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Comics A.M. | More on digital pricing; comics’ Colbert bump

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Comics A.M. | More on digital pricing; comics’ Colbert bump

Digital | Retailer Brian Hibbs responds to recent comments around the price of digital comics, commenting on how “channel migration” could effect comic retailers: “The concern of the comics retailer isn’t that there IS digital — fuck, I’m totally all for a mechanism to drive a potentially wide segment of customers to the medium of comics itself. How can that NOT help me? But, rather, that enough customers will ‘change channels’ (of purchase), so as to make segments of work unprofitible to carry. I’ve been pretty straight with you — most periodicals are but marginally profitible; most books are largely unprofitible. That we have stellar, break out, oh-my-god-it’s-like-printing-money successes like WALKING DEAD or BONE or SANDMAN doesn’t mean that this is the way all books can follow. Quite the opposite in fact! So what this means is that even losing a TINY portion of the readership through Channel Migration could potentially have dire effects. Seriously, if I lost just 10% of my customers, I’m done. And what we also know is that when physical stores close, most of that readership for comics UTTERLY VANISHES. The gist of this is that losing 10% of sales to migration could mean that the other 80% of that stores’ sales are COMPLETELY LOST.” [The Savage Critics]

Comics | Classic Sunday funnies character Joe Palooka has been resurrected, but this time his sport is Mixed Martial Arts, not boxing. Boxing announcer Joe Antonacci grew up reading the classic comic and when he learned the trademark was available, he acquired it, then hired a stable of writers and artists to turn it into an action-adventure comic about MMA. You can see some samples at [Sherdog]

Creators | Comics Alliance has another preview of Sacrifice, due out next week from writer Sam Humphries (Our Love Is Real) and artist Dalton Rose, along with a Q&A with Humphries. [Comics Alliance]

Comics | Comedian and television personality Stephen Colbert recommends Mush! Sled Dogs with Issues, the new First Second graphic novel by Glenn Eichler, who writes for The Colbert Report, and artist Joe Infurnari. (If you watch the full episode on his site, you can see it around the 20-minute mark, right after the Black Keys play). [The Colbert Report]

Creators | Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less) chats with Mike Dawson about process and other topics in the latest Talkie Hutt podcast. [The Comics Journal]

Review | Cow Boy, by Chris Eliopoulos and Nate Cosby may look like a kids’ comic, but Ali Colluccio finds it offers plenty for readers of all ages to appreciate. [iFanboy]

Review | David Anderson thinks Robert Berry and Josh Levitas have done a great job of adding visuals to James Joyce’s classic Ulysses in their webcomic Ulysses “Seen,” but it’s probably best for most readers to read the book and the comic in tandem. [Spandexless]

Libraries | Young Adult Librarian Robin Brenner did a survey of her library colleagues to see what sort of graphic novel collections they had. Amazingly, almost 87% had a children’s graphic novel collection and over 83% had a teen graphic novel area. Only 64% had adult graphic novels in a separate collection, although some interfile them with prose books. She also looks at the reasons librarians give for not having a separate graphic novel collection as well as what factors (budget, content, poor bindings, availability) limit the books they acquire. [No Flying, No Tights]

Criticism | Dave Seliger finds GQ‘s comic-book rendition of the death of Osama bin Laden, written by Matt Fraction and drawn by Nathan Fox, to be in extremely bad taste: “Is this really how the whole bin Laden saga needs to be remembered? As a bloody double tap to the head with ‘pok’ and ‘pak’ sound effects? I think the military handled the end quite well, with an unpublicized ceremony and burial at sea. It didn’t need a comic book rendition in a ‘gentlemen’s’ magazine.” [Core77]

Events | The third Comics and Medicine Conference is coming to Toronto next July, and they are currently accepting proposals for papers and workshops. [Comics 212]

Awards | Dave Brown, political cartoonist for the UK newspaper The Independent, has been named Political Cartoonist of the Year by the Cartoon Art Trust. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Snark | Alan David Doane applauds Dark Horse for promoting its watermark so vigorously, by plastering it prominently all over its electronic review copies. [Trouble With Comics]

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