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1. Dark Horse Gives Nathan Drake The Art Book Treatment

By Davey Nieves

The pantheon of PlayStation has a rich library of quality games, but few have impacted the art of storytelling like the UNCHARTED franchise. Developed by Naughty Dog, the studio behind The Last of Us, the UNCHARTED series is this era’s Indiana Jones. The series protagonist, fortune hunter Nathan Drake has achieved mascot like status for the PlayStation brand. With the success of previous entries The Art of The Last of Us and The Art of Naughty Dog, Dark Horse Comics and Naughty Dog are launching The Art of the UNCHARTED Trilogy in April 2015.

The three games which spanned the life of the PlayStation 3 console fill this book with never-before-seen art from Naughty Dog spanning UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, and UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception, with insightful commentary from the games’ creators, this epic volume is an incredible opportunity to own a piece of UNCHARTED history.

“With each UNCHARTED game we make we strive to set a new bar for video game art, design, and tech,” said Erick Pangilinan, art director at Naughty Dog. Over the course of the last decade there hasn’t been a game developer that has raised the bar with each outing like Naughty Dog. Combine this with Dark Horse Comics eye for building gorgeous bookshelf prize collections and this feels like a book that could itself be a treasure in the game’s history.

No word yet on whether or not The Art of The UNCHARTED Trilogy will have any glimpses at the series highly anticipated fourth console installment Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End which is also set to release sometime in 2015 on the PlayStation 4.

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Available in April, The Art of the UNCHARTED Trilogy retails for $39.99 and can be preordered now from AmazonBarnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

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2. Ten Moments in Boom! Studios History

By Davey Nieves

In 2015, BOOM! Studios celebrates 10 years of publishing comics, and to commemorate this milestone, the publisher has assembled what it considers to be its top 10 moments of the past decade—all highlights that contributed significantly to the company’s founding, rise, and continued growth. Straight from the mouth of BOOM! it reads as a chronological time line of the publishers history.

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December 2004: Comics writer Keith Giffen, in Los Angeles for a comic book convention, has a beer on a Saturday night with Ross Richie and pushes Richie to start his own comic book publishing company.

 

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June 2005: The first BOOM! Studios book, Zombie Tales #1, ships (6/29/2005), showcasing work from Mark Waid (Daredevil), Keith Giffen (Future’s End), and Dave Johnson (100 Bullets). BOOM!’s focus on original content over the next decade spawns bestsellers like Irredeemable, The Woods, and Lumberjanes as it launches the careers of next-generation talent like Rafael Albuquerque (The Savage Brothers, American Vampire), Emma Rios (Hexed, Pretty Deadly), Aaron Kuder (Key of Z, Green Lantern: New Guardians), Jordie Bellaire (Malignant Man, Captain Marvel), and Russell Dauterman (Supurbia, Thor), among many others.

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December 2006: BOOM! Studios publishes its first licensed comic book, Warhammer: Damnation Crusade #1. BOOM! goes on to work with some of the biggest brands in the world, including 20th Century Fox, Disney, Cartoon Network, MGM, Peanuts Worldwide, Paws, and The Jim Henson Company.

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July 2007: Mark Waid is named Editor-in-Chief and goes on to become the company’s Chief Creative Officer, contributing numerous original titles to the company’s lineup before returning to freelance writing in December 2010.

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March 2009: The first KaBOOM! (previously BOOM! Kids) comics, Incredibles: Family Matters #1 and The Muppet Show Comic Book #1, ship (3/25/2009). BOOM! Studios is the first Disney licensee to be granted the ability to generate new canon material for any Pixar property.

 

January 2010: Voted on by comic shop retailers, BOOM! Studios wins its first “Best Publisher Under 4%” Diamond Gem Award for 2009. It is awarded this honor four more times since, earning the award five out of the last six years. The publisher wins its first Harvey Award for Roger Langridge’s work on The Muppet Show Comic Book (8/28/10) that same year and its first Eisner Award for Shannon Wheeler’s I Thought You Would Be Funnier a year later (7/22/11).

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June 2013: BOOM! Studios announces its acquisition of Archaia (6/24/13) (publisher of titles like Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, and The Killer), adding the company as a wholly-owned imprint alongside its other imprints, KaBOOM! and BOOM! Box, and expands the range of diverse content Archaia publishes.

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August 2013: “2 Guns” opens in theaters (8/2/13) starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. The film is based on the BOOM! Studios five-issue series created by Steven Grant and illustrated by Mateus Santoluoco.

 

October 2013: BOOM! enters into a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox for feature films (10/2/2013) and then signs a first-look deal with Fox for television the following year (8/20/2014).

 

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February 2014: Former DC Comics President & Publisher Paul Levitz joins BOOM! as a consultant and a member of the Board of Directors. Levitz categorized his role as the voice of experience that says, “Well, we tried to attack that problem this way [at DC Comics]; it didn’t work that way. Maybe times have changed, but let’s think about what the issues were and try to find a way around what the dilemmas were.”

As for the future, Boom! Studios has an entire year full of announcements lined up and are already off to a great start with their new book Burning Fields. It looks like the next ten years could be even bigger for the little publisher that could.


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3. Josh Trank and Simon Kinberg discuss The Fantastic Four’s influences and secrecy

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More so than any other comics-based film, the Josh Trank-helmed reboot of The Fantastic Four, has been a divisive prospect for fans. The veil of mystery and the lack of anything official emerging from production – not even a set photo – coupled with many out-of-context descriptions (ex: Doctor Doom is an angry blogger!) have led to much justified worry.

Tonight, Steve Weintraub over at Collider is finally pulling back the curtain a bit, as the site has released an interview with Trank and screenwriter Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), where they discussed the secrecy surrounding the production, the recent re-shoots, and some of the visual influences that are imbued into the newest adventure of Marvel’s first family.

On whether the lack of any concrete information is a sign the movie has “issues”:

Trank: I think a lot of that stuff is stemming from the fact that we’ve consciously decided to not release anything official.  This isn’t like The Avengers.  Even when the first Avengers came out, there were four other movies that people were familiar with.  The suits and the tone and the look and the feel.  So they could release those things or drop them on Twitter.  With Simon on the X-Men movies, there were other movies that came before the last X-Men movie so Bryan [Singer] could feel more confident in tweeting teases of what’s to come.  But this movie, we really want the audience to have the proper reaction to this material seeing it for the first time.  You’ve really got to put your best foot forward.  You can’t just leak an image to strike up a conversation.  You want people to see something that has thought behind it.  And the teaser should do just that.  With conversations online, you can’t really control it.  In this day and age people have come to expect that artists are going to give everybody information on Twitter about what they’re doing, but not every artist is like that.  I’m not really like that.  If I was painting a picture I wouldn’t want to take a picture of a single paint stroke.  I’d rather show people what it looks like when it’s done.

On setting The Fantastic Four apart from other superhero franchises:

Trank: I would say that the science fiction of it is a big thing that sets it apart from most of the other superhero genre films.  I’m a huge David Cronenberg fan, and I always viewed Fantastic Four and the kind of weirdness that happens to these characters and how they’re transformed to really fall in line more with a Cronenberg-ian science fiction tale of something horrible happening to your body and [it] transforming out of control.  And the potential for a hard sci-fi take on that material makes me really excited.  I don’t really see that kind of potential and that kind of take being implemented on any of the other superhero movies that seem to be coming out in the next few years.  Superhero movies have become a genre unto themselves and I didn’t really grow up on superhero movies.  I grew up on genre movies before superhero was a genre.   I don’t know if there are Blockbusters [the video chain] anymore, but there would probably be a superhero section.  And this would fit more into the science-fiction, or horror, or even drama sections of the Blockbuster.  And that’s just kind of the way I look at it.  I want it to feel like it’s its own thing.

Kinberg: One thing that’s unique to it is that it’s always been about a family.  Most comic book superhero movies are about a superhero protagonist or a superhero group.  But they’re ever really exploring what it is to be family.  And when I first read the comic that’s what was so compelling about it.  I think the reason it’s endured this long, the powers are great, but the defining thing is the surrogate family.  That’s something we really spent a long time talking about and putting into the film.  I think that will differentiate us as well from all of the different superheroes and superhero groups out there.

Regarding any specific comic runs that this film is pulling from:

Kinberg: Yeah, I think The Ultimate Fantastic Four is probably our biggest influence because it’s the younger Fantastic Four.  And a lot of the science specifics are there.  And a lot of the means of transformation we took from those books. As you’ll see a little bit in the trailer and a lot in the movie, there are influences really from the beginning of what Kirby and Stan were doing in the 60’s all the way up into the present day.  I’ve done it both ways from adapting a specific story-line like Days of Future Past or jumping off like in First Class and using more of the mythology of the characters without necessarily adhering to an existing plot line.  This is an origin story in many regards and it is inspired by The Ultimate Fantastic Four as much as anything else.

And while they were tight-lipped about the plot, this is what Trank was willing to release insofar as story-specifics:

I would just say that this is a modern telling of how these four iconic characters came together and came to be.

Be sure to check out the entire interview on Collider, which goes into detail regarding casting for the new team and their discussion of what composer Phillip Glass (!!!) will be bringing to the production.

The Fantastic Four, which stars Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell, will be released on August 7th.

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4. ‘Link To The Past’ Returns In Reprint of Nintendo Power Series from Viz

by Zachary Clemente

ZeldaALttPComic 610 Link To The Past Returns In Reprint of Nintendo Power Series from VizWay back in the early 90s, Nintendo Power published a serialized run of The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past limited comic series. Viz announced today that they’ve acquired the rights to the comic and are reprinting it in a full-color volume, available on May 5th. With story and art by manga master Shotaro Ishinomori of Kamen Rider and Cyborg 009 fame, this is a real treat for a fan of either the video game franchise or manga creator.

Widely considered one of the best games in the Legend of Zelda franchise, A Link To The Past saw life on the SNES, Gameboy Advance, and Virtual Console. Ishinomori’s comic following the overall arch of the game while expanding on certain characters and adding new plot twists.

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This isn’t anywhere near a new adventure for Viz, however. They also publish a Legend of Zelda manga based off of other games in the franchise by Akira Himekawa (the collaboration of two women, A. Honda and S. Nagano; the first 10 volumes of which are available in a boxed set.

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5. Joss Whedon returning for Avengers: Infinity War is “very doubtful”

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For a few months now, rumors have floated around that Avengers: Age of Ultron would be Joss Whedon‘s final bow with the franchise. Said rumors were quickly followed with reports that Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) would step up to direct Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2 for a 2018 and 2019 release respectively.

While there hasn’t been official confirmation from either party, Whedon recently spoke to Empire (quotes via CBM) about his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

I couldn’t imagine doing this again.  It’s enormously hard, and it’ll be, by then, a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own.  So it’s very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life.  I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe – I love these guys – but it ain’t easy.  This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life.  It is bonkers.

Based on the above quote, Whedon sounds like he’s ready to scale back his involvement with Marvel Studios. The popular filmmaker has been one of the creative forces of greatest influence for the studio since he came on board in 2010, particularly in providing re-writes to various scripts such Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor: The Dark World, along with completely overhauling Zak Penn‘s initial Avengers script.

It wasn’t too long ago when Jon Favreau was angling to direct that first Avengers entry. The years have really rolled by!

If Joss Whedon is indeed done after Avengers: Age of Ultron, who would you like to see take over? The Russos? James Gunn? Someone completely new?

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st.

 

 

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6. PREVIEW: THE HUMANS are actually apes on bikes

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One of the more offbeat titles of the Image Renaissance. THE HUMANS by Keenan Marshall Keller (Galactic Breakdown) and artist Tom Neely (Henry and Glenn Forever) will be collected in March at the popular $9.99 price point. Set in 1070 Bakersfield, it’s about a gang of bikers who are…apes. It’s biker exploitation action as you like with added MONKEYS.

“I just love me some biker flicks and exploitation/genre in all forms,” said Keller in an interview with Comicosity. “It wasn’t like I was trying to do an ape project and settled on them being bikers… The Humans were bikers from the start. It’s my love affair with the fringe, with outlaws and no-good-doer’s and made me focus on biker culture.”

Neely, whose art captures the energy and abandon of The Humans’ life on the road, has relished the chance to draw full-time. “I get up and draw monkeys and motorcycles all day and it’s the best,” he said. “It’s also really great collaborating with another artist – Kristina Collantes is doing the coloring and I love to see how she transforms my pages. I love my black and white drawings for this book, but they really don’t come to life to feel like a real comic book until Kristina’s colors complete the picture.”

THE HUMANS, VOLUME 1 will be in comic book stores on March 11 and in bookstores on March 25.
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7. X-Cessive Much? Fox Reveals an X-Men TV Show is Entering Negotiations

x cited 300x169 X Cessive Much? Fox Reveals an X Men TV Show is Entering NegotiationsHow many superhero television shows can launch before our brains collectively X-plode? Fox is challenging our expectations by confirming the company is actively looking into making an X-Men television show a reality. TV Insider broke the news and shared quotes from Fox Entertainment Chairman, Gary Newman, who announced the info to the outlet at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. As Newman states, the show cannot debut before the upcoming 2016 – 2017 television season.

He shared the following quote:

It’s in negotiations…We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative.

Does anyone else care to run down a few superhero shows entering their second and third seasons?:

Arrow

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

What about a couple comic book shows in the middle of their first season?:

The Flash

Constantine

Marvel’s Agent Carter

Gotham

Plus, just a few of the television shows currently in development or about to debut:

Supergirl

The Marvel Netflix shows (Daredevil, AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders)

Vixen

Powers

Titans

In addition, there are an assortment of X-Men films coming to the screen as well:

Deadpool (2017)

Gambit (2017)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Long-live the failed Generation X show and every other comic book series we forgot to mention on this list. TV Insider stated that Fox still needs the blessing from Marvel, so the road to an X-Men show is going to be a long one.

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8. David Tennant will be The Purple Man on AKA Jessica Jones

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Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he’ll be doing it all covered in purple.

The Scottish actor will be joining the cast of AKA Jessica Jones, the second Marvel-Netflix series after Daredevil debuts in April, as Kilgrave. Kilgrave aka Zebediah Killgrave aka The Purple Man is described as an enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past whose reappearance will “send shockwaves” through her world.

Tennant will be the main antagonist of a series that’s already netted Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) as Jones and Mike Colter (Criminal Minds) as Luke Cage.

Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg had this to say:

I’m so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character. He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and all points in between. He’ll make Kilgrave a truly original villain.

While this is an exciting casting announcement, and makes for the fourth big BBC star to join the MCU after Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as Doctor Strange, Karen Gillan as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy and Christopher Eccleston played (and was wasted as) Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, I’m hopeful Tennant will either be allowed to keep his Scottish accent or really master a Serbo-Croation one in a way that’s better than his attempt at an American accent in Gracepoint.

