Comic Book Publishing Follies

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Comic Book Publishing Follies

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Fri, February 15th, 2008

Todd Allen gets the first interview with Lance Stahlberg, the new owner of longstanding indy comics distributor Cold Cut Distribution and learns about where the company is headed.

Fri, February 8th, 2008

So you want to work in comics? Todd runs down a list of currently available positions at some of the industry's top publishers. If you've got tech or sales skills, there's a job for you.

Sun, January 27th, 2008

Todd Allen takes a long look at the performance of publishers in 2007 who aren't DC, Marvel, Image or Dark Horse -- which back of the catalog publisher had the biggest hit in 2007? Who led in graphic novels? Who should be watched closely in 2008? Read on.

Sun, January 13th, 2008

Where's there potential for huge growth in graphic novel sales? Libraries. Todd takes a look at the possibilities, plus the troubles with advertising, more secrets from the Platinum vaults (i.e. SEC filings) and Spidey demographics considered.

Fri, December 14th, 2007

Todd sits down with intellectual property attorney Darren S. Cahr (AKA Super Lawyer) to discuss the legalities of downloads and torrents, what's really legal and illegal, and why cease & desist letters are necessary.

Issue #15

Mon, December 3rd, 2007

Todd Allen takes a look at a number of the recent digital moves in the comics world, from BitTorrenting, to Marvel's DCU and an interview with Webcomics creator Tim Broderick about his comic, "Odd Jobs."

Sun, November 18th, 2007

Everyone's going digital suddenly and Todd examines the latest from Marvel, as well as some of the common mistakes Web comicers are making in bringing their comics online.

Mon, November 5th, 2007

Todd takes a look at the recent ComicSpace/Web Comics Nation merger and talks with both founders as well as their new financial backers, plus rumors of a Wizard World Chicago move to come.

Sun, October 28th, 2007

Todd Allen takes a look at the first line-up of creators that are a part of Zuda Comics, DC's new online comics initiative. What's the background on these creators and have we seen them in publication before? Todd has the answers.

Fri, October 19th, 2007

Ever since Diamond Distributors announced they'll require all comics publishers to require bar codes on all their comics, a small storm has erupted. Todd talks with Chicago Comics' Eric Thornton about the many benefits to both stores and publishers of a point of sale system.

Fri, October 5th, 2007

Todd digs deeper into Platinum's SEC filings and finds all sorts of goodies, like what it costs to get in the Previews catalog. Plus, thoughts on the Zuda contracts.

Tue, September 25th, 2007

Platinum Studios is planning an initial public offering of stock and Todd takes a look at their Securities & Exchange Commission filing. What surprises did he discover? What clues as to their future plans did he learn about? Read on to find out.

Fri, September 7th, 2007

Internet flamewar magnet Kevin Smith gets weird complaints about his charity DVD with Stan & Joey; plus, two small publishers and their alternate takes on distribution.

Fri, August 24th, 2007

For what's widely regarded as a superheroes-only show, web-based cartoonists are starting to turn up at Wizard World Chicago. Todd spoke to a number in attendance at this year's show to see how Web comics creators are faring financially. Plus the latest chapter in Zuda Comics confusion.

Fri, August 10th, 2007

You know that CBR loves taking photos of them, but did you know convention models are big business? Todd checks out that world and tells you what you need to know if you're an exhibitor and are thinking about hiring models for your booth.

Mon, July 30th, 2007

A Web 2.0 comics project emerges at an MBA incubator, how to do an actual reading before a comics signing, and when did the press release go out?

Issue #4

Fri, July 13th, 2007

Todd Allen takes a long look at one of this week's biggest story, that of Zuda Comics. What should aspiring Web comics creators consider? What are the benefits? What can Todd extrapolate from the news thus far? Todd lays it all out for you.

Issue #3

Fri, June 29th, 2007

Todd Allen sits down with outgoing Broken Frontier journalist and web comics creator T Campbell to discuss the business of online comics creation and journalism.

Fri, June 15th, 2007

Todd Allen returns with word of DC's new Online Editor and what some of their online plans might include, plus job openings in and around the industry.

Issue #1

Fri, June 1st, 2007

CBR is proud to welcome Todd Allen to the site with the first of his bi-weekly column COMIC BOOK PUBLISHING FOLLIES, where he'll take a look at what's new on the business side of comics. Want to work in comics? Don't answer so fast. Plus, digital downloads and shifting sales channels.

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