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26. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/27/14: Hulk statue ahoy!

§ You will need to go through several sign-up tests to get to this Psychiatric Times article about the use of comics in psychiatric treatment, but inspired by the recent Comics and Medicine conference, the answer is “Yes.”

After hearing that I spent a few days at a comics and medicine conference, an ordinarily taciturn patient with autism spectrum disorder revealed that he enjoyed Japanese manga comics. It was unexpected to see him smile or show such enthusiasm, although I wondered if manga’s many sexually exploitative themes kindled his intrigue. Discussing comics in session seemed like a good way to open closed doors and circumvent his limited communications skills.

A transgendered patient seemed equally thrilled to tell me of her affection for artist/author Alison Bechdel. In one day, I felt confident that I had stumbled upon an unexplored but promising clinical tool. A few mental health–related graphic novels left in the waiting room can accomplish a lot, especially when dwindling appointment times leave less and less time for psychotherapy.

§ ONE MORE intervention link, I promise. Michael Cavna interviews co-founder Oni Hartstein :

ONI HARTSTEIN: I think the biggest lesson is that we all know each other much better than in the first year. The five-year point is when the staff really starts to gel with events, and that’s exactly what happened here. The quality of the event is higher than ever.

§ This piece entitled The Comic Book Industry Is On Fire, And It’s About More Than Just The Movies leads you through the many topics we’ve covered here over the last year or so (and links to a few pieces we’ve written) including more and better comics, more cons, more stores, more movies and so on but ends with suggesting actual comics to read. Curve ball!

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§ Huh well how do you like that: Marvel Has No Plans To Release Any Comics Based On ‘Big Hero 6′. This is the Disney animated movie based on Marvel Comics, but the subject matter has been thoroughly transformed. Straight out Disney kiddie comics are still a tough sell in the continental United States. And look at those characters. Who could possibly make comics about this gang!

§ After all the time we spent covering the amazing story of the Hulk Statue of the Northlake Library, we were stunned by this account of ANOTHER Hulk Statue in an Illinois backyard discovered by a news chopper inspecting flood damage.

Stunned.

What other Hulk secrets lie in the backyards of America? This could be an entire Marvel New Now Soon mini series. Hello Jonathan Hickman, this is right up your alley.

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27. NYCC13: New York Super Week: Tickets On Sale Now!

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Yes, it’s still August.  There are a few days left until Labor Day ends another Summer of Fun!

So that means it’s time for the Fall Season of (unofficial) comic cons!

Hey!  New York Comic Con is in October!  I wonder what’s up at their site?

Lots of guests being announced.

MAJOR guests!

Oh, and they are spreading the lurv out-and-about the greater metropolitan area, with the inaugural “New York Super Week“, held  October 3-12, 2014.

It’s a brilliant marketing move.  Javits can only hold so many people (I’m guessing 150K max during NYCC), and can only sell so many tickets.  This expands the geekery to the general populace, with many free events available!

What’s available, you ask?

Well… there’s Neil Gaiman teaming up with NPR at the Y!  (Buy now, before he announces it on his blog!)

Columbia University displaying comics treasures from their collections!  (Free!)

Thrilling Adventure Hour (already sold out! but there’s a workshop!)

Podcasts!

Cosplay!

Burlesque!

EVEN CAT VIDEOS!

Event Ticket Link
An Evening with Pat Rothfuss and Paul & Storm Purchase Your Ticket!
Arcade Breakfast Purchase Your Ticket!
Arcade Breakfast Purchase Your Ticket!
Ask Me Another Purchase Your Ticket!
BATSU! Monday October 6, 2014 Purchase Your Ticket!
BATSU! Saturday October 4, 2014 Purchase Your Ticket!
BATSU! Thursday October 9, 2014 Purchase Your Ticket!
Black Girl Nerds Podcast Purchase Your Ticket!
Comic Book Bears Podcast Free Event
Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future Free Event
Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future Opening Free Event
Cure You or Kill You: 19th Century Medical Science & Quackery Purchase Your Ticket!
DJ Fusion Free Event
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along and Joss Whedon-Themed Party Purchase Your Ticket!
Dr. Who Trivia and Costume Contest Purchase Your Ticket!
ESL One New York 2014 – DOTA 2 Championship Purchase Your Ticket!
Geek Girl Brunch Presents: Fan Girls’ Night Out Purchase Your Ticket!
H.P. Lovecraft Fest Tickets Coming Soon
Hatsune Miku Purchase Your Ticket!
Hatsune Miku Purchase Your Ticket!
Hot Sauce Takedown Tickets Coming Soon
I Don’t Get It Purchase Your Ticket!
Improv Face Off Friday October 10, 2014 Purchase Your Ticket!
Improv Face Off Friday October 3, 2014 Purchase Your Ticket!
Juan Epstein (live podcast) Purchase Your Ticket!
Kevin Geeks Out Purchase Your Ticket!
Macmillan Audio Presents: Science Fiction Audiobook Narrators Live! Free Event
Macmillan Audio Presents: Science Fiction Audiobook Narrators Live! Free Event
Mad World Tickets Coming Soon
Meet the Lady: Bullets & Bracelets and DJ Accident Report Purchase Your Ticket!
Morning Musume Purchase Your Ticket!
MORTIFIED’s Salute to Sci-Fi & Fandom! Purchase Your Ticket!
Muppet Vault: Superheroes! Free Event
Mythos Tickets Coming Soon
Nads Purchase Your Ticket!
Nerd Comedy Hosted by Kevin Maher Purchase Your Ticket!
Nerd Nite Purchase Your Ticket!
Nerdist Writers Panel Tickets Coming Soon
New York Super Week Wrap-Up Party Presented by Sonicboombox Tickets Coming Soon
Punderdome 3000 Purchase Your Ticket!
Rave of Thrones: Kristian Nairn aka Hodor DJ set w/ Special Guests Purchase Your Ticket!
RAWR! Burlesque in conjunction with New York Super Week Presents: Comic Con Vixens! Purchase Your Ticket!
Rock Comic Con Purchase Your Ticket!
Rock Star Karaoke Purchase Your Ticket!
Run by the Gun Purchase Your Ticket!
Sci Fi Explosion Purchase Your Ticket!
Secret Identity Pub Quiz presented by Ghostery Free Event
Sega Of America Presents Sonic Boom 2014 Fan Event Purchase Your Ticket!
Sex Nerd Sandra Presents: Boning 101 Workshop Purchase Your Ticket!
Shipwreck with Welcome to Night Vale’s Cecil Baldwin Purchase Your Ticket!
Singularity & Co and Dances of Vice Present Cosplay After Dark: A NYCC Mirror Universe Purchase Your Ticket!
Slate’s Hang Up and Listen (Live Podcast) Purchase Your Ticket!
SLIMED! Presents a Nite of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense! Purchase Your Ticket!
The Art of Living Dead Dolls Book Party @ Ripley’s Times Square Purchase Your Ticket!
The Big Quiz Thing Purchase Your Ticket!
The First (and Probably Last) Annual New York Feline Film & Video Festival for Humans (Especially Kids)) (All Ages Show) Purchase Your Ticket!
The First (and Probably Last) Annual New York Feline Film & Video Festival for Humans: New York Super Week Spectacular Edition (21+ Show) Purchase Your Ticket!
The History of Music Video, Part One (the Dawn of Time until 1993) Purchase Your Ticket!
The Karate Kid 30th Anniversary Cast Conversation and Screening Purchase Your Ticket!
The Story Collider does Science Fiction! Purchase Your Ticket!
The Thrilling Adventure Hour Sold Out!
The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: WorkJuice Improv Show & Panel Purchase Your Ticket!
This Week in Marvel Podcast Free Event
Trivia AD Free Event
Writing & Producing for Genre Film and Television Workshop Tickets Coming Soon
Writing & Selling your Genre Television, Film, Comic Book and More…Workshop Purchase Your Ticket!
X Japan Concert Purchase Your Ticket!

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Buy the Super Week Card, and you’ll get discounts all over the city!

What a wonderful world!

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28. Amy Adams & Henry Cavill Accept Ice Bucket Challenge on ‘Superman vs. Batman’ Set

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Here’s a scene you might not see in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman film. Amy Adams and Henry Cavill accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in full wardrobe on the set of the Man of Steel sequel. Adams challenged all the siblings names she could remember.

I don’t want to ruin the end for you, but I hope you like your Man of Steel soaked.

They just dumped load, after load, after load…

Click here to donate some money to ALS.

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29. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: July 2014 – 75 Years of Batman

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By David Carter

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

The column is already running late, so I won’t belabor too many points here‚Ķ

July 2014 was a record-setting month in many categories for the Diamond NA-served comics market (see John Jackson Miller’s analysis for the full skinny). DC shipped a whopping 83 comics this month (up from 68 in June).

As expected, the Batman 75th Anniversary covers don’t do as well as the Bombshell covers did last month. Whether this is because retailers (as a group) order-ordered on the Bombshell covers and were correcting, or because there was a perceived lesser demand for the Batman covers it is hard to tell; I suspect a combination of factors. It may be several months before things settle down in the new way of ordering variants.

Despite the decline in variant cover orders, DC’s overall sales were only down an average of 400 units per title, mainly due to the reappearance in July of Superman Unchained and Sandman Overture, the strong debut of Grayson, and relaunches of Teen Titans and Suicide Squad.

Warning: The commentary below may contain reasoned analysis, speculation (unfounded and otherwise), opinion, and/or snark. Those looking for a more straightforward analysis are directed to John Jackson Miller’s excellent Comichron analysis, posted earlier this month right here at The Beat!

Please consider the fine print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com’s estimates can be found here.

(Note that the percentage comparisons are now done with total orders including reorder activity, as opposed to initial orders as was the practice of this column under the previous administration.)

2 - BATMAN ($4.99)
07/2004: Batman #630   --  69,026 [70,414] 
07/2009: Batman #688   --  83,040 
07/2010: Batman #701   --  76,398
07/2011: Batman #712   --  51,385
07/2012: Batman #11    -- 127,210 
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07/2013: Batman #22    -- 132,047 (- 15.8%)
08/2013: Batman #23    -- 128,230 (-  2.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Jkr    -- 151,351 (+ 18.0%)
09/2013: #23.2: Rdlr   -- 140,065 (-  7.5%)
09/2013: #23.3: Pngn   -- 120,026 (- 14.3%)
09/2013: #23.4: Bane   -- 124,382 (+  7.6%) [129,156]
10/2013: Batman #24    -- 124,652 (-  3.5%)
11/2013: Batman #25    -- 125,602 (+  0.8%)
12/2013: Batman #26    -- 119,443 (-  4.9%)
01/2014: Batman #27    -- 115,492 (-  1.7%) [117,395]
02/2014: Batman #28    -- 114,089 (-  1.3%) [115,891]
03/2014: Batman #29    -- 116,926 (+  0.9%)
04/2014: Batman #30    -- 108,998 (-  6.8%)
05/2014: Batman #31    -- 107,499 (+  0.2%) [109,170]
06/2014: Batman #32    -- 130,077 (+ 19.2%) 
07/2014: Batman #33    -- 117,996 (-  9.3%) 
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6 months: +  0.5%
1 year  : - 10.6%
2 years : -  7.2%
5 years : + 42.1%
10 years: + 67.6%
Since #1: - 47.2%

The price-enhanced final issue of “Batman: Year Zero” with a Batman 75th Variant comes in at 12K below last month’s Bombshell, but still 8K above May’s numbers. It’s enough to put Batman at #2, behind Rocket Raccoon’s Loot Crate-enhanced debut of nearly 300K and just barely ahead of the month’s #3 comic (Amazing Spider-Man #4 at 117,917).

7 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
07/2004: JLA #101            --  64,615
07/2004: JLA #102            --  63,249
07/2009: JL of America #35   --  58,915
07/2010: JL of America #47   --  60,368
07/2011: JL of America #59   --  43,545
07/2012: Justice League #11  -- 123,971
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07/2013: Justice League #22  -- 110,194 (+ 17.2%) [124,026]
08/2013: Justice League #23  -- 103,936 (-  6.4%)
09/2013: #23.1: Darkseid     -- 111,142 (+  6.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Lobo         --  79,244 (- 28.7%)
09/2013: #23.3: Dial E       --  64,119 (- 14.4%) [67,855]
09/2013: #23.4: Secret Socty --  78,014 (+ 23.1%) [83,500]
10/2013: Justice League #24  --  98,491 (+ 18.0%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Justice League #25  --  94,004 (-  4.6%)
12/2013: Justice League #26  --  90,592 (-  3.6%)
01/2014: Justice League #27  --  84,674 (-  6.5%)
02/2014: Justice League #28  --  80,901 (-  4.5%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Justice League #29  --  78,912 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Justice League #30  --  77,456 (-  1.8%)
06/2014: Justice League #31  --  75,803 (-  2.1%)
07/2014: Justice League #32  --  88,179 (+ 16.3%)
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6 months: +  4.1%
1 year  : - 28.9%
2 years : - 28.9%
5 years : + 49.7%
10 years: + 37.9%
Since #1: - 67.5%

Justice League is running a month behind and thus gets its Bombshell Variant this month. It’s an increase of a bit over 12K, where based on its chart position had it come out last month with most of the other Bombshell variants we would have expected to see the increase to be closer to 16K. As it was re-solicited for July retailers would have had a chance to see how the other Bombshell variants were affecting sales and it appears that they downgraded their expectations here, though not to the level that they were adjusting down their Batman variant orders from the Bombshells.

In other words, I don’t think we have the final word yet on what the long term effects will be of DC’s new variant ordering scheme.

8 - GRAYSON ($2.99)
07/2004: Nightwing #95  -- 30,392
07/2012: Nightwing #11  -- 49,124
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07/2013: Nightwing #22  -- 42,073 (-  3.0%)
08/2013: Nightwing #23  -- 40,522 (-  3.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Nightwing #24  -- 39,853 (-  1.7%)
11/2013: Nightwing #25  -- 44,039 (+ 10.5%)
12/2013: Nightwing #26  -- 38,452 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: Nightwing #27  -- 38,325 (-  0.3%)
02/2014: Nightwing #28  -- 36,940 (-  3.6%)
03/2014: Nightwing #29  -- 36,814 (-  0.3%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Nightwing #30  -- 43,923 (+ 19.3%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Grayson #1     -- 81,433 (+ 85.4%)
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6 months: + 112.5%
1 year  : +  93.6%
2 years : +  65.8%
10 years: + 167.9%

The change of direction and title for the Dick Grayson franchise does spectacularly well, as sales of the first issue of Grayson nearly match those of the New 52 debut of Nightwing. Sales are enhanced by a Batman 75th variant as well as a couple of other variant covers that are par for the course (including a 1:100 incentive). The are very good debut numbers, and if it follows the standard model of sales for new titles it should settle down to around 50K in a few months, which would place it quite comfortably ahead of where Nightwing sales finished.

10 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
11/2013: Harley Quinn #0  -- 114,212           [141,580]
12/2013: Harley Quinn #1  --  92,153 (- 10.8%) [120,312]
01/2014: Harley Quinn #2  --  66,363 (- 26.9%) [ 82,031]
02/2014: Harley Quinn #3  --  63,967 (- 18.6%) [ 72,820]
03/2014: Harley Quinn #4  --  63,120 (-  5.5%)
04/2014: Harley Quinn #5  --  63,155 (+  0.1%)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6  --  62,467 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Harley Quinn #7  --  93,266 (+ 49.3%)
07/2014: Harley Quinn #8  --  76,827 (- 17.6%)
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6 months: -  6.3%
Since #0: - 45.7%

Sales drop over 17K from the Bombshell variant, but are still more than 14K above May’s sales. These continue to be great numbers for a former C-List character whose current series is clearly striking a chord with a good number of readers.

13 - SANDMAN OVERTURE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2013: Sandman Overture #1 -- 103,668 (+436.4%) [107,858]
11/2013: -- 
12/2013: -- 
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: -- 
03/2014: Sandman Overture #2 --  89,711 (- 14.9%)  [91,839]
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: -- 
07/2014: Sandman Overture #3 --  72,563 (- 21.0%) 
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Since #1: - 36.4%

The best-selling Vertigo title by a huge margin, even with the large drop for the third issue. I could be that some readers are tiring of the delays and have decided to wait for the collection, or the delays have given retailers enough time to assess actual sales and adjust accordingly. Regardless, this thing is going to sell very well and for a very long time once it is eventually completed and collected.

14 - SUPERMAN UNCHAINED ($3.99)
07/2013: Superman Unchained #2  -- 165,754 (-35.5%)
08/2013: Superman Unchained #3  -- 136,319 (-17.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: --
11/2013: Superman Unchained #4  -- 110,611 (-18.9%)
12/2013: Superman Unchained #5  --  96,322 (-12.9%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: Superman Unchained #6  --  94,147 (- 2.3%)
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: -- 
07/2014: Superman Unchained #7  --  68,345 (-27.4%)
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6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 49.9%
Since #1: - 74.8%

Delays continue to plague Superman Unchained and sales are affected adversely. Back in 04-05 when Lee was drawing the main Superman title for twelve issues, sales started at 244K and ended at 116K. With Unchained they started even higher at nearly 272K but have already fallen to nearly 68K.