AKA Jessica Jones will debut in 2015.

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9. Leaving Megalopolis tops Comixology Submit’s top books of 2014

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Comixology’s Submit portal is a way for independent and self published digital comics to get onto the largest digital comics service out there, and many people have taken advantage of it. While no one seems to have gotten rich off it, a sale is a sale. And COmixology has just released a list of the top 25 sellers for 2014, topped by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore’s Leaving Megalopolis. This superheroes with a twist story was originally Kickstarted. The impressive Testament Omnibus by Douglas Rushkoff and a bunch of awesome artists was second, and Joe Benitez’s Lady Mechanika was #3. Severl anthologies Kickstarted by the tireless C. Spike Trotman were also on the list…she is a powerhouse.

There are some excellent comics by top creators on the list, so the lesson for how to be successful on Submit it…be totally excellent.

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Here’s the full list of the Top 25 comiXology Submit Titles of 2014:

  1. Leaving Megalopolis
    Writer: Gail Simone; Artist: Jim Calafiore

  • Testament: Omnibus
    Writer: Douglas Rushkoff; Artists: Gary Erskine, Peter Gross, Dean Ormston, Liam Sharp
  • Lady Mechanika #3
    By: Joe Benitez
  • Watson And Holmes Vol. 1: A Study In Black
    Writer: Karl Bollers, Artists: Rick Leonardi, Larry Stroman
  • Smut Peddler: 2014 Edition
    Writers: Kate Leth, Trudy Cooper, Blue Delliquanti, Joanna Estep, Jess Fink, Erica Henderson, and more; Artists: Kate Leth, Trudy Cooper, Blue Delliquanti, Jess Fink, Niki Smith, C. Spike Trotman and more
  • The Sleep of Reason
    Writers: Blue Delliquanti, Rachel Edidin, Meg Gandy, KC Green, Brittney Sabo, Jason Thompson and more; Artists: Langdon Foss, Meg Gandy, KC Green, Kel McDonald, Brittney Sabo, C. Spike Trotman and more
  • Snow: Complete Edition
    By: Benjamin Rivers
  • Lady Mechanika #1
    By: Joe Benitez
  • Brandi Bare #1
    Writers: Joe Pekar, Jeff Outlaw; Artist: Joe Pekar
  • Testament Vol. 1
    Writer: Douglas Rushkoff; Artists: Liam Sharp
  • Lady Mechanika #2
    By: Joe Benitez
  • Fade Out: Painless Suicide
    Writer: Beto Skubs; Artist: Rafael de Latorre
  • Saga Of A Doomed Universe #1
    By: Scott Reed
  • Jackie Rose Vol. 1: The Treasure of Captain Read
    By Josh Ulrich
  • Snipe
    Writer: Kathryn Immonen; Artist: Stuart Immonen
  • The Book of Five Rings: A Graphic Novel
    Adaption: Sean Michael Wilson; Translation: William Scott Wilson; Artist: Chie Kutsuwada
  • Requiem Vampire Knight Vol. 1: Resurrection
    Writer: Pat Mills; Artist: Olivier Ledroit
  • Oh Joy Sex Toy
    By Erika Moen
  • Template: The Complete First Season
    Writer: Quinton Miles; Artist: Andres Quezada
  • Sinsationals #0
    By Scott Jones
  • Brandi Bare #2
    Writers: Jeff Outlaw & Joe Pekar; Artist: Joe Pekar
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  • Moth City Preludes #1
    By Tim Gibson
  • The Pride #1
    Writer: Joe Glass; Artists: Marc Ellerby, Joshua Faith & Gavin Mitchell
  • Anne Bonnie #1
    Writers: Tim Yates, Lelan Estes; Artists: Tim Yates, Tony Vassalo
  • The Package
    Writer: Elliot Blake; Artist: Alexis Ziritt
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    10. Entertainment Round-up: Gorilla Grodd, Dollmaker on Gotham, Baron Zemo?

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    With warm wishes for our friends getting snowed upon in the Northeast, here’s a few items that have crossed the newswires this Monday morning:

    The Flash is, on balance, probably my most looked-forward to superhero series each week (give or take Agent Carter), but nothing about that show excites me more than the upcoming appearance of Gorilla Grodd. He’s an evil, psychic, talking gorilla for pete’s sake! We don’t know much about who is voicing him or how CW’s generally meager budget will be able to manage the villain, but yesterday Andrew Kreisberg tweeted out the following:

    Grodd is expected to appear this season. The high pierced squealing sound you hear upon his debut is probably me. Don’t mind it too much, okay?

    Gotham continues to build up Batman’s rogues gallery and their latest acquisition is veteran actor Colm Feore, who will be playing The Dollmaker. You’ll probably best recognize Feore as Laufey from Thor (a movie that continues to grow in my estimation over the years). Gotham‘s version of The Dollmaker has ties to Catwoman as he’s behind the kidnapping of Gotham’s street children. A nicely surprising casting coup for the series.

    MovieCastingCall.org has posted info regarding the upcoming shoot for Captain America: Civil War, which is filming not far from my home here in Atlanta. According to the write-up, Daniel Bruhl, who recently joined the cast of the upcoming Marvel film will be playing Baron Zemo. Additionally, here is their description of the plot:

    In Captain America: Civil War, billionaire Tony Stark is pitted against Captain America aka Steve Rogers in an ethical face-off over the U.S. government’s Superhuman Registration Act, which requires all superpowered individuals register their powers and report to S.H.I.E.L.D.

    I’d take this with a grain of salt right now, Baron Zemo is certainly the go-to guess regarding Bruhl’s role, but the site in question has been known to post potentially dubious info on occasion.

    On that same subject matter, Robert Downey Jr. recently spoke with Empire regarding the third Captain America film and his upcoming appearance (via Collider):

    They said to me, ‘If we have you, we can do this, or Cap 3 has to be something else.’ It’s nice to feel needed. And at this point it’s about helping each other, too. I look at it as a competition and I go, ‘Wow, maybe if these two franchises teamed up and I can take even a lesser position, with people I like and directors I respect, maybe we can keep things bumping along.’

    And he also described some of the character evolution in Tony that will lead to this antagonism between he and Steve Rogers:

    It’s natural to change your views…The main thing to me is, what sort of incident could occur, and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues about where we might find him next are in Ultron. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for? Joss brings this up all the time. It’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and yet when the movie’s over, nobody minds. What would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?

     

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    11. Interview: Artist Nate Stockman and writer Kel Symons talk about their work on REYN

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    REYN art 213x300 Interview: Artist Nate Stockman and writer Kel Symons talk about their work on REYNLong-distance collaborators Kel Symons and Nate Stockman who worked together on I LOVE TROUBLE for Image have banded together again for their new sword and sorcery series REYN, also for Image, which saw it’s first issue debut this week. I spoke with Symons and Stockman about how they formed their partnership, what it’s like collaborating across the ocean, and how Dungeons and Dragons inspired their work.

    Comics Beat: What brought the two of you together to work on REYN?

    Kel Symons: I “met” Nate (closest we’ve ever come is a Facetime call) a couple years ago as I was wrapping up the end of my first comic series for Image (my first comic series ever, actually) I LOVE TROUBLE. My original co-creator left to do other things before we got our sixth and final issue, and the colorist, Paul Little – who returns for REYN – recommended Nate. At the time I needed somebody fast, because we were already weeks behind schedule and the book was pushed – I just wanted the last story to fall into place so I had a complete trade volume to publish. But aside from being fast, Nate was really good. And a joy to work with. I was off to do THE MERCENARY SEA next at Image, but was thinking up new ideas I could bring to Nate. We had a series of email and video conversations last year that led to the creation of REYN.

    Nate Stockman: Yep it was like Kel said. Our short collaboration on I LOVE TROUBLE was very enjoyable so we had a desire to work together again on something new.

    Comics Beat: Technology has really paved the way for collaborations that, due to distance, would not have happened 15 years ago. What challenges do you face due to the remote nature of your interactions and how have you adapted to overcome them?

    KS: We haven’t had ANY hiccups in terms of production or communication. In fact, the process and our partnership on REYN runs so smoothly that before issue 1 hit the stands this week we had the first five issues fully drawn, colored and lettered. This is our first mini-arc for the series, which will later comprise our first trade volume. Honestly, I have no idea how creators separated by great distances did things before the internet – the idea of sending original artwork back and forth to the creative team actually makes me nervous just thinking about that. I wonder how many comics got lost along the way.

    CB: What excited you about telling/illustrating a story within the realm of fantasy? What do you feel REYN brings to the genre that readers haven’t seen before?

    NS: For me, Creating a world from the ground up is a huge amount of fun. I love character design and having a diverse land populated by monsters and beasts is an artists dream. There’s a great mix of action sequences and quiet moments which I both enjoy. I like giving a bit of extra personality to our characters in the way they act or hold themselves. I find breathing life into the land of Fate very exciting!

    KS: Longtime fantasy and sci-fi geek here, so playing in that sandbox is always going to be fun for me. If I were 12, Reyn would be a great character to roll up in D&D. It’s fun toying with the swords & sorcery tropes, and I told Nate that I’d love the art to look like it was airbrushed on the side of a custom van in 1976. In terms of something new we’re bringing to this genre, it’ll probably take a couple issues for that to get up fully up to speed. But right from the start I wanted to add some Old West to the mix. Reyn’s freelance swordsman borrows heavily from Western mythos – the solitary but reluctant hero who does the job not because he wants to but because he’s given little choice. In Reyn’s case he’s haunted by voices and visions. He’s also not someone I think you can fully expect to be a “hero.” He’s very much cut from the same cloth as Leone’s The Man With No Name.

    CB: Were there any surprises along the way? Any characters that changed their look or personality from what you’d originally envisioned?

    NS: It definitely takes a couple of issues for me to get used to drawing the cast. Around issues 3 or 4 I start to get a better handle on how I want them to look. I find myself really enjoying drawing Seph and I really enjoy drawing her interactions with Reyn. They have a fun partnership going forward.

    KS: So far, no real surprises (but my favorite part of writing is when a character says or does something that surprises me). But as for changes, I think my original concept for Reyn was much more altruistic and chivalrous… then I wrote a first draft of the script and found him pretty bland. That’s when I sat back, looked at it, and decided to approach him from a different, slightly coarser angle.

    CB: What do readers have to look forward to in the coming issues?

    KS: Quite a lot I think (and hope!). Next issue will have a little more with the Venn, M’Thall. And in issue 3 Reyn and Seph meet up with the other Followers of Tek and the main quest is begun – this introduces a variety of new characters, but it’s still the Reyn and Seph show. Issues 4 and 5 is where things go off the rails we’ve laid down – without getting spoiler-y, there will be some unexpected turns, answers to some of the questions folks may have, and probably even more questions posed. Also Reyn’s interaction with Aurora becomes more defined.

    NS: Yeah, I can’t wait to introduce readers to more of Seph’s people. They’re a cool bunch! Opening up and exploring more of the land of Fate is going to be really exciting too. It’s a challenge bringing it to life but it’s one I relish! I’m very much looking forward to issues 4 and 5 coming out. They’re my favourite issues story and art wise! There’s a lot of cool stuff to come! The reaction to the first issue has been quite positive in general. The main criticism being it can feel cliche in areas. I think if readers stick around they’ll be pleasantly surprised regarding that.

    REYN #2 comes out on February 11, 2015

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    12. The OSU Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum acquires Tom Tomorrow’s paper

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    OSU’s Billy Ireland library and Museum continues to amass more important collections or archival papers with the announcement that editorial cartoonist Tom Tomorrow aka Dan Perkins will be donating his papers to the institution. Tomorrow is a alt.weekly mainstay whose made the transition to the inetrent world, with his trenchant comics found in 70 papers, Daily Kos, The Nation, and The Nib.  

    Perkin’s collection has a large historical value, as he explained in a statement: “At this point, it represents not only a history of my own work, but of the alternative press itself, and I hope there’s some value in that for some scholar someday.  So when Curator Jenny Robb said The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum would be interested, I was thrilled — not only is all this material going to be preserved and accessible, but it will be in the biggest cartoon library in the world.  I can’t think of a better home for it all, though it does rob my young son of his eventual inheritance of many boxes full of old newspapers.”

    With more and more papers being donated to various comics-friendly institutions, not only is the life of the packrat vindicated, but future generations and scholars are the richer for it.
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    13. Phoebe Gloeckner’s Diary of a Teenage Girl wows them at Sundance

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    Every few years, a comic book movie that is based on real life appears, and most often they appear at Sundance, the January-set indie film festival that rival Comic-Con for celebs, parties and standing in the street looking for a place to drink free alcohol.

    The American Splendor film triumphed at Sundance back in 2003; more recently Save the Date, based on the work of Jeffrey Brown, had a more modest debut.

    But this year, The Diary of a Teenage girl, based on the hybrid novel/comic by Phoebe Gloeckner, and directed by Marielle Heller is getting very strong reviews. The film stars 22-year-old Bel Powley as Minnie Goetz, a teenage girl whose emerging sexuality finds an outlet in an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. (Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard play the mother and boyfriend.) Strong reviews have led the way to the film already being picked up by Sony Classic Pictures.

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    Todd McCarthy at The Hollywood Reporter loved it:

    In this gutsy, intimate and assured debut, Marielle Heller accomplishes just about everything all young independent filmmakers say they want to do when starting out: to create a personal, fresh, distinctive work in their own “voice” that will then, of course, make their careers. Heller has pulled this off in a remarkably vibrant and frank look at one precocious teen’s emerging sexual life — a film with the stuff of life coursing through its veins and sex very much on its brain. The Diary of a Teenage Girl is the kind of film Sundance prays for every year: one that indelibly puts on the map a talented director the festival can then forever claim as one of its own. This will be one of the significant indie titles of the year and a good commercial bet — a film many young women will see more than once.

     

    Anisha Jhaveri of Indiewire gave it an A-

    Shocking but genuine, poignant and hilarious, “Diary of a Teenage Girl” could well become one of the more memorable entries in the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. competition. Minnie’s story may be a singular one, but its essence will undoubtedly strike a chord — not just for women, but for anyone who recalls the befuddling emotions that plagued and enriched their teen years in equal doses.

    Variety’s Dennis Harvey also liked it:

    Translating tricky source material to the screen with flying colors, actress Marielle Heller’s feature directing debut, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” manages to plunge into the too-precocious sex life of a 15-year-old girl without turning exploitative or distasteful. This adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s heavily autobiographical novel is ideally cast and skillfully handled, making for a salable item likely to stir some attention-getting controversy and win favorable reviews in territories where the subject matter (which is depicted not graphically, but with a fair amount of nudity) doesn’t create daunting censorship problems.

