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1. Internet Animation Guide: ‘World of Tomorrow,’ Studio Ghibli, and Michel Gondry

Your guide to the best Internet animation available via streaming and video-on-demand.

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2. The Story of the Fisherman Final Art Gallery

A gallery of all the final art work that was used for the book The Story of the Fisherman.



via Studio Bowes Art Blog at http://ift.tt/1InDKnY

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3. RhyPiBoMo 2015

Happy April! Not only is it the month where Spring REALLY arrives here in St. Louis, but it's also National Poetry Month and along with that, RhyPiBoMo!

RhyPiBoMo is a month-long writing challenge for children’s writers aspiring to write rhyming picture books poetry and to add poetic techniques to their prose.

There's still time to sign up (you have until April 8) , or just follow along! There are daily posts about rhyming and optional challenges – if you've ever considered writing in rhyme, no matter what THEY say, join in the fun! If you're up to the challenge, and a chance to win some prizes, here's what you need to do daily:

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4. Free e-book for April: Hybrid

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Just in time for your ur-garden, our free-ebook for April is Noel Kingsbury’s Hybrid: The History and Science of Plant Breeding.

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Disheartened by the shrink-wrapped, Styrofoam-packed state of contemporary supermarket fruits and vegetables, many shoppers hark back to a more innocent time, to visions of succulent red tomatoes plucked straight from the vine, gleaming orange carrots pulled from loamy brown soil, swirling heads of green lettuce basking in the sun.

With Hybrid, Noel Kingsbury reveals that even those imaginary perfect foods are themselves far from anything that could properly be called natural; rather, they represent the end of a millennia-long history of selective breeding and hybridization. Starting his story at the birth of agriculture, Kingsbury traces the history of human attempts to make plants more reliable, productive, and nutritious—a story that owes as much to accident and error as to innovation and experiment. Drawing on historical and scientific accounts, as well as a rich trove of anecdotes, Kingsbury shows how scientists, amateur breeders, and countless anonymous farmers and gardeners slowly caused the evolutionary pressures of nature to be supplanted by those of human needs—and thus led us from sparse wild grasses to succulent corn cobs, and from mealy, white wild carrots to the juicy vegetables we enjoy today. At the same time, Kingsbury reminds us that contemporary controversies over the Green Revolution and genetically modified crops are not new; plant breeding has always had a political dimension.

A powerful reminder of the complicated and ever-evolving relationship between humans and the natural world, Hybrid will give readers a thoughtful new perspective on—and a renewed appreciation of—the cereal crops, vegetables, fruits, and flowers that are central to our way of life.

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5. #665 – Catwoman Counting (DC Board Books) by Benjamin Bird & Ethen Beavers

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Catwoman Counting

Series: DC Board Books
Written by Benjamin Bird
Illustrated by Ethen Beavers
Picture Window Books 8/01/2014
978-1-4795-5209-2
20 pages Age 1 to 3
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“Catwoman is on the loose in Gotham City! Young readers team up with Batman, tracking down the cat burglar and learning their numbers along the way!” [publisher summary]
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Yesterday, Book-O-Beards was a good choice for boys. Today,  Catwoman Counting, will level field with a book that will immediately appeal to young girls. On the 75th birthday of Batman, young readers have a new and exciting way to learn their numbers one to ten. Catwoman steals 1 bag of precious jewels, but in the night sky is the bat signal. Soon, Batman will be on the case of the missing jewels! Ah, but Catwoman can hear Batman with her 2 pointy ears. Batman throws his 3 batarangs into the night sky as Catwoman transverses 4 rooftops.

The chase is on. Who will win this clawed caper? Will 6 foot, er, paw-prints lead Batman to Catwoman’s lair? Will Catwoman escape with the 9 stolen jewels or will Batman and his 8 bats capture and cage this criminal-kitty? Stay tuned to Catwoman Counting for the fur-raising conclusion.

Catwoman Counting

Young children who like Batman, or super-heroes in general—or adults wanting to introduce their children to this 1960’s icon—will be intrigued with this one-to-ten counting book. Large hero-villain personas chase through the colorful, glossy pages of this counting cat caper. The large 10” by 10” book brings the larger-than-life story to young eyes who will love counting villains, pointy ears, batarangs, rooftops, windows, footprints, trees, bats, jewels, and claws.

Counting is easy with Catwoman Counting. Each spread is a new, in order, number. The pages are made of thick cardboard made to withstand little hands, multiple readings, and grape jelly (strawberry, if you prefer). I really like the look and feel of Catwoman Counting and believe kids will as well. The cover of Catwoman Counting will appeal more to young girls, yet with the inclusion of Batman, boys will also like this imaginative counting book.

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CATWOMAN COUNTING. Text copyright © 2014 by Benjamin Bird. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Ethen Beavers. Reproduced by permission of Picture Window Books, a Capstone imprint, North Manakato, MN.
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Learn more about Catwoman Counting HERE.
Meet the author, Benjamin Bird, at his website:
Meet the illustrator, Ethen Beavers, at his website:  http://cretineb.deviantart.com/
Find more DC Board Books at the Capstone website:  http://www.capstonepub.com/

Picture Book Windows is a Capstone imprint.

Also available in the DC Board Books series.

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Batman is Brave!

Batman is Brave!

Superman to the Rescue!

Superman to the Rescue!

Superman Fights for Truth!

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Copyright © 2015 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews


Filed under: 5stars, Board Books, Children's Books, Library Donated Books, Series Tagged: Batman is Brave, Benjamin Bird, Capstone, Catwoman Counting, DC Board Books, Ethen Beavers, Picture Book Windows, Superman Fights for Truth!, Superman to the Rescue!

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6. Maude Continues to Lead Self-Published Bestsellers List

Maude by Donna Mabry holds strong at No. 1 on the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups.

Amazon Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of April 1, 2015

1. Maude by Donna Mabry: “In 1906, I was barely over fourteen years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She opened her mouth to say something, but then her face flushed, and she turned her head to look out the window. After a second, she squeezed my hand and looked back in my eyes.”

2. My Stepbrother the Dom by Arabella Quinn: “For years, I had the worst crush on my stepbrother, Cole Hunter. We used to ride bikes, skateboard and go fishing together – now I couldn’t even be in the same room as him without my pulse racing. One cocky half-grin from Cole would have my face blushing while my panties melted. It was insane – and completely humiliating.”

3. Revved by Samantha Towle: “Race car mechanic Andressa \"Andi\" Amaro has one rule—no dating drivers. With a good reason behind the rule, she has no plans on breaking it. Carrick Ryan is the bad boy of Formula One. With a face and body that melts panties on sight, and an Irish lilt that leaves women on their knees, begging for more. He races hard and parties harder.”

4. Dagger’s Hope: The Alliance Book 3 by S.E. Smith: “Dagger is a Trivator warrior. He is known for his dark and dangerous edge, making him the perfect warrior for impossible missions. He fears nothing, until he meets a young, delicate human female who wakens his heart. Her gentle touch, soft voice, and her shy sense of humor touch him in a way he never thought could happen.”

5. Shopping for a Billionaire Boxed Set by Julia Kent: “No? So it really is just me. Hmm. When you’re a mystery shopper, you get paid to humiliate yourself, all in the name of improving customer service. Romance isn’t in my job description.”

6. 10 Years Later: A Second Chance Romance by J. Sterling: “It’s been ten years since I’ve seen him. Ten years. I have no idea what he’s doing, where he’s been, or if he’s even still single. Have I thought about him over the years? Of course. Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean anything, right? Just because you think about the boy you used to be in love with doesn’t mean you’re still in love with him now. Does it?”

7. Never Kiss a Stranger by Winter Renshaw: “All workaholic real estate broker Addison Andrews wanted was one night of pleasure, and picking the right guy was no different than shopping from a catalog thanks to the dating app on her phone. His name was Wilder, and his profile was blank – just a sexy picture of a man who promised every wicked intention of a one-night stand.”

8. Slick by Kristi Pelton: “People float in and out of our lives and sometimes, when you least expect it one person changes everything. Tessa Ashby was abandoned in an East Coast boarding school, merely existing, never truly feeling loved. Before fulfilling obligations her father has sentenced her to, she escapes and breathes eight weeks of freedom in southern California.”

9. Falling For My Best Friend’s Brother by Helen Cooper: “He’s devastatingly handsome, sexy, arrogant and he’s out of reach. He’s my best friend’s brother and the one man I can’t have. However, now that my best friend Liv is getting married, I’m seeing him more than ever.”

10. Departure by A.G. Riddle: \"Flight 305 took off in 2014…But it crashed in a world very different from our own…With time running out, five strangers must unravel why they were taken…And how to get home.\"

Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of April 1, 2015

1. Communications for ICT: The Essential Guide By David Tuffley

2. Negotiating for Success: Essential Strategies and Skills By George J. Siedel

3. Private Practice Preparedness – The Health Care Professional’s Guide to Closing a Practice Due to Retirement, Death, or Disability By Rob Reinhardt, LPCS, M.Ed., NCC & Anne M. “Nancy” Wheeler

4. Cognitive Activity Design: Designing Creative Activities and Art-Based Projects That Promote Brain Health and Flourishing By Michael C. Patterson

5. Strong Brains, Sharp Minds: The Definitive Guide to the MINDRAMP Method For Brain Health & Mental Development By Michael C. Patterson & Roger Anunsen

6. The Gnome Tome By Adrian Bell

7. The Caphenon By Fletcher DeLancey

8. Anela Bay ~ Book Three ~ Evolution By Cheryl L. Hyde

9. Winter in Tirane: The Stories of Jiri Kajane By Jiri Kajane

10. Wedding Favors By Josh Lanyon

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7. OUTSIDE by Lucas Sauviller

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Submitted by Lucas Sauviller for the Illustration Friday topic OUTSIDE.

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8. A Fairy's Garden

As a fairy artist you'd think I would already have like, ten fairy gardens. Nope, not even one, although I adore the thought of them and used to have an obsession anything miniature when I was younger (although I didn't really have dollhouses, just Barbies).

Fairy gardens are all the rage right now, and as always, I try to not follow too close to the trend. There are places throughout my yard where I can envision little fairy spots nested. They fly, so wouldn't all of the 'parts' be scattered about? Like bird houses, feeders, and flowers are for the wildlife that can fly?

 I decided to start with the very front of our yard, near our new mums (praying they made it through the winter). I visited Hobby Lobby today, never a healthy choice, and saw the fairy garden accessories on sale. I have a sweet spot for bird baths, and saw one I just fell for. Also, mushrooms add that little bit of British flare I miss so much.


This will be called Mushroom Park, where the fairies can come and sit for a rest and enjoy looking out into the rest of the neighborhood. There will also be dahlias planted behind in the flower bed, so it'll be a hot spot for bumblebee friend meet ups.

 Norah and I did it together, she adored the bird bath as much as I did, and didn't want to let it go. Then after all was set she found a mushroom she thought would look better in her room.....or her tummy. Not sure which.

 I can't wait to find more items that can be reimagined into fairyland charm. I also look forward to Norah growing up with magical spots throughout our yard and use her imagination to give the fairies wings.

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9. How To Advertise Your Illustration / Artwork

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10. Social Media Etiquette

What not to do when using social media.


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11. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: February 2015 – Batman is an Orphan Too…

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by David Carter

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

While DC’s top seller, Batman, slid to #5 on the Diamond chart–behind the debut issues of Orphan Black (Loot Crate-enhanced), Darth Vader, and Spider-Gwen; and the second issue of Star Wars–things were in fact a bit rosier for DC in February. Especially compared to January, as the Harley Quinn freely-orderable variant was a good deal more popular with those doing the ordering than last month’s Flash variant. In most cases adding 2K – 4K more copies for those titles with the HQ variant. (A couple, Batman & Flash, went up about 8K; while Batgirl mysteriously dropped instead.)

For the most part, DC is in a holding pattern right now, as many titles are coming to a close next month and the move-induced mega-event Convergence on the slate for April & May followed by a sizable relaunch in June. So you’ll have to forgive the brevity of many of the comments below, as their just isn’t that much to say this month that hasn’t already been said before. Don’t worry, I promise that the next few month’s DC sales charts will have plenty more excitement!

