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1. Review: ‘Action Philosophers’ is required reading

by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

The duo of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey have done it again in the 10th anniversary edition of their comic book series Action Philosophers. It’s available in late October from Dark Horse in a beautiful hardcover one volume edition with new cover art. This smart and witty non-fiction graphic book is the introduction to philosophy that should be required reading. I wish it had been around when I struggled through some of these works!

The series originally published by Van Lente and Dunlavey under their company Evil Twin Comics began life as a single issue comic book about Frederick Niestche, he of  the “God is Dead” philosophy. The comic book proved to be so popular that the guys developed a series that was eventually distributed by Diamond. For those of you unfamiliar with the industry that’s pretty impressive for an indie company. With support and appreciation from the industry the series won a Xeric Grant in 2004, was nominated twice for an Ignatz award and lauded by the American Library Association. For Evil Twin Comics they’ve also created Action Presidents and The Comic Book History of Comics.

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Action Philosophers 10th Edition by Dark Horse.

Beginning with Plato and Socrates the comics in both dialogue and art reveal complex intellectual thought in an easy to understand and cheeky manner. The dialogue juxtaposed by the drawings ranges from amusing to laugh out loud funny. This is comics at it’s best. The work is appealing and available. Ryan noted that they consider the audience for the comics as 11 and up and that the comics are for comic book fans and philosophy fans. Now that’s comics for a general audience!

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From Plato, Action Philosophers.

Van Lente and Dunlavey have impressive resumes. Fred is noted for his work at Marvel Comics for Iron Man, Spider Man, X-Men and Hercules. He also wrote Cowboys and Aliens with co-author Andrew Foley that was the basis for the film. Van Lente began his studies in film and then majored in English. It’s an excellent combination for working in comics with a strong sense of writing and the ability to frame the story. That clarity of story line comes across so well in Action Philosophers.

Ryan’s background is in illustration, writing and drawing and he has worked for Disney, Marvel, Warner Brothers and Comedy Central creating cartoons and designs. Both attended Syracuse University and as with colleagues whose experiences go back for a long time their work appears complimentary and seamless in its collaboration. Ryan’s illustrations are bold, clear and have classic comic book references in his artwork. In other words it’s recognizable and fun.

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From Plato, Action Philosophers

I love the fact that this is called Action Philosophers and for something that could be difficult and dry this is a book of Action. The pages burst with activity and energy in the drawings themselves as well as the smart dialogue and storyline.

This is a book that should be on your list for yourself and as a gift. It’s out of the ordinary and that’s a good thing. It’s also completely accessible and a fascinating read. Go Action Philosophers!

[Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson is writing a biography of her grandfather, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, military intelligence officer, prolific pulp writer, inventor and founder of DC Comics, with Gerard Jones (Men of Tomorrow) entitled Lost Hero. Her most recent publication is co-editing and writing an Introduction to a reprint of some of the Major’s adventure tales from the pulps entitled The Texas-Siberia Trail published by Off-Trail Publications. Nicky is a writer, editor and audio publisher and holds a Master’s in Classical Greek Mythology. She was featured in Women’s Enews with an article on Wonder Woman and San Diego Comic Con and appears frequently at Comics Conventions throughout the US speaking about early comic book history.]

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2. NYCC ’14 wrap-up: on the clearing of rooms and who’s bigger

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Photo by Angel of Girls Read Comics

I know there are a few panel wrap ups still coming down the pike here and there, but I wanted to essentially wrap up my NYCC coverage with a look a two issues which seem to catch everyone’s attention: the announced attendance of 151,000 and the brand new practice of clearing rooms between panels in the Main Stage.

§ First off, when it was announce NYCC had sold 151,000 tickets, it was quickly assumed by everyone that NYCC was bigger than SDCC, which has an attendance of 130,000. But is this true? In a piece called New York Comic Con Probably Isn’t Bigger Than San Diego Comic-Con Kerry Dixon talks to NYCC showrunner Lance Fensterman who reveals that they count a ticket as a ticket; while SDCC uses the member ID and counts a person as a person. Thus at NYCC a person could buy two tickets and be two people.

“If someone bought a single day Friday and single day Sunday that would be 2 tickets sold,” Fensterman said.
This means, essentially, that New York Comic Con sold 151,000 tickets all combined, but the number of actual, unique attendees is less than that. After all, if even 1,000 attendees purchased two single day tickets, they would be counted as 2,000 people, even though this isn’t Orphan Black and attendees aren’t being cloned left and right.
If even 10,000 people purchased two single day badges (and that number is likely significantly higher)? The system is counting them at 20,000 people.

Fensterman goes on to say

“We have no way to determine who is using those tickets [nor] does it really make any material difference,” Fensterman said. “We theoretically could parse that data in any number of ways depending on how much time and effort and resource we want to put into it.  But ultimately the unique ticket sold metric seems to balance giving the most accurate representation of the size of the audience without us going nuts parsing data that really does not add that much value to the customers.”

That’s fair enough, given the way ReedPOP runs shows—they have never been interested in using visible ways to attach a person to a badge—only exhibitors even have an area to WRITE THEIR NAME on their badge—and instead invested in a costly RFID system. For any Kremlinologists out there, I want to point out that when I interviewed Fensterman after the show, he was very careful not to claim that NYCC is larger than SDCC, and while we didn’t get into it as clearly as the USDCCB folks did, he did point out that the number represented “announced tickets sold.”

This is one reason why I have never updated my “biggest cons” chart—some shows use the one person method, some use the one ticket method…and others use a phony method. It’s apple oranges and kumquats. As far as I know, the San Diego folks and the ReedPOP folks have always been very consistent and upfront about their number reporting…it is just a different kind of number being reported.

That said, while it is pretty obvious to anyone who goes to both that more people go to San Diego in and around their Comic-Con, the media narrative will now be that New York’s show is the biggest. I don’t think the CCI folks will lose too much sleep over this, as their show is still the biggest entertainment event in the US.

§ BUT WHAT ABOUT THE ROOM CLEARING???? Was this the last blow against a free society or a new path to enlightenment for people who don’t like to sleep out on the concrete like a homeless person?

As you may recall. this year for the first time at a comic-con, the room where the big showbiz events—Walking Dead, Disney—took place was cleared between each panel. In order to get in you had to line up every morning and get a wristband for your desired panel and then come back later. ReedPOP has used room clearing between panels at some of their Star Wars events so that emboldened them to try it at NYCC, and from all accounts, it went okay. There was one ReedPOP employee caught selling wristbands by a stringer for Bleeding Cool, and that is maybe a bigger issue even as it shows a lack of staff integrity:

Not sure if anyone heard but they caught a volunteer selling wristbands for the walking dead panel on Saturday.  Well Reed Pop didn’t catch them it was reported to them by a reporter and they eventually identified who it was but that was after the panel was already over. I think that only actual paid staff should be giving out and allowed access to the wristbands especially for the big crazy panels like the walking dead. Now paid staff could i guess do the same thing but I think someone is less likely to risk their job over making a few bucks selling wristbands then a volunteer would be since really the only thing that happened to the volunteer that got caught is they were banned. The problem wasn’t wide spread but could become so it does show they do need to have a little more controlled access to the wristbands and to who has access and distributes them for next year.

The main improvement over the room clearing system is that you line up in the morning (or overnight) and by noon you know if you are getting in or not and are free to go spend the rest of the day doing fun things. The Unofficial SDCC blog has a discussion of the matter, and commenters seem to think that the more policies you put in place about getting into Hall H, the earlier people will camp out—in fact, someone is camped out for the 2015 TeenWolf panel right now! The logistical problems of having (in theory) some 30,000 people sleep out over night for six or seven panels in HALL H each day would seem to indicate that room clearing is not a no brainer for San Diego. But it did work for NYCC, where crowd control is a work in progress.

There’s more discussion on the room clearing matter at Girls Read Comics:

However, the system isn’t without its flaws. It doesn’t prevent people lining up in the middle of the night to be the first inside the convention center for wristbands. If the success that NYCC had with this year gives Comic Con International the idea to implement a similar system in San Diego, camping out all night for Hall H will just become camping out all night for Hall H wristbands. Yes, the problem of having to room-sit could be solved, but that still means that fans not willing to wait outside at four in the morning will be completely out of luck. That turned out to be the case with the Walking Dead panel at NYCC this year– some convention-goers got in line as early as 5 a.m. to be first in line for wristbands when the Javits Center opened its doors at 10. There were also reports of volunteers offering to sell wristbands to popular panels. There’s also the problem of wanting to see two popular panels on the same day. With NYCC’s current system, you can’t grab a wristband for someone else, so the current system has the advantage there. It’s a win/lose situation, either way you look at it.

§ One last thing, which I’ve mentioned before and in podcasts about NYCC, but the one complaint I heard from many exhibitors was NOT ENOUGH SECURITY ON THE FLOOR. As cons have gotten more crowded, I’ve observed that a visible and active security force is necessary to give an idea of structure and keep crowds in a docile state. NYCC autograph lines are insane, no one knows’ where it’s safe to line up, and it’s a testament to the generally genial nature of the crowd that no one gets hurt. This does need to change, however and the show floor needs to be run in a more strict fashion. Robert Kirkman as signing at the Image Booth on saturday and there was a huge unruly eyebrow of a crowd that needed to be waxed into shape. (The other biggest line I personally saw was for Tiny Rooster Teeth — those guys are huge!)

I also suggested on the PW Comics World More to Come podcast that if NYCC needs to raise revenue, they could raise ticket prices. A four day pass, if you could get one was $95, which seems like a lot of money but really is pretty reasonable. I know that for someone who hasn’t paid to get into a con in 20 years to suggest raising ticket prices is a bit cavalier of me, but the show has as many people as it can handle at the horrific Javits. We’re not dumb here, we know that show is expensive, and the way to increase revenue is NOT to sell more tickets.

All that said, this show had reached a nadir of dread anticipation among almost every pro of my acquaintance, and it turned out…it was pretty good. People had a way better time than they expected. The panels I did went GREAT and the journalism panel was better attended than the San Diego one, with a more engaged audience. If there is one thing that NYCC needs more of it is programming! The panels took a decided turn upwards this year, and seemed to be very well attended. There may well be no place to put more panels, as all the empty space at Javits is used to queue people up—people can’t be lined up outside because of the potential for rain, etc. But where there is a will there is a way.

Finally, there is one problem that I heard addressed only on the show floor—the horrible lines for the ladies restrooms. There are generally way too few bathrooms at the Javits to begin with, but it’s especially bad as female cosplayers use the stalls to change. The ones I was in line with apologized for taking up stalls and time, but said there is no changing room. I did hear that there IS a changing room, but was never able to confirm this one way or another. I understand that setting aside an area for people to change clothes may not be possible from a logistical standpoint, but if there is anyway to free up the immense piddle lines at NYCC, that would be great. That said, don’t wait until the last minute.

And with that, we’re outta here.

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3. Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: September 2014: There’s life in that there death

deathofwolverine2 Marvel Month to Month Sales: September 2014: Theres life in that there death

by Jason Enright

September is always an interesting month because DC does its big line-wide event with crazy covers and Marvel has to find a way to compete. The answer this year was Death of Wolverine, which shipped two issues this month and landed the number 1 and number 2 spots. DC still won overall market share, but Marvel still managed to make a few headlines themselves and capture those top two spots. Beyond those books, there is a lot of standard attrition this month and a lot of books ramping up for AXIS which is likely to lead into several new series and rebooted series over the next few months. Below is a breakdown of some of this month’s stats which includes a rise in the number of $4.99 books, which is very interesting.

79 books in total
11 double shipped books
5 X-Men books (7 if you count X-Factor and X-Force)
7 Avengers books (8 if you count the Ultimates)
2 Annuals
4 Original Sin and Original Sin Tie-In books

2 titles over 100,000 copies
2 titles between 75,000 and 100,000 copies
13 titles between 50,000 and 75,000 copies
27 titles between 25,000 and 50,000 copies
35 titles under 25,000
14 $4.99 books
61 $3.99 books
4 $2.99 books

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

1, 2. WOLVERINE
09/04  Wolverine v3 #19 –  65,042
09/09  Wolverine v3 #78 -  60,651
09/11  Wolverine v4 #16 -  37,796	 
09/12	 Wolverine #313	 -  39,262	 
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09/13  Wolverine v5 #9  -  35,920  (  -9.8%)
10/13  Wolverine v5 #10 -  34,651  (  -3.5%)
11/13  Wolverine v5 #11 -  35,394  (  +2.1%)
12/13  Wolverine v5 #12 -  32,274  (  -8.8%)
01/14  Wolverine v5 #13 -  31,164  (  -3.4%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #1  -  88,923  ( 185.3%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #2  -  47,339  ( -46.8%)
03/14  Wolverine v6 #3  -  40,735  ( -14.0%)
04/14  Wolverine v6 #4  -  37,732  (  -7.4%)
04/14  Wolverine v6 #5  -  37,563  (  -0.4%)
05/14  Wolverine v6 #6  -  35,571  (  -5.3%)
05/14  Wolverine v6 #7  -  35,039  (  -1.5%)
06/14  Wolverine v6 #8  -  40,491  (  15.6%)
06/14  Wolverine v6 #9  -  32,333  (   4.5%)
07/14  Wolverine v6 #10 -  47,813  (  12.9%)
08/14  Wolverine v6 #11 -  49,181  (   2.9%)
08/14  Wolverine v6 #12 -  50,570  (   2.8%)
09/14  Death of Wolv #1 – 261,975  (418.0%)
09/14  Death of Wolv #2 - 129,999  (-50.4%)
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6 mnth  ( 219.1%)
1 year  ( 261.9%)
2 year  ( 231.0%)
3 year  ( 243.9%)
5 year  ( 114.3%)
10 year (  99.1%)

What does it take to give Wolverine the best sales he has had in years? You just have to kill him. This is going to be a 4 part series, and the first two issues bring in Marvel’s best sales this month. This is a 4 issue series split over 2 months and it will be interesting to see if the final issue (where Wolverine actually dies) gets a big sales spike like issue 1 did.

5. Amazing SPIDER-MAN
09/04  Am Spi #511  –  87,231
09/09  Am Spi #603  -	62,517
09/11  Am Spi #669  -	71,944
09/12  Am Spi #694  -  58,461
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09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118 (+14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178 (-10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671 ( +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309 ( +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940 (-12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250 ( +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105 ( -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131 ( -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311 (  1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591 ( -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405 ( 19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477 (-12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568 (  1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431 ( -1.5%)
04/14  Superior #31 – 135,484 ( 79.6%)[13,234]
04/14  Amazing v3 #1- 532,586 (293.1%)[23,871]
05/14  Amazing v3 #2- 123,945 (-76.7%)
06/14  Amazing v3 #3- 109,029 (-12.0%)
07/14  Amazing v3 #4- 117,917 (  8.2%)O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Amazing v3 #5- 101,655 (-13.8%)O.S. Tie-In
09/14  Amazing v3 #6-  93,564 ( -8.0%)
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6 mnth  (  24.0%)
1 year  (  16.7%)
2 year  (  25.0%)
3 year  (   1.3%)
5 year  (  16.6%)
10 year (   7.3%)

Spider-Man is settling down a bit after its big launch and Original Sin Tie-In issues, but with Spider-Verse right around the corner, it should get another sales boost soon.

