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26. A Few Sips Off

You take a sip from your drink and feel different. That may be because your torso has an extra arm protruding from it. Another sip, another arm. Then a wing. What happens if you finish the drink?

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27. my favourite books

These are taken from an interview with the amazing Zoe Toft

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Filed under: children's illustration, dances, flying, journeys, snow, songs

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28. New Sherlock BBC Fan Fiction: “Promise”

I’m not one for Johnlock. (I’m an Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes sort of girl. As Benedict Cumberbatch would say, “I like to be the dominant one.”) That said, I think the Sherlock/John Watson friendship is incredible. Here’s a short little ditty about what happens when Sherlock takes a bullet for John and John demands Sherlock make a promise he can never keep.

Promise
by Sara Dobie Bauer

I race around a back alley corner, Sherlock behind me. It’s rare that he’s behind me, but Lestrade held him back to shout a warning as I took off running after our man. The suspect may have murdered two women. He got away from us once; he will not get away again.

I feel my gun in the pocket of my coat, but I don’t take it out—not yet. Having something in my hand will only slow me down, and I like being in front for once. I can hear Sherlock behind me, the tap of his dress shoes on pavement. I’ve often wondered how the man runs with such speed in dress shoes. Then again, he does everything like a cat: jump, perch, sprint. He’s the human equivalent of a cheetah.

The sun has almost set, but my eyes are quick to adjust to dim light. I acquired quite a few things in the war, the least of which was a bullet wound. My reflexes are faster, my vision, keener. I hear things other people don’t—like the sound of fumbling footsteps ahead, for instance.

We’ve got him. He won’t shoot another woman dead. As I rush past a dumpster, only now do I pull my weapon. Best to be careful. We know the suspect is armed.

I round another corner. There is a dark shape ten feet ahead of me, frozen in place, blocked by a tall chain link fence. I move to aim, but the suspect already has me in his sights. The world slows.

In Afghanistan, I had no time to prepare for being shot. The bullet hit me in the shoulder like a heavy raindrop. There was no pain, only a dull knowledge that something was wrong. I have time now to prepare. I have time to wince at the sound of the gun going off. I have time to pull my own trigger, but I’m seconds too late. I know that.

Instead of the expected thud and ache of a bullet wound, I see black. I wonder if I’ve been killed. Is this death? No, I don’t suppose death has weight, but there is a weight against me: a heavy, long-limbed weight in a black coat. Only when I hear him moan, softly, do I realize I have Sherlock pressed against me. He slouches until my arms hold him around the chest.

“Sherlock.”

“Nice shot.”

I take steps back until I have Sherlock on the ground. He’s talking about my shot. The suspect is dead, ten feet in front of us. Sherlock’s eyes stare at the sky. His breath puffs out in labored wheezes, and this is not due to our chase. I have a horrible fear that Sherlock Holmes just took a bullet for me.

Read the rest at FanFiction.net.

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(Amazing fan art credit: sheWolf294)


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30. "Sexualised" Comic Art and Covers

 


A few people have voiced concerns over this Spider-Woman image. Yep, obviously drawn naked with the costume painted on.  Now just hold on a minute. Do a Google search for "Spider-Woman" and look at the images. THIS is tame.

What I do not -cannot- understand is that people are mentioning this now??????

Hey -THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS!!

Check out DC and Marvel (and Independent companies) and their female characters with heaving cleavage, panties up their "Khyber Pass" and the MANY poses that years ago you would have only seen in soft core porn.  But this is "empowering"...I've even heard female fans say so.

The Black Widow in the movies.  Is her cleavage bursting from an overly tight, near opened to the navel suit? Nope. In comics....suuuure.

And let me say something else.  THIS pose I have seen You Tube videos of -female cos-players in "private photo areas" (WTF???) at various cons.  Dressed as Wonder Woman, Spider-Woman, Cat Woman...held at gun-point? No.  Then again, where are the cheese-cake photos of male cos-players?

Comics, even those published by family companies like Disney (I ain't saying Marvel anymore) are aimed at immature males who spend a great deal of time with their hands studying these images. 

Let's get this straight.  Women -and men- of all body-shapes cosplay.  Why not? I love all that stuff. There are the female cos-players, however, who, interviewed (just check You Tube you'll find them there) and want to draw attention to their "boobs" and/or "butts" -their words.  There are some slimy interviewers who  love this and do not object -if you are male and do then, obviously, "yer a gay!"

There is nothing wrong with admiring a costume that has taken weeks or months to put together.  There is nothing wrong with admiring a great body whether you are male or female.  That is perfectly normal and if the cos-players -male or female - say they never considered someone might think they looked "hot" in an outfit then they need a carer.

I'm sure male cos-players get eyed up by gay conventioneers a lot.  I know two who admit to having been chatted up by gay men -hell: they considered that meant they were good!!!  It's normal sexuality.

BUT where things go wrong are the immature geeks who spend all their time gaming or reading comics in their rooms and have no idea how to behave.  Okay, a few years back my bottom was pinched by an attractive female cos-player who was quite flirty.  Someone said "report her -that's sexual assault!"  I'm an adult and believe me I had no reason to complain!  But never ever would I have done that to a female whether cos-playing or not.  Absolutely NEVER.

It comes down to being brought up properly -and in a mainly female household/workplace -and if you are male and the only one working with 40 women of all ages you soon learn about sexual harassment!!!. These comic geeks, however, may go to a convention and its their big event of the year.  They've seen all the comic art and covers and to then see that in the flesh....they have NO SOCIAL REFERENCE ON BEHAVIOUR.  Do they deserve to be beaten up?

Here's an example.  A good few years back a young man who thought he was gods gift to women, put his hand up the short skirt of a co-worker.  She slapped him.  'Obviously' she was a lesbian.  A few days later a group of ten women from the workplace grabbed the idiot, stripped him naked, covered him in scent and pushed him out a door into the street after groping him.  He never misbehaved again. He was very respectful.

Better to just grab someone who sexually assaults a female cos-player, take his photo and plaster over the internet AFTER you have called in the police (and you really should call in the police)? I think yes but after that there is the humiliation that goes on.

Who am I to judge?

Anyway, just remember that female cos-players -even ones you might say like to "flaunt it" are NOT consenting to be sexually assaulted.  They want to dress up, meet friends and have a good time not be groped. 

But, in 2014 it is far, far, far too late to shout out "have you seen how sexualised this image is?"  I was writing and talking about this in the mid-1990s.  It's nothing new. Disney do not care.  DC do not care. Indie companies for the most part do not care.

 To put it in the words of a former comic editor I knew: "Tits and ass make 'em by the books!"  He also said: "If it gives me a boner it'll sell!"  Thankfully I've not heard from him in years.

We're talking comics and the money men do not care.  If it offends you DO NOT buy it. Seriously. 





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31. The State of the University Press

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Recently, a spate of articles appeared surrounding the future of the university press. Many of these, of course, focused on the roles institutional library sales, e-books, and shifting concerns around tenure play in determining the strictures and limitations to be overcome as scholarly publishing moves forward in an increasingly digital age. Last week, Book Business published an profile on what goes on behind the scenes as discussions about these issues shape, abet, and occasionally undermine the relationships between the university press, its supporting institution, its constituents, and the consumers and scholars for whom it markets its books. Including commentary from directors at the University of North Carolina Press, the University of California Press, and Johns Hopkins University Press, the piece also included a conversation with our own director, Garrett Kiely:

From Dan Eldridge’s “The State of the University Presses” at Book Business:

Talk to University of Chicago Press director Garrett Kiely, who also sits on the board of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), and he’ll tell you that many of the presses that are struggling today — financially or otherwise — are dealing with the same sort of headaches being suffered by their colleagues in the commercial world. And yet there is one major difference: “The commercial imperative,” says Kiely, “has never been a requirement for many of these [university] presses.”

Historically, Kiely explains, an understanding has existed between university presses and their affiliated schools that the presses are publishing primarily to disseminate scholarly information. That’s a valuable service, you might say, that feeds the public good, regardless of profit. “But at the same time,” he adds, “as everything gets tight [regarding] the universities and the amount of money they spend on supporting their presses, those things get looked at very carefully.”

As a result, Kiely says, there’s an increasingly strong push today to align the interests of a press with its university. At the University of Chicago, for instance, both the institution and its press are well known for their strong sociology offerings. But because more and more library budgets today are going toward the scientific fields, a catalog filled with even the strongest of humanities titles isn’t necessarily the best thing for a press’ bottom line.

 The shift the digital, in particular, was a pivot point for much of Kiely’s discussion, which went on to consider some of the more successful—as well as awkward—endeavors embraced by the press as part of a publishing culture blatantly faced with the need to experiment via new modalities in order to meet the interlinked demands of expanding scholarship and changing technology. Today, the formerly comfortable terrain once tackled by academic publishing is ever-changing, and with an increasing rapidity, which as the article asserts, may leave “more questions than answers.” As Kiely put it:

“I think the speed with which new ideas can be tested, and either pursued or abandoned is very different than it was five years ago. . . . We’ve found you can very quickly go down the rabbit hole. And then you start wondering, ‘Is there a market for this? Is this really the way we should be going?’”

To read more from “The State of the University Press,” click here.

 

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32. BOBBEE BEE: AGGIE PRIDE!!!

AGGIE PRIDE!!!


BOBBEE BEE THE HATER THE MOVIE
Where: Johnston Community College Smithfield, NC
When: September 13, 2014 at 6pm
Why: PLEASE DONT SHOOT MR. OFFICER !!!
Starring: William Shakur

 


For more information contact me Eric D.Graham at lbiass34@yahoo.com

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33. Indie Month-to-Month Sales June 2014: Outcast!

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By Chris Rice

My sincere apologies for the lateness of the column this month! Some of you may have seen Heidi’s post from a week or two back, unfortunately my life has become very busy recently and I have to give up writing the column. I’ll be continuing while Heidi recruits the best and brightest candidate for my replacement, but it will be a bit later my last month or two.

Lots of new entries this month, including smash-hit new books from Robert Kirkman and Kieron Gillen and a first ever official comic for a cult film favourite. Elsewhere Valiant continue to falter despite the new Armor Hunters crossover, and Zenescope seem to be similarly slipping down and off the sales chart with their numbers dropping to new lows.

148 indie titles charted in the top 300, slightly down on last month’s 149. Overall sales were down at 1,624,693, compared to last month’s 1,632,573 bt the average sales this month are 10,977, virtually unchanged from last month’s 10,957. 24 titles went up in sales and 98 went down, with the rest made up of new entries and specials.

Image continue at number one with an 8.93% dollar share and a 10.51% market share, IDW at second place with a 5.60% dollar share and 4.45% market share. Dark Horse have a 5.57% dollar share and a 4.89% market share, Dynamite have a 2.62% dollar share and 2.30% market share and Boom! have a 2.52 % dollar share and 2.52% market share.

UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

9. The Walking Dead (Image)

06/2009: The Walking Dead #62 - 23,910
06/2010: The Walking Dead #73 - 25,645 
06/2011: The Walking Dead #86 - 32,187
06/2012: The Walking Dead #99 - 62,182
06/2013: The Walking Dead #111 - 74,857

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07/2013: The Walking Dead #112 - 72,975 (-2.5%)
08/2013: The Walking Dead #113 - 70,273 (-3.7%)
09/2013: The Walking Dead #114 - 70,440 (+0.2%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead #115 - 310,584 (329,127)(+340.9%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead Tyreese Special - 40,572
10/2013: The Walking Dead #1 10th Anniversary Ed - 39,780
11/2013: The Walking Dead #116 - 69,913 (-77.5%)
11/2013: The Walking Dead #117 - 68,818 (-1.6%)
12/2013: The Walking Dead #118 - 68,020 (-1.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #119 - 65,151 (-4.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #120 - 65,286 (+0.2%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #121 - 65,244 (-0.1%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #122 - 64,810 (-0.6%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #123 - 64,460 (-0.5%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #124 - 64,659 (+0.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #125 - 66,761 (+3.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #126 - 67,853 (+1.6%)
05/2014: The Walking Dead #127 - 71,352 (83,445) (+5.2%)
06/2014: The Walking Dead #128 - 74,326 (+4.0%)

Sales increase again, to almost where it was last year, while last issue picks up another 12,093 copies sold.

11. Outcast (Image)

06/2014: Outcast #1 - 71,788

Rob Kirkman takes the one/two this month, with his and Paul Azaceta’s new book launching incredibly strongly. Gone to second print as well.

19. Saga (Image)

06/2012: Saga #4 - 41,143
06/2013: -

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Saga #13 - 55,372 (+3.8%)
09/2013: Saga #14 - 55,585 (+0.4%)
10/2013: Saga #15 - 54,816 (-1.4%)
11/2013: Saga #16 - 54,593 (-0.4%)
12/2013: Saga #17 - 53,264 (-2.4%)
01/2014: Saga #18 - 53,139 (-0.4%)
02-04/2014: -
05/2014: Saga #19 - 55,422 (+4.3%)
06/2014: Saga #20 - 56,497 (+1.9%)

Saga’s highest chart placing yet and also highest initial sales. Well deserved too.

41. Wicked & Divine (Image)

06/2014: Wicked & Divine #1 - 42,948

Gillen and McKelvie have a genuine smash hit with this book, selling only about 600 copies less than the second issue of their Young Avengers book. In creator-owned terms, that’s huge. Second prints are already out.

43. Serenity (Dark Horse)

01/2014: Leaves on the Wind #1 - 47,285 (54,392)
02/2014: Leaves on the Wind #2 - 38,630 (-18.3%)
03/2014: Leaves on the Wind #3 - 37,516 (-2.9%)
04/2014: Leaves on the Wind #4 - 42,269 (+12.7%)
05/2014: Leaves on the Wind #5 - 42,606 (+0.8%)
06/2014: Leaves on the Wind #6 - 42,069 (-1.3%)

Still holding very well.

77. Star Wars (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Star Wars #6 - 42,806

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07/2013: Star Wars #7 - 41,611 (-2.8%)
08/2013: Star Wars #8 - 38,792 (-6.8%)
09/2013: Star Wars #9 - 37,502 (-3.3%)
10/2013: Star Wars #10 - 36,019 (-3.9%)
10/2013: 1-for-1 Star Wars #1 - 16,690 (-3.9%)
11/2013: Star Wars #11 - 34,227 (-5.0%)
12/2013: Star Wars #12 - 33,093 (-3.3%)
01/2014: Star Wars #13 - 31,543 (-4.7%)
02/2014: Star Wars #14 - 30,828 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Star Wars #15 - 29,967 (-2.8%)
04/2014: Star Wars #16 - 29,087 (-2.9%)
05/2014: Star Wars #17 - 28,241 (-2.9%)
06/2014: Star Wars #18 - 27,898 (-1.2%)

It seems that the Dark Horse license comes to an end at the end of the year, with Marvel soliciting their first titles in January.

82. Sex Criminals (Image)

09/2013: Sex Criminals #1 - 37,893
10/2013: Sex Criminals #2 - 22,510 (-40.6%)
11/2013: Sex Criminals #3 - 20,712 (-7.9%)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Sex Criminals #4 - 22,433 (+8.3%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Sex Criminals #5 - 22,593 (+0.7%)
04-05/2014: -
06/2014: Sex Criminals #6 - 26,309 (+16.4%)

Going from strength to strength, and now Eisner award winning!