16 - HARLEY QUINN INVADES COMIC CON #1 ($4.99)
07/2014: Harley Quinn Comic Con #1  --  64,978 

An oddball one-shot starring Harley Quinn sells very well, especially at $5. Harley Quinn has pretty much become cemented as DC’s publishing version of Deadpool; let’s see if they follow Marvel’s lead and overexpose her with multiple series and specials and burn out interest‚Ķ

17, 18, 22, 23, 25 - BATMAN ETERNAL ($2.99)
04/2014: Batman Eternal #1  -- 105,754           [110,916]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #2  --  84,566 (- 20.2%) [ 88,468]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #3  --  79,703 (-  4.8%) [ 84,183]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #4  --  78,009 (-  1.7%) [ 82,743]
05/2014: Batman Eternal #5  --  73,475 (- 11.2%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #6  --  70,983 (-  3.4%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #7  --  68,251 (-  3.8%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #8  --  68,523 (+  0.4%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #9  --  68,295 (-  0.3%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #10 --  67,203 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #11 --  65,770 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #12 --  65,374 (-  0.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #13 --  63,828 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #14 --  63,138 (-  1.1%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #15 --  62,137 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #16 --  61,149 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #17 --  60,013 (-  1.9%)
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Since #1: - 45.9%

This is the first month that Batman Eternal issues were not returnable, and you’ll be pleased to note that the sales numbers more or less fall right in line with our previously recalculated sales for the first twelve issues. A five week month means five weekly issues, a nice little bonus boost for what it either the top of DC’s middle or the bottom of DC’s top.

19 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
07/2004: Superman #206 -- 138,984 [140,177]
07/2009: Superman #690 --  39,472
07/2010: Superman #701 --  54,506
07/2011: Superman #713 --  36,646
07/2012: Superman #11  --  56,066
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07/2013: Superman #22  --  42,961 (-  3.0%)
08/2013: Superman #23  --  42,155 (-  1.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Bzarro --  59,589 (+ 41.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Brniac --  58,197 (-  2.3%)
09/2013: #23.3: H'el   --  55,069 (-  5.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Prsite --  59,811 (+  8.6%)
10/2013: Superman #24  --  39,580 (- 33.8%)
11/2013: Superman #25  --  39,295 (-  0.7%)
12/2013: Superman #26  --  36,877 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Superman #27  --  35,266 (-  4.4%)
02/2014: Superman #28  --  34,296 (-  2.8%)
03/2014: Superman #29  --  33,633 (-  1.9%)
04/2014: Superman #30  --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31  --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32  --  89,140 (+136.8%) [95,972]
06/2014: Superman #33  --  62,998 (- 34.4%)
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6 months: + 78.6%
1 year  : + 46.6%
2 years : + 12.4%
5 years : + 59.6%
10 years: - 55.1%
Since #1: - 58.0%

There was a Batman variant and a couple of incentive variants for the second Johns/Romita issue. Taking into account the effect of the Bat-Bomb differential and a typical 2nd issue drop, these numbers are pretty much right in line with what would be expected. The first Johns/Romita issue sees nearly 7K in re-orders, which is a good sign for continued interest.

21 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
07/2004: Detective Comics #794 --  36,805
07/2009: Detective Comics #855 --  61,205
07/2010: Detective Comics #867 --  40,371
07/2011: Detective Comics #879 --  39,185
07/2012: Detective Comics #11  --  79,835
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07/2013: Detective Comics #22  --  63,949 (-  1.9%)
08/2013: Detective Comics #23  --  61,448 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Poison Ivy     --  78,522 (+ 27.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Harley Quinn   --  89,636 (+ 14.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Scarecrow      --  73,043 (- 18.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Man-Bat        --  68,110 (-  6.8%)
10/2013: Detective Comics #24  --  59,310 (- 12.9%)
11/2013: Detective Comics #25  --  64,392 (+  8.6%)
12/2013: Detective Comics #26  --  56,538 (- 12.2%)
01/2014: Detective Comics #27  --  88,702 (+ 59.8%) [90,335]
02/2014: Detective Comics #28  --  56,619 (- 37.3%)
03/2014: Detective Comics #29  --  55,486 (-  2.0%)
04/2014: Detective Comics #30  --  56,149 (+  1.2%)
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  --  54,518 (-  2.9%)
06/2014: Detective Comics #32  --  72,988 (+ 33.9%)
07/2014: Detective Comics #33  --  62,856 (- 13.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 30.4%
1 year  : -  1.7%
2 years : - 21.3%
5 years : +  2.7%
10 years: + 70.8%
Since #1: - 60.2%

A Bat-Bomb differential of 10K, but still 8K above May’s numbers.

24 - ROBIN RISES OMEGA #1 ($4.99)
07/2014: Robin Rises Omega #1  --  60,488 

A one-shot tying in to the ongoing “Hunt for Robin” story in Batman and‚Ķ clocks in with 4K more than the parent title, and that’s without a Batman 75th variant (there was a variant cover, but it was a 1:50 order incentive) and costing $2 more.

Oddly, if they’d put this in a Batman and Robin Annual at the same price, it likely would have sold less than the parent title‚Ķ

29 - BATMAN AND… ($2.99)
07/2009: Batman and Robin #2  -- 117,986 [129,086]
07/2010: Batman and Robin #13 --  85,804
07/2011: Batman and Robin #25 --  55,172
07/2012: Batman and Robin #11 --  65,043
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07/2013: and Catwoman #22     --  57,808 (-  4.6%)
08/2013: and Nightwing #23    --  55,707 (-  3.6%)
09/2013: #23.1: Two-Face      --  77,073 (+ 38.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Court of Owls --  75,546 (-  2.0%)
09/2013: #23.3: Ra's al Ghul  --  73,746 (-  2.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Killer Croc   --  69,428 (-  5.9%)
10/2013: and Two-Face #24     --  52,060 (- 25.0%)
11/2013: and Two-Face #25     --  53,374 (+  2.5%)
12/2013: and Two-Face #26     --  46,611 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: and Two-Face #27     --  45,462 (-  2.5%)
02/2014: and Two-Face #28     --  43,380 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: and Aquaman #29      --  43,295 (-  0.2%)
04/2014: and Wonder Woman #30 --  44,832 (+  3.6%)
05/2014: and Frankenstein #31 --  42,150 (-  6.0%)
06/2014: and Ra's al Ghul #32 --  56,311 (+ 33.6%)
07/2014: Batman and Robin #33 --  56,269 (-  0.1%)
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6 months: + 23.5%
1 year  : -  2.7%
2 years : - 13.5%
5 years : - 56.4%
Since #1: - 51.5%

The return of Robin (at least in the title…) proves to be enough of a draw that the Bat-Bomb differential turns out to be just 42 copies.

35 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
07/2004: Teen Titans #13  -- 65,658
07/2009: Teen Titans #73  -- 30,990
07/2010: Teen Titans #85  -- 24,248
07/2011: Teen Titans #97  -- 23,138
07/2011: Teen Titans #98  -- 23,095
07/2012: Teen Titans #11  -- 45,367
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07/2013: Teen Titans #22  -- 33,062 (-  4.8%)
08/2013: Teen Titans #23  -- 31,742 (-  4.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Trigon    -- 48,974 (+ 54.3%)
09/2013: #23.2: Dthstroke -- 49,920 (+  1.9%)
10/2013: Teen Titans #24  -- 34,536 (- 30.8%)
11/2013: Teen Titans #25  -- 32,395 (-  6.2%)
12/2013: Teen Titans #26  -- 29,149 (- 10.0%)
01/2014: Teen Titans #27  -- 27,558 (-  5.5%)
02/2014: Teen Titans #28  -- 26,732 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Teen Titans #29  -- 25,969 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Teen Titans #30  -- 25,709 (-  1.0%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Teen Titans #1   -- 52,358 (+103.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 90.0%
1 year  : + 58.4%
2 years : + 15.4%
5 years : + 69.0%
10 years: - 20.3%

The relaunch produces the desired effect as sales more than double from the last issue of the previous series. There was also a Batman 75th variant which no doubt helped things as well.

47, 56, 58, 69, 70 - The New 52  Futures End ($2.99)
05/2014: Futures End #0  --  ?????? 
05/2014: Futures End #1  --  77,867 
05/2014: Futures End #2  --  62,862 (- 19.3%) 
05/2014: Futures End #3  --  59,148 (-  5.9%)
05/2014: Futures End #4  --  58,496 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Futures End #5  --  53,645 (-  8.3%)
06/2014: Futures End #6  --  51,543 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Futures End #7  --  50,266 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Futures End #8  --  49,138 (-  2.2%)
07/2014: Futures End #9  --  52,083 (+  6.0%)
07/2014: Futures End #10 --  46,001 (- 11.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #11 --  45,222 (-  1.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #12 --  43,228 (-  4.4%)
07/2014: Futures End #13 --  42,803 (-  1.0%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 36.9%

All four issues were returnable, so the figures have been adjusted accordingly.

For some reason #9 saw a bit of a jump, but then it was immediately corrected for with issue #10.

These numbers have to be something of a disappointment for DC, and a bit worrying that this is the title into which they are tying their big September event. Also worrying is they they’re launch a third weekly series in October, and I’m not sure that readers’ pocketbooks are up for such a thing.

37 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
10/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #1  -- 94,859
11/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #2  -- 60,185 (- 36.6%)
12/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #3  -- 51,357 (- 14.7%)
01/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #4  -- 47,350 (-  7.8%)
02/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #5  -- 44,847 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #6  -- 43,308 (-  3.4%)
04/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #7  -- 45,157 (+  4.3%)
05/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #8  -- 47,803 (+  5.9%)
06/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #9  -- 62,659 (+ 31.1%)
07/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #10 -- 50,254 (- 19.8%)
-----------------
6 months: +  6.1%
Since #1: - 47.0%

The “Superman: Doomed” crossover continues. A fairly large Bat-Bomb differential of more than 12K leaves sales at less than 3K above May, but that was in the early days of “Superman: Doomed.” An annual was solicited for this month but slipped to August due to lateness.

40 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
07/2004: Action Comics #817 --  45,178
07/2009: Action Comics #879 --  38,324
07/2010: Action Comics #891 --  35,328
07/2011: Action Comics #903 --  40,205
07/2012: Action Comics #11  --  76,232
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07/2013: Action Comics #22  --  44,861 (-  3.5%)
08/2013: Action Comics #23  --  42,603 (-  5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cyborg Smn  --  69,796 (+ 63.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Zod         --  69,356 (-  0.6%)
09/2013: #23.3: Lex Luthor  --  67,621 (-  2.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Metallo     --  51,807 (- 23.4%)
10/2013: Action Comics #24  --  39,620 (- 23.5%)
11/2013: Action Comics #25  --  46,550 (+ 17.5%)
12/2013: Action Comics #26  --  37,489 (- 19.5%)
01/2014: Action Comics #27  --  36,042 (-  3.9%)
02/2014: Action Comics #28  --  35,305 (-  2.0%)
03/2014: Action Comics #29  --  34,231 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Action Comics #30  --  37,809 (+ 10.5%)
05/2014: Action Comics #31  --  41,081 (+  8.7%)
06/2014: Action Comics #32  --  55,400 (+ 34.9%)
07/2014: Action Comics #33  --  49,457 (- 10.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 37.2%
1 year  : + 10.2%
2 years : - 35.1%
5 years : + 29.0%
10 years: +  9.5%
Since #1: - 75.4%

In pretty much the same boat as Superman/Wonder Woman, but the Bat-Bomb differential is a lot less6K copieswhich leaves Action more than 8K above May’s sales. An annual was solicited for this month but slipped to August due to lateness.

41 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($3.99)
07/2012: Suicide Squad #11     -- 29,809
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07/2013: Suicide Squad #22     -- 22,447 (-  2.0%)
08/2013: Suicide Squad #23     -- 22,166 (-  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Suicide Squad #24     -- 27,762 (+ 25.3%)
11/2013: Suicide Squad #25     -- 27,067 (-  2.5%)
12/2013: Suicide Squad #26     -- 25,346 (-  6.4%)
01/2014: Suicide Squad #27     -- 24,175 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Suicide Squad #28     -- 22,882 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Suicide Squad #29     -- 22,162 (-  3.1%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: New Suicide Squad #1  -- 49,260 (+123.3%)
-----------------
6 months: + 103.8%
1 year  : + 119.5%
2 years : +  65.3%

A team book featuring your two buzziest anti-hero characters + Relaunch = Increased sales.

DC tried three different style sod title relaunches for New 52 titles this month: A complete title change and change of direct for a character (Nightwing/Grayson), a straightforward relaunch with the same title (Teen Titans), and a relaunch with the word ‘New’ in front of it (New Suicide Squad). New Suicide Squad may have sold the least of the three, raw numbers wise, but it might be the most impressive. Unlike the other two, New Suicide Squad did not have a Batman 75th Anniversary variant (though it did have an order incentive variant like most #1 issues). First month sales of New Suicide Squad were nearly identical to first month sales of the New 52 debut back in September 2011 (49,979).

DC may have been looking for some sort of clarity as to which style of relaunch would be the best, but the jury is still out. Short-term, all three were a success. The one thing we can be sure of is that we’re going to see more of these cancel-and-relaunches in the future.

44 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99)
04/2014: Justice League United #0  -- 68,431 
05/2014: Justice League United #1  -- 64,209 (-  6.2%) 
06/2014: Justice League United #2  -- 62,928 (-  2.0%) 
07/2014: Justice League United #3  -- 47,919 (- 23.9%) 
-----------------
Since #0: -  8.0%

After playing games with #0 issues and variant covers, JLU finally sees its drop, just a bit later than usual. Its Bat-Bomb differential is a fairly sizable 15K.

48 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
07/2004: Green Lantern #179 --  35,562  [37,456]
07/2009: Green Lantern #43  -- 109,426 [117,314]
07/2009: Green Lantern #44  -- 105,063 [109,599]
07/2010: Green Lantern #56  --  84,164
07/2011: Green Lantern #67  --  74,521
07/2012: Green Lantern #11  --  78,708
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07/2013: Green Lantern #22  --  62,415 (- 13.2%)
08/2013: Green Lantern #23  --  59,176 (-  5.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Relic       --  66,495 (+ 12.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Mongul      --  63,731 (-  4.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Black Hand  --  62,753 (-  1.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Sinestro    --  70,893 (+ 13.0%)
10/2013: Green Lantern #24  --  57,109 (- 19.4%)
11/2013: Green Lantern #25  --  54,322 (-  5.2%)
12/2013: Green Lantern #26  --  51,420 (-  5.0%)
01/2014: Green Lantern #27  --  48,831 (-  5.0%)
02/2014: GL/Red Lanterns#28 --  49,200 (+  5.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Green Lantern #29  --  45,797 (- 11.2%)
04/2014: Green Lantern #30  --  44,483 (-  2.9%)
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Green Lantern #32  --  56,315 (+ 28.7%)
07/2014: Green Lantern #33  --  47,279 (- 16.0%)
-----------------
6 months: -  3.2%
1 year  : - 24.3%
2 years : - 39.9%
5 years : - 58.3%
10 years: + 26.2%
Since #1: - 72.1%

Continues the “Uprising” crossover with Green Lantern Corps, and a Bat-Bomb differential of 9K.

The five year comparison is with the first two issues of the Blackest Night tie-ins.

53 - DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL ($4.99)
08/2012: Detective Annual #1 -- 62,571 
07/2013: Detective Annual #2 -- 52,245 (- 16.5%)
07/2014: Detective Annual #3 -- 44,128 (- 15.5%)
-----------------
1 year  : - 15.5%
Since #1: - 29.5%

DC solicited five annuals for this five-week month, but only shipped three as Action Comics and Superman/Wonder Woman slipped into the first week of August.

Detective did the best of those that did ship: without the aid of a Batman 75th variant it came in at about 10K less than the parent title was pulling pre-Bombshell.

66 - EARTH 2 ($3.99)
07/2012: Earth 2 #3  -- 74,982
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07/2013: Earth 2 #14 -- 42,022 (-  2.1%)
08/2013: Earth 2 #15 -- 40,845 (-  2.8%)
09/2013: #15.1: Desd -- 51,850 (+ 26.9%)
09/2013: #15.2: SlGr -- 52,369 (+  1.0%)
10/2013: Earth 2 #16 -- 38,389 (- 26.7%)
11/2013: Earth 2 #17 -- 39,846 (+  3.8%)
12/2013: Earth 2 #18 -- 37,130 (-  6.8%)
01/2014: Earth 2 #19 -- 36,103 (-  2.8%)
02/2014: Earth 2 #20 -- 35,732 (-  1.0%)
03/2014: Earth 2 #21 -- 35,295 (-  1.2%)
04/2014: Earth 2 #22 -- 34,970 (-  0.9%)
05/2014: Earth 2 #23 -- 34,531 (-  1.3%)
06/2014: Earth 2 #24 -- 47,277 (+ 36.9%)
07/2014: Earth 2 #25 -- 39,726 (- 16.0%)
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6 months: + 10.0%
1 year  : -  5.5%
2 years : - 47.0%
Since #1: - 61.2%

An extra-sized (and extra-priced) issue, with a Bat-Bomb differential of over 7K.

68 - FLASH ($2.99)
07/2004: Flash #212       --  40,056
07/2009: --
07/2010: Flash #4         --  64,832
07/2011: --
07/2012: Flash #11        --  53,674
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07/2013: Flash #22        --  38,993 (+  0.4%)
08/2013: Flash #23        --  38,860 (-  0.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: Grodd     --  52,901 (+ 36.1%)
09/2013: #23.2: RvrsFlsh  --  53,359 (+  0.9%)
09/2013: #23.3: Rogues    --  51,072 (-  4.3%)
10/2013: Flash #24        --  38,190 (- 25.2%)
11/2013: Flash #25        --  41,838 (+  9.6%)
12/2013: Flash #26        --  36,601 (- 12.5%)
01/2014: Flash #27        --  34,902 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Flash #28        --  33,853 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Flash #29        --  33,241 (-  1.8%)
04/2014: Flash #30        --  33,300 (+  5.8%) [35,157]
05/2014: Flash #31        --  34,240 (-  2.6%)
06/2014: Flash #32        --  47,188 (+ 37.8%)
07/2014: Flash #33        --  39,669 (- 15.9%)
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6 months: + 13.7%
1 year  : +  1.7%
2 years : - 26.1%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: -  1.0%
Since #1: - 73.2%

A Bat-Bomb differential of over 7K.