7. Original Sin
04/14  Original Sin #0 -  73,024 [6,166] 
05/14  Original Sin #1 - 147,045  (101.4%)
05/14  Original Sin #2 -  92,643  (-37.0%)
06/14  Original Sin #3 –  93,351  (  0.8%)
06/14  Original Sin #4 -  88,508  ( -5.2%)
07/14  Original Sin #5 -  91,420  (  3.3%)
07/14  Original Sin #6 -  89,324  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Original Sin #7 -  91,291  (  2.2%)
09/14  Original Sin #8 -  90,478  ( -0.9%)

Original Sin stayed remarkably stable around 90k for its entire run and its tie-ins boosted a lot of other books. People say they hate events, but these books bring in a lot of money for Marvel and boost the whole line, so it is very clear why Marvel keeps doing them.

12. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
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09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118  ( +14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178  ( -10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671  (  +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309  (  +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940  ( -12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250  (  +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105  (  -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311  (   1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405  (  19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477  ( -12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568  (   1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431  (  -1.5%)
04/14  Superior #31 – 135,484  (  79.6%)[13,234]
08/14  Superior #32 -  87,604  ( -35.3%)
09/14  Superior #33 -  72,894  ( -16.8%)
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6 mnth  (  -3.4%)
1 year  (  -9.1%)

Superior Spider-man has returned for Spider-Verse and the numbers are falling a little more quickly than his previous run. This title will go away again next month as it is absorbed back into Spider-Verse.

22. Amazing Spider-Man #1.X
05/14  Amazing Spi #1.1  - 116,555 
06/14  Amazing Spi #1.2  -  86,315  (-25.9%)
07/14  Amazing Spi #1.3  -  74,285  (-13.9%)
08/14  Amazing Spi #1.4  -  66,431  (-10.6%)
09/14  Amazing Spi #1.5  -  63,986  ( -3.7%)

The final issue for this 5 part miniseries ends very strongly and this being a Spider-Man year one type book will probably help it become a strong trade paperback seller.

27, 40, 46. Edge of Spider-Verse
09/14  Edge of Spider-Verse #1  - 59,237 
09/14  Edge of Spider-Verse #2  - 54,415  (-8.1%)
09/14  Edge of Spider-Verse #3  - 51,530  (-5.3%)

Edge of Spider-Verse is a 5 part series with each issue focusing on a new Spider character that will be important in Spider-Verse. All of them are doing quite well so far and word is that many of them have sold out of their initial print runs.

28. UNCANNY X-MEN
09/04 Unc X-Men #449   – 93,894
09/09 Unc X-Men #515   – 73,523
09/11 Unc X-Men #543   - 58,326
09/12 Unc X-Men v2 #18 - 59,794
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09/13 Unc X-Men v3 #12 - 76,790 (+16.9%)
10/13 Unc X-Men v3 #13 - 75,202 ( -2.1%)
11/13 Unc X-Men v3 #14 - 65,655 (-12.7%)
12/13 Unc X-Men #15.INH- 62,692 ( -4.5%)
01/14 Unc X-Men v3 #16 - 58,676 ( -6.4%)
02/14 Unc X-Men v3 #17 – 56,163 ( -4.3%)
03/14 Unc X-Men v3 #18 - 54,902 ( -2.2%)
03/14 Unc X-Men #19.NOW- 64,514 ( 17.5%)
04/14 Unc X-Men v3 #20 - 55,359 (-14.2%)
05/14 Unc X-Men v3 #21 - 54,747 ( -1.1%)
06/14 Unc X-Men v3 #22 - 52,731 ( -3.7%)
07/14 Unc X-Men v3 #23 - 55,738 (  5.7%)
07/14 Unc X-Men v3 #24 - 53,677 (5.7%)[5,627]O.S.T
08/14  ---
09/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #25 - 58,062 (  8.2%)O.S.T
09/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #26 - 51,862 (-10.7%)
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6 mnth  ( -19.6%)
1 year  ( -32.5%)
2 year  ( -13.0%)
3 year  ( -11.1%)
5 year  ( -29.5%)
10 year ( -44.8%)

Issue 25 was an Original Sin Tie-In and had a S.H.I.E.L.D. variant which gave it a nice sales boost, but then issue 26 fell back down to where the sales would have been before Original Sin. It will be interesting to see if it falls below 50k and how long it stays there.

29, 66. DEADPOOL
09/09  Deadpool v3 #14  - 50,436  
09/11  Deadpool v3 #42 -  26,643 
09/12  Deadpool v3 #59 -  28,351 
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09/13  Deadpool v4 #16 -  45,675  (  -1.1%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #17 -  45,348  (  -0.7%)
10/13  Deadpool v4 #18 -  47,096  (  +3.9%)
11/13  Deadpool v4 #19 -  44,184  (  -6.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #20 -  43,653  (  -1.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #21 -  43,066  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Deadpool v4 #22 -  41,765  (  -3.0%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #23 -  41,204  (  -1.3%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #24 -  41,130  (  -0.2%)
03/14  D'pool #25.NOW  -  48,775  (  18.6%)
03/14  Deadpool v4 #26 -  44,141  (  -9.5%)
04/14  Deadpool v4 #27 -  62,037  (  40.5%)[1,992]
05/14  Deadpool v4 #28 -  45,858  (  26.1%)
05/14  Deadpool v4 #29 -  52,403  (  14.3%) O.S. Tie-In
06/14  Deadpool v4 #30 -  54,072  (  14.3%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Deadpool v4 #31 -  49,930  (  -7.7%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Deadpool v4 #32 -  46,829  (  -6.2%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Deadpool v4 #33 -  50,023  (   6.8%) O.S. Tie-In
09/14  Deadpool v4 #34 -  58,034  (  16.0%) 
09/14  Deadpool v4 #35 -  43,554  ( -25.0%) 
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6 mnth  (  -1.3%)
1 year  (  -4.0%)
2 year  (  54.0%)
3 year  (  63.5%)
5 year  ( -13.6%)

Deadpool 34 had a 3D dancing Deadpool variant which helped boost sales, but issue 35 dropped right back down to the low 40k range where the sales were before the Original Sin tie-ins.

36. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
09/09 Guardians v2 #18 -  24,875
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09/13 Guardians v3 #6  - 69,030 (-37.5%)
10/13 Guardians v3 #7  - 68,647 ( -0.6%)
10/13 Guardians v3 #8  - 63,494 ( -7.5%)
11/13 ---
12/13 Guardians v3 #9  - 57,665 ( -9.2%)
12/13 Guardians v3 #10 - 53,527 ( -7.2%)
01/14 Guardian #11.NOW - 61,111 ( 14.7%)
02/14 Guardians v3 #12 - 55,454 ( -9.3%)
03/14 Guardians v3 #13 - 56,764 (  2.4%)
04/14 Guardians v3 #14 - 53,976 ( -4.9%)
05/14 Guardians v3 #15 - 54,332 (  0.7%)
06/14 Guardians v3 #16 - 54,827 (  0.9%)
07/14 Guardians v3 #17 - 62,986 ( 14.9%)
08/14 Guardians v3 #18 - 60,657 ( -3.7%) O.S.T
09/14 Guardians v3 #19 - 55,891 ( -7.9%) O.S.T
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6 mnth  (   -1.5%)
1 year  (  -19.0%)
5 year  (  124.7%)

The second Original Sin Tie-In issue drops 5k issues but it still stays around 55k. As the fanfare of the movie dies down, I wonder if the series will continue to be able to support these sales numbers and all the spin-off series. There is also an upcoming crossover event with the X books that should boost sales for both series.

39. ALL-NEW X-MEN
---
09/13  All-New X-Men #16 -  84,218  (+15.3%)
10/13  All-New X-Men #17 -  82,843  ( -1.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #18 -  82,365  ( -0.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #19 -  71,044  (-13.7%)
12/13  All-New X-Men #20 -  68,189  ( -4.0%)
01/14  All-New X-Men #21 -  62,876  ( -7.8%)
01/14  All-New #22.NOW   -  76,565  (+21.8%)
02/14  All-New X-Men #23 -  64,625  (-15.6%)
03/14  All-New X-Men #24 -  63,739  ( -1.4%)
04/14  All-New X-Men #25 -  63,827  (  0.1%)
04/14  All-New X-Men #26 -  58,918  ( -7.7%)
05/14  All-New X-Men #27 -  62,269  (  5.7%)
06/14  All-New X-Men #28 -  57,135  ( -8.2%)
07/14  All-New X-Men #29 -  58,817  (  2.9%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #30 -  54,882  ( -6.7%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #31 -  58,535  (  6.7%)
09/14  All-New X-Men #32 -  54,654  ( -6.6%)
---
6 mnth  ( -14.3%)
1 year  ( -35.1%)

All-New X-Men has been bouncing around between 54k and 58k for the last few months. Bendis currently has the X-Men in the Ultimate Universe interacting with Miles Morales for the next few months, and with the Ultimate universe slumping in sales it will be interesting to watch how that affects this book’s numbers.

43. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER
09/04  Thor v2 #84  - 37,340
09/09  Thor    #603 - 65,210
09/11  Thor v4 #4   - 45,231  
09/12  Thor v4 #19  - 30,289 
---
09/13  Thor v5 #13 - 48,007  ( +7.0%)
10/13  Thor v5 #14 - 46,008  ( -4.2%)
11/13  Thor v5 #15 - 41,259  (-10.3%)
12/13  Thor v5 #16 - 39,597  ( -4.0%)
01/14  Thor v5 #17 - 38,913  ( -1.7%)
01/14  Thor v5 #18 - 38,190  ( -1.9%)
02/14  Thor #19.Now– 42,034  ( 10.1%)
03/14  Thor v5 #20 – 37,895  ( -9.8%)
04/14  Thor v5 #21 – 38,055  (  0.4%)
05/14  Thor v5 #22 – 36,945  ( -2.9%)
06/14  Thor v5 #23 – 36,540  ( -1.1%)
07/14  Thor v5 #24 – 38,330  (  4.9%)
08/14  ---
09/14  Thor v5 #25 – 53,047  (  38.4%)
---
6 mnth  (  40.0%)
1 year  (  10.5%)
2 year  (  75.0%)
3 year  (  17.3%)
5 year  ( -18.7%)
10 year (  42.1%)

Thor #25 is the final issue before next month’s relaunch with the new female Thor. It was an oversized issue with several variants, and gave the series a nice boost before the relaunch.

44. ROCKET RACCOON
07/14  Rocket Raccoon #1 - 293,913  ( --- )[7,738]
08/14  Rocket Raccoon #2 -  56,597  (-80.7%)
09/14  Rocket Raccoon #3 -  52,288  ( -7.6%)

Rocket Raccoon is stabilizing nicely with a very small issue 3 drop. Looks like Marvel has another big hit on its hands.

49, 60. AVENGERS
09/04 Avengers   #502 –  93,100
09/11 Avengers v4 #17 –  61,492
09/12 Avengers v4 #30 -  58,609
---
09/13 Avengers v5 #19 -  92,489 (+23.8%)
09/13 Avengers v5 #20 -  74,388 (-19.6%)
10/13 Avengers v5 #21 -  71,751 ( -3.5%)
10/13 Avengers v5 #22 -  70,735 ( -1.4%)
11/13 Avengers v5 #23 -  66,501 ( -6.0%)
12/13 Avengers#24.NOW - 127,466 (+91.7%)
01/14 Avengers v5 #25 -  65,591 (-48.5%)
02/14 Avengers v5 #26 –  59,775 ( -8.9%)
03/14 Avengers v5 #27 -  53,966 ( -9.7%)
04/14 Avengers v5 #28 -  52,808 ( -2.1%)
05/14 Avengers v5 #29 -  58,661 ( 11.1%)
05/14 Avengers v5 #30 -  57,099 ( -2.7%)
06/14 Avengers v5 #31 -  53,933 ( -5.5%) O.S.T
07/14 Avengers v5 #32 -  56,595 (  4.9%) O.S.T
07/14 Avengers v5 #33 -  51,874 ( -8.3%) O.S.T
08/14 Avengers v5 #34 -  54,413 (  4.9%) O.S.T
09/14 Avenge v5 #34.1 -  45,942 (-15.6%) 
09/14 Avengers v5 #35 -  50,629 ( 10.2%) 
---
6 mnth  (  -6.2%)
1 year  ( -45.3%)
2 year  ( -14.0%)
3 year  ( -17.7%)
10 year ( -45.6%)

Both issues were 40 page issues and issue 35 is the start of the new “Time Runs Out” arc that jumps 8 months into the future to the post-AXIS timeline. Marvel recently announced that they are building up to a big Secret Wars event next year and this book will likely play directly into it. At some point before or after that event, this book will likely relaunch.

52. UNCANNY AVENGERS
---
09/13  Uncanny Avengers #12 - 73,357 (+12.1%)
10/13  Uncanny Avengers #13 - 60,597 (-17.4%)
11/13  Uncanny Avengers #14 - 60,750 ( +0.3%)
12/13  Uncanny Avengers #15 - 57,035 ( -6.1%)
01/14  Uncanny Avengers #16 - 54,670 ( -4.1%)
02/14  Uncanny Avengers #17 – 53,181 ( -2.7%)
03/14  U Avengers #18.NOW   - 63,516 ( 19.4%)
04/14  Uncanny Avengers #19 – 52,381 (-17.5%)
05/14  Uncanny Avengers #20 – 51,886 ( -0.9%)
06/14  Uncanny Avengers #21 – 49,762 ( -4.1%)
07/14  Uncanny Avengers #22 – 50,253 (  1.0%)
08/14  Uncanny Avengers #23 – 50,974 (  1.4%)
09/14  Uncanny Avengers #24 – 49,469 ( -3.0%) AXIS
---
6 mnth  ( -22.1%)
1 year  ( -25.4%)

Uncanny Avengers #24 is a build-up issue that leads into AXIS. This book will go away with issue 25 as AXIS starts next month and then will be relaunching in January with a new post-AXIS lineup.

64. NEW AVENGERS
09/09  New Avengers v1 #56 -  85,526  
09/11  New Avengers v2 #16 -  57,959  
09/12  New Avengers v2 #30 -  56,742  
---
09/13  New Avengers v3 #10 -  60,682  (  0.2%)
10/13  New Avengers v3 #11 -  63,231  (  4.2%)
11/13  New Avengers v3 #12 -  58,807  ( -7.0%)
12/13  N Avengers #13.INH  -  56,624  ( -3.7%)
01/14  ---
02/14  New Avengers v3 #14 -  50,668  (-10.5%)
03/14  New Avengers v3 #15 -  47,178  ( -6.9%)
03/14  N Avengers #16.NOW  -  48,731  (  0.0%)
04/14  New Avengers v3 #17 -  45,885  ( -5.8%)
05/14  New Avengers v3 #18 -  43,668  ( -4.8%)
06/14  New Avengers v3 #19 -  41,989  ( -3.8%)
06/14  New Avengers v3 #20 -  43,962  ( -0.1%)
07/14  New Avengers v3 #21 -  42,699  (  1.8%)
08/14  New Avengers v3 #22 -  42,797  (  0.2%)
08/14  New Avengers v3 #23 -  40,018  ( -6.3%)
09/14  New Avengers v3 #24 -  45,123  (-12.8%)
---
6 mnth  (  -7.4%)
1 year  ( -25.6%)
2 year  ( -20.0%)
3 year  ( -22.1%)
5 year  ( -47.2%)

New Avengers is also jumping 8 months into the future to a post-AXIS storyline and gets a nice sales boost of 5k issues.

