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Quote of the Day | The economics of creator-owned comics

Rocket_Girl_5“Regarding single issue sales: they are incredibly important to a lot of Image creators. On Rocket Girl, it’s by far the biggest chunk (of course, we don’t have a tpb yet). And every reader counts. A few thousand copies can make or break a series. If Rocket Girl dips into the 8000s, we’ll start thinking about when to wrap it up. If it stays above 12,000 we can do it forever. At 12,000 copies I can make as much writing Rocket Girl as Hulk; Amy Reeder can make as much penciling/inking/coloring as she would on Batwoman. 8000 vs 12,000 is a significant difference in percentage, but it’s not a huge amount of readers. A lot of Image creators are in the same boat, albeit their individual line might be a bit higher or lower. Certainly collected editions and digital and ancillary media/merchandise contribute as well. But a lot of making creator-owned work is down to financing: and single issues have the biggest impact on cash flow – and the only impact on cash flow for almost a full year when you take into account early production to ‘get ahead’ as well as solicitation.”

Rocket Girl writer Brandon Montclare, commenting on The Beat’s monthly analysis of indie-comics sales, and the ensuing discussion

‘Infinity’ artist Dustin Weaver branches out with ‘Amnia Cycle’

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Dustin Weaver is best known for his work on such Marvel titles as Infinity, Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., but he’s also been busy creating his own space epic that most likely didn’t know existed: Amnia Cycle is a longform story that follows a space pilot named Tara and a bizarre alien life form named Amina. Weaver has drawn, and published online, three full issues of Amnia Cycle with plans to begin serializing the fourth “chapter” later this month.

Although Weaver has been seen primarily as a cover artist since the end of Infinity, that will change later this year with Marvel’s newly announced Edge of Spider-Verse series, which he’ll both write and draw. Senior Editor Nick Lowe told Comic Book Resources last week that Weaver’s work on Amnia Cycle helped secure him the writing gig.

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Big robots, big troubles in ‘Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew’

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Imagine an all-star team of pilots who control a giant robot dedicated to protecting the universe. Sure, that story has been told before. But what about the story of the men and women — the blue-collar workers — who actually make the giant robot work?

That’s what drives the comic  Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew, and indie series by Nate Hill and Mervyn McCoy that follows the real nuts and bolts behind a giant robot named Herotron. The three-issue miniseries follows one worker in particular — Erica Pratch, a newbie to Herotron’s maintenance crew, who quickly discovers servicing Herotron isn’t as exciting as you might think. And apparently, it doesn’t help that the star pilots who control the thing are as vacant as the open space Herotron travels.

It’s Clerks meets Voltron, and looks like a giant robot-sized bit of fun. Here’s a preview of the first issue, which arrives in August:

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Popeye the Sailor Man meets Sailor Moon in Fred Perry mashup

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If you ever wondered what might happen if you were to combine Sailor Moon and Popeye the Sailor Man, Gold Digger cartoonist Fred Perry may have the answer. However, his mashup, titled Momeye the Sailor Scout, isn’t merely a one-off illustration — it’s a full-fledged comic coming soon from Antarctic Press.

Scheduled for August release, Momeye the Sailor Scout mixes Sailor Moon‘s Usagi Tsukino with E.C. Segar’s Popeye in a homage/parody that, according to the publisher, is “not just gender-bent, it’s gender punched through the ceiling!” Whereas Popeye gets his strength from spinach, Momeye gets hers from avocados — and she’ll need it, as she’ll be up against her “best frenemy,” Bruta.

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Real-life superhero team purges roster, adds fitness requirement

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Being a real-life superhero just got a little more real for a couple of Seattle-area vigilantes.

Famed costumed activist Phoenix Jones, founder and leader of the Rain City Superhero Movement, disbanded the group in late May only to reform it days later — only with more attention paid to the physical fitness of the budding vigilantes. In a recent interview with Seattle’s KING 5 TV, he said the area’s superhero community had become watered down by by an influx of new members, some of whom employed unethical tactics — carrying illegal weapons or refusing to give police their identities — or weren’t so “super” when it came to physical exertion.

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Frank Cho unveils ‘The Jungle Queen’

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Frank Cho has been off in the jungle, and what he’s returned with is both familiar and new.

Earlier this week the artist formally announced his next major creator-owned series, The Jungle Queen. Alluded to previously in interviews and blog posts, The Jungle Queen sees Cho return to the subgenre he visited in Marvel’s Shanna The She-Devil and in the indie series Cavewoman by Bud Root. While the story of The Jungle Queen is still shrouded in mystery, if you like Cho’s memorable drawings of women, dinosaurs and women with dinosaurs, this looks like the book for you.

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Cosplay group mixes Gotham’s finest with Hefner’s Bunnies

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The creative crew of Skirts and Swords has come together for a twisted take on the denizens of Gotham City titled Arkham Bunnies. Inspired by the DC Comics  and artist Milkydayy’s own Gotham Bunnies, this amazing cosplay creation was photographed by Greg De Stefano (who can be seen as Batman). Take a look:

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Jeff Weigel’s ‘Dragon Girl’ reveals creatures’ not-so-scary side

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You may think you know dragons, but unless you’ve met one, you’re wrong. That’s the story of Jeff Weigel‘s upcoming graphic novel Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley.