86. Trees (Image)

05/2014: Trees #1 - 31,926
06/2014: Trees #2 - 25,515 (-20.1%)

Not too bad a drop by recent Image standards.

94. Big Trouble in Little China (Boom!)

06/2014: Big Trouble in Little China #1 - 24,160

Amazingly this is the first time Jack Burton’s been licensed for comics, and this is a pretty strong start.

285. Vampirella (Dynamite)

06/2011: Vampirella #7 - 13,645
06/2012: Vampirella #18 - 9,144
06/2013: Vampirella #30 - 5,995

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Vampirella #31 - 5,618 (-6.3%)
08/2013: Vampirella #32 - 5,548 (-1.2%)
08/2013: Vampirella #33 - 5,445 (-1.9%)
09/2013: Vampirella #34 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Vampirella #35 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Vampirella #36 - ???? (???)
12/2013: Vampirella #37 - ???? (???)
02/2014: Vampirella #38 - 4,758 (???)
06/2014: New Vampirella #1 - 22,864 (+380.5%)

A very successful relaunch, whether sales will stay up is another question.

105. MPH (Image)

05/2014: MPH #1 - 35,632
06/2014: MPH #2 - 21, 937 (-38.4%)

Not a great drop, but in the same sort of area as Starlight, Millar’s other current book (Jupiter’s Legacy seems a bit awol).

112. My Little Pony (IDW)

06/2013: My Little Pony #8 - 33,114
 
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07/2013: My Little Pony #9 - 35,153 (41,444) (+6.2%)
08/2013: My Little Pony #10 - 24,475 (31,860) (-30.4%)
08/2013: My Little Pony Cover Gallery #1 - 6,859
09/2013: My Little Pony #11 - 32,784 (+33.9%)
10/2013: My Little Pony #12 - 23,686 (31,365) (-27.7%)
10/2013: My Little Pony 2013 Annual - 18,614
11/2013: My Little Pony #13 - 35,653 (+50.5%)
11/2013: My Little Pony Art Gallery - 6,028
12/2013: My Little Pony #14 - 22,990 (30,725)(-35.5%)
01/2014: My Little Pony #15 - 27,461 (+19.4%)
02/2014: My Little Pony #16 - 26,942 (-1.9%)
02/2014: My Little Pony 100 Penny Press #1 - 21,957 (-1.9%)
03/2014: My Little Pony #17 - 26,683 (-0.9%)
04/2014: My Little Pony #18 - 26,091 (-2.2%)
05/2014: My Little Pony #19 - 22,820 (-12.5%)
06/2014: My Little Pony #20 - 20,711 (-9.2%)

Looks like sales are starting to drop off a bit permanently now.

114. Star Wars Rebel Heist (Dark Horse)

04/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #1 - 24,913
05/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #2 - 20,387 (-18.2%)
06/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #3 - 19,379 (-4.9%)

Leveling out nicely.

115. Buffy TVS (Dark Horse)

06/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #10 - 27,867
06/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #22 - 21,194

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07/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #23 - 20,768 (-2.0%)
08/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #24 - 20,584 (-0.9%)
09/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #25 - 20,392 (-0.9%)
03/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #1 - 27,851 (+36.6%)
04/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #2 - 21,804 (-21.7%)
05/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #3 - 20,556 (-5.7%)
06/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #4 - 19,365 (-5.8%)

Dropping ominously fast.

116. Starlight (Image)

03/2014: Starlight #1 - 34,080
04/2014: Starlight #2 - 22,305 (-34.5%)
05/2014: Starlight #3 - 19,891 (-10.8%)
06/2014: Starlight #4 - 19,355 (-2.7%)

Leveling.

122. My Little Pony Friends Forever (IDW)

01/2014: MLP Friends Forever #1 - 23,370 
02/2014: MLP Friends Forever #2 - 20,676 (-11.5%)
03/2014: MLP Friends Forever #3 - 20,038 (-3.1%)
04/2014: MLP Friends Forever #4 - 20,149 (+0.5%)
05/2014: MLP Friends Forever #5 - 19,312 (-4.2%)
06/2014: MLP Friends Forever #6 - 18,132 (-6.1%)

Not leveling.

127, 136. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW)

06/2012: TMNT #11 - 19,416
06/2013: TMNT #23 - 17,772

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07/2013: TMNT #24 - 16,484 (-7.2%)
08/2013: TMNT #25 - 17,833 (+8.0%)
09/2013: TMNT #26 - 17,322 (-2.9%)
10/2013: TMNT #27 - 17,042 (-1.6%)
11/2013: TMNT #28 - 17,045 (0%)
12/2013: TMNT #29 - 15,532 (-8.9%)
01/2014: TMNT #30 - 14,979 (-3.6%)
02/2014: TMNT #31 - 14,684 (-2.0%)
03/2014: TMNT #32 - 15,040 (+2.4%)
04/2014: TMNT #33 - 16,736 (+11.3%)
05/2014: TMNT 30th Anniversary Special - 13,391 
06/2014: TMNT #34 - 17,442 (+4.2%)
06/2014: TMNT #35 - 15,174 (-13.0%)

A bit of a hefty fall this month.

130. Armor Hunters (Valiant)

06/2014: Armor Hunters #1 - 16,484

Valiant’s highest entry this month, launching an X-O Manowar themed event.

132. Deadly Class (Image)

01/2014: Deadly Class #1 - 34,572
02/2014: Deadly Class #2 - 21,159 (-38.8%)
03/2014: Deadly Class #3 - 18,536 (-12.4%)
04/2014: Deadly Class #4 - 17,855 (-3.7%)
05/2014: Deadly Class #5 - 17,099 (-4.2%)
06/2014: Deadly Class #6 - 16,305 (-4.6%)

Still dropping, but it’s at a high enough level for that not to be too concerning at the moment.

133. Star Wars Darth Maul (Dark Horse)

05/2014: Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #1 - 17,905
06/2014: Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #2 - 15,829 (-11.6%)

A pretty healthy second-issue drop really.

135. Nailbiter (Image)

05/2014: Nailbiter #1 - 22,746
06/2014: Nailbiter #2 - 15,193 (-33.2%)

Image’s serial killer book takes a bit of a drop, but still at a decent level.

137. The Manhattan Projects (Image)

06/2012: The Manhattan Projects #4 - 18,544
06/2013: The Manhattan Projects #12 - 17,076

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07/2013: -
08/2013: The Manhattan Projects #13 - 17,556 (+2.8%)
09/2013: The Manhattan Projects #14 - 16,881 (-3.8%)
10/2013: The Manhattan Projects #15 - 16,842 (-0.2%)
11/2013: The Manhattan Projects #16 - 16,674 (-0.1%)
12/2013: The Manhattan Projects #17 - 15,646 (-6.0%)
01/2014: -
02/2014: The Manhattan Projects #18 - 15,076 (-3.6%)
03/2014: The Manhattan Projects #19 - 14,813 (-1.7%)
04/2014: The Manhattan Projects #20 - 14,253 (-3.8%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: The Manhattan Projects #21 - 15,126 (+6.1%)

The first part of a new arc sees a nice little boost.

139. Invincible (Image)

06/2009: Invincible #63 - 15,226 
06/2010: Invincible #73 - 15,340 
06/2011: Invincible #80 - 15,563
06/2012: Invincible #92 - 14,553
06/2013: Invincible #103 - 15,072

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07/2013: Invincible #104 - 14,733 (-2.2%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Invincible #105 - 14,437 (-2.0%)
10/2013: Invincible #106 - 13,961 (-3.3%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Invincible #107 - 13,268 (-5.0%)
01/2014: Invincible #108 - 12,844 (-3.2%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Invincible #109 - 12,748 (-0.7%)
04/2014: Invincible #110 - 12,557 (-1.5%)
05/2014: Invincible #111 - 18,440 (+46.8%)
06/2014: Invincible #112 - 14,413 (-21.8%)

Dropping back down after last month, but still a little up on where it was.

141. Fatale (Image)

06/2012: Fatale #6 - 21,828
06/2013: Fatale #15 - 22,373

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Fatale #16 - 17,045 (-24.6%)
09/2013: Fatale #17 - 16,571 (-2.7%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Fatale #18 - 16,154 (-2.5%)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Fatale #19 - 15,725 (-2.7%)
02/2014: Fatale #20 - 13,862 (-11.8%)
03/2014: Fatale #21 - 14,799 (-6.8%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Fatale #22 - 14,694 (-0.7%)
06/2014: Fatale #23 - 14,407 (-1.9%)

Penultimate issue.

145. TMNT Turtles in Time (IDW)

06/2014: TMNT Turtles In Time #1 - 13,840

Drawn by one of my favorite artists, Ross Campbell, the Turtles take a trip to the prehistoric.

146. Adventure Time (Boom!)

06/2012: Adventure Time #5 - 27,165
06/2013: Adventure Time #17 - 20,860

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07/2013: Adventure Time #18 - 21,071 (+1.0%)
07/2013: Adventure Time Summer Special 2013 - 19,182 (26,278)
08/2013: Adventure Time #19 - 19,852 (-5.8%)
09/2013: Adventure Time #20 - 18,822 (-5.2%)
10/2013: Adventure Time #21 - 18,156 (-3.5%)
10/2013: Adventure Time 2013 Spooktacular - 16,920
11/2013: Adventure Time #22 - 16,905 (-6.9%)
12/2013: Adventure Time #23 - 15,635 (-7.5%)
01/2014: Adventure Time #24 - 14,757 (-5.6%)
01/2014: Adventure Time 2014 Special - 13,388 
02/2014: Adventure Time #25 - 14,191 (-3.8%)
03/2014: Adventure Time #26 - 13,839 (-2.5%)
04/2014: Adventure Time #27 - 13,205 (-4.6%)
04/2014: Adventure Time 2014 Annual - 11,573
05/2014: Adventure Time #28 - 12,806 (-3.0%)
06/2014: Adventure Time #29 - 13,785 (+7.6%)

A small recovery this month.

147. COWL (Image)

05/2014: COWL #1 - 20,851
06/2014: COWL #2 - 13,569 (-34.9%)

Not too bad a drop.

149. Rai (Valiant)

04/2014: Rai #1 - 29,137
05/2014: -
06/2014: Rai #2 - 13,448 (-53.8%)

Ouch, but not unexpected.

151. Rise of the Magi (Image)

06/2014: Rise of the Magi #1 - 13,345

Marc Silvestri makes a return to monthly comics, writing and co-penciling.

153. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Angel & Faith #23 - 13,668

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07/2013: Angel & Faith #24 - 13,368 (-2.2%)
08/2013: Angel & Faith #25 - 13,335 (-0.2%)
04/2014: Angel & Faith #1 - 17,820 (+33.6%)
05/2014: Angel & Faith #2 - 14,200 (-20.3%)
06/2014: Angel & Faith #3 - 13,029 (-8.2%)

Lower than the last series already.

159. Wildfire (Image)

06/2014: Wildfire #1 - 12,552

Matt Hawkins environmental thriller makes a decent start.

161. Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse)

06/2008: Star Wars Legacy #24 - 29,548
06/2010: Star Wars Legacy #49 - 19,911
06/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #4 - 16,147

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07/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #5 - 15,854 (-1.8%)
08/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #6 - 15,394 (-2.9%)
09/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #7 - 14,924 (-3.0%)
10/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #8 - 14,576 (-2.3%)
11/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #9 - 13,999 (-4.0%)
11/2013: 1 For $1 Star Wars Legacy #1 - 6,624
12/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #10 - 13,783 (-1.5%)
01/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #11 - 13,398 (-3.0%)
02/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #12 - 13,029 (-2.7%)
03/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #13 - 12,671 (-2.7%)
04/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #14 - 12,523 (-1.2%)
05/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #15 - 12,473 (-0.4%)
06/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #16 - 12,373 (-0.8%)

Very solid.

164. Star Trek City o/t Edge of Forever (IDW)

06/2014: City on the Edge of Forever #1 - 12,028

An adaptation of the Harlan Ellison-penned Original Series episode.

165. Angry Birds (IDW)

06/2014: Angry Birds Comics #1 - 11,939

Can’t imagine the world has been crying out for an Angry Birds comic, maybe two years ago.

166. Spawn (Image)

06/2009: Spawn #192 - 19,796
06/2011: Spawn #208 - 14,468
06/2012: Spawn #220 - 30,136
06/2013: Spawn #232 - 16,077

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07/2013: Spawn #233 - 15,701 (-2.3%)
08/2013: Spawn #234 - 15,930 (+0.8%)
09/2013: Spawn #235 - 15,081 (-5.3%)
10/2013: Spawn #236 - 13,368 (-11.4%)
11/2013: Spawn #237 - 14,411 (+7.8%)
12/2013: Spawn #238 - 12,459 (-13.5%)
01/2014: Spawn #239 - 12,369 (-0.7%)
02/2014: Spawn #240 - 11,827 (-4.4%)
03/2014: Spawn #241 - 11,766 (-0.5%)
04/2014: Spawn #242 - 11,827 (+0.5%)
05/2014: Spawn #243 - 11,714 (-1.0%)
06/2014: Spawn #244 - 11,837 (+1.0%)

Very solid for the majority of this year.

168, 275. Red Sonja (Dynamite) 

06/2009: Red Sonja #45 - 12,030
06/2010: Red Sonja #50 - 13,017
06/2013: Red Sonja #78 - ????

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07/2013: Red Sonja #1 - 30,561 (+486.4%)
07/2013: Red Sonja #79 - ????
08/2013: Red Sonja #2 - 18,327 (-40.0%)
08/2013: Red Sonja #80 - 5,066 (???)
09/2013: Red Sonja #3 - 15,928 (-13.1%)
10/2013: Red Sonja #4 - 15,128 (-5.0%)
11/2013: Red Sonja #5 - 13,811 (-8.7%)
12/2013: Red Sonja #6 - 13,291 (-3.7%)
01/2014: Li'l Sonja #1 - 5,465
02/2014: Red Sonja #7 - 12,622 (-5.0%)
02/2014: Red Sonja Berserker - 5,810
04/2014: Red Sonja #8 - 12,392 (-1.8%)
04/2014: Red Sonja and Cub - 5,877
05/2014: Red Sonja #9 - 11,850 (-4.4%)
06/2014: Red Sonja #10 - 11,685 (-1.4%)
06/2014: Red Sonja Sanctuary - 5,486

The main book is pretty settled, with another special selling about half those numbers.

170. X-Files Season 10 (IDW)

06/2013: X-Files Season 10 #1 - 24,270

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07/2013: X-Files Season 10 #2 - 16,729 (-31.1%)
08/2013: X-Files Season 10 #3 - 17,557 (+4.9%)
09/2013: X-Files Season 10 #4 - 16,999 (-3.2%)
10/2013: X-Files Season 10 #5 - 16,819 (-1.1%)
11/2013: X-Files Season 10 #6 - 15,289 (-9.1%)
12/2013: X-Files Season 10 #7 - 14,792 (-3.3%)
01/2014: X-Files Season 10 #8 - 13,981 (-5.5%)
02/2014: X-Files Season 10 #9 - 13,129 (-6.1%)
03/2014: X-Files Season 10 #10 - 12,252 (-6.7%)
04/2014: X-Files Season 10 #11 - 13,210 (+7.8%)
04/2014: X-Files Annual 2014 - 9,504
05/2014: X-Files Season 10 #12 - 11,773 (-10.9%)
06/2014: X-Files Season 10 #13 - 11,497 (-2.3%)

A bit less of a drop this month, sales possibly starting to level out.

