Superhero Comic Reader Stats

When I worked at DC Comics in the mid-90s, I had access to reader studies they’d commissioned. Before I get to the data, here are the caveats. 1. These figures date from 1995. A lot has changed since then. They’d done previous studies in 1990 and 1992, and based on survey ads they’ve run in their comics since then, I believe they’ve done at least two since then. I would love to know what they said, but I doubt I’ll […]

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TwoMorrows’ New Sources of Income

TwoMorrows, publisher of comic fan magazines like Back Issue and Rough Stuff, has announced that it will be selling online editions of its magazines. Half the price (which makes them $3), with the added bonus of illustrations in color instead of the black-and-white used in print. They’re also pushing subscriptions instead of store sales: As a special bonus, subscribers to our printed magazines will get FREE access to the digital versions of the issues in their subscription, which will generally […]

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FOL Awards Now Open to Public

Heidi has the news: In an effort to reach out to and recognize an even greater sphere of women creators, Friends of Lulu has decided for the first time ever to open the nominations and voting of our Lulu Awards to non-members! In order to accommodate our new voters, the deadline for nominations has been extended through May 7th, 2007! In case you’re new to Friends of Lulu, our annual Lulu Awards bring honor and recognition to the most inspiring […]

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The Digital Future of Comics

Chris Arrant interviews Dan Vado at Newsarama about EyeMelt, his digital comic store (link no longer available). Whether or not this particular venture succeeds, this is what people have been asking for. Only not really. They say “I want cheaper legal online comics.” Ok, comics at EyeMelt are 69 or 89 cents (depending on whether they’re older reprints of print editions or new original content, respectively). They’re not copy-protected (because Vado says, “DRM systems are a huge obstacle in the […]

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Quick Step in Print

Max Riffner has released his Quick Step, the story of a mouse who wants to dance, in print (28 pages, $2.95). Just look at that art! I love his lines and the way he captures the love of music. It’s a simple story, but a classic: will Lorenzo’s dancing be good enough to defeat his rival and capture the love of Sandra?

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Dark Horse and the 300

Dark Horse seems to owe much of their survival to the movies. On the one hand, they publish Star Wars tie-ins; on the other, several of their graphic novels have been adapted into successful films (Sin City, Hellboy, and now 300). Usually, a comic company tries to take advantage of that kind of free promotion by selling lots of related comics. DC, for example, had a consignment program with V for Vendetta where retailers could stock up and then return […]

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Trying to Make Lemonade

(Hey, at least the controversy I helped uncover doesn’t involve actual lawyers.) So, in an attempt to turn discussion in a more positive direction, I raise a topic for input and constructive suggestion: How does a volunteer group without the resources for paid staff effectively keep its members on message? What are good tools to keep focus on the group instead of individuals? In case something goes wrong, what’s a good way to restrain the over-enthusiastic without hurt feelings?

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