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Sex and Violence 2 Cover Jimmy Palmiotti on Kickstarting Sex and Violence II and why women are reading Harley Quinn

Everyone should  “Listen to JImmy” Palmiotti that is. The veteran writer, artist editor and publisher is one of the most knowledgeable comics people out there.  With his collaborators from Paperfilms, Justin Gray and Amanda Conner, he’s made a small publishing enterprise out of kickstarting a series of graphic novels based on the European album format. The seventh, Sex and Violence  Vol. II is ending in a few days and we advise you to get in on the Amanda Conner/Dave Johnson action as soon as possible — the books will not be sold in any other way. We talked to Palmiotti a few months ago when he was Kickstarting the SF tale Denver and got his overall thoughts on using Kickstarter as a platform. This time out we talk about the storytelling process,finding artists and also find out how Harley Quinn, which he co-writes with Amanda Conner, has become one of DC’s bestselling titles, with a huge female fan base. 

The Beat: Sex and Violence is billed as stories of “crime, lust, and redemption.” Are  these stories that you carried around for a while or did you sit down to think of  them just for this volume? 

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Photo by Seth Kushner

Palmiotti: I can’t speak for Justin, but I have had the FILTER story idea for a while and was  at one point going to pitch it as a series, but never got around to it. I reworked  it so it can be enjoyed as a single story with a beginning and an end. The other  short story was something I came up with and thought it might fit perfectly into  the book. A lot of the time story ideas hit me and I keep files on them, waiting for  the right time or opportunity to place them. I have another story that I want to do  and hope we can get to a volume 3 of this series.

The Beat: I know Justin Gray wrote one of the stories, but can you tell us a little about  each of the three stories, and what interested you enough in your two to tell the  tale?

Palmiotti: Justin’s is called RED DOG ARMY and its based on actual history. Hitler  launched a full-scale invasion on Russia called Operation Barabossa, and Stalin,  reacting to this, authorized a special unit to train dogs as anti-tank weapons, sort  of a suicide dog squad. It’s a real interesting setting to tell a story and beautifully  illustrated by Rafa Garres whom we worked a number of time with on Jonah Hex.  The next story is called DADDY ISSUES and is about a mother and daughter  living in a trailer park dealing with the men in their lives. Its got a very tales from  the crypt feel but works perfectly here. Romina Moranelli illustrated it and it’s  just beautiful. The last story is called FILTER and it’s a look back on a killer’s life  and the things he has done to get to where he is today. It’s dark and cruel and  will stay with you for a while, I think. Vanesa R. Del Ray illustrates that story, an  art student I met a couple of years ago that is making a name for herself all over  now. All three stories work together pretty nicely.

The Beat: Your two stories sounds like they have fairly unsympathetic protagonists,  which I know can be a challenge. How do you make dark characters like this  compelling enough for the reader to want to follow along?

Palmiotti: Well, with Daddy Issues, you sort of understand what they are going through, but  in the end, these are killers and you should be scared to be around them. With  Filter, I set out to give the reader an understanding of how someone goes from  bad to worse. The interesting aspect of the story is there is a level or redemption  to the character that makes him a bit more sympathetic. I think the trick is to  humanize the situation into something we can relate to so we understand the  extreme reaction the character takes. Honestly, all of these characters are scary  on their own level.

The Beat: How do you find artists for these? You’ve said it’s like casting, and as a  sometimes editor, I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes you think of an  element of a comics story and an artist just pops into your head with just the  qualities that will make it work. Do you keep a physical or mental folder of artists  you want to work with?

Palmiotti: I actually meet most of them at conventions. They come by and show me  their work and I can feel the enthusiasm. I keep a file and also give them my  contact and hope they follow through and we chat again. The people that I end  up working with are the ones that stay after me and keep sending their latest  samples. I try to stay up as well on who is new and exciting in the field best I  can. I buy just about every new book that comes out, which my local retailer,  Emerald City loves. The casting thing is a perfect way of explaining what I do for  each story, It’s one of the most important parts of the job. I always say the Marvel  Knights gig was all about casting the right people with the right characters. The  magic happens after that.

The Beat: Do you ever write a story for a specific artist?

Palmiotti: All of the time. All three of the stories in Sex and Violence are catered to the  artist. I may have an idea, but once I know who the artist is going to be, I change  it to fit their style. In the case of All Star Western and Jonah Hex, we always  wrote for the artist. I think that’s how we got their best work. Issue 34 of All Star  was made for Darwyn Cooke and once we knew G.I.Zombie was going to be  Scott Hampton, the book took a creepier, grounded tone. I didn’t want to fight  against his style. I also think the work is better for it.