67. SPIDER-MAN 2099
07/14 Spider-Man 2099 #1 - 90,690 ( --- )[6,461]
08/14 Spider-Man 2099 #2 - 47,512 (-47.6%)
09/14 Spider-Man 2099 #3 - 43,418 ( -8.6%)

Spider-Man 2099 is leveling out nicely after a big first issue drop and with tie-ins to the upcoming Spider-Verse event it should be able to hold on to these sales for a while.

68. ORIGINAL SIN #5.X
---
07/14  Original Sin #5.1 – 48,596
07/14  Original Sin #5.2 – 46,110 (  -5.1%)
08/14  Original Sin #5.3 – 44,139 (  -4.3%)
08/14  Original Sin #5.4 – 42,665 (  -3.3%)
09/14  Original Sin #5.5 – 43,399 (   1.7%)

The final issue of this Thor/Loki/Angela crossover ends with pretty solid numbers and sets Angela up for a nice debut next month. It will be interesting to see how that book debuts.

70, 83. DEADPOOL vs.
04/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #1 – 57,275 [4,497]
04/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #2 – 49,374  (-13.8%)[2,757]
05/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #3 – 46,688  ( -5.4%)
06/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #4 – 47,228  (  1.2%)
07/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #1 - 54,762  ( --- )
07/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #2 - 45,047  (-17.7%)
08/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #3 - 38,471  (-14.6%)
09/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #4 – 35,748  ( -7.1%)
09/14  Dpool vs. Hawkeye #0 – 42,960  ( 20.2%)

The latest Deadpool Vs. book brings Hawkeye into the fold. It debuts slightly better than where Deadpool vs. X-Force ended but not as good as high as the last two series debuted. I am really interested to see how long they can get money out of the Deadpool cash cow with all these spin-offs.

75. Deadpool Bi-Annual
09/14  Deadpool Bi-Annual #1  -  38,709  (---)

Speaking of the Deadpool cash cow, here we have a Bi-annual. It still sold pretty well, and it looks like Deadpool and all the spinoffs are here to stay.

81. DAREDEVIL
09/04  Daredevil v2 #64  – 52,256
09/11  Daredevil v3 #4   – 40,311
09/12  Daredevil v3 #18  - 37,185 
---
09/13  Daredevil v3 #31 - 36,666  ( +4.0%)
10/13  Daredevil v3 #32 - 34,957  ( -4.7%)
11/13  Daredevil v3 #33 - 32,966  ( -5.7%)
12/13  Daredevil v3 #34 - 32,331  ( -1.9%)
01/14  Daredevil v3 #35 - 32,067  ( -0.8%)
02/14  Daredevil v3 #36 – 31,494  ( -1.8%)
03/14  Daredevil v4 #1  - 76,006  (141.3%)[1,948]
04/14  Daredevil #1.50  - 48,462  (-36.2%)
04/14  Daredevil v4 #2  - 42,811  (-11.7%)
05/14  Daredevil v4 #3  - 39,316  (-8.2%)
06/14  Daredevil v4 #4  - 37,902  (-3.6%)
07/14  Daredevil v4 #5  - 36,825  (-2.8%)
07/14  Daredevil v4 #6  - 37,959  ( 3.1%)
07/14  Daredevil  #0.1  - 33,437
08/14  Daredevil v4 #7  - 36,785  (-3.1%)
09/14  Daredevil v4 #8  - 37,739  ( 2.6%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -50.3%)
1 Year  (   2.9%)
2 Year  (   1.0%)
3 Year  (  -6.4%)
10 Year ( -27.8%)

Daredevil is incredibly stable around 36 to 37k. Marvel needs more of these solid sellers.

84. MOON KNIGHT
09/09  Vengeance of MK#1  -  32,370  
09/11  Moon Knight v4 #5  -  28,423  
---
03/14  Moon Knight v5 #1  -  58,022 (  --- ) [7,266]
04/14  Moon Knight v5 #2  -  40,885 (-29.5%) [3,621]
05/14  Moon Knight v5 #3  -  42,607 (  4.2%)
06/14  Moon Knight v5 #4  -  40,348 ( -5.3%)
07/14  Moon Knight v5 #5  -  38,630 ( -4.3%)
08/14  Moon Knight v5 #6  -  37,646 ( -2.5%)
09/14  Moon Knight v5 #7  -  35,630 ( -5.4%)
---
6 Mnth  (-38.6%)
3 year  ( 25.4%)
5 year  ( 10.1%)

Season 2 of Moon Knight is here. The change in creative team didn’t hurt or help the book really. This is just standard attrition. Of course, over the next few months the creative team change might have a stronger effect as fans choose whether or not to stick with the book.

85. AMAZING X-MEN
09/04  Astonishing X-Men #3  - 131,544  
09/11  Astonishing X-Men #42 -  32,700  
09/12  Astonishing X-Men #54 -  30,225  
---
09/13  Astonishing X-Men #67 -  21,044  (  -3.3%)
10/13  Astonishing X-Men #68 -  21,023  (  -0.0%)
11/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #1   - 112,337  (+434.4%)
12/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #2   -  60,870  ( -45.8%)
01/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #3   -  51,431  ( -15.5%)
02/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #4   -  48,161  (  -6.4%)
03/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #5   -  46,242  (  -4.0%)
04/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #6   -  45,095  (  -2.5%)
05/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #7   -  42,512  (  -5.7%)
06/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #8   -  41,613  (  -2.1%)
07/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #9   -  40,562  (  -2.5%)
08/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #10  -  36,405  ( -10.2%)
09/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #11  -  34,552  (  -5.1%)
---
6  mnth  ( -25.3%)
1  year  (  64.2%)
2  year  (  14.0%)
3  year  (   5.7%)
10 year  ( -73.7%)

Amazing X-Men continues to drop a little more than standard attrition each month. After the current Wendigo storyline, it will have some AXIS issues, which should give it a bit of a sales boost.

86. HAWKEYE
09/12  Hawkeye v4 #2 - 33,563
---
09/13  ---
10/13  Hawkeye v4 #13 - 40,476  ( -0.9%)
11/13  Hawkeye v4 #14 - 39,863  ( -1.5%)
11/13  Hawkeye v4 #15 – 39,546  ( -0.8%)
12/13  ---
01/14  Hawkeye v4 #16 - 37,074  ( -6.3%)
02/14  ---
03/14  Hawkeye v4 #17 – 35,545  ( -4.1%)
04/14  Hawkeye v4 #18 – 35,045  ( -1.4%)
05/14  ---
06/14  ---
07/14  Hawkeye v4 #19 – 34,131  ( -2.6%)
08/14  ---
09/14  Hawkeye v4 #20 – 34,169  (  0.1%)
---
6 mnth  (  -2.5%)
2 year  (   2.0%)

Hawkeye is ending with issue #22 and the sales are staying solidly around 34k. At NYCC, they announced that Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez will be taking over with a new Hawkeye #1 next year, and it will be interesting to see if the sales can be as steady as this volume, and if the schedule can be a bit more consistent.

87. MILES MORALES ULT SPIDER-MAN
09/04  Ult. Spider-Man v1 #64 –  94,684
09/09  Ult. Spider-Man v2 #1  –  85,917
09/12  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #13 -  42,642
---
09/13  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #27 - 32,200  ( -2.2%)
10/13  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #28 - 31,462  ( -2.3%)
11/13  Cataclysm USM #1 of 3  - 36,541  (+16.1%)
12/13  Cataclysm USM #2 of 3  - 30,293  (-17.1%)
01/14  Cataclysm USM #3 of 3  - 27,650  ( -8.7%)
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
04/14  Ult. Spider-Man #200   - 41,608  ( 50.5%)
05/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #1 - 45,864  ( 10.2%)
06/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #2 - 38,231  (-16.6%)
07/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #3 - 37,240  ( -2.6%)
08/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #4 - 34,836  ( -6.5%)
09/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #5 - 34,140  ( -2.0%)
---
1 year  ( -20.0%)
2 year  ( -18.0%)
5 year  ( -60.3%)
10 year ( -63.9%)

The sales for Mile Morales are staying very consistent which is good seeing as how the rest of the Ultimate books aren’t doing very well.

88. X-MEN
09/04  X-Men v2 #162 -  89,873  
09/11  X-Men v3 #18  -  42,066  
09/12  X-Men v3 #36  -  31,996  
---
09/13  X-Men v4 #5  -  73,357  ( +14.6%)
10/13  X-Men v4 #6  -  71,990  (  -1.9%)
11/13  X-Men v4 #7  -  56,968  ( -20.9%)
12/13  X-Men v4 #8  -  53,201  (  -6.6%)
01/14  X-Men v4 #9  -  49,412  (  -7.1%)
02/14  X-M  #10.Now -  52,486  (   6.2%)
02/14  X-Men v4 #11 -  47,498  (  -9.5%)
03/14  X-Men v4 #12 -  44,135  (  -7.1%)
04/14  X-Men v4 #13 -  42,065  (  -4.7%)
05/14  X-Men v4 #14 -  39,499  (  -6.1%)
06/14  X-Men v4 #15 -  38,271  (  -3.1%)
07/14  X-Men v4 #16 -  38,937  (   1.7%)
07/14  X-Men v4 #17 -  36,255  (  -6.9%)
08/14  X-Men v4 #18 -  35,543  (  -2.0%)
09/14  X-Men v4 #19 -  33,737  (  -5.1%)
---
6  mnth  ( -23.6%)
1  year  ( -54.0%)
2  year  (   5.0%)
3  year  ( -19.8%)
10 year  ( -62.5%)

Standard attrition for X-men but a new creative team is starting in January which should help boost sales.

89. CAPTAIN AMERICA
09/04 Captain America v4 #31 - 37,126  
09/09 Cap America Reborn #2  –108,240  
09/11 Captain America    #2  - 54,413 
09/12 Captain America v6 #17 - 34,279  
---
09/13 Capt America v7 #11 - 38,521 ( -2.1%)
10/13 Capt America v7 #12 - 38,684 ( +0.4%)
11/13 Capt America v7 #13 - 36,147 ( -6.6%)
12/13 Capt America v7 #14 - 34,532 ( -4.5%)
01/14 Capt America v7 #15 - 33,433 ( -3.2%)
02/14 Capt America#16.Now – 36,534 (  9.3%)
02/14 Capt America v7 #17 – 33,312 ( -8.8%)
03/14 Capt America v7 #18 – 33,642 (  1.0%)
04/14 Capt America v7 #19 – 34,420 (  2.3%)
05/14 Capt America v7 #20 – 30,341 ( -9.3%)
06/14 Capt America v7 #21 – 30,427 (  0.3%)
07/14 Capt America v7 #22 – 34,563 ( 13.6%)
08/14 Capt America v7 #23 – 30,927 (-10.5%)
09/14 Capt America v7 #24 – 33,517 (  8.4%) AXIS
---
6 Mnth  (  -0.4%)
1 Year  ( -13.0%)
2 Year  (  -2.0%)
3 Year  ( -38.4%)
5 Year  ( -69.0%)
10 Year (  -9.7%)

Sales are on the rise as we get closer to a new Captain America #1 in November and the series ties into AXIS.

90. HULK
09/09  Incred Hulk    #602 - 51,540
09/11  Hulk           #41  – 26,084
09/12  Incred Hulk v4 #14  - 33,887
---
09/13  Indestructible #13  - 41,805  (  -4.3%)
10/13  Indestructible #14  - 40,963  (  -2.0%)
11/13  Indestructible #15  - 37,025  (  -9.6%)
11/13  Indestructible #16  - 35,871  (  -3.1%)
12/13  Hulk #17.INH        - 35,679  (  -0.5%)
01/14  Hulk #18.INH        - 33,056  (  -7.4%)
02/14  Indestructible #19  - 31,192  (  -5.6%)
03/14  Indestructible #20  - 30,042  (  -3.7%)
04/14  Hulk v3 #1          - 73,551  ( 144.8%)
04/14  Hulk v3 #2          - 40,590  ( -44.8%)
05/14  Hulk v3 #3          - 37,639  (  -7.3%)
06/14  Hulk v3 #4          - 35,377  (  -6.0%)
08/14  Hulk v3 #5          - 34,903  (  -1.3%)
09/14  Hulk v3 #6          - 33,032  (  -5.4%)
---
6 Mnth  (  10.0%)
1 Year  ( -21.0%)
2 Year  (  -3.0%)
3 Year  ( -26.6%)
5 Year  ( -35.9%)

The change from Mark Waid to Gerry Duggan hasn’t really hurt or helped sales as standard attrition continues.

91. Legendary Star Lord
---
07/14  Star Lord #1 – 78,501
08/14  Star Lord #2 – 37,109 (-52.7%)
09/14  Star Lord #3 – 32,918 (-11.3%)

Star Lord isn’t leveling out as quickly as some of the other new books and isn’t doing nearly as well as Rocket or the main Guardians book. With the announcement of a new Gamora book in early 2015, it will be interesting to see how many spinoffs Guardians can support.

92. INHUMAN 
04/14  Inhuman #1 - 58,309  
05/14  Inhuman #2 - 41,810 ( -28.3%) 
08/14  Inhuman #3 - 37,159 ( -11.1%) 
08/14  Inhuman #4 - 34,215 (  -7.9%) 
09/14  Inhuman #5 - 32,719 (  -4.4%) 
09/14  Inhuman #6 - 30,761 (  -6.0%)

Inhuman 5 and 6 continues with an attrition that is a little steep. It would be really interesting to see how this book would have fared without the 3 month delay. With the delay this book is dropping a little too fast to be the considered healthy.

93. MS. MARVEL
02/14  Ms. Marvel #1 -  50,286  (  --- ) [15,155]
03/14  Ms. Marvel #2 -  38,357  (-23.7%) [3,440]
04/14  Ms. Marvel #3 -  37,140  ( -3.2%)
05/14  Ms. Marvel #4 -  34,839  ( -6.2%)
06/14  Ms. Marvel #5 -  33,795  ( -3.0%)
07/14  Ms. Marvel #6 -  36,041  (  6.6%)
08/14  Ms. Marvel #7 -  32,866  ( -8.8%)
09/14  Ms. Marvel #8 -  32,182  ( -2.1%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -16.1%)

Ms. Marvel continues to be very stable as it does a second arc with lots of Marvel guest stars.