173. Chew (Image)

06/2010: Chew #11 - 13,204
06/2012: Chew #27 2nd Helping Ed - 11,262 
06/2013: -

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07/2013: Chew #35 - 12,818 (-0.1%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Chew #36 - 12,402 (-3.2%)
10/2013: Chew #37 - 12,214 (-1.5%)
12/2013: Chew #38 - 12,068 (-1.2%)
01/2014: Chew #39 - 11,487 (-4.8%)
02/2014: Chew #40 - 11,193 (-2.6%)
04/2014: Chew #41 - 10,835 (-3.2%)
05/2014: Chew/ Revival #1 - 18,259
06/2014: Chew #42 - 10,981 (+1.3%)

A small boost.

174. Legenderry (Dynamite)

12/2013: Legenderry #1 - 27,174
02/2014: Legenderry #2 - 14,570 (-46.4%)
03/2014: Legenderry #3 - 12,218 (-16.1%)
06/2014: Legenderry #4 - 10,865 (-11.1%)

The drops are not slowing.

176. Tomb Raider (Dark Horse)

02/2014: Tomb Raider #1 - 18,486
03/2014: Tomb Raider #2 - 13,636 (-26.2%)
04/2014: Tomb Raider #3 - 12,133 (-11.0%)
05/2014: Tomb Raider #4 - 11,300 (-6.9%)
06/2014: Tomb Raider #5 - 10,536 (-6.8%)

Still falling.

178. Blood Queen (Dynamite)

06/2014: Blood Queen #1 - 10,352

Not a bad start for this Elizabeth Bathory -starrer, but there were incentives and I think the book is returnable.

179. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)

06/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #10 - 11,007
06/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #22 - 10,799

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07/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #23 - 11,022 (+2.1%)
08/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #24 - 10,886 (-1.2%)
09/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #25 - 11,388 (+4.6%)
10/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #26 - 10,872 (-4.5%)
11/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #27 - 9,985 (-8.2%)
12/2013: Star Trek Annual 2013 - 8,683
12/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #28 - 10,443 (+4.6%)
01/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #29 - 10,127 (-3.0%)
02/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #30 - 9,906 (-2.2%)
03/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #31 - 9,781 (-1.3%)
04/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #32 - 10,801 (+10.4%)
05/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #33 - 9,729 (-9.9%)
06/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #34 - 10,216 (+4.8%)

Up and down, but overall stable over the last year.

181. X-O Manowar (Valiant)

06/2012: X-O Manowar #2 - 21,261
06/2013: X-O Manowar #14 - 13,227

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07/2013: X-O Manowar #15 - 13,997 (+5.5%)
08/2013: X-O Manowar #16 - 11,019 (-21.3%)
09/2013: X-O Manowar #17 - 10,859 (-1.5%)
10/2013: X-O Manowar #18 - 11,438 (+5.3%)
11/2013: X-O Manowar #19 - 11,744 (+3.0%)
12/2013: X-O Manowar #20 - 9,941 (-15.4%)
01/2014: X-O Manowar #21 - 9,336 (-6.1%)
02/2014: X-O Manowar #22 - 9,808 (+5.1%)
03/2014: X-O Manowar #23 - 9,394 (-4.2%)
04/2014: X-O Manowar #24 - 8,595 (-8.5%)
05/2014: X-O Manowar #25 - 12,493 (+45.4%)
06/2014: X-O Manowar #26 - 10,083 (-19.3%)

Down a bit, but Armor Hunters is still providing a boost.

182. Red City (Image)

06/2014: Red City #1 - 9,981

Sci-fi noir from Moriarty writer Daniel Corey.

183. Shutter (Image)

04/2014: Shutter #1 - 18,984 (21,500)
05/2014: Shutter #2 - 12,267 (-35.4%)
06/2014: Shutter #3 - 9,887 (-19.4%)

Not a very healthy third-issue drop.

184. Revival (Image)

06/2013: Revival #11 - 13,536

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07/2013: Revival #12 - 13,948 (+3.0%)
08/2013: Revival #13 - 12,549 (-10.0%)
09/2013: Revival #14 - 12,254 (-2.3%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Revival #15 - 11,468 (-6.4%)
12/2013: Revival #16 - 11,065 (-3.5%)
01/2014: Revival #17 - 10,585 (-4.3%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Revival #18 - 10,456 (-1.2%)
04/2014: Revival #19 - 10,384 (-0.7%)
05/2014: Revival #20 - 10,341 (-0.4%)
06/2014: Revival #21 - 9,808 (-5.1%)

The drops continue after a few months of relative stability.

185. Transformers Robots In Disguise (IDW)

06/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise #6 - 11,443
06/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #18 - 9,495

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07/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #19 - 9,564 (+0.7%)
08/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #20 - 9,218 (-3.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #21 - 9,220 (0%)
10/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #22 - 9,044 (-1.9%)
11/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #23 - 10,355 (+14.5%)
12/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #24 - 9,812 (-5.2%)
01/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #25 - 9,609 (-2.1%)
02/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #26 - 9,535 (-0.7%)
03/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #27 - 9,409 (-1.3%)
04/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #28 - 9,568 (+1.7%)
05/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #29 - 9,543 (-0.3%)
06/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #30 - 9,714 (+1.8%)

Solid.

186. Alex & Ada (Image)

11/2013: Alex & Ada #1 - 14,992
12/2013: Alex & Ada #2 - 10,700 (-28.6%)
01/2014: Alex & Ada #3 - 10,242 (-4.3%)
02/2014: Alex & Ada #4 - 9,862 (-3.7%)
03/2014: Alex & Ada #5 - 9,761 (-1.0%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Alex & Ada #6 - 9,869 (+1.1%)
06/2014: Alex & Ada #7 - 9,579 (-2.9%)

Dropping a little but still not doing too badly.

187. Caliban (Avatar)

04/2014: Caliban #1 - 13,196
05/2014: Caliban #2 - 9,454 (-28.4%)
06/2014: Caliban #3 - 9,506 (+0.5%)

Rock solid this month.

188. Conan (Dark Horse)

06/2009: The Cimmerian #11 - 20,041
06/2010: The Cimmerian #21 - 16,421
06/2011: The Road of Kings #6 - 12,523
06/2012: Conan the Barbarian #5 - 15,393
06/2013: Conan the Barbarian #17 - 12,395

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07/2013: Conan the Barbarian #18 - 12,331 (-0.5%)
08/2013: Conan the Barbarian #19 - 12,105 (-1.8%)
09/2013: Conan the Barbarian #20 - 11,828 (-2.3%)
10/2013: Conan the Barbarian #21 - 11,800 (-0.2%)
11/2013: Conan the Barbarian #22 - 11,384 (-3.5%)
12/2013: Conan the Barbarian #23 - 11,245 (-1.2%)
01/2014: Conan the Barbarian #24 - 10,924 (-2.9%)
02/2014: Conan the Barbarian #25 - 10,736 (-1.7%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Conan the Avenger #1 - 11,565 (+7.7%)
05/2014: Conan the Avenger #2 - 9,946 (-14.0%)
06/2014: Conan the Avenger #3 - 9,486 (-4.6%)

Leveling out a good amount down from the last series.

189. Unity (Valiant)

11/2013: Unity #1 - 60,003
12/2013: Unity #2 - 18,845 (-68.6%)
01/2014: Unity #3 - 13,277 (-29.5%)
02/2014: Unity #4 - 10,644 (-19.8%)
03/2014: Unity #5 - 12,268 (+15.3%)
04/2014: Unity #6 - 9,351 (-23.8%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Unity #7 - 9,442 (+1.0%)

Armor Hunters does little more than arrest the drops.

190. Transformers More TMTE (IDW)

06/2012: More Than Meets Eye #6 - 11,263
06/2013: More Than Meets Eye #18 - 9,394

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07/2013: More Than Meets Eye #19 - 9,320 (-0.8%)
08/2013: More Than Meets Eye #20 - 9,402 (+0.9%)
09/2013: More Than Meets Eye #21 - 9,258 (-1.5%)
10/2013: More Than Meets Eye #22 - 9,248 (-0.1%)
11/2013: Dark Cybertron #1 - 12,165
11/2013: More Than Meets Eye #23 - 9,579 (+3.6%)
12/2013: More Than Meets Eye #24 - 10,138 (+5.8%)
01/2014: More Than Meets Eye #25 - 9,867 (-2.7%)
02/2014: More Than Meets Eye #26 - 9,663 (-2.1%)
03/2014: More Than Meets Eye #27 - 9,409 (-2.6%)
03/2014: Dark Cybertron Finale - 9,395
04/2014: More Than Meets Eye #28 - 9,667 (+2.7%)
05/2014: More Than Meets Eye #29 - 9,543 (-1.3%)
06/2014: More Than Meets Eye #30 - 9,395 (-1.6%)

Down a little but well within the range of the last year.

191. The Woods (Boom!)

05/2014: The Woods #1 - 13,916
06/2014: The Woods #2 - 9,352 (-32.8%)

An average second-issue drop.

192. Lumberjanes (Boom!)

04/2014: Lumberjanes #1 - 13,129
05/2014: Lumberjanes #2 - 9,904 (-24.6%)
06/2014: Lumberjanes #3 - 9,150 (-7.6%)

Starting to level out.

194. Adventure Time Flip Side (Boom!)

01/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #1 - 13,372
02/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #2 - 11,318 (-15.4%)
03/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #3 - 10,157 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #4 - 9,652 (-5.0%)
05/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #5 - 9,174 (-5.0%)
06/2014: Adventure Time Flip Side #6 - 9,019 (-1.7%)

Last issue.

195. Transformers Windblade (IDW)

04/2014: Transformers Windblade #1 - 9,855
05/2014: Transformers Windblade #2 - 8,980 (-8.9%)
06/2014: Transformers Windblade #3 - 8,920 (-0.7%)

Not too far behind the main books, and leveling out very quickly.

196. The Goon (Dark Horse)

06/2011: The Goon #34 - 9,203

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11/2013: The Goon #44 - 7,894 
06/2014: The Goon #45 - 8,848

A one-shot issue ahead of another burst of activity in the Goon camp, with a long-form story starting next month.

197. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)

06/2010: Sonic #213 - 7,893
06/2011: Sonic #226 - 9,228
06/2013: -

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07/2013: Sonic #250 - 14,291 (+26.0%)
07/2013: Sonic #251 - 12,782 (-10.6%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Sonic #252 - 10,968 (-14.2%)
10/2013: Sonic #253 - 10,982 (+0.1%)
10/2013: Sonic #254 - 10,585 (-3.6%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Sonic #255 - 10,422 (-1.5%)
01/2014: Sonic #256 - 9,840 (-5.6%)
02/2014: Sonic #257 - 9,325 (-5.2%)
03/2014: Sonic #258 - 9,023 (-3.2%)
04/2014: Sonic #259 - 6,228 (9,495)(+5.2%)
05/2014: Sonic #260 - 8,866 (-6.6%)
06/2014: Sonic #261 - 8,822 (-0.5%)

Solid.

201. Real Heroes (Image)

03/2014: Real Heroes #1 - 23,716
05/2014: Real Heroes #2 - 11,426 (-51.8%)
06/2014: Real Heroes #3 - 8,590 (-24.8%)

Not settling down very fast at all, which is a shame, as it’s ace.

202. Samurai Jack (IDW)

10/2013: Samurai Jack #1 - 23,661
11/2013: Samurai Jack #2 - 12,645 (-46.6%)
12/2013: Samurai Jack #3 - 11,553 (-8.6%)
01/2014: Samurai Jack #4 - 10,451 (-9.5%)
02/2014: Samurai Jack #5 - 9,989 (-4.4%)
03/2014: Samurai Jack #6 - 8,960 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Samurai Jack #7 - 8,990 (+0.3%)
05/2014: Samurai Jack #8 - 8,471 (-5.8%)
06/2014: Samurai Jack #9 - 8,464 (-0.8%)

Pretty level this month.

203. King Conan (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Hour of The Dragon #2 - 9,808

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07/2013: Hour of The Dragon #3 - 9,319 (-5.0%)
08/2013: Hour of The Dragon #4 - 9,492 (+1.9%)
09/2013: Hour of The Dragon #5 - 9,358 (-1.4%)
10/2013: Hour of The Dragon #6 - 9,131 (-2.4%)
02/2014: Conqueror #1 - 9,646 (+5.6%)
03/2014: Conqueror #2 - 8,495 (-11.9%)
04/2014: Conqueror #3 - 8,519 (+0.3%)
05/2014: Conqueror #4 - 8,428 (-1.1%)
06/2014: Conqueror #5 - 8,376 (-0.6%)

Solid.

205. God is Dead (Avatar)

09/2013: God Is Dead #1 - 26,664
10/2013: God Is Dead #2 - 15,366 (-42.4%)
11/2013: God Is Dead #3 - 14,930 (-2.8%)
12/2013: God Is Dead #4 - 13,369 (-10.5%)
01/2014: God Is Dead #5 - 11,897 (-11.0%)
02/2014: God Is Dead #6 - 12,852 (+8.0%)
02/2014: God Is Dead #7 - 12,008 (-6.6%)
03/2014: God Is Dead #8 - 11,515 (-4.1%)
03/2014: God Is Dead #9 - 10,976 (-4.7%)
04/2014: God Is Dead #10 - 10,564 (-3.7%)
04/2014: God Is Dead #11 - 10,326 (-2.3%)
05/2014: God Is Dead #12 - 9,275 (-10.2%)
05/2014: God Is Dead #13 - 8,987 (-3.1%)
06/2014: God Is Dead #14 - 8,262 (-7.5%)

Plummetting, in stops and starts. Still lots of leeway though, it’s ahead of Crossed.

206. BPRD (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Hell on Earth #108 - 10,093
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07/2013: Hell on Earth #109 - 10,018 (-0.7%)
08/2013: Hell on Earth #110 - 9,842 (-1.8%)
09/2013: Hell on Earth #111 - 9,587 (-2.5%)
10/2013: Hell on Earth #112 - 9,497 (-0.9%)
11/2013: Hell on Earth #113 - 8,904 (-6.2%)
12/2013: Hell on Earth #114 - 8,668 (-2.6%)
01/2014: Hell on Earth #115 - 9,072 (+4.7%)
02/2014: Hell on Earth #116 - 8,674 (-4.4%)
03/2014: Hell on Earth #117 - 8,510 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Hell on Earth #118 - 8,473 (-0.4%)
05/2014: Hell on Earth #119 - 8,306 (-2.0%)
06/2014: Hell on Earth #120 - 8,127 (-2.2%)

Sales are spiraling slowly down, with almost two thousand sales lost this last year.

207, 249. Dream Police (Image)

04/2014: Dream Police #1 - 11,804
06/2014: Dream Police #2 - 8,097 (-31.4%)
06/2014: Dream Police #3 - 6,569 (-18.9%)

Not a great third issue drop.

209. Winterworld (IDW)

06/2014: Winterworld #1 - 7,957

New stories from Chuck Dixon, with Butch Guice standing in for the late great Jorge Zaffino. This feels like it should be selling better.

210. Magnus Robot Fighter (Dynamite)

03/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #1 - 27,497
04/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #2 - 9,898 (-64.0%)
05/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #3 - 8,333 (-15.8%)
06/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #4 - 7,898 (-5.2%)

Starting to level out.

