us. Some books end, some books relaunch, some new heroes arrive on the scene. Let’s see what the numbers are telling us. First up a bit of a breakdown:

10 new #1s (not counting #1s from miniseries like Revolutionary War)
8 Avengers titles
7 X-Men titles (9 if you count X-Force and X-Factor)
10 titles that double-shipped.

Now before we get deep into the numbers, I want to point out a trend that I’ve been noticing, and would love to hear your thoughts on in the comments below.

So there are two types of All-New Marvel Now #1s. The first is something like Black Widow or She-Hulk, where the new #1 is a new series featuring a new or returning character and a new creative team, so basically a new book. The other is what I call the soft relaunch. They take an ongoing series with falling sales and they give it a new #1, but not much else changes, same creative team or if maybe the artists changes, the writer stays, and maybe a slight tweak on the storyline or premise. Examples of this are Secret Avengers or X-Factor.

Now the trend I have been noticing is that these soft relaunches might see the issue #1 get a big sales boost but then sales fall down very close to where it was before the reboot in the next few months. So I ask all of you fans, retailers, etc. who read this, what do you think is going on? Is the relaunch just not a big enough deal to catch reader interest? Is there not enough of a shakeup or new direction? Is this just relaunch fatigue? There have been a lot of Marvel Now relaunches. Is there just more focus and excitement on the new titles like Silver Surfer, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight? 

So keep those thoughts and question in mind, and let’s dive in to the numbers.

Thanks as always to Milton Griepp and ICV2.com for their permission to use these figures.

5,7. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
03/04  Am Spi #505   –  83,612
03/09  Am Spi #588   -	 61,325
03/11  Am Spi #656   -	 59,626
03/12  Am Spi #681   -  52,143
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03/13  Superior #5  -  94,224  (  -1.7%)
03/13  Superior #6  -  86,614  (  -8.1%)
03/13  S. S-M #6AU  -  85,807  (  -0.9%)
04/13  Superior #7  -  87,945  (  +2.5%)
04/13  Superior #8  -  85,671  (  -2.6%)
05/13  Superior #9  -  93,656  (  +9.3%)
05/13  Superior #10 -  85,346  (  -8.9%)
06/13  Superior #11 -  84,219  (  -1.3%)
06/13  Superior #12 -  82,338  (  -2.2%)
07/13  Superior #13 -  81,678  (  -0.8%)
07/13  Superior #14 -  80,839  (  -1.0%)
08/13  Superior #15 -  78,636  (  -2.7%)
08/13  Superior #16 -  78,087  (  -0.7%)
09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118  ( +14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178  ( -10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671  (  +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309  (  +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940  ( -12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250  (  +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105  (  -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311  (   1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405  (  19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477  ( -12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568  (   1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431  (  -1.5%)
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6 mnth  ( -14.1%)
1 year  ( -18.7%)
2 year  (  47.0%)
3 year  (  28.4%)
5 year  (  24.9%)
10 year (  -8.4%)

Superior Spider-Man stays really strong as it heads towards its conclusion and the return of Peter Parker. The final issue should actually see a sales increase, and then rumor has it that the orders on Amazing #1 are going to be huge, like in the 500,000 range. It will be really interesting to see how much of that is hype and how much second and consecutive drop off after that. Stay tuned as we’ll be watching this series very closely.

6. DAREDEVIL
03/04  Daredevil v2 #58 - 54,399
03/09  Daredevil v2 #116- 41,255 
03/11  DD Reborn    #3  - 27,231 
03/12  Daredevil v3 #10 - 38,137 
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03/13  Daredevil v3 #24 - 37,231  ( +0.2%)
04/13  Daredevil v3 #25 - 39,678  ( +6.6%)
05/13  Daredevil v3 #26 - 39,788  ( +0.3%)
06/13  Daredevil v3 #27 - 35,834  ( -9.9%)
07/13  Daredevil v3 #28 - 35,364  ( -1.3%)
07/13  Daredevil v3 #29 - 34,915  ( -1.3%)
08/13  Daredevil v3 #30 - 35,240  ( +0.9%)
09/13  Daredevil v3 #31 - 36,666  ( +4.0%)
10/13  Daredevil v3 #32 - 34,957  ( -4.7%)
11/13  Daredevil v3 #33 - 32,966  ( -5.7%)
12/13  Daredevil v3 #34 - 32,331  ( -1.9%)
01/14  Daredevil v3 #35 - 32,067  ( -0.8%)
02/14  Daredevil v3 #36 – 31,494  ( -1.8%)
03/14  Daredevil v4 #1  - 76,006  (141.3%)
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6 Mnth  ( 107.3%)
1 Year  ( 104.1%)
2 Year  (  99.0%)
3 Year  ( 179.1%)
5 Year  (  84.2%)
10 Year (  39.7%)

Very strong issue 1 sales numbers for Daredevil, backed up by 5 variant covers. This book has always been a critical hit and while its sales were very steady, they were never HUGE. Hopefully this soft relaunch gives readers a good jumping on point for what is one of the best creative and best books in comics right now. We’ll be watching to see how much of this sales bump the book is able to hold on to for future issues.

8. SILVER SURFER
03/04  Silver Surfer v5 #7 -  26,454  
03/11  Silver Surfer v6 #2 -  23,484  
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03/14  Silver Surfer v7 #1 -  64,919  (  --- )
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3 year  (176.4%)
10 year (145.4%)

Been a while since there has been a Silver Surfer solo series, but with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, it seems time to bring in more of the cosmic characters. This is a pretty good debut and likely has a lot to do with the strong creative team behind this book. Again we’ll be watching to see how issue 2 -4 do. Hopefully, it will only see small drops and a lot of re-order activity.

10, 20. UNCANNY X-MEN
03/04  Uncanny X-Men #441   –  86,430
03/09  Uncanny X-Men #507   –  77,945
03/11  Uncanny X-Men #534   -  55,731
03/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #8  -  57,568
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03/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #3  -  85,775  (  -9.3%)
04/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #4  -  80,047  (  -6.7%)
04/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #5  -  78,919  (  -1.4%)
05/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #6  -  73,621  (  -6.7%)
06/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #7  -  73,719  (  +0.1%)
07/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #8  -  70,274  (  -4.7%)
07/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #9  -  67,338  (  -4.2%)
08/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #10 -  70,903  (  +5.3%)
08/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #11 -  65,700  (  -7.3%)
09/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #12 -  76,790  ( +16.9%)
10/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #13 -  75,202  (  -2.1%)
11/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #14 -  65,655  ( -12.7%)
12/13  Uncanny #15.INH      -  62,692  (  -4.5%)
01/14  Uncanny X-Men v3 #16 -  58,676  (  -6.4%)
02/14  Uncanny X-Men v3 #17 –  56,163  (  -4.3%)
03/14  Uncanny X-Men v3 #18 -  54,902  (  -2.2%)
03/14  U X-Men #19.NOW      -  64,514  (  17.5%)
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6 mnth  ( -16.0%)
1 year  ( -24.8%)
2 year  (  12.0%)
3 year  (  15.8%)
5 year  ( -17.2%)
10 year ( -25.4%)

A nice bump for the .NOW issue and its 3 variants, but the thing to watch for is if the series holds onto those sales or drops right back down to where it was for the next issue.

12. ALL-NEW X-MEN
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03/13  All-New X-Men #8  -  90,990  ( +6.8%)
03/13  All-New X-Men #9  -  81,692  (-10.2%)
04/13  All-New X-Men #10 -  84,760  ( +3.8%)
05/13  All-New X-Men #11 -  80,582  ( -4.9%)
06/13  All-New X-Men #12 -  82,178  ( +2.0%)
06/13  All-New X-Men #13 -  77,656  ( -5.5%)
07/13  All-New X-Men #14 -  74,848  ( -3.6%)
08/13  All-New X-Men #15 -  73,035  ( -2.4%)
09/13  All-New X-Men #16 -  84,218  (+15.3%)
10/13  All-New X-Men #17 -  82,843  ( -1.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #18 -  82,365  ( -0.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #19 -  71,044  (-13.7%)
12/13  All-New X-Men #20 -  68,189  ( -4.0%)
01/14  All-New X-Men #21 -  62,876  ( -7.8%)
01/14  All-New #22.NOW   -  76,565  (+21.8%)
02/14  All-New X-Men #23 -  64,625  (-15.6%)
03/14  All-New X-Men #24 -  63,739  ( -1.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( -24.3%)
1 year  ( -29.9%)

Final issue of the crossover with Guardians of the Galaxy sees only a slight drop from the previous issue. All said this series is still going pretty strong and the crossover did help boost its sales.

13. UNCANNY AVENGERS
---
03/13  Uncanny Avengers #5  - 84,382  ( -3.6%)
04/13  Uncanny Avengers #6  - 80,863  ( -4.2%)
04/13  Uncanny Avengers #7  - 77,027  ( -4.7%)
05/13  Uncanny Avengers #8  - 75,655  ( -1.8%)
05/13  Uncanny Av. #8AU     - 72,514  ( -4.2%)
06/13  Uncanny Avengers #9  - 71,842  ( -0.9%)
07/13  Uncanny Avengers #10 - 68,768  ( -4.3%)
08/13  Uncanny Avengers #11 - 65,447  ( -4.8%)
09/13  Uncanny Avengers #12 - 73,357  (+12.1%)
10/13  Uncanny Avengers #13 - 60,597  (-17.4%)
11/13  Uncanny Avengers #14 - 60,750  ( +0.3%)
12/13  Uncanny Avengers #15 - 57,035  ( -6.1%)
01/14  Uncanny Avengers #16 - 54,670  ( -4.1%)
02/14  Uncanny Avengers #17 – 53,181  ( -2.7%)
03/14  U Avengers #18.NOW   - 63,516  ( 19.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( -13.4%)
1 year  ( -27.4%)

Uncanny Avengers gets a nice 10k bump from the .NOW and its 4 variant covers. Again we will have to wait until next month to see if it holds on to any of these sales.

15. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL
---
02/14  Su Spider-Man Annual #2 – 59,278

Really nice numbers for the Spider-man annual coming in only 15k under the main series.

16. MOON KNIGHT
03/09  Moon Knight v3 #28 -  20,883  
03/12  Moon Knight v4 #11 -  21,581  
---
02/14  Moon Knight v5 #1  -  58,022 (  --- )
---
2 year  (169.0%)
10 year (177.8%)

This is a nice number for the new Ellis/Shalvey/Bellaire Moon Knight book. Goes to show you that putting a strong creative team behind a lesser known character really helps drive sales numbers and build confidence in the book.

17. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
03/09  Guardians v2 #11 -  27,411
---
03/13  Guardians v3 #1  - 217,993  (+171.3%)
04/13  Guardians v3 #2  -  88,184  ( -59.5%)
05/13  ---
06/13  Guardians v3 #3  -  75,633  ( -14.2%)
06/13  Guardians v3 #4  -  71,575  (  -5.4%)
07/13  Guardians v3 #5  - 110,372  ( +54.2%)
08/13  ---
09/13  Guardians v3 #6  -  69,030  ( -37.5%)
10/13  Guardians v3 #7  -  68,647  (  -0.6%)
10/13  Guardians v3 #8  -  63,494  (  -7.5%)
11/13  ---
12/13  Guardians v3 #9  -  57,665  (  -9.2%)
12/13  Guardians v3 #10 -  53,527  (  -7.2%)
01/14  Guardian #11.NOW -  61,111  (  14.7%) [63,420]
02/14  Guardians v3 #12 -  55,454  (  -9.3%)
03/14  Guardians v3 #13 -  56,764  (   2.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( -17.8%)
1 year  ( -74.0%)
2 year  (   --- )
3 year  (   --- )
5 year  ( 107.1%)
10 year (   --- ) 

Just like All-New X-Men, this series sees some growth due to the crossover, and should get another nice boost from the ‘100th’ issue special next month. I wonder if many X-men fans discovered Guardians through this crossover or vice versa, maybe this will help both books gain some new readers.

19. Magneto
---
02/14  Magneto #1 – 55,337

Nice debut for the Master of Magnetism. Again, we’ll have to see how steeply it drops in future months and how many reorders it gets.

21, 27. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN
03/12  Wolverine/X-Men #7  - 54,559  
---
03/13  Wolverine/X-Men #26 - 42,019  ( -6.7%)
03/13  Wolverine/X-Men #27 - 41,960  ( -0.1%)
04/13  Wolv & X-Men #27AU  - 47,055  (+12.1%)
04/13  Wolverine/X-Men #28 - 42,718  ( -9.2%)
05/13  Wolverine/X-Men #29 - 40,451  ( -5.3%)
05/13  Wolverine/X-Men #30 - 40,019  ( -1.1%)
06/13  Wolverine/X-Men #31 - 41,661  ( +4.1%)
06/13  Wolverine/X-Men #32 - 39,790  ( -4.5%)
07/13  Wolverine/X-Men #33 - 42,269  ( +6.2%)
08/13  Wolverine/X-Men #34 - 38,473  ( -9.0%)
08/13  Wolverine/X-Men #35 - 38,046  ( -1.1%)
09/13  Wolverine/X-Men #36 - 59,684  (+56.9%)
10/13  Wolverine/X-Men #37 - 57,434  ( -3.8%)
11/13  Wolverine/X-Men #38 - 39,098  (-31.9%)
12/13  Wolverine/X-Men #39 - 39,063  ( -0.1%)
01/14  Wolverine/X-Men #40 - 36,855  ( -5.7%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #41 – 35,800  ( -2.9%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #42 – 35,392  ( -1.1%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #1  - 54,675  ( 54.5%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #2  - 40,386  (-26.1%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -8.4%)
1 Year  (  30.1%)
2 Year  (   0.0%)

So this is the first comic in an interesting trend we’re starting with some of the Marvel Now relaunches. Books that aren’t new series but simply renumbering of existing series seem to have a strong debut issue but then immediately start to drop back down to their previous numbers. Before this soft relaunch, this title was selling around 35k, now on its second issue of the relaunch it is back down to 40k already. So what is going on here? Has the bloom come off the All-New Marvel Now rose? Or is this relaunch just not enough of a shakeup, sure it is a different creative team, but is still a very similar premise. You have to wonder if instead of helping the book find new readers, did the relaunch just give some people a reason to drop the book from their pull lists? Could this relaunch actually result in lower sales than it was doing before the new #1?

23. AVENGERS
03/04  Avengers v3 #80 –  55,533
03/11  Avengers v4 #11 -  66,618
03/12  Avengers v4 #24 -  52,242
---
03/13  Avengers v5 #7  -  78,278  (  -7.8%)
03/13  Avengers v5 #8  -  82,691  (  +5.6%)
04/13  Avengers v5 #9  -  77,780  (  -5.9%)
04/13  Avengers v5 #10 -  78,905  (  +1.4%)
05/13  Avengers v5 #11 -  70,687  ( -10.4%)
05/13  Avengers v5 #12 -  74,978  (  +6.1%)
06/13  Avengers v5 #13 -  68,624  (  -8.5%)
06/13  Avengers v5 #14 -  74,846  (  +9.1%)
07/13  Avengers v5 #15 -  68,472  (  -8.5%)
07/13  Avengers v5 #16 -  72,842  (  +6.4%)
08/13  Avengers v5 #17 -  68,962  (  -5.3%)
08/13  Avengers v5 #18 -  74,697  (  +8.3%)
09/13  Avengers v5 #19 -  92,489  ( +23.8%)
09/13  Avengers v5 #20 -  74,388  ( -19.6%)
10/13  Avengers v5 #21 -  71,751  (  -3.5%)
10/13  Avengers v5 #22 -  70,735  (  -1.4%)
11/13  Avengers v5 #23 -  66,501  (  -6.0%)
12/13  Avengers#24.NOW - 127,466  ( +91.7%)
01/14  Avengers v5 #25 -  65,591  ( -48.5%)
02/14  Avengers v5 #26 –  59,775  (  -8.9%)
03/14  Avengers v5 #27 -  53,966  (  -9.7%)
---
6 mnth  ( -41.7%)
1 year  ( -31.1%)
2 year  (   3.0%)
3 year  ( -19.0%)
5 year  (   --- )
10 year (  -2.8%)

The .NOW issue gave a great sales bump but since that issue, numbers have been dropping even more rapidly than before. Although, historically the Avengers seem to live in the 50k range the last couple years, so maybe it is getting close to leveling out.

25. ORIGIN II
09/01  Origin #1 of 6    - 135,561 
10/01  Origin #2 of 6    - 131,582
10/01  Origin #3 of 6    - 128,978
12/01  Origin #4 of 6    - 168,460
01/02  Origin #5 of 6    - 178,231
02/02  Origin #6 of 6    - 179,251
---
12/13  Origin II #1 of 5 - 131,724
01/14  Origin II #2 of 5 -  64,631  (-50.9%)
02/14  Origin II #3 of 5 -  53,640  (-17.0%)
03/14  Origin II #4 of 5 -  50,210  ( -6.4%)

Seems to be leveling out and the series will probably end at 45 to 50k. They didn’t quite catch the same zeitgeist as the original series, but this would probably still be considered a success, and will likely do well in a collected format.

26. ALL NEW GHOST RIDER
03/09  Ghost Rider v6 #33 -  21,344  
03/12  Ghost Rider v7 #9  -  13,716  
---
02/14  All-new Ghost Rider #1  -  50,072 (  --- )
---
2 year  (265.0%)
10 year (134.6%)

When you compare this to Ghost Rider’s sales historically this is a very strong debut issue. The real test for this series will be how long it can hold on to these numbers and where it will end up stabilizing. It seems like reviews and general internet chatter have been good for this series, so I hope it finds its audience and sticks around for a while.

27, 33. DEADPOOL
03/09  Deadpool v3 #8  -  47,967  
03/11  Deadpool v3 #34 -  30,299  
03/12  Deadpool v3 #52 -  27,990  
---
03/13  Deadpool v4 #6  -  57,095  (  -0.4%)
04/13  Deadpool v4 #7  -  57,016  (  -0.1%)
04/13  Deadpool v4 #8  -  52,851  (  -7.3%)
05/13  Deadpool v4 #9  -  51,296  (  -2.9%)
05/13  Deadpool v4 #10 -  50,461  (  -1.6%)
06/13  Deadpool v4 #11 -  54,110  (  +7.2%)
06/13  Deadpool v4 #12 -  48,315  ( -10.7%)
07/13  Deadpool v4 #13 -  47,006  (  -2.7%)
08/13  Deadpool v4 #14 -  45,870  (  -2.4%)
08/13  Deadpool v4 #15 -  46,169  (  +0.7%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #16 -  45,675  (  -1.1%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #17 -  45,348  (  -0.7%)
10/13  Deadpool v4 #18 -  47,096  (  +3.9%)
11/13  Deadpool v4 #19 -  44,184  (  -6.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #20 -  43,653  (  -1.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #21 -  43,066  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Deadpool v4 #22 -  41,765  (  -3.0%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #23 -  41,204  (  -1.3%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #24 -  41,130  (  -0.2%)
03/14  D'pool #25.NOW  -  48,775  (  18.6%)
03/14  Deadpool v4 #26 -  44,141  (  -9.5%)
---
6 mnth  (   6.8%)
1 year  ( -14.6%)
2 year  (  74.0%)
3 year  (  61.0%)
5 year  (   1.7%)

Deadpool is coming off the .NOW issue high, and seems to have held onto a good number of those readers. With the wedding issue coming up it will likely see another sales bump and continue to hold steady in the 40-45k range for some time.

