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Comics A.M. | Justice League second printing allocated, pushed back

Justice League #1 (Second Printing)

Publishing | DC Comics will allocate the second printing of Justice League #1, with retailers receiving 32 percent of their orders, which now won’t ship until Sept. 21, the same day the third printing will be released. ICv2 reports some stores are concerned that potential new readers drawn in by the publisher’s promotional campaign for the New 52 won’t understand the two-week wait to pick up a copy of the comic. The website also runs down the list of cable television shows during which DC’s New 52 commercial is airing. []

Passings | Comic Art Community reports that artist Dave Hoover passed away earlier this week. Hoover, who drew runs of Captain America and Starman in the 1990s, more recently worked on Zenescope’s Charmed comic. Before working in comics, Hoover was an animator, working on Flash Gordon, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, The Super Friends, The Smurfs and many more in the 1970s and 1980s. [Comic Art Community]

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

Creators | In support of The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, his new superhero children’s book (with Jake Parker), Michael Chabon tells the Wall Street Journal he wrote it for “the primary focus group,” his son Abe. “This was a story that I wanted to write for him. He’s at the age when, boys in particular, you get into kindergarten and it becomes much more important that you know how to control your body and strength, to restrain yourself and hold yourself back. He was working through a lot of that stuff and occasionally struggling with it. Part of the recipe of a four or five-year-old boy is superheroes and fascination with superheroes. They want to wear costumes all the time. They’ll wear their costumes to school. Part of what makes a superhero a superhero is the ability to use his body and have this incredible power and strength. It seemed like the superhero was a perfect figure to create a little story about someone who needs to control his power and recognize the limits of his power.” [The Wall Street Journal]

Creators | Continuing his publicity tour for Habibi, Craig Thompson talks about the new book in advance of this weekend’s SPX, which Thompson is attending as a special guest. [Washington City Paper]

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story

Creators | Writer Jeff Jensen chats with Geoff Boucher about his true-crime graphic novel, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story. [Hero Complex]

Creators | Retired Marine Capt. Dale Dye and his wife Julia Dye discuss Code Word: Geronimo, which tells the story of SEAL Team Six and the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. [USA Today]

Reviews | Spencer Ackerman takes a look at the 9/11 Truther comic The Big Lie, saying Rick Veitch’s newest work “makes Frank Miller’s forthcoming Holy Terror seem calm and reasonable.”[Wired]

Reviews| Robot 6 contributor J. Caleb Mozzocco reviews Boys of Steel, a children’s book about Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster that tells a carefully restricted version of the story as a picture book but adds a more unvarnished version at the end in text form. [Every Day Is Like Wednesday]

Troop 142

Reviews | Greg McElhatton reads Mike Dawson’s Troop 142 in collected form, after having followed it as a webcomic, and finds that it’s a somewhat different experience: “It was fun, that sort of story about young men at camp that instantly feels real. But reading again a year later, all in one sitting? There’s a much stronger emotional heft to the story that I think is slightly lost in serialized format.” [Read About Comics]

Reviews | Similarly, Xaviar Xerexes finds that the collected edition of Zahra’s Paradise packed a punch that the webcomic didn’t: “This may be the most emotional, involving comic I’ve read this year. I’ve read along with the webcomic but sitting down with the book and reading the story from start to finish was immersive and cathartic.” [ComixTalk]

Comic strips | How do you get your comic strip picked up by King Features? It’s a long shot in this market, says editor Brendan Burford, but he lays out the basics of what they are looking for. What not to do: Submit your comic in a glitter-covered binder or a toilet seat. Oddly, the comments get hijacked by fans of something called 2 Cows and a Chicken, which they keep pleading with Burford to pick up, even after he explains nicely why he can’t. File that under What Not to Do. [DailyINK Blog, via The Daily Cartoonist]

Retailers | Three comic shops within a mile radius of one another? That makes Falls Church sound like heaven. [Falls Church News-Press]



I get the feeling retailers underestimated the demand for the new 52. JL was gone from two shops by 6pm last Wed. This Wed one shop only had 1 Action and 1 Detective left by 2pm. The other shop in town hadn’t even put books on the wall by then but were selling books out of the box on demand. I doubt there would be much to put on the shelf by the time she got to it. With the returns DC was offering how does this happen? Are dealers so skeptical and worried about not selling through? Seems like a big missed opportunity for the smaller local shops, which is a shame. Not sure if this is bringing in new readers but existing readers have been curious and buying without pre-ordering. Heck, I even picked up Hawk and Dove out of morbid curiosity. I wonder if people will buy digital if they can’t find the physical copy and thus under-ordering leads the retailer to give business to digital competition. We’ll see.

“Are dealers so skeptical and worried about not selling through?”


“Not sure if this is bringing in new readers but existing readers have been curious and buying without pre-ordering.”

And there’s a large part of the issue. Pre-order your books, folks. It’s a huge help to retailers, especially small shops that can’t afford to take too many chances with their order sheets. Expecting retailers to guess about demand was always going to be a problem for the DC relaunch.

I know that my store had given all of their file customers a sheet to fill out, so they would have a decent idea of a base to order on, and upped it accordingly for walk-ins, but still with some trepidation. They’ve sold out of everything except JLI & OMAC, and so far only about 8 customers have been left without.

(Sadly, CASANOVA is probably left rotting on the shelf).

I’m sure smart stores have also done the digital partnership program, which nets them some of the online sales.

I work in Falls Church and that’s probably the first time I’ve ever heard anyone refer to it as “heaven.”

All kidding aside, Victory Comics and Hole in the Wall Books are great places to shop, especially if you are the kind of collector who is looking for older European reprints. I found some great Guido Crepax works in one and an old Enki Bilal album in another.

Oh, not Dave Hoover! Somebody do something about the comic book creator mortality rate!

Time-Warner owns DC. Time-Warner owns Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network runs Adult Swim. Adult Swim has the same demographics as most of those Comedy Central shows. Why is Time-Warner not running DC ads during Adult Swim?

I’m a retailer and yes we underestimated this event. HOWEVER, this has been an unprecedented success for a comic event. UNPRECEDENTED. So before you blame your comic store for gross negligence, we ordered 15x the number of JL#1 that sold in August….and we were sold out in 4.5 days. And we were the only store in the city that had any after the 3rd day. We upped our orders to sick levels. And we have made a LOT of money, and LOST a lot because we did not order ENOUGH!!

I thought you guys were protesting and giving up on DC? All the blogs showed total indifference!! WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL US YOU WOULD BE BUYING THE STORE??

uhh, CBR, your DC52 purchase poll was OFF!

Chris – you should do what my comic shop does, and just simply have no idea that the internet exists.

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