Catching Up With Phoebe and Her Unicorn

It’s much too easy to take good entertainment in a continuing series for granted. I talked about how much I liked the first two books, Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Unicorn on a Roll, and then it seems like I blinked and there were five more. But it’s been four years now that these volumes have been collecting the charming comic strip about an imaginative little girl and her magical friend. Here’s the catch-up run-down, all of which are recommended […]

Read more

Diamond Pullbox Releases Pricing, Release Information

I thought I was late in talking about Diamond’s Pullbox software plans last week, but it seems I was right on time, since they’ve just released pricing information (one of THE most important factors when talking about services for the direct comic shop market, since those stores often don’t have a lot of funds to play around with). Pullbox is going to be an add-on to the existing Diamond Distribution PreviewsWorld.com website, with some background processing tools for retails to […]

Read more

Bruce Lee: The Walk of the Dragon

Darby Pop continues their Bruce Lee series from last year with a new one-shot, Bruce Lee: The Walk of the Dragon. Although it continues from Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises, which explained how the martial arts legend was preserved and awoke in our modern era, you don’t need to have read any of that to enjoy this “downtime” single-issue story. It’s written by Nicole Dubuc and illustrated by Brandon McKinney. Bruce heads out to get lunch and winds up at […]

Read more

Funko IPO Has Worst First Day in 17 Years

A lot of people were surprised when ICv2 reported that Funko, the makers of those cute little blank-eyed pop culture figures, had sales that were “nearly the size of the entire comics and graphic novel business”. They did over $200 million in the first half of this year, although they ultimately ran a loss due to debt and taxes. This was all leading up to their IPO, their initial public stock offering, which happened last Thursday. Unfortunately, it didn’t go […]

Read more

A Suggestion to Improve Comic Pre-Orders

There are many many comics being offered every month through comic shops. The ordering catalog I’m looking at right now has over 640 pages, for goodness’ sake! That means that there are many many titles, the trend of which currently seems to be to pick a single word when naming them. As someone who tries to keep up with the comic market, these generic titles don’t stick in my head. There are just too many. And when you’re on issue […]

Read more

So It’s the Millennials That Are Entitled?

A 59-year-old woman is working on her bachelor’s degree at a Wisconsin university. She took an Advanced Creative Writing Poetry course but didn’t agree with the assigned reading, so she sued her professor, demanding an A in the course (she got an F) and that the professor be fired or suspended for a year without pay. Nowhere in the linked article is the answer to the question “why not just drop the course? or take one focused on old male […]

Read more

Comic Planning Tool

Deadlines are tough. If you have trouble with them, one way to take a new approach to the problem is starting at the beginning. Was there enough time allotted for everything that needed to be done? Did the schedule allow for emergencies and down time? Is the goal date even reasonable? Artist Carey Pietsch (Lumberjanes) has created a spreadsheet template to help answer those questions. You can plug in your deadline, the length of your book, and your working speed […]

Read more

Amazon Continues Tweaking Review Policies to Reduce Number Allowed

A month ago, Amazon banned providing free review items (except for books). It didn’t work the way they intended. Now the same unscrupulous merchandisers trying to artificially inflate their product ratings are still giving away product, but they’re “requesting” that “reviewers” don’t include a disclaimer or disclosure that they got the item for free (which violates FTC guidelines, although the people who are shilling for free goods probably don’t care). Anyway, yesterday afternoon, Amazon top reviewers got an email that […]

Read more
1 2 3 5