77 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
07/2004: Wonder Woman #206 --  28,038
07/2009: Wonder Woman #34  --  30,131
07/2010: Wonder Woman #601 --  39,672
07/2011: Wonder Woman #613 --  29,720
07/2012: Wonder Woman #11  --  45,669
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07/2013: Wonder Woman #22  --  35,539 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Wonder Woman #23  --  34,747 (-  2.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cheetah    --  49,297 (+ 41.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: First Born --  44,154 (- 10.4%)
10/2013: Wonder Woman #24  --  34,308 (- 22.3%)
11/2013: Wonder Woman #25  --  33,532 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Wonder Woman #26  --  32,773 (-  2.3%)
01/2014: Wonder Woman #27  --  32,035 (-  2.3%)
02/2014: Wonder Woman #28  --  31,464 (-  1.8%)
03/2014: Wonder Woman #29  --  30,989 (-  1.5%)
04/2014: Wonder Woman #30  --  31,094 (+  0.3%)
05/2014: Wonder Woman #31  --  30,655 (-  1.4%)
06/2014: Wonder Woman #32  --  48,235 (+ 57.3%)
07/2014: Wonder Woman #33  --  37,431 (- 22.4%)
-----------------
6 months: + 16.8%
1 year  : +  5.3%
2 years : - 18.0%
5 years : + 24.2%
10 years: + 33.5%
Since #1: - 61.0%

Wonder Woman saw one of the largest gains from last month’s Bombshell cover, and this month sees one of the larger declines with a Bat-Bomb differential of nearly 11K. The new create team arrives in November with issue #36.

79 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
07/2004: Batgirl #54 -- 25,905
07/2010: Batgirl #12 -- 28,011
07/2011: Batgirl #23 -- 22,619
07/2012: Batgirl #11 -- 45,004
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07/2013: Batgirl #22 -- 39,218 (-  2.6%)
08/2013: Batgirl #23 -- 37,707 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batgirl #24 -- 36,666 (-  2.8%)
11/2013: Batgirl #25 -- 40,752 (+ 11.1%)
12/2013: Batgirl #26 -- 34,885 (- 14.4%)
01/2014: Batgirl #27 -- 37,226 (+  6.7%)
02/2014: Batgirl #28 -- 34,567 (-  7.1%)
03/2014: Batgirl #29 -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
04/2014: Batgirl #30 -- 32,698 (-  1.6%)
05/2014: Batgirl #31 -- 31,522 (-  3.6%)
06/2014: Batgirl #32 -- 47,304 (+ 50.1%)
07/2014: Batgirl #33 -- 37,186 (- 21.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.1%
1 year  : -  5.2%
2 years : - 17.4%
10 years: + 43.5%
Since #1: - 65.3%

In pretty much the same boat as Wonder Woman, with a Bat-Bomb differential of over 10K. The new creative team arrives in October with issue #35.

80 - SECRET ORIGINS ($4.99)
04/2014: Secret Origins #1  -- 38,742 
05/2014: Secret Origins #2  -- 32,966 (- 14.9%) 
06/2014: Secret Origins #3  -- 28,351 (- 14.0%) 
07/2014: Secret Origins #4  -- 37,181 (+ 31.1%) 
-----------------
Since #1: -  4.0%

The featured origin for this issue was Harley Quinn, boosting sales nearly up to the level of the debut issue. And there was only one cover…

84 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
07/2004: Aquaman #20 -- 24,408
07/2012: Aquaman #11 -- 57,675
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07/2013: Aquaman #22 -- 45,653 (-  2.5%)
08/2013: Aquaman #23 -- 44,140 (-  3.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: BMta -- 58,207 (+ 31.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: OMtr -- 53,679 (-  7.8%)
10/2013: Aquaman #24 -- 42,248 (- 21.3%)
11/2013: Aquaman #25 -- 41,264 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Aquaman #26 -- 38,841 (-  5.9%)
01/2014: Aquaman #27 -- 36,610 (-  5.7%)
02/2014: Aquaman #28 -- 34,939 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: Aquaman #29 -- 33,907 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30 -- 32,859 (-  3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31 -- 32,076 (-  2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32 -- 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman #33 -- 36,140 (- 19.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  1.3%
1 year  : - 20.8%
2 years : - 37.3%
10 years: + 48.1%
Since #1: - 66.7%

A Bat-Bomb differential of over 8K.

93 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
07/2009: Green Lantern Corps #38 -- 82,415
07/2010: Green Lantern Corps #50 -- 67,035
07/2011: Green Lantern Corps #61 -- 60,836
07/2011: Green Lantern Corps #62 -- 57,928
07/2012: Green Lantern Corps #11 -- 42,996
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07/2013: Green Lantern Corps #22 -- 42,194 (-  7.1%)
08/2013: Green Lantern Corps #23 -- 36,229 (- 14.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Green Lantern Corps #24 -- 37,312 (+  3.0%)
11/2013: Green Lantern Corps #25 -- 38,369 (+  2.8%)
12/2013: Green Lantern Corps #26 -- 32,797 (- 14.5%)
01/2014: Green Lantern Corps #27 -- 31,447 (-  4.1%)
02/2014: Green Lantern Corps #28 -- 29,142 (-  7.3%)
03/2014: Green Lantern Corps #29 -- 27,754 (-  4.8%)
04/2014: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 26,640 (-  4.0%)
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31 -- 28,449 (+  6.8%)
06/2014: Green Lantern Corps #32 -- 40,734 (+ 43.2%)
07/2014: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 32,877 (- 19.3%)
----------------
6 months: +  4.5%
1 year  : - 22.1%
2 years : - 23.5%
5 years : - 60.1%
Since #1: - 65.3%

A nearly 8K Bat-Bomb differential. Crossing over with Green Lantern, but selling a significantly less 15K units than that title.

100 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
07/2012: Justice League Dark #11  -- 31,792
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07/2013: Justice League Dark #22  -- 68,294 (+225.6%) [80,302]
08/2013: Justice League Dark #23  -- 71,157 (+  4.2%) [75,782]
09/2013: #23.1: Creeper           -- 46,326 (- 34.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Eclipso           -- 45,138 (-  2.6%)
10/2013: Justice League Dark #24  -- 45,401 (+  0.6%)
11/2013: Justice League Dark #25  -- 38,760 (- 14.6%)
12/2013: Justice League Dark #26  -- 36,353 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Justice League Dark #27  -- 32,576 (- 10.4%)
02/2014: Justice League Dark #28  -- 30,519 (-  6.3%)
03/2014: Justice League Dark #29  -- 29,202 (-  4.3%)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30  -- 27,695 (-  5.2%)
05/2014: Justice League Dark #31  -- 25,337 (-  8.5%)
06/2014: Justice League Dark #32  -- 38,219 (+ 50.8%)
07/2014: Justice League Dark #33  -- 28,297 (- 26.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.1%
1 year  : - 64.8%
2 years : - 11.0%
Since #1: - 65.5%

A Bat-Bomb differential of nearly 10K.

102 - SINESTRO ($2.99)
04/2014: Sinestro #1  -- 46,480 
05/2014: Sinestro #2  -- 34,640 (- 25.5%) 
06/2014: Sinestro #3  -- 30,422 (- 12.2%) 
07/2014: Sinestro #4  -- 28,095 (-  7.6%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 39.6%

Starting to settle in. If it slows down to standard attrition levels, it’ll be comfortably ahead of where Larfleeze was.

108 - AQUAMAN ANNUAL ($4.99)
10/2013: Aquaman Annual #1 -- 35,403 
07/2014: Aquaman Annual #2 -- 26,433 (- 25.3%)

Aquaman gets an Annual this month, with sales in line with what should be expected.

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112 - INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #1 -- 26,096

The top Digital First comic of the month, with first month sales higher than those of any issue of the also-based-on-a-video-game Injustice: Gods Among Us.

116 - THE WAKE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2013: The Wake #3 of 10  -- 30,622 (- 6.0%)
08/2013: -- 
09/2013: The Wake #4 of 10  -- 31,674 (+ 3.4%)
10/2013: -- 
11/2013: The Wake #5 of 10  -- 30,463 (- 3.8%)
12/2013: -- 
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: The Wake #6 of 10  -- 26,843 (-11.9%)
03/2014: The Wake #7 of 10  -- 26,500 (- 1.3%)
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: The Wake #8 of 10  -- 26,694 (+ 0.7%)
06/2014: The Wake #9 of 10  -- 26,561 (- 0.5%)
07/2014: The Wake #10 of 10 -- 25,574 (- 3.7%)
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6 months:    n.a. 
1 year  : - 16.5%
Since #1: - 49.0%

Ends its run above 25K, which is something of a small miracle for a Vertigo series not called Sandman these days. Stands a good chance of having decent sales in its collected edition too, so let’s called this a sorely needed boost for the Vertigo brand.

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117 - BATMAN '66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET (Digital-First) ($2.99)
06/2014: Batman 66/GH #1 of 6 -- 32,983
07/2014: Batman 66/GH #2 of 6 -- 25,392 (- 23.0%)

A typical second issue drop for the cross-over series.

123 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
07/2012: Batwoman #11 --  38.980
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07/2013: Batwoman #22 --  27,400 (-  2.7%)
08/2013: Batwoman #23 --  26,223 (-  4.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwoman #24 --  25,609 (-  2.3%)
11/2013: Batwoman #25 --  25,987 (+  1.5%)
12/2013: Batwoman #26 --  23,311 (- 10.3%)
01/2014: Batwoman #27 --  22,461 (-  3.6%)
02/2014: Batwoman #28 --  20,672 (-  8.0%)
03/2014: Batwoman #29 --  19,750 (-  4.5%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30 --  19,204 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31 --  18,463 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Batwoman #32 --  33,538 (+ 81.6%)
07/2014: Batwoman #33 --  23,922 (- 28.7%)
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6 months: +  6.5%
1 year  : - 12.7%
2 years : - 38.6%
Since #1: - 72.8%

A fairly large Bat-Bomb differential of nearly 10K. Batwoman would appear to be a title that stands to gain a lot from DC’s new variant cover program by keeping the title above 20K. Or it would, if there were to be any more; there won’t be any Selfie, Monster or Lego variants for Batwoman‚Ķ

128 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
07/2004: Green Arrow #40  -- 32,635
07/2009: Arrow/Canary #22 -- 20,571
07/2010: Green Arrow #2   -- 44,118
07/2011: Green Arrow #14  -- 25,568
07/2012: Green Arrow #11  -- 24,646
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07/2013: Green Arrow #22  -- 26,172 (-  2.8%)
08/2013: Green Arrow #23  -- 25,449 (-  2.8%)
09/2013: #23.1: CtVertigo -- 43,234 (+ 69.9%)
10/2013: Green Arrow #24  -- 24,620 (- 43.1%)
11/2013: Green Arrow #25  -- 29,591 (+ 20.2%)
12/2013: Green Arrow #26  -- 24,687 (- 16.6%)
01/2014: Green Arrow #27  -- 23,785 (-  3.7%)
02/2014: Green Arrow #28  -- 26,725 (+ 12.4%)
03/2014: Green Arrow #29  -- 23,698 (- 11.3%)
04/2014: Green Arrow #30  -- 23,577 (-  0.5%)
05/2014: Green Arrow #31  -- 23,475 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: Green Arrow #32  -- 23,602 (+  0.5%)
07/2014: Green Arrow #33  -- 23,452 (-  0.6%)
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6 months: -  1.4%
1 year  : - 10.4%
2 years : -  4.8%
5 years : + 14.0%
10 years: - 28.1%
Since #1: - 67.6%

Remains remarkably consistent.

129 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
07/2012: Red Lanterns #11 -- 36,462
-----------------------------------
07/2013: Red Lanterns #22 -- 35,236 (-  5.6%)
08/2013: Red Lanterns #23 -- 29,623 (- 15.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Lanterns #24 -- 30,771 (+  3.9%)
11/2013: Red Lanterns #25 -- 27,786 (-  9.7%)
12/2013: Red Lanterns #26 -- 26,242 (-  5.6%)
01/2014: Red Lanterns #27 -- 24,477 (-  6.7%)
02/2014: Green Lant/RL#28 -- 49,200 (+110.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Red Lanterns #29 -- 25,153 (- 51.2%)
04/2014: Red Lanterns #30 -- 24,350 (-  3.2%)
05/2014: Red Lanterns #31 -- 24,307 (-  0.2%)
06/2014: Red Lanterns #32 -- 23,720 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Red Lanterns #33 -- 23,355 (-  1.5%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.6%
1 year  : - 33.7%
2 years : - 35.9%
Since #1: - 73.8%

A small drop of fewer than 400 copies.

131 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
07/2009: Supergirl #43 --  32,849
07/2010: Supergirl #54 --  26,941
07/2011: Supergirl #66 --  20,001
07/2012: Supergirl #11 --  31,879
---------------------------------
07/2013: Supergirl #22 --  25,514 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Supergirl #23 --  24,747 (-  3.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Supergirl #24 --  23,321 (-  5.8%)
11/2013: Supergirl #25 --  25,377 (+  8.8%)
12/2013: Supergirl #26 --  22,646 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Supergirl #27 --  21,954 (-  3.1%)
02/2014: Supergirl #28 --  23,567 (+  7.3%)
03/2014: Supergirl #29 --  22,883 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Supergirl #30 --  23,410 (+  2.3%)
05/2014: Supergirl #31 --  22,783 (-  2.7%)
06/2014: Supergirl #32 --  22,481 (-  1.3%)
07/2014: Supergirl #33 --  22,802 (+  1.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.7%
1 year  : - 13.1%
2 years : - 20.6%
5 years : - 31.3%
Since #1: - 69.7%

Gains a few hundred copies for the “Red Daughter of Krypton” finale.

132 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
07/2012: New Guardians #11 -- 42,929
---------------------------------------
07/2013: New Guardians #22 -- 40,788 (- 3.6%)
08/2013: New Guardians #23 -- 34,473 (-15.5%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: New Guardians #24 -- 35,417 (+ 2.7%)
11/2013: New Guardians #25 -- 32,069 (- 9.5%)
12/2013: New Guardians #26 -- 30,489 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: New Guardians #27 -- 28,346 (- 7.0%)
02/2014: New Guardians #28 -- 27,212 (- 4.0%)
03/2014: New Guardians #29 -- 25,296 (- 7.0%)
04/2014: New Guardians #30 -- 24,727 (- 2.2%)
05/2014: New Guardians #31 -- 23,886 (- 3.4%)
06/2014: New Guardians #32 -- 23,142 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: New Guardians #33 -- 22,797 (- 1.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 19.6%
1 year  : - 44.1%
2 years : - 46.9%
Since #1: - 76.4%

Drops fewer than 400 copies. A Lantern-line crossover arrives in October to prop things up a bit.

133 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99)
12/2013: Justice League 3K #1 -- 57,726
01/2014: Justice League 3K #2 -- 41,423 (-28.2%)
02/2014: Justice League 3K #3 -- 33,308 (-19.6%)
03/2014: Justice League 3K #4 -- 30,127 (- 9.6%)
04/2014: Justice League 3K #5 -- 27,529 (- 8.6%)
05/2014: Justice League 3K #6 -- 25,738 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Justice League 3K #7 -- 24,172 (- 6.1%)
07/2014: Justice League 3K #8 -- 22,604 (- 6.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 45.4% 
Since #1: - 60.8%

JL3K can’t keep losing over 6% each month for much longer; if it doesn’t stabilize soon, DC will have to pull the plug (if it isn’t already too late, but it’s still being solicited through #11 in November‚Ķ)

139 - RED LANTERNS ANNUAL ($4.99)
07/2014: Red Lanterns Annual #1 -- 21,490 

The lowest-selling of the three annuals that shipped this month, but fewer than 2K less than the parent title.

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143 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
07/2012: Red Hood #11 -- 35,820
-------------------------------
07/2013: Red Hood #22 -- 30,534 (-  5.8%)
08/2013: Red Hood #23 -- 28,821 (-  5.6%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Hood #24 -- 27,128 (-  5.9%)
11/2013: Red Hood #25 -- 30,632 (+ 12.9%)
12/2013: Red Hood #26 -- 25,382 (- 17.1%)
01/2014: Red Hood #27 -- 24,813 (-  2.2%)
02/2014: Red Hood #28 -- 23,236 (-  6.4%)
03/2014: Red Hood #29 -- 22,316 (-  4.0%)
04/2014: Red Hood #30 -- 21,718 (-  2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood #31 -- 21,257 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood #32 -- 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
07/2014: Red Hood #33 -- 20,669 (- 37.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 16.7%
1 year  : - 32.3%
2 years : - 42.3%
Since #1: - 70.6%

No Batman 75th variant, so sales drop right back to their normal level after last month’s Bombshell.

144 - AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS ($2.99)
04/2014: Aquaman & Others #1  -- 34,056 
05/2014: Aquaman & Others #2  -- 26,198 (- 23.1%) 
06/2014: Aquaman & Others #3  -- 23,109 (- 11.8%) 
07/2014: Aquaman & Others #4  -- 20,520 (- 11.2%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 39.7%

At this rate, I’ll be shocked if AatO makes it past issue #12.