94, 95. Magneto
---
03/14  Magneto #1 – 55,337
04/14  Magneto #2 – 35,772  (-35.4%)[2,297]
05/14  Magneto #3 – 35,504  ( -0.7%)
05/14  Magneto #4 – 33,070  ( -6.9%)
06/14  Magneto #5 – 32,837  ( -0.7%)
07/14  Magneto #6 – 32,675  ( -0.5%)
07/14  Magneto #7 – 31,001  ( -5.1%)
08/14  Magneto #8 – 29,727  ( -4.1%)
09/14  Magneto #9 – 31,563  (  6.2%) AXIS
09/14  Magneto #10– 30,769  ( -2.5%) AXIS
---
6 Mnth  ( -44.4%)

Magneto gets a slight bump as it ties into the lead up to AXIS this month.

72, 73. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN
09/12  Wolverine/X-Men #17  - 54,768  
---
09/13  Wolverine/X-Men #36 - 59,684  (+56.9%)
10/13  Wolverine/X-Men #37 - 57,434  ( -3.8%)
11/13  Wolverine/X-Men #38 - 39,098  (-31.9%)
12/13  Wolverine/X-Men #39 - 39,063  ( -0.1%)
01/14  Wolverine/X-Men #40 - 36,855  ( -5.7%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #41 – 35,800  ( -2.9%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #42 – 35,392  ( -1.1%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #1  - 54,675  ( 54.5%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #2  - 40,386  (-26.1%)
04/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #3  - 36,407  ( -9.9%)
05/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #4  - 33,521  ( -7.9%)
06/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #5  - 32,511  ( -3.0%)
07/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #6  - 32,995  (  1.5%)
08/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #7  - 30,409  ( -7.8%)
08/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #8  - 29,795  ( -2.0%)
09/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #9  - 28,965  ( -2.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -47.0%)
1 Year  ( -51.5%)
2 Year  ( -47.0%)

Wolverine and the X-men will be ending with issue 12 in November to be replaced by Spider-man and the X-Men in December as Spider-man visits the Jean Grey School to mentor the kids following Wolverine’s death.

98. FANTASTIC FOUR
09/04 Fantastic Four #517   – 48,936
09/09 Fantastic Four #571   – 47,428
09/12 Fantastic Four #609   - 35,388
---
09/13 Fantastic Four v5 #12 - 31,426 ( -3.8%)
10/13 Fantastic Four v5 #13 - 31,561 ( +0.4%)
11/13 Fantastic Four v5 #14 - 28,679 ( -9.1%)
12/13 Fantastic Four v5 #15 - 27,610 ( -3.7%)
01/14 Fantastic Four v5 #16 - 28,045 (  1.6%)
02/14 Fantastic Four v6 #1  - 65,775 (134.5%)
03/14 Fantastic Four v6 #2  - 37,569 (-42.9%)
04/14 Fantastic Four v6 #3  - 34,930 ( -7.0%)
05/14 Fantastic Four v6 #4  - 33,263 ( -4.8%)
05/14 Fantastic Four v6 #5  - 33,336 (  0.2%)
06/14 Fantastic Four v6 #6  - 33,177 ( -0.5%) O.S.
07/14 Fantastic Four v6 #7  - 33,687 (  1.5%) O.S.
08/14 Fantastic Four v6 #8  - 30,674 ( -8.9%) O.S.
08/14 Fantastic Four v6 #9  - 28,827 ( -6.0%)
09/14 Fantastic Four v6 #10 - 28,118 ( -2.5%)
---
6 mnth  ( -25.2%)
1 year  ( -10.5%)
2 year  ( -21.0%)
5 year  ( -40.7%)
10 year ( -42.5%)

Fantastic Four sales are low but somewhat stable right now following the Original Sin tie-in. Marvel just announced that the new story arc in January will lead to the end of the Fantastic Four and probably a few months off before a new series launched.

99. Hulk ANNUAL
---
09/14  Hulk Annual #1 – 27,255

The Annual sell about 6k less than the main book which is pretty standard.

102. Loki, Agent of Asgard
---
02/14  Loki #1 -  41,921  (  --- )
03/14  Loki #2 -  27,968  ( -33.3%)
04/14  Loki #3 -  27,472  (  -1.8%)[2,269]
05/14  Loki #4 -  26,012  (  -7.0%)
06/14  Loki #5 -  24,794  (  -4.7%)
09/14  Loki #6 -  25,131  (   1.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( -10.1%)

Loki gets a nice boost from an AXIS tie-in, putting it back above the 25k mark.

106. Nightcrawler
04/14  Nightcrawler #1 – 49,426
05/14  Nightcrawler #2 – 35,356 (-28.5%)
06/14  Nightcrawler #3 – 31,743 (-10.2%)
07/14  Nightcrawler #4 – 27,990 (-11.8%)
08/14  Nightcrawler #5 – 25,627 ( -8.4%)
09/14  Nightcrawler #6 – 23,921 ( -6.7%)

Nightcrawler continues to drop a little too fast and is nearing that 20k line where books are dangerous.

107. BLACK WIDOW
01/14  Black Widow #1  - 53,879
01/14  Black Widow #2  - 31,260  ( -42.0%)
02/14  Black Widow #3  – 28,127  ( -10.0%)
03/14  Black Widow #4  – 27,378  (  -2.7%)
04/14  Black Widow #5  – 27,055  (  -1.2%)
05/14  Black Widow #6  – 26,136  (  -3.4%)
06/14  Black Widow #7  – 25,423  (  -2.7%)
07/14  Black Widow #8  – 24,555  (  -3.4%)
08/14  Black Widow #9  – 24,885  (   1.3%)
09/14  Black Widow #10 – 23,687  (  -4.8%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -13.5%)

Black Widow drops another 1000 copies, but there are still issues planned through December and perhaps with the first trade out now it will start to find more readers.

108. PUNISHER
09/04  Punisher v7 #11  – 44,036
09/09  Punisher v8 #9   – 28,400
09/11  Punisher v9 #3   - 26,802
---
09/13  Trial #1 of 2    - 22,626
10/13  Trial #2 of 2    - 20,143  (-11.0%)
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  Punisher v10 #1  – 54,558  (   --- )
02/14  Punisher v10 #2  – 31,709  ( -41.9%)
03/14  Punisher v10 #3  – 29,636  (  -5.6%)
04/14  Punisher v10 #4  – 28,435  (  -5.0%)
05/14  Punisher v10 #5  – 27,471  (  -3.4%)
06/14  Punisher v10 #6  – 26,606  (  -3.1%)
06/14  Punisher v10 #7  – 26,192  (  -1.6%)
07/14  Punisher v10 #8  – 25,957  (  -0.9%)
08/14  Punisher v10 #9  – 25,876  (  -0.3%)
09/14  Punisher v10 #10 – 23,680  (  -8.5%)
---
6 mnth  ( -20.9%)
3 year  ( -11.6%)
5 year  ( -16.6%)
10 year ( -46.2%)

Punisher has a big drop of 2000 issues this month and falls below the 25k mark. It is not in danger yet, but it is getting close.

111. SAVAGE HULK
---
06/14  Savage Hulk #1 – 44,177
07/14  Savage Hulk #2 – 31,194 ( -29.4%)
08/14  Savage Hulk #3 – 24,774 ( -20.6%)
09/14  Savage Hulk #4 – 22,875 ( -7.7%)

The Hulk anthology series continues to drop. Like the Wolverine anthology it seems to be difficult for these to find and hold their audience due to their rotating creative teams and storylines.

112.  AVENGERS WORLD
01/14  Avengers World #1 - 86,727
01/14  Avengers World #2 - 53,693  (-38.1%)
02/14  Avengers World #3 – 39,999  (-25.5%)
03/14  Avengers World #4 – 34,397  (-14.0%)
04/14  Avengers World #5 – 31,110  ( -9.6%)
05/14  Avengers World #6 – 28,969  ( -6.9%)
06/14  Avengers World #7 – 27,854  ( -3.8%)
06/14  Avengers World #8 – 26,912  ( -3.4%)
07/14  Avengers World #9 – 24,771  ( -8.0%)
07/14  Avengers World #10– 24,196  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Avengers World #11– 23,493  ( -2.9%)
09/14  Avengers World #12– 22,375  ( -4.8%)
09/14  Avengers World #13– 21,599  ( -3.5%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -37.2%)

Avengers World continues its standard attrition of around 3%. It is solicited through issue 16 in December, but with all the shakeups coming to the Avengers lines because of AXIS it could get rebooted.

113. NOVA
09/09  Nova v4 #29 - 23,904
---
08/13  Nova v5 #7  - 31,937  ( -6.7%)
09/13  Nova v5 #8  - 37,767  (+18.3%)
10/13  Nova v5 #9  - 32,323  (-14.4%)
11/13  Nova v5 #10 - 32,716  ( +1.2%)
12/13  Nova v5 #11 - 27,982  (-14.5%)
01/14  Nova v5 #12 - 25,043  ( -10.5%)
02/14  Nova#13.Now – 26,147  (   4.4%)
03/14  Nova v5 #14 – 23,459  ( -10.3%)
03/14  Nova v5 #15 – 22,996  (  -2.0%)
04/14  Nova v5 #16 – 22,020  (  -4.2%)
05/14  Nova v5 #17 – 21,652  (  -1.7%)
06/14  Nova v5 #18 – 25,875  (  19.5%) O.S.
07/14  Nova v5 #19 – 24,580  (  -5.0%) O.S.
08/14  Nova v5 #20 – 24,377  (  -0.8%) O.S.
09/14  Nova v5 #21 – 22,338  (  -8.4%) 
---
6 Mnth  (  -2.9%)
1 Year  ( -40.9%)
5 Year  (  -6.6%)

Following the Original Sin tie-ins, Nova drops right back where it was before the tie-in and is on its way to the dreaded 20k mark.

117. STORM
---
07/14  Storm #1 – 47,566
08/14  Storm #2 – 25,268 ( -46.9%)
09/14  Storm #3 – 22,078 ( -12.6%)

Storm continues to drop fast which is not good.

118. Iron Fist: Living Weapon
09/04  Iron Fist #6    -  17,985  
---
04/14  Iron Fist LW #1 -  53,613 (  --- )[2,350]
05/14  Iron Fist LW #2 -  33,643 ( -37.2%)
06/14  Iron Fist LW #3 -  29,816 ( -11.4%)
07/14  Iron Fist LW #4 -  26,147 ( -12.3%)
08/14  Iron Fist LW #5 -  24,178 (  -7.5%)
09/14  Iron Fist LW #6 -  21,926 (  -9.3%)
---
10 year (21.9%)

Iron Fist is getting dangerously close to the cancellation line. It is solicited through issue 7 in November which is the start of its second arc.

119. CYCLOPS
---
05/14  Cyclops #1 – 47,468
06/14  Cyclops #2 – 31,132 ( -34.4%)
07/14  Cyclops #3 – 25,925 ( -16.7%)
08/14  Cyclops #4 – 23,305 ( -16.7%)
09/14  Cyclops #5 – 21,874 (  -6.1%)

Issue 5 is the final Greg Rucka issue and the new creative team starts next month. Currently Cyclops is solicited through #8 in December, but it is very close to the danger zone.

121. MIGHTY AVENGERS
09/09  Mighty Avengers   #28 -  61,258  
---
09/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #1 - 101,921
10/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #2 -  54,862  (-46.2%)
11/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #3 -  42,210  (-23.1%)
12/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #4 -  35,740  (-15.3%)
01/14  Mighty Avengers#5.INH -  30,251  (-15.4%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #6 -  27,195  (-10.1%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #7 -  26,512  ( -2.5%)
03/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #8 -  24,933  ( -6.0%)
04/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #9 -  23,903  ( -4.1%)
05/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #10 - 28,711  ( 20.1%)
06/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #11 - 26,221  ( -8.7%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #12 - 24,851  ( -5.2%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #13 - 22,490  ( -9.5%)
09/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #14 - 21,516  ( -4.3%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -13.7%)
1 Year  ( -78.9%)
5 Year  ( -64.9%)

Mighty Avengers will be rebooting in November as Captain America & the Mighty Avengers. Hopefully adding the new Captain America to the title will help boost sales.

122. SHE-HULK
09/04  She-Hulk v1  #7  - 25,302
---
02/14  She-Hulk #1      - 41,921  (  --- )[3,270]
03/14  She-Hulk #2      - 26,675  (-36.3%)
04/14  She-Hulk #3      - 27,398  (  2.7%)
05/14  She-Hulk #4      - 25,543  ( -6.8%)
06/14  She-Hulk #5      - 24,736  ( -3.2%)
07/14  She-Hulk #6      - 23,562  ( -3.2%)
08/14  She-Hulk #7      - 22,883  ( -2.9%)
09/14  She-Hulk #8      - 21,349  ( -6.7%)
---
6 Mnth   (-20.0%)
10 Year  (-15.6%)

She-Hulk is getting really close to that 20k mark, but is still solicited through December’s issue 11.

123. X-FORCE
09/04  X-Force v2 #2  - 50,988  
09/09  X-Force v3 #19 - 49,775  
09/11  X-Force v4 #15 - 53,771 
09/12  X-Force v4 #31 - 44,061  
---
09/13  X-Force v5 #11 - 36,186  ( +2.4%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #12 - 32,559  (-10.0%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #13 - 30,567  ( -6.1%)
11/13  X-Force v5 #14 - 28,885  ( -5.5%)
12/13  X-Force v5 #15 - 27,567  ( -4.6%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #16 - 27,701  (  0.5%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #17 - 27,319  ( -1.4%)
02/14  X-Force v6 #1  - 47,427  ( 73.6%)
03/14  X-Force v6 #2  - 33,079  (-30.3%)
04/14  X-Force v6 #3  - 29,541  (-10.7%)
04/14  X-Force v6 #4  - 28,067  ( -5.0%)
05/14  X-Force v6 #5  - 26,215  ( -6.6%)
06/14  X-Force v6 #6  - 24,358  ( -7.1%)
07/14  X-Force v6 #7  - 23,675  ( -2.8%)
08/14  X-Force v6 #8  - 22,299  ( -5.8%)
09/14  X-Force v6 #9  - 21,263  ( -4.6%)
---
6 mnth  ( -35.7%)
1 year  ( -41.2%)
2 year  ( -52.0%)
3 year  ( -60.5%)
5 year  ( -57.3%)
10 year ( -58.3%)

X-Force is another series that is very close to the dangerous 20k line, but still solicited through December.

124, 175. Dark Tower: Drawing of Three
---
09/14  Dark tower: DoT #1 – 21,072
09/14  Dark tower: DoT #2 – 12,356  ( -41.4%)

Decent debut followed by a large drop for the last Dark Tower series. This will likely be an under 10k book.