The Beat: I talked with you a few months ago for your Denver Kickstarter and it  sounds like you really have crowdfunding down to a science.   Were there any tweaks to the model this time?

Palmiotti: Yes, I did a few after the Denver Campaign. The first thing I did is stop  offering the expensive packages overseas because we felt the price was  too high to ask for the shipping and to be honest, a lot of the packages got  lost or damaged pretty bad. The next thing was limit the prints because we  felt there wasn’t as big a need for them this time, and last, since this is a  follow up of a series of books, we went back to press and reprinted the first  book with two brand new covers by Amanda Conner and Dave Johnson,  knowing a lot of people did not get the first one that might be backing the  new one.

The Beat: Your Kickstarter books seem to have a very European feel to them and  not just because you often use foreign artists. Is that part of the inspiration  for these books?

Palmiotti: It’s based on my love of European comics and artists. I grew up on Heavy  Metal and with that steady diet; it was bound to have its influence. I also  like to make the books mature audience books, again, a very European  thing. I feel I do a ton of all ages work for the mainstream, so we get to  unleash ourselves here and do whatever works for the story.

 Jimmy Palmiotti on Kickstarting Sex and Violence II and why women are reading Harley QuinnThe Beat: On another note, Harley Quinn has been a huge hit for DC and for the  Paperfilms crew. I saw you talking recently about the fact that it has a lot  of women readers. I know it’s all still anecdotal for DC but this audience  seems to be one that is really growing quickly. Can you talk about your  own experiences with that?

Palmiotti: Amanda and I have had a very busy year of conventions and signings and  the thing we noticed from working on the Harley book is that the majority  of the people coming up to us are females of all ages. We have only had  this happen once before and it was for the Painkiller Jane series. The cool  thing about this group is that we’ve had a large percentage telling us it’s  the first comic book they ever bought and thanking us for not weighing  down the title with continuity. They say they love that they can just pick up  an issue and enjoy it without going broke or feeling left out and confused  because they haven’t bought 15 other books. It’s something I am always  aware of on all my books because I’m one of those people that, if I feel  lost picking up a book, I never go back to it again.

What we are learning is that the traditional idea of done–in-one stories  not selling in comics just doesn’t apply to the new audience buying the  books, and believe me, most of that new audience are female. I think the problem right now is we have some people running the companies that just aren’t going out and trying new comics or interacting with the next wave of readers and keep pushing things the traditional way they did years ago. The retailers themselves are seeing this happening daily now and I feel it’s the reason Image comics will continue to grow and eventually outsell the big two, unless they start thinking outside the box and just make superheroes a PART of their publishing plan and not the entire thing and start looking at the different ways a superhero type of book can be done. Harley is one example , Hawkeye is another . The traditional graphics people associate comics with have been changing for years now and the market is embracing different looks and styles that are outside the house style and its pretty cool to see.

The thing that keeps me interested in comics is the prospect of new  ideas, new voices and especially new methods of applied technology and  connecting with the audience. It’s what keeps the Paperfilms crew and I  trying new things all the time. As an example, we had a soundtrack scored  on our last book DENVER and people loved it. That and the fact that  people can go to Paperfilms.com and get digital downloads of our books,  prints of Amanda’s work and copies directly from us is the next big for  creators these days. That thing is the connection between the creator and  the fan; something bigger companies have no real interest in promoting.  This is also happening in all media. Things are changing fast, and for me,  all for the better.

The Beat: You’ve made your Kickstarters a real cottage industry, What are your  plans going forward? How many a year do you foresee doing and how long  are you going to keep at it?

Palmiotti: I will keep making Kickstarters for as long as we have an audience for  them. The people that back our Kickstarters are a lot of repeat customers  and we are growing that fan base with every project. Our plans going  forward are to do more of them and take on less work that we just do to  pay the bills. Kickstarter has been a huge learning experience for us in so  many ways. Each project teaches us what the audience wants from us. We  look at the hard numbers, the comments and all the interaction and fine  tune each and every new project to be able to connect better with the fans.  We have only a few days left on SEX AND VIOLENCE VOL. 2 and after  this, we have another book ready to roll that is a western graphic novel,  something you would think we had enough of…but this one is different in a  number of ways and we are super excited to announce it in a few weeks.