    Gloeckner is a powerful storyteller and she has found a sympathetic collaborator in Heller, who previously adapted the material into a stage play; animations based on the comics part of the book are used throughout the film. The cartoonist, who currently works as a professor at the University of Michigan, was on the set for filming and went to Sundance for the premiere. Several interviews with Gloeckner about the experience are available: this audio interview and a profile here.

    Bonus video: Wiig and Skarsgard talking about their characters.

     Phoebe Gloeckners Diary of a Teenage Girl wows them at SundanceThe acclaim for the film will hopefully give some of Gloeckner’s other works some attention as well, although they aren’t that easy to find. A Child’s Life, which collects most of her comics, including ones which expand on the events of Diary, is OOP, although you can readily get a used copy. Hopefully that will change soon, and also maybe Gloeckner will do some more comics? A voice as honest and clear as hers is always needed in comics.

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    14. 8,669,000 graphic novels were sold in bookstores in 2014

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    Graphic novels were one of only two print fiction categories whose sales were up in 2014 (westerns were the other), according to Publishers Weekly’s Jim Milliot in a piece called The Hot and Cold Categories of 2014. GNs were up 13% according to Bookscan. The article also includes a chart of all categories, and reveals that 8,669,000 graphic novels were sold in 2014, up from 7,659,000 in 2015. For comparison, 33,524,000 general fiction books were sold.

    Children’s books categories were nearly all up, with “science fiction/fantasy/magic” leading the way with a 38% gain. The kids categories don’t break out comics, unfortunately.

    13% growth is a pretty healthy number, especially compared to drops in other categories and the growth of ebooks—the figures cited above are solely for print.

    When you consider that Bookscan counts only 70% of book sales—and only counts 10% of some graphic novel categories, we’re looking at an even healthier number.

    The chart that accompanies this piece is actually pretty fascinating. More GNs were sold than fantasies or science fiction, for instance. I doubt many people would have guessed that was true. Comics are more mainstream than ever, and don’t you believe anyone who says otherwise.

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    15. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/26/15: What these retailers have to say about Secret Wars is staggering

    § Vaneta Rogers quizzed a bunch of comics retailers about Secret Wars and describes them as wary but hopeful:

    “Customers are curious, but as usual, Marvel is being very vague about the whole thing,” said John Robinson, owner of the nine Illinois locations of Graham Crackers Comics. “And I have no answers for [customers] as to any of the specifics on how this is going to be handled.” “On the surface, I think it sounds absolutely awful!” laughed Mike Wellman, co-owner of the Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, California. But the retailer added, “I tend to lean more positive on these massive events and I’m sure there are some things that Marvel isn’t telling us. Their batting average is pretty high when it comes to these things and I fully trust them to make something awesome.”


    As usual, everybody says they hate events, but everybody orders them anyway, and that’s why they keep doing events. A lot of comparisons to the New 52, which was a titanic sales hit, and it’s hard to imagine that Marvel won’t get a lot of attention for whatever it is they’re doing as well. However, sometimes a long memory is no friend:

    “Without specifics on how they’ll be handling it, it can go either way obviously,” Robinson said. “Handled well with a clear path and understanding for the customers, then this can be great. Handled like Secret Wars II, then it can be a disaster with unnecessary tie-ins, and event that ends up doing nothing. Marvels ‘soft-reboots’ have only hurt the industry, in my opinion, over the last 10 years.


    Secret Wars II, for the uninitiated, came out in 1985. I know Ralph Macchio was around then, and apparently he’ll be involved in the new Secret Wars in some capacity, but otherwise it’s a whole new ballgame.
    § Meanwhile Steve Morris has some predictions for what will happen, and I like Steve’s version of the future.

    § RK Laxman is a very famous cartoonist in his native India. He’s 95 years old and has been in ill health for quite a while, and is now in very critical condition. He’s best known for a comic strip called The Common Man which ran from 1951 until he become to ill to continue it. You can see some of his cartoons here. It’s hard to get a sense of Laxman’s cultural place, but newspaper give daily updates on his health.

    Headline of the day from the Spanish language San Diego Red: ¿Comic-Con International abandonará San Diego?

    § Wizard World Portland was this weekend and D.M. Anderson took many pictures, some of them of cartoonists. Meanwhile, KOIN’s Tyler Dunn had to sit down from time to time from being overhwlemed:

    An experience I won’t soon forget, that’s how I would best sum up my time at Wizard World Comic Con. It was my first time at the Portland convention — or any like it, for that matter. I spent all of Sunday there, along with thousands of excited fans ready to celebrate their favorite pop culture icons. My goal was simple: do as much as possible, turn down nothing, get the most out of my time in the hopes that (for those thinking about going next year) I might gather some helpful tips.

    § Another headline of the day: How’d A Cartoonist Sell His First Drawing? It Only Took 610 Tries

    § Todd McFarlane came out on FB and said he would never draw Marvel or Dc corporate characters again, not because of dislike but because of duty:

    No… …the reason I don’t and won’t draw for them is that one of the many titles I have, at my various business interests, is that of President of Image Comics. And I take that responsibility very seriously. Image Comics is the THIRD largest comic company in North America, and as such we are in direct competition with both Marvel and DC Comics. As President of Image, I personally think it would be a conflict of interest for me to do work for a direct competitor. And in fact in some states being the President/CEO of a company forbids you to work for a direct competitor (The president of Microsoft won’t/can’t do freelance work for Apple Inc.) So, for me this isn’t any different. In 1992, a handful of us decided to form Image Comics, and ever since then I have not worked at either Marvel or DC Comics, and as long as there is an Image Comics, I will continue to give all of my comic book efforts towards the company I helped form.

    § Here is a sad story about cartoonist Jim Wheelock’s comics being stolen from a storage unit in Vermont.

    It looks like my entire collection of several thousand comic books from  the 1950s – 1990s is gone. These were in about twenty white “long boxes” about three feet long and 12 inches by 10 inches or so. The boxes had distinctive handwritten labels by me with titles (Spider-Man, Thor, etc). This includes a collection of underground comics from the ’60s, including Zap Comics and others. There were also comics in shorter and odd-shaped boxes, including at least one reading “Published Work” (I’m an artist and illustrator). This includes multiple copies of the horror trade paperback, Taboo. Most of the comics were in clear plastic bags, and the boxes were lined with plastic trash bags. Some were also labelled by artist’s names (Joe Kubert, Alex Toth and others). The books largely did not have backboards. Some were packed several to a bag, and some were not in bags, As I say, the boxes would be identifiable by me. The books probably also have a distinctive “barn”  odor, making them less valuable, and possibly harder to sell. I had some of my own artwork in portfolios. It’s unclear if any of that is missing. Much of it would have my signature on it. Also some film lobby cards and posters.

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    § BTW, Wheelock is the artist of a graphic novel called Inferno Los Angeles, which is really quite a thing. Check it out.

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    § Finally, even in the world filled with cruelty, horrors and intolerance, the story of how Hershey has halted importation of superior Fritish chocolate inspires outrage and disgust. Basically, Hershey successfully sued a company that imported Brit choccies, and you will no longer be able to buy an Aero or Lion bar at a specialty retailer. The infuriating thing is that it’s because Hershey basically admits its chocolate is shit:

    What many Britons and British-chocolate lovers are most incensed about is the difference in taste between chocolate made in Britain and chocolate made in the United States.
    Chocolate in Britain has a higher fat content; the first ingredient listed on a British Cadbury’s Dairy Milk (plain milk chocolate) is milk. In an American-made Cadbury’s bar, the first ingredient is sugar.
    American Cadbury bars also include PGPR and soy lecithin, both emulsifiers that reduce the viscosity of chocolate, giving it a longer shelf life. British Cadbury bars used vegetable fats and different emulsifiers.
    An informal blind taste test comparing Cadbury Dairy Milk bars — muddled by this reporter’s garlicky lunch — suggested that Ms. Perry had reason to be upset.
    The British Dairy Milk was slightly fudgier, allowing for a creamier taste and texture. The American Dairy Milk bar left a less pleasing coating and somewhat of a stale aftertaste.


    Having just finished the last crumbs of a cache of UK Cadbury’s brought home from the holidays, I can attest to the superior smoothness, full flavor and finish of the British versions. There is no comparison. Thanks a lot, America.

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    16. Winter is coming!

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    Word on the street is that we’re getting some snow here in the Northeast.

     

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    NYC may get as much as three feet in a historic snow dump that is expected to last from this morning right on until Wednesday with blizzard-like conditions.

     

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    We at Stately Beat Manor do not fear the snow.

     

     

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    We’ve socked in supplies—cat food, batteries, water, kale—in case the power goes out.
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    James Jean’s cover to Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

     

     

    We’ll keep blogging as long as we can.

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    But if the lights do go out, we’ll hang in there and our correspondents from warmer climes will send out smoke signals.

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    What is your favorite snowy comic? We may need something to read by candlelight…

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    17. The Beat Podcasts: More To Come – Miss Lasko-Gross interview

    logo pod more to come 1400 300x300 The Beat Podcasts: More To Come   Miss Lasko Gross interviewBrought to you by Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald.

     In this week’s podcast Calvin Reid interviews acclaimed comic creator Miss Lasko-Gross about her background in comics, her new graphic novel ‘Henni’ – a story about religious extremism, feminism and funny animals, the growth of a graphic novel and more on PW Comics World’s More To Come.

    Download this episode direct here, listen to it in streaming here and catch up with our previous podcasts on the Publishers Weekly website, or subscribe to More To Come on iTunes

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    18. First Look: Silk #1 by Thompson and Lee

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    As you may recall, several new lady members of the Spider-verse awe swinging your way in the coming days. One of them is Cindy Moon, a young woman who was bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker! Wow can you believe that happened!!! She was hidden away fro years but now her powers are on display and has her own comic book, by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee with variant covers by Dave Johnson, Lee and Scottie Young

    “Cindy fascinates me,” says series writer Robbie Thompson, in an interview with Marvel.com. “She gave up 10 years of her life and the world moved on without her. What does that do to a person?”

    Now, Cindy is back in New York City, patrolling it’s rooftops as SILK! And she’s going to make up for lost time. Searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing wrong-doers along the way. Now is your chance to hop on board one of the slickest new launches of 2015 as SILK #1 swings in to comic shops this February!

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    19. Indie Month-to-Month Sales November 2014: Image Rising

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    By Kate Reynolds

    November saw a slew of new titles from Image with some pretty serious sales, most notably ODY-C from Matt Fraction and Tooth & Claw from Kurt Busiek. Wytches, the new Scott Snyder title from Image continues. It was also a good month for Dark Horse as the “Fire and Stone” event keeps chugging along.

    Marvel and DC have finally stopped having major events, so we are back this month with almost 140 indie titles for you. Overall indie title sales were down 23.3% at 1,488,193 comparedto last month’s 1,939571. for an average sale of 10,706.

    Image is still number one with an 10.2% dollar share and a 11.06% market share. They had 7 of the top 100 books overall. IDW came in at second place with a 5.65% dollar share and a 4.53% market share. Next, Dark Horse had a 4.85% dollar share and a 3.58% market share, Dynamite has a 2.84% dollar share and a 2.54% market share, while Boom! has a 2.73% dollar share and a 2.68% market share.

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

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

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    8/1/2014:  Walking Dead #130 - $71,885 (-1.4%)
    9/1/2014:  Walking Dead #131 - 69,810 (-2.95)
    10/1/2014:Walking Dead #132 - 326,334 (+367.5)
    10/1/2014: Walking Dead #133 - 69,561 (-78.7%)
    11/1/2014: Walking Dead #134 - 68,093 (-2.1%)

    Slight drop, but still holding steady in the upper sixty thousand range. It doesn’t looks like this is going anywhere anytime soon.

    19. Wytches #2 (Image)
    10/1/2014: WYTCHES #1 - 67,996
    11/1/2014: WYTCHES #2 - 58,345 (-14.2%)

    Snyder’s new book at Image appears to be a smashing success, with a negligible drop between the first and second issues of the series. Can’t wait for more!

    36. ODY-C #1 (Image)
    11/1/2014: ODYC #1 - 47,414

    Yet another solid start to Matt Fraction’s futuristic re-telling of The Odyssey . It’s gender-bending psychedelic fun.

    45. Tooth & Claw (Image)
    11/1/2014: TOOTH & CLAW #1 - 41,181

    Haven’t had the pleasure of reading this book yet, but surely 40,000 people can’t be wrong? It’s already getting a second printing, and due to some copyright issues, a new title.

    47. Outcast #5 (Image)
    6/1/2014: Outcast #1 - 71,788	
    7/1/2014: Outcast #2 - 55,126 (-23.2%)
    8/1/2014: Outcast #3 - 46,717 (-15.2%)
    9/1/2014: Outcast #4 - 45,401 (-2.8%)
    11/1/2014:Outcast #5 - 39,967 (-12.0%)

    Looks like it might stabilize in the 30k range. Needless to say Kirkman and Azaceta are bringing plenty of readers.

    90. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #25 (IDW)
    5/1/2014: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #19 - 22,820 (-12.5%)
    6/1/2014: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #20 - 20,711 (-9.2%)
    7/1/2014: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #21 - 20,871 (+0.8%)
    8/1/2014: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #22 - 21,642 (+3.7%)
    9/1/2014: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #23 - 19,491 (-9.9%)
    10/1/2014:My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #24 - 20,762 (+6.5%)
    11/1/2014:My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #25 - 26,619 (+28.2%)

    Slight upswing last month for the ponies.

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    8/1/2014:  FADE OUT #1 - 34,447	
    10/1/2014: FADE OUT #2 - 27,797 (-19.3%)
    11/1/2014: FADE OUT #3 - 24,584 (-11.6%)

    If Fade Out follows the trend from Phillips and Brubaker’s previous series Fatale, it should level out in the high teens soon. Looks like they have another mid-range hit on their hands.

    109. Drifter #1 (Image)
    11/1/2014: DRIFTER #1 - 20,887

    November saw several new titles from Image, and this piece of mind-bending science fiction has pulled in a respectable amount of readers.

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    5/1/2014: Trees #1 - 31,926    --
    6/1/2014: Trees #2 - 25,515 (-20.1%)
    7/1/2014: Trees #3 - 23,822 (-6.6%)
    8/1/2014: Trees #4 - 23,639 (-0.8%)
    9/1/2014: Trees #5 - 22,244 (-5.9%)
    10/1/2014: Trees #6 - 20,720 (-6.9%)
    11/1/2014: Trees #7 - 19,287 (-6.9%)

    Slight drop for this title, but considering how many “Best Comics of 2014″ lists I’ve seen it on, I wouldn’t be worried.

    119. Birthright #2 (Image) 
    10/1/2014: BIRTHRIGHT #1 - 27,234	
    11/1/2014: BIRTHRIGHT #2 - 18,484 (-32.1%)

    This is a healthy second issue drop that could lead to stabilization in the lower teens.

