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Comics A.M. | DC’s 52 variants add up to million-dollar comic

Justice League of America #1

Justice League of America #1

Publishing | DC’s 52-variant-cover gimmick with Justice League of America #1 seems to have paid off, as ICv2 estimates Diamond Comic Distributors sold more than 300,000 copies to comics shops last month. That adds up to more than $1 million in retail sales, a rare height last passed by in January by The Amazing Spider-Man #700. ICv2 also posts the Top 300 comics and graphic novels for February. [ICv2]

Kickstarter | Gary Tyrrell talks to Holly Rowland, who with husband Jeffrey has launched a business called Make That Thing to help comics creators fulfill their Kickstarter pledges. The Rowlands are also the team behind the webcomics merchandise retailer TopatoCo. [Fleen]

Publishing | Calvin Reid moderated a panel on publishing graphic novels in the Kickstarter era at South by Southwest, featuring Karl Stevens (The Lodger) and Josh Frankel (Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland). [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Palestinian cartoonist Mohammed Saba’aneh, who was arrested by Israeli authorities on Feb. 16, is still behind bars and may face indefinite detention; Aaron Schachter interviews Israeli cartoonist Uri Fink about the case. [The World]

Papercutz Slices #5: The Farting Dead

Papercutz Slices #5: The Farting Dead

Creators | Rick Parker discusses his process as he illustrates an upcoming Papercutz graphic novel parody The Farting Dead. [Maine Public Broadcasting Network]

Comics | Superman expert Glen Weldon explains why Orson Scott Card is the wrong guy to write a Superman story: “The fact that a guy who has dedicated himself to hate and discrimation would be handed the keys to the character just shows that DC Comics doesn’t understand who the character is for.” Weldon also discusses Superman stories that take on real-world issues. [Salon]

Piracy | Alex Hoffman observes that the easiest manga to find online is the bootleg stuff, and he has some thoughts about how publishers might make their wares more easily discoverable by the casual reader. [Manga Widget]

Retailing | Several things caught my eye about this interview with Paul Forrester, graphic designer for the London comics shop A Place in Space: He refers to “the big three,” rather than the big two, comics publishers; the shop does much of its business online (apparently selling print comics, not digital); and he sees the customer base as a roughly 50/50 split between men and women. [SW Londoner]

Retailing | The local paper profiles Steve’s Comic Relief, “the longest-running comics store in Bucks County [Pennsylvania],” and founder Steve Gursky, who owned seven stores during the comics boom of the early 1990s. [PhillyBurbs.com]

People | ComiXology CEO David Steinberger shares how he spends his Sundays. [The New York Times]

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That better not be how David Steinberger spent this past Sunday.

$1 million in retail sales means $1 million in sell through. How many 53 variant bundles of Justice League of America #1 are still sitting on retailer shelves?

Charles J. Baserap

March 12, 2013 at 8:55 am

To me, the JLA thing should have a Mark McGwire type asterisk affixed to it, just like any of the books with tons of variants whether Marvel or DC or whatever, when talking about “records” and such.

DC’s poopy comics are going to pu the industry out of business. I saw over 100 unsold issues on the shelf at my store weeks later.

And Age Of Ultron sold out, over 100 issues ordered. Is it any wonder why December and February have been all time highs in the industry?! MARVEL NOW deserves all the credit for the quality it has put in the marketplace.

MARVEL NOW deserves the credit NOW!

I hate to say it because I loathe the bi-weekly Marvel event, but Now! is way better than New 52 because it didn’t reboot, it simply restarted without all the “5 year timeline” crap. Continuity, much like death, means very little when it comes to comics these days.

@Jarrod: DC is going to put the industry out of business by shipping tons of comics? More like dumb retailers putting themselves out of business by ordering way more product than they could ever hope to move.

@Vizator: Marvel NOW being thus far better than the new 52 has less to do with the joys of continuity and more to do with a stronger roster of creative talent, particularly writers, and far fewer editorial shenanigans and cut-throat back-room nonsense.

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