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Blackest Night #7

Blackest Night #7

Publishing | The penultimate issue of DC Comics’ Blackest Night miniseries led a weak February in the direct market, which saw comic-book sales slip 3 percent from the same month a year ago. Sales of graphic novels, on the other hand, actually rose 1 percent — the category’s first increase since March 2009 — which the retail news and analysis website ICv2.com notes is “somewhat remarkable given that over 12,000 copies of Watchmen were sold in February 2009, over 10 times the number sold in February of 2010.”

Blackest Night #7 sold more than 130,000 copies, followed at No. 2 by Marvel’s Siege #2, with about 108,400. They were the only titles to break 100,000 in February. ICv2 notes that sales of Blackest Night increased some 30 percent from the previous issue’s first month while those of Siege were virtually unchanged. That seems like an impressive performance for both titles.

The 13th volume of Vertigo’s Fables topped the graphic-novel chart with sales just shy of 12,000, followed by the Kick-Ass Premiere Hardcover with just over 9,000. [ICv2.com]

Wandering Son, Vol. 1

Wandering Son, Vol. 1

Publishing | Deb Aoki speaks with Gary Groth, president and co-publisher of Fantagraphics Books, about the company’s newly announced manga line. [About.com]

Publishing | Mark Siegel, editorial director of First Second Books, talks briefly about the publishing imprint’s moves into webcomics with his Sailor Twain, or, the Mermaid in the Hudson, Amir and Khalil’s Zahra’s Paradise, and Derek Kirk Kim’s Tune. [ICv2.com]

Publishing | Sarah Morean talks with cartoonist Box Brown about his experience with Kickstarter, the social-networking fundraiser site. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Publishing | U.K. publisher Titan Books is searching for a senior acquisitions editor for “illustrated books in the art, comics reference and related categories, plus graphic novels.” [The Bookseller]

San Diego Convention Center

San Diego Convention Center

Conventions | Jennifer de Guzman, editor-in-chief of SLG Publishing, considers the “sometimes touchy” relationship between San Diego and Comic-Con International. [PW Comics Week]

Conventions | Rick Klaw reports on the comics-related elements of last weekend’s STAPLE! Independent Media Expo in Austin. [San Antonio Current]

Creators | Bob Minzesheimer profiles legendary cartoonist Jules Feiffer, who discusses his new memoir Backing Into Forward. [USA Today]

Creators | Writer Fred Van Lente (The Incredible Hercules, Marvel Zombies 5) has signed an exclusive agreement with Marvel. [Comics Alliance]

Red Robin #13

Red Robin #13

Creators | Fabian Nicieza will be the new regular writer of DC’s Red Robin beginning with June’s Issue 13. [The Source]

Creators | Caroline Small wraps up a two-part interview with cartoonist Nina Paley. [The Hooded Utilitarian]

Creators | Ryan K. Lindsay interviews Justin Greenwood, artist of the Oni Press series Resurrection. [The Weekly Crisis]

Creators | John Geddes spotlights Mark Rahner and Robert Horton, creators of the Western-horror series Rotten from Moonstone Books. [USA Today]

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Matt from the Chi

March 11, 2010 at 7:45 am

Thanks team! I enjoy reading this every day. One funny note, in my RSS feed, the last sentence switched from “Plus much more!” to “Plus more!” Didn’t want to get everyone’s hopes up too much?

That note about sales of Blackest Night being ” up 30% from the previous issue’s first month sales” is kind of misleading, considering the previous issue’s sales were split between December and January because of some retailers not signing up to sell BN #6 during the post-Christmas skip week. The total then is 135,985 (although that includes reorders in January, too, so it’s not apples-to-apples either), meaning BN #7 was down about 4%. Which is still pretty dang impressive.

More impressive given that BN is a ripoff of Secret Invasion with zombies instead of skrulls essentially 130K people are shelling out money to buy the same product twice.

@360

Comics have been recycling ideas for decades now. Get a relevant point or stop trying to think.

“More impressive given that BN is a ripoff of Secret Invasion with zombies instead of skrulls essentially 130K people are shelling out money to buy the same product twice.”

That is possibly the worst comparison i’ve read on the internet ever.

No offense, but why does a column dedicated to the “comics internet” have no mention of the Amazon/Barnes and Noble Glitch? That’s some of the biggest comics news so far this year.

Thanks for the mention but you linked to the wrong article. My STAPLE coverage can be seen here: http://www.sacurrent.com/arts/story.asp?id=71005

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