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26. Anna Todd’s ‘After’ and ‘Harry Styles’ come to print and film

AfterCoverAnna Todd, the first-time author whose online fan fiction series After became a Wattpad sensation, has had a big month.

Publishing one chapter at a time, Todd racked up 1 billion reads online and gained avid fans worldwide. Last week, Paramount Pictures announced it had acquired screen rights, and this week, After was pubbed newly revised and expanded in a paperback from Gallery Books, part of a six-figure, multi-book deal with further print releases set for this November 18, December 30, and February 10, 2015.

Talking with Alexandra Alter, Todd told the New York Times that she began as a Wattpad reader, hooked on serialized fictional stories about British boy band One Direction. In 2013, she started writing her own fiction about a female college freshman who gets involved with a tattooed, lip-ringed, cute, tousled-haired guy named Harry Styles.

“I didn’t think anyone would read it.” … She updated “After” with a new chapter every day to meet readers’ demands and tapped out much of the book on her cellphone. She wrote for five hours a day and spent three hours trading messages with readers on Wattpad, Twitter and Instagram and drew on those comments to help her shape the story.

“The only way I know how to write is socially and getting immediate feedback on my phone,” she said.

Todd also told Alter that she receives threats daily from angry One Direction fans on Twitter and Tumblr, which explains why, as Alter reports, in the print After the romantic lead is no longer Harry Styles but Hardin Scott. We’ll know soon enough if After is as big in print for $16 as it is online at Wattpad, where it remains free.

In other Wattpad news, the site is currently hosting two contests. “Share your Yes moment,” cohosted with HarperCollins, is the call for the Yes Please by Amy Poehler Writing Contest. They want to hear about a moment when your life changed because of saying yes. The Yes Please prize pack includes a tweet shout-out from Amy’s Smart Girls. And, to celebrate Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress, fans are asked to write a piece of fanfiction inspired by her Freeze-Dried Groom on Wattpad. Atwood will choose and recognize the winning story.

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27. Arkansas, My Home

Poetry Day 2014 Program Saturday, October 18, 2014
My poem in program hand-out.

 
 
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Arkansas, My Home

 

The trees of summer

invite visitors to stay,

beckoning them to sit beneath them,

relax along lakes and rivers,

throw a line in, take a cruise,

dive in for a swim.

Before visitors realize...

they call Arkansas “home.”

 

Mary Nida Smith

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28. The Goal of NaNoWriMo and Writing a Novel in a Month

The goal next month is not to write a polished novel. Next month's goal and every fast-writing goal is simply to write the barebones, foundation, design, essence, promise of a story -- words, lots and lots of words -- with the idea of going back and revising after the month is up.

Begin now:
1) Visualize yourself letting go, writing with abandon, sleeping, eating, breathing your story for an entire month, becoming obsessive of your writing time and compulsive about writing, letting the real world drop away as you fully enter the exotic world of your story. Without judgement, criticism or shame, see yourself writing for the pure joy of putting one word after another in the spirit of creating something out of nothing but a fragment, a wisp, a dream…

2) Clear your calendar of everything next month.

3) Schedule in your writing, sleeping, writing, eating, writing, plotting, dreaming, writing time.

4) See yourself writing everyday joyfully.

(NOTE: don't worry about your plot or if you're starting in the right place or any of the details. We'll get to that in December. For now, give yourself permission to completely give yourself to writing your story.

For plot help before, during and after writing a novel in a month, take my Plot Whisperer books along: 

1)  The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories
2)  The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
3)  The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing.
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To continue writing and revising (and, lots of writers are finding PlotWriMo the exact right resource to help pre-plot for a powerful first draft. Knowing what to look for in a revision helps create a tighter first draft):
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29. Uninvited is Unbelievable

Uninvited is Unbelievable 



So recently I picked up the YA fiction novel Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. Let's just say, the book was permanently glued to my hands until I finished. It was that good. Filled from cover to cover with an intriguing story, thrilling action, and witty dialogue, the book takes the reader on a wonderful ride and never lets go. So, without further ado, here are the top five things I loved about Uninvited.

1. The Plot is Scary Good

It's so unique I can't take it. Told from the POV of an "HTS" carrier (Homicidal Tendency Syndrome; aka: The Kill Gene), the plot twists and turns through the multitude of possibilities in a world where violence can be traced to someone's DNA. It's truly original and completely engrossing. 

