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Comics A.M. | A half-century of ‘Archie,’ by circulation figures

Archie #107 (February 1960)

Archie #107 (February 1960)

Publishing | John Jackson Miller mines the circulation statements provided once a year to put together a 54-year sales history of Archie Comics’ flagship title Archie (the publisher is one of the few that still prints annual statements of ownership, allowing the numbers to be traced back, unbroken, to 1960). As he points out, Archie was a big newsstand title, selling almost 600,000 copies in the late 1960s, but it didn’t fare well when comics moved to the direct market — although Archie Comics has done well nonetheless with its digests, which far outsell its single-issue comics. [Comichron]

Publishing | Annie Koyama of Koyama Press talks with Dan Berry about how comics publishing works, and how she got into the field. [Make It Then Tell Everybody]

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New comic spins up with Spinning To Infinity

While advance solicitations let us know about upcoming print comics, where are those advance notices of upcoming webcomics? Here’s one — an upcoming webcomic from writer Steve Horton called Spinning To Infinity.

Page from 'Spinning To Infinity' by artist mpMann

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At last, a reason for Twitter’s existence

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Neill Cameron, who some of you may remember from his A-Z of Awesomeness, has started a new project, entitled Hashtag Funnies. The rules are pretty simple. Every day Cameron draws a strip based on or inspired by that day’s trending topics on Twitter. The only catch is the strip can only take up one hour of his time. Those constraints have led to some rather inspired and hilarious strips, like the one above. Be sure and visit Neill’s blog to read the rest.

‘Written in Bone’

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Image from 'The Secret in the Cellar'

The Smithsonian has a Webcomic up to tie in with their new exhibit about a skeleton found in southern Maryland titled The Secret in the Cellar:

The Secret in the Cellar, is a Webcomic based on an authentic forensic case of a recently discovered 17th Century body. Using graphics, photos, and online activities, the Webcomic unravels a mystery of historica, and scientific importance. Online sleuths can analyze artifacts and examine the skeleton for the tell-tale forensic clues that bring the deceased to life and establish the cause of death.

Printable .pdfs of the comic and accompanying materials are available at the site as well. (via Mike Rhode)


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