    121. Intersect #1 (Image)
    11/1/2014: INTERSECT #1 - 18,292

    Not a bad debut for Ray Fawkes’s new series of doom and madness.

    125. The Humans #1 (Image) 
    11/1/2014: HUMANS #1 - 17,274.

    Whether it’s the public’s obsessions with apes or nostalgia for the 70’s exploitation genre, Tom Neely and Keenan Marshall Keller has certainly captured the attention of a nice chunk of readers.

    127. BTVS Season 10 #9 (Dark Horse)
    6/1/2014: Btvs Season 10 #4 - 19,365 (-5.8%)
    7/1/2014: Btvs Season 10 #5 - 18,827 (-2.8%)
    8/1/2014: Btvs Season 10 #6 - 18,121 (-3.7%)
    9/1/2014: Btvs Season 10 #7 - 17,701 (-2.3%)
    10/1/2014: BTVS Season 10 #8 - 17,729 (+1.6%)
    11/1/2014: BTVS Season10 #9 - 17,067 (-3.7%)

    Let’s face it, despite a little dip last month, Buffy is still slaying it.

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

    A slight drop as we hit the middle of the second story-arc, but the titular silver-streaked agent still commands attention.

    132. TMNT Ghostbusters #2 (IDW)
    10/1/2014: TMNT GHOSTBUSTERS #1 - 21,223	
    11/1/2014: TMNT GHOSTBUSTERS #2	- 16,624 (-21.7%)

    This comic manages to capture the essence of each franchise and flawlessly blends them together. With a healthy second issue drop, this mini-series is mirroring the strong sales of the TMNT ongoing.

    134. Lazarus #13 (Image)
    4/1/2014:  Lazarus #8  - 19,826	(-1.6%)
    7/1/2014:  Lazarus #9  - 19,066	(-3.8%)
    8/1/2014:  Lazarus #10 - 18,051	(-5.3%)
    9/1/2014:  Lazarus #11 - 16,531	(-8.4%)
    10/1/2014: Lazarus #12 - 16,838	(+1.9%)
    11/1/2014: Lazarus #13 - 16,094	(-4.4%)

    There’s a slight slump coming into the second arc of Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s post-apocalyptic series. However, there should be more excitement coming up if Forever Carlyle completes her current mission as ordered.

    135. John Carter Warlord #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    11/1/2014: JOHN CARTER WARLORD #1 - 15,930

    I’m always pleased to see Edgar Rice Burroughs’s legacy continuing on – especially with such sturdy numbers for the Warlord’s new series. This is also one of the strongest debuts a Dynamite title has seen recently.

    139. My Little Pony Friends Forever #11 (IDW)
    7/1/2014:  My Little Pony Friends Forever #7  - 19,850	(+9.5%)
    8/1/2014:  My Little Pony Friends Forever #8  - 17,444	(-12%)
    9/1/2014:  My Little Pony Friends Forever #9  - 16,803	(-3.7%)
    10/1/2014: My Little Pony Friends Forever #10 - 16,587	(-1.3%)
    11/1/2014: MYy Little Pony Friends Forever #11 - 15,630	(-5.8%)

    Not even friends are strong enough to fight off the standard attrition of ongoing series.

    143. Django Zorro #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) 
    11/1/2014: DJANGO ZORRO #1 - 15,468

    First of all, you did read the title right. It’s a serious team-up between Django and Zorro, partially written by Quentin Tarantino himself. Secondly, knowing that, I’m surprised that it had fewer readers than John Carter.

    144. Doctor Who 12th #2 (Titan) 
    10/1/2014: DOCTOR WHO 12TH #1 - 33,891	
    11/1/2014: DOCTOR WHO 12TH #2 - 15,277 (-54.9%)

    A rather large first drop for the second issue. Only the Doctor himself could tell us where it will go from here.

    146. TMNT Ongoing (IDW)
    6/1/2014:  TMNT Ongoing #35 - 15,174	(-13.0%)
    7/1/2014:  TMNT Ongoing #36 - 15,415	(+1.6%)
    8/1/2014:  TMNT Ongoing #37 - 15,470	(+0.4%)
    10/1/2014: TMNT Ongoing #38 - 15,498	(+0.2%)
    10/1/2014: TMNT Ongoing #39 - 15,235	(-1.7%)
    11/1/2014: TMNT Ongoing #40 - 14,734	(-3.3%)

    A slight dip for the Turtles this month, still sales are very steady.

    148. MPH #4 (Image)
    5/1/2014: Mph #1  - 35,632	--
    6/1/2014: Mph #2  - 21,937	(-38.4%)
    9/1/2014: Mph #3  - 16,881	(-23.04%) 
    11/1/2014: MPH #4 - 14,657	(-13.2%)

    Only one issue left of Millar and Dan Fegredo’s book.

    149. Doctor Who 10th #4 (Titan)
    7/1/2014:  Doctor Who 10th #1 - 39,707	
    8/1/2014:  Doctor Who 10th #2 - 10,410	(-73.8%)
    10/1/2014: Doctor Who 10th #3 - 14,608	(+40.30%)
    11/1/2014: Doctor Who 10th #4 - 14,296	(-2.1%)

    Like the Doctor himself, this title has been all over the place in terms of sales. This month sees a tiny drop in numbers, but some much needed stabilization.

    152. Deadly Class #9 (Image)
    4/1/2014:  Deadly Class #4 - 17,855	(-3.7%)
    5/1/2014:  Deadly Class #5 - 17,099	(-4.2%)
    6/1/2014:  Deadly Class #6 - 16,305	(-4.6%)
    9/1/2014:  Deadly Class #7 - 14,834	(-9.0%)
    10/1/2014: Deadly Class  #8 - 15,003	(+1.1%)
    11/1/2014: Deadly Class #9 - 14,148	(-6.7%)

    This is my favorite book that Remender has out right now – which is helped by the art of Wes Craig and Lee Loughridge. Regardless, a slight drop this month for Deadly Class.

    154. Alien vs. Predator Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
    10/1/2014: ALIEN VS PREDATOR FIRE AND STONE #1 - 20,319	
    11/1/2014: ALIEN VS PREDATOR FIRE AND STONE #2 - 13,942	(-31.4%)

    A normal second issue drop. Not normal – how seriously amazing the Fire and Stone event has been so far.

    155. Prometheus Fire and Stone #3 (Dark Horse)
    9/1/2014:  Prometheus Fire And Stone #1 - 19,468	
    10/1/2014: Prometheus Fire and Stone #2	- 14,407 (-24.8%)
    11/1/2014: Prometheus Fire and Stone #3	- 13,624 (-5.4%)

    Still leveling.

    159. Aliens Fire and Stone #3 (Dark Horse)
    9/1/2013:  Aliens Fire and Stone #1 - 19,878	
    10/1/2014: Aliens Fire and Stone #2 - 14,240 (-28.4%)
    11/1/2014: Aliens Fire and Stone#3 - 13,357 (-6.2%)

    Still leveling.

    160. Spread #4 (Image)
    7/1/2014:  Spread #1 - 21,150	
    8/1/2014:  Spread #2 - 15,244	(-27.9%)
    9/1/2014:  Spread #3 - 15,691	(+2.9%)
    11/1/2014: Spread #4 - 13,288	(-15.3%)

    A significant drop this month for Justin Jordan’s post-apocalyptic tale. Ideally the sales as the first story-arc concludes in the next two issues.

    161. Invincible #115 (Image)
    5/1/2014:  Invincible #111 - 18,440	(+46.8%)
    6/1/2014:  Invincible #112 - 14,413	(-21.8%)
    8/1/2014:  Invincible #113 - 13,642	(-5.3%)
    9/1/2014:  Invincible #114 - 13,921	(+2.0%)
    11/1/2014: Invincible #115 - 13,277	(-4.6%)

    Sturdy numbers.

    166. Transformers vs. GI Joe #4 (IDW)
    7/1/2014:  Transformers Vs GI Joe #1 - 23,009	
    8/1/2014:  Transformers Vs GI Joe #2 - 15,472	(-32.8%)
    10/1/2014: Transformers Vs GI Joe #3 - 14,293	(-7.6%)
    11/1/2014: Transformers Vs GI Joe #4 - 12,733	(-10.9%)

    I’ve yet to actually read a Transformers vs. GI Joe comic, mainly because I get too enamored with the art. A drop this month, but it’s still selling better than either ongoing Transformers or GI Joe title.

    167. Predator Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
    10/1/2014: PREDATOR FIRE AND STONE #1 - 17,166	
    11/1/2014: PREDATOR FIRE AND STONE #2 - 12,695	(-26.0%)

    These numbers officially tell us that Xenomorphs (Aliens) are more popular with earthlings than Predators. Argument settled.

    168. Nailbiter (Image)
    5/1/2014:  Nailbiter #1 - 22,746	
    6/1/2014:  Nailbiter #2 - 15,193	(-33.2%)
    7/1/2014:  Nailbiter #3 - 16,581	(+9.1%)
    8/1/2014:  Nailbiter #4 - 14,706	(-11.3%)
    9/1/2014:  Nailbiter #5 - 14,947	(+1.6%)
    10/1/2014: Nailbiter #6 - 13,340	(-10.8%)
    11/1/2014: Nailbiter #7 - 12,361	(-5.3%)

    I can’t believe Nailbiter lost readers this month. Did they not realize that Brian Michael Bendis has a cameo in issue seven?

    169. Manhattan Projects #25 (Image)
    4/1/2014:  Manhattan Projects #20 - 14,253	(-3.8%)
    6/1/2014:  Manhattan Projects #21 - 15,126	(+6.1%)
    7/1/2014:  Manhattan Projects #22 - 13,319	(-11.9%)
    8/1/2014:  Manhattan Projects #23 - 13,157	(-1.2%)
    10/1/2014: Manhattan Projects #24 - 12,693	(-4.0%)
    11/1/2014: Manhattan Projects #25 - 12,236	(-3.6%)

    Despite the numbers (which are fairly normal for a comic of this duration), Manhattan Projects still has some great stories left.

    170. Copperhead #3 (Image)
    9/1/2014:  Copperhead #1 - 24,272	
    10/1/2014: Copperhead #2 - 17,250	(-28.9%)
    11/1/2014: Copperhead #3 - 12,079	(-30.0%)

    Another large drop for Copperhead, ideally we’ll see more stable numbers next issue.

    172. Spawn #248 (Image)
    5/1/2014:  Spawn #243 - 11,714	(-1.0%)
    6/1/2014:  Spawn #244 - 11,837	(+1.0%)
    7/1/2014:  Spawn #245 - 12,090	(+2.1%)
    8/1/2014:  Spawn #246 - 13,343	(+10.4%)
    10/1/2014: Spawn #247 - 12,023	(-9.9%)
    11/1/2014: Spawn #248 - 11,934	(-0.7%)

    After a few months of growth, it looks like Spawn is dropping back to normal.

    173. Rasputin #2 (Image)
    10/1/2014: RASPUTIN #1 - 21,373	
    11/1/2014: RASPUTIN #2 - 11,693	(-45.3%)

    If you know anything about the mythos of Rasputin, you’ll know that what doesn’t kill him makes Rasputin even stronger. I’m assuming this still applies to a substantial numbers drop between the first two issues.

    174. Star Trek City on the Edge of Forever #5 (IDW)
    6/1/2014:  Star Trek City O/T Edge Of Forever #1 - 12,028	
    7/1/2014:  Star Trek City O/T Edge Of Forever #2 - 11,224	(-6.7%)
    8/1/2014:  Star Trek City O/T Edge Of Forever #3 - 11,767	(+4.8%)
    9/1/2014:  Star Trek City O/T Edge Of Forever #4 - 11,785	(+0.1%)
    11/1/2014: Star Trek City O/T Edge of Forever #5 - 11,614	(-1.5%)

    Negligible decline in sales this month, Star Trek fans are one of the few consistent things in the universe.

    175. Big Trouble in Little China #6 (BOOM! Studios)
    6/1/2014:  Big Trouble In Little China #1 - 24,160	--
    7/1/2014:  Big Trouble In Little China #2 - 14,838	(-38.6%)
    8/1/2014:  Big Trouble In Little China #3 - 14,076	(-5.1%)
    9/1/2014:  Big Trouble in Little China #4 - 13,370	(-5.0%)
    10/1/2014: Big Trouble in Little China #5 - 12,598	(-5.8%)
    11/1/2014: Big Trouble in Little China #6 - 11,483	(-8.9%)

    A steady decline since the first issue, though the comic seems to be nearing stable territory.

    178. Angel and Faith Season 10 #8 (Dark Horse)
    4/1/2014:  Angel And Faith Season 10 #1	- 17,820	(+33.6%)
    5/1/2014:  Angel And Faith Season 10 #2	- 14,200	(-20.3%)
    6/1/2014:  Angel And Faith Season 10 #3	- 13,029	(-8.2%)
    7/1/2014:  Angel And Faith Season 10 #4	- 12,468	(-4.3%)
    8/1/2014:  Angel And Faith Season 10 #5	- 11,957	(-4.1%)
    9/1/2014:  Angel And Faith Season 10 #6 - 11,593	(-3.5%)
    10/1/2014: Angel And Faith Season 10 #7	- 11,457	(-1.2%)
    11/1/2014: Angel And Faith Season 10 #8	- 11,129	(-2.9%)

    While not as popular as Buffy, this title is steadily supported by fans of the darker duo.

    181. Red Sonja #13 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    4/1/2014:  Red Sonja #8	 - 12,392	(-1.8%)
    5/1/2014:  Red Sonja #9	 - 11,850	(-4.4%)
    6/1/2014:  Red Sonja #10 - 11,685	(-1.4%)
    8/1/2014:  Red Sonja #11 - 11,298	(-3.4%)
    9/1/2014:  Red Sonja #12 - 11,431	(+1.3)
    11/1/2014: Red Sonja #13 - 10,600	(-7.3%)

    A new story-arc and a slight drop, we still don’t know which will prove more dangerous to the red She-Devil.

    183. Chew #44 (Image)
    2/1/2014:  Chew #40 - 11,193	(-2.6%)
    4/1/2014:  Chew #41 - 10,835	(-3.2%)
    6/1/2014:  Chew #42 - 10,981	(-1.3%)
    9/1/2014:  Chew #43 - 10,777	(-1.9%)
    11/1/2014: CHEW #44 - 10,526	(-2.3%)

    I typically read Chew in trades, but murmurings in the comic community recently have made me want to dive in again. Not that you would be able to tell from these boringly steady sales.

    185. Wayward #4 (Image)
    8/1/2014:  Wayward #1 - 29,240	
    9/1/2014:  Wayward #2 - 15,053	(-48.5%)
    10/1/2014: Wayward #3 - 10,795	(-28.3%)
    11/1/2014: Wayward #4 - 10,318	(-2.3%)

    Wayward is finally settling in to a solid place.