2. The Characters are so Real 

Not only does the main character, Davy Hamilton, drag you in with her unique voice, but every character she meets does as well. They all have distinct, wonderfully written personalities, and the dialogue is to die for. 

3. The Romance is Gripping

So, we've got the whole homicidal thing going on- super cool. But then you add romance to the picture? It all just fits together beautifully. Amidst a crumbling world full of violence and a power-hungry agency fixed on her demise, Davy manages to fall in love in the last place she thought possible. Hopeless romantics beware. 

4. The Action is Awesome

This book is packed full of thrilling action scenes, and boy are they awesome. From fist fights to armed guards, every page is a surprise, and not one that you'd want to miss. 

5. It's Scientifically Spooky

The way Jordan weaves the tale is genius in that it all seems so real. Before each chapter is a short blip about HTS, and the way its described seems so plausible you can't help but shudder. It's truly a work of art, and utterly addicting. 

And there you have it! Five reasons why my latest read was so fantastic. Pick up a copy of Uninvited by Sophie Jordan, and I promise you that you'll be hooked. 

Best and happy reading,

-Ashley Dawson 

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30. Midnight Ghost

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Midnight Ghost

A Short Story
By Manelle Oliphant

Text and illustrations © 2014 by Manelle Oliphant

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waited in the dark hallway. I bounced slightly from the excitement of seeing her again. Every night for months I’d watched her glide down the hallway, but tonight was All Saints’ Eve when the gate between the dead and the living would be open. Maybe this time we would be able to talk, and I could tell her that…that I loved her.

I moved closer to the wall to be out of her way. She always walked the same path. Twice she’s drifted through me when I wasn’t quick enough to stand aside. It felt horrible, a ghost on your inside, cold and damp.

The distant grandfather clock chimed midnight. I held my breath.

She appeared at the end of the hallway and drifted toward me. She wore a flowing dress old-fashioned dress and glowed white with a purple tinge. She grew closer and I smelled lavender. I smiled. She always smelled like lavender. Her colorless eyes looked sad but kind. They must have been green eyes when she still lived. I had never seen a more beautiful woman.

She drifted by me so close that if I put out my hand I could touch her. I imagined her warm and alive, soft hair and laughing lips. I sighed.

The slight wind from my breath blew across the hallway. Her form flickered and everything changed.

Her sad eyes turned to dark holes and she turned to me. Her face twisted in anger. “Why do you always watch me?”

I shrank back toward the wall. A cold despair wrapped around my heart. All my fond feelings disappeared.

She rushed closer. The lavender smell disappeared, replaced by the smell of rotten fruit. Her dark, now soulless, eyes were only a few inches from my face.

“Why?” she shouted at me again. Her chin melted downward as she spoke, and her mouth grew into a gaping hole. Her voice, still feminine but louder, boomed around the hallway and vibrated in my chest.

My mouth opened but words wouldn’t form.

“Ahhhhh!” she gave a frustrated scream. Her spirit form grew in size and her soft purple glow turned to red.

I tried to speak. “I….I…” She moved closer still. I thought she would swallow me whole but as she came forward the last chime on the clock sounded and she disappeared.

I stood in dark silence. I took a shallow breath and reached in my pocket for my candle. My hands shook. I used three matches before the candle lit. I was alone except for the grim family portraits hanging in a line across the hall. I felt sure their eyes watched me. A notion, that before, I always thought rather silly.

Midnight Ghost short story downloadI walked toward the stairs. I wanted to run but couldn’t risk extinguishing my light. At the end of the hallway moonlight shown through a tall window and illuminated the main entrance at the bottom of the stairs. Now I ran. My candle went out. I let it go. Behind me I heard crashes and wails. A few times cold air brushed my skin. At the bottom of the stairs I yanked open the door and rushed outside.

I ran down the drive and only looked back at the house once. Lights shown through every window and the ghosts made a ruckus the likes of which I had never heard before or since. When I arrived earlier I felt excited, but the ghost’s unexpected, violent anger changed all my feelings. I knew I would never be back. Stupid idea, falling in love with a ghost.

The End

 

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31. A THANK YOU gift from Becky!

Thank you! 
A special gift for you,  
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32. SCBWI Bulletin Cover

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33.




