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Comics A.M. | ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ debuts to more than 100,000

Jupiter's Legacy #1

Jupiter’s Legacy #1

Comics sales | Is Mark Millar on to something after all? The first issue of Jupiter’s Legacy sold more than 105,000 copies to direct market stores in April; the only other Image comic to reach those numbers in recent years is The Walking Dead. ICv2 runs the numbers and also posts the Top 300 comics and graphic novels for April. [ICv2]

Passings | Matt Groening’s mother has died at the age of 94. Although she always went by Margaret, Groening borrowed her name for Marge Simpson in his animated series The Simpsons. [Comic Riffs]

Retailing | Amanda Emmert has resigned after nine years as executive director of ComicsPRO, the direct-market trade organization. [ComicsPRO]

IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing

Publishing | IDW Publishing has hired former DC Comics and WildStorm assistant editor Sarah Gaydos as an editor. [IDW Publishing]

Graphic novels | Daryl Meador looks at Palestine Through Graphics, a program in which Palestinian youth learn to draw graphic novels about their lives: “The magic of the drawings are in the subtle details that humanize the story. Abu Rob draws himself wearing his favorite football player’s jersey as he is arrested by Israeli forces. Later, in prison, he depicts himself walking through the complex in front of painted images of Handala — the assassinated cartoonist Naji al-Ali’s populist character which symbolizes the Palestinian refugees’ struggle — on the wall.” [The Electronic Intifada]

Creators | Writer James Asmus talks about his plans for the latest Valiant relaunch, Quantum & Woody. [Comic Vine]

Scratch9

Scratch9

Creators | You know how they say cats have nine lives? Writer Rob Worley takes that literally in his all-ages comic Scratch9, about a cat who has an encounter with a mad scientist and ends up meeting his eight other incarnations. Worley has moved his comic to Hermes Press, and the first issue will feature art by Shannon Eric Denton and Canaan Grall, among others. [The ‘PREVIEWS’ Party]

Creators | Chris Charlton, former lead singer of the indie band The Host, has taken the path of so many other musicians and gone into comics, writing his own comics and forming a publishing company to publish them. [City Beat]

Manga | Ryan Holmberg continues his series on alternative manga with an interview with Bharath Murthy about manga in India. [The Comics Journal]

Conventions | Jim Mroczkowski ticks off the questions he finds most irritating in convention panels and then pauses to reflect on the sorts of questions he would like to hear. [iFanboy]

Reviewing | Johanna Draper Carlson ponders a question that vexes many a writer: Should you review a book you don’t like? Her commenters weigh in as well. [Comics Worth Reading]

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I wouldn’t say Millar’s on to something at all. I generally cannot stand his work, but he’s damn popular with… everyone else, I guess. A hundred thousand copies seems low to me for a Mark Millar/Frank Quitely joint. They’re both huge in the business.

Imagine how much more he could have sold if he didn’t insist on keeping away from digital. But then, dude’s got to be rich as hell at this point. He can probably afford to throw money away on principle, considering most of his work somehow lands a damn movie deal before it even finishes.

Millar is publishing his works digitally through Comixology, if I recall, no more than six weeks after print.

Given this high debut, for the Millar book, the attrition is going to be larger, too, isn’t it?

And it’s not like Frank Quitely, whom I love, is going to be able to keep this book monthly.

Jake Earlewine

May 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I bought it. But not because of Millar. I bought it because of Quitely.

I’ll buy anything Quitely draws. Unless Bendis is the writer, or some other purveyor of puffy plots and out-of-character dialogue.

It’s a mini series.

“considering most of his work somehow lands a damn movie deal before it even finishes.”

most of his recent work has a deal before it even starts – at least to hear millar tell it: it seems like they are multi-media bundles, with the movie in the works from day one (case in point ‘secret service’).

Such elegance. A title sells more than 100,000 copies and the reaction of “mature” comic book fans is… “I don’t like Mark Millar but I will still write to let the world know about it”. And then people wonder why comic book fans are regarded as weirdos. I wonder why…

As for his works being turned itno movies: unless you have been living under a couple of rocks, at least, over the past few years, you will have noticed how Hollywood is struggling to produce original material, of good enough quality to turn into a movie, and make some good money. Millar has given Hollywood a blockbuster (Wanted), and an amazingly profitable considering its edginess movie (Kick-Ass). And of course a lot about Marvel’s success in cinemas is attributed to the change he brought unto the comics with Ultimates. Or haven’t you noticed how his Tony Stark is the cinematic Tony Stark, albeit somewhat less controversial. At the same time he has established some channels of communication with studios and has learned a bit about the industry. So why is it shocking that studios are all over his work? Since when did putting tow and two together to make four became unnatural? Or maybe he should be apologising for his success.

A guy as loaded as Mark Millar should be right now would just quit comics altogether and focus on movies, if he was the person some fans are describing. Yet, he has his own line of comics, and is one of the most productive comic book writers in the business. While smartasses hanging around internet forums to just complain about things can’t wait for their next issue of generic-Big-Two-title to pass the time. I don’t think he is the one who has to get his priorities straight.

Anyway, congratulations to Mark, Frank and company for their success! They truly deserve it. Just don’t make us wait too long between issues :)

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