125. CAPTAIN MARVEL
09/09  Ms. Marvel #45        - 30,502  
09/12  Captain Marvel #4     - 24,799  
---
09/13  Captain Marvel v6 #16 - 22,845  ( -2.8%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Captain Marvel v6 #17 - 18,173  (-20.5%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Captain Marvel v7 #1  - 44,248  
04/14  Captain Marvel v7 #2  - 28,008 (-36.7%)
05/14  Captain Marvel v7 #3  - 26,057 ( -7.0%)
06/14  Captain Marvel v7 #4  - 24,062 ( -7.7%)
07/14  Captain Marvel v7 #5  - 23,666 ( -1.6%)
08/14  Captain Marvel v7 #6  - 21,221 (-10.3%)
09/14  Captain Marvel v7 #7  - 21,022 ( -0.9%)
---
6 mnth  ( -52.5%)
1 year  (  -8.0%)
2 year  ( -15.0%)
5 year  ( -31.1%)

Captain Marvel is actually fairly steady this month, but that ever present 20k line is very close.

126, 127. ALL-NEW X-FACTOR
09/09  X-Factor #49    - 29,909  
09/11  X-Factor #225   - 23,507  
09/12  X-Factor #244   - 22,193  
---
09/13  X-Factor #262   - 20,382  ( +3.0%)
10/13  ---
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  X-Factor v4 #1  - 45,727  (
01/14  X-Factor v4 #2  - 32,228  ( -29.5%)
02/14  X-Factor v4 #3  - 29,915  (  -3.2%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #4  - 27,337  (  -8.6%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #5  - 26,656  (  -2.5%)
04/14  X-Factor v4 #6  - 26,029  (  -2.4%)
05/14  X-Factor v4 #7  - 24,873  (  -4.4%)
05/14  X-Factor v4 #8  - 24,283  (  -2.4%)
06/14  X-Factor v4 #9  - 23,720  (  -2.3%)
07/14  X-Factor v4 #10 - 22,563  (  -4.9%)
07/14  X-Factor v4 #11 - 22,428  (  -0.6%)
08/14  X-Factor v4 #12 - 21,352  (  -4.8%)
09/14  X-Factor v4 #13 - 20,615  (  -3.5%)
09/14  X-Factor v4 #14 - 20,820  (   1.0%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -23.8%)
1 Year  (   2.1%)
2 Year  (  -6.0%)
3 Year  ( -11.4%)
5 Year  ( -30.4%)

Although there has not been confirmation from Marvel as far as I can tell, Peter David mentioned that this book would be ending with issue 20 which will likely be out in January or February.

128. THUNDERBOLTS
09/09  Thunderbolts  #136  - 34,002  
09/11  Thunderbolts  #163  - 24,199  
---
09/13  Thunderbolts v2 #15 - 29,703  ( -3.0%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #16 - 29,334  ( -1.2%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #17 - 28,324  ( -3.4%)
11/13  Thunderbolts v2 #18 - 26,502  ( -6.4%)
12/13  Thunderbolts v2 #19 - 24,959  ( -5.8%)
01/14  Thunderblts #20.NOW - 28,994  ( 16.2%)
01/14  Thunderbolts v2 #21 - 24,293  (-16.2%)
02/14  Thunderbolts v2 #22 – 23,629  ( -2.7%)
03/14  Thunderbolts v2 #23 – 22,701  ( -3.9%)
04/14  Thunderbolts v2 #24 – 22,619  ( -0.4%)
04/14  Thunderbolts v2 #25 – 22,092  ( -2.3%)
05/14  Thunderbolts v2 #26 – 21,771  ( -1.5%)
06/14  Thunderbolts v2 #27 – 21,778  (  0.0%)
07/14  Thunderbolts v2 #28 – 21,652  ( -0.6%)
08/14  Thunderbolts v2 #29 – 21,144  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Thunderbolts v2 #30 – 21,016  ( -0.6%)
09/14  Thunderbolts v2 #31 – 20,591  ( -2.0%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -9.3%)
1 Year  ( -30.7%)
3 Year  ( -14.9%)
5 Year  ( -39.4%)

Thunderbolts will end with issue 32 next month.

132. SAVAGE WOLVERINE
09/13  Savage Wolverine #8  -  38,208  ( -6.7%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #9  -  36,451  ( -4.6%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #10 -  33,627  ( -7.7%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #11 -  30,338  ( -9.8%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #12 -  29,739  ( -2.0%)
12/13  Savage Wolverine #13 -  27,490  ( -7.6%)
01/14  Savage #14.NOW       -  30,370  ( 10.5%)
02/14  Savage Wolverine #15 -  25,190  (-17.1%)
03/14  Savage Wolverine #16 -  24,008  ( -4.7%)
04/14  Savage Wolverine #17 -  22,350  ( -6.9%)
05/14  Savage Wolverine #18 -  21,599  ( -3.4%)
05/14  Savage Wolverine #19 -  21,144  ( -2.1%)
06/14  Savage Wolverine #20 -  20,725  ( -2.0%)
07/14  Savage Wolverine #21 -  20,050  ( -3.3%)
08/14  Savage Wolverine #22 -  19,124  ( -4.6%)
09/14  Savage Wolverine #23 -  18,877  ( -1.3%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -21.4%)
1 Year  ( -50.6%)

Final issue of the Wolverine anthology.

133. ALL NEW GHOST RIDER
09/11  Ghost Rider #3 - 22,180 
---
03/14  All New Ghost Rider  #1  -  50,072 (  --- )[2,567]
04/14  All New Ghost Rider  #2  -  29,429 (-41.2%)
05/14  All New Ghost Rider  #3  -  27,756 ( -5.7%)
06/14  All New Ghost Rider  #4  -  24,627 (-11.3%)
07/14  All New Ghost Rider  #5  -  21,820 (-11.4%)
08/14  All New Ghost Rider  #6  -  20,679 ( -5.2%)
09/14  All New Ghost Rider  #7  -  18,718 ( -9.5%)
---
6 Mnth ( -62.6%)
3 year ( -15.6%)

There was a rumor that this book might be ending with issue 12 but then Axel Alonso said that wasn’t the case. Still this book seems to be having trouble finding its audience.

134. SECRET AVENGERS
09/11  Secret Avengers    #17 - 44,890
09/12  Secret Avengers    #31 - 35,987
---
09/13  Secret Avengers v2 #9  - 24,870  (  -4.9%)
10/13  Secret Avengers v2 #10 - 29,134  ( +17.1%)
11/13  Secret Avengers v2 #11 - 25,326  ( -13.1%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #12 - 23,863  (  -5.8%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #13 - 23,172  (  -2.9%)
01/14  Secret Avengers v2 #14 - 21,372  (  -7.8%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #15 – 20,059  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #16 – 20,022  (  -0.2%)
03/14  Secret Avengers v3 #1  - 34,036  (  70.0%)
04/14  Secret Avengers v3 #2  - 24,724  ( -27.4%)
05/14  Secret Avengers v3 #3  - 22,860  (  -7.5%)
06/14  Secret Avengers v3 #4  - 21,335  (  -6.7%)
07/14  Secret Avengers v3 #5  - 20,088  (  -5.8%)
07/14  Secret Avengers v3 #6  - 19,435  (  -3.3%)
08/14  Secret Avengers v3 #7  - 20,017  (   3.0%)
09/14  Secret Avengers v3 #8  - 18,680  (  -6.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -45.1%)
1 Year  ( -24.9%)
2 Year  ( -48.0%)
3 Year  ( -58.4%)

Secret Avengers is currently solicited through issue 11 in December, but its sales are getting pretty low, so it could be in danger of cancellation. Keep an eye on January solicits to see if it gets cancelled or rebooted.

139. ALL-NEW INVADERS
09/04  Invaders #2          - 32,574  
---
01/14  All-New Invaders  #1  - 55,167
02/14  All-New Invaders  #2  – 32,293  (-41.5%)
03/14  All-New Invaders  #3  – 27,329  (-15.4%)
04/14  All-New Invaders  #4  – 22,927  (-16.1%)
05/14  All-New Invaders  #5  – 21,843  ( -4.7%)
06/14  All-New Invaders  #6  – 23,470  (  7.4%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  All-New Invaders  #7  – 22,332  ( -4.8%) O.S. Tie-In 
07/14  All-New Invaders  #8  – 19,865  (-11.0%) 
08/14  All-New Invaders  #9  – 18,666  ( -6.0%) 
09/14  All-New Invaders  #10 – 17,821  ( -4.5%) 
---
6  Mnth  ( -34.8%)
10 Year  ( -45.3%)

Invaders is another book in trouble. It is currently solicited through issue 13.

147. Elektra
---
04/14  Elektra #1 -  47,676 (  --- )
05/14  Elektra #2 -  26,612 (-44.2%)
06/14  Elektra #3 -  22,773 (-14.4%)
07/14  Elektra #4 -  19,125 (-16.0%)
08/14  Elektra #5 -  17,209 (-10.0%)
09/14  Elektra #6 -  16,136 ( -6.2%)

Elektra is solicited through #9 in December. Hopefully, with the first trade now out, it might be able to find more of an audience.

148. All NEW ULTIMATES
09/09  Ult comics Avengers  #2  - 68,539
09/11  Ult comics Ultimates #2  - 42,728
09/12  Ult comics Ultimates #16 - 30,533
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09/13  Ultimates v5 #30 -  19,420  ( -1.2%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Cataclysm #1 of 3 - 28,422  (+46.4%)
12/13  Cataclysm #2 of 3 - 24,819  (-12.7%)
01/14  Cataclysm #3 of 3 - 21,705  (-12.5%)
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
04/14  All-New Ult #1   - 30,308  ( 39.6%)
05/14  All-New Ult #2   - 24,165  (-20.3%)
06/14  All-New Ult #3   - 21,898  ( -9.4%)
06/14  All-New Ult #4   - 20,561  ( -6.1%)
07/14  All-New Ult #5   - 18,199  (-11.5%)
08/14  All-New Ult #6   - 16,605  ( -8.8%)
08/14  All-New Ult #7   - 16,654  (  0.3%)
09/14  All-New Ult #8   - 16,068  ( -3.5%)
---
1 Year  ( -17.3%)
2 Year  ( -47.0%)
3 Year  ( -76.6%)

All-New Ultimates is solicited through issue 11 in December right now, but there are rumors that January’s issue 12 could be its last before cancellation or possible reboot.

150. SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN
09/13  Superior Foes #3 - 30,081  (-12.3%)
10/13  Superior Foes #4 - 26,884  (-10.6%)
11/13  Superior Foes #5 - 23,694  (-11.9%)
11/13  Superior Foes #6 - 21,367  ( -9.8%)
12/13  Superior Foes #7 - 20,858  ( -2.4%)
01/14  ---
02/14  Superior Foes #8 – 19,193  ( -8.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #9 – 18,620  ( -3.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #10- 18,437  ( -1.0%)
04/14  Superior Foes #11- 18,143  ( -1.6%)
05/14  ---
06/14  Superior Foes #12- 17,826  ( -1.7%)
07/14  Superior Foes #13- 16,903  ( -5.2%)
08/14  Superior Foes #14- 16,604  ( -1.8%)
09/14  Superior Foes #15- 15,824  ( -4.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -14.2%)
1 Year  ( -47.4%)

Issue 17 will be the final issue in November.

153. MIRACLEMAN
01/14  Miracleman #1  - 52,313
01/14  Miracleman #2  - 36,927  ( -29.4%)
02/14  Miracleman #3  – 25,970  ( -32.6%)  
03/14  Miracleman #4  – 23,557  (  -9.3%)
04/14  ---
05/14  Miracleman #5  – 22,399  (  -4.9%)
05/14  Miracleman #6  – 20,598  (  -8.0%)
06/14  Miracleman #7  – 19,123  (  -7.2%)
07/14  Miracleman #8  – 17,654  (  -7.7%)
08/14  Miracleman #9  – 16,466  (  -6.7%)
09/14  Miracleman #10 – 15,409  (  -6.4%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -34.6%)

Miracleman is still going and still shedding around 1000 orders per month.

154. AVENGERS UNDERCOVER
09/11  Avengers Academy #19  - 23,928  
09/12  Avengers Academy #37  - 23,027  
---
09/13  Avengers Arena #15 - 22,180  ( -4.4%)
10/13  Avengers Arena #16 - 22,179  ( -0.0%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #17 - 20,744  ( -6.5%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #18 - 20,712  ( -0.2%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Avengers Undrcvr #1 - 31,936
04/14  Avengers Undrcvr #2 - 23,746  (-25.65)
04/14  Avengers Undrcvr #3 - 21,830  ( -8.1%)
05/14  Avengers Undrcvr #4 - 19,696  ( -9.8%)
06/14  Avengers Undrcvr #5 - 18,115  ( -8.0%)
06/14  Avengers Undrcvr #6 - 17,771  ( -9.8%)
07/14  Avengers Undrcvr #7 - 16,705  ( -6.0%)
08/14  Avengers Undrcvr #8 - 15,864  ( -5.0%)
08/14  Avengers Undrcvr #9 - 15,715  ( -0.9%)
09/14  Avengers Undrcvr #10- 15,360  ( -2.3%)
---
6 mnth  ( -51.9%)
1 year  ( -30.7%)
2 year  ( -33.0%)
3 year  ( -35.8%)

Final issue.

156, 158. NEW WARRIORS
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02/14  New Warriors #1  -  45,765  (  --- )
03/14  New Warriors #2  -  26,006  (-43.2%)
04/14  New Warriors #3  -  23,105  (-11.2%)
05/14  New Warriors #4  -  19,900  (-13.9%)
06/14  New Warriors #5  -  18,576  ( -6.7%)
06/14  New Warriors #6  -  18,156  ( -2.3%)
07/14  New Warriors #7  -  17,304  ( -4.7%)
08/14  New Warriors #8  -  16,081  ( -7.1%)
09/14  New Warriors #9  -  15,166  ( -5.7%)
09/14  New Warriors #10 -  15,056  ( -0.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -42.1%)

Cancelled with issue 12 in november

172. GEORGE ROMERO EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT TWO
01/14  Act One #1 of 5 - 24,515
02/14  Act One #2 of 5 – 17,624 ( -28.1%)
03/14  Act One #3 of 5 – 15,720 ( -10.8%)
04/14  Act One #4 of 5 – 14,855 (  -5.5%)
06/14  Act One #5 of 5 – 13,924 (  -6.3%)
09/14  Act Two #1 of 5 – 13,163 (  -5.5%)

Act Two of Empire of the Dead debuts lower than where Act One ended, which does not look good for long term sales momentum.

173. FIGMENT
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06/14  Figment #1  -  12,735  (  --- )
07/14  Figment #2  -  11,929  ( -6.3%)
08/14  Figment #3  -  13,105  (  9.9%)
09/14  Figment #4  -  12,843  ( -2.0%)
198. ALL NEW DOOP
---
04/14  All New Doop #1  -  22,614  (  --- )
05/14  All New Doop #2  -  15,022  (-33.6%)
06/14  All New Doop #3  -  12,625  (-16.0%)
07/14  All New Doop #4  -  10,992  (-12.9%)
09/14  All New Doop #5  -  10,006  ( -9.0%)

After a one month delay the Doop series wraps up.

204. UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC
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05/14 Murder Inc #1  -  18,474  (  --- )
06/14 Murder Inc #2  -  13,561  (-26.6%)
07/14 Murder Inc #3  -  11,444  (-15.6%)
08/14 Murder Inc #4  -  10,419  ( -9.0%)
09/14 Murder Inc #5  -   9,729  ( -6.6%)

Bendis’s latest creator-owned book drops below 10k as it continues to drop around 1000 orders a month.

192. POWERS: THE BUREAU  [Icon] 
09/13  Bureau #7    - 10,306  ( -5.3%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Bureau #8    -  9,693  ( -5.9%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
04/14  Bureau #9    -  8,961  ( -7.6%)
05/14  Bureau #10   -  9,002  (  0.5%)
06/14  ---
07/14  ---
08/14  ---
09/14  Bureau #11   -  8,747  ( -2.8%)

Powers will be relaunched in December in preparation for the new TV show.

6-Month Comparisons

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543.1%	Death of Wolverine #1
219.1%	Death of Wolverine #2
40.0%	Thor God of Thunder #25
31.5%	Deadpool #34
24.0%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
10.0%	Hulk #6
-0.4%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-1.0%	Amazing Spider-Man #1.5
-1.3%	Deadpool #35
-1.5%	Guardians #19 (O.S. Tie-In)
-2.5%	Hawkeye #20
-2.9%	Nova #21
-3.4%	Superior Spider-Man #33
-6.2%	Avengers #35
-7.4%	New Avengers #24
-9.3%	Thunderbolts #31
-10.0%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-10.1%	Loki Agent of Asgard #6 AXIS
-13.5%	Black Widow #10
-13.7%	Mighty Avengers #14
-14.2%	Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15
-14.3%	All New X-Men #32
-14.9%	Avengers #34.1
-16.1%	Ms Marvel #8
-19.6%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-20.0%	She-Hulk #8
-20.9%	Punisher #10
-21.4%	Savage Wolverine #23
-22.1%	Uncanny Avengers #24 AXIS
-23.6%	X-Men #19
-23.8%	All New X-Factor #14
-24.6%	All New X-Factor #13
-25.2%	Fantastic Four #10
-25.3%	Amazing X-Men #11
-34.6%	Miracleman #10
-34.8%	All New Invaders #10
-35.0%	Avengers World #12
-35.7%	X-Force #9
-37.2%	Avengers World #13
-38.6%	Moon Knight #7
-41.7%	New Warriors #9
-42.1%	New Warriors #10
-43.0%	Magneto #9 AXIS
-44.4%	Magneto #10 AXIS
-45.1%	Secret Avengers #8
-47.0%	Wolverine And X-Men #9
-50.3%	Daredevil #8
-51.9%	Avengers Undercover #10
-52.5%	Captain Marvel #7
-62.6%	All New Ghost Rider #7

1 Year Comparisons

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629.3%	Death of Wolverine #1
261.9%	Death of Wolverine #2
64.2%	Amazing X-Men #11
28.0%	Deadpool #34
16.7%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
10.5%	Thor God of Thunder #25
6.0%	M Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #5
2.9%	Daredevil #8
2.1%	All New X-Factor #14
1.1%	All New X-Factor #13
-4.0%	Deadpool #35
-8.0%	Captain Marvel #7
-9.1%	Superior Spider-Man #33
-10.5%	Fantastic Four #10
-12.4%	Amazing Spider-Man #1.5
-13.0%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-17.3%	All New Ultimates #8
-19.0%	Guardians #19 (O.S. Tie-In)
-21.0%	Hulk #6
-24.4%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-24.9%	Secret Avengers #8
-25.4%	Uncanny Avengers #24 AXIS
-25.6%	New Avengers #24
-30.7%	Thunderbolts #31
-30.7%	Avengers Undercover #10
-32.5%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-35.1%	All New X-Men #32
-40.9%	Nova #21
-41.2%	X-Force #9
-45.3%	Avengers #35
-47.4%	Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15
-50.3%	Avengers #34.1
-50.6%	Savage Wolverine #23
-51.5%	Wolverine And X-Men #9
-54.0%	X-Men #19
-78.9%	Mighty Avengers #14

2 Year Comparisons

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567%	Death of Wolverine #1
231%	Death of Wolverine #2
105%	Deadpool #34
75%	Thor God of Thunder #25
60%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
54%	Deadpool #35
14%	Amazing X-Men #11
5%	X-Men #19
2%	Hawkeye #20
1%	Daredevil #8
-2%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-3%	Hulk #6
-3%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-6%	All New X-Factor #14
-7%	All New X-Factor #13
-13%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-14%	Avengers #35
-15%	Captain Marvel #7
-20%	M Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #5
-20%	New Avengers #24
-21%	Fantastic Four #10
-22%	Avengers #34.1
-33%	Avengers Undercover #10
-47%	Wolverine And X-Men #9
-47%	All New Ultimates #8
-48%	Secret Avengers #8
-52%	X-Force #9

3 Year Comparisons

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593.1%	Death of Wolverine #1
243.9%	Death of Wolverine #2
117.8%	Deadpool #34
63.5%	Deadpool #35
30.1%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
26.6%	Hulk #6
25.4%	Moon Knight #7
17.3%	Thor God of Thunder #25
5.7%	Amazing X-Men #11
-0.5%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-6.4%	Daredevil #8
-11.1%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-11.4%	All New X-Factor #14
-11.6%	Punisher #10
-12.3%	All New X-Factor #13
-14.9%	Thunderbolts #31
-15.6%	All New Ghost Rider #7
-17.7%	Avengers #35
-19.8%	X-Men #19
-22.1%	New Avengers #24
-25.3%	Avengers #34.1
-35.8%	Avengers Undercover #10
-38.4%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-58.4%	Secret Avengers #8
-60.5%	X-Force #9
-62.4%	All New Ultimates #8

5 Year Comparisons

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331.9%	Death of Wolverine #1
124.7%	Guardians #19 (O.S. Tie-In)
114.3%	Death of Wolverine #2
15.1%	Deadpool #34
10.1%	Moon Knight #7
-6.6%	Nova #21
-13.6%	Deadpool #35
-16.6%	Punisher #10
-18.7%	Thor God of Thunder #25
-21.0%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-29.5%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-30.4%	All New X-Factor #14
-31.1%	All New X-Factor #13
-31.1%	Captain Marvel #7
-35.9%	Hulk #6
-39.4%	Thunderbolts #31
-40.7%	Fantastic Four #10
-66.0%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
-47.2%	New Avengers #24
-57.3%	X-Force #9
-60.3%	M Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #5
-64.9%	Mighty Avengers #14
-69.0%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-76.6%	All New Ultimates #8

10 Year Comparisons

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302.8%	Death of Wolverine #1
99.9%	Death of Wolverine #2
42.1%	Thor God of Thunder #25
21.9%	Iron Fist Living Weapon #6
7.3%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
-9.7%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-15.6%	She-Hulk #8
-27.8%	Daredevil #8
-38.2%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-38.7%	Black Widow #10
-42.5%	Fantastic Four #10
-44.8%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-45.3%	All New Invaders #10
-45.6%	Avengers #35
-46.2%	Punisher #10
-50.7%	Avengers #34.1
-58.3%	X-Force #9
-62.5%	X-Men #19
-63.9%	M Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #5
-73.7%	Amazing X-Men #11

Even with DC winning the month overall, Marvel did quite well for itself this month. Death of Wolverine is doing well and AXIS and Spider-verse are right around the corner. Some of their prologue books are already doing quite well. There are some books near the bottom that are on the edge of cancellation but there are plenty of opportunities on the horizon for relaunches after these events wrap up.

One interesting thing to note is that many of the single character series that started as part of Marvel Now are falling into the low 20k range pretty quickly (Cyclops, Storm, She-Hulk, Punisher and a few others). So my questions for you readers are: Do you think that focusing on these characters is a misstep? Do these characters just not have what it takes to hold a solo title, or do you think that perhaps 22k is just what a book like Cyclops is likely to sell? What do other series like Hawkeye, Daredevil, and Ms. Marvel do differently that helps them stay above 30k?

Next month we’ll be looking at Axis, more Death of Wolverine and the new Thor series, which are all expected to deliver high sales.

Until next time, keep reading comics!

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4. 31 days of Halloween: Constantine debuts tonight and here’s your guide

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Yes, tonight is the night—the third of DC’s fall TV shows debuts on NBC at 10 pm EDT, Constantine starring Matt Ryan as the man, Harold Perrineau as Manny the angel, Charles Halford as best bud Chas, and in the pilot, Lucy Griffiths as the companion, Liv. This role is changed in future episodes to Angelica Celaya as Zed. (In a few stills, Liv bears a striking resemblance to Liz from Garth Marenghi, so perhaps this was for the best.) Also on board eventually, Jeremy Davies, Joey Phillips as Nergal, Miles Anderson as Dr. Roger Huntoon, Michael James Shaw as Papa Midnite. and Emmett Scanlan as Detective Jim Corrigan, who may become the Spectre if pasty white legs become a thing.

The show is brought to you by DC expert David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone whose credits include Charmed, The Mentalist and the first few (good) seasons of Dexter. Cerone is a DC fan and claims that there will be something of the feel of Dexter, which would be okay if it’s the GOOD Dexter.

I’ve had the rough cut of the pilot kicking around for a while but haven’t wached it…I’m told what airs is quite a bit different so I’m happy seeing it with those of you who stay home on Friday night.

If you want to know more about Constantine and his comics history—and I do mean more— Abraham Reisman has written a near definitive guide, with quotes from Karen Berger, Peter Milligan, and even the guy who made Constantine Hellblazer, Jamie Delano, who wrote the first 44 issues of wha would become the Vertigo flagship.

Readers were enchanted. “There was a great buzz about Constantine,” Berger said, recalling the letters she’d receive from fans. “Alan very deftly planned him as this character who kind of drifted in and drifted out, leaving clues for something ominous and impending.” Which is, of course, the core of what keeps readers of superhero comics coming back to any given series.

Nearly all the subsequent Constantine writers I spoke to remembered how those Swamp Thing issues gripped them — especially because he gave so little away about his origins or what he knew. “You know that quotation from Moby-Dick, ‘It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him’?” writer Mike Carey said. “That’s how Constantine was in Swamp Thing.”

 

Flavorwire offers five Hellblazer stories to read before the show, and they’re the ones you’d expect—Delano, Gaiman, Ennis, Azzaello, but a nice shout out to the Mike Carey standalone graphic novel.

Hellblazer ran for 300 issues and it’s definitely one of the great horror comics, even given the uneven nature of the various runs. Whiel the TV show is poised to put it more into the popular culture, or sink into oblivion, nothing will change my view of the comics, yadda yadda. I’m trepidatious over how “network” TV will treat this subversive character but is there even such a thing as network TV any more? And comcis have held their own as a culural force now. Let’s face it, you could NEVER EVER get away with casting Keanu Reeves as Constantine any more, and I guess that’s progress of a sort. Reviews have been middling, but it’s only the first episode.

I’ve rounded up some stills from the show, but before we get into that…here’s a few of the classic comic images, four by Glenn Fabry’s whose cover run was phenomenal and one by Leonardo Manco.

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5. Secret Panel Launches Print Series based on Image’s ‘Revival’

by Zachary Clemente

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CHICAGO, IL – October 20, 2014 – New Chicago limited screen print society, Secret Panel, announced today that they are launching their first print series based on the Image Comics series Revival.  A beautiful ‘rural noir’ that puts a new twist on the zombie genre, created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and acclaimed artist MIKE NORTON. Secret Panel will be releasing 3 limited edition prints by Jenny Frison, Angela An, and Randy Ortiz. In addition you can become officially initiated into the Secret Panel by purchasing all 3 prints and receive an additional exclusive 4th print. Limited qty of 140 for $30 each or get all 3 plus the exclusive for $90.

As a fan of both Revival and the wonderful trend of independent collectives and studios launching to make high-quality prints, such as Mondo and Odd City Entertainment, this is great news. So many of Image’s books have a strong design aesthetic so it’s fantastic to see that aspect celebrated through partnerships like this. If you happen to be in the Chicago area (lucky you!), be sure to check out the launch party at Challengers Comics, details below!

Challengers Comics – 845 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647- will be hosting a launch party on Oct. 25th starting at 8pm as part of their annual Halloween party. Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, and Jenny Frison will be on hand. Uptons Naturals will be providing snacks and Secret Panel will be giving away stickers and buttons. All prints will be available for sale at the launch party.

More info here: http://secretpanel.org/events or RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/442162979259967/

Get sneak peeks of upcoming designs and events at:
https://www.facebook.com/secretpanel
http://instagram.com/secretpanel
https://twitter.com/thesecretpanel

Secret Panel’s origins are shrouded in mystery but are rumored to made up of members from Delicious Design League, Threadless, and Arcade Brewery. Secret Panel’s mission is to bring high end collectible screen prints based on indie / creator-owned comics and video games while secretly ruling the world. Get initiated!

Secret Panel’s next series will be for the hit indie video game Hotline Miami

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6. Riverdale: Drama series based on Archie being developed at Fox

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We’ve had a lighthearted take on Archie in the wider media for a long time—from Sugar Sugar to Sabrina, but it’s time to take a more serious look at the world of Riverdale. Greg Berlanti, the tv genius behind Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, is developing a more serious take on the citizens of Riverdale, to be called…RIVERDALE:

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, Riverdale is named after the fictional town where most Archie Comics characters reside and which will serve as the setting for the show. Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.

Here are more details on the Archie characters who will take the leap to TV: The series will showcase the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper and rich socialite Veronica Lodge and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books — including Archie’s rival Reggie Mantle and slacker best friend Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller also will play a pivotal role, with other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library also slated to appear, including Josie and the Pussycats.

Sounds a little Twin Peaks meets Southern Exposure meet Modern Family meets Life with Archie.

Apparently all the Archieverse characters will be included, from Josie and the Pussycats to Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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7. 31 Days of Halloween: Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s wraparound cover by Steve Morris

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Okay can you say instant classic? HALLOWEEN JUST GOT REAL, people.

This wraparound cover by Steve Morris is for Buffy The Vampire Slayer  Season 10 #8 and I’m told it’s a great jumping on point.

No, that is not OUR Steve Morris.

The issue is on sale this week.

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8. Alert! Daily Marvel Event teases NEW event: Inhumans: Attilan Rising

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Another day another Marvel event teaser, but this one is DIFFERENT. Instead of teasing the return of a golden oldie event, today’s, revealed at EW, is
a new event titled Inhumans: Attilan Rising, with art by newcomer W. Scott Forbes.
This is significant for many reasons.

For years, the word on the street has been that Marvel hopes to elevate the Inhumans paving the way for a movie property featuring a band of weirdly powered misfits to make up for not having the X-Men in their film universe. (Fox has the rights and shows no signs of slowing down with the franchise.) Attilan is the home of the specially powered Inhumans.

The image, of a booted Medusa stepping on Cyclops does nothing to dissuade this narrative,

EW writes:

This one is pretty different from the other teasers released so far—Attilan Rising is the name of an entirely new story set in current continuity, not a classic one. It alludes to the end of Infinity, last year’s big Avengers crossover. In Infinity, Attilan, the floating throne-city of the Inhumans, was destroyed and crashed to the planet Earth, with the Inhuman king Black Bolt MIA in the fallout. Attilan Rising, then, looks like Black Bolt is poised to rebuild his his fallen kingdom—over the bodies of the current X-Men and the All-New Avengers.