Advance review by Bookreporter.com
DON’T FORGET ME, BRO
By John Michael Cummings
Stephen F. Austin State University Press



Families: they love us, they hate us, they confuse us, they support us, they believe in us, they hurt us, they forgive us, they never forget our mistakes …

It’s no good picking and choosing which of the above (in what could be an interminably long list) best applies to your particular family, or mine, because today’s assumption will become tomorrow’s irrelevance.

As author John Michael Cummings shows with such poignant and searing skill in DON’T FORGET ME, BRO families contain all of it. There’s simply no tidy, predictable emotional or dynamic boundary to draw around these most primal of human units. Even those who don’t know their biological families have collective relationships that daily test their autonomy, individuality, self-worth and dreams.

Cummings, who’s spent more than three decades writing about human beings, mainly of the everyday American persuasion, excels in uncovering those beneath-the-skin familial stories that realistically probe uncomfortable, often invisible, areas of life. And even in our current decade of sociological transparency, perhaps nothing is more resistant to illumination in this context than mental illness.

As a broad collection of chemical, biological and/or psychiatric disorders of the brain, it eludes clear-cut treatments and solutions as successfully as families elude pat definitions of who and what they are. When families and their perceptions of mental illness collide, as happens with such gritty persistence in DON’T FORGET ME, BRO all the discomfort of relationships, normal and otherwise, comes to the fore.

Returning home to West Virginia to deal with the premature death of his older brother Steve, long diagnosed as schizophrenic, Mark Barr carries plenty of his own emotional and psychological baggage, including a deep-seated distaste for a father he remembers as abusive, a mother who seems a passive bystander to life, and a middle brother who comes across as just plain weird. With a number of failed relationships on record – including the one that’s falling apart even as he sets out from New York – he’s not so sure about his own mental health either.

“Going back home” stories are often based on narrow cliché-filled themes that focus on a single character or experience. Like series TV shows, they are easier to control and wrap up in a satisfying sentimental or tragic package at the end.

Fortunately, DON’T FORGET ME, BRO isn’t one of them. It’s a gripping emotional and literary journey that hits just about every pothole one can expect to find on life’s road; that part is engaging and sometimes oddly familiar. And when Cummings throws in a few unexpected left turns, thanks to his character’s unpredictable relatives and colleagues, there are moments of surprise and difference to ponder as well. That skilfully managed dichotomy in itself sets this author apart, drawing the reader into places that challenge assumption and attitude.

At the outset, Mark does think this back-home story is all about him, but he’s not driven by ego or self-absorption as much as by fear, worry and chronic indecision.  His own identity, perhaps even his future, are on the line.

But as he blunders into memories, people, and artifacts from the chaotic mosaic of his dead brother’s life he rediscovers who Steve really was. In spite of himself he grows into a kind of belated and bewildered stewardship over his brother’s cremated remains, which become a catalyst for revealing ever-deeper layers of family stories he never really knew.

Haunted by the last words he heard Steve utter – “Don’t forget me, bro” – Mark realizes that at the heart of every human existence is the fear of being forgotten, of simply disappearing into cosmic anonymity. After all, even families that can’t stand each other tenaciously remember their own.

With the unexpected complicity of his equally dysfunctional remaining brother, Mark hangs around his hometown, stumbling upon ways to build better memories than the ones he’d fled more than a decade earlier when he went to New York seeking success.

The Barr family changes a little, just enough for its surviving members to actually remain civilly in the same room together. That’s about it. Cummings doesn’t make their story television-comfortable, nor does he eliminate the heavy reality of an uncertain future.

Set against the larger contexts of contemporary economic depression, social despair, fear of the known and unknown, as well as multiple shades of guilt, remorse and anger, in the end DON’T FORGET ME, BRO can only exhale in a long sigh of acceptance.

Cummings adeptly leaves the reader suspended in that fragile moment before the next breath must be taken, yet strangely satisfied that compassion and justice have been attained. DON’T FORGET ME, BRO is a rare thing, a brilliant addition to a theme in which so many other novels under-achieve.

– reviewed by Pauline Finch, Bookreporter.com

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34. 31 days of Halloween: Constantine debuts tonight and here’s your guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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35. Less than 13 Hours

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36. Pick of the Week for TROUBLE and This Week’s Topic

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Happy Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Susie Oh our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘TROUBLE’. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring!

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

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by Jason Enright

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Storm continues to drop fast which is not good.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thunderbolts will end with issue 32 next month.

