Archie Aims for Diversity With New Writers, Characters

Archie Comics has announced two new writers who bring with them characters of different ethnicities. The first is their Mexican publisher, who’s been editing for 25 years: In 2005, Jesús Gil Holguí­n started publishing Spanish Language editions of Archie Comics in Mexico. Jesús is writing his first script for Archie Comics. The story will feature the first Mexican addition to Riverdale High when Toño Diaz is introduced. … Join Toño and his entire family for their first Riverdale adventure in […]

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Final Archie Sales Figures

I finally have the missing number that will complete this year’s Archie sales figures for their entire line. Title Average    Nearest Issue Veronica #187   14,119 13,633 That puts it between Archie & Friends and Jughead in sales rank, and I see that it’s declining when the most recent sales are compared to last year’s average. As for Sonic X, your guess is as good as mine. The numbers weren’t in #29 or #30, the two issues that came out with […]

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Rachel Needs Your Help

I’ve had the pleasure of talking with cartoonist Rachel Nabors a couple of times at conventions, and I’ve reviewed several of her comics. She’s quite an inspiration, since she’s been freelancing since she was 18. Now she needs your help. Due to the screwy way we handle health coverage in the US, Rachel makes too much money to get assistance with a major dental procedure but not enough to actually pay for it. All the details are in the link. […]

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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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