147 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
07/2012: Worlds' Finest #3  -- 45,514 
-------------------------------------
07/2013: Worlds' Finest #14 -- 25,143 (-  2.6%)
08/2013: Worlds' Finest #15 -- 24,159 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Worlds' Finest #16 -- 22,987 (-  4.9%)
11/2013: Worlds' Finest #17 -- 21,920 (-  4.6%)
12/2013: Worlds' Finest #18 -- 21,039 (-  4.0%)
01/2014: Worlds' Finest #19 -- 20,998 (-  0.2%)
02/2014: Worlds' Finest #20 -- 25,585 (+ 31.5%) [27,613]
03/2014: Worlds' Finest #21 -- 25,676 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: Worlds' Finest #22 -- 21,485 (- 16.3%)
05/2014: Worlds' Finest #23 -- 21,118 (-  1.7%)
06/2014: Worlds' Finest #24 -- 20,900 (-  1.0%)
07/2014: Worlds' Finest #25 -- 19,957 (-  4.5%)
-----------------
6 months: -  5.0%
1 year  : - 20.6%
2 years : - 56.2%
Since #1: - 71.3%

Drops below 20K for the first time. Looks to be crossing over withe the upcoming Earth 2 weekly series, which may provide a boost (or seal its fate…)

150, 155 - INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
07/2013: Injustice #7    -- 25,731 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Injustice #8    -- 25,223 (- 2.0%)
09/2013: Injustice #9    -- 24,333 (- 3.5%)
10/2013: Injustice #10   -- 24,788 (+ 1.9%)
11/2013: Injustice #11   -- 22,704 (- 8.4%)
12/2013: Injustice #12   -- 21,871 (- 3.7%)
01/2014: Injustice Y2 #1 -- 24,700 (+12.9%)
02/2014: Injustice Y2 #2 -- 22,703 (- 8.1%)
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3 -- 20,693 (- 8.9%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4 -- 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5 -- 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6 -- 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7 -- 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8 -- 18,931 (- 4.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 21.6%
1 year  : - 24.7%
Since #1: - 23.4%

Now twice-monthly, to keep up with the digital comic’s now weekly frequency. Issue #7 featured Harley Quinn vs. Black Canary, which may account for the slight uptick.

154 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
07/2004: Catwoman #33 -- 24,007
07/2012: Catwoman #11 -- 35,551
-------------------------------
07/2013: Catwoman #22 -- 24,737 (-  3.4%)
08/2013: Catwoman #23 -- 24,262 (-  1.9%) [38,290]
09/2013: --
10/2013: Catwoman #24 -- 35,134 (+ 44.8%)
11/2013: Catwoman #25 -- 29,471 (- 16.1%)
12/2013: Catwoman #26 -- 26,482 (- 10.1%)
01/2014: Catwoman #27 -- 24,956 (-  5.8%)
02/2014: Catwoman #28 -- 23,974 (-  3.9%)
03/2014: Catwoman #29 -- 22,236 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30 -- 20,968 (-  5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31 -- 20,144 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32 -- 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
07/2014: Catwoman #33 -- 18,945 (- 43.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 24.1%
1 year  : - 23.4%
2 years : - 46.7%
10 years: - 21.1%
Since #1: - 74.9%

Oddly Catwoman did not have a Batman 75th variant, so sales plunge back to normal level after last month’s Bombshell cover. But there will be Selfie, Monster and Lego variants.

159 - STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEAT GI ZOMBIE ($2.99)
07/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #1 -- 18,762 

The Green Team, which lasted just eight issues, had first month sales of 27,775.

162 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
07/2004: Swamp Thing #5  -- 31,619
07/2012: Swamp Thing #11 -- 36,257
----------------------------------
07/2013: Swamp Thing #22 -- 23,885 (- 5.2%)
08/2013: Swamp Thing #23 -- 22,695 (- 5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Arcane   -- 40,390 (+78.0%)
10/2013: Swamp Thing #24 -- 21,724 (-46.2%)
11/2013: Swamp Thing #25 -- 21,141 (- 2.7%)
12/2013: Swamp Thing #26 -- 20,247 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Swamp Thing #27 -- 19,755 (- 2.4%)
02/2014: Swamp Thing #28 -- 19,146 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Swamp Thing #29 -- 18,837 (- 1.6%)
04/2014: Swamp Thing #30 -- 18,458 (- 2.0%)
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31 -- 18,249 (- 1.1%)
06/2014: Swamp Thing #32 -- 18,483 (+ 1.3%)
07/2014: Swamp Thing #33 -- 17,905 (- 3.1%)
----------------
6 months: -  9.4%
1 year  : - 25.0%
2 years : - 50.6%
10 years: - 43.4%
Since #1: - 75.7%

Back to a decline after month’s uptick.

174 - BODIES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2014:Bodies #1 of 8 -- 17,500 

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. The last Vertigo mini-series, Royals, debuted at 14K.

166 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2013: Batman '66 #1  -- 50,430
08/2013: Batman '66 #2  -- 37,113 (-26.4%)
09/2013: Batman '66 #3  -- 32,954 (-11.2%)
10/2013: Batman '66 #4  -- 30,099 (- 8.7%)
11/2013: Batman '66 #5  -- 26,785 (-11.0%)
12/2013: Batman '66 #6  -- 24,374 (- 9.0%)
01/2014: Batman '66 #7  -- 21,802 (-10.6%)
02/2014: Batman '66 #8  -- 19,795 (- 9.2%)
03/2014: Batman '66 #9  -- 18,802 (- 5.0%)
04/2014: Batman '66 #10 -- 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman '66 #11 -- 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman '66 #12 -- 17,286 (- 7.3%)
07/2014: Batman '66 #13 -- 17,264 (- 0.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.8%
1 year  : - 65.8%
Since #1: - 65.8%

Just twelve fewer copies than last month.

170 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
07/2004: Hellblazer #198 -- 14,772
07/2009: Hellblazer #257 -- 10,762
07/2010: Hellblazer #269 -- 10,048
07/2011: Hellblazer #281 --  9,225
07/2012: Hellblazer #293 --  9,247
----------------------------------
07/2013: Constantine #5  -- 30,664 (+ 32.6%) [35,027]
08/2013: Constantine #6  -- 25,174 (- 28.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Constantine #7  -- 22,954 (-  8.8%)
11/2013: Constantine #8  -- 20,981 (-  8.6%)
12/2013: Constantine #9  -- 22,403 (+  6.8%)
01/2014: Constantine #10 -- 20,729 (-  7.5%)
02/2014: Constantine #11 -- 20,385 (-  1.7%)
03/2014: Constantine #12 -- 20,051 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 -- 18,454 (-  8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 -- 17,422 (-  5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 -- 16,704 (-  4.1%)
07/2014: Constantine #16 -- 16,235 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 21.7%
1 year  : - 53.7%
2 years : + 75.6%
5 years : + 50.9%
10 years: +  9.9%
Since #1: - 56.8%

The TV show is scheduled to debut on October 24.

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172 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($2.99)
06/2014: Infinity Man & FP #1 -- 24,907
07/2014: Infinity Man & FP #2 -- 15,903 (- 36.2%)

Already dropping into the danger zone, but will tie-in with the upcoming Green Lantern books’ crossover starting in October.

176 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2010: American Vampire #5     --  24,857
07/2011: American Vampire #17    --  15,565
07/2012: American Vampire #29    --  15,324
-------------------------------------------
07/2013: --
08/2013: American Vampire Anthol --  12,695 (- 20.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: --
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #1 --  20,863 (+ 64.3%)
04/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #2 --  17,068 (- 18.2%)
05/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #3 --  15,642 (-  8.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #4 --  15,400 (-  1.5%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : +  0.5%
Since #1: - 26.2%

Returns after missing a month.

177 - BIRDS OF PREY ($2.99)
07/2004: Birds of Prey #69  -- 31,904
07/2004: Birds of Prey #70  -- 31,683
07/2010: Birds of Prey #3   -- 43,420
07/2011: Birds of Prey #14  -- 27,102
07/2012: Birds of Prey #11  -- 27,389
-------------------------------------
07/2013: Birds of Prey #22  -- 20,209 (-  2.7%)
08/2013: Birds of Prey #23  -- 19,364 (-  4.2%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Birds of Prey #24  -- 18,382 (-  5.1%)
11/2013: Birds of Prey #25  -- 22,751 (+ 23.8%)
12/2013: Birds of Prey #26  -- 17,497 (- 23.1%)
01/2014: Birds of Prey #27  -- 19,387 (+ 10.8%)
02/2014: Birds of Prey #28  -- 18,092 (-  6.7%)
03/2014: Birds of Prey #29  -- 16,795 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Birds of Prey #30  -- 16,358 (-  2.6%)
05/2014: Birds of Prey #31  -- 15,947 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Birds of Prey #32  -- 16,397 (+  2.8%)
07/2014: Birds of Prey #33  -- 15,379 (-  6.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.7%
1 year  : - 23.9%
2 years : - 43.8%
10 years: - 51.6%
Since #1: - 76.8%

Ending in September.

181 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2012: Unlimited #6   -- 22,555
---------------------------------
07/2013: Unlimited #18  -- 15,275 (- 1.2%)
08/2013: Universe #1    -- 23,358 (+52.9%)
09/2013: Universe #2    -- 18,332 (-21.5%)
10/2013: Universe #3    -- 17,658 (- 3.7%)
11/2013: Universe #4    -- 16,889 (- 4.4%)
12/2013: Universe #5    -- 15,857 (- 6.1%)
01/2014: Universe #6    -- 15,070 (- 5.0%)
02/2014: Universe #7    -- 14,435 (- 4.2%)
03/2014: Universe #8    -- 14,097 (- 2.3%)
04/2014: Universe #9    -- 13,807 (- 2.1%)
05/2014: Universe #10   -- 13,869 (+ 0.4%)
06/2014: Universe #11   -- 14,068 (+ 1.4%)
07/2014: Universe #12   -- 14,419 (+ 2.5%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.3%
1 year  : -  5.6%
2 years : - 36.1%
Since #1: - 38.3%

Third straight month of growth. I’m starting to believe that BB’s being featured in Futures End really is having some small impact on this title’s sales.

183 - SUPERBOY ($2.99)
07/2011: Superboy #9  --  22,102
07/2012: Superboy #11 --  29,677
--------------------------------
07/2013: Superboy #22 --  19,984 (-  4.6%)
08/2013: Superboy #23 --  20,235 (+  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Superboy #24 --  18,341 (-  9.4%)
11/2013: Superboy #25 --  21,449 (+ 16.9%)
12/2013: Superboy #26 --  17,690 (- 17.5%)
01/2014: Superboy #27 --  17,392 (-  1.7%)
02/2014: Superboy #28 --  16,448 (-  5.4%)
03/2014: Superboy #29 --  15,776 (-  4.1%)
04/2014: Superboy #30 --  15,382 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Superboy #31 --  14,795 (-  3.8%)
06/2014: Superboy #32 --  14,451 (-  2.3%)
07/2014: Superboy #33 --  14,004 (-  3.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.5%
1 year  : - 29.9%
2 years : - 52.8%
Since #1: - 79.8%

Ending in September.

185 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2004: Fables #27  -- 25,146
07/2009: Fables #86  -- 22,447
07/2010: --
07/2011: Fables #107 -- 18,523
07/2012: Fables #119 -- 17,110
------------------------------
07/2013: Fables #131 -- 15,109 (- 0.1%)
08/2013: Fables #132 -- 14,893 (- 1.4%)
09/2013: Fables #133 -- 14,639 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fables #134 -- 14,575 (- 0.4%)
11/2013: Fables #135 -- 14,383 (- 1.3%)
12/2013: Fables #136 -- 14,220 (- 1.1%)
01/2014: Fables #137 -- 14,172 (- 0.3%)
02/2014: Fables #138 -- 14,109 (- 0.4%)
03/2014: Fables #139 -- 13,936 (- 1.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Fables #140 -- 13,977 (+ 0.3%)
06/2014: Fables #141 -- 13,997 (+ 0.1%)
07/2014: Fables #142 -- 13,831 (- 1.2%)
----------------
6 months: -  2.4%
1 year  : -  8.5%
2 years : - 19.2%
5 years : - 38.4%
10 years: - 45.0%
Since #1: - 37.2%

Fables has long been one of Vertigo’s most steady performers, with an overall trend of gentle declines with the occasional random uptick. It appears that it will drift towards its final issue in the same manner.

196 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
07/2012: He-Man & MotU #1  -- 27,665 
------------------------------------
07/2013: He-Man & MotU #4  -- 18,101 (- 1.0%)
08/2013: He-Man & MotU #5  -- 16,898 (- 6.6%)
09/2013: He-Man & MotU #6  -- 16,294 (- 3.6%)
10/2013: He-Man & MotU #7  -- 16,059 (- 1.4%)
11/2013: He-Man & MotU #8  -- 15,154 (- 5.6%)
12/2013: He-Man & MotU #9  -- 14,465 (- 4.5%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: He-Man & MotU #10 -- 13,816 (- 4.5%)
03/2014: He-Man & MotU #11 -- 13,090 (- 5.3%)
04/2014: He-Man & MotU #12 -- 12,718 (- 2.8%)
05/2014: He-Man & MotU #13 -- 12,430 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: He-Man & MotU #14 -- 12,144 (- 2.3%)
07/2014: He-Man & MotU #15 -- 11,905 (- 2.0%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 34.2%
2 years : - 57.0%
Since #1: - 52.9%

Standard attrition.

199 - TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER ($2.99)
07/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #10 -- 20,636 (+19.7%)
08/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #11 -- 26,986 (+30.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #12 -- 19,732 (-26.9%)
11/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #13 -- 17,779 (- 9.9%)
12/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #14 -- 18,649 (+ 4.9%)
01/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #15 -- 17,435 (- 6.5%)
02/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #16 -- 17,012 (- 2.4%)
03/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #17 -- 16,395 (- 3.6%)
04/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #18 -- 14,788 (- 9.8%)
05/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #19 -- 13,641 (- 7.8%)
06/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #20 -- 12,720 (- 6.8%)
07/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #21 -- 11,682 (- 8.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 33.0%
1 year  : - 43.4%
Since #1: - 70.9%

Drops more than 1000 copies as the end is nigh.

201 - ALL STAR WESTERN ($3.99)
07/2009: Jonah Hex #45 -- 12,588
07/2010: Jonah Hex #56 -- 13,441
07/2011: Jonah Hex #68 -- 10,224
07/2012: ASW #11       -- 23,572
--------------------------------
07/2013: ASW #22       -- 15,376 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: ASW #23       -- 15,276 (- 0.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ASW #24       -- 14,378 (- 5.9%)
11/2013: ASW #25       -- 13,937 (- 3.1%)
12/2013: ASW #26       -- 13,440 (- 3.6%)
01/2014: ASW #27       -- 13,238 (- 1.5%)
02/2014: ASW #28       -- 12,782 (- 3.4%)
03/2014: ASW #29       -- 12,503 (- 2.2%)
04/2014: ASW #30       -- 12,285 (- 1.7%)
05/2014: ASW #31       -- 12,023 (- 2.1%)
06/2014: ASW #32       -- 11,675 (- 2.9%)
07/2014: ASW #33       -- 11,488 (- 1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.2%
1 year  : - 25.3%
2 years : - 51.3%
5 years : -  8.7%
Since #1: - 79.1%

Penultimate issue.

217 - TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE (All-Ages) ($2.99)
07/2009: Tiny Titans #18   --  8,576
07/2010: Tiny Titans #30   --  8,038
07/2011: Tiny Titans #42   --  7,664
---------------------------------------
06/2014: Treehouse #1 of 6 -- 13,021 (+ 55.7%)
07/2014: Treehouse #2 of 6 -- 11,387 (- 12.5%)
-----------------
5 years : + 32.8%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

204 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2012: Fairest #5  -- 20,371
------------------------------
07/2013: Fairest #17 -- 13,915 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: Fairest #18 -- 13,511 (- 2.9%)
09/2013: Fairest #19 -- 13,278 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fairest #20 -- 13,008 (- 2.0%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Fairest #21 -- 12,718 (- 2.2%)
01/2014: Fairest #22 -- 12,434 (- 2.2%)
02/2014: Fairest #23 -- 12,350 (- 0.7%)
03/2014: Fairest #24 -- 11,872 (- 3.9%)
04/2014: Fairest #25 -- 11,801 (- 0.6%)
05/2014: Fairest #26 -- 11,493 (- 2.6%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Fairest #27 -- 11,329 (- 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.9%
1 year  : - 18.6%
2 years : - 44.4%
Since #1: - 64.3%

Back after a scheduled skip month.

205 - TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA ($2.99)
07/2013: ToS: Pandora #1  -- 35,106          [41,678]
07/2013: ToS: Pandora #2  -- 32,170 (-15.1%) [35,385]
08/2013: ToS: Pandora #3  -- 34,563 (- 2.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Pandora #4  -- 25,708 (-25.6%)
11/2013: ToS: Pandora #5  -- 21,267 (-17.3%)
12/2013: ToS: Pandora #6  -- 20,563 (- 3.3%)
01/2014: ToS: Pandora #7  -- 18,984 (- 7.7%)
02/2014: ToS: Pandora #8  -- 17,703 (- 6.7%)
03/2014: ToS: Pandora #9  -- 17,032 (- 3.8%)
04/2014: ToS: Pandora #10 -- 15,337 (-10.0%)
05/2014: ToS: Pandora #11 -- 13,859 (-10.9%)
06/2014: ToS: Pandora #12 -- 12,540 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: ToS: Pandora #13 -- 11,299 (- 9.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 40.5%
1 year  : - 70.7%
Since #1: - 72.9%

Continues to lose more than 1000 copies each month. The continues high rates of decline for this and ToS Phantom Stranger do not bode well for the upcoming combined Trinity of Sin replacement title.