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

Final issue of the Wolverine anthology.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 17 will be the final issue in November.

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

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

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

Final issue.

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

Cancelled with issue 12 in november

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

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

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

After a one month delay the Doop series wraps up.

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

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

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

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

6-Month Comparisons

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

1 Year Comparisons

---

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

2 Year Comparisons

---

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

3 Year Comparisons

---

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

5 Year Comparisons

---

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

10 Year Comparisons

---

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

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

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

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

Until next time, keep reading comics!

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38. Not So Horror(ible) YA Books




There are a lot of great horror, but I have a group of students who want to read the genre, but don't care to get scared.  And with that, the birth of this list began.  This is a collaborative list, and I am so thankful to the librarians who helped are out there. Some I've read, some I haven't, but with collective expertise, this could be a helpful list for humorous horror :)





DEVILS AND DEMONS:

Soul Enchilada by David Maccinis Gill

Prom Dates from Hell Rosemary Clement-Moore

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Croak by Gina Damico




 









MONSTERS:


Killer Pizza Greg Taylor

Cold Cereal trilogy by Adam Rex




ZOMBIES:

Warm Bodies Isaac Marion

 Eat Brains Love Jeff Hart

 Bad Taste in Boys Carrie Harris

The Infects Sean Beaudoin
Gil’s All Fright Diner by Martinez










WITCHERY AND MAGIC

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Lish McBride

Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand









VAMPIRES:

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side Beth Fantasky

 Thirsty by MT Anderson

Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley

Fat Vampire by Adam Rex

Reform Vampire Support Group by Jinks













GHOSTS:

School Spirit by Rachel Hawkins

Intertwined by Gena Showalter

The Twelve-Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs
















Other:

The Savages by Matt Whyman
















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39. They’re So Good, It’s Scary: 13 Quotes From Horror, Thriller and Suspense Writers

432054-wrote-1916With Halloween just one week away, we’re getting into the spirit of the season with these 13 quotes on the writing life from famous authors of horror, thriller and suspense:

1. “So where do the ideas—the salable ideas—come from? They come from my nightmares. Not the night-time variety, as a rule, but the ones that hide just beyond the doorway that separates the conscious from the unconscious.”
—Stephen King, “The Horror Writer Market and the Ten Bears,” November 1973, WD

2. “The first thing you have to know about writing is that it is something you must do everyday. There are two reasons for this rule: Getting the work done and connecting with your unconscious mind.”
—Walter Mosley

3. “I hope people are reading my work in the future. I hope I have done more than frightened a couple of generations. I hope I’ve inspired a few people one way or another.”
—Richard Matheson

4. “When one is writing a novel in the first person, one must be that person.”
—Daphne du Maurier

5. “When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books.”
R.L. Stine

6. “[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.”
—Clive Barker

7. “Beauty is the sole legitimate province of the poem.”
Edgar Allan Poe

8. “I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there.”
Shirley Jackson

9. “Writing is writing, and stories are stories. Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and nonfiction. And even there, who can be sure?”
—Tanith Lee

10. “I always wanted to be in the world of entertainment. I just love the idea of an audience being happy with what I am doing. Writing is showbusiness for shy people. That’s how I see it.”
—Lee Child

11. I don’t think there is enough respect in general for the time it takes to write consistently good fiction. Too many people think they will master writing overnight, or that they are as good as they will ever be.”
—Tananarive Due

12. “What I love about the thriller form is that it makes you write a story. You can’t get lost in your own genius, which is a dangerous place for writers. You don’t want to ever get complacent. If a book starts going too well, I usually know there’s a problem. I need to struggle. I need that self-doubt. I need to think it’s not the best thing ever.”
—Harlan Coben, WD Interview, January 2011

13. “My reason for writing stories is to give myself the satisfaction of visualising more clearly and detailedly and stably the vague, elusive, fragmentary impressions of wonder, beauty, and adventurous expectancy which are conveyed to me by certain sights (scenic, architectural, atmospheric, etc.), ideas, occurrences, and images encountered in art and literature.”
—H.P. Lovecraft 

Want to write your own horror, thriller or suspense novel? Then learn from a master with The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic: Dracula.

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Headshot_Tiffany LuckeyTiffany Luckey is the associate editor of Writer’s Digest. She also writes about TV and pop culture at AnotherTVBlog.com. Follow Tiffany on Twitter @TiffanyElle.

