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Comics A.M. | Eight months in, New 52 isn’t sales ‘game-changer’

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Comics A.M. | Eight months in, New 52 isn’t sales ‘game-changer’

Publishing | Eight months after the launch of DC Comics’ New 52, Marc-Oliver Frisch takes a look at the reboot and concludes that it is not the “game-changer” it was touted to be. After an initial burst of sales when the series was launched, DC’s monthly numbers have settled down to about half the September sales, above the previous year’s levels but best described, as Frisch puts it, as “solid but not spectacular.” [Comiks Debris]

Digital comics | Anthony Ha looks at the success of the Pocket God comic, which is marketed alongside the game; more than 200,000 copies of the first issue have been sold, and sales for the whole series total 600,000. Dave Castelnuovo of Bolt Creative thinks the strong sales are due in part to the 99-cent cover price: “Meanwhile, the traditional publishers don’t want to undercut their print prices, so they’re usually charging $2.99 or $3.99 for new issues. (Some older comics are available for considerably less.) Castelnuovo says that’s ‘just too expensive’ for digital comics, especially when they’re competing with something like Angry Birds, which offers more content for just 99 cents. And although Marvel and DC are sell digital collections, Castelnuovo argues that they should be doing more to bundle dozens or even hundreds of issues together, so that readers can ‘blaze through them’ the way that they will consume entire seasons of Mad Men or Game of Thrones.” [TechCrunch]

Retailing | Tacoma, Washington’s Comic Book Ink is closing its doors after a 10-year run that included a benefit campaign to keep it from going under. [The Beat]

Conferences | Ryan Standfest files the most complete report yet on the Comics: Philosophy & Practice conference at the University of Chicago, which featured in-depth discussions of the medium by such comics luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Robert Crumb and Alison Bechdel. [The Comics Journal]


Creators | Stan Lee talks about Comikaze, Stan’s Rants and his World of Heroes YouTube channel. [MTV Geek]

Creators | Part Two of Deb Aoki’s interview with Empowered creator Adam Warren focuses on his female characters — why he finds women more interesting than men, and how he deals with specific characters. [About.com]

Creators | Paul Gravett posts the text he wrote for the Posy Simmonds retrospective at the Belgian Comic Strip Centre in Brussels; the texts and the accompanying art are an excellent introduction to the work of the creator of Tamara Drewe. [Paul Gravett]

Comics | Tom Spurgeon looks back on DC Comics’ Thriller, the short-lived 1980s series created by Robert Loren Fleming and Trevor Von Eeden. [The Comics Reporter]

Criticism | Noah Berlatsky looks at Roy Lichtenstein’s appropriation of comics art — and other images — in his paintings. [The Hooded Utilitarian]