206 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 LANTERN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2004: Smallville #9         -- 12,763
07/2012: Smallville S11 #3     -- 20,864
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07/2013: Smallville S11 #15    -- 14,930 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Smallville S11 #16    -- 14,640 (- 1.9%)
09/2013: Smallville S11 #17    -- 14,153 (- 3.3%)
10/2013: Smallville S11 #18    -- 13,794 (- 2.5%)
11/2013: Smallville S11 #19    -- 13,286 (- 3.7%)
12/2013: Smallville Alien #1   -- 13,019 (- 2.0%)
01/2014: Smallville Alien #2   -- 11,768 (- 9.6%)
02/2014: Smallville Alien #3   -- 11,061 (- 6.0%)
03/2014: Smallville Alien #4   -- 10,570 (- 4.4%)
04/2014: Smallville Lantern #1 -- 12,391 (+17.2%)
05/2014: Smallville Lantern #2 -- 11,372 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: Smallville Lantern #3 -- 11,401 (+ 0.3%)
07/2014: Smallville Lantern #4 -- 11,243 (- 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.5%
1 year  : - 24.7%
2 years : - 46.1%
10 years: - 11.9%
Since #1: -  9.3%

Lantern finishes a few hundred copies higher than Alien. Chaos is up next.

225 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 SPECIAL (Digital-First) ($4.99)
07/2013: Smallville S11 Special #2  -- 12,858 (- 8.1%)
08/2013: --
09/2013: --
10/2013: Smallville S11 Special #3  -- 12,115 (- 5.8%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: Smallville S11 Special #4  -- 10,917 (- 9.9%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: --
04/2014: --
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Smallville S11 Special #5  -- 10,057 (- 7.9%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.9%
1 year  : - 21.8%
Since #1: - 28.1%

$1 more and about 1500 fewer copies than the parent title.

226 - ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
06/2013: Adventures of Superman #2  -- 22,407 (-27.7%)
07/2013: Adventures of Superman #3  -- 19,453 (-13.2%)
08/2013: Adventures of Superman #4  -- 17,370 (-10.7%)
09/2013: Adventures of Superman #5  -- 16,011 (- 7.8%)
10/2013: Adventures of Superman #6  -- 14,484 (- 9.5%)
11/2013: Adventures of Superman #7  -- 13,140 (- 9.3%)
12/2013: Adventures of Superman #8  -- 12,142 (- 7.6%)
01/2014: Adventures of Superman #9  -- 11,425 (- 5.9%)
02/2014: Adventures of Superman #10 -- 11,075 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Adventures of Superman #11 -- 11,102 (+ 0.2%)
04/2014: Adventures of Superman #12 -- 10,130 (- 8.8%)
05/2014: Adventures of Superman #13 -- 10,045 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Adventures of Superman #14 -- 11,144 (+10.9%)
07/2014: Adventures of Superman #15 -- 10,004 (-10.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 12.4%
1 year  : - 48.6%
Since #1: - 67.7%

Barely holding on to the 10K sales ledge. Ending in September.

252 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #1  -- 13,036
12/2013: --
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2  --  9,882 (-31.1%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3  --  8,452 (-14.5%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #4  --  8,159 (- 3.5%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5  --  9,042 (+10.8%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.5%
Since #1: - 36.9%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. A nice little boost for the Wonder Woman issue.

249 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Coffin Hill #1  -- 24,129
11/2013: Coffin Hill #2  -- 14,472 (-40.0%)
12/2013: Coffin Hill #3  -- 12,337 (-14.8%)
01/2014: Coffin Hill #4  -- 11,306 (- 8.4%)
02/2014: Coffin Hill #5  -- 10,435 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7  --  9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8  --  8,764 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: Coffin Hill #9  --  8,396 (- 4.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.7%
Since #1: - 65.2%

Averaging a 4% drop each month isn’t healthy.

250 - BATWING ($2.99)
07/2012: Batwing #11 -- 20,047
------------------------------
07/2013: Batwing #22 -- 12,062 (- 3.0%)
08/2013: Batwing #23 -- 11,584 (- 4.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwing #24 -- 11,114 (- 4.1%)
11/2013: Batwing #25 -- 16,207 (+45.8%)
12/2013: Batwing #26 -- 10,753 (-33.7%)
01/2014: Batwing #27 -- 12,461 (+15.9%)
02/2014: Batwing #28 -- 11,786 (- 5.4%)
03/2014: Batwing #29 --  9,864 (-16.3%)
04/2014: Batwing #30 --  9,313 (- 5.6%)
05/2014: Batwing #31 --  8,941 (- 4.0%)
06/2014: Batwing #32 --  8,664 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: Batwing #33 --  8,380 (- 3.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 32.8%
1 year  : - 30.5%
2 years : - 58.2%
Since #1: - 84.4%

Ending in September.

269 - VERTIGO QUARTERLY CMYK (Vertigo) ($7.99)
04/2014: Cyan #1    -- 9,456 
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Magenta #1 -- 7,360 (- 22.2%) 

A typical second issue drop, even though Vertigo tried to not call is a second issue.

283 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
07/2010: The Unwritten #15 -- 13,023
07/2011: The Unwritten #27 -- 10,787
07/2012: The Unwritten #39 --  9,478
------------------------------------
07/2013: The Unwritten #51 --  9,143 (- 9.7%)
08/2013: The Unwritten #52 --  9,033 (- 1.2%)
09/2013: The Unwritten #53 --  8,982 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: The Unwritten #54 --  8,871 (- 1.2%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: Unwritten vol2 #1 -- 11,975 (+35.0%)
02/2014: Unwritten vol2 #2 --  8,291 (-30.8%)
03/2014: Unwritten vol2 #3 --  7,890 (- 4.8%)
04/2014: Unwritten vol2 #4 --  7,652 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: Unwritten vol2 #5 --  7,267 (- 5.0%)
06/2014: Unwritten vol2 #6 --  7,133 (- 1.8%)
07/2014: Unwritten vol2 #7 --  6,918 (- 3.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 42.2%
1 year  : - 24.3%
2 years : - 27.0%
Since #1: - 42.2%

Dips below 7K.

294 - ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR #1 (Vertigo) ($2.99)
02/2014: Royals #1 of 6 --  14,031 
03/2014: Royals #2 of 6 --   8,725 (-37.8%) 
04/2014: Royals #3 of 6 --   7,777 (-10.9%) 
05/2014: Royals #4 of 6 --   7,156 (- 8.0%) 
06/2014: Royals #5 of 6 --   6,928 (- 3.2%) 
07/2014: Royals #6 of 6 --   6,694 (- 3.4%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 52.3%

I recall reading somewhere that this had been an OGN commissioned by the previous regime but then shelved, and was now being resurrected and chopped up into a mini-series before being released as a collection. If true, then I suppose that any amount of sales of the mini-series can be viewed as found money.

295 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Hinterkind #1  -- 23,516
11/2013: Hinterkind #2  -- 13,994 (-40.5%)
12/2013: Hinterkind #3  -- 11,659 (-16.7%)
01/2014: Hinterkind #4  --  9,693 (-16.9%)
02/2014: Hinterkind #5  --  8,948 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Hinterkind #7  --  7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8  --  7,212 (- 3.7%)
07/2014: Hinterkind #9  --  6,686 (- 7.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 31.0%
Since #1: - 71.6%

Has not been solicited past issue #12…

+302 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2013: Collider #1 -- 17,336          [20,361]
08/2013: FBP #2      -- 14,068 (-30.9%)
09/2013: FBP #3      -- 13,977 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: FBP #4      -- 11,600 (-17.0%)
11/2013: FBP #5      -- 10,391 (-10.4%)
12/2013: FBP #6      --  9,543 (- 8.2%)
01/2014: FBP #7      --  8,971 (- 6.0%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: FBP #8      --  7,852 (-12.5%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
07/2014: FBP #12     --  ????? (< 6,594)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
Since #1:    ???%
+302 - SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED - CRISIS OF IMAGINATION (Digital-First) ($2.99)
01/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #1 -- 11,572
02/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #2 --  7,101 (-38.6%)
03/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #3 --  6,738 (- 5.1%)
04/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #4 --  6,467 (- 4.0%)
05/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #5 --  6,045 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #6 --  5,833 (- 3.5%)
07/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #7 --  ????? (< 6,594)
----------------
Since #1:   ???%
+302 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
07/2004: Scooby-Doo #86                -- 5,336
07/2009: Scooby-Doo #146               -- 4,110
07/2010: Scooby-Doo #158               -- 4,147
07/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #11 -- 4,791
07/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #23 -- 4,934
----------------------------------------
07/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #35 -- ????? 
08/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #36 -- 4,903 
09/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #37 -- 4,840 (-1.3%)
10/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #38 -- 4,983 (+3.0%)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #39 -- ????? 
12/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #40 -- 4,754 
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #41 -- 4,649 (-2.2%)
02/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #42 -- 4,540 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #43 -- 4,623 (+1.8%)
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 -- 4,650 (+0.6%)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 (+4.1%)
06/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #46 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #47 -- ????? (< 6,594)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

For the second month in a row, Diamond only released the top 300 and not the top 400. For purposes of the summary charts below I'll be using either the sales of the #302 book (6,594) or the sales of the most recently previously known issue, whichever is less.

Because of a fairly strong month sales-wise and a greater amount of product in the market overall in July, the cut-off this month is rather high. In addition to missing the sales data for these three titles, we likely also missed a good amount of re-order activity.

--

Average Periodical Sales (not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, and magazines)

DC COMICS
07/2004: 30,542
07/2009: 30,905
07/2010: 25,841
07/2011: 26,138
07/2012: 33,837
---------------
07/2013: 34,402 (-  0.3%)
08/2013: 30,843 (- 10.4%)
09/2013: 54,892 (+ 78.0%)
10/2013: 31,928 (- 41.8%)**
11/2013: 32,664 (+  2.3%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 27,881 
02/2014: 27,070 (-  2.9%)
03/2014: 26,776 (-  1.1%)
04/2014: 29,202 (+  9.1%)**
05/2014: 31,764 (+  8.8%)
06/2014: 33,189 (+  4.5%)**
07/2014: 32,778 (-  1.2%)**
-----------------
6 months: + 17.6%
1 year  : -  4.7%
2 years : -  3.1%
5 years : +  6.1%
10 years: +  7.3%

DC UNIVERSE
07/2004: 34,975
07/2009: 41,218
07/2010: 35,372
07/2011: 28,586
07/2012: 38,502
---------------
07/2013: 36,524 (-  1.6%)
08/2013: 33,583 (-  8.1%)
09/2013: 61,036 (+ 81.8%)
10/2013: 33,568 (- 45.0%)**
11/2013: 35,282 (+  5.1%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 33,120 
02/2014: 33,327 (+  0.6%) 
03/2014: 32,007 (-  4.0%) 
04/2014: 36,447 (+ 13.9%) 
05/2014: 39,555 (+  8.5%) 
06/2014: 42,733 (+  8.0%) 
07/2014: 40,799 (-  4.5%) 
-----------------
6 months: + 23.2%
1 year  : + 11.7%
2 years : +  6.0%
5 years : -  1.0%
10 years: + 16.7%

VERTIGO
07/2004: 18,107
07/2009: 11,055
07/2010:  9,515
07/2011: 10,784
07/2012: 11,589
---------------
07/2013: 16,099 (-  7.3%)
08/2013: 14,130 (- 12.2%)
09/2013: 14,951 (+  5.8%)
10/2013: 22,228 (+ 48.7%)**
11/2013: 13,958 (- 37.2%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 11,473 
02/2014: 13,215 (+ 15.2%) 
03/2014: 19,179 (+ 45.1%) 
04/2014: 11,214 (- 41.5%) 
05/2014: 11,778 (+  5.0%) 
06/2014: 11,372 (-  3.4%) 
07/2014: 16,570 (+ 45.7%)** 
-----------------
6 months: + 44.4%
1 year  : +  2.9%
2 years : + 43.0%
5 years : + 49.9%
10 years: -  8.5%


6 month comparisons
===================

+112.5% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+103.8% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 90.0% - Teen Titans
+ 78.6% - Superman
+ 37.2% - Action Comics
+ 23.5% - Batman and Robin
+ 16.8% - Wonder Woman
+ 13.7% - Flash
+ 10.0% - Earth 2
+  6.5% - Batwoman
+  6.1% - Superman/Wonder Woman
+  4.5% - Green Lantern Corps
+  4.1% - Justice League
+  0.5% - Batman
-  0.1% - Batgirl
-  0.7% - Supergirl
-  1.3% - Aquaman
-  1.4% - Green Arrow
-  2.4% - Fables
-  3.2% - Green Lantern
-  4.3% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  4.5% - Smallville Season 11
-  4.6% - Red Lanterns
-  5.0% - Worlds' Finest
-  6.3% - Harley Quinn
-  7.9% - Smallville Season 11 Special
-  8.5% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
-  8.9% - Fairest
-  9.4% - Swamp Thing
- 12.4% - Adventures of Superman
- 13.1% - Justice League Dark
- 13.2% - All Star Western
- 19.5% - Superboy
- 19.6% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 20.7% - Birds of Prey
- 20.8% - Batman '66
- 21.6% - Injustice
- 21.7% - Constantine
- 24.1% - Catwoman
- 25.7% - Coffin Hill
- 30.4% - Detective Comics
- 31.0% - Hinterkind
- 32.8% - Batwing
- 33.0% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 40.5% - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
- 42.2% - Unwritten Apocalypse
- 45.4% - Justice League 3000

1 year comparisons
===================

+119.5% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 93.6% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 58.4% - Teen Titans
+ 46.6% - Superman
+ 10.2% - Action Comics
+  5.3% - Wonder Woman
+  1.7% - Flash
-  1.7% - Detective Comics
-  2.7% - Batman and Robin
-  5.2% - Batgirl
-  5.5% - Earth 2
-  5.6% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  8.5% - Fables
- 10.4% - Green Arrow
- 10.6% - Batman
- 12.7% - Batwoman
- 13.1% - Supergirl
- 15.5% - Detective Comics Annual
- 16.5% - The Wake
- 18.6% - Fairest
- 20.6% - Worlds' Finest
- 20.8% - Aquaman
- 21.8% - Smallville Season 11 Special
- 22.1% - Green Lantern Corps
- 23.4% - Catwoman
- 23.9% - Birds of Prey
- 24.3% - Green Lantern
- 24.3% - Unwritten Apocalypse
- 24.7% - Smallville Season 11
- 24.7% - Injustice
- 25.0% - Swamp Thing
- 25.3% - All Star Western
- 28.9% - Justice League
- 29.9% - Superboy
- 30.5% - Batwing
- 33.7% - Red Lanterns
- 34.2% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 43.4% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 44.1% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 48.6% - Adventures of Superman
- 49.9% - Superman Unchained
- 53.7% - Constantine
- 64.8% - Justice League Dark
- 65.8% - Batman '66
- 70.7% - Trinity of Sin: Pandora

2 year comparisons
===================

+ 75.6% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 65.8% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 65.3% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 15.4% - Teen Titans
+ 12.4% - Superman
+  0.5% - American Vampire
-  4.8% - Green Arrow
-  7.2% - Batman
- 11.0% - Justice League Dark
- 13.5% - Batman and Robin
- 17.4% - Batgirl
- 18.0% - Wonder Woman
- 19.2% - Fables
- 20.6% - Supergirl
- 21.3% - Detective Comics
- 23.5% - Green Lantern Corps
- 26.1% - Flash
- 27.0% - The Unwritten
- 28.9% - Justice League
- 35.1% - Action Comics
- 35.9% - Red Lanterns
- 36.1% - Batman Beyond
- 37.3% - Aquaman
- 38.6% - Batwoman
- 39.9% - Green Lantern
- 43.8% - Birds of Prey
- 44.4% - Fairest
- 46.1% - Smallville Season 11
- 46.7% - Catwoman
- 46.9% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 47.0% - Earth 2
- 50.6% - Swamp Thing
- 51.3% - All Star Western
- 52.8% - Superboy
- 56.2% - Worlds' Finest
- 57.0% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 58.2% - Batwing

5 year comparisons
===================

+ 69.0% - Teen Titans
+ 59.6% - Superman
+ 50.9% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 49.7% - Justice League (JLA)
+ 42.1% - Batman
+ 32.8% - Tiny Titans
+ 29.0% - Action Comics
+ 24.2% - Wonder Woman
+ 14.0% - Green Arrow
+  2.7% - Detective Comics
-  8.7% - All Star Western (Jonah Hex)
- 31.3% - Supergirl
- 38.4% - Fables
- 56.4% - Batman and Robin
- 58.3% - Green Lantern
- 60.1% - Green Lantern Corps

10 year comparisons
===================

+167.9% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 70.8% - Detective Comics
+ 67.6% - Batman
+ 48.1% - Aquaman
+ 43.5% - Batgirl
+ 37.9% - Justice League (JLA)
+ 33.5% - Wonder Woman
+ 26.2% - Green Lantern
+  9.9% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+  9.5% - Action Comics
-  1.0% - Flash
-  9.3% - Smallville
- 20.3% - Teen Titans
- 21.1% - Catwoman
- 28.1% - Green Arrow
- 43.4% - Swamp Thing
- 45.0% - Fables
- 51.6% - Birds of Prey
- 55.1% - Superman

Sales Indices
=============

DCU: Average: 40,799. Median: 39,669. 