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40. ‘Riverdale’ TV Drama to Feature Characters From The Archie Comics Universe

Riverdale TVFox is developing an Archie Comics TV drama called Riverdale.

It will feature several characters from the Archie universe including Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, Jughead Jones, Kevin Keller, and Josie & The Pussycats. Warner Brothers Studios and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions will partner together to produce this project.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will work on the writing. He gave this statement in the press release: “This is something we’ve been working on for awhile now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for what will be, essentially, the first time. The entire team working on Riverdale is as passionate about Archie as Jon and I are, so it feels like the stars have finally aligned for Archie and the rest of the gang.”

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41. Constantin Film & Dark Horse Entertainment to Partner On the ‘Polar’ Movie

PolarConstantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment are teaming up to create a movie adaptation of Polar: Came From The Cold.

Victor Santos’ graphic novel was published in November 2013. According to the press release, “the adrenaline-pumping action-thriller tells the story of Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a motley crew of new generation hitmen.”

Jayson Rothwell will write the screenplay. The movie studio is currently looking to hire a director to helm this project.

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42. KidLitCon 2014: A Retrospective, Part II - Reflections on Floating Heads

The one and only Floating Head of Shannon Hale! It rocks! It talks! It silences its viewers! I didn't take as many notes as I should have, when author Shannon Hale "visited" KidLitCon on our second day. Mainly because I was on edge, hoping against... Read the rest of this post

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43. Legal Drug Manga Review

Name: Legal Drug Genre: Supernatural, Shonen-ai, Mystery Artist: CLAMP Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten (JP),  Dark Horse (US) Serialized In: Monthly Asuka Original Release Date: September 30, 2014 Ah, CLAMP. The doujinshi circle turned all female manga-artist powerhouse and I have an on and off relationship over the years. There’s classic CLAMP that I grew up on ... Read more

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44. IT'S THIS WEEKEND!!!


 
Alternative Press Pop-Up / 24th - 26th October 2014 / 139 Greenwich South St  SE10 8NX
 
IT'S THIS WEEKEND!!!
 
DIY Art Show and pop-up zine outlet.
 
Come and see art work, self published
comix, zines, art-books and poetry
pamphlets.
Check out our website here.
Come along over the weekend and,
share ideas, swap zines, buy, sell,
see and do.

Opening times:

Friday, Public View 7 - 11pm
Saturday 11 am - 6pm
(screenprinting workshop 1pm)
Sunday 11am - 6pm
(screenings 1pm)

 
See ya!

 
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45. how do I make my detective story credible?

Question: How do I write a credible detective story? I'm stumped on how to write a credible detective story without violating the law of copyright. Answer:

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

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

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

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

Fensterman goes on to say

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And with that, we’re outta here.

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48. Free Fall Friday – Book-Give-a-Way: Karen Romagna

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Big Congratulations to fellow NJSCBWI member, illustrator Karen Romagna for her new Picture Book.

Originally posted on Writing and Illustrating:

Here is your chance to win a copy of Karen Romagna’s new book, VOYAGE. All you have to do is leave a comment and be willing to write a short review of the book if you win. The review can be on your blog, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Facebook, or Goodreads. (See more at bottom of this post.)

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Karen Romagna has just finished illustrating her first picture book. Voyage launched at The National Book Festival in Washington, DC on August 30, 2014 and is available in bookstores October 1, 2014. Written by former US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, Voyage is the tale of a young boy setting off for an adventure on the open sea. Karen used the softness of watercolor in illustrating this wonderful dreamlike tale.

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Karen is a traditional painter. Her illustrations are primarily done in watercolor However, she also loves painting in oil.

Karen grew up surrounded by…

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49. Please Come See Me at the Texas Book Festival!

If you're around and about Austin this weekend, please consider stopping by the Texas Book Festival! Held at the Texas State Capital, the festival is a great event for families and book lovers!

I'll be on a panel on Saturday along with authors Michael Fry and S. S. Taylor, moderated by Tim Crow, and we'd love to see you there!

WHAT: "ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE" Author Panel
WHEN: Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 2:30-3:30
WHERE: Texas State Capital Room E2.026

Book signing will follow immediately in the Author Signing tent.

Can't wait to see you there!



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50. Maggie Soars to No. 1 at Beech Elementary School

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