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

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

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


5 - BATMAN ($3.99)
02/2005: Batman #637    --  58,034  [60,246] 
02/2010: Batman #696    --  61,290
02/2011: Batman #707    --  58,803
02/2012: Batman #6      -- 128,459 [135,435]

02/2013: Batman #17 — 150,684

02/2014: Batman #28     -- 114,089 (-  1.3%) [115,891]
03/2014: Batman #29     -- 116,926 (+  0.9%)
04/2014: Batman #30     -- 108,998 (-  6.8%)
05/2014: Batman #31     -- 107,499 (+  0.2%) [109,170]
06/2014: Batman #32     -- 130,077 (+ 19.2%) 
07/2014: Batman #33     -- 117,996 (-  9.3%) 
08/2014: Batman #34     -- 112,186 (-  4.9%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 142,980 (+ 27.4%) 
10/2014: Batman #35     -- 118,860 (- 16.9%) 
11/2014: Batman #36     -- 115,183 (-  3.1%) 
12/2014: Batman #37     -- 113,255 (-  1.7%) 
01/2015: Batman #38     -- 110,232 (-  2.7%) 

02/2015: Batman #39 — 118,106 (+ 7.1%)

6 months: +  5.3%
1 year  : +  1.9%
2 years : - 21.6%
5 years : + 92.7%
10 years: + 96.0%
Since #1: - 47.1%

Batman slips down to #5 this month—under Star Wars, Spider-Gwen, Darth Vader, and the Loot Crate-enhanced Orphan Black—despite the fact that its sales increased by nearly 8K. This should serve to underscore the warning to not take things like chart position as indicative of actual sales.

While a good portion of the 8K growth can be attributed to the Harley Quinn freely-orderable variant, that may not be the whole story here, as Batman’s growth over January’s numbers is considerably higher than that seen of the other books with Harley variants.


10 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
02/2005: JLA #111            --  64,540
02/2010: JL of America #42   --  57,522
02/2011: JL of America #54   --  46,269
02/2012: Justice League #6   -- 140,819

02/2013: Justice League #17 — 105,304 (- 10.6%)

02/2014: Justice League #28  --  80,901 (-  4.5%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Justice League #29  --  78,912 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Justice League #30  --  77,456 (-  1.8%)
06/2014: Justice League #31  --  75,803 (-  2.1%)
07/2014: Justice League #32  --  88,179 (+ 16.3%)
08/2014: --
09/2014: Justice League #33  --  79,447 (-  9.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1      -- 104,246 (+ 31.2%)
10/2014: Justice League #34  --  75,400 (- 27.7%)
10/2014: Justice League #35  --  75,264 (-  0.2%)
11/2014: Justice League #36  --  74,796 (-  0.6%)
12/2014: Justice League #37  --  72,081 (-  3.6%)
01/2015: Justice League #38  --  68,989 (-  4.3%)

02/2015: Justice League #39 — 72,904 (+ 5.7%)

6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : -  9.9%
2 years : - 30.8%
5 years : + 26.7%
10 years: + 13.0%
Since #1: - 73.1%

Sales for Harley Quinn month jump back up 4K, on par with December.


12 - HARLEY QUINN VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL #1 ($4.99)
07/2014: Harley Quinn Comic Con  #1  --  64,978 
12/2014: Harley Quinn Holiday Sp #1  --  63,465 (- 2.3%)
02/2015: Harley Quinn Valentines #1  --  68,611 (+ 8.1%)

Ironically, the regular Harley Quinn title missed its ship date during February’s Harley Quinn month. But the Valentine’s Day special did come in on time, selling higher than the previous two HQ specials.


20 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
02/2005: Detective Comics #803 -- 40,014
02/2010: --
02/2011: Detective Comics #874 -- 39,106
02/2012: Detective Comics #6   -- 94,415

02/2013: Detective Comics #17 — 85,824

02/2014: Detective Comics #28  -- 56,619 (- 37.3%)
03/2014: Detective Comics #29  -- 55,486 (-  2.0%)
04/2014: Detective Comics #30  -- 56,149 (+  1.2%)
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  -- 54,518 (-  2.9%)
06/2014: Detective Comics #32  -- 72,988 (+ 33.9%)
07/2014: Detective Comics #33  -- 62,856 (- 13.9%)
08/2014: Detective Comics #34  -- 58,812 (-  6.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1        -- 96,081 (+ 63.4%)
10/2014: Detective Comics #35  -- 57,385 (- 40.3%)
11/2014: Detective Comics #36  -- 58,171 (+  1.4%)
12/2014: Detective Comics #37  -- 54,953 (-  5.5%)
01/2015: Detective Comics #38  -- 51,301 (-  6.6%)

02/2015: Detective Comics #39 — 54,698 (+ 6.6%)

6 months: -  7.0%
1 year  : -  3.4%
2 years : - 36.3%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: + 36.7%
Since #1: - 65.3%

Sales for Harley Quinn month rebound more than 3K.


21 - BATMAN AND ROBIN ($2.99)
02/2010: Batman and Robin #8  -- 87,302
02/2011: Batman and Robin #20 -- 60,642
02/2012: Batman and Robin #6  -- 68,010

02/2013: Batman and Robin #17 — 60,988

02/2014: and Two-Face #28     -- 43,380 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: and Aquaman #29      -- 43,295 (-  0.2%)
04/2014: and Wonder Woman #30 -- 44,832 (+  3.6%)
05/2014: and Frankenstein #31 -- 42,150 (-  6.0%)
06/2014: and Ra's al Ghul #32 -- 56,311 (+ 33.6%)
07/2014: Batman and Robin #33 -- 56,269 (-  0.1%)
08/2014: Batman and Robin #34 -- 53,403 (-  5.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 83,783 (+ 56.9%)
10/2014: Batman and Robin #35 -- 54,616 (- 34.8%)
11/2014: Batman and Robin #36 -- 55,289 (+  1.2%)
12/2014: Batman and Robin #37 -- 53,543 (-  3.2%)
01/2015: Batman and Robin #38 -- 50,993 (-  4.8%)

02/2015: Batman and Robin #39 — 53,699 (+ 5.3%)

6 months: +  0.6%
1 year  : + 23.8%
2 years : - 12.0%
5 years : - 38.5%
Since #1: - 53.7%

Sales for Harley Quinn month rebound a bit fewer than 3K.

Ending in March, but relaunched post-Convergence as a Robin solo title.


23 - THE MULTIVERSITY ($4.99)
08/2014: The Multiversity #1  -- 90,551 
09/2014: SoS-H: CotC-W    #1  -- 65,022 (- 28.2%)
10/2014: The Just         #1  -- 53,301 (- 18.0%)
11/2014: Pax Americana    #1  -- 51,490 (-  3.4%)
12/2014: Thunderworld     #1  -- 47,714 (-  7.3%)
01/2015: Guidebook        #1  -- 38,672 (- 19.0%)

02/2015: Mastermen #1 — 50,091 (+ 29.5%)

6 months: - 44.7%
Since #1: - 44.7%

Sales jump back up over 50K for the Jim Lee-drawn installment.


25 - SUPERMAN ($4.99)
02/2005: Superman #213  -- 101,258
02/2010: Superman #695  --  32,482
02/2011: Superman #708  --  46,261
02/2012: Superman #6    --  69,633

02/2013: –

02/2014: Superman #28   --  34,296 (-  2.8%)
03/2014: Superman #29   --  33,633 (-  1.9%)
04/2014: Superman #30   --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31   --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32   --  89,140 (+155.4%) [103,508]
07/2014: Superman #33   --  62,998 (- 39.1%)
08/2014: Superman #34   --  56,568 (- 10.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 --  77,949 (+ 37.8%)
10/2014: Superman #35   --  53,692 (- 31.1%)
11/2014: Superman #36   --  52,272 (-  2.6%)
12/2014: Superman #37   --  50,383 (-  3.6%)
01/2015: --

02/2015: Superman #38 — 48,987 (- 2.8%)

6 months: - 13.4%
1 year  : + 42.8%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : + 50.8%
10 years: - 51.6%
Since #1: - 67.4%

Superman slipped shipping from January, so this month’s numbers are for the Flash variant. Also note that this was an extra-sized (and extra-priced) issue.


29, 30, 31, 32 - BATMAN ETERNAL ($2.99)
04/2014: Batman Eternal #1  -- 105,754           [110,916]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #2  --  84,566 (- 20.2%) [ 88,468]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #3  --  79,703 (-  4.8%) [ 84,183]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #4  --  78,009 (-  1.7%) [ 82,743]
05/2014: Batman Eternal #5  --  73,475 (- 11.2%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #6  --  70,983 (-  3.4%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #7  --  68,251 (-  3.8%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #8  --  68,523 (+  0.4%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #9  --  68,295 (-  0.3%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #10 --  67,203 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #11 --  65,770 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #12 --  65,374 (-  0.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #13 --  63,828 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #14 --  63,138 (-  1.1%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #15 --  62,137 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #16 --  61,149 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #17 --  60,013 (-  1.9%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #18 --  58,998 (-  1.7%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #19 --  58,368 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #20 --  57,906 (-  0.8%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #21 --  57,525 (-  0.7%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #22 --  56,793 (-  1.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #23 --  56,152 (-  1.1%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #24 --  56,002 (-  0.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #25 --  55,662 (-  0.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #26 --  54,199 (-  2.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #27 --  53,511 (-  1.3%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #28 --  52,918 (-  1.1%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #29 --  52,284 (-  1.2%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #30 --  52,438 (+  0.3%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #31 --  51,133 (-  2.5%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #32 --  50,709 (-  0.8%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #33 --  50,230 (-  0.9%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #34 --  49,748 (-  1.0%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #35 --  48,999 (-  1.5%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #36 --  48,683 (-  0.6%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #37 --  48,083 (-  1.2%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #38 --  48,035 (-  0.1%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #39 --  47,782 (-  0.5%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #40 --  46,832 (-  2.0%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #41 --  46,648 (-  0.4%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #42 --  46,516 (-  0.3%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #43 --  45,912 (-  1.3%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #44 --  45,391 (-  1.1%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #45 --  45,199 (-  0.4%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #46 --  44,763 (-  1.0%)

02/2015: Batman Eternal #47 — 44,699 (- 0.1%)

6 months: - 23.2%
Since #1: - 59.7%

Exhibits the same basic sales pattern as previous months, though the drops are a bit lower as the weekly title nears its end.


33 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)
02/2005: Superman/Batman #17 -- 116,637 [118,126]
02/2010: Superman/Batman #69 --  33,224

02/2011: Superman/Batman #81 — 29,567

02/2014: Batman/Superman #8  --  59,138 (-  3.2%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Batman/Superman #9  --  56,223 (-  4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #10 --  54,844 (-  4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #11 --  53,504 (-  4.9%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Batman/Superman #12 --  68,345 (+ 27.7%)
08/2014: Batman/Superman #13 --  55,954 (- 18.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1      --  87,339 (+ 56.1%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #14 --  52,270 (- 40.2%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #15 --  50,226 (-  3.9%)
11/2014: Batman/Superman #16 --  48,581 (-  3.3%)
12/2014: Batman/Superman #17 --  44,714 (-  8.0%)
01/2015: Batman/Superman #18 --  41,750 (-  6.6%)

02/2015: Batman/Superman #19 — 44,134 (+ 5.7%)

6 months: - 21.1%
1 year  : - 25.4%
5 years : + 32.8%
10 years: - 62.6%
Since #1: - 70.8%

Sales rebound about 2.5K, near December levels.


35 - FLASH ($2.99)
02/2005: Flash #219       --  44,071 [46,188]
02/2010: Flash Rebirth #6 --  70,824
02/2011: Flash #9         --  55,980
02/2012: Flash #6         --  68,061

02/2013: Flash #17 — 42,936

02/2014: Flash #28        --  33,853 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Flash #29        --  33,241 (-  1.8%)
04/2014: Flash #30        --  33,300 (+  5.8%) [35,157]
05/2014: Flash #31        --  34,240 (-  2.6%)
06/2014: Flash #32        --  47,188 (+ 37.8%)
07/2014: Flash #33        --  39,669 (- 15.9%)
08/2014: Flash #34        --  37,109 (-  6.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   --  70,368 (+ 89.6%)
10/2014: Flash #35        --  37,484 (- 46.7%)
11/2014: Flash #36        --  38,145 (+  1.8%)
12/2014: Flash #37        --  37,026 (-  2.9%)
01/2015: Flash #38        --  35,180 (-  5.0%)

02/2015: Flash #39 — 43,635 (+ 24.0%)

6 months: + 17.6%
1 year  : + 28.9%
2 years : +  1.6%
5 years : - 38.4%
10 years: -  5.5%
Since #1: - 70.5%

Sales jump way up this month: more than 8K, which is more than any other title except for Batman. I don’t think it’s too big of a stretch to suppose that demand is rising due to the television show.