28, 29. NEW AVENGERS
03/09  New Avengers v1 #51 -  95,326  
03/11  New Avengers v2 #10 -  59,929  
03/12  New Avengers v2 #23 -  51,697  
---
03/13  New Avengers v3 #4  -  65,150  (  -9.7%)
04/13  New Avengers v3 #5  -  63,423  (  -2.7%)
05/13  New Avengers v3 #6  -  59,362  (  -6.4%)
06/13  New Avengers v3 #7  -  60,138  (  +1.3%)
07/13  New Avengers v3 #8  -  58,044  (  -3.5%)
08/13  New Avengers v3 #9  -  60,534  (  +4.3%)
09/13  New Avengers v3 #10 -  60,682  (  +0.2%)
10/13  New Avengers v3 #11 -  63,231  (  +4.2%)
11/13  New Avengers v3 #12 -  58,807  (  -7.0%)
12/13  N Avengers #13.INH  -  56,624  (  -3.7%)
01/14  ---
02/14  New Avengers v3 #14 -  50,668  ( -10.5%)
03/14  New Avengers v3 #15 -  47,178  (  -6.9%)
03/14  N Avengers #16.NOW  -  48,731  (   0.0%)
---
6 mnth  ( -19.7%)
1 year  ( -25.2%)
2 year  (   -6.0)
3 year  ( -18.7%)
5 year  ( -48.9%)

This .NOW issue does not get a very big sales bump, and if the trend from other series is any indication, the next issue will actually see a decent decline.

30. AMAZING X-MEN
03/12  Astonishing X-Men #48 -  34,182  
---
03/13  Astonishing X-Men #60 -  27,683  ( +14.4%)
04/13  Astonishing X-Men #61 -  27,090  (  -2.1%)
05/13  Astonishing X-Men #62 -  24,121  ( -11.0%)
06/13  Astonishing X-Men #63 -  23,326  (  -3.3%)
07/13  Astonishing X-Men #64 -  22,649  (  -2.9%)
08/13  Astonishing X-Men #65 -  22,010  (  -2.8%)
08/13  Astonishing X-Men #66 -  21,757  (  -1.1%)
09/13  Astonishing X-Men #67 -  21,044  (  -3.3%)
10/13  Astonishing X-Men #68 -  21,023  (  -0.0%)
11/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #1   - 112,337  (+434.4%)
12/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #2   -  60,870  ( -45.8%)
01/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #3   -  51,431  ( -15.5%)
02/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #4   -  48,161  (  -6.4%)
03/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #5   -  46,242  (  -4.0%)
---
6 mnth  ( 119.7%)
1 year  (  67.0%)
2 year  (  35.0%)

This series was seeing big drops early on but for now seems like it might be leveling out a bit. Hopefully, it will find a nice home around 40k.

32. CAPTAIN MARVEL
03/09  Ms. Marvel        #37 - 25,049  
---
03/13  Captain Marvel v6 #11 - 17,743  ( -3.4%)
04/13  Captain Marvel v6 #12 - 18,344  ( +3.4%)
05/13  Enemy Within          - 34,205  (+86.5%)
06/13  Captain Marvel v6 #13 - 19,673  (-42.5%)
07/13  Captain Marvel v6 #14 - 19,320  ( -1.8%)
08/13  Captain Marvel v6 #15 - 23,511  (+21.7%)
09/13  Captain Marvel v6 #16 - 22,845  ( -2.8%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Captain Marvel v6 #17 - 18,173  (-20.5%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Captain Marvel v7 #1  - 44,248  
---
6 mnth  (  93.7%)
1 year  ( 149.4%)
5 year  (  76.6%)

This series is an odd duck when it comes to sales numbers. It has a very vocal and passionate fan base, but it never does great in terms of sales. You would think that this new issue might perform like Daredevil and pull in big numbers as it gives all the curious readers a new jumping on point and yet looking at these numbers that didn’t happen. Which makes me wonder if we aren’t seeing the full picture here? And by that I mean digital sales. Perhaps the passionate fan base of readers are buying this book digitally? I also will be interested to see its re-order numbers or if there is a second printing, which may indicate its performance was underestimated in the initial orders. Still this book is a bit of a conundrum and I’ll be interested to watch the variation in sales over the next couple of months.

34. X-MEN
03/11  X-Men v3 #9  -  51,179  
03/12  X-Men v3 #26 -  35,833  
---
03/13  ---
04/13  ---
05/13  X-Men v4 #1  - 183,297  (+464.2%)
06/13  X-Men v4 #2  -  73,542  ( -59.9%)
07/13  X-Men v4 #3  -  65,270  ( -11.2%)
08/13  X-Men v4 #4  -  64,010  (  -1.9%)
09/13  X-Men v4 #5  -  73,357  ( +14.6%)
10/13  X-Men v4 #6  -  71,990  (  -1.9%)
11/13  X-Men v4 #7  -  56,968  ( -20.9%)
12/13  X-Men v4 #8  -  53,201  (  -6.6%)
01/14  X-Men v4 #9  -  49,412  (  -7.1%)
02/14  X-M  #10.Now -  52,486  (   6.2%)
02/14  X-Men v4 #11 -  47,498  (  -9.5%)
03/14  X-Men v4 #12 -  44,135  (  -7.1%)
---
6 mnth  ( -39.8%)
2 year  (  23.0%)
3 year  ( -13.8%)

This book continues to slide down little by little, but those drops seem to be getting smaller, which may indicate that it will start to level out between 35 and 40k.

35, 71. IRON MAN
03/04  Iron Man v3 #78  - 29,680
03/09 Inv Iron Man #11  - 52,157
03/11 Inv Iron Man #502 - 43,899
03/12 Inv Iron Man #514 - 31,424
---
03/13  Iron Man v6 #7   - 44,040  (  -4.7%)
04/13  Iron Man v6 #8   - 43,974  (  -0.1%)
05/13  Iron Man v6 #9   - 78,006  ( +77.4%)
05/13  Iron Man v6 #10  - 45,424  ( -41.8%)
06/13  Iron Man v6 #11  - 44,409  (  -2.2%)
07/13  Iron Man v6 #12  - 40,405  (  -9.0%)
07/13  Iron Man v6 #13  - 39,534  (  -2.2%)
08/13  Iron Man v6 #14  - 38,137  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Iron Man v6 #15  - 36,346  (  -4.7%)
10/13  Iron Man v6 #16  - 35,924  (  -1.2%)
10/13  Iron Man v6 #17  - 39,047  (  +8.7%)
11/13  Iron Man v6 #18  - 36,135  (  -7.5%)
12/13  Iron Man v6 #19  - 32,537  ( -10.0%)
01/14  Iron Man v6 #20  - 30,533  (  -6.2%)
01/14  Iron #20.INH     - 30,512  (  -0.1%)
02/14  Iron Man v6 #21  – 29,546  (  -3.2%)
03/14  Iron Man v6 #22  - 29,017  (  -1.8%) 
03/14  Ir. Man #23.NOW  - 43,912  (  51.3%)
---
6 Mnth  (  20.8%)
1 Year  (  -0.3%)
2 Year  (  40.0%)
3 Year  (   0.0%)
5 Year  ( -15.8%)
10 Year (  48.0%)

The .NOW issue sees a very big increase which leads to the big question: will this series hold onto any of those new sales or drop right back down to where it was around 29k?

39. WOLVERINE
03/04  Wolverine v3 #12 –  69,815
03/09  Wolverine v3 #71 –  86,033  
03/11  Wolverine v4 #7	 -  47,337	 
03/12	 Wolverine #303	 -  36,368	 
---	
03/13  Wolverine v5 #1  - 117,669  (+242.4%)
04/13  Wolverine v5 #2  -  57,165  ( -51.4%)
05/13  Wolverine v5 #3  -  49,629  ( -13.2%)
06/13  Wolverine v5 #4  -  46,784  (  -5.7%)
06/13  Wolverine v5 #5  -  43,694  (  -6.6%)
07/13  Wolverine v5 #6  -  40,593  (  -7.1%)
07/13  Wolverine v5 #7  -  38,605  (  -4.9%)
08/13  Wolverine v5 #8  -  39,830  (  -3.2%)
09/13  Wolverine v5 #9  -  35,920  (  -9.8%)
10/13  Wolverine v5 #10 -  34,651  (  -3.5%)
11/13  Wolverine v5 #11 -  35,394  (  +2.1%)
12/13  Wolverine v5 #12 -  32,274  (  -8.8%)
01/14  Wolverine v5 #13 -  31,164  (  -3.4%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #1  -  88,923  ( 185.3%) [93,143]
02/14  Wolverine v6 #2  -  47,339  ( -46.8%)
03/14  Wolverine v6 #3  -  40,735  ( -14.0%)
---
6 mnth  (  13.4%)
1 year  ( -65.4%)
2 year  (  12.0%)
3 year  ( -13.9%)
5 year  ( -52.7%)
10 year ( -41.7%)

So issue #1 saw some good re-order activity (see that second # in brackets, that is the orders including re-orders). However, this is another one of those Marvel Now relaunches where very soon after launch we see it starting to sink back to pre-relaunch levels. If the old series was at 31k, and new series is at 40k for issue 3, then how successful was the relaunch? Is this Wolverine fatigue or relaunch fatigue? Hopefully those re-order numbers mean that we might see a sales increase for issue 4 or 5 as more readers discover this series.

41.  NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL
01/14  Night #1 of 4 - 47,596
01/14  Night #2 of 4 - 40,241  ( -15.5%) [42,333]
02/14  Night #3 of 4 – 37,974  (  -5.6%)
03/14  Night #4 of 4 – 38,457  (   1.3%)

This mini-series ends on very solid footing with an increase in sales for issue 4 and extra re-orders of issue 1. Deadpool is a very solid franchise for Marvel these days.

42. Ms. Marvel
02/14  Ms. Marvel #1 -  50,286 [57,249] (  --- ) 
03/14  Ms. Marvel #2 -  38,357  (-23.7%)

So almost 6k in re-orders for issue 1 and only a 23% drop for issue 2. I think we may actually see an increase in sales by the time we get to issue 4 or 5 as more readers discover this book and stores restock the early issues. Not to mention this book is said to have done very well digitally, which sadly we don’t see numbers for. All of these indicators seem to point to this new series being a big win for Marvel.

43. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER
03/04  Thor v2 #75 - 31,531  
03/11  Thor   #621 - 42,104  
03/12  Thor v4 #12 - 33,967 
---
03/13  Thor v5 #6  - 50,481  ( -2.7%)
04/13  Thor v5 #7  - 51,526  ( +2.1%)
05/13  Thor v5 #8  - 48,622  ( -5.6%)
06/13  Thor v5 #9  - 49,125  ( +1.0%)
07/13  Thor v5 #10 - 46,204  ( -5.9%)
08/13  Thor v5 #11 - 45,397  ( -1.7%)
08/13  Thor v5 #12 - 44,865  ( -1.2%)
09/13  Thor v5 #13 - 48,007  ( +7.0%)
10/13  Thor v5 #14 - 46,008  ( -4.2%)
11/13  Thor v5 #15 - 41,259  (-10.3%)
12/13  Thor v5 #16 - 39,597  ( -4.0%)
01/14  Thor v5 #17 - 38,913  ( -1.7%)
01/14  Thor v5 #18 - 38,190  ( -1.9%)
02/14  Thor #19.Now– 42,034  ( 10.1%)
03/14  Thor v5 #20 – 37,895  ( -9.8%)
---
6 mnth  ( -21.1%)
1 year  ( -24.9%)
2 year  (  12.0%)
3 year  ( -10.0%)
10 year (  20.2%)

Another series that doesn’t hold on to the sales boost from its .NOW issue, and instead drops back to below its previous sales numbers.

44. FANTASTIC FOUR
03/04  Fantastic Four #510   – 50,089
03/09  Fantastic Four #565   - 48,371
03/12  Fantastic Four #604   - 42,126
---
03/13  Fantastic Four v5 #5  - 42,590  (  -5.4%)
03/13  Fantastic Four #5AU   - 45,756  (  +7.4%)
04/13  Fantastic Four v5 #6  - 41,291  (  -4.8%)
04/13  Fantastic Four v5 #7  - 39,314  (  -4.8%)
05/13  Fantastic Four v5 #8  - 37,309  (  -5.1%)
06/13  Fantastic Four v5 #9  - 37,071  (  -0.6%)
07/13  Fantastic Four v5 #10 - 34,018  (  -8.2%)
08/13  Fantastic Four v5 #11 - 32,665  (  -4.0%)
09/13  Fantastic Four v5 #12 - 31,426  (  -3.8%)
10/13  Fantastic Four v5 #13 - 31,561  (  +0.4%)
11/13  Fantastic Four v5 #14 - 28,679  (  -9.1%)
12/13  Fantastic Four v5 #15 - 27,610  (  -3.7%)
01/14  Fantastic Four v5 #16 - 28,045  (   1.6%)
02/14  Fantastic Four v6 #1  - 65,775  ( 134.5%)
03/14  Fantastic Four v6 #2  - 37,569  ( -42.9%)
---
6 mnth  (  19.5%)
1 year  ( -11.8%)
2 year  ( -11.0%)
5 year  ( -22.3%)
10 year ( -25.0%)

Another Marvel Now soft relaunch that doesn’t earn much from its relaunch. On issue 2 it is only 10k above where it was before the relaunch, which is not very promising.

48, 50. HAWKEYE
03/13  ---
04/13  Hawkeye v4 #9  - 39,678  ( +7.5%)
05/13  Hawkeye v4 #10 - 42,090  ( +6.1%)
06/13  Hawkeye v4 #11 - 40,510  ( -3.8%)
06/13  Hawkeye v4 #12 - 40,837  ( +0.8%)
07/13  ---
08/13  ---
09/13  ---
10/13  Hawkeye v4 #13 - 40,476  ( -0.9%)
11/13  Hawkeye v4 #14 - 39,863  ( -1.5%)
11/13  Hawkeye v4 #15 – 39,546  ( -0.8%)
12/13  ---
01/14  Hawkeye v4 #16 - 37,074  ( -6.3%)
02/14  ---
03/14  Hawkeye v4 #17 – 35,545  ( -4.1%)
03/14  Hawkeye v4 #18 – 35,045  ( -1.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( -13.0%)
1 year  (  -3.7%)

Hawkeye is very stable in the 35k range, despite an erratic shipping schedule.

39.  AVENGERS WORLD
01/14  Avengers World #1 - 86,727
01/14  Avengers World #2 - 53,693  (-38.1%)
02/14  Avengers World #3 – 39,999  (-25.5%)
03/14  Avengers World #4 – 34,397  (-14.0%)

I am honestly very surprised that this book is dropping so much. Even if there are a lot of Avengers books, this is so closely tied to the core Avengers book that I’d think it should have captured more of that book’s readership.

56. SECRET AVENGERS
03/11  Secret Avengers    #11 - 51,353
03/12  Secret Avengers    #24 - 18,965
---
03/13  Secret Avengers v2 #2  - 46,419  ( -45.6%)
04/13  Secret Avengers v2 #3  - 38,676  ( -16.7%)
05/13  Secret Avengers v2 #4  - 33,428  ( -13.6%)
06/13  Secret Avengers v2 #5  - 31,437  (  -6.0%)
07/13  Secret Avengers v2 #6  - 28,908  (  -8.0%)
08/13  Secret Avengers v2 #7  - 27,222  (  -5.8%)
08/13  Secret Avengers v2 #8  - 26,150  (  -3.9%)
09/13  Secret Avengers v2 #9  - 24,870  (  -4.9%)
10/13  Secret Avengers v2 #10 - 29,134  ( +17.1%)
11/13  Secret Avengers v2 #11 - 25,326  ( -13.1%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #12 - 23,863  (  -5.8%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #13 - 23,172  (  -2.9%)
01/14  Secret Avengers v2 #14 - 21,372  (  -7.8%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #15 – 20,059  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #16 – 20,022  (  -0.2%)
03/14  Secret Avengers v3 #1  - 34,036  (  70.0%)
---
6 Mnth  (  36.9%)
1 Year  ( -26.7%)
2 Year  (  79.0%)
3 Year  ( -33.7%)

This is not a very strong debut issue at all. Whereas other books double or triple their numbers with a enw #1 this book gets a boost of 75%. If it drops 30 to 40% like other books do for their second issue then it will go right back to where it was before the new #1. I think stores and readers are starting to lose confidence in Marvel with these faux relaunches.

58. CAPTAIN AMERICA
03/04  Captain America v4 #24 - 39,168  
03/09  Captain America v5 #48 – 62,099  
03/11  Captain America    #616- 44,394  
03/12  Captain America v6 #9  - 41,631  
---
03/13  Captain America v7 #5  - 49,186  (  -7.4%)
04/13  Captain America v7 #6  - 47,802  (  -2.8%)
05/13  Captain America v7 #7  - 44,024  (  -7.9%)
06/13  Captain America v7 #8  - 43,791  (  -0.5%)
07/13  Captain America v7 #9  - 40,796  (  -6.8%)
08/13  Captain America v7 #10 - 39,356  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Captain America v7 #11 - 38,521  (  -2.1%)
10/13  Captain America v7 #12 - 38,684  (  +0.4%)
11/13  Captain America v7 #13 - 36,147  (  -6.6%)
12/13  Captain America v7 #14 - 34,532  (  -4.5%)
01/14  Captain America v7 #15 - 33,433  (  -3.2%)
02/14  Capt AmericaV7 #16.Now – 36,534  (   9.3%)
02/14  Captain America v7 #17 – 33,312  (  -8.8%)
03/14  Captain America v7 #18 – 33,642  (   1.0%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -12.7%)
1 Year  ( -31.6%)
2 Year  ( -19.0%)
3 Year  ( -24.2%)
5 Year  ( -45.8%)
10 Year ( -14.1%)

Issue 18 had two variants so perhaps that accounts for the slight increase of 300 copies sold. Perhaps also retailers ordered a few more to have when the movie came out. Still it is somewhat disappointing that the film has made 160 million dollars yet the comic can’t sell more than 35,000 copies.

62. X-FORCE
03/09  X-Force v3 #13 - 51,789  
03/11  X-Force v4 #6  - 51,248  
03/12  X-Force v4 #23 - 48,867  
---
03/13  X-Force v5 #3  - 51,721  ( -8.8%)
04/13  ---
05/13  X-Force v5 #4  - 47,727  ( -7.7%)
05/13  X-Force v5 #5  - 45,674  ( -4.3%)
06/13  X-Force v5 #6  - 42,496  ( -7.0%)
06/13  X-Force v5 #7  - 40,380  ( -5.0%)
07/13  X-Force v5 #8  - 37,781  ( -6.4%)
07/13  X-Force v5 #9  - 36,978  ( -2.1%)
08/13  X-Force v5 #10 - 35,329  ( -4.5%)
09/13  X-Force v5 #11 - 36,186  ( +2.4%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #12 - 32,559  (-10.0%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #13 - 30,567  ( -6.1%)
11/13  X-Force v5 #14 - 28,885  ( -5.5%)
12/13  X-Force v5 #15 - 27,567  ( -4.6%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #16 - 27,701  (  0.5%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #17 - 27,319  ( -1.4%)
02/14  X-Force v6 #1  - 47,427  ( 73.6%)
03/14  X-Force v6 #2  - 33,079  (-30.3%)
---
6 mnth  (  -8.6%)
1 year  ( -36.0%)
2 year  ( -32.0%)
3 year  ( -35.5%)
5 year  ( -36.1%)

Two issues in and only 6000 copies above where it was before the relaunch. I don’t think readers are buying that direction is very all-new.