212. Sons of Anarchy (Boom!) 

09/2013: Sons of Anarchy #1 - 27,601
10/2013: Sons of Anarchy #2 - 14,688 (-46.8%)
11/2013: Sons of Anarchy #3 - 13,251 (-9.8%)
12/2013: Sons of Anarchy #4 - 12,215 (-7.8%)
01/2014: Sons of Anarchy #5 - 11,607 (-5.0%)
02/2014: Sons of Anarchy #6 - 11,228 (-3.3%)
03/2014: Sons of Anarchy #7 - 9,910 (-11.7%)
04/2014: Sons of Anarchy #8 - 9,304 (-6.1%)
05/2014: Sons of Anarchy #9 - 8,511 (-8.5%)
06/2014: Sons of Anarchy #10 - 7,857 (-7.7%)

Plummeting.

213. Witchblade (Image)

06/2013: Witchblade #167 - 7,329

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07/2013: Witchblade #168 - 7,176 (-2.1%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Witchblade #169 - 7,271 (+1.3%)
10/2013: Witchblade #170 - 7,990 (+9.9%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Witchblade #171 - 7,263 (-9.1%)
01/2014: Witchblade #172 - 6,221 (-14.3%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Witchblade #173 - 6,109 (-1.8%)
04/2014: Witchblade #174 - 6,049 (-0.9%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Witchblade #175 - 7,843 (+29.7%)

The anniversary issue gets a decent boost.

214. Sex (Image)

06/2013: Sex #4 - 17,938

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07/2013: Sex #5 - 15,996 (-10.8%)
08/2013: Sex #6 - 14,488 (-9.4%)
09/2013: Sex #7 - 13,074 (-9.8%)
10/2013: Sex #8 - 12,082 (-7.6%)
12/2013: Sex #9 - 10,707 (-11.4%)
01/2014: Sex #10 - 9,947 (-7.1%)
02/2014: Sex #11 - 9,302 (-6.5%)
03/2014: Sex #12 - 8,830 (-5.1%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Sex #13 - 8,192 (-7.2%)
06/2014: Sex #14 - 7,824 (-4.5%)

That’s the smallest drop yet!

215. Turok, Dinosaur Hunter (Dynamite)

02/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 - 30,722
03/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #2 - 11,296 (-6.3%)
04/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #3 - 9,586 (-15.1%)
05/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #4 - 8,426 (-12.1%)
06/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #5 - 7,803 (-7.4%)

Maybe starting to level out.

216. Empty Man (Boom!)

06/2014: Empty Man #1 - 7,685

Another one that should be selling better, this is Cullen Bunn’s excellent new horror book.

217. Abe Sapien (Dark Horse )

06/2013: Abe Sapien #3 - 10,250

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07/2013: Abe Sapien #4 - 10,314 (+0.6%)
08/2013: Abe Sapien #5 - 9,676 (-6.2%)
09/2014: -
10/2013: Abe Sapien #6 - 9,120 (-5.7%)
11/2013: Abe Sapien #7 - 8,709 (-4.5%)
12/2013: Abe Sapien #8 - 8,622 (-1.0%)
01/2014: Abe Sapien #9 - 8,516 (-1.2%)
02/2014: Abe Sapien #10 - 7,995 (-6.1%)
03/2014: Abe Sapien #11 - 7,825 (-2.1%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Abe Sapien #12 - 7,559 (-3.4%)
06/2014: Abe Sapien #13 - 7,674 (+1.5%)

Solid this month.

218. TMNT New Animated Adventures (IDW)

07/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #1 - 14,397
08/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #2 - 10,304 (-28.4%)
09/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #3 - 8,744 (-15.1%)
10/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #4 - 7,905 (-9.6%)
11/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #5 - 7,112 (-10.0%)
12/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #6 - 6,649 (-6.5%)
01/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #7 - 6,331 (-4.8%)
02/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #8 - 6,034 (-4.7%)
03/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #9 - 6,009 (-0.4%)
04/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #10 - 5,911 (-1.6%)
05/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #11 - 6,075 (+2.8%)
06/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #12 - 7,577 (+24.7%)

This may be one of those comics affected by the UK & Europe ban. Turtles has always had a strong grey market, so US sales may have gone up to fulfill that demand.

219. Bee & Puppycat (Boom!)

05/2014: Bee & Puppycat #1 - 12,204
06/2014: Bee & Puppycat #2 - 7,557 (-38.1%)

Harsh, wonderful comic this.

220. Uber (Avatar)

06/2013: Uber #2 - 16,160

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07/2013: Uber #3 - 14,594 (-9.7%)
07/2013: Uber #4 - 12,030 (-17.6%)
08/2013: Uber #5 - 11,598 (-3.6%)
10/2013: Uber #6 - 10,747 (-7.3%)
11/2013: Uber #7 - 9,784 (-9.0%)
12/2013: Uber #8 - 9,065 (-7.3%)
01/2014: Uber #9 - 8,448 (-6.8%)
03/2014: Uber #10 - 8,133 (-3.7%)
03/2014: Uber Special #1 - 7,176
04/2014: Uber #11 - 7,732 (-4.9%)
04/2014: Uber #12 - 7,694 (-0.5%)
05/2014: Uber #13 - 7,653 (-0.5%)
06/2014: Uber #14 - 7,493 (-2.1%)

Solid. Not selling enough.

221. Revenge (Image)

02/2014: Revenge #1 - 17,362
03/2014: Revenge #2 - 10,112 (-41.8%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Revenge #3 - 7,969 (-21.2%)
06/2014: Revenge #4 - 7,490 (-6.0%)

Last issue. Strange comic.

222. Sonic Universe (Archie)

06/2013: Sonic Universe #53 - 11,123

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07/2013: Sonic Universe #54 - 11,398 (+2.5%)
08/2013: Sonic Universe #55 - 9,239 (-18.9%)
09/2013: Sonic Universe #56 - 9,253 (+0.1%)
10/2013: Sonic Universe #57 - 8,874 (-4.1%)
11/2013: Sonic Universe #58 - 8,433 (-5.0%)
12/2013: Sonic Universe #59 - 8,123 (-3.7%)
01/2014: -
02/2014: Sonic Universe #60 - 7,902 (-2.7%)
03/2014: Sonic Universe #61 - 7,715 (-2.4%)
04/2014: Sonic Universe #62 - 7,927 (-2.7%)
05/2014: Sonic Universe #63 - 7,507 (-5.3%)
06/2014: Sonic Universe #64 - 7,423 (-1.1%)

Pretty stable this month.

223. Solar Man of the Atom (Dynamite)

04/2014: Solar Man O/T Atom #1 - 22,767
05/2014: Solar Man O/T Atom #2 - 8,918 (-60.8%)
06/2014: Solar Man O/T Atom #3 - 7,408 (-16.9%)

Not too bad a third-issue drop, particularly when you consider the second-issue drop.

224. Witchfinder (Dark Horse)

06/2014: Witchfinder Mysteries of Unland #1 - 7,355

Not a particularly strong start.

226. Superannuated Man (Image)

06/2014: Superannuated Man #1 - 7,308

Ted McKeever’s new book. He’s quite a niche taste, so this is pretty decent.

227. Amazing World of Gumball (Boom!)

06/2014: Amazing World of Gumball #1 - 7,285

Another Cartoon Network book, not one of my favorites I must confess.

228. Rachel Rising (Abstract) 

06/2013: Rachel Rising #17 - 8,336

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07/2013: Rachel Rising #18 - 8,504 (+2.0%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Rachel Rising #19 - 8,348 (-1.8%)
10/2013: Rachel Rising #20 - 8,166 (-2.2%)
11/2013: Rachel Rising #21 - 7,795 (-4.5%)
12/2013: Rachel Rising #22 - 7,581 (-2.7%)
01/2014: -
02/2014: Rachel Rising #23 - 7,511 (-0.9%)
03/2014: Rachel Rising #24 - ???? (???)
04/2014: Rachel Rising #25 - 7,378 (???)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Rachel Rising #26 - 7,260 (-1.6%)

Relatively solid at the moment.

229. Harbinger (Valiant)

06/2013: Harbinger #13 - 12,930

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07/2013: Harbinger #14 - 10,709 (-17.2%)
08/2013: Harbinger #15 - 12,086 (+12.9%)
09/2013: Harbinger #16 - 10,199 (-15.6%)
10/2013: Harbinger #17 - 10,686 (+4.8%)
11/2013: Harbinger #18 - 9,203 (-13.9%)
12/2013: Harbinger #19 - 9,237 (+0.4%)
01/2014: Harbinger #20 - 9,060 (-1.9%)
02/2014: Harbinger #21 - 8,473 (-6.5%)
03/2014: Harbinger Bleeding Monk #0 - 8,423
04/2014: Harbinger #22 - 8,213 (-3.1%)
05/2014: Harbinger #23 - 8,011 (-2.5%)
06/2014: Harbinger #24 - 7,256 (-9.4%)

That’s a bit ouch. There’s one more issue, then a mini-series, Omegas, and an Armor Hunters tie-in, not sure of the future beyond that.

231. Lobster Johnson (Dark Horse)

07/2013: Scent of Lotus #1 - 9,586 (-2.6%)
08/2013: Scent of Lotus #2 - 8,844 (-7.7%)
02/2014: Get Lobster #1 - 8,266 (-6.5%)
03/2014: Get Lobster #2 - 7,694 (-6.9%)
04/2014: Get Lobster #3 - 7,480 (-2.8%)
06/2014: Get Lobster #4 - 7,203 (-3.7%)

Last issue.

233. Archer & Armstrong (Valiant)

06/2013: Archer & Armstrong #10 - 13,241

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07/2013: Archer & Armstrong #11 - 9,880 (-25.4%)
08/2013: Archer & Armstrong #12 - 9,971 (+0.9%)
09/2013: Archer & Armstrong #13 - 9,910 (-0.6%)
10/2013: Archer & Armstrong #14 - 10,811 (+9.1%)
11/2013: Archer & Armstrong #15 - 8,998 (-16.8%)
12/2013: Archer & Armstrong #16 - 8,608 (-4.3%)
01/2014: Archer & Armstrong #17 - 8,112 (-5.8%)
02/2014: Archer & Armstrong #0 - 8,671 (+6.9%)
03/2014: Archer & Armstrong #18 - 8,156 (+0.5%)
04/2014: Archer & Armstrong #19 - 7,969 (-2.3%)
05/2014: Archer & Armstrong #20 - 7,553 (-5.2%)
06/2014: Archer & Armstrong #21 - 7,120 (-5.7%)

Continuing for the moment, but not looking too healthy.

234. Stray Bullets (Image)

03/2014: Stray Bullets #41 - 8,297
03/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #1 - 14,208
04/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #2 - 9,147 (-35.6%)
05/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #3 - 7,935 (-13.2%)
06/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #4 - 7,092 (-10.6%)

Should be selling better.

235. Flash Gordon (Dynamite) 

04/2014: Flash Gordon #1 - 14,398
05/2014: Flash Gordon #2 - 8,255 (-42.7%)
06/2014: Flash Gordon #3 - 7,034 (-14.8%)

See above comment.

236. Godzilla (IDW)

06/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #1 - 9,813

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07/2013: Godzilla #13 - 6,741 (-0.6%)
08/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #2 - 7,483 (-23.7%)
08/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #3 - 7,080 (-5.4%)
09/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #4 - 6,820 (-3.7%)
10/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #5 - 6,920 (+1.4%)
11/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #6 - 6,653 (-3.9%)
12/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #7 - 6,587 (-0.9%)
01/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #8 - 6,530 (-0.8%)
02/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #9 - 6,531 (0%)
03/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #10 - 6,677 (+0.2%)
04/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #11 - 6,917 (-3.6%)
05/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #12 - 7.890 (+14.1%)
06/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #13 - 6,980 (-11.5%)

Well, that was a short-lived boost from the movie.

239. Quantum & Woody (Valiant)

07/2013: Quantum & Woody #1 - 17,622
08/2013: Quantum & Woody #2 - 12,818 (-27.3%)
09/2013: Quantum & Woody #3 - 10,734 (-16.3%)
10/2013: Quantum & Woody #4 - 11,242 (+4.7%)
11/2013: Quantum & Woody #5 - 10,816 (-3.8%)
12/2013: Quantum & Woody #6 - 8,855 (-18.1%)
01/2014: Quantum & Woody #7 - 8,590 (-3.0%)
02/2014: Quantum & Woody #8 - 7,992 (-7.0%)
03/2014: Quantum & Woody Goat #0 - 8,747 
04/2014: Quantum & Woody #9 - 7,896 (-1.2%)
05/2014: Quantum & Woody #10 - 7,232 (-1.2%)
06/2014: Quantum & Woody #11 - 6,888 (-4.8%)

Penultimate issue I think, then the Delinquents mini-series. Still the return of the Priest and Bright iteration to come though.

240. EA Poe Fall O/T House of Usher 

06/2013: EA Poe Fall O/T House of Usher #2 - 6,556 

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10/2013: EA Poe The Raven & Red Death One Shot - 7,560 
04/2014: EA Poe Premature Burial One Shot - 6,925 
06/2014: EA Poe Morella Murders Rue Morgue One shot - 6,861

Another Corben Poe special.

241. Doc Savage (Dynamite)

12/2013: Doc Savage #1 - 13,631
01/2014: Doc Savage #2 - 9,000 (-34.0%)
02/2014: Doc Savage #3 - 8,214 (-8.7%)
03/2014: Doc Savage #4 - 7,561 (-7.9%)
04/2014: Doc Savage #5 - 6,974 (-7.8%)
05/2014: Doc Savage Annual 2014 - 5,042
06/2014: Doc Savage #6 - 6,841 (-1.9%)

Maybe settling down, saleswise.

243. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)

06/2013: Real American Hero #191 - 7,407

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07/2013: Real American Hero #192 - 7,361 (-0.6%)
08/2013: Real American Hero #193 - 7,314 (-0.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Real American Hero #194 - 7,314 (0%)
10/2013: Real American Hero #195 - 7,135 (-2.4%)
11/2013: Real American Hero #196 - 8,102 (+13.6%)
12/2013: Real American Hero #197 - 6,983 (-13.8%)
01/2014: Real American Hero #198 - 6,736 (-3.5%)
02/2014: Real American Hero #199 - 6,652 (-1.2%)
03/2014: Real American Hero #200 - 11,780 (+77.1%)
04/2014: Real American Hero #201 - 8,294 (-29.6%)
05/2014: Real American Hero #202 - 6,781 (-18.2%)
06/2014: Real American Hero #203 - 6,791 (+0.1%)

Super-solid this month.

244. Bloodshot (Valiant)

06/2013: Bloodshot #12 - 12,145

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07/2013: Bloodshot #12 - 10,058 (-17.2%)
08/2013: Bloodshot #0 - 11,303 (+12.4%)
09/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #14 - 10,225 (-9.5%)
10/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #15 - 9,806 (-4.1%)
11/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #16 - 8,666 (-11.6%)
12/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #17 - 8,142 (-6.0%)
01/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #18 - 8,529 (+4.8%)
02/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #0 - 7,895 (-7.4%)
02/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #19 - 7,281 (-7.8%)
03/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #20 - 7,929 (+8.9%)
04/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #21 - 7,630 (-3.8%)
05/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #22 - 7,350 (-3.7%)
06/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #23 - 6,783 (-7.7%)

Last issue I think, with an Armor Hunters mini following.