37 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
02/2005: Wonder Woman #213 -- 24,728
02/2010: Wonder Woman #41  -- 25,354
02/2011: Wonder Woman #607 -- 33,053
02/2012: Wonder Woman #6   -- 54,190

02/2013: Wonder Woman #17 — 39,110

02/2014: Wonder Woman #28  -- 31,464 (-  1.8%)
03/2014: Wonder Woman #29  -- 30,989 (-  1.5%)
04/2014: Wonder Woman #30  -- 31,094 (+  0.3%)
05/2014: Wonder Woman #31  -- 30,655 (-  1.4%)
06/2014: Wonder Woman #32  -- 48,235 (+ 57.3%)
07/2014: Wonder Woman #33  -- 37,431 (- 22.4%)
08/2014: -- 
09/2014: Futures End #1    -- 69,497 (+ 85.7%)
10/2014: Wonder Woman #34  -- 35,774 (- 48.5%)
10/2014: Wonder Woman #35  -- 35,968 (+  0.5%)
11/2014: Wonder Woman #36  -- 58,965 (+ 63.9%)
12/2014: Wonder Woman #37  -- 43,066 (- 27.0%)
01/2015: Wonder Woman #38  -- 39,669 (-  7.9%)

02/2015: Wonder Woman #39 — 42,634 (+ 7.5%)

6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : + 35.5%
2 years : +  9.0%
5 years : + 68.2%
10 years: + 72.4%
Since #1: - 55.5%

Wonder Woman gains another 3K with its Harley Quinn variant.


38 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
02/2005: GL: Rebirth #4     -- 108,077 [121,581]
02/2010: Green Lantern #51  --  95,509
02/2011: Green Lantern #62  --  71,517
02/2012: Green Lantern #6   --  94,087

02/2013: Green Lantern #17 — 71,060

02/2014: GL/Red Lanterns#28 --  49,200 (+  5.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Green Lantern #29  --  45,797 (- 11.2%)
04/2014: Green Lantern #30  --  44,483 (-  2.9%)
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Green Lantern #32  --  56,315 (+ 28.7%)
07/2014: Green Lantern #33  --  47,279 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Green Lantern #34  --  43,846 (-  7.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     --  77,372 (+ 76.5%)
10/2014: Green Lantern #35  --  45,893 (- 40.7%)
11/2014: Green Lantern #36  --  46,157 (+  0.6%)
12/2014: Green Lantern #37  --  44,033 (-  4.6%)
01/2015: Green Lantern #38  --  39,342 (- 10.7%)

02/2015: Green Lantern #39 — 41,997 (+ 6.7%)

6 months: -  4.2%
1 year  : - 18.5%
2 years : - 40.9%
5 years : - 56.0%
10 years: - 65.5%
Since #1: - 75.2%

Green Lantern gains another 2.5K with its Harley Quinn variant.


42 - GRAYSON ($2.99)
02/2005: Nightwing #103 -- 36,921
02/2005: Nightwing #104 -- 36,411
02/2012: Nightwing #6   -- 53,036

02/2013: Nightwing #17 — 62,107

02/2014: Nightwing #28  -- 36,940 (-  3.6%)
03/2014: Nightwing #29  -- 36,814 (-  0.3%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Nightwing #30  -- 43,923 (+ 19.3%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Grayson #1     -- 81,433 (+ 85.4%)
08/2014: Grayson #2     -- 56,486 (- 30.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 76,551 (+ 52.7%)
10/2014: Grayson #3     -- 52,849 (- 31.0%)
11/2014: Grayson #4     -- 47,590 (- 10.0%)
12/2014: Grayson #5     -- 42,611 (- 10.5%)
01/2015: Grayson #6     -- 38,505 (-  9.6%)

02/2015: Grayson #7 — 41,164 (+ 6.9%)

6 months: - 27.1%
1 year  : + 11.4%
2 years : - 33.7%
10 years: + 12.3%
Since #1: - 49.5%

Grayson gains another 2.5K with its Harley Quinn variant.


43 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
02/2005: Batgirl #61    -- 28,796
02/2010: Batgirl #7     -- 29,524
02/2011: Batgirl #18    -- 24,390
02/2012: Batgirl #6     -- 53,151

02/2013: Batgirl #17 — 65,751

02/2014: Batgirl #28    -- 34,567 (-  7.1%)
03/2014: Batgirl #29    -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
04/2014: Batgirl #30    -- 32,698 (-  1.6%)
05/2014: Batgirl #31    -- 31,522 (-  3.6%)
06/2014: Batgirl #32    -- 47,304 (+ 50.1%)
07/2014: Batgirl #33    -- 37,186 (- 21.4%)
08/2014: Batgirl #34    -- 34,590 (-  7.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 67,933 (+ 96.4%)
10/2014: Batgirl #35    -- 62,644 (-  7.8%)
11/2014: Batgirl #36    -- 50,247 (- 19.8%)
12/2014: Batgirl #37    -- 45,060 (- 10.3%)
01/2015: Batgirl #38    -- 45,096 (+  0.1%)

02/2015: Batgirl #39 — 40,880 (- 9.3%)

6 months: + 18.2%
1 year  : + 18.3%
2 years : - 37.8%
5 years : + 38.5%
10 years: + 42.0%
Since #1: - 61.8%

These numbers are a real head-scratcher. Last month when most titles were dropping, Batgirl stayed steady. But this month, when most titles with a Harley Quinn variant were rising, Batgirl drops more than 4K. Either retailers are still figuring out the title’s level, or a few boxes fell off the back of a truck somewhere…


47 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
02/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #5  -- 44,847 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #6  -- 43,308 (-  3.4%)
04/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #7  -- 45,157 (+  4.3%)
05/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #8  -- 47,803 (+  5.9%)
06/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #9  -- 62,659 (+ 31.1%)
07/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #10 -- 50,254 (- 19.8%)
08/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #11 -- 50,550 (+  0.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1            -- 77,169 (+ 52.7%)
10/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #12 -- 47,885 (- 37.9%)
11/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #13 -- 44,013 (-  8.1%)
12/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #14 -- 41,231 (-  6.3%)
01/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #15 -- 36,877 (- 10.6%)

02/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #16 — 38,550 (+ 4.5%)

6 months: - 23.7%
1 year  : - 14.0%
Since #1: - 59.4%

Adds fewer than 2K copies with its Harley Quinn variant. This is a case where the whole is not the sum of its parts, as both the solo Superman & Wonder Woman titles sell better than the team-up book.


48 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
02/2005: Action Comics #824 -- 37,432
02/2010: Action Comics #886 -- 29,845
02/2011: Action Comics #898 -- 31,935
02/2012: Action Comics #6   -- 96,592

02/2013: Action Comics #17 — 57,189

02/2014: Action Comics #28  -- 35,305 (-  2.0%)
03/2014: Action Comics #29  -- 34,231 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Action Comics #30  -- 37,809 (+ 10.5%)
05/2014: Action Comics #31  -- 41,081 (+  8.7%)
06/2014: Action Comics #32  -- 55,400 (+ 34.9%)
07/2014: Action Comics #33  -- 49,457 (- 10.7%)
08/2014: Action Comics #34  -- 46,746 (-  5.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     -- 74,497 (+ 59.4%)
10/2014: Action Comics #35  -- 45,152 (- 39.4%)
11/2014: Action Comics #36  -- 41,835 (-  7.3%)
12/2014: Action Comics #37  -- 39,168 (-  6.4%)
01/2015: Action Comics #38  -- 35,018 (- 10.6%)

02/2015: Action Comics #39 — 38,070 (+ 8.7%)

6 months: - 18.6%
1 year  : +  7.8%
2 years : - 33.4%
5 years : + 27.6%
10 years: +  1.7%
Since #1: - 81.1%

Adds another 3K copies with its Harley Quinn variant.


52 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
02/2005: Teen Titans #21 -- 66,861 [68,751]
02/2010: Teen Titans #80 -- 26,537
02/2011: Teen Titans #92 -- 26,170
02/2012: Teen Titans #6  -- 53,123

02/2013: Teen Titans #17 — 39,186

02/2014: Teen Titans #28 -- 26,732 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Teen Titans #29 -- 25,969 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Teen Titans #30 -- 25,709 (-  1.0%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Teen Titans #1  -- 52,358 (+103.7%)
08/2014: Teen Titans #2  -- 40,687 (- 22.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 62,915 (+ 54.6%)
10/2014: Teen Titans #3  -- 39,198 (- 37.7%)
11/2014: Teen Titans #4  -- 36,364 (-  7.2%)
12/2014: Teen Titans #5  -- 34,101 (-  6.2%)
01/2015: Teen Titans #6  -- 30,955 (-  9.2%)

02/2015: Teen Titans #7 — 34,051 (+ 10.0%)

6 months: - 16.3%
1 year  : + 27.4%
2 years : - 13.1%
5 years : + 28.3%
10 years: - 50.5%
Since #1: - 35.0%

Adds another 3.5K copies with its Harley Quinn variant.


55 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99)
02/2012: Deathstroke #6  -- 21,306 

02/2013: Deathstroke #17 — 12,626

10/2014: Deathstroke #1  -- 54,059 (+359.4%) 
11/2014: Deathstroke #2  -- 36,356 (- 32.7%) 
12/2014: Deathstroke #3  -- 34,010 (-  6.5%) 
01/2015: Deathstroke #4  -- 33,011 (-  2.9%) 

02/2015: Deathstroke #5 — 32,863 (- 0.4%)

2 years : +160.3%
Since #1: - 39.2%

A tiny drop. Deathstroke has variants, but not the freely-orderable kind.


58 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
02/2005: Aquaman #27    -- 19,459
02/2012: Aquaman #6     -- 63,450

02/2013: Aquaman #17 — 58,578

02/2014: Aquaman #28    -- 34,939 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: Aquaman #29    -- 33,907 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30    -- 32,859 (-  3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31    -- 32,076 (-  2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32    -- 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman #33    -- 36,140 (- 19.4%)
08/2014: Aquaman #34    -- 33,380 (-  7.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 65,212 (+ 95.4%)
10/2014: Aquaman #35    -- 32,238 (- 50.6%)
11/2014: Aquaman #36    -- 32,838 (+  1.9%)
12/2014: Aquaman #37    -- 31,198 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: Aquaman #38    -- 28,356 (-  9.1%)

02/2015: Aquaman #39 — 32,162 (+ 13.4%)

6 months: -  3.6%
1 year  : -  7.9%
2 years : - 45.1%
10 years: + 65.3%
Since #1: - 70.4%

Adds a bit fewer than 4K copies with its HQ variant to jump back over the 30K line.


59 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99)
04/2014: Justice League United #0  -- 68,431 
05/2014: Justice League United #1  -- 64,209 (-  6.2%) 
06/2014: Justice League United #2  -- 62,928 (-  2.0%) 
07/2014: Justice League United #3  -- 47,919 (- 23.9%) 
08/2014: Justice League United #4  -- 42,504 (- 11.3%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1            -- 72,839 (+ 71.4%)
10/2014: Justice League United #5  -- 38,066 (- 47.7%) 
11/2014: Justice League United #6  -- 34,610 (-  9.1%) 
12/2014: Justice League United #7  -- 31,904 (-  7.8%) 
01/2015: Justice League United #8  -- 28,720 (- 10.0%) 

02/2015: Justice League United #9 — 31,932 (+ 11.2%)

6 months: - 24.9%
Since #0: - 53.3%

Also makes a HQ-variant enhanced jump back above 30K. Not in the June post-Convergence relaunches, but expected to return (maybe in July?)


65 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
02/2012: Suicide Squad #6      -- 30,834

02/2013: Suicide Squad #17 — 26,370

02/2014: Suicide Squad #28     -- 22,882 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Suicide Squad #29     -- 22,162 (-  3.1%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: New Suicide Squad #1  -- 49,260 (+123.3%)
08/2014: New Suicide Squad #2  -- 38,477 (- 21.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1        -- 73,599 (+ 91.3%)
10/2014: New Suicide Squad #3  -- 39,498 (- 46.3%)
11/2014: New Suicide Squad #4  -- 34,920 (- 11.6%)
12/2014: New Suicide Squad #5  -- 32,834 (-  6.0%)
01/2015: New Suicide Squad #6  -- 32,304 (-  1.6%)

02/2015: New Suicide Squad #7 — 30,537 (- 5.5%)

6 months: - 20.6%
1 year  : + 33.5%
2 years : + 15.8%
Since #1: - 38.0%

Not quite as settled in as we may have been led to believe last month.

