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Comics A.M. | Retailers high on Image, ‘Saga’ & creator-owned

Saga, Vol. 2

Saga, Vol. 2

Retailing | Publishers Weekly’s annual comics retailer survey yields some interesting commentary, although the sample size is small (just 10 stores): Sales are up, retailers are optimistic, and Saga is the hot book right now. Also, booksellers who underestimated the demand for Chris Ware’s Building Stories lost out to direct-market retailers who didn’t, making for some nice extra sales during the holiday season. And while readers seem to be getting tired of the Big Two and their event comics, they are more enthusiastic than ever before about creator-owned comics, and Image is doing quite well. [Publishers Weekly]

Awards | Ladies Making Comics presents the complete list of women Eisner nominees for this year, noting that women have been nominated in almost every category. [Ladies Making Comics]

Awards | Dave Roman presents the results of the Kids Comics Awards, along with photos of what looks like a very wacky awards ceremony. [Kids Comics Awards]

Green Lantern roller coaster at Six Flags

Green Lantern roller coaster at Six Flags

Theme parks | Robert Niles lays out who holds the theme-park rights to DC Comics and Warner Bros. characters — that’s Six Flags and Universal Studios (east of the Mississippi and in Japan), respectively — and the details, as far as they’re known, of the arrangements. [Theme Park Insider]

Comics | Bluewater Productions is planning a comic-book biography of Paula Deen, and company President Darren G. Davis swears the book was in the works long before her recent woes. [Chicago Tribune]

Creators | New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast talks about her work process and her early influences, including Charles Addams and a book of sick jokes she had as a kid. [The Dartmouth]

Hip Hop Family Tree

Hip Hop Family Tree

Creators | His new graphic novel Hip Hop Family Tree (which first appeared as a series of individual comics on BoingBoing) is not really about the music, Ed Piskor explains: “It’s a story about how creative people in the ghettos of the Bronx were able to get together and inspire each other long enough for other people to realize and generate a global culture.” [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Robot 6 contributor J. Caleb Mozzocco interviews science-comics writer Jim Ottaviani about his latest graphic novel, Primates, which tells the story of three famous primatologists, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas. In a companion interview, Mozzocco also talks to the artist of the book, Maris Wicks. [Good Comics for Kids]

Ghosted #1

Ghosted #1

Creators | Writer Joshua Williamson discusses Ghosted, the new Image Comics/Skybound supernatural-heist series he created with artist Goran Sudzuka. [USA Today]

Creators | Texas A&M associate professor Alan Dabney talks about his role as co-author of The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics, which he co-authored with cartoonist Grady Klein: “Grady is not a statistician, and I’m certainly not an expert story-teller. He would continually ask, ‘What does probability mean in plain English, and why do I care?’ It was a challenge, but a good challenge, which is why I think it’s going to be a good book.” [tamuTimes]

Comics | Comic Foundry founder Tim Leong, who now works for Wired, talks about his new collection of infographics, Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe. [Hero Complex]

Editorial cartoons | Jonathan Guyver takes a look at the different reactions editorial cartoonists have had to the political crisis in Egypt — and notes that the military has shut down the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood newspaper Freedom and Justice. [The New Yorker]

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What these retailers in the Publishers Weekly linked article say, and what the sales charts say, are 2 very different things. They sound more like jaded fans than people who report what is actually selling. Sales numbers don’t lie. Marvel dominates, followed by DC. The low sales of every other publisher indicate that those publishers don’t matter in the big picture, no matter how much you enjoy their books.

B. Clay Moore

July 11, 2013 at 9:18 am

Jarrod -

With all due respect, you don’t have a clue how to analyze numbers.

Image is rolling right now, and by this time next year, should see another huge leap in marketshare after the wave of announcements they just made.

Also… how do they sound like jaded fans? They’re obviously selling a ton of Image books (one retailer says they’re outselling DC), *and* enjoying the books.

And the numbers are strong enough to ensure the creators are doing well making them.

So…we have creators doing well making books that readers “enjoy,” and that many retailers are selling a lot of.

-BCM

I’m not surprised about the indie numbers. I’ve recently taken a machete to my pull list and 90% of it was from the big 2, mostly DC. The era of the massive crossover, with a million tie-in books and specials is hopefully coming to an end, as fans like me are getting more and more fed up with having to buy all these satellite titles.

The worst offender right now has to be DC with this upcoming “Forever Evil” malarky. Looking over the previews the other day I saw that some series were putting out up to four issues (ex. Action Comics 23.1, 23.2, 23.3, etc) where obviously only one issue would normally be shipped. Now, if I want to have a “complete” run of Action Comics, I’m forced to buy 4 issues, most of which aren’t produced by the regular creative team. Better still, if I’m not a completionist, what is my incentive for buying these issues that are not part of the current storyline? In fairness, some of the issues DO look interesting, with some good creative teams, and I’m not trying to say that DC is the only culprit here. Marvel is just at fault with their ‘AU’ books, but either way, enough is enough.

I haven’t purchased an event comic from the big two in years. What’s taking everyone so long to support truly original stories/comics? Lol. So much of what DC/Marvel are attempting to do has been done by them before.

Sure, Jarrod — THEY sound like jaded fans.

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