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Brightest Day #7 (August's top-selling comic)

Retailing | Laura Hudson surveys a handful of retailers about what part higher cover prices may have played in August’s plummeting comics sales. “This summer has underperformed, and I think [the $3.99 price point] is a big part of it,” says Chris Rosa of Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, “but also I think the lack of an event and the fact that the big books at both [companies] are extended denouements to events. There’s nothing really inspiring people to run out to the stores. People are tired of buying four Avengers titles at $3.99 a pop.” [Comics Alliance]

Publishing | Tom Mason looks at the return of Atlas Comics: “If you were 13 years-old in 1975 when the original books were out, you’d be 48 today. In other words, the age of the average direct market fanboy. But in order for these new books to succeed, they’d have to appeal beyond nostalgia because with most Marvel and DC comics at $4.00 a pop, you’ve got to have something special and excellent to lure some of those buyers into your own circus tent.” [Comix 411]

Retailing | Johanna Draper Carlson offers advice for aspiring comics retailers. [Comics Worth Reading]

Detective Comics #871

Creators | Scott Snyder discusses American Vampire and his upcoming run on Detective Comics in an interview from Comic-Con International: “… I want it to be back to basics and have it be anchored in Gotham. Batman solving mysteries as the greatest detective in the world. I wanted it to be street level crime, a couple new villains that are a little bit above the sidewalk level, but at the same time, it’s going to focus on Batman solving crime in Gotham using new tech. It will be old fashioned in terms of its format, but high tech in terms of his gadgets for a new twist.” [AICN]

Creators | Alex Deuben interviews Dame Darcy and Dan Goldman. [Suicide Girls]

Creators | Gerard Way talks briefly about The Umbrella Academy. [The Star]


Comics | Claudia Massie details why she loves Hergé: “The visual style of the Tintin books is one that looks enormously simple: it is rather muted in colour; the black lines are neat and constant. The predominant tones are those of the up-market paint company Farrow & Ball and dominated by gentle browns, yellows, blues and greens. Most frames restrict their colour spectrum to just two or three different tones and. unlike some other comic styles, much importance is given to empty space, meaning Hergé is happy to offer a blank sky or wall as a backdrop to a small detail of action or expression. Not for Tintin the graphic pyrotechnics of Marvel Comics; our Belgian boy hero operates against a tranquil canvas of meticulous order.” [The Spectator]

Comics | Author David Lipsky sings the praises of Runaways, Vol. 1, by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona: “… I bear the books a grudge. Marvel collected them — because their biggest fans were female teenagers — in tiny digests with girlish covers that were intensely embarrassing to read on the subway. I kept locking eyes with people I could swear had just shaken their heads. And, alright, I fell a little in love with one of the female leads: the great flying beauty Karolina Dean. Who turned out to be gay. A hardship I’d steered clear of in real life, and there I was stumbling into it in a damned graphic novel (OK, comic book). Runaways — while a consistently brilliant reading experience — has been an embarrassment festival. Way beyond a guilty pleasure. It has been a fount of guilt, awkwardness and grave personal doubts. Which is to say, it turned me teenaged again.” [NPR]




September 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

I’m not buying as much comics as I used to. They have become too expensive. I live in British Columbia, Canada and my local comic shops charge an additional 10% on top of the US cover price to convert it to Canadian dollars. BC also recently introduced a Harmonized Sales Tax that raised the tax on magazines from 5% to 12%. Last year a $2.99 US comic cost me $3.45 Canadian after tax. Now a $3.99 US comic costs me $4.92 Canadian after tax. That’s a cost increase of $1.47 Canadian, or 42.6%. I lost my job this year so I have less money to spend. Rather than buying new issues at full price from my local comic shops, I am buying discounted trade paperbacks online, borrowing books from the library, or waiting for issues to show up in the discount bin. I’m also uninterested in many of the comics Marvel and DC are currently producing. I’m tired of inappropriately bleak superhero stories, derivative plots, and drawn-out crossovers.

Amazing Spiderman came out this past week and I picked it up on the stand to look at it and the interior art is a joke. These guys are crapping out $4.00 junk. Comics are going the way of stamps and coins. A few really dedicated collectors and the rest of society wants to jack off on their mobile phones.Atlas is just like Tekno and all of the other failed publishers.All they want to do is get the movie deal and the merchandising deal.


recycling ideas to the 30- 40 yrold demographic at $4 is not a good idea in this economy.

MARVEL & DC- recpect the demographic that supports this industry.

The idea of kids today are the readers of tomorrow is such a rarity that it doesnt even register.

Kids buy toys & video games. the occasionaly buy a few comics.

Can the average 12-15 yrold afford EVERY X title or Avengers title a month??? NO

I have cut the number of titles I pick up by more than half because of the increased cover price.

>“but also I think the lack of an event and the fact that the big books at both [companies] are extended denouements to events. There’s nothing really inspiring people to run out to the stores.

The first statement is a contradiction – there is no big event but all comics are tied to events? – but I say Amen. I HATE big events, which are usually pointless, spin endless wheels, and end up where we started after killing god knows how many trees. And any good titles have to stop to do a “Red Sky” issue that invariably stinks.

How about some all ages, done-in-one, accessible books with exciting fun stories? Remember those?


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