66, 67, 73, 72 - THE NEW 52  FUTURES END ($2.99)
05/2014: Futures End #0  -- ?????? 
05/2014: Futures End #1  -- 77,867 
05/2014: Futures End #2  -- 62,862 (- 19.3%) 
05/2014: Futures End #3  -- 59,148 (-  5.9%)
05/2014: Futures End #4  -- 58,496 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Futures End #5  -- 53,645 (-  8.3%)
06/2014: Futures End #6  -- 51,543 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Futures End #7  -- 50,266 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Futures End #8  -- 49,138 (-  2.2%)
07/2014: Futures End #9  -- 52,083 (+  6.0%)
07/2014: Futures End #10 -- 46,001 (- 11.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #11 -- 45,222 (-  1.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #12 -- 43,228 (-  4.4%)
07/2014: Futures End #13 -- 42,803 (-  1.0%)
08/2014: Futures End #14 -- 41,185 (-  3.8%)
08/2014: Futures End #15 -- 40,541 (-  1.6%)
08/2014: Futures End #16 -- 40,077 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Futures End #17 -- 39,750 (-  0.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #18 -- 38,778 (-  2.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #19 -- 38,377 (-  1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #20 -- 37,990 (-  1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #21 -- 37,861 (-  0.3%)
10/2014: Futures End #22 -- 36,468 (-  3.7%)
10/2014: Futures End #23 -- 36,120 (-  1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #24 -- 35,937 (-  0.5%)
10/2014: Futures End #25 -- 35,585 (-  1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #26 -- 35,452 (-  0.4%)
11/2014: Futures End #27 -- 34,692 (-  2.1%)
11/2014: Futures End #28 -- 34,601 (-  0.3%)
11/2014: Futures End #29 -- 34,202 (-  1.2%)
11/2014: Futures End #30 -- 33,942 (-  0.8%)
12/2014: Futures End #31 -- 33,025 (-  2.7%)
12/2014: Futures End #32 -- 32,878 (-  0.4%)
12/2014: Futures End #33 -- 32,409 (-  1.4%)
12/2014: Futures End #34 -- 32,414 (+  0.0%)
12/2014: Futures End #35 -- 32,233 (-  0.6%)
01/2015: Futures End #36 -- 31,338 (-  2.8%)
01/2015: Futures End #37 -- 31,202 (-  0.4%)
01/2015: Futures End #38 -- 30,992 (-  0.7%)
01/2015: Futures End #39 -- 30,510 (-  1.6%)
02/2015: Futures End #40 -- 30,157 (-  1.2%)
02/2015: Futures End #41 -- 29,994 (-  0.5%)
02/2015: Futures End #42 -- 29,641 (-  1.2%)

02/2015: Futures End #43 — 29,647 (+ 0.0%)

6 months: - 26.0%
Since #1: - 61.9%

As expected, Futures End dips below the 30K mark this month. Not expected: the odd addition of six copies between #42 & #43.


70 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
02/2010: Green Lantern Corps #43 -- 80,391
02/2011: Green Lantern Corps #55 -- 57,448
02/2012: Green Lantern Corps #6  -- 65,393

02/2013: Green Lantern Corps #17 — 44,497

02/2014: Green Lantern Corps #28 -- 29,142 (-  7.3%)
03/2014: Green Lantern Corps #29 -- 27,754 (-  4.8%)
04/2014: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 26,640 (-  4.0%)
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31 -- 28,449 (+  6.8%)
06/2014: Green Lantern Corps #32 -- 40,734 (+ 43.2%)
07/2014: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 32,877 (- 19.3%)
08/2014: Green Lantern Corps #34 -- 29,471 (- 10.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1          -- 58,325 (+ 97.9%)
10/2014: Green Lantern Corps #35 -- 34,222 (- 41.3%)
11/2014: Green Lantern Corps #36 -- 34,109 (-  0.3%)
12/2014: Green Lantern Corps #37 -- 32,860 (-  3.7%)
01/2015: Green Lantern Corps #38 -- 27,765 (- 15.5%)

02/2015: Green Lantern Corps #39 — 29,825 (+ 7.4%)

6 months: +  1.2%
1 year  : +  2.3%
2 years : - 33.0%
5 years : - 62.9%
Since #1: - 68.5%

Adds a couple thousand copies for the HQ variant. Ending in March.


77 - SINESTRO ($2.99)
04/2014: Sinestro #1    -- 46,480 
05/2014: Sinestro #2    -- 34,640 (- 25.5%) 
06/2014: Sinestro #3    -- 30,422 (- 12.2%) 
07/2014: Sinestro #4    -- 28,095 (-  7.6%) 
08/2014: Sinestro #5    -- 26,867 (-  4.4%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 60,761 (+126.2%)
10/2014: Sinestro #6    -- 33,621 (- 44.7%) 
11/2014: -- 
12/2014: Sinestro #7    -- 33,549 (-  0.2%) 
12/2014: Sinestro #8    -- 31,509 (-  6.1%) 
01/2015: Sinestro #9    -- 26,346 (- 16.4%) 

02/2015: Sinestro #10 — 28,698 (+ 8.9%)

6 months: +  6.8%
Since #1: - 38.3%

Add over 2K copies with its HQ variant.


79 - EARTH 2 ($2.99)

02/2013: Earth 2 #9 — 48,208

02/2014: Earth 2 #20    -- 35,732 (-  1.0%)
03/2014: Earth 2 #21    -- 35,295 (-  1.2%)
04/2014: Earth 2 #22    -- 34,970 (-  0.9%)
05/2014: Earth 2 #23    -- 34,531 (-  1.3%)
06/2014: Earth 2 #24    -- 47,277 (+ 36.9%)
07/2014: Earth 2 #25    -- 39,726 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Earth 2 #26    -- 37,396 (-  5.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 65,212 (+ 73.7%)
10/2014: Earth 2 #27    -- 37,925 (- 41.6%)
11/2014: Earth 2 #28    -- 31,722 (- 16.4%)
12/2014: Earth 2 #29    -- 30,273 (-  4.6%)
01/2015: Earth 2 #30    -- 28,618 (-  5.5%)

02/2015: Earth 2 #31 — 27,513 (- 3.9%)

6 months: - 26.4%
1 year  : - 23.0%
2 years : - 42.9%
Since #1: - 73.2%

Relaunching post-Convergence as Earth 2: Society.


82 - SECRET SIX ($2.99)
02/2010: Secret Six #18 -- 37,876

02/2011: Secret Six #30 — 19,763


12/2014: Secret Six #1 — 44,065 (+130.7%)


02/2015: Secret Six #2 — 26,579 (- 39.7%)

5 years : - 29.8%

After the unusually large gap between the first two issues, the third issue has been pushed back to June. I don’t know where the problem lies, but in hindsight DC should have waited to launch this post-Convergence.


83 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
02/2005: Catwoman #40   -- 23,103
02/2012: Catwoman #6    -- 41,447

02/2013: Catwoman #17 — 30,194

02/2014: Catwoman #28   -- 23,974 (-  3.9%)
03/2014: Catwoman #29   -- 22,236 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30   -- 20,968 (-  5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31   -- 20,144 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32   -- 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
07/2014: Catwoman #33   -- 18,945 (- 43.8%)
08/2014: Catwoman #34   -- 23,497 (+ 24.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 56,939 (+142.3%)
10/2014: Catwoman #35   -- 25,970 (- 54.4%)
11/2014: Catwoman #36   -- 26,237 (+  1.0%)
12/2014: Catwoman #37   -- 25,154 (-  4.1%)
01/2015: Catwoman #38   -- 22,386 (- 11.0%)

02/2015: Catwoman #39 — 26,450 (+ 18.2%)

6 months: + 12.6%
1 year  : + 10.3%
2 years : - 12.4%
10 years: + 14.5%
Since #1: - 65.0%

Adds 4K copies with its Harley Quinn variant.


88, 89, 90, 92 - EARTH 2 - WORLD'S END ($2.99)
10/2014: E2 World's End #1  -- 48,249
10/2014: E2 World's End #2  -- 40,190 (- 16.7%)
10/2014: E2 World's End #3  -- 38,496 (-  4.2%)
10/2014: E2 World's End #4  -- 37,874 (-  1.6%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #5  -- 36,395 (-  3.9%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #6  -- 31,248 (- 14.1%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #7  -- 30,378 (-  2.8%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #8  -- 29,636 (-  2.4%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #9  -- 28,204 (-  4.8%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #10 -- 27,893 (-  1.1%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #11 -- 27,297 (-  2.1%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #12 -- 27,256 (-  0.1%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #13 -- 26,942 (-  1.2%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #14 -- 25,600 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #15 -- 25,562 (-  0.1%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #16 -- 25,331 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #17 -- 24,955 (-  1.5%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #18 -- 24,435 (-  2.1%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #19 -- 24,376 (-  0.2%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #20 -- 24,182 (-  0.8%)

02/2015: E2 World’s End #21 — 24,033 (- 0.6%)

Since #1: - 50.2%

Stabilizing, with just five issues to go. I guess if you’ve been in it for this long you’re likely to stick it out to the end.


93 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
02/2012: Justice League Dark #6  -- 38,360

02/2013: Justice League Dark #17 — 25,841

02/2014: Justice League Dark #28 -- 30,519 (-  6.3%)
03/2014: Justice League Dark #29 -- 29,202 (-  4.3%)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30 -- 27,695 (-  5.2%)
05/2014: Justice League Dark #31 -- 25,337 (-  8.5%)
06/2014: Justice League Dark #32 -- 38,219 (+ 50.8%)
07/2014: Justice League Dark #33 -- 28,297 (- 26.0%)
08/2014: Justice League Dark #34 -- 25,258 (- 10.7%)
09/2014: Futures End #1          -- 58,529 (+131.7%)
10/2014: Justice League Dark #35 -- 24,462 (- 58.2%)
11/2014: Justice League Dark #36 -- 24,495 (+  0.1%)
12/2014: Justice League Dark #37 -- 23,151 (-  5.5%)
01/2015: Justice League Dark #38 -- 20,222 (- 12.7%)

02/2015: Justice League Dark #39 — 24,023 (+ 18.8%)

6 months: -  4.9%
1 year  : - 21.3%
2 years : -  7.0%
Since #1: - 70.7%

Adds nearly 4K copies with its Harley Quinn variant. Ending in March; to be relaunched as Dark Universe at some point post-Convergence.


100 - GOTHAM ACADEMY ($2.99)
10/2014: Gotham Academy #1  -- 43,338
11/2014: Gotham Academy #2  -- 31,110 (- 28.2%)
12/2014: Gotham Academy #3  -- 26,509 (- 14.8%)
01/2015: Gotham Academy #4  -- 22,576 (- 14.8%)

02/2015: Gotham Academy #5 — 20,844 (- 7.7%)

Since #1: - 51.9%

Another title that might have been better served launching in June with the Divergence slate.


102 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
02/2012: Red Lanterns #6  -- 43,450

02/2013: Red Lanterns #17 — 35,839

02/2014: Green Lant/RL#28 -- 49,200 (+110.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Red Lanterns #29 -- 25,153 (- 51.2%)
04/2014: Red Lanterns #30 -- 24,350 (-  3.2%)
05/2014: Red Lanterns #31 -- 24,307 (-  0.2%)
06/2014: Red Lanterns #32 -- 23,720 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Red Lanterns #33 -- 23,355 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: Red Lanterns #34 -- 22,761 (-  2.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 56,030 (+146.2%)
10/2014: Red Lanterns #35 -- 26,534 (- 52.6%)
11/2014: Red Lanterns #36 -- 25,654 (-  3.3%)
12/2014: Red Lanterns #37 -- 25,521 (-  0.5%)
01/2015: Red Lanterns #38 -- 21,573 (- 15.5%)

02/2015: Red Lanterns #39 — 20,546 (- 4.8%)

6 months: -  9.7%
1 year  : - 60.1%
2 years : - 42.7%
Since #1: - 77.0%
104 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
02/2012: New Guardians #6  -- 50,319

02/2013: New Guardians #17 — 42,285

02/2014: New Guardians #28 -- 27,212 (-  4.0%)
03/2014: New Guardians #29 -- 25,296 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: New Guardians #30 -- 24,727 (-  2.2%)
05/2014: New Guardians #31 -- 23,886 (-  3.4%)
06/2014: New Guardians #32 -- 23,142 (-  3.1%)
07/2014: New Guardians #33 -- 22,797 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: New Guardians #34 -- 22,052 (-  3.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1    -- 55,863 (+153.3%)
10/2014: New Guardians #35 -- 26,702 (- 52.2%)
11/2014: New Guardians #36 -- 25,681 (-  3.8%)
12/2014: New Guardians #37 -- 25,438 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: New Guardians #38 -- 21,992 (- 13.5%)

02/2015: New Guardians #39 — 20,494 (- 6.8%)

6 months: -  7.1%
1 year  : - 24.7%
2 years : - 51.5%
Since #1: - 78.8%

Both ending in March, as part of the much-need Green Lantern line pruning.


