Welcome to MYSPACING COMICS, CBR News’ tracking of trends and “friends” on MySpace.com -- the nation’s most trafficked website -- as they relate to the comic book industry, most specifically with publishers and creators. This monthly feature endeavors to share our findings, chat with newsmakers and explore profile movement — be it up, down or sideways.
Last month in MYSPACING COMICS, we continued our election coverage and shared a new initiative led by former Dark Horse Comics marketing director-turned-author Sarah Grace McCandless. The writer of “Grosse Pointe Girl: Tales from A Suburban Adolescence” and “The Girl I Wanted to Be” is looking to rock the vote along with her friends with her project Comics Industry for... Obama!
McCandless told CBR News through donations and an online auction the ‘industry’ has generated more than $5,000, which will be donated to organizations such as ROCK THE VOTE as well as the Barack Obama campaign.
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and of course I am thrilled,” said McCandless. “I have to say, I've also been learning a lot about the ins and outs when it comes to organizing fundraisers and auctions as well. I’m so grateful for the support of the participating artists and bidders, and hopeful that this project has helped raised awareness for voter registration and turnout as well, which really is the most important piece as far as I’m concerned.”
To date, the following comic creators have donated to the cause while dozens of others have been using the initiative’s badge, created by Eric Powell (“The Goon”) for their online personas:
Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Jaime Hernandez, Rebecca Roka, Jeff Mariotte, Paul Karasik & David Mazzucchelli, Gary Phillips, Tim Seeley, Mark Badger, Dylan Horrocks, Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner, Adam Gallardo, Kirk Manley, Jamie S. Rich, Chris Rupp on behalf of Alex Ross and Sal Abbinanti, and J.M. DeMatteis.
If you wish to become involved, contact Sarah Grace McCandless directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping with campaigns, if adds were votes MySpace phenom Siya — one of several artists who worked on the upcoming Michael Turner Tribute Book from Aspen Comics — surpassed 50,000 friends this month. Her 50,211 friends give her a little less than alt-rock band The National and a little more than Bob Saget, the fictional TV father of the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen on “Full House.”
TOP PUBLISHERS (Total friends, monthly shift)
1. Optimum Wound Comics: 89,400 (-478)
2. Marvel Comics: 69,122 (+2,391)
3. Dark Horse: 62,412 (-294)
4. MySpace Dark Horse Presents: 33,250 (+243)
5. DC Comics: 29,545 (+635)
6. TOKYOPOP: 21,368 (-98)
7. American Mule Entertainment: 19,889 (+291)
8. Top Cow: 16,757 (+22)
9. DC Nation: 15,332 (-152)
10. Virgin Comics: 14,918 (-130)
TOP CREATORS (Total friends, monthly shift)
1. Siya: 50,211 (+805)
2. Tara McPherson: 36,454 (+948)
3. Stan Lee: 30,656 (+1,652)
4. Jim Lee: 23,533 (+263)
5. Warren Ellis: 22,686 (+117)
6. Roman Dirge: 16,831 (+128)
7. Brian K. Vaughan: 16,035 (-200)
8. Brian Michael Bendis: 15,929 (+198)
9. Steve Niles: 12,369 (+272)
10. Brad Meltzer: 11,629 (+9)