2.9 - Batman
2.2 - Justice League
2.0 - Grayson
1.9 - Harley Quinn
1.7 - Superman Unchained
1.6 - Harley Quinn Comic-Con
1.6 - Batman Eternal (13)
1.5 - Batman Eternal (14)
1.5 - Superman
1.5 - Detective Comics
1.5 - Batman Eternal (15)
1.5 - Batman Eternal (16)
1.5 - Robin Rises Omega
1.5 - Batman Eternal (17)
1.4 - Batman and Robin
1.3 - Teen Titans
1.3 - Futures End (9)
1.2 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.2 - Action Comics
1.2 - New Suicide Squad
1.2 - Justice League United
1.2 - Green Lantern
1.1 - Futures End (10)
1.1 - Futures End (11)
1.1 - Detective Comics Annual
1.1 - Futures End (12)
1.0 - Futures End (13)
1.0 - Earth 2
1.0 - Flash
0.9 - Wonder Woman
0.9 - Batgirl
0.9 - Secret Origin
0.9 - Aquaman
0.8 - Green Lantern Corps
0.7 - Justice League Dark
0.7 - Sinestro
0.6 - Aquaman Annual
0.6 - Batwoman
0.6 - Supergirl
0.6 - Green Arrow
0.6 - Red Lanterns
0.6 - Green Lantern: New Guardians
0.6 - Justice League 3000
0.5 - Red Lanterns Annual
0.5 - Aquaman and the Others
0.5 - Worlds' Finest
0.5 - Catwoman
0.5 - Star-Spangled War Stories feat. GI Zombie
0.4 - Swamp Thing
0.4 - Constantine
0.4 - Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.4 - Birds of Prey
0.3 - Superboy
0.3 - Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger
0.3 - All Star Western
0.3 - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
0.2 - Batwing

Vertigo: Average: 40,799*. Median: 39,669*

4.4 - The Sandman Overture
1.5 - The Wake
1.1 - Bodies
0.9 - American Vampire
0.8 - Fables
0.7 - Fairest
0.5 - Coffin Hill
0.4 - Vertigo Quarterly CMYK
0.4 - The Unwritten: Apocalypse
0.4 - The Royals: Masters of War
0.4 - Hinterkind
??? - FBP

Digital First & Other: Average: 14,016*. Median: 11,646*.

1.9 - Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Mutliverse
1.8 - Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet
1.4 - Injustice Year 2 (7)
1.4 - Injustice Year 2 (8)
1.2 - Batman '66
1.0 - Batman Beyond Universe
0.8 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
0.8 - Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse
0.8 - Smallville: Lantern
0.7 - Smallville Special
0.7 - Adventures of Superman
0.6 - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
??? - Scribblenauts Unmasked
??? - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?

The sales index number is a ratio of the title's current month sales to the average sales figure of the line to which is belongs for that month. So a sales index number of 1.0 means that a title sold very close to the sales average for that line.


The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)
The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.
ICv2.com‘s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.
Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.
If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]“). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.
Titles which are returnable have their numbers artificially adjusted down by Diamond. To make up for that this column increases the reported numbers for those titles by 10%. Which is likely also wrong, but it's a different and likely less wrong kind of wrong, and experience has shown that this leads to sales figures which are more consistent.
Titles released under the All-Ages line and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.
Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.
** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300/400 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300/400 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.
Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the Comic-Con International Organizing Committee, or my neighbor's dog Miles.
The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).
As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

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30. Complaints over racist and sexist Vine star at Salt Lake Comic Con

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It was recently revealed to us olds that YouTube and other social media stars are actually more popular with teens than celebs old enough to be funny old aunt/uncle. Some of these stars are but teens themselves, and in the internet era it’s not surprising that video stars untether from network wisdom are very popular. One well known star is 16-year-old Nash Grier, kind of the Bieber of Vine, with millions of followers and loops. He’s also part of a tour now hitting comic-cons with a recent appearance at Wizard World, and an upcoming one in Salt Lake City. The latter has led to some protest however, as some of his videos are accused of being racist, sexist and homophobic, such as the one below. In case you can’t figure out how to turn it n, it shows Grier screaming a gay slur at an AIDS ad. It’s the kind of clueless thing teenagers do in private, now sharable the world over, god help us.

There’s been some blowback about him being a guest at Salt Lake City Comic Con, interestingly. BUt organizers have defended him as a guest:

Dan Farr, Salt Lake Comic Con’s founder, told City Weekly in a recent phone interview that Grier and his Fam Tour are a solid addition to this year’s lineup and will likely bring in a new, younger crowd—you know, people who love watching his videos telling young girls how to look sexier for men (December 2013), throwing a spoon down a set of stairs and saying that’s how Asians name their babies (April 2013) and explaining to his followers that HIV/AIDS is exclusive to the LGBT community.


Although Nash deleted the below, he’s still been caught being homophobic:

Nash apologized for the HIV clip, claiming he’d been “in a bad place”when he posted the video, since deleted, in April of last year. Yet that “bad place” seems to have been more than a few-month phase: He’s also purged multiple pejorative tweets about “homos” or being a “damn queer” that once littered his Twitter feed, as well as a post from May 2012 that read, “Gay rights? Nahhh.”


Normally this kind of thing might stay a teapot tempest, but, once again, as comic-cons get bigger and bigger, they’re going to get more and more scrutiny.

I’d be curious to know how the Grier brother tour went over at recent Comic-Cons. The whole teen you-tube star demo doesn’t seem to have much crossover appeal with nerd world…but I’ve been wrong before.

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31. The Nib is Hiring an Assistant Editor

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[illo by Jim Rugg]

Matt Bors and the Nib have created another job for a cartooner! The editorial cartoon segment of Medium is hiring an assistant editor::

The Nib has been around for almost a year now, publishing more than 20 comics a week, and we are continuing to grow. We’re looking for someone to join me and associate editor Eleri Harris as an editorial assistant to help run a comics vertical on a start-up publishing platform with big ambitions.

This is a part time position for 15–20 hours a week. So a few hours a day. We work remotely so it doesn’t matter where you’re based.


This sounds like an ideal position for…half the comics industry. Don’t swamp the site with your applications.

Medium, a platform for longer content, was launched last year by Twitter founder Ev Williams, and has been kicking around the Bay area Start Up arena for a while. They made news (well news at The Beat anyway) when they hired prize-winning editorial cartoonist Bors to edit their cartoon section, The Nib, and more when they hired an assistant, Eleri Harris. And now a whole staff. God bless start ups.

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32. Donald Glover cast as the character he inspired

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Here’s is a nice story on how actor Donald Glover has been cast as the voice of Miles Morales in an episode of Ultimate Spider-Man.

USA Today reports the actor will voice the character next year in an episode of Disney XD’s animated “Ultimate Spider-Man,” which in its upcoming third season carries the subtitle “Web Warriors.” In the “Spider-Verse” story arc, a dimension-hopping Peter Parker (voiced by Drake Bell) tries to prevent the Green Goblin from collecting the DNA of Spider-Men from parallel universes, including Iron Spider, Spider-Man 2099, the Amazing Spider-Girl and Miles Morales.


Glover at one time campaigned to play the regular live-action Spider-Man, leading Community’s producer Dan Harmon to put a sequence in the show of Glover waking up in Spider-Man pajamas. This in turn inspired Brian Bendis to create Miles Morales as the Ultimate universe Spidey, and now…the circle is complete.

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33. Update: People had a good time at Intervention

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Yesterday I pointed out some negative tweeting about last weekend’s Intervention in Rockville, MD, a small webcomics/blogging focused show in its fifth year. Past guests Andrew Farago and Shaenon Garrity showed up in the comments to defend InterventionCon from complainer Jon Rosenberg, and then there was a bit of a sub-tweeting war between Rosenberg and Farago.

I did get some background via someone who preferred to stay anonymous. While allowing that Intervention is small show—the FAQ states that attendance is only a few hundred people—it is more of a networking weekend, and those who go in with that expectation have a great time.

Guest speakers at this event included full time webcomickers like Pete Abrams (Sluggy Freelance) and Rob Balder (Erfworld.) They’ve both been back many times. Shannon Garrity is also a regular attendee, but couldn’t make it due to her baby. I understand she’ll be back next year. Outside of comics, there were Boing Boing bloggers, the head of Toonseum and more. It’s really a unique experience to get all these people in one room and be able to pick their brains. That’s what this con is about.


My commenter and Farago both thought it was poor form of Rosenberg to get paid expenses for the weekend and then complain about the con, especially during the show. I’m told his discontent throughout the show was known by many attendees and some wanted to get refunds on their purchases from him.

Be that as it may, some people are happy with low key events, others expect something different. I don’t think Intervention was billed as a lollapalooza, and I expect it will be back for a successful year six.

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34. Mimi Pond wins Pen Center Award

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Pen Center USA has presented its 24th annual Literary Awards and Mimi Pond won the award for Graphic Literature Outstanding Body of Work, with a special mention for Over Easy, her debut graphic novel. The blue tinted memoir was published earlier this year by D&Q—and recently went to a second printing. Her previous work includes cartoons for National Lampoon, the Village Voice, The New York Times, and Seventeen, and, most famously, writing the first episode of The Simpsons.

Previous winners include Gilbert Hernandez, Daniel Clowes, Joe Sacco and Matt Fraction.

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35. To Do Tonight, Brooklyn: Save our Schmuck, Bone Marrow Benefit for Seth Kushner

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Photographer/cartoonist and friend of comics Seth Kushner is still battling leukemia, and currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant. He’s a tough fighter and a great guy and this shouldn’t be happening. But it is. A benefit for Kushner will be held tonight at Union Hall in Brooklyn. The evening will include a full line-up of performances, music and comix readings, all to raise money for Kushner’s health care costs.
August 26 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Union Hall – Brooklyn – 702 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

If you cannot attend but would like to help Seth, you can donatehere

Performances by

Molly Crabapple

Douglas Rushkoff

Dean Haspiel
Akim Funk Buddha
JahFurry
Josh Neufeld
Plucky Charms
Christa Cassano
Mike Cavallaro w/ Sticks & Stones
(+more acts TBA)

$15 Tickets & Info:

Produced by Jeff Newelt

Co-presented by HEEB Magazine

Onsite bone marrow registration by Delete Blood Cancer
HANG DAI Editions

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36. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/26/14: He liked it! Hey Mikey!

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§ Dark Horse, having had great success with their Avatar the Last Airbender OGNs, is adding more GNs for kids:

Dark Horse announced plans to publish Rexodus, a sci-fi tale based on the notion that rather than becoming extinct, dinosaurs actually left the earth and resettled on another planet, created by Steelhouse Productions. Dark Horse also plans to republish Courageous Princess, an acclaimed fantasy graphic novel by Rod Espinosa originally published in 1999 by Antarctic Press; Veda: Assembly Required, the story of girl raised by robots, by Samuel Teer and Hyeondo Park; and The Return of the Gremlins, a new hardcover that collects the comics periodicals adapted from the Roald Dahl kids classic, written by Dark Horse publisher/founder Mike Richardson and drawn by Dean Yeagle.

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§ Ng Suat Tong is one of the hardest to please comics critics out there, but he seems to have enjoyed The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg, which is impressive.

In Greenberg’s opening story, “The Three Sisters of Summer Island”, the eponymous sisters find a baby boy “along the banks of the Sky Lake.” Unable to decide who should care for the baby, they consult a shaman who helps them divide the boy into three parts, each containing a different aspect of his soul. By displacing the more familiar tales of child rescue or abandonment (those of Moses and Sargon) and through its setting in the frozen north, the story manages to retain echoes of the legends concerning Sedna—the giantess and mistress of the seas and underworld of Inuit myth whose fingers when cleaved from her body became seals, walruses, and whales (in some versions, salmon or different species of seal).


I think I’ve used this metaphor before but if Greenberg’s debut GN had been a first novel by a prose writer she’d have gotten so much more attention. This evocative mythic world quest is one of the most impressive graphic novel debuts since…well, a long time. Maybe Dash Shaw, although he had many smaller books before Bottomless Bellybutton.

§ OH yeah and speaking of Dash Shaw and debut graphic novels (THIS IS WHY I MAKE THE BIG BUCKS, KIDS) here is Shaw reviewing Jules Feiffer’s “debut gn, Kill My Mother

The advance copy described this as Feiffer’s “first graphic novel.” Much like the term “graphic novel,” this is really just a marketing ploy. Feiffer has been marrying words and pictures into books all of his life… Isn’t Tantrum a graphic novel? However, this is the first time he’s attempted Eisnerian layouts in a long-form work. In all of his other comics, the words and panels are slightly, and very deliberately, separated for easy reading. The panels are either in isolated pages, like Tantrum, or a stream of panels with sentences above the characters heads (Explainers) or heavily illustrated prose (Man in the Ceiling.) It’s possible that this separation, or obvious distinctions between panels, has helped his work become so popular outside of the core comic book audience. In Kill My Mother, he goes the opposite direction, with nearly every third page having an explosion of Eisnerian panel arrangements. As a cartoonist, I love it that he threw himself outside of his usual mode and attempted this. But….[snip]


BUT WHAT? For the answer you must click the link!

§ Several people sent me this link to Derf’s reminiscence of Howard the Duck. Because Howard the Duck was my favorite comic until Love and Rockets came along, I am sympathetic:

Over the next couple years, Howard was one of Marvel’s biggest hits. He got the kind of media attention mere long-underwear comic books simply weren’t getting then. Imagine! An intelligent satire aimed at adults! Gerber mounted a Howard for President campaign in the 1976 election that got quite a bit of press. The button (above) drawn by Bernie Wrightson was a frequent sight pinned to lapels of twentysomethings   Howard was the first title aimed at an older audience. Previous efforts to tap a college-age audience, like Green Lantern/ Green Arrow or The Silver Surfer, had bombed. Howard the Duck, on the other hand, was, for a time, one of Marvel’s top sellers. The tide had turned. Five years later with the debut of video games the 11-year-old readers would vanish en masse and all that was left were older readers, but that’s another tale.


But here’s where it’s gets (q)wacky. In a link to this piece by Derf in a TCJ round-up, online gadfly Robert Stanely Martin refers to his piece on the history of Gerber, Marvel and Howard the Duck published at Hodded Utilitarian, and claims it contradicts Derf’s piece. If you’re interested in Gerber and a foundational tale of the struggle for creator ownership, Martin’s research is of note, however, TCJ’s Tim Hodler points out that the two accounts are virtually identical. So that is what happens when a) you read the comments b) you get into the tendentious world of online comics scholars.

§ LA Weekly’s Liz Ohanesian treks to the Jurassic Era of comic cons, LA’s Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention which is held at The Shrine a few times a year. Admission is $10, which is probably $5 more than it was when I went to it in the 80s.

In recent years, fan conventions have mushroomed into high-profile, weekend-long events where studios announce new releases, cosplayers are photographed like celebrities and lines are everywhere. There was no line to get inside the Shrine for Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention. By mid-afternoon, the longest wait here was to buy a caricature from Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi. If you wanted to buy something, you could easily get the attention of one of the dealers. There were no costumed con-goers, no impromptu photoshoots blocking the aisles. It was a convention without the frills that, for some, are part of the experience and, for others, are an annoyance.


It is breathtaking to think that this cardboard box show still survives virtually unchanged, like the coelacanth.

§ Speaking of cons, here’s a profile of the Dubai Comic Con with an emphasis on the number of female artists…which was more than half.

To many Westerners, Dubai is a conservative city in a conservative Arab state, which makes it an odd place for a convention of risqué Lycra-obsessed cosplayers and over-the-top entertainment. Even more bizarre: In a culture where ladies are told to cover up, Comic Con is attracting women in their droves. And they’re not just there to gawp—there were actually more women artists at Dubai Comic Con than male artists, which is in stark contrast to American Comic Con, which is often criticized for its lack of women.


§ Speaking of the diversification of comics, Andrew Wheeler surveys how Marvel and DC are doing in the wake of Ass-Gate:

Most of Marvel’s ten books have male writers and male primary artists; Storm, Spider-Woman, Thor, She-Hulk, Elektra, Black Widow, and X-Men. Only three of Marvel’s female-led books have female primary creators; Captain Marvel is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Ms. Marvel is written by G. Willow Wilson, and uniquely among all Marvel’s books, the regular team on Angela includes a female writer and a female artist in Marguerite Bennett and Stephanie Hans — but also a male writer and a male artist in Kieron Gillen and Phil Jimenez, as the book contains complimentary storylines split between the two teams. (In November, Bennett is also writing the Lady Deathstrike-focused Logan Legacy one-shot, while Katie Cook is both a writer and artist on Spider-Verse, and Corinna Bechko is a co-writer on Savage Hulk.)

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§ Zainab previews Inés Estrada’s ‘Laspos’

§ Ed Piskor’s hip hop cred is examined in the Daily Beast’s Bam! Pow! Bling!

§ This link was in my mail for eons but it is still worth reading: a profile of the closing of the comics shop Bigkatts:

I immediately realized that in many ways Bigkatts had a secret identity of its own. Located in a storage facility, the store wasn’t an eyesore like so many of the businesses on the busy streets of South Florida are. Instead, it was tucked away and looking like so many other storage spaces, its exterior came off as mundane. Then I walked inside and what I found was…wonder.