245, 261. Ghost (Dark Horse)

12/2013: Ghost #1 - 9,805
01-02/2014: -
03/2014: Ghost #2 - 7,412 (-24.4%)
04/2014: Ghost #3 - 6,826 (-7.9%)
06/2014: Ghost #4 - 6,058 (-11.2%)
06/2014: Ghost #5 - 6,699 (+10.6%)

A nice and slightly unexpected boost.

246. Simpsons Comics (Bongo)

06/2013: Simpsons Comics #203 - 6,930

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07/2013: Simpsons Comics #204 - 6,976 (+0.7%)
08/2013: Simpsons Comics #205 - 6,894 (-1.2%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Simpsons Comics #206 - 7,082 (+2.7%)
12/2013: Wonderful World of Lisa Simpson #1 - 7,744
12/2013: Simpsons Comics #207 - 6,794 (-4.1%)
01/2014: Simpsons Comics #208 - 6,486 (-4.5%)
02/2014: Simpsons Comics #209 - 6,509 (+0.3%)
03/2014: Simpsons Comics #210 - 6,334 (-2.7%)
04/2014: Duffman Adventures #1 - 7,070
04/2014: Simpsons Comics #211 - 6,390 (+0.9%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Simpsons Comics #212 - 6,619 (+3.6%)

A small increase for no apparent reason.

247. Mega Man (Archie) 

06/2013: Mega Man #26 - 9,290

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07/2013: Mega Man #27 - 10,332 (+11.2%)
08/2013: Mega Man #28 - 8,404 (-18.7%)
09/2013: Mega Man #29 - 8,042 (-4.3%)
10/2013: Mega Man #30 - 8,086 (+0.5%)
11/2013: Mega Man #31 - 7,854 (-2.8%)
12/2013: Mega Man #32 - 7,352 (-6.4%)
01/2014: Mega Man #33 - 7,015 (-4.6%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Mega Man #34 - 6,688 (-4.7%)
04/2014: Mega Man #35 - 6,681 (-0.1%)
04/2014: Mega Man #36 - 6,400 (-4.2%)
05/2014: Mega Man #37 - 7,640 (+19.4%)
06/2014: Mega Man #38 - 6,604 (-13.6%)

Sales drop down for the second part of the Mega Man X team-up.

248, 253. Crossed Badlands (Avatar)

06/2013: Crossed Badlands #31 - 7,327

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07/2013: Crossed Badlands #32 - 7,399 (+1.0%)
07/2013: Crossed Badlands #33 - 7,209 (-2.6%)
08/2013: Crossed Badlands #34 - 7,204 (0%)
08/2013: Crossed Badlands #35 - 6,737 (-6.5%)
09/2013: Crossed Badlands #36 - 6,990 (+3.8%)
09/2013: Crossed Special 2013 - 6,472
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #37 - 6,901 (-1.3%)
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #38 - 6,840 (-0.8%)
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #39 - 6,743 (-1.4%)
10/2013: Crossed Badlands #40 - 6,607 (-2.0%)
11/2013: Crossed Badlands #41 - 6,516 (-1.4%)
11/2013: Crossed Badlands #42 - 6,467 (-0.7%)
12/2013: Crossed Badlands #43 - 6,086 (-5.9%)
01/2014: Crossed Badlands #44 - 6,111 (+0.4%)
01/2014: Crossed Badlands #45 - 5,948 (-2.7%)
01/2014: Crossed Badlands #46 - 5,879 (-1.2%)
02/2014: Crossed Badlands #47 - 5,899 (+0.3%)
02/2014: Crossed Badlands #48 - 5,829 (-1.2%)
03/2014: Crossed Badlands #49 - 5,845 (+0.2%)
03/2014: Crossed Badlands #50 - 8,685 (+48.6%)
04/2014: Crossed Badlands #51 - 7,092 (-18.3%)
04/2014: Crossed Badlands #52 - 6,811 (-4.0%)
05/2014: Crossed Badlands #53 - 6,617 (-2.8%)
05/2014: Crossed Badlands #54 - 6,420 (-3.0%)
06/2014: Crossed Badlands #55 - 6,579 (+2.5%)
06/2014: Crossed Badlands #56 - 6,436 (-2.2%)

Relatively stable this month.

250. Wraith (IDW)

11/2013: Welcome to Christmasland #1 - 12,547
12/2013: Welcome to Christmasland #2 - 8,850 (-29.5%)
01/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #3 - 7,967 (-10.0%)
02/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #4 - 7,404 (-7.1%)
03/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #5 - 6,874 (-7.2%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #6 - 6,811 (-0.9%)
06/2014: Welcome to Christmasland #7 - 6,510 (-4.4%)

This was a brilliantly creepy series, I would highly recommend hunting down the collection.

251. Spongebob Comics (United Plankton)

06/2013: Spongebob Comics #21 - 7,043

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07/2013: Spongebob Comics #22 - 7,020 (-0.3%)
08/2013: Spongebob Comics #23 - 7,001 (-0.3%)
09/2013: Spongebob Comics #24 - 6,965 (-0.5%)
10/2013: Spongebob Comics #25 - 7,254 (+4.1%)
11/2013: Spongebob Comics #26 - 6,741 (-7.1%)
12/2013: Spongebob Comics #27 - 6,745 (-0.1%)
01/2014: Spongebob Comics #28 - 6,456 (-4.3%)
02/2014: Spongebob Comics #29 - 6,377 (-1.2%)
03/2014: Spongebob Comics #30 - 6,254 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Spongebob Comics #31 - 6,233 (-0.3%)
05/2014: Spongebob Comics #32 - 6,623 (+6.3%)
06/2014: Spongebob Comics #33 - 6,450 (-2.6%)
06/2014: Annual Giant Swimtacular #2 - 5,044
252. Five Ghosts (Image)

06/2013: Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #4 - 11,357

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07/2013: Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #5 - 10,409 (-8.3%)
08-09/2013: -
10/2013: Five Ghosts #6 - 9,399 (-9.7%)
11/2013: Five Ghosts #7 - 8,417 (-10.4%)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Five Ghosts #8 - 6,890 (-18.1%)
02/2014: Five Ghosts #9 - 6,348 (-7.9%)
03/2014: Five Ghosts #10 - 5,881 (-7.4%)
04/2014: Five Ghosts #11 - 5,735 (-2.5%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Five Ghosts #12 - 6,444 (+12.4%)
254. Ghostbusters (IDW)

06/2013: Ghostbusters #5 - 7,620

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07/2013: Ghostbusters #6 - 7,253 (-4.8%)
09/2013: Ghostbusters #7 - 7,097 (-2.1%)
10/2013: Ghostbusters #8 - 6,875 (-3.1%)
11/2013: Ghostbusters #9 - 6,447 (-6.2%)
11/2013: Ghostbusters #10 - 7,088 (+9.9%)
12/2013: Ghostbusters #11 - 6,059 (-14.5%)
01/2014: Ghostbusters #12 - 5,755 (-5.0%)
02/2014: Ghostbusters #13 - 6,355 (+10.4%)
03/2014: Ghostbusters #14 - 6,065 (-4.6%)
04/2014: Ghostbusters #15 - 6,200 (+2.2%)
05/2014: Ghostbusters #16 - 6,061 (-2.2%)
06/2014: Ghostbusters #17 - 6,400 (-5.6%)
255. The Massive (Dark Horse)

06/2013: Massive #13 - 9,371

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07/2013: Massive #14 - 8,983 (-4.1%)
08/2013: Massive #15 - 8,713 (-3.0%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Massive #16 - 8,345 (-4.2%)
11/2013: Massive #17 - 7,957 (-4.6%)
12/2013: Massive #18 - 7,770 (-2.3%)
01/2014: Massive #19 - 7,387 (-4.9%)
02/2014: Massive #20 - 6,976 (-5.6%)
03/2014: Massive #21 - 6,841 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Massive #22 - 6,650 (-2.8%)
05/2014: Massive #23 - 6,470 (-2.7%)
06/2014: Massive #24 - 6,372 (-1.5%)
256. Thomas Alsop (Boom!)

06/2014: Thomas Alsop #1 - 6,335
258. Clockwork Angels (Boom!)

03/2013: Clockwork Angels #1 - 11,602
04/2013: Clockwork Angels #2 - 6,452 (-44.4%)
06/2013: Clockwork Angels #3 - 6,169 (-4.4%)
259. Powerpuff Girls (IDW)

09/2013: Powerpuff Girls #1 - 38,992
10/2013: Powerpuff Girls #2 - 14,749 (-62.2%)
11/2013: Powerpuff Girls #3 - 13,175 (-10.7%)
12/2013: Powerpuff Girls #4 - 10,029 (-23.9%)
01/2014: Powerpuff Girls #5 - 8,050 (-19.7%)
02/2014: Powerpuff Girls #6 - 7,456 (-7.4%)
03/2014: Powerpuff Girls #7 - 6,457 (-13.4%)
04/2014: Powerpuff Girls #8 - 6,282 (-2.7%)
05/2014: Powerpuff Girls #9 - 6,032 (-4.0%)
06/2014: Powerpuff Girls #10 - 6,106 (+1.2%)
263. Letter 44 (Oni)

10/2013: Letter 44 #1 - ????
11/2013: Letter 44 #2 - 8,352 (+???)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Letter 44 #3 - 7,926 (-5.1%)
02/2014: Letter 44 #4 - 6,945 (-12.4%)
03/2014: Letter 44 #5 - 6,562 (-5.5%)
04/2014: Letter 44 #6 - 6,152 (-6.2%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Letter 44 #7 - 6,032 (-1.9%)
264. Princess Ugg (Oni)

06/2014: Princess Ugg #1 - 5,961
265. Fuse (Image)

02/2014: Fuse #1 - 15,957
03/2014: Fuse #2 - 9,928 (-37.8%)
04/2014: Fuse #3 - 8,039 (-19.0%)
05/2014: Fuse #4 - 6,637 (-17.4%)
06/2014: Fuse #5 - 5,958 (-10.2%)
266. Doodle Jump (Dynamite)

06/2014: Doodle Jump #1 - 5,940

Really? No seriously, really?

267. V-Wars (IDW)

04/2014: V-Wars #1 - 10,460
05/2014: V-Wars #2 - 6,912 (-33.9%)
06/2014: V-Wars #3 - 5,866 (-15.1%)
269. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope)

06/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #86 - 6,231

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07/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #87 - 7,201 (+15.6%)
08/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #88 - 6,023 (-16.4%)
09/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #89 - 7,423 (+23.2%)
10/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #90 - 6,779 (-8.7%)
11/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #91 - 6,697 (-1.2%)
12/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #92 - 6,262 (-6.5%)
01/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #93 - 6,362 (+1.6%)
02/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #94 - 6,175 (-2.9%)
03/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #95 - 6,036 (-2.3%)
04/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #96 - 5,928 (-2.3%)
05/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #97 - 6,055 (+2.1%)
05/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2014 - 5,089
06/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #98 - 5,828 (-3.7%)
270. Shadowman (Valiant)

06/2013: Shadowman #7 - 12,017

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07/2013: Shadowman #8 - 10,089 (-16.0%)
08/2013: Shadowman #9 - 9,895 (-1.9%)
09/2013: Shadowman #10 - 10,064 (+1.7%)
10/2013: Shadowman #11 - 10,632 (+5.6%)
11/2013: Shadowman #12 - 8,735 (-17.8%)
12/2013: Shadowman #13 - 9,403 (+7.6%)
01/2014: Shadowman #14 - 7,560 (-19.6%)
02/2014: Shadowman #15 - 7,239 (-4.2%)
03/2014: Shadowman #16 - 7,189 (-0.7%)
04/2014: Shadowman End Times #1 - 7,777 (+8.2%)
05/2014: Shadowman End Times #2 - 6,216 (-20.1%)
06/2014: Shadowman End Times #3 - 5,826 (-6.3%)
271. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files (Dynamite)

06/2014: JBDF War Cry #1 - 5,820
272. Grimm Fairy Tales Oz (Zenescope)

07/2013: GFT Oz #1 - 19,237
08/2013: GFT Oz #2 - 11,119 (-42.2%)
10/2013: GFT Oz #3 - 10,537 (-5.2%)
11/2013: GFT Oz #4 - 12,064 (+14.5%)
12/2013: GFT Oz #5 - 10,158 (-15.8%)
02/2014: GFT Oz #6 - 9,631 (-5.2%)
03-04/2014: -
05/2014: Warlord of Oz #1 - 7,787 (-19.1%)
06/2014: Warlord of Oz #2 - 5,810 (-25.4%)
273. Clive Barker Nightbreed (Boom!)

05/2014: Clive Barkers Nightbreed #1 - 7,790
06/2014: Clive Barkers Nightbreed #2 - 5,702 (-26.8%)
274. 24 (IDW)

04/2014: 24 #1 - 8,515
05/2014: 24 #2 - 6,326 (-25.7%)
06/2014: 24 #3 - 5,655 (-10.6%)
276. Mercenary Sea (Image)

02/2014: Mercenary Sea #1 - 10,728
03/2014: Mercenary Sea #2 - 8,509 (-20.7%)
04/2014: Mercenary Sea #3 - 7,222 (-15.1%)
05/2014: Mercenary Sea #4 - 6,103 (-15.5%)
06/2014: Mercenary Sea #5 - 5,482 (-10.2%)
277. Army of Darkness (Dynamite)

10/2013: Ash & The Army of Darkness #1 - 12,620
11/2013: -
12/2013: Ash & The Army of Darkness #2 - 8,223 (-34.8%)
01/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #3 - 7,261 (-11.7%)
02/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #4 - 6,563 (-9.6%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #5 - 6,207 (-9.6%)
04/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #6 - 5,884 (-5.4%)
05/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #7 - 5,690 (-3.3%)
06/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #8 - 5,455 (-4.1%)
278. Dejah of Mars (Dynamite)

06/2013: Dejah Thoris #26 - 6,593

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07/2013: Dejah Thoris #27 - 6,506 (-1.3%)
08/2013: Dejah Thoris #28 - 6,366 (-2.2%)
09/2013: Dejah Thoris #29 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Dejah Thoris #30 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Dejah Thoris #31 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Dejah Thoris #32 - 5,611 (???)
12/2013: Dejah Thoris #33 - 5,502 (-1.9%)
01/2014: Dejah Thoris #34 - 5,392 (-2.0%)
02/2014: Dejah Thoris #35 - 5,394 (+0.1%)
02/2014: Dejah Thoris #36 - 5,320 (-1.4%)
03/2014: Dejah Thoris #37 - 5,237 (-1.5%)
05/2014: Dejah of Mars #1 - 7,085 (+35.3%)
06/2014: Dejah of Mars #2 - 5,416 (-23.6%)
279. Regular Show (Boom!)