    186. Bob's Burgers #4 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    8/1/2014:  Bobs Burgers #1 - 20,157	
    9/1/2014:  Bobs Burgers #2 - 11,030  (-45.2%)
    10/1/2014: Bobs Burgers #3 - 9,571   (-13.2%)
    11/1/2014: Bobs Burgers #4 - 10,160  (+6.2%)

    Bob’s Burgers ended on a positive note this month. For readers of the comic, is it really the same without the voices?

    187. Star Trek Ongoing #38 (IDW)
    2/1/2014:  Star Trek #30	$3.99	IDW	9,906	(-2.2%)
    3/1/2014:  Star Trek #31	$3.99	IDW	9,781	(-1.3%)
    4/1/2014:  Star Trek #32	$3.99	IDW	10,801	(+10.4%)
    5/1/2014:  Star Trek #33	$3.99	IDW	9,729	(-9.9%)
    6/1/2014:  Star Trek #34	$3.99	IDW	10,216	(+4.8%)
    7/1/2014:  Star Trek #35	$3.99	IDW	10,089	(-1.2%)
    8/1/2014:  Star Trek #36	$3.99	IDW	10,017	(-0.7%)
    9/1/2014:  Star Trek #37	$3.99	IDW	9,893	(-1.2%)
    11/1/2014: Star Trek #38	$3.99	IDW	10,150	(+2.6%)

    Slow and steady.

    188. Edward Scissorhands #2 (IDW)
    10/1/2014: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #1 - 13,533
    11/1/2014: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #2 - 10,121 (-25.2%)

    Kate Leth’s delightful writing cements a strong readership with a relatively minor second issue drop.

    189. X-Files Seasons 10 #8 (IDW)
    
    7/1/2014:  X-Files Season 10 #14 - 10,850	(-5.6%)
    8/1/2014:  X-Files Season 10 #15 - 10,581	(-2.5%)
    9/1/2014:  X-Files Season 10 #16 - 10,067	(-4.9%)
    10/1/2013: X-Files Season 10 #17 - 9,865	(-2.0%)
    11/1/2014: X-Files Season 10 #18 - 9,915	(+0.5%)

    Slight upswing this month.

    191. Lumberjanes #8 (BOOM! Studios)
    7/1/2014:  Lumberjanes #4 - 9,988	(+9.2%)
    9/1/2014:  Lumberjanes #5 - 10,099	(+1.1%)
    9/1/2014:  Lumberjanes #6 - 10,029	(-0.7%)
    10/1/2014: Lumberjanes #7 - 9,999	(-0.3%)
    11/1/2014:Lumberjanes #8 - 9,543	(-4.6%)

    Wow. Issue eight guys, that ending was crazy. I’m still processing.

    192. Revival #25 (Image)
    5/1/2014:  Revival #20 - 10,341	(-0.4%)
    6/1/2014:  Revival #21 - 9,808	(-5.2%)
    7/1/2014:  Revival #22 - 9,931	(-1.9%)
    8/1/2014:  Revival #23 - 9,425	(-5.9%)
    10/1/2014: Revival #24 - 9,019	(-4.7%)
    11/1/2014: Revival #25 - 9,535	(+5.7%)

    Slight increase for Revival.

    193. Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #35 (IDW)
    7/1/2014:  Transformers More Than Meets Eye #30 - 9,395	 (-1.6%)
    8/1/2014:  Transformers More Than Meets Eye #31 - 10,063 (+7.1%)
    9/1/2014:  Transformers More Than Meets Eye #32 - 9,857	 (-2.0%)
    9/1/2014:  Transformers More Than Meets Eye #33	- 9,744	 (-1.1%)
    10/1/2014: Transformers More Than Meets Eye #34 - 9,670	 (-0.8%)
    11/1/2014: Transformers More Than Meets Eye #35 - 9,390	(-2.9%)

    Some negligible attrition.

    194. Sinergy #1 (Image)
    11/1/2014: SINERGY #1 - 9,380

    A week debut for Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma’s new series. Despite the low numbers, the premise of the book “sex unlocks girls sixth sense” could just be a sleeper hit.

    195. Transformers Robots in Disguise #35 (IDW)
    6/1/2014:  Transformers Robots In Disguise #30 - 9,714	(+1.8%)
    7/1/2014:  Transformers Robots In Disguise #31 - 8,706	(-10.4%)
    8/1/2014:  Transformers Robots In Disguise #32 - 9,762	(+12.1%)
    9/1/2014:  Transformers Robots In Disguise #33 - 10,815	(+10.8%)
    10/1/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #34 - 9,418	(-12.9%)
    11/1/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #35 - 9,354	(-0.7%)

    With minor ups and down, Transformers has found it’s niche.

    197. Roche Limit #3 (Image)
    9/1/2014:  Roche Limit #1 - 23,404    --
    10/1/2014: Roche Limit #2 - 11,424 (-51.2%)
    11/1/2014: Roche Limit #3 - 9,296  (-18.9%)

    Still searching for solid ground.

    198. Dawn Vampirella #2 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    9/1/2014:  Dawn Vampirella #1 - 13,368	--
    11/1/2014: Dawn Vampirella #2 - 9,248	(-30.8%)

    A normal second issue drop-off.

    199. Transformers Drift Empire of Stone #1 (IDW)
    11/1/2014: TRANSFORMERS DRIFT EMPIRE OF STONE #1 - 9,246

    Apparently we needed one more Transformer book. There are enough readers to support it.

    201. Fairy Quest Outcasts #1 (BOOM! Studios)
    11/1/2014: FAIRY QUEST OUTCASTS #1 - 8,958

    I just read a quick synopsis of this issue, and it stole my heart. Here’s hoping it doesn’t lose too many readers in the second issue!

    202. Alex + Ada #10 (Image)
    6/1/2014:  Alex + Ada #7  - 9,579 (-2.9%)
    8/1/2014:  Alex + Ada #8  - 9,453 (-1.3%)
    10/1/2014: Alex + Ada #9  - 9,370 (-0.9%)
    11/1/2014: Alex + Ada #10 - 8,946 (-4.5%)

    Some attrition at play here, but the core audience still seems committed. I know I am!

    203. Ten Grande #11 (Image)
    2/1/2014:  Ten Grand #7  - 13,201 (-14.1%)
    3/1/2014:  Ten Grand #8  - 12,117 (-8.2%)
    4/1/2014:  Ten Grand #9  - 11,210 (-7.5%)
    7/1/2014:  Ten Grand #10 - 10,354 (-7.6%)
    11/1/2014: Ten Grand #11 - 8,932 (-13.7%)

    I’d like to attribute these drops to attrition, but Ten Grande has suffered some sizable decline this year.

    206. Sonic the Hedgehog #266 (Archie Comics)
    1/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #256	$2.99	ARC	9,840	(-5.6%)
    2/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #257	$2.99	ARC	9,325	(-5.2%)
    3/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #258	$2.99	ARC	9,023	(-3.2%)
    4/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #259	$2.99	ARC	6,228	(+5.2%)
    5/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #260	$2.99	ARC	8,866	(-6.6%)
    6/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #261	$2.99	ARC	8,822	(-0.5%)
    7/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #262	$2.99	ARC	8,971	(+1.7%)
    8/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #263	$2.99	ARC	9,135	(+1.8%)
    9/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #264	$3.99	ARC	9,019	(-1.3%)
    10/1/2014: Sonic The Hedgehog #265	$3.99	ARC	8,869	(-1.7%)
    11/1/2014: Sonic The Hedgehog #266	$3.99	ARC	8,822	(-0.5%)

    Overall a fairly solid year for this series.

    207. Deep State #1 (BOOM! Studios)
    11/1/2014: DEEP STATE #1 - 8,768

    Neither new series from Boom! managed to hit the 10k reader mark. This is totally a conspiracy that the agents from Deep State should look into.

    208. Shadow Show #1 (IDW)
    11/1/2014: SHADOW SHOW #1 - 8,634

    This tribute to Ray Bradbury features new stories from Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella (with art by Charles Paul Wilson). Perhaps the low reader numbers suggest the book had too many literary references?

    209. GI Joe (2014) #3 (IDW)
    9/1/2014:  GI JOE (2014) #1 - 16,848	
    10/1/2014: GI JOE (2014) #2 - 9,708	(-42.4%)
    11/1/2014: GI JOE (2014) #3 - 8,602	(-11.4%)

    A small drop for the third issue. We’ll probably just see natural attrition at play with readers from here on out.

    210. Grendel vs. Shadow #3 (Dark Horse)
    9/1/2014	Grendel Vs Shadow #1 - 11,514	
    10/1/2014	Grendel Vs Shadow #2 - 9,571	(-17.1%)
    11/1/2014	Grendel Vs Shadow #3 - 8,516	(-11.0 %)

    This book costs $5.99. You could *almost* buy two other comics for the price of this single comic. All that to say the slight drop this month isn’t too bad considering how much the book itself costs.

    211. Annihilator #3 (Legendary Comics)
    9/1/2014:  Annihilator #1	$3.99	RAN	10,345	--
    10/1/2014: Annihilator #2	$3.99	RAN	6,482	(-37.3%)
    11/1/2014: Annihilator #3	$3.99	RAN	8,383	(+29.3%)

    After a large second issue drop, the third issue of Annihilator manages to pick up some new readers. I’m assuming word of mouth probably caught on for the third issue of Grant Morrison and Frazier Irving’s new comic.

    213. X-O Manowar #30 (Valiant)
    5/1/2014:  X-O Manowar #25 - 12,493	(+45.4%)
    6/1/2014:  X-O Manowar #26 - 10,083	(-19.3%)
    7/1/2014:  X-O Manowar #27 - 9,183	(-8.9%)
    8/1/2014:  X-O Manowar #28 - 9,634	(+4.9%)
    9/1/2014:  X-O Manowar #29 - 8,566	(-11.1%)
    11/1/2014: X-O Manowar #30 - 8,354	(-2.5%)

    Numbers in near stasis for this month.

    214. Thief of Thieves #25 (Image)
    5/1/2014:  Thief Of Thieves #21 - 9,625	(-2.5%)
    7/1/2014:  Thief Of Thieves #22 - 9,457	(-1.7%)
    8/1/2014:  Thief Of Thieves #23 - 9,069	(-4.1%)
    10/1/2014: Thief Of Thieves #24 - 8,731	(-3.7%)
    11/1/2014: Thief Of Thieves #25 - 8,336	(-4.2%)

    Standard attrition.

    215. Conan the Avenger #8 (Dark Horse)
    4/1/2014:  Conan The Avenger #1	- 11,565 (+7.7%)
    5/1/2014:  Conan The Avenger #2	- 9,946	(-14.0%)
    6/1/2013:  Conan The Avenger #3	- 9,486	(-4.6%)
    7/1/2014:  Conan The Avenger #4	- 9,182	(-3.2%)
    8/1/2014:  Conan The Avenger #5	- 8,941	(-2.6%)
    9/1/2014:  Conan The Avenger #6	- 8,820	(-1.4%)
    10/1/2014: Conan The Avenger #7	- 8,547	(-3.1%)
    11/1/2014: Conan The Avenger #8	- 8,250	(-3.5%)

    There aren’t very many synonyms for the word “attrition” so I’m going to make a new one. This title is suffering from smorgnerf.

    216. Cowl #6 (Image)
    5/1/2014:  Cowl #1 - 20,851	--
    6/1/2014:  Cowl #2 - 13,569	(-34.9%)
    7/1/2014:  Cowl #3 - 11,604	(-14.5%)
    8/1/2014:  Cowl #4 - 10,893	(-6.1%)
    9/1/2014:  Cowl #5 - 9,852		(-9.6%)
    11/1/2014: Cowl #6 - 8,208	(-16.7%)

    A rather large drop this month. This is one of the many series included in the second Humble Image Bundle in January which might help the series pick up a few readers.

    217. Tomb Raider #10 (Dark Horse)
    6/1/2013:  Tomb Raider #5  - 10,536	(-6.8%)
    7/1/2014:  Tomb Raider #6  - 10,149	(-3.7%)
    8/1/2014:  Tomb Raider #7  - 9,429	(-7.1%)
    9/1/2014:  Tomb Raider #8  - 9,125	(-3.2%)
    10/1/2014: Tomb Raider #9  - 8,748	(-4.1%)
    11/1/2014: Tomb Raider #10 - 8,153	(-6.8%)

    Some normal attrition going on here – or should we say smorgnerf? Either way, the numbers are slowly dropping.

    218. Transformers Primacy #4 (IDW)
    8/1/2014:  Transformers Primacy #1 - 10,472	
    9/1/2014:  Transformers Primacy #2 - 10,172	(-2.9%)
    10/1/2014: Transformers Primacy #3 - 8,452	(-16.9%)
    11/1/2014: Transformers Primacy #4 - 8,051	(-4.7%)

    Small drop, looks like Primacy is finally finding it’s feet.

    219. God Hates Astronauts #3 (Image)
    9/1/2014:  God Hates Astronauts #1 - 16,689	
    10/1/2014: God Hates Astronauts #2 - 10,178	(-39.0%)
    11/1/2014: God Hates Astronauts #3 - 8,017	(-21.2%)

    The numbers for this title have dropped quickly proving there may actually be things too weird for comics readers. Looking for these numbers to stabilize next month.

    221. Godzilla Cataclysm #4 (IDW)
    8/1/2014:  Godzilla Cataclysm #1 - 11,868	
    9/1/2014:  Godzilla Cataclysm #2 - 8,859  (-25.4%)
    10/1/2014: Godzilla Cataclysm #3 - 8,624  (-2.7%)
    11/1/2014: Godzilla Cataclysm #4 - 7,981  (-7.5%)

    I’ve never really understood Godzilla. Luckily I don’t need to “get it” in order to understand it suffered a loss this month.

    ,Strong>223. GI Joe A Real American Hero #208 (IDW)
    3/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #200 - 11,780 (+77.1%)
    4/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #201 - 8,294  (-29.6%)
    5/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #202 - 6,781  (-18.2%)
    6/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #203 - 6,791  (+0.1%)
    7/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #204 - 6,706  (-1.3%)
    8/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #205 - 6,562  (-2.1%)
    9/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #206 - 7,651  (+16.6%)
    10/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #207 - 6,494  (-16.1%)
    11/1/2014: GI Joe A Real American Hero #208 - 7,810  (+20.3%)

    Attrition may be the Joe’s biggest enemy, and they gave it a pounding this month with a large bump.

    224. Skylanders #2 (IDW)
    10/1/2014: SKYLANDERS #1 - 12,361	
    11/1/2014: SKYLANDERS #2 - 7,665 (-38.0%)

    I imagine that if children had their own purchasing power and actually KNEW about this comic that sales would skyrocket. Elementary aged children are maniacs for Skylanders. A normal sized second issue drop though, and still glad to see publishers gearing more comics towards kids.