63. AVENGERS ARENA
03/11  Avengers Academy #10  - 23,708  
03/12  Avengers Academy #27  - 21,830  
---
03/13  Avengers Arena #6  - 31,617  ( -2.9%)
04/13  Avengers Arena #7  - 29,784  ( -5.8%)
04/13  Avengers Arena #8  - 27,900  ( -6.3%)
05/13  Avengers Arena #9  - 26,873  ( -3.7%)
06/13  Avengers Arena #10 - 25,277  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Avengers Arena #11 - 24,487  ( -3.1%)
07/13  Avengers Arena #12 - 23,969  ( -2.1%)
08/13  Avengers Arean #13 - 22,955  ( -4.2%)
08/13  Avengers Arena #14 - 23,204  ( +1.1%)
09/13  Avengers Arena #15 - 22,180  ( -4.4%)
10/13  Avengers Arena #16 - 22,179  ( -0.0%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #17 - 20,744  ( -6.5%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #18 - 20,712  ( -0.2%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Avengers Undrcvr #1- 31,936
---
6 mnth  (  44.0%)
1 year  (   0.7%)
2 year  (  46.0%)
3 year  (  34.7%)

So Undercover is the new series that follows the teen Avengers from Avengers Academy as well as some other Marvel teen characters. It only gets a 50% boost above where it’s previous iteration ended, but historically these books have always sold between 20 and 30k, so I guess this is on course. Maybe this time it will hold onto some more readers.

64. Iron Patriot
03/09  Iron Man 2.0 #2 -  24,600
03/11  War Machine #4  -  32,688
---
02/14  Iron Patriot #1 -  31,773  (  --- )
---
3 year  (  29.2%)
5 year  (  -2.8%)

Historically the last couple of War Machine/Iron Patriot/ Iron Man 2.0 books have sold right in this range of 20k – 30k, so again this series seems to be doing just what is expected of it and no more.

67. INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK
03/04  Incred Hulk v3 #67  - 46,137
03/11  Incred Hulks  #622  - 32,066
03/12  Incred Hulk v4 #5   - 40,522
---
03/13  Indestructible #5   - 54,967  (  -2.2%)
04/13  Indestructible #6   - 55,470  (  +0.9%)
05/13  Indestructible #7   - 49,956  (  -9.9%)
05/13  Indestructible #8   - 48,866  (  -2.2%)
06/13  Indestructible #9   - 49,427  (  +1.1%)
07/13  Indestructible #10  - 45,531  (  -7.9%)
07/13  Indestructible #11  - 45,241  (  -0.6%)
08/13  Indestructible #12  - 43,673  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Indestructible #13  - 41,805  (  -4.3%)
10/13  Indestructible #14  - 40,963  (  -2.0%)
11/13  Indestructible #15  - 37,025  (  -9.6%)
11/13  Indestructible #16  - 35,871  (  -3.1%)
12/13  Hulk #17.INH        - 35,679  (  -0.5%)
01/14  Hulk #18.INH        - 33,056  (  -7.4%)
02/14  Indestructible #19  - 31,192  (  -5.6%)
03/14  Indestructible #20  - 30,042  (  -3.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -28.1%)
1 Year  ( -45.3%)
2 Year  ( -26.0%)
3 Year  (  -6.3%)
10 Year ( -34.9%)

Hulk is leveling out a bit before its soft relaunch. Will it fall prey to the same trend that we’ve been seeing with other recent Marvel now relaunches or will it see a big sales boost like Waid’s other book Daredevil has? We’ll have to wait and see.

69. PUNISHER
03/04  Punisher v7 #4  – 47,096
03/09  Punisher v8 #3  – 37,564
03/12  Punisher v9 #9  - 22,318
---
09/13  Trial #1 of 2   - 22,626
10/13  Trial #2 of 2   - 20,143  (-11.0%)
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  Punisher v10 #1 – 54,558  (   --- )
02/14  Punisher v10 #2 – 31,709  ( -41.9%)
03/14  Punisher v10 #3 – 29,636  (  -5.6%)
---
2 year  (  34.0%)
5 year  ( -20.3%)
10 year ( -36.4%)

A drop of 5% might mean this series will start to level out around 25-27k, which would be a decent number for Punisher historically.

73. CATACLYSM
07/13  Hunger #1 of 4    - 70,835
08/13  Hunger #2 of 4    - 44,929  (-36.6%)
09/13  ---
10/13  Hunger #3 of 4    - 39,915  (-11.2%)
10/13  Hunger #4 of 4    - 36,775  ( -7.9%)
10/13  Cataclysm #0.1    - 37,589  ( +2.2%)
11/13  Cataclysm #1 of 5 - 42,109  (+12.0%)
12/13  Cataclysm #2 of 5 - 33,348  (-20.8%)
01/14  Cataclysm #3 of 5 - 29,566  (-11.3%
01/14  Cataclysm #4 of 5 - 26,363  (-10.8%)
02/14  Cataclysm #5 of 5 – 25,752  ( -2.3%)
03/14  Survive (One-Shot)- 28,782  ( 11.8%)

Survive is the epilogue to the Cataclysm and bridges the gap between the new Ultimate universe books coming next month. Hopefully, more people will be reading those then picked up Survive.

70. Loki
03/11  Loki #4 -  12,055  
---
02/14  Loki #1 -  41,921  (  --- ) [44,259]
03/14  Loki #2 -  27,968  ( -33.3)
---
3 year  (132.0%)

I’ll be keeping an eye on this. Issue 2 sees a drop in orders but issue 1 had some strong re-order activity so we may see this book’s sales grow or at least start to level out. Still it is doing much better than the last Loki series.

78. BLACK WIDOW
01/14  Black Widow #1 - 53,879
01/14  Black Widow #2 - 31,260  ( -42.0%)[33,603]
02/14  Black Widow #3 – 28,127  ( -10.0%)[30,187]
03/14  Black Widow #4 – 27,378  (  -2.7%)

Very small drop this month plus good re-order activity is promising for this series. I wonder if we’ll either see it flatten out more, or even get an increase in sales. This series isn’t that far off in sales from other Avengers movie stars like Cap, Hawkeye, Thor, and Iron man, so maybe a solid 30k is really good for solo Avengers books.

79. ALL-NEW X-FACTOR
03/09  X-Factor #40    - 31,883  
03/11  X-Factor #215   - 25,256  
03/12  X-Factor #231   - 23,840  
---
03/13  X-Factor #253   - 20,835  ( -0.4%)
04/13  X-Factor #254   - 20,579  ( -1.2%)
05/13  X-Factor #255   - 20,442  ( -0.7%)
05/13  X-Factor #256   - 20,602  ( +0.8%)
06/13  X-Factor #257   - 20,264  ( -1.6%)
06/13  X-Factor #258   - 20,154  ( -0.5%)
07/13  X-Factor #259   - 20,065  ( -0.4%)
08/13  X-Factor #260   - 19,982  ( -0.4%)
08/13  X-Factor #261   - 19,781  ( -1.0%)
09/13  X-Factor #262   - 20,382  ( +3.0%)
10/13  ---
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  X-Factor v4 #1  - 45,727  (
01/14  X-Factor v4 #2  - 32,228  ( -29.5%)
02/14  X-Factor v4 #3  - 29,915  (  -3.2%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #4  - 27,337  (  -8.6%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #5  - 26,656  (  -2.5%)
---
6 Mnth  (  34.1%)
1 Year  (  30.6%)
2 Year  (  15.0%)
3 Year  (   8.2%)
5 Year  ( -14.3%)

Adding to the trend I’ve been mentioning. Here is another series that is already getting very close to where it was pre-relaunch. The good news is that each month its sales drops are getting smaller, but it still seems on track to fall right down to where it was pre-relaunch before long. This leads me to think that if you were reading X-factor, you kept reading it, but if you weren’t reading it, the new direction didn’t really draw you in and keep you interested.

80. ALL-NEW INVADERS
---
01/14  All-New Invaders  #1 - 55,167
02/14  All-New Invaders  #2 – 32,293  (-41.5%)
03/14  All-New Invaders  #3 – 27,329  (-15.4%)
---
6 Mnth  (   --- )
1 Year  ( 116.8%)
2 Year  ( -33.0%)

Still dropping but slowing down some.

82. She-Hulk
03/04  She-Hulk v1 #1   -  34,499  
02/13  Red She-Hulk#63  -  15,941  
---
02/14  She-Hulk    #1   -  41,921  (  --- )
03/14  She-Hulk    #2   -  26,675  (-36.3%)
---
1  Year  ( 67.3%)
10 Year  (-22.7%)

Now I didn’t see any re-order activity on this series, but it did get a second printing of issue 1. Maybe we’ll get more numbers and some re-orders next month to get a better idea if these numbers are on track. If they are, this series isn’t doing as well as some of the other new offerings like Ms. Marvel and Black Widow.

85. New Warriors
03/09  New Warriors #20 -  15,081
---
02/14  New Warriors #1  -  45,765  (  --- )
03/14  New Warriors #1  -  26,006  (-43.2%)
---
5 year  ( 72.4%)

That is a pretty big drop. I’ve heard good things about this series, but the numbers seem to suggest that retailers aren’t buying it and without a lot of re-orders it doesn’t seem like there is a lot of reader demand either.

90. MIGHTY AVENGERS
03/09  Mighty Avengers   #21 -  71,322  
---
09/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #1 - 101,921
10/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #2 -  54,862  (-46.2%)
11/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #3 -  42,210  (-23.1%)
12/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #4 -  35,740  (-15.3%)
01/14  Mighty Avengers#5.INH -  30,251  (-15.4%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #6 -  27,195  (-10.1%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #7 -  26,512  ( -2.5%)
03/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #8 -  24,933  ( -6.0%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -75.5%)
5 Year  ( -65.0%)

This book continues to drop and will probably slip under 20k shortly which is historically where Marvel either relaunches or cancels a series.

91. Winter Soldier Bitter March
03/12  Winter Soldier #3  - 34,923
02/13  Winter Soldier #16 – 20,973
---
02/14  W. Soldier BM  #1  - 31,137  (  --- )
03/14  W. Soldier BM  #2  - 24,831  (-20.3%)
---
1 Year  (  18.4%)
2 Year  ( -29.0%)

I’m not really sure what they were going for with this series. It is a Winter Soldier story timed to come out at the same time of the movie but doesn’t star the Winter Soldier or Captain America. It doesn’t seem like retailer quite knew what to do with it either.