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37. NYCC 14 update: good-bye Podcast Arena, hello Cosplay championship

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With the scars and thrills of San Diego Comic-Con faded to memory, it’s time to step into the arena for New York Comic Con, which kicks off October 9-12th. although Super Week events will run all week. Press reg was extended but closed Friday. Pro reg is all gone, and closed early, even though even a pro badge now costs $40–up from $10 last year if memory serves. Pro day on Thursday is now also sold out for pros. However you can still buy some Thursday-only tickets online. If you want to get more tickets, selected days are still available at a few NYC area retailers, although most of these are sold out as well.

So yeah…if you’re trying to get into NYCC, it is a lot harder right now. BUT you can still get your Super Week card which gets you discounts at various events. NYCC is becoming a big spreading octopus of fun and if you’re local you can still have a full week of activity thanks to Super Week.

Also, many other changes are going on at the show. For instance, the Podcast Arena, an area where podcasters could set up and record from the show, has been discontinued, as discussed by Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino (above with frequent co-host Joe Gonzalez):

The Podcast Arena at New York Comic Con has been discontinued. In an email I got from a rep, they said:

“For NYCC this year we will not have a dedicated area for podcast tables. Please let me know if you’d like me to put you in touch with our sales team for space at NYCC. ”

I think we all saw this coming for years and former COMIC NEWS INSIDER (CNI) co-host/current producer (and roommate) Joe called it last year saying he thought they’d be pulling the plug this year. The Arena was constantly shuffled around the floor each year and not really well placed on their website. And last year, we were put in the separate Artist’s Alley area and they didn’t put up our Podcast Arena sign. Most people I ran into said they had no idea where we were located nor how to find us. Foreshadowing indeed!


Podcast Arena started out as a great idea to let local comics media type some space, but it’s understandable that with rising costs, floor space at the Javits Center can no longer be given away. I’ll definitely miss nipping over to the CNI booth to sit down and charge my phone but that’s how the cookie crumbles.

However, NYCC is adding a the first NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay, billed as “the biggest and most prestigious costume contest on the East Coast and will serve as the first stop in the “Quest for the Crown,” a new Cosplay competition circuit that celebrates the very best in Cosplay design from all over the world.” In other words, spectacle!!!

PR below:

Cosplay veterans, former champions and amateurs alike will battle it out for a shot at the NYCC Eastern Championship Crown and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. The Eastern Champion of Cosplay will represent the East Coast in the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago in April 2015, the final round in the Quest for the Crown competition. Thousands of NYCC fans will watch in person and millions of people around the world will tune in via the New York Comic Con live stream to witness the spectacle and pageantry of this fun-filled competition celebrating the best Cosplayers the East Coast has to offer — entries spanning the worlds of comics, movies, television, video games, anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy!

“The Crown Championships of Cosplay began in Chicago last year, and we’re excited to now introduce this new leg of our Cosplay tournament here,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP.  “We love the evolution and growth of our contests — we’ve seen the best Chicago has to offer, and we look forward to expanding this now to reward the passion, dedication and craftsmanship of Cosplayers around America… and ultimately the planet.”

The Crown Championships of Cosplay debuted at ReedPOP’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo earlier this year, and New York Comic Con represents the kick-off of a larger Quest for the Crown competition that will span multiple events, all leading up to a final again set in ReedPOP’s C2E2.  ReedPOP, with over 15 events around the globe, looks forward to setting up additional stops in the Quest for the Crown from the US to Australia, creating a new, worldwide platform to showcase the Cosplay community.

NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay Prizes will include:

  • First Place/Best in Show
    • Two VIP Tickets for C2E2 2015
    • $1,500 Cash
    • Airfare – within the continental US to C2E2 2015
    • Hotel for two nights in Chicago for C2E2 2015
    • Automatic Entry into the final round of the Crown Championships of Cosplay at C2E2
    • $100 Gift Card to ReedPOP Supply Co.
  • Second Place
    • Two VIP Tickets for NYCC 2015
    • $1,000 Cash
    • $50 Gift Card for ReedPOP Supply Co.
  • Third Place
    • Two 4-Day Tickets for NYCC 2015
    • $500 Cash
    • $25 Gift Card to ReedPOP Supply Co.

Fans can register here for the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay, starting today. All submissions must be in by 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, September 19.

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38. Marvel celebrates 75th Anniversary with Deadpool variants

 

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Of course they did. October Marvel is officially celebrating their 75th Anniversary (dating from the Timely era, when Stan lee was but a child) by allowing Deadpool to invade their covers.

Remember that time Deadpool fought the original Human Torch? Or the time he helped form the New Avengers? No? Well, that’s what these awesome variant covers are for! Be there when Deadpool makes his Marvel for these can’t miss variant covers!

·         All-New Ghost Rider #8
·         All-New X-Men #33
·         Amazing Spider-Man #7
·         Avengers #36
·         Black Widow #11
·         Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1
·         Captain America #25
·         Deadpool #36
·         Guardians 3000 #1
·         Hulk #7
·         Inhuman #7
·         Ms. Marvel #9
·         New Avengers #25
·         Nova #22
·         Rocket Raccoon #4
·         Secret Avengers #9
·         She-Hulk #9
·         Spider-Man 2099 #4
·         Uncanny Avengers #25
·         Uncanny X-Men #27

 

While the artists aren’t mentioned in the PR, they are from the top

Kalmen Andrasofszky
Pasqual Ferry
Mike McKone
Mike Perkins
Marco Rubio
Gabrielle Dell’Otto

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39. Revealed! Here are your sexualized male superheroes

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Okay, unless the unforeseen happens I swear this is the LAST Beat post about Spider-Woman’s butt. But One of the bingo card arguments trotted out every time there is a kerfuffle of this nature is that “Oh but the men in comics are sexualized too!” which is so not true. I’ve written this a billion times, but “The Peter Parker Paradox” states that “Women are sexualized; men are idealized” in superhero comics.

Except when men ARE sexualized, as in this tumblr set: So come on, reasonable people of the internet, can you see the difference here?

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40. Games of Thrones: Season 5, Casts Bowen Marsh

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Anyone who’s been keeping up with their reading of   George RR Martin’s  A Song of Ice and Fire opus, knows  Bowen Marsh, the First Steward of the Night’s Watch, is one of those side characters who becomes a player.  It’s now confirmed by actor Michael Condron’s agency  to Watchers On the Wall.com  he will be playing the part in HBO’s Game of Thrones .  The actor has also confirmed that he will appear in three episodes, directed by Mark Mylod, Michael Slovis and Jeremy Podeswa.  He has previously appeared in The Tudors and the British mini-series Fairy Tales.

 

 

 

 

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41. Weekend con report: The kinds of cons that cartoonists avoid


While the legend of DashCon and its bouncy castle continues to elicit laughter and jokes as perhaps the worst run con ever, it’s still a mixed bag out there. A lot of smaller “Maker” shows are emerging out there, and your mileage may vary. InterventionCon is now in its fifth year and is billed as a show highlighting webcomics and blogs and that kind of thing. I’ve heard good things about it in the past, but guest Jon Rosenberg had some pretty dispiriting tweets over the weekend, showing small turnouts for his panels, and leading to this conversation with Jim Zub.


ON THE OTHER HAND, this LJ user had a pretty good time, although it seems the show needed to freshen things up:

Well, as always, Intervention is a well-run, fun con.

I stayed for all three days, beginning to end, and kept entertained throughout. I had sorta a weird mix of feeling a lot of the webcomic people were ‘the usual suspects’ who were at the prior Interventions, but on the flip side I bought more webcomic books and stuff than ever before, so, more minor ones. I think the webcomic panelage wasn’t quite as good (or, I should say, as *fresh*, the ones I went to are good but I skipped over some because I saw the same people on the topics in prior years), because it was the usual suspects to me (and of the usuals, Shaenon Garrity wasn’t there- for very obvious reasons of a newborn! She tends to do creative panels so I’m hoping she’ll be back next year). That said, I saw plenty of other good panels in addition to the webcomic ones, and I hit some I’d never checked before, like a talent show (heard a very good raunchy folk ballad on acoustic guitar). One interesting one was about My Little Pony, but largely talking about why Hasbro does what it does in respects to fans, toys, etc., as well as things like similaries between shows and fandoms (original Star Trek and it’s habit of keeping extras in the same uniforms and jobs was used in comparison to the reoccurring background ponies)- and since it was at the end of the day with no panels after they kept talking for the next 20 minutes, and after *that* I talked to some of the panelists longer about different conventions and stuff. A lot of the other panels were behind-the-scenes, how-to-do X stuff (X being podcasts, independent films, blogs, etc.), which sound useful if you’re interested but aren’t my thing. I think next time I may scale things back to just hitting the main day, largely due to the usual-suspect factor.

I’m not trying to bag on InterventionCon — I’ve spoken to the folks running it and they seem nice, and I’m sure it was all nice. But folks expectations for even smaller shows have been raised by the SuperCons and guests certainly have a lot of shows to choose from. Everyone is going to have to up their game a bit.

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42. When a con HAS crap: Wizard World Chicago


Wizard World Chicago was this weekend, a now four-day extravaganza of mostly nerdlebrity stuff, but still, and it’s said to be a great place to sell art to the midwest’s large and eager fan base. It’s also the show where nerdlebrities like tweeting pictures of themselves with other nerdlebrities!


Levar Burton made a pretty epic selfie with Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn and Brent Spiner while William Shatner looked on. You can see more of this kind of stuff in the official @wizardworld twitter feed.

Also, Stan Lee finally took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS….but there is a surprise twist, which you may guess if you are alarmed by the idea of a 91-year-old man having a bucket of freezing water dumped on his Members Only jacket.

The Chicago Daily Herald has a photo gallery here; Bloody Disgusting a rather cursory report here.

The most interesting (to me anyway) write I found was this by Randall A. Golden who gives Wizard shows an overall good review, but explains that even when you have a ticket, getting a nerdlebrity autograph can be can involve a lot of juggling, especially with nerdlebity travel schedules getting tighter and tighter…one late flight and things can get dicey:

As celebrity vicissitudes and temperaments update minute by minute, so are the autograph/photo-op schedules sometimes changed accordingly to keep up. If the con is well run, attendees are informed as soon as possible so they can work within whatever opportunities are available. If the con isn’t well run, then you wind up with situations where a famous British actor is left in his hotel room waiting for a ride that never comes to bring him to a Q&A he can’t find on his own, while fans threaten to burn him in effigy because they have no idea what’s going on and assume it’s all his fault. Fortunately for us and unfortunately for others, that happened at some other con that Wizard World didn’t run and we didn’t attend.

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11:40 a.m.: The Evan Peters line has largely vanished, but he’s still not there. We join the autograph line for Famous Actor #2, whose first signing is scheduled for 12:30. We learn from the guy in front of us that Evan Peters’ flight was delayed. The showrunners were now expecting to arrive around
3:30. To those couple hundred disgruntled fans who’d been waiting in vain in his line since 10 a.m., WWC volunteers passed out numbered cards for them to bring back later and redeem for first dibs on Peters upon his arrival.

Meanwhile, Famous Actor #2 arrives a half-hour early for his signing in high-flying spirits. Advantage: us.

1 p.m.: Mandatory lunchtime.

1:30 p.m.: We join the autograph line for Hot New TV Actor, across the way from Evan Peters’ booth, whose front space is occupied by a few lonely wanderers. While we’re in line, the distant, overhead lights flicker as thunder roars outside. Adding two and two, we suspect in hindsight that weather may have affected Peters’ flight plan. TV Actor arrives half an hour late, but she’s cool with everyone in line.

 


As far as vicissitudes go, John Barrowman just plain overslept and missed his flight and made this very apologetic video. He surpassed even that later on though, with the PSA about the poopy potties of the Rosemont Convention Center

I used to go to Rosemont every year (although haven’t been in a decade) and I always found the toilets pretty clean and usually empty. So I dunno what is going on now—I hope this was a one time number two thing — just because you have to stand in line is no excuse not to flush the toilet.

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43. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 8/25/14: This I believe

§ Many people gave artist Karine Charlebois grief for daring to redraw Milo Manara, but did anyone actually read why she did it?

My point with this tumblr is not to put the men into sexy poses. No. I don’t have a problem with how the men are drawn, usually. What occurred to me is that men get their back up when women try to make the point through illustration that the posing is wrong due to how degrading it is. Instead of putting themselves in the women’s place, they can’t identify with the problem because they’re basically being shown gay men, which they don’t identify with. Attempts like this end up perceived more as a “how do you like THEM apples” by the men.

So I rethought my idea of redrawing a cover changing the women’s poses as kick ass, and the men’s as Harlequin Romance fodder. My attempt at getting sympathy and understanding would fall flat. Besides, I have no problem, as I stated before, with how men are drawn, for the most part. It’s the women I have a problem with. So how do you get the point across? How do you fix that problem? By bringing suggestions and solutions. I want this tumblr to prove that women CAN be posed in ways other than T&A and still be awesome. Better yet, awesomer.

So you see it isn’t a matter of Manara can’t draw, it is just suggesting that there is a less sexualized way. I understand the peril of these redraws, but I believe Charlebois is being accused of something she never claimed.

§ I did not mention previously that Boom! Studios now has a TV First look deal with Fox, as well as a movie one. Good times.

displacedpersons-ogn-afa50§ Derek McCulluch has a new GN out from Image called Displaced Persons—drawn by Anthony Peruzzo— and it has quite a long back story

CBR News: Derek, how are you explaining this novel to people?

Derek McCulloch: That’s a question I’ve been working on and failing miserably at for fifteen years. The best way I’ve approached it is to summarize each of the three stories individually, to say that it’s a Hammet inflected detective story from the 1930s, a drug-heist story from the 1960s and a domestic drama about real estate from the 1990s. It’s all of those things linked together by the slightest bit of time travel.

McCulluch mentioned that he pitched it to me when I was an editor and I rejected it, but he kindly doesn’t quote what I really said which was “I hate time travel stories.” And I do. Lost aside. Let those who like them edit them! Anyway looking forward to finally reading the finished product.

§ Johanna reviews “Thoughts from Iceland” a cute little travelog comic that I highly recommend reading if you ever go to Iceland.

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§ MTV has a gallery of the best butts from the VMAs last night. Big butts definitely in the zeitgeist right now. Above, J-Lo who kicked it off more than a decade ago and remains in scary good shape at age 45.

§ A phony Josh Trank twitter account was set up over the weekend, and fooled many people into thinking the FF reboot director relaly was revealing many things.

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44. Milo Manara speaks (in English) and reaches out to the farms of Oregon and Maine

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Fumettologica has made an English transcript of their interview with Milo Manara available, and offered it to run at The Beat. And it’s…a thing. Like I’ve been saying all along, Manara is Manara and he can draw all the butts in thew air he wants. However, he trots out every bingo card argument there is, from “men are sexualized too!’ to blaming this on the spread of Islam (????!!!!!????). Also women evolved to be sexy.

Also censorship is a red herring here. The issue is a MARKETING one, and I still haven’t seen anyone address that from Tom Breevort on.

I must say, I like the idea of Spider-women advancing like a jaguar. Perhaps focusing on her rump was not the best way to convey this concept.

All that said, this Spider-Woman variant has now become a symbol for many things. It really isn’t just about her butt any more.

Fumettologica: How do you interpret the debate generated by your cover?

MANARA: Reading on the internet, I saw that the criticisms have two different motivations. One is the sexy and erotic side, the other is the anatomical error. Now, about the incompetence in the drawing I do not know what to say. Let’s say I’ve tried to do my best for 40 years. Nobody is perfect, and I may be wrong; simply put, I’m a professional, doing the best I can.

On the erotic side, however, I found it a bit ‘amazing. Apart from the fact that there is a mandatory thing that I have to start by saying: it seems to me that both in the United States and around the world there are things much more important and serious to worry about. The events at Ferguson, or the drama of the Ebola. That there are people getting angry for things like that … Unless there is, these days, a hypersensitivity to more or less erotic images, due to this ongoing confrontation that we are supposed to have with Islam. It’s known that the censorship of the female form should not be a feature of our own Western civilization. This is what I find also quite surprising.

QUESTION: The main criticism to your picture – although not new, neither in discussions about comics nor in your work – is that it represents a woman who is the ‘object’ of sexual desire, through a shape and a pose that is provocative, not very ‘natural ‘

MANARA: “What I wanted to do is a girl who, after climbing the wall of a skyscraper, is crawling over the roof. She finds herself on the edge, and her right leg is still off the roof. So the criticism about anatomical issues that were made, I think they are wrong: she’s not to have both knees on the roof. One leg is still down, and the other is pulling up. Precisely for this reason, also, then this back arched. This is what I tried to do”.

That said, it’s not my fault if women are like that. I’m only drawing them. It’s not me who made women that way: is an author much more “important”, for those who believe … For evolutionists, including me, on the other hand, women’s bodies have taken this form over the millennia in order to avoid the ‘extinction of the species, in fact. If women were made exactly as men, with the same shape, I think we would have already been extinct for a long time.

Also, I do not consider it one of the covers most erotic I’ve done. I think I have chosen, out of all the poses imaginable – and the proof is there, if one goes on the Internet, where I documented myself, to see all the photos of Spider-Woman – the one that is , even framing, less problematic . If fact the view is a bit from above. You do not see hardly anything. We see only that she has an ass, drawn this way. And it’s a girl with a nice ass, indeed, at least from my point of view.

That’s the way Superheroes are: they are naked, covered in whatever color of paint. Superman is naked painted blue, Spider-Man is naked painted red and blue, and Spider-Woman is painted red. But that’s part of the “trick”, so to speak, that publishers use to create these forms of superheroes nude – of which I do not find anything wrong – but without real nudity. When we see them later in the stories, going beyond the cover, these are characters whose bodies are “in view”.