    225. Dungeons & Dragons Legends of Baldur's Gate #2 (IDW)
    10/1/2014: Dungeons & Dragons Legends of Baldurs Gate  #1 - 9,341	
    11/1/2014: Dungeons & Dragons Legends of Baldurs Gate  #2 - 7,642 (-18.2%)

    Smaller than average second issue drop.
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    226. X-Files Year Zero #5 (IDW)
    7/1/2014:  X-Files Year Zero #1	- 10,333	
    8/1/2014:  X-Files Year Zero #2	- 8,794	(-14.9%)
    10/1/2014: X-Files Year Zero #3	- 8,467	(-3.8%)
    10/1/2014: X-Files Year Zero #4	- 8,049	(-4.9%)
    11/1/2014: X-Files Year Zero #5	- 7,599	(-5.6%)

    Only minor losses.

    228. BPRD Hell on Earth #125 (Dark Horse)
    6/1/2014:  Bprd Hell On Earth #120 - 8,127	(-2.2%)
    7/2/2014:  Bprd Hell On Earth #121 - 8,092	(-0.4%)
    8/1/2014:  Bprd Hell On Earth #122 - 8,004	(-1.1%)
    9/1/2014:  Bprd Hell On Earth #123 - 7,762	(-3.0%)
    10/1/2014: Bprd Hell On Earth #124 - 7,759	0%
    11/1/2014: Bprd Hell On Earth #125 - 7,534	(-2.9%)

    The Mignolaverse just keeps on chugging away.

    229. New Vampirella #6 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    6/1/2014:  New Vampirella #1 - 22,864	
    7/1/2014:  New Vampirella #2 - 9,445	(-58.7%)
    8/1/2014:  New Vampirella #3 - 8,732	(-7.5%)
    9/1/2014:  New Vampirella #4 - 8,287	(-5.1%)
    10/1/2014: New Vampirella#5 - 7,784	(-6.1%)
    11/1/2014: New Vampirella #6 - 7,378	(-5.2%)

    This title started out strong, but “new” titling can only change stats for so long.

    231. October Faction #2 (IDW)
    10/1/2014: OCTOBER FACTION #1 - 9,181	
    11/1/2014: OCTOBER FACTION #2 - 7,174	(-21.9%)

    Normal second issue drop.

    232. Sonic Universe #70 (Archie Comics)
    10/1/2014: SONIC UNIVERSE #68 - 7,438	(-1.8%)
    10/1/2014: SONIC UNIVERSE #69 - 7,378	(-0.8%)
    11/1/2014: SONIC UNIVERSE #70 - 7,161	(-2.9%)

    Sonic Universe has had roughly 7k readers for over ten issues. Way to be consistent guys.

    234. Godzilla Rulers of the Earth #18 (IDW)
    6/1/2014:   Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #13 - 6,980	(-11.5%)
    7/1/2014:   Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #14 - 7,144	(+2.3%)
    8/1/2014:   Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #15 - 7,156	(+0.2%)
    9/1/2014:   Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #16 - 7,181	(+0.3%)
    10/1/2014: Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #17 - 7,167	(-0.2%)
    11/1/2014: Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #18 - 7,065	(-1.4%)

    This is another one of those strangely consistent comics.

    235. Justice Inc. #4 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    8/1/2014:  Justice Inc #1 - 12,020	
    9/1/2014:  Justice Inc #2 - 8,651	(-28.0%)
    10/1/2014: Justice Inc #3 - 7,546	(-12.8%)
    11/1/2014: Justice Inc #4 - 7,057	(-6.5%)

    Stabilizing just in time for the final two issues of the series.

    236. Bee and Puppycat #6 (BOOM! Studios)
    5/1/2014:    Bee And Puppycat #1 - 12,204   --
    6/1/2014:    Bee And Puppycat #2 - 7,557	(-38.1%)
    8/1/2014:    Bee And Puppycat #3 - 8,031	(+6.3%)
    9/1/2014:    Bee and Puppycat #4	- 7,556	(-5.9%)
    10/1/2014:  Bee And Puppycat #5 - 7,255	(-4.0%)
    11/1/2014:  Bee And Puppycat #6 - 7,055	(-2.8%)

    Some minor attrition for Bee and Puppycat. It’s tempting to single-handedly buy a few hundred issues just to see the numbers rise.

    237. Elfquest Final Quest #6 (Dark Horse)
    1/1/2014:  Elfquest Final Quest #1 - 9,861	(+1.9%)
    3/1/2014:  Elfquest Final Quest #2 - 8,390	(-14.9%)
    5/1/2014:  Elfquest Final Quest #3 - 7,967	(-5.0%)
    7/1/2014:  Elfquest Final Quest #4 - 7,622	(-3.7%)
    9/1/2014:  Elfquest Final Quest #5 - 7,364	(-3.4%)
    11/1/2014:Elfquest Final Quest #6 - 6,961	(-5.5%)

    Some normal attrition at play. I’m sure Richard and Wendy Pini are used to this by now considering Elf Quest has been around for DECADES.

    238. Bloodshot #25 (Valiant)
    10/1/2014: BLOODSHOT #24 - VAL	--	
    11/1/2014: BLOODSHOT #25 - VAL	6,955

    With #24 this went from a team book back to a solo title. Despite the major change, there hasn’t been a spike in numbers for the series.

    241. Eternal Warrior Days of Steel #1 (Valiant)
    11/1/2014: ETERNAL WARRIOR DAYS OF STEEL #1 - 6,785

    Not exactly the numbers you’d want for a first issue. Luckily this mini-series is only 3 issues long.

    242. Mega Man (Archie Comics)
    10/1/2014: MEGA MAN #41	- 6,899	(-0.4%)
    10/1/2014: MEGA MAN #42	- 6,946	(+0.7%)
    11/1/2014: MEGA MAN #43	- 6,771	(-2.5%)

    Yup.

    244. Archer and Armstrong One Perfect #1 (Valiant)
    11/1/2014: ARCHER & ARMSTRONG ONE PERCENT #1 - 6,738

    The debut of a new villain for Archer and Armstrong continues sales-wise where the previous series left off.

    245. Game of Thrones #22 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    3/1/2014:  Game Of Thrones #19 (Mr) - 7,043	(-6.3%)
    4/1/2014:  Game Of Thrones #20 (Mr) - 6,938	(-1.5%)
    8/1/2014:  Game Of Thrones #21 (Mr) - 7,010	(+1.0%)
    11/1/2014: Game Of Thrones #22 (MR) - 6,696	(-4.5%)

    Is there as much nudity in the comic as there is in the HBO series?

    246. Angry Birds Transformers #1 (IDW)
    11/1/2014: ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS #1 - 6,667

    I’ve never exactly understood the appeal of the Angry Birds franchise, but there are apparently thousands of people that do. I’m curious though, are the Angry Birds actually transforming or what?

    247. Vampirella Feary Tales #2 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    10/1/2014: VAMPIRELLA FEARY TALES #1 - 10,571	
    11/1/2014: VAMPIRELLA FEARY TALES #2 - 6,607	(-37.5%)

    A second issue drop.

    248. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1 (BOOM! Studios)
    11/1/2014: DAWN OF PLANET OF APES #1 - 6,569

    It’s not exactly the number you’d hope to debut a new title to, but hey, it still made the list!

    249. The Woods #7 (BOOM! Studios)
    5/1/2014: The Woods #1 - 13,916	--
    6/1/2014: The Woods #2 - 9,352	(-32.8%)
    7/1/2014: The Woods #3 - 8,852	(-5.3%)
    8/1/3014: The Woods #4 - 8,272	(-6.6%)
    9/1/2014: The Woods #5 - 7,649	(-7/5%)
    10/1/2014: The Woods #6 - 7,103	(-7.1%)
    11/1/2014: The Woods #7 - 6,554	(-7.7%)

    Seeing some small losses this month, maybe the swarm ate some of the readers?

    250.Adventure Time Banana Guard Academy #5 (BOOM! Studios)
    7/1/2014:  Adv Time Banana Guard Academy #1 - 10,402	
    8/1/2014:  Adv Time Banana Guard Academy #2 - 8,287	(-20.4%)
    10/1/2014: Adv Time Banana Guard Academy #3 - 7,977	(-3.7%)
    10/1/2014: Adv Time Banana Guard Academy #4 - 7,453	(-6.6%)
    11/1/2014: Adv Time Banana Guard Academy #5 - 6,514	(-12.6%)

    The Adventure Time comics are some of Boom’s bread and butter….and bananas. We’re seeing a large drop off of readers for the fifth issue, but the series may regain some of those for the sixth and final issue.

    251. Unity #12 (Valiant)
    6/1/2014:  Unity #8  - 9,442	(+9.1%)
    7/1/2014:  Unity #9  - 8,485	(-10.1%)
    8/1/2014:  Unity #10 - 8,491	(0.0%)
    9/1/2014:  Unity #11 - 7,602	(-10.5%)
    11/1/2014: Unity #12 - 6,508	(-14.4%)

    A new story arc with some fixed decline on the side.

    252. Sex #18 (Image)
    1/1/2014:  Sex #10 - 9,947	(-7.1%)
    2/1/2014:  Sex #11 - 9,302	(-6.5%)
    3/1/2014:  Sex #12 - 8,830	(-5.1%)
    5/1/2014:  Sex #13 - 8,192	(-7.2%)
    6/1/2014:  Sex #14 - 7,824	(-4.5%)
    8/1/2014:  Sex #15 - 7,601	(-2.9%)
    9/1/2014:  Sex #16 - 7,167	(-5.7%)
    10/1/2014: Sex #17 - 6,709	(-6.4%)
    11/1/2014: Sex #18 - 6,361	(-5.2%)

    Attrition.

    256. Sons of Anarchy #15 (BOOM! Studios)
    7/1/2014:  Sons Of Anarchy #11 - 7,394	(-5.9%)
    8/1/2014:  Sons Of Anarchy #12 - 6,955	(-5.9%)
    9/1/2014:  Sons of Anarchy #13 - 6,506	(-6.5%)
    10/1/2014: Sons of Anarchy #14 - 6,537	0.00%
    11/1/2014: Sons of Anarchy #15 - 6,271	(-4.1%)

    The comic carries on, even if the show no longer does.

    257. Samurai Jack #14 (IDW)
    7/1/2014:  Samurai Jack #10 - 6,741	(-20.4%)
    8/1/2014:  Samurai Jack #11 - 7,489	(+11.1%)
    9/1/2014:  Samurai Jack #12 - 7,135	(-4.7%)
    10/1/2014: Samurai Jack #13 - 6,657	(-6.7%)
    11/1/2014: Samurai Jack #14 - 6,245	(-6.2%)

    Seems like Samurai Jack has hit its stride.

    258. TMNT New Animated Adventures #17 (IDW)
    6/1/2014:  TMNT New Animated Adventures #12 - 7,577	(+24.7%)
    7/1/2014:  TMNT New Animated Adventures #13 - 7,158	(-5.5%)
    8/1/2014:  TMNT New Animated Adventures #14 - 6,420	(-10.3%)
    9/1/2014:  TMNT New Animated Adventures #15 - 7,589	(+18.2%)
    10/1/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #16 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #17 - 6,228	????

    Back on the chart.

    259. Spongebob Comics #38 (Uniten Plankton Pictures)
    8/1/2014:  Spongebob Comics #35 - 6,491	(+0.6%)
    9/1/2014:  Spongebob Comics #36 - 6,405	(-1.3%)
    10/1/2014: Spongebob Comics #37 - 6,417	0.00%
    11/1/2014: Spongebob Comics #38 - 6,201	(-3.4%)

    Minor drop, the numbers are fairly steady for Spongebob. It will be interesting to see whether Spongebob’s new movie will increase his comic sales in the next few months.

    260. Capture Creatures #1 (BOOM! Studios)
    11/1/2014	CAPTURE CREATURES #1	$3.99	BOO	6,171

    Kids comics don’t always make the flashiest of entrances into the comic world. However, Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt’s Capture Creatures does warrant your children’s attention. Needless to say, I’m hoping this one takes off!

    263. Strain Night Eternal #4 (Dark Horse)
    8/1/2014:  Strain Night Eternal #1 - 9,394	
    9/1/2014:  Strain Night Eternal #2 - 7,540	(-19.7%)
    10/1/2014: Strain Night Eternal #3 - 7,021	(-6.9%)
    11/1/2014: Strain Night Eternal #4 - 6,162	(-12.2%)

    The sales on this still haven’t stabilized.

    264. Goners #2 (Image)
    10/1/2014	GONERS #1 - 12,496	
    11/1/2014	GONERS #2 - 6,145	(-50.8%)

    A dramatic second issue drop.

    265. Judge Dredd #25 (IDW)
    2/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #16 - 6,456	(-2.5%)
    3/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #17 - 6,475	(+0.3%)
    4/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #18 - 6,274	(-3.1%)
    5/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #19 - 6,152	(-1.9%)
    7/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #20 - ????	????
    7/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #21 - ????	????
    9/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #22 - 5,715	????
    9/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #23 - ????	????
    10/1/2014: Judge Dredd #24 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: Judge Dredd #25 - 6,055	????

    It’s been awhile since we had solid numbers for this title.

    266. Penny Dora & The Wishing Box #1 (Image)
    11/1/2014	PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX #1	$2.99	IMA	6,043

    Remember what I said about kids comics and weak debuts?

    267. Witchblade #179 (Image)
    1/1/2014:  Witchblade #172 - 6,221	(-14.3%)
    3/1/2014:  Witchblade #173 - 6,109	(-1.8%)
    4/1/2014:  Witchblade #174 - 6,049	(-0.9%)
    6/1/2014:  Witchblade #175 - 7,843	(+29.7%)
    7/1/2014:  Witchblade #176 - ????	????
    7/1/2014:  Witchblade #177 - ????	????
    10/1/2014: Witchblade #178 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: Witchblade #179 - 6,041	????

    Back on the board!

    268. Baltimore Wolf and the Apostle #2 (Dark Horse)
    10/1/2014: BALTIMORE WOLF AND THE APOSTLE #1 - 6,711	
    11/1/2014: BALTIMORE WOLF AND THE APOSTLE #2 - 6,027	(-10.2%)

    This is the tiniest second issue drop on the list this month.

    269. Futurama Comics #73 (Bongo Comics)
    1/1/2013:  Futurama Comics #65 - 6,091	(-5.3%)
    3/1/2013:  Futurama Comics #66 - 6,295	(+3.3%)
    5/1/2013:  Futurama Comics #67 - 6,230	(-1.0%)
    8/1/2013:  Futurama Comics #68 - 6,245	(+0.4%)
    10/1/2013: Futurama Comics #69 - ????	????
    2/1/2014:  Futurama Comics #70 - 5,901	????
    5/1/2014:  Futurama Comics #71 - 5,914	(+0.2)
    9/1/2014:  Futurama Comics #72 - ????	????
    11/1/2014:Futurama Comics #73 - 5,994	????

