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Comics A.M. | Just one comic broke 100,000 copies in January

Batman #27

Batman #27

Comics sales | ICv2 crunches the January numbers and calculates that just one comic, Batman #27, sold more than 100,000 copies in January, something that hasn’t happened since August 2011; this follows a weak December in which only three comics broke the 100,000 mark. The retail news and analysis site also lists the top 300 comics and graphic novels for the month. [ICv2]

Creators | Batman writer Scott Snyder talks about his plans for Batman #28, writing the Riddler, working with artist Greg Capullo on the action sequences, and getting ready for Batman’s 75th anniversary. [Hero Complex]

Creators | Eugenia Williamson profiles Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, whose work as artists on the Adventure Time comics has brought them an unexpected measure of fame. [The Boston Globe]

Skyman #1

Skyman #1

Creators | Michael Cavna interviews writer Joshua Hale Fialkov about the superhero comic he’s writing for Dark Horse, Skyman, which features a guest appearance by President Obama and some interesting (if unintentional) parallels with the Edward Snowden affair. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Louisiana State University alum J.G. Jones, in town for Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, talks about how he broke into the business and what it’s like being an artist for series such as Wanted and Final Crisis. [The Daily Reveille]

Digital comics | Justin Stroman rounds up the legal online manga sites you probably didn’t even know existed. [Manga Bookshelf]

Osamu Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka

Manga | Japanese manga fans vote for their favorite creators; not surprisingly, Osamu Tezuka tops the list. [RocketNews 24]

Comics culture | Genevieve LeBlanc reports on Capital Geek Girls, an Ottawa organization that runs a Facebook group and blogzine for women who like comics and other nerdy things and sponsors Ladies Nights at a local comic shop. [Nerd Reactor]

Comics | The Australian government has created a digital graphic novel specifically designed to discourage Afghan people from seeking asylum in their country. It’s part of a graphic campaign on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website that also includes warnings that people who arrive in Australia by boat without a visa will be turned away; the comic depicts the miserable experiences asylum-seekers can expect in Australian detention centers. [The Guardian]



The slow December/January could very well be a blip, but I’m thinking we’re starting to see the result of what happens when the two major publishers decide on a strategy of constantly making things “New” and “Point-whatever.”

I know that not everyone agrees with legacy numbering, but the only thing short publishing runs support is pushing more readers to wait for the trades.

I agree with Trama.

On a side note, I think its sad that there are barely 100,000 people who want to read Batman (or any comic) each month.

I don’t really think it has anything to do with the renumbering and relaunching of series; Batman is a consistent seller anyway, and the listings are usually pretty typical unless an event is ongoing or a book is being launched – did either company launch anything in December or January?

The problem is most likely that it’s December/January, a period where people are typically trying to save money to spend on gifts, and that we’ve just seen two big console launches in the past year. Lots of people will be buying those as gifts, and needing to save cash. January is notorious for having to scringe and save.

The facts don’t support that though. Let’s look at the last couple of years:

December 2011 – Top 5 all above $93K
January 2012 – Top five all above $97K
December 2012 – Top five all above $115K
January 2013 – Top 5 all about $90K, top 3 were above $119K.

At least in the last three years, December/January haven’t dented comic sales. I will agree with you that the rollout of the new gaming systems probably had something to do with it, but not that much. If February continues the trend, then I think we have a clear indicator of reader dissatisfaction.

Neither Marvel nor DC published an event book in January. I have to think that Avengers World underperformed, as that seems like the most prominent new #1 of the month. It was short of 87k.

Why did Avengers fall from 127k (December) to 65k (January) in one month? December numbers inflated by variants? Or overshipping by Marvel? Interesting.


You don’t think the cold weather we’ve been seeing for the last few weeks could have had an impact, too?

I’m not above discussing how bad the directions Marvel and DC have been going in for the past few years have been, either — and it’s really because the comics are being restructured to reflect the live-action movies in some assinine ways by people who should know better(!) — but honestly the cold weather’s been affecting shipping and travel all over the place! Food shipments have been stopped by the cold and ice… airports have been closed… entire cities crippled by weather that nobody prepared for well.

Who the hell wants to walk or drive through weather like that unless they HAVE to go to work or buy food?

In my state, they’re talking about relaxing snow days so that when high school seniors graduate this year they don’t have to be in class through the end of June to make up for lost days!

Yeah, I don’t like editorial and writing directions on the comic but there are bigger things out of human control that have an impact on sales of ANYTHING, too!
It’s been a long time since I lived through any year with the kind of sustained, record cold we’ve been seeing this past month or two… I’m talking decades, not just the past five years.

“Gee, You don’t think the cold weather we’ve been seeing for the last few weeks could have had an impact, too?”

The estimates reflect orders by direct-market retailers, well in advance of the cold snap, not sales to readers.

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