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Direct market sales drop in August compared to 2012! Inaugural Salt Lake Comic Con attracts more than 50,000! Viz Media executive addresses sharp increase in digital manga prices! Plus much more!
July was the second-best month since 2007 for comics sales to direct market! Retailer Brian Hibbs leaves ComicsPRO! Otakon moving to Washington, D.C., in 2017! Plus much more!
Only one graphic novel from DC or Marvel cracks BookScan's Top 20! Direct market sales up in "solid but unspectacular” second quarter! More on Monkeybrain's first anniversary! Image Expo wrap-up! Plus more!
Co-Publisher Dan DiDio confirms DC no longer has rights to The Spirit, Doc Savage and The Avenger! ComiXology serves more than 2 billion pages of comics in three years! Retailer Brian Hibbs on how he orders "Saga"!
Direct-market retailers reassured by "return to floppies"! Is Sri Lankan government behind disappearance of political cartoonist? Things get weird with "Creepy" and "Eerie" writer T. Casey Brennan! Buried Under Comics reopens Thursday!
Sales boost has retailers at Comic-Con upbeat! Viz Media executives on the state of the manga market! Alison Bechdel discusses creative process! Writer Len Brown looks back at his "Mars Attacks" bubblegum cards! Plus more!
Warner Bros. seeks summary judgment on Shuster estate claims! Making a case for comics market optimism! Support for a Comic Book Hall of Fame in Cleveland! Co-creator Graham Nolan talks Bane! Plus much more!
MoCCA president pledges museum will reopen in new space! Has Kickstarter become the No. 2 graphic novel publisher? Eight comics sold more than 100,000 copies in June! Mark Waid talks superheroes and digital comics! Plus more!
May sales break "Diamond Exclusive Era" records! Art Spiegelman contributes to Occupy Comics anthology! A look back at the comic burnings of 1948! How Marvel Comics got its name! Plus more
Value of digital comics market in 2011 estimated at $25 million! ComicsPRO's annual meeting kicks off! Ashcan comics from '30s and '40s go up for auction! Takehiko Inoue resumes "Vagabond"! Plus more!
Comic sales rise 27.5% over January 2011! British comics artist Mike White passes away. Random House to release "Garfield" collections as e-books! Jeff Parker and Erika Moen on the end of "Bucko"! Plus more!
Valiant's Atom! Freeman finds retailers' chief concern about new publishers is timely releases! Informal survey discovers majority of readers pre-order comics! R. Stevens on the free "Diesel Sweeties" e-book! Plus more!
Weak graphic novel sales weigh down 2011 direct market! Alison Bechdel's new book to receive 100,000-copy first printing! Diamond Retailer Summit set for C2E2! Brian K. Vaughan talks "Saga"! Plus more!
Brian Hibbs examines the idea that comics can turn the corner and find a greater audience, as well as the problem of "waiting for the trade" from the perspective of retailers and publishers.
Direct market jumps 19% in November! IDW Publishing names Greg Goldstein as president! Ron Marz and Darwyn Cooke raising funds for charity! Jeff Lemire talks "Frankenstein"! Plus much more!
Overall orders top $40 million for first time since September 2009! Author Les Daniels passes away. Grant Morrison talks Superman! Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang talk Wonder Woman! Andrew Chambliss talks Buffy! Plus more!
"Persepolis" protests lead to arrests in Tunisia! Warren Ellis on digital comics! More on direct-market sales in September! Interviews with Daniel Clowes, Dan DiDio and Dave Roman! Plus more!
New York Comic Con kicks off Thursday! Direct market dips slightly in September, despite DC's New 52 boost! Disney plans 2015 exit for CEO Robert Iger! Plus much more!
Direct market sales rise 15% in August! CDC commissions HIV-prevention motion comics! Chicago Tribune pulls this week's "Doonesbury"! Spotlight on Bluewater's political biographies! Plus more!
Sacramento retailers talk DC relaunch, digital comics! Gene Luen Yang explores history of comics and Christianity! Craig Thompson on "Habibi"! Plus James Kochalka, Greg Rucka, Rick Burchett and more!
Direct market sales fall 6.17 percent from July 2010! BOOM! Studios bids farewell to Disney titles! MoCCA vs. Stumptown! "FreakAngels" concludes! Plus much more!
Following years of discussion and months of more focused debate, Diamond Comic Distributors is making Tuesday delivery available to all direct-market retailers. The Wednesday on-sale date will remain unchanged.
This month, Brian takes a good look at the direct market, measures the pros and cons of the non-returnability aspect of it's set-up and explains why, in his mind, there's very little reason for retailers to want that to change.
Brian examines some of the lessons learned from the recent "All-Star Batman & Robin" fiasco, why proper Street Dates should be enforced in the Direct Market, and what they could ultimately mean to retailers' pocket books.
There's lots happening in the publishing world this month and Brian Hibbs is here to put it all in perspective. From the problems at Tokyopop and DC to a list of what the direct market needs from a publisher, don't miss this month's TILTING AT WINDMILLS!
Brian Hibbs brings his long-running column TILTING AT WINDMILLS to CBR! Always informative and usually controversial, Brian pulls no punches. Today, comics implosion and the Fantagraphics/ Diamond deal.