Archie Sales Figures (Almost Complete)

It’s time for part two of looking at Archie sales figures. I’ve copied over the numbers from the previous post. Remember, these are the Total Paid and/or Requested Circulation figures that Archie files with the government. The first number is the Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months; the second is No. Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date. Title Average    Nearest Issue Archie #581 27,498 28,885 Archie & Friends #116 14,699 13,143 Betty #171 12,731 […]

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Who Buys Minx?

Not one of the Minx titles makes the Top 750, nor does any CMX title except for Megatokyo, which is OEL. Looking deep into the Long Tail, Minx’s Plain Janes sells 3201 copies, none of the other four Minx titles even manages to crack a meager 800 copies sold in the bookstore environment. Aren’t those books specifically designed for the bookstores, and the customers that shop there? — Brian Hibbs (link no longer available) I think that’s been assumed, but […]

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How Wowio Works for Lone Star Press: An Interview with Bill Williams

In response to my post on Free Comic Book Day rejecting webcomics, Bill Williams of Lone Star Press expressed a lack of surprise, saying The middlemen in the print arena are afraid of getting cut out and do their best to bury the indy digital creators. I have books and comics by Bill Willingham and others available for free at WOWIO and I cannot get a press release run on a major site. I thought this presented intriguing ground for […]

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Free Samples: Boom!, North Wind, and Online Comic Releases

It’s tough to be a comic publisher these days. Superhero publishers are pumping out more connected comics to suck up more of the regular customer dollar. Art comic customers are switching to graphic novels. Retailers have hundreds of small press publications to choose from, and many don’t want to stock shelf copies without some indication of customer interest, driven by the publisher. When one publisher tried a new method of building customer interest, through that perennial of marketing, the “free […]

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Archie Sales Figures

It’s that time of year again… Archie Comics is the only major publisher I’m aware of that still publishes its Statements of Ownership, Management, and Circulation, a post office requirement to use certain mail classes. That means we know what circulation numbers they’re reporting to the government. Here’s the figures I’ve seen so far for Total Paid and/or Requested Circulation. The first number is the Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months; the second is No. Copies of […]

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The Problem With Blind Items

Colleen Doran talks about the danger of blind items [link no longer available] and points out the major problem with them: The tricky thing about writing blind items is some people guess the blind item is about the wrong person. Every time you mention a “woman in comics” the assumption is that you are talking about Jill Thompson, someone I don’t really know very well. The people I know always guess, confusingly, Colleen Doran. Perhaps the best-known example in recent […]

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Geary’s Great Expectations

I hadn’t paid much attention to Papercutz’s Classics Illustrated line revamp. Although a wonderful idea, doing classic works of literature in comic form, it never seems to work out quite as intended. (This is at least the third attempt at the idea with that name.) I suspect kids can tell that what they’re getting is supposed to be good for them, and adaptations, even of great books, don’t inspire quite the creative achievement that more original work does. Given my […]

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Best of 2007

I was honored to be asked to participate in the Publishers Weekly Comics Week Critics’ Poll for the second time. Here are my choices for the best graphic novels of 2007, with commentary. Doctor 13: Architecture & Mortality by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang Cairo by G. Willow Wilson and M.K. PerkerThese two books surprised me most this year. The first presented an up-to-date yet completely new take on forgotten superheroes, reassuring me that there were still imaginative things to […]

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