Marvel remains tight-lipped about their end game with all these teasers, but does confirm that they are building to a reveal that promises to make everything clear.

Well played, Marvel!

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9. Magnetic Press Brings New Series ‘Poet’ by Tom DeLonge

by Zachary Clemente

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COMIC BOOK SERIES BY TOM DELONGE

Magnetic Press announced today that they are producing and publishing an original graphic novel series entitled “POET,” created by multi-platinum recording artist and producer Tom DeLonge.  DeLonge, best known as the co-founder and frontman for the legendary punk-pop group Blink-182 and the alternative rock band Angels & Airwaves, created the sci-fi fantasy adventure focusing on Poet Anderson, a “Dream Walker” who roams the realm of dreams, protecting sleepers from dark terrors that threaten to cross over into the waking world.  Produced in conjunction with the upcoming release of the new Angels & Airwaves album, “THE DREAM WALKER,” the POET comic series will serve as a prequel introduction to the universe.

In addition to the comic series, DeLonge’s production company To The Stars has produced a feature-quality animated short film that will premiere as an Official Selection of the 2014 Toronto International ShortFilm Festival, and debut publicly with the Angels & Airwavesalbum release on December 9th. A trailer for the animated short was released through INDIEwire yesterday, and can be seen here:

The POET comic series will introduce the main character, Jonas Anderson, an imaginative slacker teen who discovers an innate ability to lucid dream, opening the doors to an entire universe of wonders and dangers that effect his waking life in ways that will define his fate forever.  With a story by DeLonge and Ben Kull (Mission Hill, The Oblongs), the series will be illustrated by award-winning artist Djet Stéphane, with covers by several comic industry pillars, including Gerald Parel (Iron Man, Captain America) and Bengal (Naja, Avengers).

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“The Dream Walker” album will serve as a concept soundtrack, with songs and tracks exploring facets of lucid dreaming and the Poet universe.  The first track, “Paralyzed”, premiered on Rolling Stone and rocketed onto the Top 10 on iTunes’s Alternative Chart.  A full-length feature film is also in pre-production, as well as a novelization and various iconic collectibles and attire.  The comic book publishing opportunity was brought to Magnetic Press on behalf of To The Stars by Russell Binder at Striker Entertainment, who represents the brand’s entertainment interests.

For more information about the POET series, please visit www.magnetic-press.com.

For more information about Angels and Airwaves, visit www.angelsandairwaves.com.

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10. Nice Art: The Valiant #2 by Kindt, Lemire, Rivera and Francavilla

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The Valiant is the lynchpin of  Valiant Next, a new hopping on point for readers from Valiant. A prestige format limited series with art by Paolo Rivera, and a variant cover by Francesco Francavilla, there’s no chance we’re not going to run a preview any time it gets into our  inbox.  The story by Matt Kindt and Jeff Lemire doesn’t hurt either—and they’ve also collaborated on a variant cover.

The Immortal Enemy has crawled out from the black depths of history to destroy this generation’s Geomancer and send Earth back to the Dark Ages! Now…the Eternal Warrior, Ninjak, and Kay McHenry must overcome their worst nightmares before the unlikeliest of white knights rides in to save the day. Will he be enough to battle back the unyielding evil that threatens to plunge the Valiant Universe into the darkness?

Be here on January 21st as the world’s most formidable heroes join a battle ten millennia in the making, only in THE VALIANT #2 – featuring covers by Paolo Rivera (Daredevil), Jeff Lemire (Trillium) & Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), and Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)! An entirely self-contained comics event spotlighting Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and a cast of heroes and villains from across the Valiant Universe, THE VALIANT is a visionary new adventure from three of the greatest creative talents in comics today. 

THE VALIANT leads into a number of new series that sound intrguing, including,

  • IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry in January
  • DIVINITY #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine in February
  • IMPERIUM #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite in February
  • NINJAK #1 by Matt Kindt and Clay Mann in March
  • BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan in April
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THE VALIANT #1 (of 4) [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA (OCT141678)
Interlocking Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT (OCT141679)
Variant Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (OCT141680)
B&W Sketch Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (OCT141681)
Blank Cover also available (OCT141682)
$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 10 (FOC – 11/17/14)

THE VALIANT #2 (of 4) [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art and Cover by PAOLO RIVERA (NOV141677)
Interconnecting Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT (NOV141678)
Variant Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (NOV141679)
$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | On sale JANUARY 21 (FOC – 12/29/14)

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11. And oops, a Tezuka Kickstarter that ran into problems

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Speaking of manga, as we just were, and Tezuka and Kickstarter as we were yesterday, here is another Tezuka Kickstarter project that has kind of gone into the “Kickstarter failure” file.

Last June something called Kansai Club Publishing raised more than $52,000 to publish an English language version of Tezuka’s The Crater. This is a short story collection, originally published from 1969-1970, that the Kickstarter page says is “the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, horror, fantasy and comedy. This is the first time that one of Tezuka-sensei’s short story collections will be published in English.”

Well that sounds great, and the money was raised. But then…this project fell into a crater. The usual foreign mailing costs hadn’t been factored in, and a rather glum update showed that this project was just too much for the organizer, Andrew Nevo, to handle:

Hello Everyone,
As some of you already know, the books are not yet ready to ship. We ran into a number of issues with the first batch that we received from the casebinder and needed to make various adjustments to the cover of the book and layout of a number of pages. The cover image is still the same and nothing was changed with the contents of the book, however, we felt that these adjustments were necessary in order to deliver the high quality book that we promised to all of our backers.
I wish that there was a way for us to provide everyone with additional compensation for the many delays that we have faced thus far in the book’s creation, however, there is little that we can do. We have already spent well over $30k and will spend another $40k plus on packaging, shipping and handling to send the books out to our Kickstarter backers only. All that we can do at this point is to make sure that our books come out perfectly and meet all of your expectations.
I cannot stress enough to everyone that we are making no money on this project. As everyone knows, this book was the first book that we have published and every step that we took to get to this point has been taken without guidance from industry experts. Sure, we started with extensive plans and deadlines for this book that we strongly felt could be met. However, our lack of knowledge and inexperience of the publishing industry has caused heavy delays throughout. Everyone who has worked on this book’s creation did so out of love for classic manga and without compensation. All help that we received came from people who work full-time jobs who took a few hours out of their weeks here and there to help bring this book to fruition.
I will be posting another update this week with the new dates for when the books will be shipped once we receive the updated schedule from our printer. I implore everyone to please stop contacting Tezuka Productions with angry complaints, sending me threatening emails and calling my house/cell phone. Tezuka Productions is just as angry with us as all of you are. I understand that your trust in us has been waning for some time and I simply cannot stress enough how sorry I am for not being able to provide everyone with a copy of the book on time. Please be just a little more patient.
This will likely be out first and last project. I hope that we have not discouraged others from trying their hands at legally printing classic manga themselves. If anyone believes that they can do a better job with future projects (as I’m sure many of you can) please feel free to reach out to me with any questions once this project has finished and I will be happy to help in any way I can. At least others who follow in our steps will not need to make the same mistakes that we made. Thank you again for your continual support, understanding and patience.

As of this date, no one has gotten books, and a 450 comment thread of complaints on the comment page has ensued. I’m not going to read through all of them, but the jist is mostly what I wrote above: the guy was in over his head. Here’s one representative one:

In all fairness this project did look amateur when it was live. I’m sure Osuma Tezuka’s name was the only reason this project got so much attention. This project, Kansai Club and Andrew all gave of signs that this project may be sketchy. I agree that Andrew mishandled pretty much everything on this project but we all took a chance and ignored the signs so now we are out our $ and this project is dead in the water. I wish there was more we could do to help remedy this but we will probably have to accept this as a failure.

Nevo hasn’t been heard from since June, and opinions seem to vary between being a conman and just naive. At any rate, we all know many Kickstarters do not come to fruition….and this seems to be another one. Caveat backer.

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12. The secret history of alternative manga

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Manga isn’t all awkward schoolgirls and giant robots. There has long been a very strong alternative and literary thread of manga, and two recent articles give you some perspective on it.

I would call Ryan Holmberg’s Proto-Gekiga: Matsumoto Masahiko’s Komaga a must read, but I have to confess, it is very long and involved, and I have set it aside for weekend reading. BUT the important thing is that he compares and contrasts Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who is kind of credited as the father of “gekiga” or realistic manga, with Matsumoto Masahiko, a figure who appears in Tatsumi’s autobiographical A Drifting Life under another name. Masahiko’s work went down a slightly different path than Tatsumi’s but Holmberg shows that it was equally important:

This is not really communicated in A Drifting Life. Without the resurrection of Tatsumi some ten years ago, it is doubtful that anybody other than diehard kashihon collectors and researchers would even know about Matsumoto. But it should also be recognized that Tatsumi, by coining the term gekiga and thus effectively (regardless of his intentions) taking the innovations for his own, did his share in obscuring Matsumoto’s central contributions to the medium. A few years ago I pointed out how Tatsumi was either forgetful or dishonest about his story sources. When it comes to the more important matter of Tatsumi’s visual aesthetic, again I think the autobiographical self-focus of A Drifting Life has skewed art history.

Anyway, you can love Tatsumi and Masahiko. But can you find their work? In another article, Josselin Moneyron rounds up some alternative manga publishing efforts in English from D&Q and Breakdown press, which published Matsumoto’s The Man Next Door, which was edited by Holmberg. WOW IT’S A CONSPIRACY.

Most of the alternative/literary manga I’ve read in English has been lively and accessible—Tatsumi, Sasaki Maki, Seiichi Hayashi, Shigeru Mizuki. There’s tons more of it waiting to be discovered.

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13. Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer raises questions, expectations

 

As we hastily posted from our phone last night, the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON trailer was supposed to break next week during Agents of SHIELD, but last night leaked versions sprang up like bedbugs, unstoppable and immortal. Marvel Studios, being smarter than the average bear, just made a joke

and then OFFICIALLY RELEASED THE THING EARLY.

Poor Agents of SHIELD—can’t buy a break. (However I should point out that the show is FINALLY tying in lesser characters from the Marvel U, like Mockingbird, and should rebound just fine if they don’t mess it up.)

Rections to the trailer were swift, and as you read this there are probably 900 detailed frame by frame analyses of the thing. I’ve stolen the screen caps from all the other, better sites, but I must give Andrew Wheeler a shout out for noting the “shirtless, wet Thor”.

Anyway, here are some pics and thoughts, and ideas.

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James Spader voices Ultron, the robot created by Tony Stark, and, wow he’s actually scary! This trailer has  a darker, Nolan-esque  feel to it, but sandwiched between some light heated outings Guardians and Ant-Man, it’s okay. The slowed down “I’ve got no strings to hold me up” song recalls the trailer for the very successful Maleficent, which also used a creepy version of a Disney classic to set up a sad, bad world.

As for what it means: Ultron is to Tony Stark as Pinocchio is to Gepetto, get it? Throughout the trailer we see Tony looking sad and other Avengers looking mad, so presumably everyone gets annoyed that Tony created this killer robot genius in the first place.  If one wishes to detect a trace of Joss Whedon in the idea of Ultron’s journey presented as a murderous, tragic take on the sturdy Pinocchio story, well go ahead. A nice solid dramatic spine is a nice thing in a superhero epic.

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This is Tony Stark’s HULKBUSTER armor, as various leaks have shown the Hulkbuster fighting Donald Sterling. NO NO WHAT AM I SAYING, The Hulkbuster fights the Hulk! The internet went ape shit over the Hulkbuster. Because you see…

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Mark Ruffalo’s Banner/Hulk looks to be pretty busted up in this one. As the only “Core” character without his own film series at this point, it’s time for The Hulk to get his due. Evidently he gets the feels over something, freaks out and in true Marvel Comics fashion, must be stopped by any means necessary.

 

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Hey it’s Andy Serkis! The mocap madman did some of the acting for Ultron and gets to show his face as well…but as WHO WHO WHO? The internet has decided that he’s playing a supervillain named Klaw, and this has excited the internet because Klaw is the natural enemy of The Black Panther! And The Black Panther’s introduction into the MCu has been rumored for a long time.

 

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This could be interesting because one of the MOST SHOCKING SHOTS IN THE TRAILER shows Captain America’s shield DESTROYED! Oh god, can someone called Stephen Colbert? IF this is not a dream, not a hoax, not an imaginary story (and I’m not convinced it isn’t) then maybe they have to go to Wakanda and get some vibranium to make a new shield? That’s the popular theory anyway.

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Shirtless, wet, anguished Thor. Paging fanfic writers.

The trailer also shows the Black Widow looking jaunty on a motorcycle, Captain America looking grave, Hawkeye running around in the woods, and lots of rubble. Lots and lots of rubble.

Finally, this was the greatest thing to come out of the Affair of the Early Avengers 2 Trailer. (That’s a still from CRASH, a movie in which Holly Hunter and James Spader play people who can only have sex at the scene of horrible auto accidents, in case you didn’t know.)

Anyway, that’s what caught MY eye. What did YOU think?

 

 

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14. And oops, a Tezuka Kickstarter that ran into problems

Speaking of manga, as we just were, and Tezuka and Kickstarter as we were yesterday, here is another Tezuka Kickstarter project that has kind of gone into the “Kickstarter failure” file. Last June something called Kansai Club Publishing raised more than $52,000 to publish an English language version of Tezuka’s The Crater. This is a…

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15. The secret history of alternative manga

Manga isn’t all awkward schoolgirls and giant robots. There has long been a very strong alternative and literary thread of manga, and two recent articles give you some perspective on it.

I would call Ryan Holmberg’s Proto-Gekiga: Matsumoto Masahiko’s Komaga a must read, but I have to confess, it is very long and involved, and I have set it aside for weekend reading. BUT the important thing is that he compares and contrasts Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who is kind of credited as the father of “gekiga” or realistic manga, with Matsumoto Masahiko, a figure who appears in Tatsumi’s autobiographical A Drifting Life under another name. Masahiko’s work went down a slightly different path than Tatsumi’s but Holmberg shows that it was equally important:

The secret history of alternative manga was originally published on The Beat

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16. 31 Days of Halloween: Diamond’s Comicfest and Boom! Studos Halloween Frightfest

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Comics biggest distributor Diamond has slowly been working to make Halloween a huge promotional day for comics shops, with special comics, contests and more. Let’s face it, it doesn’t take too much to get in the Halloween mood, and the promotion has been a big success. You can see a list of special Halloween comcis on the Halloween Comicfest website, such as this one spotlighting Boom! Studios spooky anthology with seasonal stories from Adventure Time, Fraggle Rock and more. This particular story features writing by Bryce Carlson and art by Frazer IRving in a VERY DIFFERENT Adventure Time story.

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17. CRIMINAL is back at Image

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Back at the first Image Expo this year it was announced that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips were going exclusive with Image for their collections, and that means porting over CRiminal from Marvel’s creator owned Icon line. And this month’s solicitations reveal that not only is it coming back, but there will be a new one-shot, and newly designed editions, hitting in January.