06/2013: Regular Show #2 - 19,507

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Regular Show #3 - 16,000 (-18.0%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Regular Show #4 - 15,269 (-4.6%)
11/2013: Regular Show #5 - 12,677 (-17.0%)
11/2013: Regular Show #6 - 11,213 (-11.6%)
12/2013: Regular Show #7 - 10,733 (-4.2%)
01/2014: Regular Show #8 - 9,201 (-14.3%)
02/2014: Regular Show #9 - 8,554 (-7.0%)
02/2014: Regular Show #10 - 7,623 (-10.9%)
03/2014: Regular Show #11 - 7,084 (-7.1%)
04/2014: Regular Show #12 - 6,540 (-7.7%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Regular Show 2014 Annual - 5,377
280. Halo Initiation (Dark Horse)

08/2013: Halo Initiation #1 - 12,584
09/2013: Halo Initiation #2 - 8,771 (-30.3%)
10/2013: Halo Initiation #3 - 7,960 (-9.2%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Halo Escalation #1 - 8,875 (+11.5%)
01/2014: Halo Escalation #2 - 6,656 (-25.0%)
02/2014: Halo Escalation #3 - 5,961 (-10.4%)
03/2014: Halo Escalation #4 - 5,702 (-4.3%)
04/2014: Halo Escalation #5 - 5,550 (-2.7%)
05/2014: Halo Escalation #6 - 5,432 (-2.1%)
06/2014: Halo Escalation #7 - 5,330 (-1.9%)
281. Undertow (Image)

02/2014: Undertow #1 - 14,859
03/2014: Undertow #2 - 9,247 (-37.8%)
04/2014: Undertow #3 - 7,291 (-21.2%)
05/2014: Undertow #4 - 6,114 (-16.1%)
06/2014: Undertow #5 - 5,270 (-13.8%)
282. Wonderland (Zenescope)

06/2013: Wonderland #12 - 7,765

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07/2013: Wonderland #13 - 7,253 (-6.6%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Wonderland #14 - 7,034 (-3.0%)
09/2013: Wonderland #15 - 6,558 (-6.8%)
10/2013: Wonderland #16 - 6,820 (+4.0%)
11/2013: Wonderland #17 - 6,723 (-1.4%)
12/2013: Wonderland #18 - 7,859 (+16.9%)
01/2014: Wonderland #19 - 6,434 (-18.1%)
02/2014: Wonderland #20 - 5,780 (-10.2%)
03/2014: Wonderland #21 - 5,937 (+2.7%)
04/2014: Wonderland #22 - 5,374 (-9.5%)
05/2014: Wonderland #23 - 5,313 (-1.1%)
06/2014: Wonderland #24 - 5,261 (-1.0%)
283. Tales of Honor (Image)

03/2014: Tales of Honor #1 - 13,827
04/2014: Tales of Honor #2 - 6,067 (-5.6%)
05/2014: Tales of Honor #3 - 5,170 (-14.8%)
284. Twilight Zone (Dynamite)

12/2013: Twilight Zone #1 - 21,723
01/2014: Twilight Zone #2 - 11,537 (-46.9%)
02/2014: Twilight Zone #3 - 10,061 (-12.8%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Twilight Zone #4 - 9,014 (-10.4%)
05/2014: Twilight Zone #5 - 8,140 (-9.7%)
06/2014: Twilight Zone Annual 2014 - 5,154
285. That’s Because You’re A Robot (Image)

06/2014: That’s Because You’re A Robot One Shot - 5,149
286. Peter Panzerfaust (Image)

06/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #11 - 17,683

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07/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #12 - 9,951 (-43.7%)
08/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #13 - 8,419 (-15.4%)
09/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #14 - 7,714 (-8.4%)
10/2013: Peter Panzerfaust #15 - 10,769 (+39.6%)
01/2014: Peter Panzerfaust #16 - 6,128 (-43.1%)
02/2014: Peter Panzerfaust #17 - 5,598 (-8.6%)
04/2014: Peter Panzerfaust #18 - 5,374 (-4.0%)
06/2014: Peter Panzerfaust #19 - 5,106 (-5.0%)
287. Battlestar Galactica (Dynamite)

06/2013: Battlestar Galactica #2 - 10,503

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07/2013: -
08/2013: Battlestar Galactica #3 - 9,200 (-12.4%)
09/2013: Battlestar Galactica #4 - 7,955 (-13.5%)
10/2013: Battlestar Galactica #5 -???? (???)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Battlestar Galactica #6 - 6,896 (???)
01/2014: Battlestar Galactica #7 - 6,120 (-11.2%)
02/2014: Battlestar Galactica #8 - 5,992 (-2.1%)
03/2014: Battlestar Galactica #9 - 5,586 (-6.9%)
04/2014: Battlestar Galactica #10 - 5,586 (-6.9%)
05/2014: Battlestar Galactica #11 - 5,243 (-6.1%)
06/2014: Battlestar Galactica #12 - 5,103 (-2.7%)
288. Eye of Newt (Dark Horse)

06/2014: Eye of Newt #1 - 5,087
290. Judge Dredd Mega City Two (IDW)

01/2014: Mega City Two #1 - 6,755
02/2014: Mega City Two #2 - 5,700 (-15.6%)
04/2014: Mega City Two #3 - 5,380 (-5.6%)
04/2014: Mega City Two #4 - ???? (???)
06/2014: Mega City Two #5 - 5,036 (???)
291. Maxx Maxximized (IDW)

11/2013: Maxx Maxximised #1 - 9,714
12/2013: Maxx Maxximised #2 - 7,345 (-24.4%)
01/2014: Maxx Maxximised #3 - 6,322 (-13.9%)
02/2014: Maxx Maxximised #4 - 5,943 (-6.0%)
03/2014: Maxx Maxximised #5 - ???? (???)
04/2014: Maxx Maxximised #6 - 5,377 (???)
05/2014: Maxx Maxximised #7 - 5,241 (-2.5%)
06/2014: Maxx Maxximised #8 - 5,031 (-4.0%)
292. Mass Effect (Dark Horse)

06/2012: -

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07/2012: Mass Effect Homeworlds #3 - 7,375 (-5.3%)
08/2012: Mass Effect Homeworlds #4 - 7,310 (-0.9%)
07/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #1 - 9,291 (+27.1%)
08/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #2 - 7,310 (-21.3%)
09/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #3 - 6,849 (-6.3%)
10/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #4 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #5 - 5,820 (???)
12/2013: Mass Effect Foundation #6 - 5,655 (-2.8%)
01/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #7 - 5,222 (-7.7%)
02/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #8 - 5,097 (-2.4%)
03/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #9 - 4,998 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #10 - ???? (???)
05/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #11 - 4,879 (???)
06/2014: Mass Effect Foundation #10 - 4,998 (+2.4%)
293. Robyn Hood (Zenescope)

06/2013: Robyn Hood Wanted #2 - 7,116

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07/2013: Robyn Hood Wanted #3 - 6,864 (-3.5%)
08/2013: Robyn Hood Wanted #4 - 5,727 (-16.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Robyn Hood Wanted #5 - 7,438 (+29.9%)
11/2013-01/2014: -
02/2014: Robyn Hood Age of Darkness - 6,388 (-14.1%)
03/2014: Robyn Hood Legend #1 - 6,622 (+3.7%)
04/2014: Robyn Hood Legend #2 - ???? (???)
05/2014: Robyn Hood Legend #3 - 5,268 (???)
06/2014: Robyn Hood Legend #4 - 4,964 (-5.8%)
295. Translucid (Boom!)

04/2014: Translucid #1 - 9,487
05/2014: Translucid #2 - 5,507 (-42.0%)
06/2014: Translucid #3 - 4,891 (-11.2%)
297. Madame Frankenstein (Image)

05/2014: Madame Frankenstein #1 - 9,771
06/2014: Madame Frankenstein #2 - 4,692 (-52.0%)

I wrongly attributed this to Steve Niles last month; it’s actually by the lovely Jamie Rich. Sorry Jamie! Oh, and Steve I guess…

298. Pathfinder (Dynamite)

06/2013: -

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07/2013: Pathfinder #8 - 6,085 (-3.6%)
08/2013: -
09/2013: Pathfinder #9 - ??? (???)
10/2013: Pathfinder #10 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Pathfinder #11 - 5,110 (???)
05/2014: Pathfinder City of Secrets #1 - 7,101 (+39.0)
06/2014: Pathfinder City of Secrets #2 - 4,621 (-34.9)
299. Littlest Pet Shop (IDW)

05/2014: Littlest Pet Shop #1 - 8,211
06/2014: Littlest Pet Shop #2 - 4,593 (-44.1%)
300. Rocky & Bullwinkle (IDW)

03/2014: Rocky & Bullwinkle #1 - 7,022
04/2014: Rocky & Bullwinkle #2 - ???? (???)
05/2014: Rocky & Bullwinkle #3 - ???? (???)
06/2014: Rocky & Bullwinkle #4 - 4,560 (???)

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All figures on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to direct market retailers. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. Books shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than ones shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month.

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34. Types of Book Publishing

As shown by this chart, there are many paths to a published book.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3BkwFa5qpaIci1BYUViWFJpdGc/edit

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35. Peek

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This is a peek of a picture book I am working on. It is in the story development phase. I am hopeful that the story is to a point that it is ready for submission. I just need to let it simmer for a few days.

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36. Gustav Doré in Paper Cutout Animation


Lorenzo Papace and Vincent Pianina created this stop-motion animated film of Gustav Doré (1832-1883) climbing a mountain.

The film was made to promote an exhibition of Doré's work at The Musée d'Orsay earlier this year (Link to YouTube video)
via CartoonBrew

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37. Absolutely Almost (2014)

Absolutely Almost. Lisa Graff. 2014. Penguin. 304 pages [Source: Library]

I loved Absolutely Almost. I think I loved it at least as much as Umbrella Summer. Maybe even a little bit more. I don't know. Time will tell. I don't actually have to choose between the two, right?! I can LOVE two GREAT books by one very talented middle grade author, can't I?!

Albie is the protagonist of Absolutely Almost. His narration gives the book a just right feel. It's a satisfying read about a boy who struggles with meeting expectations: his parents, his grandparents, his teachers, his own. He's never good or great, he's always only almost. Almost good at this or that. Almost ready for this or that. And this oppressive almost gets him down now and then. Not always, mind you. I don't want to give the impression that Albie is sad and depressed and unable to cope with life. Albie is more than capable of having a good time, of enjoying life, of appreciating the world around him.

I really appreciated Graff's characterization. Not only do readers come to love (in some cases I imagine love, love, love) Albie, but, all the characters are well written or well developed. Albie's parents at times seem to be disconnected, out of touch with who their son is, what life is like for him, what he wants, what he needs. But just when I get ready to dismiss them as neglectful or clueless, something would happen that would make me pause and reconsider. Readers also get to know several other characters: his nanny, Calista, his math teacher, Mr. Clifton, and his friend, Betsy. For the record, he does have more than one friend. But Betsy is his new friend, his first friend that he makes at his new school. It is their friendship that is put to the test in the novel. It is his relationship with Betsy that allows for him to progress a bit emotionally. If that makes sense. (So yes, I know that his best-best friend is Erlan. But Erlan has been his friend for as long as he can remember, probably since they were toddlers. He's completely comfortable in that friendship. Their friendship does come into the novel here and there. But for me, it wasn't the most interesting aspect of the novel.)

I loved the setting of Absolutely Almost. I loved how we get to spend time with Albie in school and out of school. I loved how we get to see him in and out of his comfort zone. I loved that we got to see his home life. We got to see for ourselves how he interacts with parents. I love how Albie is able to love his parents even if they don't really make him top priority. Especially his Dad. Albie's need for his Dad's attention, the right kind of attention, can be FELT. Albie held onto hope that one day his Dad would find time to spend with him, that one day his Dad would see him--really see him. There were moments that hope lessened a bit as Albie gave into his emotions-of-the-moment. But Albie's love for his dad always won out at the end. His hope would return.

The writing. I loved it. I did. I think the quality of the writing was amazing. There were chapters that just got to me. Their were paragraphs that just resonated with me. The writing just felt TRUE.

Absolutely, Almost is set in New York City.

© 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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38. What’s So Funny? Or How I Met Jon Scieszka Three Times in One Day

My husband and I meet a Mike Myers Dr. Evil look-alike on the Vegas strip

My husband and I meet a Mike Myers Dr. Evil look-alike on the Vegas strip

There were many things that made me laugh in Las Vegas at ALA Annual this year. There were zany, homemade costumes worn by street performers and sky high food prices (an $18 burger? You can’t be serious), but the best laughs were found inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. This being my first ALA Annual, I had spent a lot of time in advance researching which authors and illustrators would be visiting the publisher’s booths in the exhibit hall. When I looked at my final list, I realized that many of these picture book icons had one thing in common: they all wrote or illustrated humorous books that I love to use in Storytime. Following are my experiences in just one day of ALA Annual in which I met these talented people and ways in which you can use their books in preschool or family Storytime.

Jon Scieszka (1st time)

Rikki Unterbrink and Jon Scieszka at the YALSA Coffee Klatch

Rikki Unterbrink and Jon Scieszka at the YALSA Coffee Klatch

9:00am – I signed up for YALSA’s YA Author Coffee Klatch for several reasons, but the top reason was a chance to meet Jon Scieszka. I was five years old when The True Story of the Three Little Pigs was published (the book celebrates its 25th anniversary this year) and eight when my mom brought home an autographed copy of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. She had just met Scieszka at a teacher’s conference. I had never seen an autographed book before and thought it was pretty much the coolest thing in the world. I read the story many times and continued to read any Scieszka books I could get my hands on all the way into adulthood. So, when the other young adult author enthusiasts at my Coffee Klatch table asked which author I was most excited to meet, you know what I said. Wouldn’t you know that when the whistle blew and the authors made their way to each table that Jon Scieszka came to our table first. And sat right next to me. Scieszka talked about the first book in his new series, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor which will be released on August 19th. Since each author only got five minutes at each table, there wasn’t much time for me to tell Scieszka how influential he has been on my life. It’s a good thing I got a few more chances!

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
in Storytime:

In advance, gather several items and place in a large bucket, basket or cauldron. Three pig toys or puppets, one wolf toy or puppet, a bundle of sticks, straw, a toy brick, box of cake mix or bag of sugar, handkerchief, and spectacles.

Before reading the story, inform the kids that you have gathered some items for your ‘story bucket’ and you need their help to figure out which popular folk tale you’re going to be reading to them. Pull out the sugar, handkerchief, and spectacles before the others and see if they can guess what the story it about and who the characters might be.

After the story, sing “The Three Little Pig Blues” from Greg & Steve Playing Favorites. Shakers are a nice addition to this song. Have children huff & puff and say “not by the hair of my chinny chin chin!” during the song.

Since it is the 25th anniversary of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and the wolf is attempting to bake a cake for his granny, end the program with cupcakes!

Dan Santat

11:00am – As I waited in line for Dan Santat, I called my mother in Ohio and told her that I had just sat next to my childhood hero, Jon Scieszka for coffee. She was very excited for me and recalled her experience meeting him all those years ago. I told her that I hoped for another chance to meet him and to get his autograph.

As a huge fan of The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat, I was definitely eager to meet Santat. I practically squealed with delight when I discovered the free book he was signing was the follow-up to Ninja Pigs, Ninja Red Riding Hood. If you haven’t read these books you’re missing out. Ninja Pigs would make a nice addition to the “Three Little Pigs” Storytime theme. Another great book of Santat’s to use in a “Bad Moods” themed Storytime is Crankenstein.

Crankenstein in Storytime:

During the story, have children moan and groan along with Crankenstein. Make sure to get into it yourself! Other good books to use in this Storytime are The Three Grumpies by Tamra Wight, The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and The Not-So-Scary Snorklum by Paul Bright.

