Zuda Eliminates Competitions

Following in the tradition of announcing unusual or unpleasant news on Friday afternoon, Zuda Comics posted today that they were making some “important site changes”. They will be eliminating the monthly competition format, as of now. They acknowledged that the setup had both pluses and minuses: Those of you familiar with the history of the competition know that we’ve had our ups and downs. While I don’t think anyone can argue with the quality of previous competition winners like HIGH […]

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Archie’s First Openly Gay Character

Wow, I think this proves to me that the new management at Archie Comics is serious about making some well-needed changes to modernize the titles and brand. Archie Comics has announced that in September, new character Kevin Keller will be introduced. And he’s “openly gay”, to use their terms, which has led to speculation and jokes that someone else in the Archieverse is closeted. (Leading contenders: Jughead, Midge, and Miss Grundy, although that would be quite the stereotype.) Kevin will […]

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The West Coast Era of Comics

I predict that in the future this comic era will be known as the West Coast Era of comics. (Maybe I should better say I nominate this nomenclature for future scholars to understand what drove the comic industry in this era.) For these reasons. 1. Hollywood’s influence. Comic movies are popular and successful, with The Dark Knight and three Spider-Man movies ranking in the top 30 all-time worldwide grosses. But it’s not just superheroes; all kinds of graphic novels get […]

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Life With Archie Combines Marriage Stories

A couple of weeks ago, Archie Comics announced that they were launching two new titles to follow the alternate universe Archie marriage stories, one each for Betty and Veronica. Now, they’ve changed their mind — the two storylines, “Archie Loves Betty” and “Archie Loves Veronica”, will be part of one comic magazine titled Life With Archie. Their reasoning? I quote the press release: Due to the vast amount of positive responses to the two new titles, “Archie Loves Betty” and […]

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Valentine

I’ve been remiss in not talking about Alex de Campi‘s Valentine comic before now. It’s a serialized graphic novel released on multiple platforms online that’s astounding in its scope. Written by de Campi, the art is by Christine Larsen. I just wish I liked the story better. It’s described as a fantasy thriller, two of my least favorite genres, involving two French cavalry officers during the War of 1812. I’m not sure the subject matters, though, since part of the […]

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Archie Creates Alternate Universe Marriage Line

Archie Comics sent out a press release announcing that they would be creating two new titles in July: The Married Life: Archie Loves Betty and The Married Life: Archie Loves Veronica. So the imaginary Archie marriage storylines must have sold well! The titles are each described as “an entirely new ongoing series with endless possibilities in its creative evolution, both in terms of its visual aesthetics and its more literary approach to storytelling.” I’m not sure what Archie thinks makes […]

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Archie Sales Figures for 2009

Continuing a yearly tradition, here are the Archie sales figures based on the Statements of Ownership, Management, and Circulation Archie Comics is required to file in their publications. This is my third year of posting: here are the figures published in 2009 and those printed in 2008. 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. […]

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IDW Becomes Premier Publisher

Congratulations to IDW Publishing, which today was announced as a Diamond Comic Distributors Premier Publisher. What does that mean? They get to be in the front half of the Previews catalog, which has always been rumored to get a company more eyeballs and sales. (Speculation has it that some retailers stop reading after the premier section.) IDW products are also able to be featured on the catalog cover, in rotation with the other premier publishers (DC, Marvel, Image, and Dark […]

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