110 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
02/2005: Green Arrow #47  -- 31,553
02/2010: Arrow&Canary #29 -- 16,600
02/2011: Green Arrow #9   -- 33,922
02/2012: Green Arrow #6   -- 30,097

02/2013: Green Arrow #17 — 36,043

02/2014: Green Arrow #28  -- 26,725 (+ 12.4%)
03/2014: Green Arrow #29  -- 23,698 (- 11.3%)
04/2014: Green Arrow #30  -- 23,577 (-  0.5%)
05/2014: Green Arrow #31  -- 23,475 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: Green Arrow #32  -- 23,602 (+  0.5%)
07/2014: Green Arrow #33  -- 23,452 (-  0.6%)
08/2014: Green Arrow #34  -- 22,927 (-  2.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 61,915 (+170.1%)
10/2014: Green Arrow #35  -- 23,346 (- 62.3%)
11/2014: Green Arrow #36  -- 21,842 (-  6.4%)
12/2014: Green Arrow #37  -- 20,904 (-  4.3%)
01/2015: Green Arrow #38  -- 20,207 (-  3.3%)

02/2015: Green Arrow #39 — 19,651 (- 2.8%)

6 months: - 14.3%
1 year  : - 26.5%
2 years : - 45.5%
5 years : + 18.4%
10 years: - 37.7%
Since #1: - 72.8%

Drops not only below 20K, but also below the previous New 52 low (#16, 19,888).


111 - ARKHAM MANOR ($2.99)
10/2014: Arkham Manor #1 -- 45,922
11/2014: Arkham Manor #2 -- 30,907 (- 32.7%)
12/2014: Arkham Manor #3 -- 28,202 (-  8.8%)
01/2015: Arkham Manor #4 -- 21,617 (- 23.3%)

02/2015: Arkham Manor #5 — 19,512 (- 9.7%)

Since #1: - 57.5%

Penultimate issue.


116 - GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT ($2.99)
11/2014: Gotham by Midnight #1  -- 38,436
12/2014: Gotham by Midnight #2  -- 27,849 (- 27.5%)
01/2015: Gotham by Midnight #3  -- 21,330 (- 23.4%)

02/2015: Gotham by Midnight #4 — 18,643 (- 12.6%)

Since #1: - 51.5%

Still dropping, and I don’t that see where the two-month Convergence gap will help any.


118 - SECRET ORIGINS ($4.99)
04/2014: Secret Origins #1  -- 38,742 
05/2014: Secret Origins #2  -- 32,966 (- 14.9%) 
06/2014: Secret Origins #3  -- 28,351 (- 14.0%) 
07/2014: Secret Origins #4  -- 37,181 (+ 31.1%) 
08/2014: Secret Origins #5  -- 24,126 (- 35.1%) 
09/2004: --
10/2014: Secret Origins #6  -- 24,775 (+  2.7%) 
11/2014: Secret Origins #7  -- 21,377 (- 13.7%) 
12/2014: Secret Origins #8  -- 20,687 (-  3.2%) 
01/2013: Secret Origins #9  -- 18,190 (- 12.1%) 

02/2014: Secret Origins #10 — 18,312 (+ 0.7%)

6 months: - 24.1%
Since #1: - 52.7%

A slight bump up for the penultimate issue, likely for the Batgirl origin that tied-in closely with the story in the ongoing Batgirl title.


131 - SUICIDERS (Vertigo) ($3.99)
02/2015: Suiciders #1  -- 18,275 

Returnable, so adjusted up 10% from the reported numbers (see the disclaimers at the end of this column for why we make this adjustment).

The debut of writer/artist Lee Bermejo’s new Vertigo series is the top-selling Vertigo title of the month. 18K is nothing to crow too loudly about for a first issue, but it’s a better debut than most recent Vertigo titles not named Sandman.


126 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)

02/2013: Worlds’ Finest #9 — 28,332

02/2014: Worlds' Finest #20 -- 25,585 (+ 31.5%) [27,613]
03/2014: Worlds' Finest #21 -- 25,676 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: Worlds' Finest #22 -- 21,485 (- 16.3%)
05/2014: Worlds' Finest #23 -- 21,118 (-  1.7%)
06/2014: Worlds' Finest #24 -- 20,900 (-  1.0%)
07/2014: Worlds' Finest #25 -- 19,957 (-  4.5%)
08/2014: Worlds' Finest #26 -- 19,772 (-  0.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     -- 55,376 (+153.3%)
10/2014: Worlds' Finest #27 -- 20,234 (- 63.5%)
11/2014: Worlds' Finest #28 -- 19,709 (-  2.6%)
12/2014: Worlds' Finest #29 -- 19,001 (-  3.6%)
01/2015: Worlds' Finest #30 -- 18,470 (-  2.8%)

02/2015: Worlds’ Finest #31 — 17,314 (- 6.3%)

6 months: - 12.4%
1 year  : - 37.3%
2 years : - 38.9%
Since #1: - 75.1%

Penultimate issue.


127 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
02/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #6  -- 39,898

02/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #17 — 53,076

02/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #28 -- 23,236 (-  6.4%)
03/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #29 -- 22,316 (-  4.0%)
04/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #30 -- 21,718 (-  2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #31 -- 21,257 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #32 -- 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
07/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #33 -- 20,669 (- 37.5%)
08/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #34 -- 20,069 (-  2.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1         -- 54,984 (+174.0%)
10/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #35 -- 19,837 (- 63.9%)
11/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #36 -- 19,245 (-  3.0%)
12/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #37 -- 18,723 (-  2.7%)
01/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #38 -- 18,014 (-  3.8%)

02/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #39 — 17,270 (- 4.1%)

6 months: - 13.9%
1 year  : - 25.7%
2 years : - 67.5%
Since #1: - 75.4%

Penultimate issue. Being relaunched post-Convergence as Red Hood/Arsenal and a separate Starfire series.


130 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99)
02/2014: Justice League 3K #3  -- 33,308 (-19.6%)
03/2014: Justice League 3K #4  -- 30,127 (- 9.6%)
04/2014: Justice League 3K #5  -- 27,529 (- 8.6%)
05/2014: Justice League 3K #6  -- 25,738 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Justice League 3K #7  -- 24,172 (- 6.1%)
07/2014: Justice League 3K #8  -- 22,604 (- 6.5%)
08/2014: Justice League 3K #9  -- 20,974 (- 7.2%)
09/2014: --
10/2014: Justice League 3K #10 -- 19,623 (- 6.4%)
11/2014: Justice League 3K #11 -- 18,642 (- 5.0%)
12/2014: Justice League 3K #12 -- 18,659 (+ 0.1%)
01/2015: Justice League 3K #13 -- 17,432 (- 6.6%)

02/2015: Justice League 3K #14 — 16,778 (- 3.8%)

6 months: - 20.0% 
1 year  : - 49.6%
Since #1: - 70.9%

Penultimate issue—of a sort. Becomes Justice League 3001 post-Convergence.


137, 141, 139 - INJUSTICE: YEAR THREE (Digital-First) ($2.99)

02/2013: Injustice #2 — 17,068 [29,096]

02/2014: Injustice Y2 #2  -- 22,703 (- 8.1%)
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3  -- 20,693 (- 8.9%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4  -- 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5  -- 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6  -- 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7  -- 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8  -- 18,931 (- 4.4%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #9  -- 18,397 (- 2.8%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #10 -- 18,068 (- 1.8%)
09/2014: Injustice Y2 #11 -- 18,086 (+ 0.1%)
09/2014: Injustice Y2 #12 -- 17,829 (- 1.4%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #1  -- 19,307 (+ 8.3%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #2  -- 17,884 (- 7.4%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #3  -- 17,243 (- 3.6%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #4  -- 16,741 (- 2.9%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #5  -- 16,611 (- 0.8%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #6  -- 16,141 (- 2.8%)
01/2015: Injustice Y3 #7  -- 15,796 (- 2.1%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #8  -- 15,816 (+ 0.1%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #9  -- 15,345 (- 3.0%)

02/2015: Injustice Y3 #10 — 15,417 (+ 0.5%)

6 months: - 14.8%
1 year  : - 31.6%
2 years : - 46.6%
Since #1: - 20.1%

Three issues in February, as #8 slipped from its January date. Looks to have stabilized in the 15K range, apparently enough (combined with whatever digital sales are out there) for there to be a Year 4.

140 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
02/2005: Swamp Thing #12 -- 13,452
02/2012: Swamp Thing #6  -- 41,235

02/2013: Swamp Thing #17 — 31,497

02/2014: Swamp Thing #28 -- 19,146 (-  3.1%)
03/2014: Swamp Thing #29 -- 18,837 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Swamp Thing #30 -- 18,458 (-  2.0%)
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31 -- 18,249 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Swamp Thing #32 -- 18,483 (+  1.3%)
07/2014: Swamp Thing #33 -- 17,905 (-  3.1%)
08/2014: Swamp Thing #34 -- 17,570 (-  1.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 51,918 (+195.5%)
10/2014: Swamp Thing #35 -- 17,354 (- 66.6%)
11/2014: Swamp Thing #36 -- 16,840 (-  3.0%)
12/2014: Swamp Thing #37 -- 16,339 (-  3.0%)
01/2015: Swamp Thing #38 -- 15,751 (-  3.6%)

02/2015: Swamp Thing #39 — 15,360 (- 2.5%)

6 months: - 12.6%
1 year  : - 19.8%
2 years : - 51.2%
10 years: + 14.2%
Since #1: - 79.2%

Standard attrition for the penultimate issue.


146 - LOBO ($2.99)
10/2014: Lobo #1  -- 39,047 (+190.6%)
11/2014: Lobo #2  -- 25,881 (- 33.7%)
12/2014: Lobo #3  -- 20,208 (- 21.9%)
01/2015: Lobo #4  -- 16,889 (- 16.4%)

02/2015: Lobo #5 — 14,770 (- 12.5%)

Since #1: - 62.2%

The lowest-selling DCU title not scheduled for cancellation or relaunch post-Convergence.


146, 151 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($2.99)
02/2014: Batman '66 #8  -- 19,795 (- 9.2%)
03/2014: Batman '66 #9  -- 18,802 (- 5.0%)
04/2014: Batman '66 #10 -- 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman '66 #11 -- 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman '66 #12 -- 17,286 (- 7.3%)
07/2014: Batman '66 #13 -- 17,264 (- 0.1%)
08/2014: Batman '66 #14 -- 21,456 (+24.3%)
09/2014: Batman '66 #15 -- 16,842 (-21.5%)
10/2014: Batman '66 #16 -- 15,923 (- 5.5%)
11/2014: Batman '66 #17 -- 15,585 (- 2.1%)
12/2014: Batman '66 #18 -- 15,409 (- 1.1%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Batman '66 #19 -- 14,770 (- 4.1%)

02/2015: Batman ’66 #20 — 14,525 (- 1.7%)

6 months: - 31.7%
1 year  : - 26.0%
Since #1: - 71.2%

Two issues this month, as #19 slid from January.


148 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
02/2005: Hellblazer #205 -- 15,158
02/2010: Hellblazer #264 -- 10,025
02/2011: Hellblazer #276 --  9,466
02/2012: Hellblazer #288 --  9,533

02/2013: Hellblazer #300 — 12,522

02/2014: Constantine #11 -- 20,385 (-  1.7%)
03/2014: Constantine #12 -- 20,051 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 -- 18,454 (-  8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 -- 17,422 (-  5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 -- 16,704 (-  4.1%)
07/2014: Constantine #16 -- 16,235 (-  2.8%)
08/2014: Constantine #17 -- 15,647 (-  2.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 51,990 (+232.3%)
10/2014: Constantine #18 -- 15,648 (- 69.9%)
11/2014: Constantine #19 -- 15,716 (+  0.4%)
12/2014: Constantine #20 -- 15,574 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: Constantine #21 -- 15,209 (-  2.3%)

02/2015: Constantine #22 — 14,716 (- 3.2%)

6 months: -  6.0%
1 year  : - 27.8%
2 years : + 17.5%
5 years : + 46.8%
10 years: -  2.9%
Since #1: - 60.8%

To be relaunched post-Convergence as Constantine: The Hellblazer.


154 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
02/2012: Batwoman #6    --  49,227

02/2013: Batwoman #17 — 32,041

02/2014: Batwoman #28   -- 20,672 (-  8.0%)
03/2014: Batwoman #29   -- 19,750 (-  4.5%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30   -- 19,204 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31   -- 18,463 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Batwoman #32   -- 33,538 (+ 81.6%)
07/2014: Batwoman #33   -- 23,922 (- 28.7%)
08/2014: Batwoman #34   -- 16,909 (- 29.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 50,914 (+201.1%)
10/2014: Batwoman #35   -- 16,767 (- 67.1%)
11/2014: Batwoman #36   -- 15,795 (-  5.8%)
12/2014: Batwoman #37   -- 15,305 (-  3.1%)
01/2015: Batwoman #38   -- 14,656 (-  4.2%)

02/2015: Batwoman #39 — 13,987 (- 4.6%)

6 months: - 17.3%
1 year  : - 32.3%
2 years : - 56.3%
Since #1: - 84.1%

Ending in March.