The 48-page one-shot—to be colored by regular colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser—will also have an irresistible CRIMINAL: SAVAGE EDITION magazine-sized variant.

The logline:

It’s 1976, and Teeg Lawless is doing 30 days in county jail with a price on his head; his only safe company from the savagery: a beat-up old comic magazine his dead cellmate left behind. It’s CRIMINAL like you’ve never seen it before, with a comic within the comic and all those slick ‘70s thrills!

“We’ve been planning the return of CRIMINAL for the past year, and I couldn’t let the launch go by without returning to our underworld for a new story,” said Brubaker. “With FATALE and THE FADE OUT, we’ve been hearing from a lot of new readers, so it couldn’t be a better time to get the thing we’re most known for back on the shelves.”

While Criminal was not the first Brubaker/Phillips collab, it did kick off a very fruitful creator owned partnership that has seen a wealth of pretty amazing books, including Fatale and the new The Fade out.

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18. Image Launches New IX Series ‘IXth Generation’

by Zachary Clemente

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The Top Cow Universe expands with an all-new IX spin-off series

Writer Matt Hawkins (THINK TANK) pens a new Top Cow IX Utopia—built on a history of genocide and featuring haunting artwork by Stjepan Sejic—in IXTH GENERATION, coming this January.

Set in the future, IXTH GENERATION inhabits a world where there is no more natural death, no needs unfilled and everything you could ever want is yours… as long as you’re one of the ones chosen to live in this new Utopia and you’re willing to subjugate yourself to these new self-proclaimed gods with “IX”s emblazoned on them.

Do the ends truly justify the means? Is a utopia built on genocide worth the price? Aphrodite, Velocity, Hades, and the other Nines establish fiefdoms in this new world and attempt to rule. Their internal clashes have escalated, but they are forced to put that aside as they face off against the relentless hordes of The Darkness. The sins of the past have come to claim those who would pretend to be Gods. The cybernetic future established in APHRODITE IX and CYBER FORCE finally comes face-to-face with the supernatural ARTIFACTS side of the Top Cow universe.

IXTH GENERATION #1 arrives in stores this 1/7 and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code NOV140555.

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19. Jim Lee and Dan Didio speak! About moving, demographics, royalties and more

 

dan didio jim lee Jim Lee and Dan Didio speak! About moving, demographics, royalties and moreI imagine that every sentence of this ICv2 interview with DC Comics co-publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee will be gone over with a fine tooth comb. I think it’s the first time the two have sat down for a somewhat frank interview in six months at least. And what a six months it has been! Certainly, from the scrum of New York Comic Con, the essential public personas come out, Lee, the glass half full cheerleader, DiDio, the without me the glass would break authority figure. Lee addresses the new demographics with a shout out to Batman editor, Mark Doyle, whose future—at DC in Burbank or leaving the company— is still very much up in the air:

7Lee: There’s also a diversification within the audience itself the past couple of years.  You’ve seen more women, more female readers, in general.  When we launched Batgirl and Gotham Academy, those books struck a different note, different tonality, and that was in large part due to editor Mark Doyle bringing these projects together with different kinds of creators (see “Two New Batman Ongoing Series” and “New Batgirl Costume”).  It was our way of broadening the base of the Batman family of books but doing it in a different way to attract a different audience.

But then DiDio refuses to throw licensers under the buss on recent fluffs like those awful shirts:

Who approves DC licensed products with regard to those issues and are you happy with the way that’s going?

Didio:  Actually, we are.  We have a strong relationship with our consumer products division that runs those areas.  You have to understand that they’re seeing tens of thousands of products that they’re proof-reading and checking for information over a period of time.  We have departments that work very closely with them within DC Entertainment, and they’re constantly working the system to make sure they’re aware of our audience and presenting the proper material to that audience.

Lee hints that Vertigo has some big plans and may even be in a position to start competing with Image for creators:

If you look at what we’re going to do in 2015 (which I’m not at liberty to discuss at this moment), possibly first quarter next year, you’ll see that we’re going through a major effort to rebrand the imprint.  That’s going to come about through the projects themselves.

We’re working on a hit list of the top creators in the business and we have some exciting news to unveil in the early part of 2015.

But then DiDio insists that everyone loves the new royalty plan….

When we created the original royalty plan it was based on a periodical model.  We’ve grown from periodicals to graphic novels and adding a digital component, and now we’re working with different types of products combined with books, so we need a level of flexibility and this allows it.  I think what’s important is the talent themselves can feel that they’re truly participating and receiving the benefit of the success of the property.

The response from the creators was positive?
Didio:  Oh, yes.  We’ve had a strong response and it was positive all the way through.

I can say that there has been a strong response from freelancers I’ve talked to, alright, but it hasn’t been all that positive—the net effect has a been a rather large drop in royalties for many folks.

Anyway, Lee and DiDio have overseen a very successful era at DC (whether you want to admit it or not) and the move to the West Coast is bringing many changes. Like…what comes after “Blood Moon,” the pseudo bridging event that is being run by temporary editors which the survivors of the great migration make their way west in a Green Tucson. Props to Milton Griepp for getting them to sit down and talk even if it is the last report from a world that will soon be forever a memory.

(Thanks to all of you who went me the link)

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20. Watch Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation for free

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Here’s a new movie about cartoonists and comic book making: Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation, which spotlights creators Raid Studios in Toronto, including Ramon Perez, Francis Manapul, Kalman Andrasofsky and Marcus Antony To. Some promising up and comers named Stan Lee and Jim Lee also appear—I believe they are unrelated. It’s a nice look at the artist’s studio and the collegial spirit that evolves from it.

You can watch for free at AT&T’s Uverse Buzz site. It’s produced by Boom!’s Stephen Christy, FJ DeSanto and Bradley Cramp and directed by Chris Kasick. On his FB page, DeSanto wrote:

After months of hard work, here’s our documentary, COMIC BOOK ARTISTS: NEXT GENERATION, which premiers today on AT&T Uverse Buzz. I produced it with Bradley Cramp and Stephen Christy and is directed by the supremely talented Chris Kasick . Brad’s amazing team at Digital Kitchen brought this all to life (especially Leslie, Paul and of course Nik) and we are so lucky to have such a high quality show.

Showcasing the talented creators from The Raid Studio, the doc takes you through the trails and tribulations of being a modern day comic book creator. Besides the awesome Raid guys, Marcus Anthony To, Ramón K Pérez, Kalman Andrasofszky, and Francis Manapul, the energetic duo Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly make a cameo. To share their perspective on the history of the industry and how it has evolved over the years, we were fortunate Stan Lee, Jim Lee, and Filip Sablik appear as well. If you love super heroes like Batman and Spider-Man or just comics in general, you’ll appreciate this unique look into this world.

And here are some screen shots:

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21. Jason Shiga’s Patreon for Demon reaches $1000 a month

4024339 01 Jason Shigas Patreon for Demon reaches $1000 a month

A lot of cartoonists—and many blogs, ahem—have taken to PAtreon as a means to finance the creation of comics. There are quite a few (a round up post is called for, maybe later this week) and Patreon doesn’t make it clear who makes the most, the way Kickstarter does, but Jason Shiga recently hit $1000 a month for his Ignatz winning webcomic Demon. Given his analytic background, there’s much of that in the post, but here’s an excerpt:

I know it’s an arbitrary number, but the $1000 mark is significant for a couple reasons. First, it amounts to the opportunity cost of not going with a larger publisher for this project. Second, someone could theoretically live on $1000. They’d have to be childless, live in a hovel in Detroit with 4 other dudes eating beans and rice 3 times a day. But man, if you were to describe that life to my 20 year old self, I’d tell you that sounds pretty nice. I know a lot of my readers here are cartoonists so maybe you can relate to that feeling of knowing so clearly in your bones that you were meant to do this one thing. But then there you are screwing in widgets all day, waiting for that whistle to blow so you can bike home and draw again. When I started out making comics, I didn’t want to be rich or famous. I just wanted to make more comics. I still do.

The lifestyle that $100 a month affords you is not a very appealing one, but, as he says, it makes the project officially a success. As he explains, he started out with usual business model of selling print editions, art and digital subs. This level of income for a regular webcomic would thrill many cartoonists, but given Shiga’s 15 year career, and the success of Meanwhile (which led me to coin the term The Shiga Index when analyzing sales charts.)

My own Patreon is nearing $700, which is a pretty good number all things considered. I’m very fortunate to have this level of success and appreciate each and every patron. Obviously it isn’t enough to live on, but it had taken care of paying for the backend, investing in the site more, and yes, paying some of those New York City bills. Patreon still doesn’t have the “excitement” level of Kickstarter, but it is beginning to afford a bunch of people at least some return on their work.

PS: Demon is totally dope. It’s a cross between Unbreakable, Groundhog Day and Shiga’s own classic Fleep. READ IT.

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22. Image Announces new Fantasy Adventure Series ‘Reyn’

by Zachary Clemente

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FANTASY ADVENTURE HAS FULL REYN
This January, Kel Symons and Nathan Stockman
kick off an all-new sword & sorcery epic

Fan favorite Kel Symons (THE MERCENARY SEA, I LOVE TROUBLE) teams up with Nathan Stockman (I LOVE TROUBLE) for an all new series in REYN, a sweeping fantasy following two unlikely adventurers on the path to uncovering the mysteries that surround their destinies.

REYN #1 introduces the main character of the same name, Reyn, a freelance swordsman and monster hunter who also might be the last of the legendary “Wardens” of the land of Fate, whose ranks long since faded into myth. Haunted and driven by visions from a “guiding angel,” Reyn sets out on a great quest—though he’s hardly the errant knight-type. Along the way he’ll rescue and partner with the sorceress Seph, a member of a coven known as the Followers of Tek, hunted as heretics for their beliefs, but who may also know what secrets Fate holds…

Symons wanted to do something that was inspired by his love of reading fantasy and science fiction growing up. “Reyn pays tribute to adventures that dazzled my imagination,” explained Symons. “Fantasy tales, particularly Dungeons and Dragons, was a huge part of my formative years. I doubt I was the first kid who wanted to live in epic worlds like Middle Earth, Greyhawk or Hyboria. Tolkien and Howard created remarkably timeless worlds and practically invented the language of modern fantasy. Honestly, it’s hard to believe they were created in the 1930s.”

The main character, Reyn, Symons envisioned as a sort of reluctant Joan-of-Arc-type. “His guiding angel is hardly a blessing, because it’s just not in his nature to be a do-gooder—he’s too unprincipled for that,” said Symons. “I imagined some of Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name from the Dollars trilogy in Reyn. In fact, when I pitched this to Image, I said the vibe for the series should be ‘What if Frazetta painted spaghetti westerns?’ His traveling companion, the witch Seph, provides a nice emotional counterpoint to Reyn’s moral ambiguity. She was born to a cause and brings passion where Reyn lacks an emotional connection to the destiny that’s been forced upon him.”

The journey begins with REYN #1 (Diamond Code NOV140564), in stores on 1/21.

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23. Humanoids announces The Metabaron for 2016

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The Metabarons is a long running French SF epic originally by Alexander Jodorowsky and Juan Gimenez (spinning out of The Incal by Jodorowsky and Moebius) about a race of perfect warriors and their generation spanning advenures. The story wrapped up in 2003 after selling more than a millions copies internationally. Now Humanoids is bringing it back as just Metabaron starting in 2016 in a four book series written by Jerry Frissen from a story by Jodorowsky and drawn by different artists. the story will follow the fate of No Name, the last of the Metabarons. Ecah chapter will be 108 pages long, released in 8 month intervals.

The first chapter features Valentin Sécher (Khaal: Chronicles of a Galactic Emperor) on art, the second Niko Henrichon (Pride of Baghdad, Noah). The new series isn’t due until June 2016. That’s a long time to wait for your mind tripping space fantasy, but according to Humanoids, a new edition of Metabarons is planned for 2015.

Confession: I have never actually read The Metabarons, but it looks like have some time to catch up. Like the recently announced Corto Maltese revival , it’s a continuation of a very successful Euro comics classic, but this time with the cooperation, it seems, of the still living author. HUmanoids, after many stops and starts in the US market has been releasing material at a good clip, so it seems the genera graphic novel boomlet has lifted this boat, at least.

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24. The Walking Dead graphic novels sales are up again

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It’s a rite of autumn —The Walking Dead’s new season debuts on AMC, and Walking Dead graphic novels start selling like crack again. Here’s the feed from the Amazon graphic novels best seller’s list. Note that The Oatmeal has sold a gazillion copies, and Roz Chast is back in the top ten following her National Book Award shortlisting.

Per the usual pattern, Walking Dead GN sales will slow when the 8 episode season ends, and pick right back up when it returns next year. I know Robert Kirkman has made a buttload of money from the hit TV series, but he, Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore have also made a buttload from the books alone, given the Image deal.

(BTW, for long term Amazon trend analysis I refer you to Beat contributor David Carter’s weekly blog on the topic, which someday I will feature here every week. Lots of other interesting things on his site, as well.0

#1: The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
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Buy new: $16.99 $10.74
61 used & new from $9.50

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#2: The Walking Dead: Compendium One

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The Walking Dead: Compendium One
Robert Kirkman , Charlie Adlard , Cliff Rathburn , Tony Moore
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Buy new: $59.99 $35.70
103 used & new from $31.00

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#3: The Walking Dead: Compendium Two

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Buy new: $59.99 $39.26
79 used & new from $34.24

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#4: Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir

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Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
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Buy new: $28.00 $17.71
77 used & new from $15.81

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#5: The Walking Dead Volume 22: A New Beginning

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The Walking Dead Volume 22: A New Beginning
Robert Kirkman , Charlie Adlard , Stefano Gaudiano , Cliff Rathburn
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Release Date: November 11, 2014

Buy new: $14.99 $12.33

(Visit the Best Sellers in Comics & Graphic Novels list for authoritative information on this product’s current rank.)#6: The Walking Dead Volume 21: All Out War Part 2

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Robert Kirkman , Charlie Adlard
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Buy new: $14.99 $9.48
68 used & new from $8.01

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#7: The Walking Dead Book 10 HC

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Robert Kirkman , Charlie Adlard
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Buy new: $34.99 $26.06
54 used & new from $21.98

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#8: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

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Buy new: $19.99 $10.02
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#9: Saga Volume 4

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Saga Volume 4
Brian K. Vaughan , Fiona Staples
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Release Date: December 9, 2014

Buy new: $14.99 $12.32

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#10: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

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Buy new: $34.99 $19.63
117 used & new from $14.74

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25. Watch Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation for free

Here’s a new movie about cartoonists and comic book making: Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation, which spotlights creators Raid Studios in Toronto, including Ramon Perez, Francis Manapul, Kalman Andrasofsky and Marcus Antony To. Some promising up and comers named Stan Lee and Jim Lee also appear—I believe they are unrelated. It’s a nice look at the artist’s studio and the collegial spirit that evolves from it.

Watch Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation for free was originally published on The Beat

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