    From what data we have, it looks like the numbers are almost in stasis.

    271. American Legends #1 (Image)
    11/1/2014	AMERICAN LEGENDS #1	$3.99	IMA	5,986

    No love for America guys?

    272. Punks the Comics #2 (Image)
    10/1/2014	PUNKS THE COMIC #1	$3.99	IMA	13,853	
    11/1/2014	PUNKS THE COMIC #2	$3.99	IMA	5,968	(-56.9%)

    If all the punks read a comic about punks, does that make the comic too mainstream?

    273. Resurrectionists #1 (Dark Horse)
    11/1/2014	RESURRECTIONISTS #1	$3.50	DAR	5,943
    274. God Is Dead #24 (Avatar Press)
    8/1/2014	God Is Dead #18 - 7,358	(-5.2%)
    9/1/2014	God Is Dead #19 - 6,857	(-6.8%)
    9/1/2014	God Is Dead #20 - 6,667	(-2.8%)
    10/1/2014	God Is Dead #21 - 6,579	(-1.3%)
    10/1/2014	God Is Dead #22 - 6,457	(-1.9%)
    10/1/2014	God Is Dead #23 - ????	????
    11/1/2014	God Is Dead #24 - 5,902	????

    Some decline as we come to the end of the current story arc.

    275. Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody #2 (Valiant)
    10/1/2014	Q2 RTN QUANTUM & WOODY #1 - 8,226	
    11/1/2014	Q2 RTN QUANTUM & WOODY #2 - 5,802	(-29.5%)

    Normal second issue drop.

    276. Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #89 (Broadsword Comics)
    1/1/2014:  Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #84 - 6,234	(-0.3%)
    3/1/2014:  Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #85 - 6,075	(-2.6%)
    5/1/2014:  Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #86 - 6,078	(+0.1%)
    8/1/2014:  Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #87 - ????	????
    10/1/2014: Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #88 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: Tarot Wtich of the Black Rose #89 - 5,773	????

    Back on the board.

    278 & 286. Usagi Yojimbo Senso #4 & #5(Dark Horse)
    8/1/2014:  Usagi Yojimbo Senso #1 - 7,633	--
    9/1/2014:  Usagi Yojimbo Senso #2 - 6,438	(-15.7%)
    10/1/2014: Usagi Yojimbo Senso #3 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: Usagi Yojimbo Senso #4 - 5,720	????
    11/1/2014: Usagi Yojimbo Senso #5 - 5,451	(-4.7%)

    I’m going to assume that it’s just standard attrition.

    279. Massive #29 (Dark Horse)
    1/1/2014:  Massive #19 - 7,387	(-4.9%)
    2/1/2014:  Massive #20 - 6,976	(-5.6%)
    3/1/2014:  Massive #21 - 6,841	(-1.9%)
    4/1/2014:  Massive #22 - 6,650	(-2.8%)
    5/1/2014:  Massive #23 - 6,470	(-2.7%)
    6/1/2014:  Massive #24 - 6,372	(-1.5%)
    7/1/2014:  Massive #25 - ????	????
    8/1/2014:  Massive #26 - 6,144	????
    9/1/2014:  Massive #27 - ????	????
    10/1/2014: Massive #28 - ????	????
    11/1/2014:  Massive #29 - 5,681	????

    The Massive has had a good run – only one issue left!

    281. Death Vigil #5 (Image)
    7/1/2014:  Death Vigil #1 - 12,832	
    8/1/2014:  Death Vigil #2 - 7,003	(-45.4%)
    9/1/2014:  Death Vigil #3 - 6,308	(-9.9%)
    10/1/2014: Death Vigil #4 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: Death Vigil #5 - 5,612	????

    Back on the board this month showing some natural attrition.

    282. Sleepy Hollow #2 (BOOM! Studios)
    10/1/2014	SLEEPY HOLLOW #1	$3.99	BOO	10,403	
    11/1/2014	SLEEPY HOLLOW #2	$3.99	BOO	5,611	(-46.1%)

    A dramatic second drop for the new series. If the comic is anything like the show we could have a slow burn building up.

    283. Delinquents #4 (Valiant)
    8/1/2014:  Delinquents #1 - 12,912	
    9/1/2014:  Delinquents #2 - 6,964	(-46.1%)
    10/1/2014: Delinquents #3 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: Delinquents #4 - 5,541	????

    This probably won’t stay above the cut-off line for long as it falls to attrition.

    284. Red Sonja Black Tower #3 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    9/1/2014:  Red Sonja Black Tower #1 - 7,519	
    10/1/2014: Red Sonja Black Tower #2 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: Red Sonja Black Tower #3 - 5,518	????

    This mini-series hasn’t lost too many followers.

    285. Purgatori #3 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    9/1/2014:  Purgatori #1 - 11,718	--
    10/1/2014: Purgatori #2 - ????	????
    11/1/2014:Purgatori #3 - 5,475	????

    Looks like Purgatori has lost roughly half of it’s readers since the first issue.

    287 & 295. Crossed Badlands #65 & #66 (Avatar)
    9/1/2014:  Crossed Badlands #59 - 5,991	????
    9/1/2014:  Crossed Badlands #60 - 5,991	(0.0%)
    9/1/2014:  Crossed Badlands #61 - ????		????
    9/1/2014:  Crossed Badlands #62 - ????		????
    10/1/2014: Crossed Badlands #63 - ????	????
    10/1/2014: Crossed Badlands #64 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: Crossed Badlands #65 - 5,410	????
    11/1/2014: Crossed Badlands #66 - 5,303	(-2.0%)

    Consistently staying in the 5k range.

    288. Magnus Robot Fighter #8 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    3/1/2014:  Magnus Robot Fighter #1 - 27,497	
    4/1/2014:  Magnus Robot Fighter #2 - 9,898	(-64.0%)
    5/1/2014:  Magnus Robot Fighter #3 - 8,333	(-15.8%)
    6/1/2014:  Magnus Robot Fighter #4 - 7,898	(-5.2%)
    7/1/2014:  Magnus Robot Fighter #5 - 7,205	(-8.8%)
    9/1/2014:  Magnus Robot Fighter #6 - ????	????
    10/1/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #7 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #8 - 5,402	????

    Continued attrition.

    289. Sidekick #9 (Image)
    8/1/2013:  Sidekick #1 - 27,832	--
    9/1/2013:  Sidekick #2 - 14,533	(-47.8%)
    10/1/2013: Sidekick #3 - 11,371	(-21.8%)
    11/1/2013: Sidekick #4 - 9,976	(-12.3%)
    2/1/2014:  Sidekick #5 - 8,943	(-10.3%)
    4/1/2014:  Sidekick #6 - 8,192	(-8.4%)
    7/1/2014:  Sidekick #7 - 6,900	(-15.8%)
    9/1/2014:  Sidekick #8 - 6,320	(-8.4%)
    11/1/2014: Sidekick #9 - 5,382	(-14.8%)

    Large drop this month.

    290. Lone Ranger Vindicated #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    11/1/2014: LONE RANGER VINDICATED #1 - 5,379

    Hey, at least it made the list.

    291. GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #104 (Zenescope)
    5/1/2014:  GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #97  - 6,055	(+2.1%)
    6/1/2014:  GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #98  - 5,828	(-3.7%)
    7/1/2014:  GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #99  - 7,472	(+28.2%)
    7/1/2014:  GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #100 - 11,722	(+56.9%)
    8/1/2014:  GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #101 - 6,740	(-42.5%)
    9/1/2014:  GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #102 - 6,462	(-4.1%)
    10/1/2014: GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #105 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #104 - 5,341	????

    Lost a few readers since the last time we had solid numbers.

    292. Army of Darkness Hitched #4 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    7/1/2014	Army Of Darkness Hitched #1	$3.99	DE	10,956	
    9/1/2014	Army Of Darkness Hitched #2	$3.99	DE	6,379	(-54.3%)
    10/1/2014	Army of Darkness Hitched #3	$3.99	DE	????	????
    11/1/2014	Army of Darkness Hitched  #4	$3.99	DE	5,336	????

    A small drop.

    293. Borderlands Fall of Fyrestone #4 (IDW)
    7/1/2014:  Borderlands Fall Of Fyrestone #1 - 8,830	
    9/1/2014:  Borderlands Fall Of Fyrestone #2 - 5,680	(-35.7%)
    10/1/2014: Borderlands Fall of Fyrestone #3 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: Borderlands Fall Of Fyrestone #4 - 5,331	????

    Ending the story-arc with very minor losses.

    294. Morning Glories #42 (Image)
    4/1/2014:  Morning Glories #38 - 6,007	(-1.8%)
    7/1/2014:  Morning Glories #39 - ????	????
    9/1/2014:  Morning Glories #40 - ????	????
    10/1/2014: Morning Glories #41 - ????	????
    11/1/2014: Morning Glories #42 - 5,322	????

    Back on the board.

    296. Alice Cooper #3 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    9/1/2014:  Alice Cooper #1 - 10,295	--
    10/1/2014: Alice Cooper #2 - 6,432	(-37.5%)
    11/1/2014: Alice Cooper #3 - 5,292	(-17.7%)

    Leveling out.

    298. Rush Clockwork Angels #6 (BOOM! Studios)
    3/1/2014:  Rush Clockwork Angels #1 - 11,602	
    4/1/2014:  Rush Clockwork Angels #2 - 6,452	(-43.6%)
    6/1/2014:  Rush Clockwork Angels #3 - 6,169	(-4.4%)
    8/1/2014:  Rush Clockwork Angels #4 - 5,932	(-3.8%)
    9/1/2014:  Rush Clockwork Angels #5 - ????	????
    11/1/2014:  Rush Clockwork Angels #6 - 5,257	????

    Standard attrition.

    299. Bart Simpson Comics #93 (Bongo Comics)
    11/1/2013: Bart Simpson Comics #87 - 5,213	????
    1/1/2014:  Bart Simpson Comics #88 - 5,020	(-3.7%)
    3/1/2014:  Bart Simpson Comics #89 - 4,940	(-1.6%)
    5/1/2014:  Bart Simpson Comics #90 - ????	????
    7/1/2014:  Bart Simpson Comics #91 - ????	????
    9/1/2014:  Bart Simpson Comics #92 - ????	????
    11/1/2014:  Bart Simpson Comics #93 - 5,220	????

    Staying in the same range as normal.

    300. Turok Dinosaur Hunter #10 (Dynamite Entertainment)
    6/1/2014	Turok Dinosaur Hunter #5  - 7,803	(-7.4%)
    7/1/2014	Turok Dinosaur Hunter #6  - 7,352	(-5.8%)
    9/1/2014	Turok Dinosaur Hunter #7  - 6,829	(-7.1%)
    10/1/2014	Turok Dinosaur Hunter #8  - ???? 	????
    11/1/2014	Turok Dinosaur Hunter #9  - 5,757	????
    11/1/2014	Turok Dinosaur Hunter #10 - 5,214	(-9.4%)

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

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    20. Howard the Duck Dies on a Marvel Variant Cover (Not Really)

    Screen Shot 2015 01 23 at 10.09.18 AM 218x300 Howard the Duck Dies on a Marvel Variant Cover (Not Really)Howard the Duck’s life is in jeopardy, or so the newest Marvel variant cover on the first issue of his ongoing series makes us believe. The new comic book has an interesting new cover that shows Howard in various stages of life. Towards the end of the the seven cycles, fans get a sneak peak at a gravestone.

    Howard the Duck #1 will be available for purchase on March 4th.

    The gravestone states:

    Here Lies Howard T. Duck 1973-2015. “Valiantly gave his life during the Secret Wars.”

    Will Howard die before the debut of his ongoing series?

    With Chip Zdarsky’s irreverent sense of humor, it’s likely that this is some kind of hoax. The very last image in the evolution cover shows Howard alive and well. As Newsarama states, the duck is playing a part in the upcoming Secret Wars story as he is attached to the “New Quack City” region in the crossover.

    To figure out some of the nuts and bolts on how the cover actually works, Marvel sent out a video. It’s important to note that all these covers are numbered and unique.

    Marvel stated that the idea for this slightly gimmicky variant cover was born out of the successful launch of the recent Ant-Man #1 shrinking cover.

    Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing David Gabriel explained:

    “The Ant-Man #1 Shrinking Variant was such a successful experiment, we knew we wanted to try it again right away,” Gabriel said. “Each one of these variants is numbered and completely unique, showcasing a different Howard at a different size. Waugh!”

     

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    21. Marge and Bill Woggon selected for the Eisner Hall of Fame, 13 on the ballot

    Marjorie “Marge” Henderson Buehl, the magazine cartoonist who created Little Lulu, and Bill Woggon, creator of Katy Keane, an early example of crowd sourced comics, have been selected for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame by this year’s judges. An additional 13 names will be on the ballot for the awards: Lynda Barry, John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Howard Cruse, Kim Deitch, Matt Groening, Denis Kitchen, Frank Miller, Francoise Mouly, Paul S. Newman, Lily Renée Peters Phillips, Bob Powell, and Frank Robbins. Four will be selected for the Hall and announced at the ceremony at Comic-Con.

    Online voting is now open for industry professionals (writer, artist, cartoonist, colorist, letterer, editors, publishers) as well as retailers, graphic novels librarians, and comics historian/educators. The deadline is March 31.

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    Marjorie Henderson Buell (“Marge”) (1904–1993)
    Marge started drawing Little Lulu for the Saturday Evening Post in 1935, creating a mischievous tot with a spark for ingenuity that we know to this day. Lulu was created as a foil to the existng character Henry. It was turned into a comic strip eventually and the comics by John Stanley and Irving Tripp. Although the Stanley Lulu stories are the best known today, Marge’s Lulu was very popular in its own right, with many licensing deals—including one as the mascot for Kleenex from 1952-1965–and an animated series. Marge was a cartoonist from the age of 16 and created other comic strips and illustrated many books.

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    Bill Woggon (1911–2003)
    Bill Woggon created “Katy Keene, the Pinup Queen” for Archie Comics in 1945, a fashionable character far above the usual Riverdale shenanigans. readers were encouraged to send in their own designs for clothes and other series props, and Keene would use them in the strips, giving credit to readers. The strip was revived in the 80s with some newer artists but Woggon was still around to take an active hand. He also worked on Millie the Lovable Monster for Dell, and his elegant, streamlined style for perfect for the fashions that the strip spotlighted.
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    22. Unassuming Barber Shop: Salvador Dali’s Sub-Mariner

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    In a previous post, we looked at how Carl Burgos’ original Human Torch might have been inspired by helldivers at the 1939 New York World’s Fair (Unassuming Barber Shop is all about that “might”). But you can’t talk about the Torch without his elemental counterpart: the Sub-Mariner.

