Smart Moves at Boom!

Boom! Studios has made a number of important business-oriented announcements lately. I’m excited to see them because I think they demonstrate how this publisher is planning to be around for the long haul. They’ve named a new Sales Director, Jenny Christopher, a former Diamond Purchasing Brand Manager. This position allows Chip Mosher to concentrate on Marketing while Jenny focuses on mass market and newsstand distribution. (That Boom! HAS mass market and newsstand distribution relationships is a key indicator of what […]

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What Is Zuda Looking For?

I thought I’d stop by and check out this month’s Zuda entries, which made me wonder about how similar they were all becoming. I noticed that many of them were tagged either Super-Hero, Action/Adventure, or Horror. There were smart-alec animals, girls in their underwear, bloody fights, talky conspiracies, and always, too much time spent waiting for the viewer to load. The content reminded me of what I can already get elsewhere. Also typical: lots of setup, no real story. With […]

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Comics for Kids: Disney Moves to Boom!, Henson to Archaia

Gemstone let go of the Disney comic license in the U.S. — leading to questions like “how can any company not succeed with the most popular characters ever?” — but not to worry. Boom! Studios will be releasing Disney comics beginning in September. The format will be the same as their other kids’ comics — 24 pages for $2.99. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck stories should make great companions for the existing Pixar and Muppet Disney licenses, already published to […]

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Maddow Gets More Mileage From Archie Marriage

After last week’s clip about Archie and Veronica getting married, the Rachel Maddow Show had a followup on Thursday: Fun things in this one: Comments from other comic characters, including Reggie, Richie Rich, Daffy Duck, and the Incredible Hulk. (?!? Does this count as fanfic from the show writers?) They use both classic and “new look/realistic”-style art interchangeably. Betty’s blog is discussed. (“Betty really has a blog?” asks Rachel Maddow.) I’m beginning to think that “fixing his car” — the […]

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Just How Much Trouble Is Wizard In?

The once mighty Wizard Entertainment — publisher of magazines including Wizard and ToyFare and comic/entertainment convention organizer — isn’t having a good year. First came word that two of their four conventions were cancelled, the ones in LA and Dallas, leaving only Philadelphia and Chicago. (Wizard insists that Los Angeles has only been “postponed”. Baseless speculation has it that this is because that way, they don’t have to pay back deposits.) Although they did buy the New York Big Apple […]

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Archie’s Marriage on Rachel Maddow Show

Kent Jones, “Comic Book Matrimonial Correspondent”, did a clip on Archie’s upcoming marriage on last night’s Rachel Maddow Show. I loved the way he used all those art samples to make his point that Betty’s the catch — because she can cook and fix cars! — while marrying Veronica would make Archie “a widely envied idiot”. (But both girls are called smart!) And the punchline rocks!

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Archaia Changes Name, Resumes Publishing

Archaia sent out a press release announcing that they would be resuming publishing in June. Also, “we are no longer called Archaia Studios Press or ASP. Please refer to us as simply Archaia or Archaia Comics from now on.” Here is part of the press release: “Our number one priority is to show our commitment to publishing by completing the great stories we have already begun to tell,” said Publisher Mark Smylie. In June, Archaia will release hardcovers of The […]

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Archie Gets Married!

This summer, Archie #600 features Archie marrying Veronica in a storyline that looks at the gang after they graduate college. It’s written by Michael Uslan (producer of many superhero movies) and drawn by Stan Goldberg, who’s been drawing Archie for almost 40 years. Reportedly, this is only part 1 of a six-part storyline that will also show, in future issues, what would happen if Archie married Betty. Archie #600 is due out August 19. This sounds like an imaginary, “what […]

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