Publishing | Sales of comic books and graphic novels in July fell 6.17 percent versus July 2010, with dollar sales of comic books sold through Diamond Comic Distributors falling 4.27 percent and graphic novels falling 10.10 percent year-over-year. Unit sales for comics were only down slightly, at .52 percent, which ICv2 points out “indicates that comic book cover prices have in fact declined. The problem is that circulation numbers have not risen enough to make up for the decline in revenue from lower cover prices.” Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man #666, which kicked off the “Spider-Island” event, was the best-selling comic of the month, while League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III Century #2 from Top Shelf topped the graphic novel chart. John Jackson Miller has commentary.
Marvel saw a slight increase in its dollar market share for July when compared to June, while DC’s jumped from 28.03 percent in June to 30.55 percent in July. IDW, the No. 5 publisher in terms of dollar share in June, moved to the No. 3 position in July. The top seven publishers were rounded out by Image, Dark Horse, Dynamite and BOOM! [ICv2]
BOOM! Studios sent out both their Comic-Con International exclusives and their booth/panel schedule yesterday. They include variant cover editions of Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, Planet of the Apes (with a movie cover) and Duck Tales. The Duck Tales cover, a “homage” to Nintendo Games, is very tongue-in-cheek, considering many have compared the Kaboom! logo to the Nintendo logo.
They’ll also have Mark Waid and Shannon Wheeler signing, respectively, Definitive Irredeemable Vol. 1 and I Thought You Would Be Funnier. And a lot of other creators. Check out their booth schedule after the jump.
As BOOM! Studios says goodbye to their Disney/Pixar license, they say hello to another Disney book. In May, the same month that Marvel’s new Disney/Pixar Presents magazine hits stands, BOOM! will publish the first issue of a new DuckTales series.
The ongoing series will be written by Warren Spector, creator of the Epic Mickey video game, with art by Miquel Pujol. It’ll be set in the same continuity as BOOM!’s Darkwing Duck series.
“You want ducks? Oh, do we have ducks!” says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher in a press release. “We’re taking you back to one of the most celebrated Disney Afternoon series ever aired! And with a creative powerhouse like Warren Spector and fantastic art from Miquel Pujol, this series is sure to be jam-packed with duck adventures no DUCKTALES fans will want to miss!”
DuckTales is based on the animated series of the same name that ran for 100 episodes from 1987 until 1990. It actually started its run before Disney created the “Disney Afternoon” block, predating Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin and Darkwing Duck, which was a spinoff of the show. Set in Duckberg, it starred Uncle Scrooge Launchpad McQuack, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie, with occasional appearances by Donald Duck, Gyro Gearloose and many other Disney characters.
You can find BOOM!’s press release, as well as a second cover for the first issue, after the jump.