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    There are multiple accounts of how Bill Everett created Namor for April 1939’s Motion Pictures Funnies before the character’s wider debut in Martin Goodman’s Marvel Comics #1 in October 1939. In Steranko’s History of Comics, Everett himself recounts that

    Carl [Burgos] and I were quite close friends, and we usually held our story conferences very informally over a drink. We were discussing the new book in the Webster Bar and between us, whether it was his idea or mine or a combination of both, we decided on using the two elements, fire and water…

    Everett cites Coleridge, the god Mercury, and even a pulpy story of himself being rescued by a mysterious man off the coast of Florida: on a boat wracked by wave and wind, Everett is about to succumb to the ocean depths, but he is miraculously saved by . . . someone. He turns around to thank the person, but THERE IS NO ONE THERE.

    Steranko calls this story “slightly fictionalized.”

    Like the Torch divers, Namor might have been inspired by swimmers. Or at least one of them. Principal among the “fish men” of swimming who graced the sports pages back then was a young man named Johnny Weissmuller. Johnny (so I don’t have to keep typing “Weissmuller”), was a Michigan lifeguard, born in Romania, who would go unbeaten during his entire amateur swimming career, including the Olympics in 1924 and 1928 – all on his staple diet of ice cream and coffee. Johnny also swam at the New York Athletic Club, whose team was called the “Winged Foot Men.”

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    Johnny would go on to become a movie star, starring in Tarzan films beginning with 1932’s Tarzan, The Ape Man. Johnny also participated in numerous traveling swim shows, culminating in Billy Rose’s Aquacade. The timing is perhaps too tight for Everett seeing Johnny at the Fair, but the swimmer’s photos and exploits were well-documented in the press. Here is what Johnny looked like, shown here alongside a blue Subby from Marvel Comics #1:

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    Attention eyebrows, wavy hair, pointy ears, and cheekbones.  Publicity stills from Tarzan also suggest Everett’s composition in Marvel #2.

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    Equating Namor with the most popular swimmer of the time is kind of a slow-pitched fastball. Even if Johnny was a model for Namor, what about the elaborate aquatic setting that would so define his arrogant personality? The Fair might have had a say in that, too. One of the weirdest exhibits at the Fair was Salvador Dali’s The Dream of Venus. Nicknamed the “Surrealist Funhouse,” the whole shebang was designed by Dali (known for his pliable clocks) to represent an underwater “dream of love.” After buying tickets from an enormous fish, families and gawkers would walk between the giant legs of a woman to enter an undersea kingdom that made no sense whatsoever. Instead of the fish and fun facts that one would normally find in an aquarium-style setting, visitors saw underwater typewriters and telephones — and women wearing lobsters. It was crazy and magnificent; it was Dali.

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    There was plenty in the Dream to suggest Everett’s Atlantis, especially Namor’s countrymen with their large, fishlike eyes.

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    The Dream had branches of coral everywhere and men in clunky dark diving suits. So did Marvel Comics #1:

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    The heart of Dream of Venus was Venus herself, who took the form of a nude actress reclined atop a nearly forty-foot bed, dreaming of love under silken red sheets.

    The rest of the installation included several “dream pools,” where live women would answer rubber telephones, milk a fake cow, and comb their hair. Philip Medicus, the New Yorker who took extensive home movies of the Fair, gives us the only real footage from inside the Dream. Medicus (who was also “a noted collector of swords”) focuses his camera almost entirely on a single woman (which he did a lot in his movies), but the asthetics of the Dream — hazy, underwater, undulating — look very similar to those great opening panels of Subby’s first appearance.

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    The exhibit was subject to some censorship by Fair officials, but the nudity stayed. And Namor himself — pictured above in a Hefner-like single sheet of red fabric — is still comics’ ultimate male chauvinist.

    Women were indeed much of the focus of Dali’s work, which was completed in an astounding eight weeks. As visitors were confronted by the women of the Dream, there is a sense of real exotic wonder at the heart of Dali’s sexy surrealism. In the comic, readers saw this in Fen (Namor’s mother) and Dorma (his cousin).

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    Dorma, in Italian, means sleep.

    Dali himself was also interested in comics. Craig Yoe’s great Modern Arf reprints a 1935 Dali cartoon — along with many other comics artists who were  inspired by his work.

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    Sadly, the Dream was dismantled after the Fair. Even as imagination, it still remains a touchstone in space-time for those interested in surrealism. Still, not everyone agrees on its importance. In last fall’s Edge of Spider-Verse #1, written by David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky with art by Richard Isanove, Dali finds a new enemy. The story (which is cool), is about the so-called Spider-Man Noir, who operates on an alternate Earth circa 1939. In this timeline, Pete, MJ, and Aunt May make a visit to the Fair:

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    That’s cool, Aunt May. To each their own.

    Today marks the 26th anniversary of Salvador Dali’s death.

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    Brad Ricca is the author of Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster – The Creators of Superman, now available in paperback. He also writes the column “Luminous Beings Are We” for StarWars.com. Visit www.super-boys.com and follow @BradJRicca.

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    23. Khouri steps down at Comics Alliance as Wheeler and Asselin-Moore take over

    QzGW4GO0 Khouri steps down at Comics Alliance as Wheeler and Asselin Moore take over

    As announced on Twitter and expanded on via Tumblr Andy Khouri is stepping down as editor in chief at Comics Alliance, and the dynamic duo of Andrew Wheeler and Janelle Asselin-Moore will shares duties.

    Today is my last day as the editor of ComicsAlliance. I’ve chosen to reduce my responsibilities to that of a freelance assistant and consultant, before phasing out completely. I’m very gladly handing the keys to my top choices to run the site: Andrew Wheeler and Janelle Asselin. They will make CA better, I have no doubt whatsoever.

    Stepping away isn’t an easy decision, but it’s the right one for me and for the site. There’s a lot pulling me in different directions right now, including some major, long term personal projects that have caused me distraction from my duties (nothing bad or tragic, just very big and time consuming and pretty boring to talk about — I’m fine, we’re all fine), as well as some professional opportunities that really aren’t compatible with running a media enterprise like CA. I’ve only so much time and so many resources, and I’m afraid something had to give.


    This is the third comics site to lose its EIC in the last few months. We just mentioned Multiversity’s Matthew Meylikhov announcement he was moving on, and Lucas Siegel quietly left Newsarama a few months ago. DOES THIS MEAN THE DEATH OF COMICS WEBSITES??? I don’t think so, but this is a hard life and as awesome as it is, sometimes you gotta put you first.

    I really respected Andy as a fellow journo, shared several panels with him, and always enjoyed catching up with him at shows. He has definitely followed in the tracks of former DA editors Laura Hudson and Joe Hughes and made the site a very strong repository for original features, something badly needed in the hurry up internet world. All that said, Janelle and Andrew are equally awesome and there are two of them, so we have every reason to expect continued good things.

    I suspected we’d see the payoff of several looming changes in the business in 2015, and if the first month is any indicator, I was right! Buckle your seatbelt.

    PS: DO NOT BE A STRANGER, ANDY, DO YOU HEAR ME?

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    24. #fourcomics unleashes a stream of comics we love on Twitter

    Jim Zub kicked it off:

    And then the hashtag spread like wildfire. What four comics would you pick as the ones that influenced you? While I’m often preoccupied with the business machinations of the industry it is, in the end, something we read that moves us, entertains us. Or sometimes we simply to sit back and enjoy the beauty. The hashtag didn’t really spread to the indie cartoonists I follow, so while there’s a lot of Love & Rockets, there’s also a lot of Swamp Thing, a lot of Frank Miller, a lot of X-Men and Spidey, and a lot of Love & Rockets, but in the end, all that really matters is that comics are so cool. That’s why I’m here and you’re here. A selection:

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    25. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/23/15: Save Tommy Castillo’s eyes

    § What it says. Artist Tommy Castillo, best known for his Batman work, is in danger of losing his sight:

    Sammy Castillo here. As many of you may know, the World almost lost my husband, Tommy Castillo, in October of 2014. His ongoing battle with Diabetes took a horrible turn for the worse nearly killing him.  While on the outside and to everyone it may seem like Tommy is doing better, in fact, things aren’t progressing very well. Because of this recent down turn in his health, the Diabetes is now attacking Tommy’s eyesight -which is an artist’s worst fear.  To put it plainly, the diabetes is destroying the small blood vessels in the back of Tommy’s eyes causing them to bleed. Without surgery this will cause Tommy to go blind within a year- maybe less.  Each surgery is $ 4,000 per eye. The doctor told us that he will need AT LEAST two treatments in each eye plus perscriptions and recovery time.


    You know the drill.

    § Cartoonists from Albertine to Dylan Horrocks to Jaime Hernandez to Trondheim have signed a petition asking the Angoulême comic festival to drop Sodastream as a sponsor. Sodastream is a drink company that has opened a bottling plant on the West Bank in Palestine (although it is set to close).

    We, cartoonists, illustrators, writers, editors, distributors, translators, critics and workers in the comic book industry, alongside people of conscience from countries all over the world, re-affirm our February 2014 call for the Angoulême International Comics Festival to drop all ties with the Israeli company Sodastream. Furthermore, we urge the Angoulême Festival, and all festivals, conventions, and celebrations of comics and cartooning art in which we participate, to reject any partnership, funding, or co-operation with any Israeli company or institution that does not explicitly promote freedom and justice for Palestinians, as well as equal rights and equality for Israeli Jews and Palestinians, including the Israeli government and its local consulates, so long as Israel continues to deny Palestinians their rights.


    There was a live protest at last year’s fest, and I expect there will be more about it this year. Zainab Akhtar has more context.

    § Egmont’s US branch is shutting down. Although a powerhouse publisher in Europe, including a lot of Disney licenses, their kids/YA line just never caught on in the US:

    The U.S. division of Egmont, which published children’s titles in the elementary, middle grade and teen categories, was established in 2008. Now, the division’s spring 2015 list (distributed by Random House) will mark its last, and its office will close on January 31. Egmont USA’s six staffers’ final day in the office will be January 30. Rob McMenemy, CEO of Egmont Publishing International, said the U.S. business, ultimately, “does not fit” with the company’s strategy, as it has not been able to become a market leader in the States. He added that Egmont was “hoping to succeed with selling the business, unfortunately this has turned out not to be possible.”

    § Also from PW, Diamond Books was down a bit in 2014 due to losing Dark Horse, who moved over to Random House:

    Diamond Book Distributors, the trade book distribution side of Diamond Comics Distributors, reports sales in 2014 were “slightly” down, blaming the decline on the loss of a major publisher client. Adjusting for that loss, sales were up in all channels with DBD citing continuing international growth and plans to focus on college bookstores in 2015. Dark Horse switched distribution from DBD to Random House Publisher Services at the beginning of 2014 and the loss was felt “across the board,” at the distributor said DBD v-p Kuo-Yu Liang. “We came close to making up the loss of Dark Horse,” he said. DBD distributes titles from about 50 publishers as well as pop culture merchandise. Despite the decline, Liang said the pop culture market was strong in 2014 and DBD’s core business, “is great. Graphic novels are growing, toys and other merchandise also did well.”


    § And Dreamworks Animation is shutting down one of its main studios, PDI/DreamWorks, and laying off 500 people. They’ll scale back to two films a year and undergo other belt tightening. You’ll recall that the studio has been trying to sell itself off, but several potential deals, including one with Hasbro, have gone bust. There are almost certainly some cartooning crossover folks who are caught up in this, and that will cause ripples as well. In the link above there are some offers from Pixar and Blizzard for potential employment. Good luck to everyone who is caught up in this very sad event.

    § Torsten covered the new “Is Comic-Con leaving San Diego???” drama quite well, but while I was digging around I recalled that the first time I wrote about the planned convention center expansion was 2010. Yikes. This is the Second Avenue Subway of the west. I get the feeling that the Chargers situation is more of a factor this time around—they have the oldest stadium in the NFL and it’s pretty decrepit, and they could also move to LA, although unlike Comic-Con, the Chargers threaten it directly and constantly. So the city of San Diego needs both a new stadium and more room for Mrs. Fields cookie kiosks. I suppose that Anaheim could make a great play for Comic-Con but as Mark Evanier points out, there are actually fewer hotel rooms in Anaheim in the summer than in San Diego.

    The CCI folks seem to have been making wider use of the entire area around the convention center, and have stated that the expansion isn’t necessarily as essential right now. I suppose a move to Anaheim for a while would function in the same way a dog shakes off water…a lot of stuff would go flying away and normal functions could resume. But while it’s fun to imagine such things—or somewhat fun in the case of LA—the city of San Diego wants the con of San Diego IN San Diego, and I suspect a deal will be hammered out.

    § Meanwhile, here’s a nice round-up of the comics shops of Philadelphia, from foundational stores like Fat Jacks to nouveau comics outposts like Locust Moon.

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    § George Elkind interviews Dash Shaw, one of the great modern formalists of comics, and Shaw gets right to it:

    Sometime around 2010, I had a thought “comics are a collage medium — they’re collages that you can read.” Everything I’ve done since then has been extrapolating from that idea in different ways. With Doctors, I started with clips from different sources, mostly old romance comics. The first page I drew was the diver page. I clipped that diver from an old romance comic. I loved how stiff the drawing of the diver was. It was a dynamic, splash moment but it was so frozen. That’s the kind of drawings I like, like Pete Morisi and coloring book drawings. I’d alter old advertisements or general flat, clip-art like images, and add my own panels drawn in a baseline style, to connect, say, a drawing from an old romance comic of a couple on a bridge to, like, an Adidas ad for a pair of shoes.

    § Here’s a nice report by Jamal Flores on the Schomburg Center’s Third Annual Black Comic Book Festival .

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    § Really, Comicbook.com?

    § Matt Singer continues his history of comic book serials with Spy Smasher.

    § Chris (Starlord) Pratt is from Seattle and Chris (Captain America, Johnny Storm, Lucas Lee, Jensen, Casey) Evans is from Boston, so the two have made a generous and handsome bet over the Super Bowl.

    Both football fans and friends, Evans and Pratt made very public and very charitable bet: If the Patriots win, Pratt will don a Patriots jersey and make an appearance at Christopher’s Haven, a non-profit organization that provides support housing for families whose children are receiving outpatient pediatric cancer treatments in Boston. If the Seahawks win, Evans will show up to Seattle Children’s Hospital as Captain America, brandishing a 12th Man flag.

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    § Infographics are a sneaky way to get people to pay attention to some utilitarian product, in this case blinds, but this one from Terry’s Blind on superhero lairs is really thoughtful and imaginative.

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