QUESTION: In addition to the form, however, it’s also the position. Don’t you see it as something provocative, if not problematic, in itself?

MANARA: It is actually a girl who is crawling, or rather, advancing at the pace of the jaguar. After climbing the wall of the building, she is pulling herself on the roof of this building. That’s how I see it. Sure, of course, since women are built in a certain way, any movement they make, if they are nude … and to some degree, more or less, all super heroines are naked. And this cover isn’t any different. And Spider-Woman is not gonna be sitting in a chair, right? But if one goes on the internet to see all the other images of the character, there are many far more erotic, and if they were naked, they would be more vulgar than what I did. Instead, as we know, this leotard, this – let’s say – ‘colored plastic wrap’ is what saves all appearances.

QUESTION: The debate remains open, however, and very timely. To add an item to the discussion, there’s also the intervention of the vice president of publishing at Marvel, Tom Brevoort, who said ” It’s, for a Manara piece, one of the less sexualized ones, at least to my eye. Maybe others feel differently.

But given that the character is covered head-to-toe, and is crouched in a spider-like pose, it seems far less exploitative to me than other Manara pieces we’ve run in previous months and years. (…) I think a conversation about how women are depicted in comics is relevant at this point, and definitely seems to be bubbling up from the zeitgeist.” 

It seems that this cover has come at a time when even in the comic field there is a somehow new sensitivity: it’s not acceptable anymore to see some excesses in the ‘provocative’ representation of women.

MANARA: I can understand, of course. As I also understand people who have felt offended. But I understand in the sense that it suddenly opens my eyes, and I have to acknowledge that what I think is a beautiful picture, nice, attractive, seductive – that is exactly my purpose, or what I want to achieve – for others it is disturbing. But this is something that I have to face every time I. And by the way it keeps surprising me more and more.

If you go to the beaches now, you see girls whose scanty swimwear totally let see the shapes of their bodies. Of course, for someone that can be an image that is disturbing, but not for me. In fact, I’m sorry, but my aim – when I’m asked to draw – is trying to communicate serenity, more than seduction.

QUESTION: What has struck some commentators and writers – Dan Slott for example – is that we have raised so much amazement on a job perfectly in synch with your extensive career, which is known to everyone. Others have instead asked why all this has happened with one of your drawings and not others, suggesting how in your touch there is a graphic load that, for better or worse, makes the strongest erotic impact of the bodies you draw.

MANARA: If that were so, it would be a great compliment. I tend to believe that maybe I was already in the crosshairs of some commentators or bloggers who have seized the opportunity, even though it wasn’t the most convincing one, to raise such a problem. I understand the controversy over the fact that the use of women bodies is a sensitive issue. And I couldn’t agree more on the fact that the female body should not be used in advertising, for example, to sell … silicone sealant. The thing that I do not agree is not so much the fact that these images are erotic, but the fact that they are banal. Everyone is capable of assign beautiful image to any product: it is clear that you transfer to your product the beauty of that image. A trick so trivial that I find cloying. But when it comes to draw a character in red tights, whose line of work is skyscraper crawling, I see no scandal in the fact of drawing her in a seductive way. Because I imagine that’s how she is.

I don’t know if this character will also become a movie, but it does, I think they would have their sweet problems to make her do what Spider-Man does (frame her in the same vicissitudes and athletic performance and so on) without her becoming seductive. If she’s played by an actress endowed with an ass, it is clear that her ass will be seen. I0m reminded that her tights are “painted on” … I also noticed that some website says that more than a suit, what you see in my drawing, it’s body painting. It’s true. Sure it is. But because it is so in all the superhero comics: These tights are painted on them. You don’t see a crease, a wrinkle. You read the muscles perfectly.

I’m not so convinced, though, by the last part of the controversy. That is, those who accuse Marvel that while trying to take a stab at capturing the female audience, by using a cover of that kind, they’re commissioning it to me, an artist who, you know, has a male audience. I totally reject this. My audience is at least 50% female. I know it for a fact because when I go to festivals, and I see the queue of those who put themselves in line to get signed books, there are more women than men. Therefore, I also reject the notion that the celebration of the female body interests only to males: I do not think so.

Ah, there’s also those who insinuate the whole controversy is manufactured on purpose. I can only say I did not know anything until I was informed about it. If anything, from my point of view, I have to congratulate Marvel, who showed respect for a drawing that, as horrible as it might be, no one asked me to do any kind of change. I do not think it was worse than others, or more scandalous than others. And in front of an image of seduction I feel joy, not repulsion.

QUESTION: The author of the regular cover, Greg Land, it’s been noted that he is known to sometimes use photos of porn actresses to draw poses in his comics.

MANARA: I wasn’t aware of that. I respect very much Land as a draftsman. I see that he is one of the most realistic, and I assumed that he used models, but that he traced pictures of that kind, that I did not know. Unless it’s not just unsubstantiated slander? I like his art because it has a certain evocative power, sometimes strong, impressive, so he’s among the ones I like. I have seen, anyhow, that some have given anatomy lessons to him too. You never stop learning.

And anyway, I have to say this: the last thing I want is “épater les bourgeois” (shock the bourgeoisie), or offend someone. I just want to make something seductive that provides five minutes of relaxation. It’s all there is. The reason why I agreed to do some covers for Marvel when they asked me is because I think that in some remote farm in Maine or Oregon there was anyone who would read these comics, perhaps saying “ah, what a beautiful girl “. It’s all there is. I’d be more than satisfied if such a thing were to happen. But I do not think a design like the one on the cover of Spider-Woman could have masturbatory consequences. I do not think; it must be seductive, and I’ll do my best for it to be that way. As I said, the perspective that I chose – I have not framed her from behind, from beneath, etc. – is from above. And from height you see her sinuous back and you see her two buttocks. But it is not what you see, it’s what you know.

I’m tempted to circle back to the beginning: I think there are other things to worry about. but if you please, however, one last thing. To date I have not heard from Marvel (these days there are some communication difficulties, but I think I’ll hear from them soon, next week). But it seems to me that this cover has not yet been published. This is to say that it may well be that Marvel, seeing these controversies, withdraws it and does not publish it. Who knows, maybe we are talking about nothing: Marvel decides not to publish it so then it’s “goodnight to the bucket” (Italian expression that means “and then we’re screwed”). In any event, just for completeness, I remember that they asked me to enlarge a little bit the costume of one of those covers. So in general, if they have any objections, they tell me. And I concur: since the responsibility is theirs, it is their right to be cautios. Furthermore, it’s the American market, so whatever… Also, I was given this assignment 3-4 months ago. It was and remains only a celebration of the body, without any manipulation. I’d understand if they were real girls, forced to do things they do not want to do, for commercial purposes. But it’s just drawings, santa pazienza (holy patience).”

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45. John Porcellino tours for The Hospital Suite

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One of the eagerly awaited books of fall is The Hospital Suite by John Porcellino, a graphic novel length account of his health issues and battle with OCD, depression and other ills. Despite the heavy subject matter, it’s fascinating reasons with Porcellino’s bare bones storytelling keeping anything from becoming maudlin or self pitying.

Porcellino will be on tour this fall, kicking off at SPX in three weeks. Check him out at a town near you.

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46. What Nerve! open at RISD with awesome catalog

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RISD (The Rhode Island School of Art and Design) is hosting an art show—now open and running until January 9, 2015—“What Nerve!” and it spotlights alternative artists, several of them with one foot in cartooning:

What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present proposes an alternate history of figurative painting, sculpture, and vernacular image-making from 1960 to the present that has been largely overlooked and undervalued. At the heart of What Nerve! are four mini-exhibitions based on crucial shows, spaces, and groups in Chicago (the Hairy Who), San Francisco (Funk), Ann Arbor (Destroy All Monsters), and Providence (Forcefield)—places outside the artistic focal point of New York. These moments are linked together by six influential or intersecting artists: H. C. Westermann, Jack Kirby, William Copley, Christina Ramberg, Gary Panter, and Elizabeth Murray.

All of these artists ran against the modernist grain and its emphasis on theory. Rather than distancing their art through irony or institutional critique, the artists in What Nerve! seized imagery and ideas from vernacular sources as diverse as comics and pottery, pulling and reshaping material from their environments to tackle a variety of subjects with equal doses of satire and sincerity. What Nerve! looks at their distinctive idioms, shown in works that are often earnest, sometimes narrative, frequently transgressive, and always individualistic.


The show is curated by Dan Nadel, who has been spending his time profitably since PictureBox folded.

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Nadel has also put together the catalog for the show, What Nerve! , which spotlights all of the above with essays by Nicole Rudick, Roger Brown and more. I WANT THIS BOOK.

The RISD exhibit will have some events as well:

Design the Night opening celebration
Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 5-9 pm | free 

Critical Encounters with Body, Place, and Time
Friday, September 19, 2014 | 1-4 pm | free
Gallery conversations with artists, curators, and art historians explore key issues emerging from What Nerve! 

Screenings: Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists
Sundays, September 21 and October 12, 2014 | 2-4 pm | free

Art top: Karl Wirsum’s “Show Girl I” (1969)

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47. Dos and Don’t for the Simpson’s Marathon

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Fxx is showing EVERY EPISODE OF THE SIMPSONS ever in order, a 12-day marathon that started yesterday. The event is to celebrate theFxx getting the rebroadcast rights to every Simpsons episode, for about $1 billion. Meaning Fxx will basically be the Simpsons channell…and that’s a great idea!

We caught some Season Three classics last night, and the effect of seeing “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish”, “The Way We Was”, “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th”, and “Principal Charming” in order as they were when last we viewed them 20+ years ago…well time passes quickly when you quote Simpsons episodes. Also mind bggling to think the couch gag and the blackboard gag were in place right from the start.

Vulture has a veiwing guide and suggests that tonight is the nihgt for an all nighter with Season Four and Five:

You’re not as young as used to be. You used to rock and roll all night, and party every day. Then it was every other day. Now you’re lucky to find half an hour a week to get caught up with your DVR before you fall asleep on the couch. But party like it’s 1993 from Saturday evening until Sunday morning. That’s when season four turns into season five, and if you’re fast asleep, you’ll miss such classics as “Rosebud,” “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet,” and freaking “Cape Feare” — you don’t want to miss “Cape Feare.” Sunday night into Monday morning is also incredible, but, again, you’re not as young as you used to be. None of us are.


Yeah we’d go along with that one. Also although they say now to drool over teh Cnan O’Brien episodes, he wrote “New Kid Ont The Block” where Bart falls in love and dreams his heart is ripped out and thrown against the wall by the girl he loves who says, “Guess you won’t be needing that any more.” So yeah, Conan O’Brien.

For more info, here’s the actual schedule of episodes and some old intervews from NPR.

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48. Marvel’s Brevoort responds to Manara controversy

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I said I was going to be happy and puppies today, but I feel I should note that Marvel’s executive editor Tom Brevoort responded to the whole Milo Manara thing on his formspring:

Q: Mr. Brevoort, what is your opinion on the debate over M. Manara’s variant cover of Spider Woman? A similar quarrel happened few months back for one cover on DC’s Teen Titans #1. Personally, I agree that women in comics are often “over-sexualized”. However, I am wondering whether this criticism is going too far. It is sort of becoming more like a form of conservatism. It almost seems like some people want to completely remove sexual thematics from comics.

[snip] A:

I think that the people who are upset about that cover have a point, at least in how the image relates to them.

By that same token, Milo Manara has been working as a cartoonist since 1969, and what he does hasn’t materially changed in all that time. So when we say “Manara cover”, his body of work indicates what sort of thing he’s going to do.

It’s also, for a Manara piece, one of the less sexualized ones, at least to my eye. Maybe others feel differently. But given that the character is covered head-to-toe, and is crouched in a spider-like pose, it seems far less exploitative to me than other Manara pieces we’ve run in previous months and years.

But all that said, it’s the right of every reader not to like something.

And fortunately, it’s a variant cover, so people will likely need to seek it out if they want it, rather than it being the display piece for the book.

I think a conversation about how women are depicted in comics is relevant at this point, and definitely seems to be bubbling up from the zeitgeist. That too is fine. Nothing gets better unless ideas are communicated.


Ya hear that internet? NOTHING GETS BETTER UNLESS IDEAS ARE COMMUNICATED. As in IT’S OKAY TO TALK ABOUT THIS. Drops mic.

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49. Nice Art: Tony Millionare gets autobiographical

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It has been far too long since we linked to some art by the great Tony Millionaire, whose baroque penwork evokes pleasant feelings of timelessness. Maakies, his epic ongoing strip, is available online and in this episode, it’s what he claims is a true story. CLAIMS. On the other hand, Millionaire lives a baroque life and anything is possible.

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50. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits: 8/22/14: Can’t we talk about something more pleasant

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§ Jules Feiffer’s astounding graphic novel Kill My Mother is coming out soon, and the press tour is rolling out — here’s an interview in the LA Times

“Never having known how to work in this style, suddenly in my 80s, I discover I can,” he says by phone from his home on Long Island, N.Y. “I was both shocked and appalled that I had assigned myself this 2½-year job of drudgery. It turned out to be fun, but at the time I thought, ‘This is impossible, what am I doing?’


Feiffer is also interview by Terry Gross for Fresh Air! SCORE!

There’s a preview of the book here and you’ll see what I mean about astonishing.

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§ Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba is a sometimes underrated graphic novel that exploresthe uncertainty of life via ending the story at various points. And the University of Tennessee has chosen it part of its freshman reading which helps new student get acclimated to campus life:

For freshman accounting major Cameron DeJean, reading “Daytripper” was a positive way to start off the school year.

“Each chapter was like a section of his life,” DeJean said, comparing his freshman year to a new section of his own life.

Additionally, DeJean found the graphic novel medium “easier to read” than traditional literature, as the illustrations helped form “mental images” which helped to understand the plot.


§ Author Diana Gabaldon is riding high due to the success of the saucy man-in-a-kilt love story Outlander. She’s appearing in Scotland soon but first she talks about her comics writing days with the BBC:

Another of the characters Gabaldon took on was the Scots accented Uncle Scrooge McDuck. She stopped writing comic book scripts when Disney decided to re-run older stories. Gabaldon said: “Marvel Comics had heard about me and asked if I would write for them. “While I absolutely believed in Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck, I didn’t believe in Spider-Man, so I didn’t write for Marvel Comics.”


§ Lauren Davis reviews Michael DeForge for io9 but keeps reminding everyone that the story is not truebecause….DeForge’s work is so realistic? I dunno. Ayway it’s a good overview otherwise.

Canadian Royalty: Their Lifestyles and Fashions is a bit like Spotting Deer in that it describes something that is only slightly too weird to exist. DeForge describes the apparent cruelties that Canadian royals are subjected to from childhood and the dubious—sometimes horrifying—honors adults may receive upon their ascendancy. And there are brief dips into the history of individual royals and former royals that offer hints of an even larger picture.


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§ Remember Crunchyroll, the digital manga portal that started a last year? Started to combat piracy, Sean Gaffney looks at where its at now:

Kodansha still has the largest presence on the site, and are still adding new titles that may interest the North American reader, such as the new Onizuka spinoff/continuation. It’s still predominately Shonen Magazine and its subsidiaries, but there has been an effort to add some seinen as well, notably the Morning title Investor Z. (By the way, not all of the licensing is through Kodansha – a large number of the titles on the site seem to be licensed via ‘Cork’, including the Anno ones. Investor Z is one of those.) Most of their titles are ongoing concerns – updated weekly or monthly as their Japanese fellows are. I do note A Town Where You Live has finished, but Vols. 1-11 still seem to be absent from the site – going backwards is not Kodansha’s priority.


PS: everytime I read anything about this site I get the taste of umami and shrimp in my mouth.

§ With all the conventions popping up everywhere, and no rule book to guide rookies, this overview by David O’Connell on what shows need from an exhibitor’s perspective should be MUST READING:

If I want to sit in a room filled with tables and chairs and no customers I will spend my day in Furniture World in Plymouth. Publicity is the most important thing after LOCATION, DATE, TIME and is often forgotten. I’ve heard one organiser actually say publicity is the responsibility of the exhibitors. It is not.

At Ideal Con marketing and publicity will always be at the top of the Ideal Con organiser’s (ICO) to-do list. At the TOP. With its own budget. Its own team. Enough money at least for a BIG sign outside the venue, and maybe a couple of sandwich boards (LOCATION, DATE, TIME) around town.


MUCH MORE IN THE LINK. [h/t Comics Reporter]

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§ Sean T. Collins interviews Meghan Turbitt for The Comics Journal.

Everything I make, every particle of my being, is based on how I grew up. Everything I make will of course be influenced by that. But to be honest, the reason I made #foodporn is because I had a crush on an ugly guy who made pizza at my local pizza joint. He is not attractive. When he was making the pizza I was attracted to him, though? I didn’t understand it and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I thought the concept of him getting hotter and hotter as he made the pizza was just hilarious. Hence the premise of the book.


§Sometimes The Outhouse just makes me cry

In a poorly timed press conference this morning, DC Comics revealed that the variant cover gimmick theme for the month of December will be “Dick Pics.” DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio stood proudly behind a podium in front of DC’s Burbank offices to announce the theme. “I know that everyone has been really excited by our monthly variant cover themes, such as Bombshells, Selfies, and 3DNado,” Didio boasted. “Well, prepare to have your minds blown in December as DC Comics brings you Dick Pic Variants!” Didio paused as the crowd grew quiet. Unphased, he continued. “For some reason, a lot of people have been talking about Dick pics online. We love Dick pics and want to pay our creators to send them to us.”

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