John Mayo from Comic Book Page and CBR and Chris Marshall of the Collected Comics Library podcast discuss the sales estimates for the Top 300 Graphic Novels and Collected Editions for December 2013.
Among the topics discussed is why does Diamond only do the Top 300 and not the Top 1000 like they do for the year end (which John and I will be covering soon); The Squadron Supreme Omnibus from Marvel; Peter Parker returning as Spider-Man just in time for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie and DC Universe Presents.
All this including the breakdown of how every company did in the month of December.
John Mayo from Comic Book Page and CBR and Chris Marshall of the Collected Comics Library podcast discuss the sales estimates for the Top 300 Graphic Novels and Collected Editions for October 2013.
Among the topics discussed is an in-depth look at Valiant Entertainment not only with their trades, but how they are doing on the comic book side. For those of you who follow Valiant know that they are 18 months – and 18 issues – into their new formation. Both John and I love what they are doing in all aspects of their comics, collected editions, crossovers, character introductions and marketing and sales. This company should be a model for all others.
Finally you may recall that I asked John and few months back if Sandman: Overture would be the #1 selling comic come October. He said yes and I agreed with him, but we did not count on Marvel’s Infinity or Batman: Year Zero, and that said Sandman showed up in 8th place. We also discuss the problems Neil Gaiman is having getting issue #2 out.
All this including the breakdown of how every company did in the month of October.
The 2013 Harvey Awards were handed out this past weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con. First up you can see the collected editions that are more closely related to this site. It’s no surprise to see Building Stories on this list, but Alien was one that I was not expecting.
American edition of foreign material: Blacksad: A Silent Hell from Dark Horse
Best original graphic publication for Younger readers: Adventure Time from KaBoom
Special Awards for Excellence in Presentation: Building Stories by Chris Ware
Best Graphic album previously published: Alien: the Illustrated Story from Titan Books (accepted by Walter Simonson)
Best Domestic reprint project: David Mazzucchelli‘s Daredevil: Born Again Artists Edition, IDW
Best Graphic Album, Original: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score by Darwyn Cooke from IDW
As you can see, Saga was the big winner at this year’s Harvey Awards. As of this post, the series stands at issue #13. You can get the first 12 issues over two trade paperbacks.
Best Single Issue or Story: Saga #1
New Series: Saga from Image
Best Continuing or Limited Series: Saga from Image Comics
Color: Fiona Staples for Saga
Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Saga
Best Artist: Fiona Staples, Saga
And here are the rest of the Harvey Awards winners. Big props to friend of the CCL, Mike Norton!
Letterer: Todd Klein for Fables
Inker: Klaus Janson for Captain America
New Talent: Dennis Hopeless for Avengers Arena from Marvel
Best Cover Artist: David Aja, Hawkeye
Best Cartoonist: Jaime Hernandez for Love and Rockets: New Stories from Fantagraphics
Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents
Syndicated strip: Dick Tracy by Joe Staton, Mike Curtis, from Tribune Media Services
Online Comics Work: Battle Pug by Mike Norton
Special Award for Humor in Comics: Ryan North for Adventure Time from KaBoom
Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic presentation: Robot 6 blog by CBR
Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Sal Buscema
Dick Giordano Hero Initiative Humanitarian of the Year Award: Paul Levitz
Another Comic Con has come and gone and as always there were plenty of great announcements and surprises in the collected edition market. I’ll be talking about all these and more in my next CCL podcast due out later this week:
The Richmond, Virginia-based publishing house AdHouse Books has announced Operation Margarine by Katie Skelly as a release for April 2014. The book should debut at that year’s MoCCA Festival, or a similar arts-focused comics show. This is the follow-up to the Nurse Nurse collection published by Sparkplug Comic Books in 2012 to fulfill one of the final publishing contracts negotiated by the late Dylan Williams.
Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment and actress/producer Alyssa Milano are proud to announce Hacktivist, a hardcover, original graphic novel that explores the modern world of hacking and global activism.
The publishers has planned a 344-page volume called The Sock Monkey Treasury: A Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey Collection. Eighty pages of that work will be in four-color. This collection includes the eight comic-book issues published under the “Sock Monkey” name by Dark Horse, the “Inches Incident” mini-series, the Uncle Gabby graphic novel and the Glass Doorknob storybook. That will come out in late in 2013.
Spring 2014 should see the publication of a new storybook, called Sock Monkey In The Deep, Deep Woods.
Fantagraphics is excited to announce the acquisition of the first book by acclaimed Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann, to be released in the summer of 2014. Megahex will be a deluxe hardcover featuring over 200 pages of Hanselmann’s beloved Megg, Mogg, and Owl comics, including over 70 never before seen pages. Hanselmann’s Tumblr site Girl Mountain has already propelled Megg, Mogg, Owl & Co. to Internet infamy, and Megahex will be the solid collection those fans have long been waiting for.
Following the success of Judge Dredd, IDW and Rebellion/2000 AD expand their thriving relationship with the addition of Rogue Trooper to their publishing slate! IDW will launch an all-new Rogue Trooper series in 2014, and also offer newly colored re-presentations of past Rogue Trooper comics, too.
Prolific creator Dave Sim’s meta-adventure through the history of photo-realistic artwork, the career and death of Alex Raymond, and much more, will be published by IDW! Sim’s originally self-published work is being completely remastered, redrawn, and reworked before it sees release as its own 18-issue series.
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy in Hell will be reprinted next year, collecting together the five-issue miniseries from this year along with assorted short stories including ‘The Corpse’ and two early comics for Dark Horse. You can read a full interview about this collection on CBR, actually. There’ll be no lettering in this book, as Mignola adds that in at a later date, digitally, when he works.
Sam Kieth’s The Maxx will be collected also. This’ll be made up of the first six issues of the popular Image series.
Walt Simonson has previously had a Thor Artist Edition released, which will be re-released next year with a second printing. However the panel announced a second Simonson collection will be coming down the line – one which collects together his Starslammers graphic novel.
Finally – as appears to have been found out by Joshua Stone from Bleeding Cool – it looks as though next year will also see a collection of Joe Kubert’s Tarzan as an Artist’s Edition.
Starting in 2014 IDW and the Library of American Comics will begin reprinting Ripley’s famous daily cartoons in hardcover collections, including bonus and background material from Ripley’s impressive archives. The first volume will collect the cartoons from 1929 and 1930, when Ripley’s fame raised him from relative obscurity to international celebrity!
The Perfect Square imprint was unveiled at the recent 2013 Comic-Con International and will be focused on delivering comics, manga (graphic novels) and other children’s books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.