93. SAVAGE WOLVERINE
03/13  Savage Wolverine #3  -  50,310  (-13.6%)
04/13  Savage Wolverine #4  -  45,933  ( -8.7%)
05/13  Savage Wolverine #5  -  42,328  ( -7.8%)
06/13  Savage Wolverine #6  -  59,410  (+40.4%)
07/13  Savage Wolverine #7  -  40,946  (-31.1%)
08/13  ---
09/13  Savage Wolverine #8  -  38,208  ( -6.7%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #9  -  36,451  ( -4.6%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #10 -  33,627  ( -7.7%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #11 -  30,338  ( -9.8%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #12 -  29,739  ( -2.0%)
12/13  Savage Wolverine #13 -  27,490  ( -7.6%)
01/14  Savage #14.NOW       -  30,370  ( 10.5%)
02/14  Savage Wolverine #15 -  25,190  (-17.1%)
03/14  Savage Wolverine #16 -  24,008  ( -4.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -37.2%)
1 Year  ( -52.3%)

Continues to drift downward even with this issue having a variant cover.

96. MIRACLEMAN
01/14  Miracleman #1 - 52,313
01/14  Miracleman #2 - 36,927  ( -29.4%)
02/14  Miracleman #3 – 25,970  ( -32.6%)  
03/14  Miracleman #4 – 23,557  (  -9.3%)

Okay issue 4 seems to be leveling out a bit which is good. Maybe Miracleman will just be a steady 20k book, which maybe is good a recolored rerelease of an older book.

97, 98. NOVA
03/09  Nova v4 #22 - 26,409
---
03/13  Nova v5 #2  - 46,725  (-42.2%)
04/13  Nova v5 #3  - 40,548  (-13.2%)
05/13  Nova v5 #4  - 38,151  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Nova v5 #5  - 36,545  ( -4.2%)
07/13  Nova v5 #6  - 34,234  ( -6.3%)
08/13  Nova v5 #7  - 31,937  ( -6.7%)
09/13  Nova v5 #8  - 37,767  (+18.3%)
10/13  Nova v5 #9  - 32,323  (-14.4%)
11/13  Nova v5 #10 - 32,716  ( +1.2%)
12/13  Nova v5 #11 - 27,982  (-14.5%)
01/14  Nova v5 #12 - 25,043  ( -10.5%)
02/14  Nova#13.Now – 26,147  (   4.4%)
03/14  Nova v5 #14 – 23,459  ( -10.3%)
03/14  Nova v5 #15 – 22,996  (  -2.0%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -37.9%)
1 Year  ( -49.8%)
5 Year  ( -11.2%)

Nova is getting awfully close to dropping below 20k. Perhaps a reboot is in store for this title soon?

101. THUNDERBOLTS
03/09  Thunderbolts  #130  - 45,803  
03/11  Thunderbolts  #154  - 25,455  
03/12  Thunderbolts  #171  - 19,073 
---
03/13  Thunderbolts v2 #6  - 39,293  ( -5.7%)
03/13  Thunderbolts v2 #7  - 38,553  ( -1.9%)
04/13  Thunderbolts v2 #8  - 36,979  ( -4.1%)
05/13  Thunderbolts v2 #9  - 32,855  (-11.2%)
06/13  Thunderbolts v2 #10 - 32,682  ( -0.5%)
06/13  Thunderbolts v2 #11 - 30,618  ( -6.3%)
07/13  Thunderbolts v2 #12 - 29,081  ( -5.0%)
07/13  Thunderbolts v2 #13 - 28,528  ( -1.9%)
08/13  Thunderbolts v2 #14 - 30,620  ( +7.3%)
09/13  Thunderbolts v2 #15 - 29,703  ( -3.0%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #16 - 29,334  ( -1.2%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #17 - 28,324  ( -3.4%)
11/13  Thunderbolts v2 #18 - 26,502  ( -6.4%)
12/13  Thunderbolts v2 #19 - 24,959  ( -5.8%)
01/14  Thunderblts #20.NOW - 28,994  ( 16.2%)
01/14  Thunderbolts v2 #21 - 24,293  (-16.2%)
02/14  Thunderbolts v2 #22 – 23,629  ( -2.7%)
03/14  Thunderbolts v2 #23 – 22,701  ( -3.9%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -23.6%)
1 Year  ( -42.2%)
2 Year  (  19.0%)
3 Year  ( -10.8%)
5 Year  ( -50.4%)

The numbers on this aren’t great and are trending towards cancellation or relaunch, but it is getting a new writing team with issue 27, so maybe that will help give it a boost.

103. X-MEN LEGACY
03/09  X-Men Legacy  #222 -  55,598
03/11  X-Men Legacy  #246 -  47,893
03/12  X-Men Legacy  #263 -  35,999
---
03/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #7 -  29,231  ( -5.9%)
03/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #8 -  28,174  ( -3.6%)
04/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #9 -  28,405  ( +0.8%)
05/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #10 - 25,911  ( -8.8%)
05/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #11 - 25,048  ( -3.3%)
06/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #12 - 23,996  ( -4.2%)
07/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #13 - 23,146  ( -3.5%)
07/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #14 - 22,119  ( -4.4%)
08/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #15 - 21,599  ( -2.4%)
09/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #16 - 20,995  ( -2.8%)
09/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #17 - 20,382  ( -2.9%)
10/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #18 - 19,767  ( -3.0%)
11/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #19 - 19,149  ( -3.1%)
11/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #20 - 18,754  ( -2.1%)
12/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #21 - 18,754  (  n/c )
01/14  X-Men Legacy v2 #22 - 17,868  ( -4.7%)
01/14  X-Men Legacy v2 #23 - 17,636  ( -1.3%)
02/14  X-Men Legacy v2 #24 – 17,307  ( -1.9%)
03/14  X-Men Legacy #300   - 22,422  ( 29.6%)
---
6 Mnth  (   6.8%)
1 Year  ( -23.3%)
2 Year  ( -38.0%)
3 Year  ( -53.2%)
5 Year  ( -59.7%)

Final issue (for now, no word on a possible relaunch) sees a bit of a sales bump.

108. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP
03/12  Avenging #5         - 40,877 
---
03/13  Avenging #18        - 31,657  (  +2.8%)
04/13  Avenging #19        - 28,740  (  -9.2%)
05/13  Avenging #20        - 27,609  (  -3.9%)
05/13  Avenging #21        - 27,251  (  -1.3%)
06/13  Avenging #22        - 26,799  (  -1.7%)
07/13  Superior Team-Up #1 - 76,959  (+187.2%)
08/13  Superior Team-Up #2 - 41,155  ( -46.5%)
09/13  Superior Team-Up #3 - 37,363  (  -9.2%)
10/13  Superior Team-Up #4 - 36,296  (  -3.6%)
10/13  Superior Team-Up #5 - 30,424  ( -16.2%)
11/13  Superior Team-Up #6 - 27,189  ( -10.6%)
12/13  Sup. Team-up #7.NOW - 25,514  (  -6.2%)
12/13  Superior Team-Up #8 - 24,296  (  -4.8%)
01/14  Superior Team-Up #9 - 23,071  (  -5.0%)
02/14  Superior Team-Up #10- 22,124  (  -4.1%)
03/14  Superior Team-Up #11- 21,091  (  -4.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -43.6%)
1 Year  ( -33.4%)
2 Year  ( -48.0%)

There was no solicit for this series in June, so not sure if it is totally cancelled or will be rebooted o some sort of Amazing Spider-Man team-up. The sales would indicate that it is time for some sort of change however.

114. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
03/12  Avengers Assemble #1  - 100,833
---
03/13  Avengers Assemble #13 - 28,432  ( -3.6%)
04/13  Av. Assemble #14AU    - 35,985  (+26.6%)
05/13  Av. Assemble #15AU    - 33,183  ( -7.8%)
06/13  Avengers Assemble #16 - 27,497  (-17.1%)
07/13  Avengers Assemble #17 - 26,640  ( -3.1%)
08/13  Avengers Assemble #18 - 30,597  (+14.9%)
09/13  Avengers Assemble #19 - 29,564  ( -3.4%)
10/13  Avengers Assemble #20 - 28,886  ( -2.3%)
11/13  Avengers Assemble #21 - 24,831  (-14.0%)
12/13  Av. Assemble #22.INH  - 24,168  ( -2.7%)
01/14  Av. Assemble #23.INH  - 21,943  ( -9.2%)
02/14  Avengers Assemble #24 – 20,059  ( -8.6%)
03/14  Avengers Assemble #25 – 19,102  ( -4.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -35.4%)
1 Year  ( -32.8%)
2 Year  ( -81.0%)

This is the final issue on a really fun and easily accessible Avengers series that could never quite hold onto its audience.

119, 122. SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN
07/13  Superior Foes #1 - 61,413
08/13  Superior Foes #2 - 34,300  (-44.1%)
09/13  Superior Foes #3 - 30,081  (-12.3%)
10/13  Superior Foes #4 - 26,884  (-10.6%)
11/13  Superior Foes #5 - 23,694  (-11.9%)
11/13  Superior Foes #6 - 21,367  ( -9.8%)
12/13  Superior Foes #7 - 20,858  ( -2.4%)
01/14  ---
02/14  Superior Foes #8 – 19,193  ( -8.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #9 – 18,620  ( -3.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #10- 18,437  ( -1.0%
---
6 Mnth  ( -38.1%)

This series is solicited through June, even with Amazing Spider-Man replacing Superior. It is relatively stable even if its sales aren’t great.