157 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
02/2005: Fables #34  -- 24,322
02/2010: --
02/2011: Fables #102 -- 19,215
02/2012: Fables #114 -- 17,374

02/2013: Fables #126 — 15,480

02/2014: Fables #138 -- 14,109 (- 0.4%)
03/2014: Fables #139 -- 13,936 (- 1.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Fables #140 -- 13,977 (+ 0.3%)
06/2014: Fables #141 -- 13,997 (+ 0.1%)
07/2014: Fables #142 -- 13,831 (- 1.2%)
08/2014: Fables #143 -- 13,672 (- 1.1%)
09/2014: Fables #144 -- 13,551 (- 0.9%)
10/2014: Fables #145 -- 13,723 (+ 1.3%)
11/2014: Fables #146 -- 13,412 (- 2.3%)
12/2014: Fables #147 -- 13,302 (- 0.8%)
01/2015: Fables #148 -- 13,220 (- 0.6%)

02/2015: Fables #149 — 13,302 (+ 0.6%)

6 months: -  2.7%
1 year  : -  5.7%
2 years : - 14.1%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: - 45.3%
Since #1: - 39.6%

The final issue #150—which will also double as the last trade paperback—is due out in July.


159, 168 - MORTAL KOMBAT X (Digital-First) ($3.99)
01/2015: Mortal Kombat X #1  -- 21,062 
02/2015: Mortal Kombat X #2  -- 13,277 (- 37.0%) 

02/2015: Mortal Kombat X #3 — 12,581 (- 5.2%)

Since #1: - 40.3%

No one should be surprised at the 37% drop for the second issue.


160 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
02/2011: American Vampire #12    --  16,522
02/2012: American Vampire #24    --  14,278

02/2013: –

02/2014: --
03/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #1 --  20,863 (+ 64.3%)
04/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #2 --  17,068 (- 18.2%)
05/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #3 --  15,642 (-  8.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #4 --  15,400 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: --
09/2014: --
10/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #5 --  14,621 (-  7.4%)
11/2014: --
12/2014: --
01/2015: --

02/2015: American Vampire 2Cy #6 — 13,234 (- 7.2%)

6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years :    n.a.
Since #1: - 36.6%

Now that Fables is pretty much over, this will be Vertigo’s flagship title.


171 - SENSATION COMICS FEAT WONDER WOMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
08/2014: Sensation Comics #1 -- 29,640
09/2014: Sensation Comics #2 -- 22,085 (- 25.5%)
10/2014: Sensation Comics #3 -- 17,996 (- 18.5%)
11/2014: Sensation Comics #4 -- 16,573 (-  7.9%)
12/2014: Sensation Comics #5 -- 14,323 (- 13.6%)
01/2015: Sensation Comics #6 -- 12,927 (-  9.7%)

02/2015: Sensation Comics #7 — 12,115 (- 6.3%)

6 months: - 59.1%
Since #1: - 59.1%

At this point percentage drops in the 3% range would be preferable.


177 - HE-MAN: ETERNITY WAR ($2.99)

02/2013: –

02/2014: He-Man & MotU #10  -- 13,816 (-  4.5%)
03/2014: He-Man & MotU #11  -- 13,090 (-  5.3%)
04/2014: He-Man & MotU #12  -- 12,718 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: He-Man & MotU #13  -- 12,430 (-  2.3%)
06/2014: He-Man & MotU #14  -- 12,144 (-  2.3%)
07/2014: He-Man & MotU #15  -- 11,905 (-  2.0%)
08/2014: He-Man & MotU #16  -- 11,721 (-  1.5%)
09/2014: He-Man & MotU #17  -- 11,756 (+  0.3%)
10/2014: He-Man & MotU #18  -- 11,501 (-  2.2%)
11/2014: He-Man & MotU #19  -- 11,022 (-  4.2%)
12/2014: He-Man Eternity #1 -- 18,884 (+ 71.3%)
01/2015: He-Man Eternity #2 -- 12,104 (- 35.9%)

02/2015: He-Man Eternity #3 — 11,700 (- 3.3%)

6 months: -  0.2%
1 year  : - 15.3%
2 years :    n.a.

Right back to standard attrition.


180 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
02/2005: --
02/2010: --
02/2011: --

02/2012: –

02/2014: Astro City #9   -- 14,289 (- 3.7%)
03/2014: Astro City #10  -- 14,094 (- 1.4%)
04/2014: Astro City #11  -- 13,909 (- 1.3%)
05/2014: Astro City #12  -- 13,795 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Astro City #13  -- 13,419 (- 2.7%)
07/2014: --
08/2014: Astro City #14  -- 13,069 (- 2.6%)
09/2014: Astro City #15  -- 12,660 (- 3.1%)
10/2014: Astro City #16  -- 12,480 (- 1.4%)
11/2014: Astro City #17  -- 12,055 (- 3.4%)
12/2014: Astro City #18  -- 11,985 (- 0.6%)
01/2015: Astro City #19  -- 11,734 (- 2.1%)

02/2015: Astro City #20 — 11,603 (- 1.1%)

6 months: - 11.2%
1 year  : - 18.8%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 58.1%

More or less stable with each month having a drop of standard attrition levels or a bit less, though the long-term trend is still down.


185 - THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2014: Flash Season 0 #1 -- 23,501 
11/2014: Flash Season 0 #2 -- 14,287 (- 39.2%) 
12/2014: Flash Season 0 #3 -- 12,247 (- 14.3%) 
01/2015: Flash Season 0 #4 -- 10,806 (- 11.8%) 

02/2015: Flash Season 0 #5 — 10,450 (- 3.3%)

Since #1: - 55.5%

Standard attrition.


190 - FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US (Vertigo) (Digital-First) ($3.99)
01/2015: Fables: TWAU #1  -- 13,620 
02/2015: Fables: TWAU #2  -- 10,224 (- 24.9%) 

A typical second-issue drop.


194 - TRINITY OF SIN ($2.99)
10/2014: Trinity of Sin #1 -- 22,683 
11/2014: Trinity of Sin #2 -- 15,097 (- 33.4%)
12/2014: Trinity of Sin #3 -- 12,939 (- 14.3%)
01/2015: Trinity of Sin #4 -- 11,016 (- 14.9%)

02/2015: Trinity of Sin #5 — 9,728 (- 11.7%)

Since #1: - 57.1%

Penultimate issue.


202 - ARROW: SEASON 2.5 (Digital-First) ($2.99)

02/2013: Arrow #4 — 11,581

10/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #1 -- 17,364 (+113.1%) 
11/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #2 -- 11,121 (- 36.0%) 
12/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #3 --  9,862 (- 11.3%) 
01/2015: Arrow Season 2.5 #4 --  9,302 (-  5.7%) 

02/2015: Arrow Season 2.5 #5 — 9,060 (- 2.6%)

2 years : - 21.8%
Since #1: - 47.8%

Standard attrition.


215 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CONTINUITY (Digital-First) ($3.99)

01/2013: Smallville S11 #10 — 17,024

02/2014: Smallville Alien #3   -- 11,061 (- 6.0%)
03/2014: Smallville Alien #4   -- 10,570 (- 4.4%)
04/2014: Smallville Lantern #1 -- 12,391 (+17.2%)
05/2014: Smallville Lantern #2 -- 11,372 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: Smallville Lantern #3 -- 11,401 (+ 0.3%)
07/2014: Smallville Lantern #4 -- 11,243 (- 1.4%)
08/2014: Smallville Chaos #1   -- 10,716 (- 4.7%)
09/2014: Smallville Chaos #2   --  9,801 (- 8.5%)
10/2014: Smallville Chaos #3   --  9,661 (- 1.4%)
11/2014: Smallville Chaos #4   --  8,841 (- 8.5%)
12/2014: S'ville Continuity #1 --  9,071 (+ 2.6%)
01/2015: S'ville Continuity #2 --  8,521 (- 6.1%)

02/2015: S’ville Continuity #3 — 8,107 (- 4.9%)

6 months: - 24.3%
1 year  : - 26.7%
2 years : - 52.4%
Since #1: - 10.6%

Penultimate issue. Will Smallville Season 11 finish above the 8K line? tune in next month to find out!


218 - TEEN TITANS GO! (Digital-First) ($2.99)

02/2005: Teen Titans Go! #16 — 13,980

02/2014: Teen Titans Go! #2  --  9,038 (-32.8%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Teen Titans Go! #3  --  8,185 (- 9.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Teen Titans Go! #4  --  8,667 (+ 5.9%)
07/2014: --
08/2014: Teen Titans Go! #5  --  8,688 (+ 0.2%)
09/2014: --
10/2014: Teen Titans Go! #6  --  8,677 (- 0.1%)
11/2014: --
12/2014: Teen Titans Go! #7  --  8,254 (- 4.9%)
01/2015: --

02/2015: Teen Titans Go! #8 — 7,917 (- 4.1%)

6 months: -  8.9%
1 year  : - 12.4%
10 years: - 43.4%
Since #1: - 41.1%

Not returnable (unlike most of the previous issues).


236 - WOLF MOON (Vertigo) ($2.99)
12/2014: Wolf Moon #1 of 6 -- 15,865 
01/2015: Wolf Moon #2 of 6 --  8,747 (- 44.9%) 
02/2015: Wolf Moon #3 of 6 --  7,789 (- 11.0%) 

Returnable, so adjusted up 10% from the reported numbers (see the disclaimers at the end of this column for why we make this adjustment).

A typical third issue percentage drop.


222 - SANDMAN OVERTURE SPECIAL EDITION (Vertigo) ($4.99)
02/2014: --
03/2014: --
04/2014: --
05/2014: Sandman Overture SE #2 -- 11,499 (-20.7%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: --
08/2014: --
09/2014: Sandman Overture SE #3 -- 10,190 (-11.4%)
10/2014: --
11/2014: --
12/2014: --
01/2015: --

02/2015: Sandman Overture SE #4 — 7,714 (-24.3%)

6 months:    n.a.
Since #1: - 46.8%

The regular edition sold 64,508 copies back in December.


253 - INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE (Digital-First)($3.99)
07/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #1 -- 26,096
08/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #2 -- 15,340 (- 41.2%)
09/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #3 -- 13,884 (-  9.5%)
10/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #4 -- 11,348 (- 18.3%)
11/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #5 --  8,920 (- 21.4%)
12/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #6 --  7,809 (- 12.5%)
01/2015: Infinite Crisis FftM #7 --  7,231 (- 18.9%)

02/2015: Infinite Crisis FftM #8 — 6,498 (- 16.8%)

6 months: - 57.6%
Since #1: - 75.1%

Ending in June.


254 - BODIES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2014:Bodies #1 of 8 -- 17,500 
08/2014:Bodies #2 of 8 -- 11,283 (-33.8%) 
09/2014:Bodies #3 of 8 --  9,439 (-16.3%) 
10/2014:Bodies #4 of 8 --  8,828 (- 6.5%) 
11/2014:Bodies #5 of 8 --  7,926 (-10.2%) 
12/2014:Bodies #6 of 8 --  7,488 (- 5.5%) 
01/2015:Bodies #7 of 8 --  6,647 (-11.2%) 

02/2015:Bodies #8 of 8 — 6,460 (- 2.8%)

6 months: - 42.7%
Since #1: - 62.1%

The final issue shows a small decline. In for a penny…


272 - EFFIGY (Vertigo) ($2.99)
01/2015: Effigy #1  -- 11,656 
02/2015: Effigy #2  --  6,408 (- 45.0%) 

Returnable, so adjusted up 10% from the reported numbers (see the disclaimers at the end of this column for why we make this adjustment).

A large drop for the second issue, for a comic that had pretty much zero wiggle-room to begin with. Unless there are spectacular sales for the first trade collection, this comic is not long for this world.


266 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)
02/2014: Coffin Hill #5  -- 10,435 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7  --  9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8  --  8,764 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: Coffin Hill #9  --  8,396 (- 4.2%)
08/2014: Coffin Hill #10 --  7,710 (- 8.1%)
09/2014: Coffin Hill #11 --  7,422 (- 3.7%)
10/2014: Coffin Hill #12 --  7,136 (- 3.9%)
11/2014: Coffin Hill #13 --  6,752 (- 5.4%)
12/2014: Coffin Hill #14 --  6,410 (- 5.1%)
01/2015: --

02/2015: Coffin Hill #15 — 5,933 (- 7.4%)

6 months: - 23.0%
1 year  : - 43.1%
Since #1: - 75.4%

Drops another 0.5K copies. It’s at the level where cancellation is imminent, but no announcement has been made as yet…


275 - KLARION ($2.99)
10/2014: Klarion #1  -- 20,870 (- 28.0%) 
11/2014: Klarion #2  -- 11,413 (- 45.3%) 
12/2014: Klarion #3  --  8,418 (- 26.2%) 
01/2015: Klarion #4  --  6,776 (- 19.5%) 

02/2015: Klarion #5 — 5,575 (- 17.7%)

Since #1: - 73.3%

Penultimate issue.