Songs and Rhymes:

Five Cranky Crabs
http://wiki.kcls.org/index.php/Five_Cranky_Crabs

Old MacDonald Felt So Glad
Storytimes for Two-Year-Olds by Judy Nichols, second edition

I’m So Mad
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes audio CD

Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

1:30pm – I couldn’t believe I was one of the first people in line for Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen. Both have exceptional talent and have published many award-winning and beloved children’s books. Put them together and you’ve got something magical called Extra Yarn, a 2013 Caldecott Honor recipient. When many authors and illustrators are signing books at the same time at ALA Annual things can get a little crazy in the exhibit hall. Often there are no signs to mark which line is for whom and where it ends. You may find yourself arriving at a booth only to find the end of the queue is somewhere in the next aisle at the back of the hall. I took great pleasure in telling people that I was near the front of the line. However, I found myself getting rather annoyed that people kept asking, “Is this the line for Jon Klassen?” and overlooking the fact that another very talented person was appearing with him! I understand that Klassen has won the Caldecott Medal, a Caldecott Honor, and numerous other awards but he was not the funny man I was there to meet. In my opinion, Mac Barnett is a comic genius bringing the library world some fantastic read-aloud stories including Count the Monkeys, Mustache!, Guess Again, and President Taft is Stuck in the Bath. He has also written a hilarious mystery series for middle grade readers called The Brixton Brothers.

from left: Rikki Unterbrink, Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen

from left: Rikki Unterbrink, Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen

I was definitely star struck when it was my turn to meet Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. I am slightly embarrassed to say that I practically ignored Klassen and told Barnett how much of a fangirl I am for his work. I told him, “I want you to know that everyone has been saying this is the Jon Klassen line and I keep telling them it is the Mac Barnett line.” Well, Barnett thought this comment was hilarious and elbowed Klassen saying, “Did you hear that Jon? She said it’s the Mac Barnett line! Ha! I have fans, too!” Barnett took several photos with me and even purposely made Klassen lean farther out of the frame for one of them.

Count the Monkeys in Storytime:

I used this book during an evening family Storytime with much success. The book requires audience participation to help count the monkeys (which don’t actually appear in the book at all because they are scared of the various other animals in the book). Toward the end of the book, have a surprise guest reader sneak in the back of the room dressed as one of the lumberjacks from the book. He or she can carry mini flapjacks to share as a snack.

Extra Yarn in Storytime:

Extension activities to use before or after reading the story:
Have children and parents sit in a circle and toss a skein of rainbow yarn across the circle to someone. Have them loop the yarn around their finger and toss the rest to someone else. After the yarn has been tossed at least once to everyone, talk about the web you’ve made and how each person is important to your web and your world. If someone leaves the group, part of the web falls away. Have one or two people drop their yarn to illustrate this. Compare this to Annabelle’s magical yarn and how she uses it to change her world in the story.

Dancing Sheep action rhyme by Susan Dailey
(Use a sheep or llama puppet for extra fun)
http://www.susanmdailey.com/fingerplays.html

Mustache! in Storytime:

In the book, King Duncan hangs giant banners and posters of himself all around his kingdom as a “gift” to his people only to find that his subjects have painted mustaches on all of them. After reading the book, give children a washable marker and a picture from a magazine (or a copy of Duncan’s face!) and let them graffiti the picture with mustaches. Other fun books to read with this theme: Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos and Mo’s Mustache by Ben Clanton. For songs give each child a paper or fake mustache to hold and adapt Woodie Guthrie’s song “Put Your Finger in the Air” to “Put Your Mustache in the Air.”

Mustache Song:
(author unknown)
You are my mustache, my trendy mustache.
You make me happy, when skies are gray.
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you.
So please don’t shave my mustache away.

Jon Scieszka (2nd time)

I get my book signed by Jon Scieszka!

I get my book signed by Jon Scieszka!

2:00pm – This line was very long. Clearly, I was not the only fan of Scieszka’s at ALA and I was worried I would be too far back in line to actually receive a free book. Sure enough, when the representative from Penguin Young Readers Group approached me as I neared the front of the line, I was not surprised that they were nearly out of books. I asked if I could have him sign something else (I brought a special tote bag for just this purpose) and she said yes. However, as I got even closer to the front of the line I was handed a book! Some had left the line thinking they were not getting a book which turned out very nicely for me indeed. I received my copy of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and stepped up to have it signed. “Back for more, eh?” Scieszka said to me. He remembered me from that morning! Hooray! I told him the story about my mom bringing home his book so many years ago and how I had talked to her earlier that day to tell her how thrilled I was that we both finally got to share the experience of meeting him. He said, “That’s great. Tell your mom I miss her.” What a great guy.

Tom Angleberger

4:00pm – I was glad my husband, Travis, had tagged along to Las Vegas because he got the chance to meet Tom Angleberger with me. Travis has read all of the Origami Yoda books by Angleberger and I really enjoy his picture book, Crankee Doodle. Angleberger was just as we expected. Wearing a Rebel Alliance baseball cap and nerdy t-shirt, he looked like he had just stepped off the pages of one of his books. He was very gracious and friendly. We look forward to reading the final installment of Origami Yoda, Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus.

Crankee Doodle in Storytime:

This book just begs to be read aloud by two actors/librarians. After seeing this book performed in a similar fashion, I just had to do it during a family Storytime because it’s fun for both children and adults. Young children may not understand the reference to the song, Yankee Doodle, but older children and parents think it’s hilarious. In the book, Crankee Doodle’s pony tries to convince him to go to town to buy a new hat, but Crankee doesn’t want anything to do with going to town. Read this book using a horse puppet for the pony’s part and a tri-corner hat (we made one out of paper) and baseball cap for Crankee’s part. Follow up with a rousing sing-along of the original song.

Mac Barnett & Jon Scieszka (3rd time)

Jon Scieszka, Rikki Unterbrink and Mac Barnett with Battle Bunny book

Jon Scieszka, Rikki Unterbrink and Mac Barnett with Battle Bunny book

4:30pm – Proof that dreams really do come true, I got to end the day chatting with both Barnett and Sciezska at the same time. Both remembered me and actually told each other about our previous meetings and posed with me for the most memorable photo of all. Barnett and Scieszka co-wrote a book called Battle Bunny, a “deliciously subversive piece of metafiction” according to Booklist. I told the authors that I love the book, but I am worried that library patrons will start to scribble all over future books using this one as inspiration. I haven’t yet figured out how to use this one in Storytime, but Barnett informed me that if you go to http://mybirthdaybunny.com/make-your-own/ readers can download and print the pages for their very own bunny story. Perhaps I will make my own called Funny Bunny and turn all of the fluffy animal characters into children’s book authors that I met one day in Las Vegas.

(All photos courtesy of guest blogger)

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BookOur guest blogger today is Rikki Unterbrink. Rikki was a 2014 Penguin Young Readers grant recipient and is the Youth Services Director for Shelby County Libraries in Sidney, Ohio. She is a co-creator of the Teen Think Tank, a grass roots roundtable for teen and tween librarians in Ohio, a member of the Teen Services Division of the Ohio Library Council and a book reviewer for the Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group. This year she also received the Penguin Young Readers Award to attend her first ALA Annual. Rikki enjoys presenting at numerous conferences, performing family Storytimes, dressing up in hilarious costumes and playing with puppets at the library. She lives in Wapakoneta, Ohio with her handsome, band director husband (their life is just like The Music Man) and three crazy but charming cats, Ron Weasley, Katniss Everdeen and Chandler Bing (he’s adopted). You can find her posting for the Shelby County Libraries Facebook page, reviewing on Goodreads or you may contact her by email at steingri@oplin.org.

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at alscblog@gmail.com.

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39. "I’m not used to seeing people’s faces," he said. "There’s too much information there. Aren’t you..."

“"I’m not used to seeing people’s faces," he said. "There’s too much information there. Aren’t you aware of it? Too much, too fast."

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The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit

Wow. This is an incredible story of a man who lived in the woods of Maine for nearly three decades, surviving almost entirely on things he stole from summer homes. He was finally caught, and reporter Micheal Finkel struck up a sort of friendship with him, visiting him in prison and learning about the years he spent silent and alone. 

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40. Separated at birth: Milo Manara’s Spider-Woman and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” — UPDATED

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Yesterday the enduring appeal of the human female rump as an object of sexual desire was reaffirmed in two separate incidents.

Rapper Nicki Minaj released a new video called “Anaconda” (NSFW) which has already been viewed some 22 million times. The video features the amply bootied Minaj shaking it in a tiny thong, tiny denim shorts, a small bikini and tight tights. It is the latter she wears as she crawls on her hands and knees to and then lap dances a visibly shaken Drake. Some have called Minaj’s butt “fake” — I’m not up to speed on hip-hop lore to know if she had implants or not, but whatever, it’s quite a thing, and the video definitely puts Iggy Azalea in her place. And as mentioned, it’s been viewed 22 million times in one day so it’s a hit!
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Meanwhile Marvel released a Greg Land regular cover for the new Spider-Woman #1 and a variant by 68-year-old Italian erotica expert Milo Manara.

Did Manara and Minaj somehow share drafts of their work? The resemblance is SCARY!

Manara also copied the pose from the cover of one of his best known comics, Click! in which a woman is controlled by a remote control box and turned into a sexually voracious horndog whenever someone turns the dial. This was not the basis of the 2006 Adam Sandler film, but imagine if it had been.

Jill Pantozzi at The Mary Sue took point on the outrage on this, proving that despite the recent changes, TMS is no man’s site:

I honestly don’t know what anyone involved was thinking. The series is being written by Dennis Hopeless with art by Greg Land, and although it appearsMarvel is attempting to draw in women with a slew of new female-led titles, this does not instill confidence. Nor does it tell women this is a comic they should consider spending money on. In fact, what the variant cover actually says is “Run away. Run far, far away and don’t ever come back.”

That may sound like an exaggeration but it’s really not. This is what we talk about when we ask comic publishers not to actively offend their paying (or potentially paying) customers. It’s important to note, Manara is known for erotic art, and there’s absolutely a place for that. But was he the best choice to promote this particular comic? I would say unequivocally no.


It appears to The Beat that after a period in which the growing female audience of comics has been wooed by Marvel, this new book is meant to appeal to the old “headlights comics” crowd. The interiors by Greg Land and variant by known erotic master Manara confirm that. Kinda simple.

Marvel’s decision to aim Spider-Woman at the male crowd is a little odd, but maybe this is the character Sony is contemplating for their female-led superhero movie and Spider-Woman needs to be made a little more man-friendly? I dunno.

I’ll be brutally honest, I’m more offended by that Greg Land cover than the Manara one. The Land one, as I tweeted a few weeks ago, is really badly drawn and makes it look like Jessica Drew is a double amputee with one shrunken leg. I’m sure he copied it from some photo that is just foreshortened but it still looks awful. It’s just DULL. You can’t say that of the Manara cover, at least.

I’d hope for better for Spider-Woman, but one franchise at a time, I guess.

As for “Anaconda” (The title refers to Sir Mix-a-lot’s line from “Baby Got Back” — “My anaconda don’t want none unless you’ve got buns, hun”), I admit it’s a bit disconcerting to see someone as normally in control as Minaj crawling on all fours and objectifying and fetishing a female body part, but you can’t deny the power of the ass, and Minaj seems to be wielding her own super-power. Perhaps Spider-Woman is just doing the same thing?

Somehow it doesn’t come off quite the same.

UPDATE: Obvs. I’m far from the only person who made this connection, and most have deemed the Nicki-led video as empowering and the Manara image as the male gaze over again. Amanda Marcotte at Slate:

But really what it comes down to is who is in control of the butts in question. With Spider-Woman, we’re looking at yet another example of a man imposing his ideas about the female body and female sexuality onto a character, creating an image that feels like she’s reduced to the ass in question. But “Anaconda” is a video with a woman in charge of her own image. She’s shaking her thing because she wants to and she’s looking directly into the camera and rapping, too, making it impossible to reduce her to a single body part.

Also, Cathy Johnson directed me to this essay on the empowering message of “Anaconda” by The Rogue Feminist:

In contrast, Nicki Minaj is reclaiming a song (Baby Got Back) that was made by a Black male rapper who celebrated (but also objectified) Black female bodies. Throughout her song, Nicki raps like a man would, talking about her sexual conquests with men and the size of their dicks, almost as a way of doing to men what they have done to women (objectifying their dicks as Sir Mix A Lot objectified Black women’s asses and many other men objectify women’s vaginas). She also brags about her sexual prowess and stays in control and aggressive in the video (she goes as far as cutting a banana representing a dick and slapping Drake’s hand away—the video critiques the male gaze). The target of mockery and disparagement in Nicki’s video is men and the male gaze, and the video works to reclaim agency from it.

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41. smarter than a super genius

Question: Okay, so I am writing a story where my main character is a holmesian-style detective, who often relies on his cunning wit and superior intelligence

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42. NY Artist Carves Books Into Beautiful Sculptures

New York-based artist Brian Dettmer uses old books to create beautiful sculptures. Dettmer uses knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve up the pages of a book. He does not add or move around content from the book, he only removes items to create new meanings with the page.

Here is more about the book from his artist’s statement: “The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge.”

Dettmer is not alone is using books as a medium for art. Julia Strand and Mike Stillkey also work with old books in their creations.

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43. Which Celebrities Have the Most Autobiographies: INFOGRAPHIC

Love Reading has created an infographic called, “The 23 People With the Most Autobiographies in the World,” which highlights the celebrities with the most autobiographies.

According to the graphic, Ernest Hemingway, Barack Obama and Chelsea Handler made the list. We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further.

Check it out: “In today’s celebrity obsessed society, we’re continually looking for a chance to gleam an insight into the lives of our most valued icons. This infographic from Love Reading delves into the most prolific autobiographers, and what they’ve done to entitle them to such fastidious memoir-writing.” (more…)

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44. Mishra and Shakeen win CRNI’s 2014 Courage in Editorial Cartooning award

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Michael Cavna has details on the winners of this year’s Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning presented by the Cartoonists Rights Network International. The award is presented to “a cartoonist in great danger who has demonstrated exceptional courage in the exercise of free-speech rights under extraordinary circumstances.”

The winners this year are Kanika Mishra from India and Palestinian Majda Shaheen.

In the face of death threats against her and her family, the Mumbai-based Kanika Mishra took on the “outrageous hypocrisy” of popular religious leader Asaram Bapu, who was accused of raping a 16-year-old, CRNI says. Bapu was eventually arrested and jailed.

“Kanika, like some cartoonists who find themselves under pressure, refused to bend or compromise her art,” Russell tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. “With every new phone threat or attack, her cartoons just got stronger and stronger.”

Through her cartooning, Shaheen “depicts her view on the relationship between Ismail Haniyeh [senior political leader of Hamas] and the Al-Quds Brigades,” says CRNI, noting that she also faced threats of violence for her commentary.


They are the first women to win the award.

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45. Bill Nye the Science Guy app review

bill nye desk Bill Nye the Science Guy app review2013 was an anniversary year for the live-action educational TV program Bill Nye the Science Guy. In honor of that occasion, developer Disney Education created the Bill Nye the Science Guy 20th Anniversary App.

Welcome to Nye Labs, where you’ll discover on the main screen (a.k.a. Bill’s retro-looking desk) an assortment of objects that when tapped lead you to different sections of the app, all narrated by Bill himself.