128. A+X
03/13  A+X #5  - 37,250  (-22.5%)
03/13  A+X #6  - 34,434  ( -7.6%)
04/13  A+X #7  - 31,183  ( -9.4%)
05/13  A+X #8  - 26,967  (-13.5%)
06/13  A+X #9  - 25,803  ( -4.3%)
07/13  A+X #10 - 24,371  ( -5.5%)
08/13  A+X #11 - 23,222  ( -4.7%)
09/13  A+X #12 - 21,282  ( -8.4%)
10/13  A+X #13 - 20,908  ( -1.8%)
11/13  A+X #14 - 19,318  ( -7.6%)
12/13  A+X #15 - 18,648  ( -3.5%)
01/14  A+X #16 - 17,913  ( -3.9%)
02/14  A+X #17 – 17,075  ( -4.7%)
03/14  A+X #18 – 16,428  ( -3.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -22.8%)
1 Year  ( -55.9%)

Final issue.

131. GEORGE ROMERO EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT ONE
01/14  Act One #1 of 5 - 24,515
02/14  Act One #2 of 5 – 17,624 ( -28.1%)
03/14  Act One #3 of 5 – 15,720 ( -10.8%)

The drops are slowing down a bit.

132. AVENGERS A.I. 
07/13  Avengers A.I. #1 - 68,130
08/13  Avengers A.I. #2 - 37,079  (-45.6%)
09/13  Avengers A.I. #3 - 29,776  (-19.7%)
10/13  Avengers A.I. #4 - 25,770  (-13.5%)
10/13  Avengers A.I. #5 - 23,146  (-10.2%)
11/13  Avengers A.I. #6 - 20,037  (-13.4%)
12/13  Avengers A.I. #7 - 19,879  ( -0.8%)
01/14  A.I. #8.NOW      - 20,084  (  1.0%)
02/14  Avengers A.I. #9 – 16,906  (-15.8%)
03/14  Avengers A.I. #10- 15,616  ( -7.6%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -47.6%)

Looks like April’s issue #12 will be the last issue of Avengers A.I. with no relaunch in sight.

80. Captain America Homecoming
02/14  CA Homecoming #1 – 15,379

Not a lot of orders for this miniseries featuring Captain America. Not sure what Marvel was going for with this series, but retailers didn’t order it, and I don’t recall seeing any press about it.

147. MARVEL KNIGHTS: X-MEN
11/13  X-Men #1 of 5 - 30,214
12/13  X-Men #2 of 5 - 22,549  (-25.4%)
01/14  X-Men #3 of 5 - 16,581  (-26.5%)
02/14  X-Men #4 of 5 – 15,014  ( -9.5%)
03/14  X-Men #5 of 5 – 13,294  (-11.5%)

Hopefully, these Marvel Knights book will do better in trade than they did as floppies.

166. MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK
12/13  Hulk #1 of 4 - 22,169
01/14  Hulk #2 of 4 - 14,568  (-34.3%)
02/14  Hulk #3 of 4 – 12,305  (-15.5%)
03/14  Hulk #4 of 4 – 11,363  ( -7.7%)

See above.

172. DEXTER
07/13  Dexter #1 of 5    - 20,540
08/13  Dexter #2 of 5    - 17,304  (-15.8%)
09/13  Dexter #3 of 5     - 17,586  ( +1.6%)
10/13  Dexter #4 of 5     - 14,920  (-15.2%)
11/13  Dexter #5 of 5     - 13,439  (-10.0%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  Down Under #1 of 5 – 13,203  ( -1.8%)
03/14  Down Under #2 of 5 – 10,664  (-19.2%)
---
6 Mnth  (-39.4%)

Dropping pretty steeply.

186, 195, 197. REVOLUTIONARY WAR
01/14  Alpha                - 16,788
01/14  Dark Angel           - 14,083
01/14  Knights of Pendragon - 13,440
02/14  Death's Head II      - 11,310 
02/14  Supersoldiers        - 10,310 
03/14  Motormouth           -  9,355
03/14  Warheads             -  9,249
03/14  Omega                -  9,820

Again, we don’t see the whole picture for these Marvel UK books, since we don’t get the UK sales numbers, but the sales for the US weren’t great.

199. Brilliant
02/14  Brilliant #5 – 9,239

This oft-delayed book pops back up with numbers that are low for Marvel, but standard for an indie title.

222. DISNEY KINGDOMS: SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD
01/14  Seekers #1 of 5 - 24,910
02/14  Seekers #2 of 5 –  9,182  ( -63.1%)
03/14  Seekers #3 of 5 -  7,887  ( -14.1%)

This Disney marvel crossover is dropping down fast.

6-Month Comparisons
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119.7%	AMAZING X-MEN #5
107.3%	DAREDEVIL #1
93.7%		CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
44.0%		AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
36.9%		SECRET AVENGERS #1
34.1%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
30.8%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
20.8%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
19.5%		FANTASTIC FOUR #2
13.4%		WOLVERINE #3
6.8%		X-MEN LEGACY #300
6.8%		DEADPOOL #25.NOW
-3.4%		DEADPOOL #26
-8.4%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #1
-8.6%		X-FORCE #2
-12.7%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-13.0%	HAWKEYE #17
-13.4%	UNCANNY AVENGERS #18.NOW
-14.1%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
-14.2%	HAWKEYE #18
-15.4%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
-16.0%	UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
-17.8%	GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #13
-19.7%	NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-20.2%	IRON MAN #22
-21.1%	THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-22.3%	NEW AVENGERS #15
-22.8%	A PLUS X #18
-23.6%	THUNDERBOLTS #23
-24.3%	ALL NEW X-MEN #24
-28.1%	INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-28.5%	UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-32.3%	WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2
-35.4%	AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #25
-37.2%	SAVAGE WOLVERINE #16
-37.9%	NOVA #14
-38.1%	SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #9
-38.7%	SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #10
-39.1%	NOVA #15
-39.4%	DEXTER DOWN UNDER #2
-39.8%	X-MEN #12
-41.7%	AVENGERS #27
-43.6%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #11
-47.6%	AVENGERS AI #10
-75.5%	MIGHTY AVENGERS #8

1 Year Comparisons
---

149.4%	CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
104.1%	DAREDEVIL #1
67.3%		SHE-HULK #2
67.0%		AMAZING X-MEN #5
30.6%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
30.1%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #1
27.4%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
18.4%		WINTER SOLDIER BITTER MARCH #2
0.7%		AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
-0.3%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
-3.7%		HAWKEYE #17
-3.9%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2
-5.0%		HAWKEYE #18
-11.8%	FANTASTIC FOUR #2
-14.6%	DEADPOOL #25.NOW
-18.7%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
-19.9%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
-22.7%	DEADPOOL #26
-23.3%	X-MEN LEGACY #300
-24.8%	UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
-24.9%	THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-25.2%	NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-26.7%	SECRET AVENGERS #1
-27.4%	UNCANNY AVENGERS #18.NOW
-27.6%	NEW AVENGERS #15
-29.9%	ALL NEW X-MEN #24
-31.1%	AVENGERS #27
-31.6%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-32.8%	AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #25
-33.4%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #11
-34.1%	IRON MAN #22
-36.0%	UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-36.0%	X-FORCE #2
-42.2%	THUNDERBOLTS #23
-45.3%	INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-49.8%	NOVA #14
-50.8%	NOVA #15
-52.3%	SAVAGE WOLVERINE #16
-55.9%	A PLUS X #18
-65.4%	WOLVERINE #3
-74.0%	GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #13

2 Year Comparisons
---

265%		ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #1
48%		SILVER SURFER #1
169%		MOON KNIGHT #1
99%		DAREDEVIL #1
79%		SECRET AVENGERS #1
74%		DEADPOOL #25.NOW
58%		DEADPOOL #26
47%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
46%		AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
45%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
40%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
35%		AMAZING X-MEN #5
34%		PUNISHER #3
23%		X-MEN #12
19%		THUNDERBOLTS #23
15%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
12%		UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
12%		WOLVERINE #3
12%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
12%		THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
3%		AVENGERS #27
0%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #1
-5%		UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-6%		NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-8%		IRON MAN #22
-9%		NEW AVENGERS #15
-11%		FANTASTIC FOUR #2
-19%		CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-26%		INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-26%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2
-29%		WINTER SOLDIER BITTER MARCH #2
-32%		X-FORCE #2
-38%		X-MEN LEGACY #300
-48%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #11
-81%		AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #25

3 Year Comparisons
---

179.1%	DAREDEVIL #1
176.4%	SILVER SURFER #1
132.0%	LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #2
61.0%		DEADPOOL #25.NOW
45.7%		DEADPOOL #26
34.7%		AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
29.2%		IRON PATRIOT #1
28.4%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
26.5%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
15.8%		UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
8.2%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
5.5%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
0.0%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
-1.5%		UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-6.3%		INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-10.0%	THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-10.8%	THUNDERBOLTS #23
-13.8%	X-MEN #12
-13.9%	WOLVERINE #3
-18.7%	NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-19.0%	AVENGERS #27
-21.3%	NEW AVENGERS #15
-24.2%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-33.7%	SECRET AVENGERS #1
-33.9%	IRON MAN #22
-35.5%	X-FORCE #2
-53.2%	X-MEN LEGACY #300

5 Year Comparisons
---

177.8%	MOON KNIGHT #1
134.6%	ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #1
107.1%	GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #13
84.2%		DAREDEVIL #1
76.6%		CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
72.4%		NEW WARRIORS #2
24.9%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
23.0%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
1.7%		DEADPOOL #25.NOW
-2.8%		IRON PATRIOT #1
-8.0%		DEADPOOL #26
-11.2%	NOVA #14
-12.9%	NOVA #15
-14.3%	ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
-15.8%	IRON MAN #23.NOW
-16.4%	ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
-17.2%	UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
-20.3%	PUNISHER #3
-22.3%	FANTASTIC FOUR #2
-29.6%	UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-36.1%	X-FORCE #2
-44.4%	IRON MAN #22
-45.8%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-48.9%	NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-50.4%	THUNDERBOLTS #23
-50.5%	NEW AVENGERS #15
-52.7%	WOLVERINE #3
-59.7%	X-MEN LEGACY #300
-60.8%	THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-65.0%	MIGHTY AVENGERS #8

10 Year Comparisons
---

145.4%	SILVER SURFER #1
48.0%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
39.7%		DAREDEVIL #1
20.2%		THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-2.2%		IRON MAN #22
-2.8%		AVENGERS #27
-8.4%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
-9.8%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
-14.1%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-22.7%	SHE-HULK #2
-25.0%	FANTASTIC FOUR #2
-25.4%	UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
-34.9%	INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-36.4%	PUNISHER #3
-36.5%	UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-41.7%	WOLVERINE #3

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19.

