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Comics A.M. | Details on DC’s Aug. 31 midnight releases

Justice League

Publishers | DC Comics have released details on the midnight release of Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1 on Aug. 31. The publisher is offering a free over-ship of Flashpoint #5 for retailers who order 125 percent of their order for Flashpoint #1, and the publisher has noted that that these are the only two DC titles shipping that week that can be sold at midnight. The promotion is only available to U.S. and Canadian accounts; due to the Aug. 29 bank holiday, the midnight sale option will not be available to UK retailers. [ICv2]

Legal | Michael Dean looks at the recent ruling by New York federal judge Colleen McMahon that the family of Jack Kirby has no claim to the copyrights of the characters he co-created for Marvel. Dean notes, “Some legal observers were expecting Marvel to be the second major comics-publisher domino to fall when Toberoff filed on behalf of the Kirbys, but there is a key difference between Kirby’s comics work and Siegel’s: It was well established that Superman already existed as a full-blown character concept before Siegel and Joe Shuster pitched him to DC, whereas Kirby, who died in 1994, did most if not all of his Marvel work on assignment from the publisher. In the case of work for hire, the Copyright Act defines the instigating employer/publisher as the Author of the work.” [The Comics Journal]

Howard the Duck

Creators | Former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter recounts his first meeting with writer Steve Gerber, which involved a “low key” argument about mature content in mainstream comics. In a second post, he talks about working with Gerber later as his editor. [Jim Shooter, Part 1, Part 2]

Creators | In a video interview with Wired, Grant Morrison says publishers need to “let the artists go crazy, let the writers go crazy” and get back to big ideas in order to address declining print sales. [Underwire]

Webcomics | The entrepreneurial side of webcomics is the focus of this Boston Globe story featuring five Massachusetts artists who are making it on their own, without newspaper syndication. [The Boston Globe]

Creators | Khursten Santos takes a long, fond look at manga creator Iou Kuroda. Only one of Kuroda’s works, Sexy Voice and Robo, has been translated into English and that’s out of print. As you will see from this article, that’s a shame. [Otaku Champloo]

Conventions | Michael Bonesteel previews the upcoming Wizard World Chicago show that runs Aug. 11-14, stating that comics are “still holding their own amid the hoopla and Hollywoodization of the event.” He talks to two comic artists who will attend, Don Kramer and Ivan Brunetti. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Conventions | Erin Finnegan posts the audio of her Unusual Manga Genres podcast from Otakon; she has a slide show to go with it, too. [Ninja Consultant Podcast]

Conventions | Physics Today reporter Charles Day shares what he found when he attended the San Diego Comic-Con with the intent to “hunt for physics in and around the conference hall.” [Physics Today]

Appreciation | Ben Morse sings the praises of 1602: Fantastick Four, a comic he dubs “underrated.” [The Cool Kids’ Table]

Reviews | Robert Colvile looks at Grant Morrison’s new book Supergods. [Telegraph]

Reviews | Aaron Zenz and his 11-year-old daughter Gracie review Fantagraphics’ The Complete Peanuts collections. “My goal is to read all of the Peanuts comics ever made. That’s my dream,” Gracie said. [Bookie Woogie, via 4thletter!]

Craft | Fluffy creator Simone Lia explains how to draw bunnies. [The Guardian]



Do we know how DC is going to handle the digital release of those titles?

Most likely available August 31 morn.

Are there really stores that open at midnight for these promotions?

[Michael Bonesteel previews the upcoming Wizard World Chicago show that runs Aug. 11-14, stating that comics are “still holding their own amid the hoopla and Hollywoodization of the event.” ]

…Words spoken by someone who clearly hasn’t paid attention to Wizard World Chicago in the last, oh, 5 years?

” the publisher has noted that that these are the only two DC titles shipping that week that can be sold at midnight. ”

1. I thought that they were the only DC titles shipping that day, period.
2. Either way, it makes no sense. It’s the day of release: if a comic shop wants to be open at 12:01AM, they should be able to capitalize on any and every title that they are allowed to sell on that day. Record stores (like the inimitable Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis) have a longstanding tradition of staying open until 12:30 or so on Monday nights to sell the new releases that are officially released at 12:01AM on Tuesday. If the store can sell anything and everything new, they have much more of an incentive to deal with the hassle of paying their employees to stick around that extra 3-4 hours than if they can only sell two measly books. Even if those two books will sell well, I doubt it’s worth it for the retailer if everyone who came in can’t also clear out their pullbox at the same time.

another desperate and utterly transparent attempt to drum up hype.

why give the customer a quality product when you can instead give them hype and gimmicks

@Jason: Looking at the DC website, those are the only two floppies shipping that week … however, there are a few collections coming out that day (Hitman, Magic of Shazam, a Brian Bolland art book and a trade paperback of Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories), so I’m guessing they’re talking about those. I thought maybe they were trying to cover off on any Vertigo releases for that week, but looking at the Vertigo site, there aren’t any titles shipping that week.

Agree with your second point though … as long as it is Wednesday, why does it matter?

JK: Agreed. I mean, is there anything in their Diamond contract that prevents them from selling, say, any of the Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, etc. books that they have in stock starting at 12:01 Wednesday morning if the store is open? I certainly wouldn’t think so. Street dates control the date of release, not what hours the store keeps on those days.

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