278 - STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEAT GI ZOMBIE ($2.99)
07/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #1 -- 18,762 
08/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #2 -- 11,724 (- 37.5%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1    -- 44,333 (+278.1%)
10/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #3 --  9,228 (- 79.2%) 
11/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #4 --  7,546 (- 18.2%) 
12/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #5 --  7,173 (-  4.9%) 
01/2015: SSWS GI Zombie #6 --  5,866 (- 18.2%) 

02/2015: SSWS GI Zombie #7 — 5,433 (- 7.4%)

6 months: - 53.7%
Since #1: - 71.0%

Penultimate issue.


284 - THE KITCHEN (Vertigo) ($2.99)
11/2014: The Kitchen #1 of 8 -- 14,066 
12/2014: The Kitchen #2 of 8 --  7,403 (- 47.4%) 
01/2015: The Kitchen #3 of 8 --  6,328 (- 14.5%) 

02/2015: The Kitchen #4 of 8 — 5,153 (- 18.6%)

Since #1: - 63.4%

Previous issues were returnable; this one was not.


295 - THE NAMES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
09/2014: The Names #1 of 8 -- 17,266 
10/2014: The Names #2 of 8 --  9,056 (- 47.6%) 
11/2014: The Names #3 of 8 --  6,926 (- 23.5%) 
12/2014: The Names #4 of 8 --  5,918 (- 14.6%) 
01/2015: The Names #5 of 8 --  5,312 (- 10.2%) 

02/2015: The Names #6 of 8 — 4,965 (- 6.5%)

Since #1: - 71.2%

These Vertigo mini-series aren’t doing much of anything in the single-issue market. Maybe they’ll make up for it in the trade collection?


+300 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
01/2014: Hinterkind #4  --  9,693 (-16.9%)
02/2014: Hinterkind #5  --  8,948 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Hinterkind #7  --  7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8  --  7,212 (- 3.7%)
07/2014: Hinterkind #9  --  6,686 (- 7.3%)
08/2014: Hinterkind #10 --  6,283 (- 6.0%)
09/2014: Hinterkind #11 --  ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Hinterkind #12 --  ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: --
12/2014: Hinterkind #13 --  5,080 
01/2015: Hinterkind #14 --  4,810 (- 5.3%) 

02/2015: Hinterkind #15 — ????? (< 4,804)

6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
Since #1:   ????%

Ending with issue #18 in May.


+300 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99)
01/2014: FBP #7      --  8,971 (- 6.0%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: FBP #8      --  7,852 (-12.5%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
07/2014: FBP #12     --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: FBP #13     --  6,189
09/2014: --
10/2014: FBP #14     --  ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: FBP #15     --  5,288
12/2014: FBP #16     --  ????? (< 5,053)
01/2015: FBP #17     --  4,707

02/2015: FBP #18 — ????? (< 4,804)

6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
Since #1:   ????%

New issues are still being solicited…


+300 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
01/2005: Scooby-Doo #92                -- 4,872
01/2010: Scooby-Doo #152               -- 3,724
01/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #5  -- 4,543
01/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #17 -- 4,533

01/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #29 — 4,729

01/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #41 -- 4,649 (-2.2%)
02/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #42 -- 4,540 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #43 -- 4,623 (+1.8%)
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 -- 4,650 (+0.6%)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 (+4.1%)
06/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #46 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #47 -- ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #48 -- ????? (< 5,357)
09/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #49 -- ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #50 -- ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #51 -- ????? (< 5,214)
12/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #52 -- ????? (< 5,053)
01/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #53 -- 4,703 

02/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #54 — ????? (< 4,804)

6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

Back down under the cut-off, which was higher this month than last.


+300 - LOONEY TUNES (All-Ages) ($2.99)
02/2005: Looney Tunes #123 -- 2,838
02/2010: Looney Tunes #183 -- ?????
02/2011: Looney Tunes #195 -- ?????
02/2012: Looney Tunes #205 -- ?????

02/2013: Looney Tunes #211 — ?????

02/2014: Looney Tunes #217 -- 2,784 (- 1.3%)
03/2014: -- 
04/2014: Looney Tunes #218 -- ????? (< 2,823)
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: Looney Tunes #219 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: -- 
08/2014: Looney Tunes #220 -- ????? (< 5,357)
09/2014: -- 
10/2014: Looney Tunes #221 -- ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: -- 
12/2014: Looney Tunes #222 -- ????? (< 5,053)
01/2015: --

02/2015: Looney Tunes #223 — ????? (< 4,804)

6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
2 years :   ????%

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12. Convention Recap and the Start of Ghoulish Bunny Studios

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With so many shows to prep, art to make and projects to work on, it has been a challenge to keep up with blogging. But I wanted to jump back in here and post a recap of all the shenanigans that has been going on with our business and the many things to expect from us in the future. So here goes:

Following a prosperous if somewhat grueling marathon run of Knott’s Berry Farm Holiday Village that took up all of December, Shawn and I took a much needed hiatus from the business for a couple weeks. We took a road trip to Denver to visit Shawn’s family. After we returned, it was back to prepping for the first show of the year, Salt Lake Comic Expo. This was a much smaller event in relation to Salt Lake City Comic Con in September but our sales were only down by a little. Still, we had fun, ate great food and made some new friends.

Long Beach Comic Expo, I will have to admit, was a bit disappointing. I always try to be open and honest about my experiences at various cons. Many times I hesitate to publicly talk about the shortcomings of a given Con and will debate with myself as to the best way to describe an unsuccessful show without bashing it. But because I strive to be more transparent about my experiences running an art business, I will go ahead and share my experience. Long Beach has always been a tough area for me to cultivate a following. I am not sure why that is. My first Comic Convention was Long Beach Comic Con. That was 3 years ago. While in most shows my sales and fan base expends every year, in LB it seems to stay at the beginning level of that very first show. Last years LBCE was surprisingly good for us and that gave me a glimmer of hope it would improve for many years to come. However, I think that the show expended too quickly, adding significantly more vendors without bringing the attendance that would justify that expansion.  Again, I can only speak from my own experience. Although I spoke to many friends at the show who also saw a significant drop in sales.

Sam from Trick or Treat

Spookshow at the Halloween Club in La Mirada 

Scary Carrie and MeThis was a fun, free one-day pop-up Halloween themed event that took place in the costume store parking lot. This has definitely become one of my favorites and I hope they continue to bring this show back every year. Despite the warm temperature that day, the turnout was pretty damn good and everyone was having a great time. Our sales were up from last year. It’s free for vendors with a $25 deposit that got returned to us a week later. The crowd was just really great and enthusiastic.

Emerald City Comic Con and Mosnterpalooza

Double show weekend for Shawn and I. I fly out to Seattle for ECCC, while Shawn tables at Monsterpalooza in Burbank. Like last year, this was one incredible weekend of sales for both of us. What can I say… Emerald City Comic Con is really great show for both vendors and attendees. The people Pacific Northwest seems to have a healthy appetite for unique and original art. Monsterpalooza is more of an industry show. It feels a lot more like a trade show that has evolved to include a healthy mixture of artists, writers and horror themed artisans.

Next Up: WonderCon in Anaheim. Dealers Table DSL- 10. Hope to See you there!

WonderCon floor map

And now for more great news:

Gloomy girl print1. You might have already heard, Shawn and I are changing the business name to “Ghoulish Bunny Studios”. This new business will include my artwork, plus Shawn’s writing and videos.

2. We are working on a picture book. Me illustrating and Shawn writing. We will be setting up a kickstarter for it.

3. More new art. I am trying really hard to finish work that I have started a while back. And I try to produce at least one new piece for each show.

4. We are phasing out certain products to make room for more. Many of the mini prints we offer will be retired so that we can make room for…

5. Sketchbooks. I already put my first one out this year. my next one will have more pages, more drawings and a better quality print.

6. Spooky stores from Shawn. He as been working on his writing and coming up with some great little short horror stories. We are going to put together a book of his work that will also include illustrations from me.

7. New website and online store “Ghoulish Bunny Studios” where you can shop directly from us. More products will be added, more artwork available and Shawn’s stories and videos.

So far this is as much as I can share at this time. We are always expending, changing and evolving. Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years. We strive to produce quality work and products for our fiendish friends.Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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13. National Book Awards Reveals Judges, Opens Applications

The National Book Foundation has revealed that judges for this year’s awards and has also opened up the application process.

The judging panels for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature brings together a combination of writers and literary experts. We have the full list for you after the jump. Publishers can apply to have their works considers at this link.

Each panel of judges will select a longlist of ten titles in each of the four categories. These titles will be revealed in mid-September. The shortlisted finalists will be announced on October 14. The winners in each category will be revealed at the 66thNational Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York on November 18, 2015.

The Judges for the 2015 National Book Awards

Fiction panel: Daniel Alarcón, Jeffery Renard Allen, Sarah Bagby, Laura Lippman, David L. Ulin (chair)

Nonfiction panel: Diane Ackerman (chair), Patricia Hill Collins, John D’Agata, Paul Holdengraber, Adrienne Mayor

Poetry panel: Sherman Alexie, Willie Perdomo, Katha Pollitt, Tim Seibles (chair), Jan Weissmiller

 

Young People’s Literature panel: John Joseph Adams, Teri Lesesne, Laura McNeal (chair), G. Neri, Eliot Schrefer

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14. ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’ Leads 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations

Other multi-nominated shows include "Peg+Cat," the Moonbot short "Silent," and "All Hail King Julien."

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15. BOBBEE BEE: WE NEED A GAME CHANGER(POST UP)

MICCThis article is being re-published due to the recent controversy surrounding LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's "plantation politics" as well as with the recent The Supreme Court decision to uphold Michigan's decision to end affirmative action at its public universities in a 6-2 ruling.

NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-Please listen up….and listen up good.
It’s time for us to step out of their shadows and walk into the light and develop an underground railroad of authentic athletes, who will make a conscious decision not to go to Duke, Carolina, or Kentucky?

Let’s recruit the best.
Play the best.
Educate the best.
And be the best.

In other words, let’s convince our children to go to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Can you imagine if John Wall attended N0rth Carolina Central, Michael Jordan attended North Carolina A&T, Patrick Ewing attended Howard, or Allen Iverson attended Hampton University?

Could you imagine the economic impact? The cultural impact? The educational impact? ....on how our children would view the world.


Please don’t misunderstand, I believe college athletes should be paid but if they aren’t, let’s boycott those bastards.


2205896In other words, let’s control our own destiny.

Let’s be the recruiters, the professors, the coaches, the agents, the lawyers, the accountants, the consultants, the stylists, the designers from elementary to AAU, from AAU to college, from college to the NBA…

Let’s eliminate the middlemen…..

My point is this, if we are going to make millions of dollars playing the game of basketball, let’s keep the money in our community.

Let’s fund our own freedom.

Let’s beautify our own buildings.

Let’s sign our own scholarships.

See, it always amazes me, how we cheapen ourselves.

How “other people” always seem to have our best interest at hand.

And convince us, how everybody else is not to be trusted.

We are the oil…the Black Gold…that these college recruiters need to fuel their money making machines.

But they don’t operate without us……..

But we haven’t protected and fought for our natural resources (our children), we shamefully have allowed “other people” to steal our children and misuse them, brainwash them and mishandle them…

Therefore, let’s start a new revolution.

We can start by creating Ballin’ 4 a HBCU campaign on Face book, Twitter, YouTube and encourage five of the top 100 basketball players in the country to join forces and decide to attend a Historical Black College and University.

Let’s shake up the world like Muhammad Ali did when he knocked out Sonny Liston by declaring our letters of intent live on ESPN to attend a HBCU on National Signing Day.

Let’s create another Fab 5 like Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson did at Michigan.
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But let’s do it on one of our prestigious Black colleges and march through March Madness and win a NCAA National Championship.
 

I know it sounds crazy.

But who thought a Black man named Barack Hussein Obama would win the presidency of the United States in 2008.

With that said, who is man enough to take on this challenge?
The time is now.

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Why? Because the game of college basketball is getting weaker and weaker, as the most talented athletes are deciding to take their talents to the NBA for million dollar contracts instead of being exploited for four years in college.

Besides, now ESPN broadcasts everything……

And let’s not forget, Butler almost beat Duke two years ago in the NCAA Tournament. Plus, Norfolk State defeated Missouri last year in the Tournament.

As a result, hopefully, somewhere, there is a group of 8th graders reading this, saying, we are the ones, who will change the game.
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We are waiting for your arrival.
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Let the revolution begin.
 
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television, with a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Managing Editor of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at lbiass34@yahoo.com or go to www.bobbeethehater.blogspot.com

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16. Powell’s Q&A: Todd Furlong

Describe your latest book. My latest book, Blue, Minnesota, is a meditation on boundaries, memory, identity, and family; it explores the liminal places that define us and the inherent sadness of the American Dream. Ultimately, it is a tragic love song to the vast expanse of our inner maps. If someone were to write your [...]