From Goodreads:
Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor’s scepter, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Though her skill as a Forger is considered an abomination by her captors, Shai will attempt to create a new soul for the emperor, who is almost dead. 

Probing deeply into his life, she discovers Emperor Ashravan’s truest nature—and the opportunity to exploit it. Her only possible ally is one who is truly loyal to the emperor, but councilor Gaotona must overcome his prejudices to understand that Shai’s forgery is as much artistry as it is deception. 

Brimming with magic and political intrigue, this deftly woven fantasy delves into the essence of a living spirit.
This, like every other Brandon Sanderson book, has been part of the Golden library collection since the day it was released.  If you were unaware, and I'm not sure how you could be, Luke has a major book crush on Sanderson.  We get all of his books, usually signed first editions, and occasionally in multiple formats.  I like Sanderson fine, but Luke is devoted.  And I have no complaints.  Any book is welcome, obviously.  Except for ones with egregiously hideous SFF covers - those have a "special" shelf in Luke's office.

Anyway, Luke's been after me to read this since he got it, and I've been resisting because I always had something else lined up to read next.  He must have realized things were looking hopeless, so he traded me laundry duty for reading the book.  I'm going to go ahead and say I won that one, since I got to lay around and read a book rather than doing the laundry.

Writing
As much as I love short stories, I am, unfortunately, a short form snob.  I don't typically like anything but literary short fiction.  I particularly avoid short form genre fiction.  It's just not a good medium for what I'm looking for in genre fiction because of the obviously limited space for characterization and plot development.

This is the second novella I've tried by Sanderson (the first, Legion, was unimpressive).  I think this was definitely a better effort in terms of quality of writing.  There weren't as many characters, which allowed for more opportunity to get to know the protagonist.  I also think Sanderson did a better job in this one of sticking to a single storyline, rather than exploring subplots that he didn't have time to flesh out.

Entertainment Value
Again, I think this is an improvement over Legion.  I felt like the story was contained and complete, despite the fact that it's only a bit over 150 pages.  I was sucked into the story and cared about the characters.  I also really appreciated the ending and the feeling of completeness.  Whereas Legion felt like it ended abruptly and awkwardly, I thought that The Emperor's Soul was paced well and ended in a believable and satisfying spot.

Overall
I think it's a good choice for fans of Sanderson, although I still maintain that the place to start is with his full-length fiction.  If you insist on starting with his novellas, this is a good place to begin.  And if you're a devoted follower, you'll definitely want to add this to your list.

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20. The Secret World of Dr. Seuss

The touring "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss" exhibit  is on display at 
The Art Shop in Greensboro through tomorrow, April 19th.


Slideshow via http://wunc.org/


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21. Westie Sketchies

Christine Marie Larsen Illustration Westie West Highland Terrier sketches

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22. Mark your calendars: Unstoppable - June 3rd!

The release date for Unstoppable is June 3rd!

At that time it will only be available in print and at Amazon. 

To catch up on the series - Untraceable is currently free and Uncontrollable is $3.99.

You can add Unstoppable to your Goodreads 

If you would like to be a part of the summer blog tour - sign up here.




After everything that has happened, Grace goes to the Everglades to live with her grandmother, Birdee. Even though she is now home-schooled by her bird-obsessed grandmother, the move gives Grace time to relax. She learns to scuba dive and starts boating with old man Rex, Birdee's casual friend/boyfriend. 

One day while out in the marshes of the Everglades, Grace rescues an abused Florida panther, currently on the endangered list. The more she dives into the animal’s horrific condition, the more she ventures into the underground world of the roadside zoos that run rampant in Florida with a total disregard for the law. Eventually, she stumbles upon one large roadside zoo filled with a variety of endangered and illegal animals. 

Before she can gather evidence and report her findings to the authorities, she is kidnapped by the ruthless owner and dragged deep into the Everglades for a hunting challenge. Only this time, Grace is the prey. 

During a sick game of cat and mouse, Grace is offered one chance at survival. With a one-hour head start and very little supplies, time and skill are now all that stands between the hunter and the hunted.



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23. Great News from the NCBLA!



NCBLA Planning 
In Search of Wonder:
Common Core and More
Professional Development Day
October 17th, 2014 in Perry, Ohio

The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance is launching a new education initiative—In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More—in  Northern Ohio this fall! This inspiring professional development day is designed for teachers, librarians, and caretakers—any and all adults who live with and work for young people!

In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More” will take place on NEOEA Day, October 17th, at the Goodwin Theatre in Perry, Ohio and will feature authors Katherine Paterson, Nikki Grimes, Tanya Lee Stone, Steven Kellogg, and a soon-to-be named YA author! 

For more information and registration details, click here

We are working with Perry, Ohio School’s chief media specialist Jodi Rzeszotarski and the Cleveland Public Library’s Director of Children’s Services Annisha Jeffries to plan the day’s schedule so we ensure In Search of Wonder addresses the Common Core needs of all teachers and librarians.


Recently, I spent time with Jodi at the Perry Schools touring their beautiful facilities and had an inspiring afternoon working with Annisha and her talented and energetic staff at the Cleveland Public Library (CPL). 

As a teen working in downtown Cleveland, I spent most of my lunch hours at the CPL, so it was with special joy that I saw all the remarkable changes Annisha and her staff have created—a new teen room, the only safe harbor for teens downtown, a beautiful arts center for creative activities, and the huge reading rooms overflowing with books, looking out onto the city and the lake. Annisha and her staff have accomplished so much in two short years! 

Mary Brigid Barrett
President and Executive Director
The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance

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24. Last Hurrah

Years ago, on a family trip to Washington, D.C., I told the boys that this trip was going to be the last hurrah of our practice of buying beanie babies on every vacation (and for every Christmas, birthday, Easter, and other occasion). We'd buy ONE more beanie baby in the nation's capitol, as our last hurrah of beanie-baby-buying. Every day on the trip the boys would ask me, "Is this the day we get the hurrah?" The day came when the answer was yes. That little bunny beanie baby was known for years as "the hurrah."

I just returned from my last hurrah as a professor of philosophy, attending my last-ever APA (conference of the American Philosophical Association). Actually, this year I had two last hurrahs, for I attended the Central Division APA in Chicago in February (where I also did a book signing at the Magic Tree Bookstores in Oak Park, reconnected with extended family, and took part in a hilarious trivia contest at the Oak Park Public Library as part of a team of Betsy-Tacy Society friends). This week is the Pacific Division meeting in San Diego. I flew out on an 8:00 am flight yesterday and flew back on an 8 am flight today. So the hurrah lasted just twenty-four hours. But they were a sweet twenty-four hours indeed.

I learned a long time ago that I have little tolerance for listening to papers with titles like "Why the Debate over Composition Is Factually Empty (Or Why There’s No Fact of the Matter Whether Anything Exists)" (an actual title from this year's program). I've always had only half my heart in philosophy, anyway. So as soon as I arrived in San Diego and checked into the lovely Westin Hotel in the Gas Lamp District, I wandered across the street to a French bakery/bistro and treated myself to an hour of writing on my Nora ant farm book revisions over croissants and chocolat. I do so love writing somewhere new.

I spent the afternoon in our APA session where three philosophers, including me, gave commentary on Jana Mohr Lone's wonderful book, The Philosophical Child, her argument for why we should encourage children's philosophical wondering. I loved the book, so I had little direct criticism to offer. My comments focused chiefly on Jana's thought that some of the approach she and other pioneers in the Philosophy-for-Children movement use with children could be illuminating to consider for undergraduate education as well: a focus on actually doing philosophy, living in the space of the questions for their own sake, rather than dutifully imparting knowledge of canonical texts. I shared her regret that so often we discourage our students from the joys of philosophical wondering - but also confessed my discomfort when a student tells me that rather than write his ethical theory paper on Mill or Kant or Aristotle, he wants to come up with his "own" theory.  No, no, no! The discussion that followed all three sets of comments was wonderful: wide-ranging, honest, real.

Of course afterward I had the last hurrah of drinks in the hotel bar with a bunch of people from our session: the San Diego Sea Breeze was my cocktail of choice. Then I wandered through the Gas Lamp District with beloved former grad student Sara (organizer of the afternoon's session) and her family (including her delightful children aged nine and five) for a last hurrah APA dinner.

Now, candor compels me to confess that we did buy other beanie babies after that trip to Washington, DC. The beanie baby bunny hurrah was joined by other hurrahs down the road and across the years. I may go to an APA again sometime. Or not. It's expensive to attend, with registration fees of $120, airfare, hotel tariff running to $200 for a single night. This time I got some support from the university for my expenses (though I was on my own for the San Diego Sea Breeze!). The APA is never held in Denver. So maybe this was the last hurrah, or maybe there are future hurrahs to come. I know enough "never to say never."

But if it was the last hurrah, well, I say hurrah for the last hurrah.





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25. What Magazine Editors Want (& Don’t Want)

What are editors pet peeves? What can you do to get more and more assignments tossed your way by editors? Do editors expect you to know SEO? (Do you know what SEO means?)

I was honored to be interviewed by Laura Pepper Wu, editor of The Write Life magazine, where we discussed many important topics that relate to freelance writers. It’s a lot of great info packed into a relatively short conversation, so it’s worth checking out (not to mention I look incredibly dashing in my bright blue headphones). Here’s the clip.

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