Learn about telling time with a sundial on Mars versus on Earth (Martian minutes are longer) or enter the “Whorl of Illusion!” to learn about different types of optical illusions. When you tap the Bill Nye bobblehead on the desk, he provides science trivia (e.g., “Humpback whales can go without eating for six months”). In the TV portion of the app, you can watch episodes of the show in which Bill teaches you about chemical reactions, the heart, the planets and sun, gravity, earthquakes, magnetism, friction, light optics, and mammals. NB: Each video costs an additional $1.99 in the app store. “The Book of Do-It-Yourself Experiments” provides instructions for hands-on projects, such as testing eggshell strength and cleaning pennies, to try at home.

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Two games are included in the app. One is an “Archeology Dig of Science” with robot Diggity and his dog Rocky in the yard behind the lab. Complete three levels (crust, mantle, core) by having the robot dig down into the earth to discover artifacts worth points. You need to earn a certain number of points within the time limit to advance to the next level. In the other game you are looking for signs of life on the Plutoid Pluto — but you have to travel there from Earth in a rocket ship. Along the way you’ll pass other planets and learn facts about each one. You must figure out how to use each planet’s orbit to move you forward in space when you launch your rocket; timing is everything here. You also must complete missions along the way, such as photographing each planet and launching satellites. Engaging in missions will earn you “money,” which you need to continue playing the game (launching rockets is expensive!). But remember to save some missions for the end so you can drop a probe on Pluto and get back to Earth. And don’t get lost in space!

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Both games were a bit tricky to master and certainly not designed for the youngest users, but with a little practice they were fairly enjoyable.

Inside the desk drawer on the main page, you’ll find a few little extras, including a step-by-step guide on “How to Tie a Bow Tie” — so you can wear one like Bill Nye — and a copy of the Periodic Table of Elements with facts about some of the elements. There’s no way turn off the sound effects or Bill’s narration in any of the sections, so they got repetitive after a while.

This app contains a random assortment of science facts and experiments… but it’s just that sort of variety that made the show so interesting to watch when it aired on PBS Kids in the 1990s and that makes the app, with its impressive and responsive graphics, an informative and entertaining e-introduction to Bill Nye’s approach for making basic science concepts accessible to kids.

Available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch (requires iOS 6.0 or later); free with in-app purchases. Recommended for primary and intermediate users.

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46. Over the River and Through the Woods

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Over the River and Through the Woods is the first page in a new sketch book. I need to get better at drawing directly into the computer and I want a non threatening page to sketch on once a day.

Rules: one page a day analogue or digital, only black and white, 15 minutes drawing and 15 minutes writing.

What if?

I am surprised and pleased at how much this looks like a child’s drawing. When examining the work of Paul Klee he seems to show no fear in his expression. His images are filled with “What if?” explorations. This is a place where “What if?” can exist.

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47. BOBBEE BEE:STOP POLICE BRUTALITY (REPOST)

by Paul Street

“46% were killed without the police even pretending that the victims were wielding weapons.”

You probably know about Trayvon Martin, the young back man shot dead by the young white neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman last February 26th. Trayvon’s case became a national sensation, sparking large demonstrations across the country

It is possible that you have heard of Ramarley Graham, an 18 year-old black man followed to his home in the Bronx and killed there by police (who falsely claimed that he “ran away”) last February 2nd. Graham’s killing and the subsequent charging of the officer who murdered him with a single shot received coverage in The New York Times.

I doubt, however, that you have heard of Wendell Allen, a black 20 year-old former high school basketball star who was shot in the back while wearing pajamas by New Orleans police who invaded his home on marijuana suspicions. There were four children in the house when Allen was murdered by white officers from the infamous NOPD last March 7th. (Large mobilizations and a Grand Jury investigation followed).

I don’t suppose you’ve heard of a 31 year-old black man named Manuel Loggins, Jr. either. Last February 10th, the former Marine sergeant was shot dead by San Clemente, California police while he was praying and exercising at a local school track. After witnessing the murder of their father, his two daughters, 9 and 14, were detained in isolation for 13 hours.

You didn’t likely hear anything either about Johnnie Warren, a 43-year old black man who used to live in Dothan, Alabama. Last February 15th, Warren was killed by police taser there for the crime of pubic intoxication.


Or Stephon Watts, a black 15 year-old mentally disturbed boy shot to death by Calumet City, Illinois police last February 1st. Cops responding to a 911 call exercised deadly force after finding Watts in possession of a harmless pen knife.


Or Raymond Allen, a 34-year-old black man who was hog-tied and tasered to death after being picked up by Galveston, Texas cops for “suspicion of being under the influence of drugs” last February 29th.

“The list of Black Americans killed by white cops this year goes on and on.”

Or Angelo Clark, a 31 year-old black man, killed by a SWAT team searching for drugs in his home in Little Rock, Arkansas, last January. Clark was accused of pointing an AK-47 at the police but he had no way of knowing that the people who broke into his home were police until after he was shot.

And then there’s Justin Sipp, a 20-year-old black man shot dead by an NOPD officer with a long history of brutality. Sipp died because he argued with the cops after being pulled over for “look[ing] suspicious” as he drove with a broken taillight last March 1st.

And Nehemiah Dillard, a 29 year-old black man tasered to death for “behaving strangely” in Gainesville, Florida last March 5th.

And Dante Price, a 25-year-old black man shot 22 times by White Ranger Security guards at Summer Square apartments in Dayton, Ohio last March 1st. Price was on his way to baby-sit his children. (Significant community protests and a Grand Jury investigation followed)


And Rekia Boyd, 22, an innocent bystander shot to death by an off-duty Chicago cop who was angry over loud noise in a city park last March 27th.
The list of Black Americans killed by white cops this year goes on and on. It’s an epidemic. As researchers Ariene Eisen and Kali Akuno show in a detailed report prepared for the Malcom X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) last month, we know of at least 120 cases of black people being killed by police, security guards, and “self-appointed law-enforcers“ (e.g. George Zimmerman) between January 1 and June 30th, 2012. That’s 1 killing every 36 hours.

MXGM’s Report on the Extrajudicial Killings of 120 Black Peoplei provides a chilling anatomy of racist, state-terrorist murder. Of the 120 black lives taken by police, guards, and vigilantes in the first seven months of this year:

46% were killed without the police even pretending that the victims were wielding weapons.

36% were killed with the police claiming that the victims wielded weapons but with the claim challenged by witnesses and/or family members.

Just 18% were incontestably armed.

Just 12.5% actually shot at officers.

69% were ages 13 to 31.

11% were children under 18.

28% suffered from mental health problems that contributed to their deaths.

31% had engaged in no conduct that could have reasonably been called criminal.

40% came into fatal contact with their killers because of police “stop and frisk” interventions conducted on the pretext of “suspicious behavior,” “suspicious appearance” or “traffic violations.”

More than a third were attempting to “run away” when they were killed.

9% were suspected of nothing at all (e.g. Rekia Boyd)

38% were forgotten: “a careful Internet search could not find their names after an initial flurry of news about their killings” (Eisen and Akuno).


Subtracting 15 cases in which victims shot at officers, Eisen and Akuno recovered 105 incidents in which black Americans died in what amounted to “extrajudicial executions.”

In many cases where the victims used or threatened violence they did do so without having any reason to know that the killers who stopped them or entered their homes were police. (the Angelo Clark case is one example).

The killers have faced little in the way of investigation or prosecution. Six security guards and “self-appointed law-enforcers” – the most notable example in the second category is George Zimmerman (jailed only after a remarkable national protest wave) – have been charged. Just 3 police officers have been charged – one for vehicular homicide-DUI and 3 for manslaughter.

“More than a third were attempting to “run away” when they were killed.”


“The executions continue,” Eisen and Akuno note, “nationwide: from north to south, east to west, in rural towns and large metropolitan areas.” It is not a “southern problem,” through some Southern cities (Atlanta, Dallas, Memphis, New Orleans, and Jacksonville) seem to conduct street executions of blacks “in numbers disproportionate to the size of their Black populations.”

It seems likely that the MXGM report is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the extrajudicial killing of American minorities. There is no official database, public or private, that records incidents of excessive police or security guard force against blacks or Latinos (The latter are also frequent police shooting and stop-and-frisk targets, as in Anaheim, California, where repeated cop killings of young Hispanics recently sparked riots). Eisen and Akuno had to compile their list as best they could by spending days combing the Internet for newspaper, television, police, eyewitness and other reports.

It should be noted (without disparaging the remarkable MXGM report) that direct police killings contribute a relatively small part of the death count generated by white America’s war on U.S. blacks. The antiwar group Iraq Body Count grossly understated the real number of civilian casualties resulting from the criminal U.S. invasion of Iraq because it restricted its list of victims to those who could be shown in multiple sources to have been directly killed by U.S. bombs, missiles, bullets, or artillery. Many more Iraqis died prematurely because of health and safety issues related to the U.S. invasion’s destruction of civilian and public infrastructure (water treatment, electricity, health services, food supplies, and the like) and the general disruption of daily life.

In a similar vein, millions of blacks die far too soon because of the broad catastrophe that is institutional racism. Racial oppression’s terrible toll has intensified amidst the latest capitalist depression even as it is more cloaked than ever by the existence of a “first black president.” Endemic systemic economic and public disinvestment, persistent savage residential and school segregation, financial starvation of black schools, epic racist mass incarceration and felony marking (what Michelle Alexander rightly calls “The New Jim Crow”), continuing job (hiring and promotion) discrimination, lack of medical access and health coverage, absent green space, the concentration of frustration and weapons – all of this and more create Third World poverty, disease, and mortality rates across much of black America.

“Millions of blacks die far too soon because of the broad catastrophe that is institutional racism.”

Black pain is furthered by a deeply embedded cultural racism that is reflected and reproduced in the dominant mass media. The reigning corporate-Caucasian communications empire presents inner city black males as menacing, drug-addled thugs and black females as lazy, over-sexed “welfare-shoppers.” The metropolitan Ten and Eleven O’clock news stoke white suburban fear and disgust with an endless procession of black gang-bangers and murderers without an iota of context on the policies, practices, and structures of institutional racism that create misery and early death in the nation’s persistently separate and unequal black communities. Racially biased media coverage is intimately related to the chilling indifference most of the nation shows towards quickly forgotten incidents of unjustified white-on-black police killing.

The epidemic of extrajudicial execution continues. On July 29th, a 21 year-old black man named Chavis Carter was shot and killed while handcuffed in a patrol car in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Carter had been pulled over and searched by officers who found a $10 bag of marijuana in his car. The police have absurdly claimed that he committed suicide.


On August 11th, New York City shot to death a 51 year-old black man they had approached for allegedly smoking marijuana in Manhattan’s Times Square. Wielding an 11-inch knife and wearing a bandana, Darrius Kennedy was killed by no less than 12 NYPD bullets in front of hundreds of horrified tourists and city residents. Welcome to the Big Apple!

Why this plague of white police-on-black citizen killings? Along with the recent upsurge of hate groups and “antigovernment patriot organizations,” the police shootings likely reflect (among other things) white fears sparked by the changing racial demographics of the nation. Whites are projected to become a minority by 2050In the mind of many Caucasians, including some police officers, these changing demographics are personified by the technically nonwhite identity of the nation’s “first black president.”

“Don’t look for a Justice Department investigation of the current killer cop wave anytime soon.”


Never mind that the “post-racial” Barack Obama (who rose to national prominence with a speech proclaiming that there is “no such thing as a black America or a white America” and who saved his presidential candidacy with a speech announcing that racism was a problem located only in the American past, not the present) is on board with dominant white victim-blaming explanations of black poverty. And never mind that he refuses to undertake any policy designed to meaningfully address specific black grievances and issues. (Don’t look for a Justice Department investigation of the current killer cop wave anytime soon).
Proto-fascist whites do not make or get distinctions between tepid, system-serving moderates like Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Booker T. Washington and those who actually fight for social justice like Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Just as there’s no number of overseas Muslims that Obama could extra-judicially execute to shake white 21st century Amerikanners of their faith in his Muslim identity and allegiances, there’s no amount of tolerance Obama could show to those who stalk, imprison, and kill black Americans that would disabuse the racists of their belief that he is a threat to white privilege.

Paul Street (www.paulstreet.org [6]) is the author of numerous books, including Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Paradigm, 2004), Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis (Rowman&Littlefield, 2007), The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power (Paradigm, 2010), and (co-authored with Anthony DiMaggio) Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics (Paradigm, 2011). Street can be reached at paulstreet99@yahoo.com [7].
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48. British Justice Ministers Defend Prison Book Ban

British justice ministers have defended their push to prevent prisoners in England and Wales from having family and friends send them books.

They argue that prisoners can earn the right to buy books through the prison’s book selling program through a new ”incentives and earned privileges” regime.

The Guardian has more: “Justice ministry officials say lifting the ban on sending in books would undermine the basis of the new regime. The prisons minister, Jeremy Wright, said: ‘The notion that we are banning books in prisons is complete nonsense. All prisoners can have up to 12 books in their cells at any one time, and all prisoners have access to the prison library. ‘Under the incentives and earned privileges scheme, if prisoners engage with their rehabilitation and comply with the regime, they can have greater access to funds to buy items, including books.’”

Writers have called the move barbaric, stressing the importance of reading as part of a prisoner’s rehabilitation.

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49. Why Plot Focus is Important in Picture Books and Short Stories

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As I have worked with various beginning picture book authors, a common problem that a lot of them run into is difficulty in conveying what their story is really about or going off in to many directions. Creative writing instructors in school may run into a similar problem when they assign students to write short stories. This writing instruction video on picture book plot addresses this issue.

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50. Are Subjects Joined by And Singular or Plural?

subjects-joined-by-and-singular-or-pluralQ: I’m writing a letter and am uncertain which sentence is correct: Your passion and commitment to my company HAVE inspired many, or, Your passion and commitment to my company HAS inspired many? —Carrie G.

This kind of thing used to trip me up, too, as a subject with multiple nouns in it seems like it should always be plural. But that isn’t always the case. The way you group the items determines whether it’s a singular subject or a plural subject (and whether you’d use the plural verb have or the singular has). Let me explain.

Sentence subjects that have independent nouns connected by and are plural, thus requiring plural verbs (such as have). One trick to tell if the nouns are independent from each other is to divide the sentence into two sentences and see if the meaning stays the same. For example: The baseball players and the manager were disappointed after losing the big game. When divided, the sentences read: The baseball players were disappointed after losing the big game. The manager was disappointed after losing the game. The meaning is the same and these nouns are thus independent of each other, making the original sentence a plural sentence and requiring a plural verb (were).

Let’s apply this trick to the sentence in question, Your passion and commitment to my company have inspired many. It can be divided into two sentences and keep the same meaning (Your passion to my company has inspired many; your commitment to my company has inspired many), therefore it’s plural and requires the plural verb have.

Not all subjects using and to connect nouns are plural, though. Sentence subjects that have multiple nouns connected by and that refer to a singular thing require singular verbs. Consider, Green eggs and ham was Sam-I-Am’s favorite dish. In this sentence, green eggs and ham is one specific dish in and of itself, so you use the singular verb was. If you divide this sentence (Green eggs was his favorite dish/Ham was his favorite dish) you change the meaning—and Sam-I-Am would be pretty disappointed if you had him over for dinner and served only half of his favorite meal.

When in doubt, divide the sentence to see which verb you need. It will help you on your grammatical quest toward subject/verb agreement.

Want other Grammar Rules? Check out:
Sneaked vs. Snuck
Who vs. Whom
Lay vs. Lie vs. Laid 
Which vs. That
Since vs. Because
Ensure vs. Insure
Home in vs. Hone in
Leaped vs. Leapt

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