Set for release June 3 by Andrews McNeel Publishing, Dragon Girl follows a young girl named Alanna growing up in medieval times who lucks upon a nest of dragon eggs and learns they’re not the tyrannical monsters her society makes them out to be. On the surface, Wiegel’s story might be comparable to How to Train Your Dragon, but upon reading it’s more akin to the children’s pony book subgenre (Black Beauty, et al.) … but with, y’know, dragons.

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New comic aims to dispel ‘Comic Book Guy’ retailer stereotype

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Every week new comics appear in stores worldwide, and soon a comic will explore how one of the stores came to be.

In the upcoming one-shot comic Number One, writer Gary Scott Beatty and artist Aaron Warner look behind the counter and into the world of comics retailing. Number One follows a budding comics fan named Steve as he transitions from reader to retailer. In a statement, Beatty said the stereotype of comic retailers is “distorted,” and he’s hoping to change that.

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Conversing on Comics with Colleen Doran

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Colleen Doran loves comics. Although she’s best known for her creator-owned series A Distant Soil, she has no qualms about working on someone else’s projects, from The Sandman to Spider-Man to licensed properties. To Doran, it’s all part of a balanced diet.

On June 4, DC Comics will release The Vampire Diaries #6, a standalone story written and drawn by Doran, who has previously penned issues of the series, based on The CW’s hit supernatural drama. She completed the work months ago, and has a busy schedule ahead of her that includes a graphic novel with Neil Gaiman, a new series with Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins and a resumption of The Book of Lost Souls with J. Michael Straczynski.

In a previous interview, Doran told me she enjoys being busy, defining herself as a “work reveler” as opposed to a workaholic, but I managed to catch up with her to talk about these projects, her process and discussing the business of comics.

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Tony Moore teams with comedian Marc Maron for weekly comic

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Tony Moore has drawn zombies, militant popes, dead presidents and alien invaders, but now he’s tackling a subject even more challenging: Marc Maron.

Moore announced he’s collaborating with the popular comedian/podcast host on a series of one-panel comics based on episodes of IFC’s Maron (the cable refers to them as “recaps”). Installments will be released concurrently with new episodes, which debut Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Marie Severin gets spotlight in ‘The Mirthful Mistress of Comics’

Tuska Cover FinalA comics pioneer, Marie Severin was one of the very few women working in the industry during the Gold Age and Silver Age, first as a colorist at EC and then as a penciler, inker and colorist at Marvel. Now she’s the subject of TwoMorrows Publishing’s upcoming book, aptly titled Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics.

Written by Dewey Cassell and Aaron Sultan, it’s a compendium of Severin’s art, from classic covers and stories to rare, unpublished sketches; it also includes an expansive interview with the 84-year-old artist.

Severin got her start coloring her brother John’s work at EC Comics, but her best-known work was for her Marvel, where she was employed for 30 years as a production artist, penciler, inker and head colorist. She co-created Spider-Woman, and provided cover and interior art for such titles as The Avengers, Captain America, Conan the Barbarian, Crazy Magazine and The Incredible Hulk.

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Sword & sorcery gets biblical in ‘Monomyth’

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The sword & sorcery subgenre, by its very definition, is rooted in fantastical worlds populated by sword-wielding heroes and supernatural events. It’s a setting writer Siike Donnelly and artist Eric Ninaltowski explore in their three-issue miniseries Monomyth, which draws inspiration from the Bible … known for its sword-wielding heroes and supernatural events.

Debuting July 30 from OSSM Comics, Monomyth takes the story of Adam and Eve, but arrives at a different result: In this series, Lucifer never fell from Heaven, and instead stopped Adam and Eve from eating from the Tree of Knowledge and being expelled from the Garden of Eden. In this story, it’s the archangel Michael who falls from Heaven, and here he’s assembled his own army to invade — and annihilate — Eden. The unlikely savior for the then-budding human race is the Lucifer and Enoch, known in the Bible as the son of Cain, who is, as Monomyth‘s creators call him, “rebellious, angry and a natural fighter.”

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Six by 6 | Six heroes who overshadowed their predecessors

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Superhero names carry a lot of weight, both in their fictional universes and our world. As we’ve seen time and again in comics, sometimes a costumed identity proves more popular than the actual character, leading to the decision to put someone else in the costume, either in an effort to boost reader interest (and, therefore, sales) or to simply take the story in a different direction.

In this week’s Six by 6, we look at six legacy, or “replacement,” heroes who ended up overshadowing their predecessors. Some, such as Green Lantern and The Flash, you may know; however, others may surprise you.

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Matt Smith cleaves an opening for his own ‘Barbarian Lord’

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Just as there’s room for more than one superhero in comics, there’s room for more barbarian. And on July 1, cartoonist Matt Smith makes his graphic novel debut with a story about a farmer who trades his plow for a sword and ax to become Barbarian Lord.

Originally serialized online, Barbarian Lord is being expanded and honed like a sword on the proverbial smith’s anvil for the Clarion Books release. Mixing the standard-bearer for barbarism that is Conan with elements of Hellboy, Norse mythology, Icelandic sagas and the timeless story of a farm boy becoming a man, Barbaric Lord looks to be a combination of big action and sly humor.

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