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17. BOBBEE BEE: FINAL FOUR CARTOONS!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, let's get ready for the FINAL FOUR!!!  To my surprise, however,  there are three #1 seeds left in the BIG dance. (Duke, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.) Therefore, the No.7 seed Michigan State is the only team that can be considered a Cinderella. As a result, the only question left to be asked, is whether the "shoe" will fit this "underdog."With that said, Bobbee Bee "The Hater" decided to provide you all a few cartoons as you get your last fix of March Madness.
1. What really makes you upset?
 
I really hate when people, who didn't graduate from a certain school, wear the paraphilia of another  school more than the people, who actually graduated from that school. Especially, students, who graduated from HBCU's.


2. Are you going Easter egg hunting this Sunday?

No. I like my eggs scrambled.


3. Why is Duke's Coach K such a successful coach?
 
He sold his soul to the Devil. That's easy....Next, question.


4. Stephen A. or Skip Bayless?

Stephen A. Why? Because Skip Bayless foolish said, "He saw every dribble Lebron James has ever took..." LOL!!!
 
5. Do you think Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly should hire Tim Tebow as his back-up Quarterback?
 
Only God and Skip Bayless knows that answer....
 

6. Did you watch the FOX hit show Empire?

Nope. Because, my grandma said, "It was a work of the Devil..and it would corrupt my mind..."


7. Do you have your Resume' on Monster.com?

Yes. But, the Monster ate it.
8. Do you know who Randy "MACHO MAN" Randy Savage is?
 
Yes. Plus, I haven't had a SLIM JIM since he has died.
 
 
 
9. I heard you are going to be on Ripley's Believe It or Not?
 
Yes. I am. Because, I have seen one of the biggest, tallest, light skin dudes ever in my life. 
 
 
10. Who are you cheering for in the FINAL FOUR?
 
H-TO-IZZO-Michigan State!!
 

11. What advice to you have for all GM's, Head Coaches, and Players?

If you are going to ride, don't ride the white horse.

  Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television, with a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Managing Editor of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at lbiass34@yahoo.com or go to www.bobbeethehater.blogspot.com

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18. Giveaway: The Originals - The Loss by Julie Plec (US & CAN)

The Originals: The Loss

by Julie Plec
Release Date: Friday, March 31

 

About the Book

After a hurricane destroyed their city, Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson have rebuilt New Orleans to even greater glory. The year is 1766. The witches live on the fringes in the bayou. The werewolves have fled. But still, Klaus isn't satisfied. He wants more. He wants power. But when Klaus finally finds a witch who will perform a spell to give him what he desires most, she secretly uses Klaus to unleash a curse—one that brings back hundreds of her ancestors—and begins a war to reclaim New Orleans. As the siblings fight off the attack, only one thing's for certain—the result will be a bloodbath.

 

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About the Author

JULIE PLEC skillfully juggles work in film and television as both a producer and a writer.  She is the co-creator and executive producer of “The Vampire Diaries” and the creator of “The Vampire Diaries” spin-off, “The Originals,” which tells the story of history’s first vampire family.

 Plec got her start as a television writer on the ABC Family series “Kyle XY,” which she also produced for its three-year run.  She also collaborated with Greg Berlanti and Phil Klemmer on the CW drama, “The Tomorrow People,” the story of a small group of people gifted with extraordinary paranormal abilities.

 Her screenplay adaptation “The Tiger’s Curse” is in development at Paramount, and she will produce the feature “@emma” with Darko Entertainment.  Past feature production credits include “Scream 2” and “Scream 3,” Greg Berlanti’s “Broken Hearts Club,” Wes Craven’s “Cursed” and “The Breed.”

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Giveaway Details

2 winners will each receive 1 finished copy of The Originals: The Rise signed by author Julie Plec and actor Charles Michael Davis. US & Canada only.
 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30-60 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question tyou'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: Do you currently watch The Originals TV show?

 

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19. Penguin Random House Executives Issue Bonus For Its Staff

penguinrandomhouseEvery single staff member at the United States division of Penguin Random House has received a small bonus of $750 this year.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the executives decided to issue this money “because their publishing house had such a good year in 2014.” Some of the titles which contributed to this rise in profits include Grey Mountain by John Grisham, Make It Ahead by Ina Garten, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Last year, Green’s hit young adult novel claimed the No. 1 spot on the Google Play ‘Books of the Year’ list.

Here’s more from the article: “Revenue at Penguin Random House increased 25.2% to 3.3 billion euros, while operating earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization grew 24.5% to 452 million euros…Titles related to Walt Disney Co.’s movie Frozen sold in excess of 17 million copies in all formats. On the digital front, Penguin Random House said it sold more than 100 million e-books worldwide in 2014 but didn’t provide a comparison with 2013.”

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20. Cover Revealed For New Mitch Albom Novel

Mitch Albom New Book Cover

Tuesdays With Morrie author Mitch Albom has unveiled the cover for his forthcoming novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

According to Albom’s announcement, the story follows the “greatest guitar player who ever lived, and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings.” Harper, an imprint at HarperCollins, will release the book on November 10th.

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21. Jen Vaughn leaving Fantagraphics for the freelance life

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Beloved comics figures Jen Vaughn is leaving her marketing position at Fantagraphics, and Tom Spurgeon has her exit inerview:

VAUGHN: The plan was to stay in comics. Period. I’ve worked with comics and graphics novels at almost every level: handselling Y: the Last Man and Jeffrey Brown at a bookstore (Bookstop in Austin), comic book library, teaching comics to people from age seven to seventy, teaching teachers how to integrate comics in their curriculum, interned a company (Top Shelf), gone to comic book school, drawn — and printed — my own comics, wrote for a comics news site (The Beat), had a webcomic for a year and half, organized a small comic con, hosted indie comics — ye old Nerdlingers — worked at a comics non-profit, worked at a comics publisher. Basically, the only things left for me are to work at a printer in Asia and be a full-time freelancer. And maybe become a font…


Vaughn is a popular industry figure for all the above as well as her very funny and charming comics—which she hasn’t had as much time to work on as she’d like, hence the going freelance. Future projects include:

VAUGHN: Probably working in the aforementioned studio with Gaudiano, Moritat, and Thies. I’m inking two mainstream books and that news will be out soon. They are rad as hell and I’m working with great creative teams, I adore the pencillers especially. Anyone who follows me on Twitter (@thejenya) can hazard a guess. Meanwhile, Ryan K. Lindsay is writing a one-shot comic for me about power struggles, teens and more; can’t wait to sink my teeth in his script. Kevin Church promised me a space epic. My own ideas have been bubbling up for a bit so I may throw a thing or two out in the world.

Oh oh oh… also, I have the pleasure of working on a menstruation comic with the Menstrupedia people, who helped raise awareness and break the taboo about speaking about menstruation in India. Rajat Mittal hired me and I got to pick my creative team so Fanta editor Kristy Valenti is helping with rewrites and Fanta designer Keeli McCarthy is helping with some coloring/lettering and design. I’m all about getting paid and passing on some work to other people. And some my first mini-comics were menstruation-related. It is basically the perfect convergence of projects to start out with. My email is inkyjen@gmail.com if someone is dying to have me do something. My dance card is a bit full now but I have a list of people I want to collaborate with.


Vaughn was a huge addition to Fantagraphics, especially teamed with her publicity partner Jacq Cohen, overseeing Fanta’s successful kickstarter campaign and helping in innumerable other ways to negotiate the very changed world of comics retail and marketing. It’s a big loss for them, but Vaughn has trained her replacement interns in her mystical way of the stick. Although we’re saddened not to be working with her in that business capacity, the sorrow is mitigated by having more Jen Vaughn comics in the world! YAY!

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22. New Adult Fiction Genre - Contemporary Romance - #WriteTip



There is a new genre emerging..."New Adult" fiction for older teens aka college-aged readers. You never stop growing up, but little in the market seems to address the coming-of-age that also happens between the ages of Nineteen to Twenty-six. Life changes drastically once high school is over, you have college, first jobs, first internships, first adult relationships…

Part of the appeal of NA is that the storylines are about characters who are taking on adult responsibilities for the first time without guidance from their parents. And the storylines generally have a heavy romance element. 

Keep this in mind as you revise your wonderful story, New Adult books are mostly about that specific time in every person's life—the time when the apron strings are cut from your parents, you no longer have a curfew, you're experiencing the world for the very first time, in most cases, with innocent eyes. New Adult is this section of your life where you discover who you want to be, what you want to be, and what type of person you will become. This time defines you. This is the time of firsts, the time where you can't blame your parents for your own bad choices. 


An NA character has to take responsibility for their own choices and live with the consequences. Most storylines are about twenty-something (18 to 26) characters living their own lives without any parents breathing down their necks, and learning to solve things on their own as they would in real life. New Adult fiction focuses on switching gears, from depending on our parents to becoming full-fledged, independent adults.

I am a firm believer that if you’re going to write a certain genre that you should read it, too. So I’m going to recommend that you start devouring NA novels to get a real sense and understanding of the genre before you write one.

Here are some great recommendations: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/new-adult-romance and http://www.goodreads.com/genres/new-adult and https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/new-adult-romance
 

Just as YA is fiction about teens discovering who they are as a person, New Adult (NA) is fiction about building your own life as an actual adult. As older teen readers discover the joy of the Young Adult genres, the New Adult—demand may increase. This, in turn, would give writers the chance to explore the freedom of a slightly older protagonist (over the age of 18 and out of high school, like the brilliant novel, "BEAUTIFUL DISASTER" by the amazing talents of author, Jamie McGuire) while addressing more adult issues that early 20-year-olds must face.

Older protagonists (basically, college students) are surprisingly rare; in a panel on YA literature at Harvard’s 2008 Vericon, City of Bones author talked about pitching her novel, then about twenty-somethings, as adult fiction. After several conversations, Clare realized she had to choose between adults and teens. She went with teens.

Quote from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press: We are actively looking for great, new, cutting edge fiction with protagonists who are slightly older than YA and can appeal to an adult audience. Since twenty-somethings are devouring YA, St. Martin’s Press is seeking fiction similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult—a sort of an “older YA” or “new adult.” In this category, they are looking for spunky but not stupid, serious but not dull, cutting-edge, supernatural stories.

Quote from Georgia McBride, author (Praefatio) and founder of #YALitChat and publisher at Month9Books: "New Adult is a fabulous idea in theory, and authors seem to be excited about it. But in a world where bookstores shelf by category, to them, it is either  Adult or Young Adult. Some booksellers even call their YA section “teen.” And when you have a character who is over a certain age (19 seems to be the age most consider the start of New Adult), it is received as Adult. In some cases, the designation by publishers causes more confusion than not.
Let’s face it, YA is associated with teens, and at 19, most no longer consider themselves teens. So, it would support the theory of placing these “New Adult” titles in the Adult section. However, with the prevalence of eBook content, it would seem that the powers that be could easily create a New Adult category if they really wanted to...."

There’s also a list on goodreads of New Adult book titles. These books focus on college age characters, late teens to early twenties, transitioning into the adult world.

Some popular authors of the NA category include:
  • Jamie McGuire
  • Jessica Park
  • Tammara Webber
  • Steph Campbell
  • Liz Reinhardt
  • Abbi Glines
  • Colleen Hoover 
  • Sherry Soule
http://www.wattpad.com/story/29486760-irresistible-mistake-new-adult-romantic-suspense


Would you buy New Adult books? 
Does the genre appeal to you? 

Does it sound better than YA (teen novels)? 
 
Or are you happy with YA as it stands?

Do you consider YA to include characters that are over the age of eighteen? 
 

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23. Yale Offers Scholarship For Summer Publishing Classes

Yale is offering scholarships for its intensive continuing education programs in book and magazine publishing courses.

The university will award four “Innovative Leader Scholarships” to mid- to senior-level book and magazine media professionals: one in book publishing in the US, one for magazine media publishing in the US, one in book publishing internationally and one in magazine publishing internationally.

The scholarship pays the $5,450 tuition cost for the Yale Publishing Course. Winners of the award must pay their own travel and housing costs. Applications for the 2015 Course are currently being accepted for July sessions. The magazine class will run July 12-17, 2015 and the book publishing class will run the week of July 19-24, 2015.

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24. Ink (and mermaids)

 

Current likes and/or loves:

* Fabric printing.
* Elderflower cordial
*This kickstarter project being run by Andy Warhol's family.
*Above freezing temperatures. High five, Mother Nature.

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25. Owen Davey

Owen Davey

Owen Davey is an award winning illustrator whose work has graced the pages of Wired magazine, The New York Times and Nobrow. Working with a mixture of traditional and digital techniques he crafts fantastical imagery brimming with warm tones and gently nuanced textures.

 

 

Owen Davey

Owen Davey

Owen Davey

Owen Davey

Owen Davey

 

 

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