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planetcomics 9 Must Read: Women Who Conquered the Comics World
Lisa Hix of Collectors Weekly sat down with Trina Robbins and runs through a few chapters of Robbins’ Pretty in Ink, her third history of women cartoonists. The result is an immense article that could function on a primer on the history of women cartoonists going back more than 100 years, starting with Rose O’Neil:

Soon after her strip appeared, O’Neill became the first female staff artist for the humor magazine “Puck,” where she created many single-panel cartoons. She also fell in love and married a gorgeous and lazy heir named Gray Latham. As a successful illustrator and cartoonist, O’Neill was doing quite well financially, when she could keep her spoiled husband away from her money—he would blow her paychecks on gambling and drinking. She divorced him in 1901, and a year later, married a “Puck” editor named Harry Leon Wilson. While they were both artistically productive during their marriage, Wilson’s moody temperament clashed with O’Neill’s bubbly personality, and he hated that she often talked to him in a baby voice.

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And on it goes through Grace Drayton, Fiction House, Tarpé Mills, Hilda Terry, Dale Messick, the rise of the superhero, the undergrounds, and on to Ms Marvel. (That’s a page of Mills Miss Fury above and if you can show me a more effectively colored page of comics in any era I’ll eat the paper its printed on.) If you’ve been following Robbins’ comics history research—as I have—you’ll find it a fairly familiar history, but one that once again reminds us that women have always been making and reading comics—which makes the various periods when it was insisted they don’t—and the burial of any previous history of female participation—all the more troubling and exasperating.

While this piece serves as a nice summation of the best known female comics artists from about the 1890s to the 1970s, it isn’t the whole story. I’m still waiting for the important women behind the scenes to get written into the history books. Folks like Ruth Roche, who wrote comics for the Eisner-Iger studio, and then joined Iger as partner after Eisner left. While not negating the importance of Will Eisner to comics history, the studio was then known as the Roche-Iger Studio and that’s gotta count for something. Roche was such a seminal figure in comics that Trina Robbins and Catherine Yronwode dedicated their book, Women in the Comics, to Roche…in 1985!

I’ve mentioned romance writer and DC editor Dorothy Woolfolk a few times here; surely her story must be an interesting one. Or Helen Meyer, the most successful comics publisher of all times in the US. As editor of Dell Comics she was not only one of the most powerful women in comics, but in all of publishing. Meyer testified in front of the Kefauver Commission, and while Bill Gaines delivered a legendarily painful performance, hers was polished and professional, even if she was willing to throw horror (and freedom of expression) under the bus.

Anyway, these three women and more are beginning to get mainstreamed into the pages of orthodox comics history. But even in researching this brief blog post, I was struck by how Sisyphean the struggle of women is. In Roche’s bio she’s called a pioneer, even though O’Neill and Brinkley were making comics a mere 30 years prior. It’s amazing how just about every woman becomes a “pioneer,” no matter how many have done the same thing before. Perhaps in the modern era of massive achievement by female cartoonists we can admit that they aren’t the first, and they won’t be the last.

Hix’s article ends sweetly with Robbins signing at this years SDCC with Lily Renee, another one of the Fiction House lady squad…I can’t improve on it so I’ll swipe it, with a photo taken for The Beat by Bruce Lidl.

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1 World Comics: Lagos Comicon Turns Three

Attendees at the 2013 Lagos Comic Con

A panel at last years Lagos Comic Con

By Deji Bryce Olukotun

[Editor’s note: At The Beat we’re always trying to cover little known and emerging comics scenes, tus we’re excited to present this look at the Nigerian comics scene and this weekend’s Lagos Comic Con. For those who think Africa is all about ebola, think again.]  

Nigeria may be wracked by Boko Haram and the threat of the dreaded Ebola virus, but the entertainment industry is booming in the largest economy in Africa. The Nigerian film industry, popularly called Nollywood, sells an estimated $800 million in mostly straight-to-video movies every year. What the films lack in production quality, they make up for in verve and melodrama–it’s hard not to get sucked into watching one if you happen upon one on television. The country also boasts a thriving independent press, and internet penetration is rapidly rising as the government pushes out broadband. Books, too, remain popular, led by the public intellectual and Nobel Prize Winner Wole Soyinka and the emergence of the national $100,000 NLNG Nigeria Prize– although a recent decision by the Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to place a crippling tax on imported texts has limited their availability. Piracy is also a problem. On my recent trip to Nigeria, I purchased a few CDs at what appeared to be a fancy music store and they all turned out to be pirated, and even the distributors of Nollywood films pirate the films they are supposed to be selling.

The comics scene in Nigeria has been thriving since the 1980s, but has yet to burst into the mainstream. There are tastes of what may soon emerge as youth in Nigeria fully embrace the internet—check out this sci-fi short on YouTube here, which includes an animated spaceship—but comics are still an emerging industry. On Friday, the third annual Lagos Comic Con will launch in the commercial capital of 20 million people. I corresponded with comics creator and co-founder Ayodele Elegba about the event, where we wrote about attractions, popular comics, Ebola, and cosplay.

Q: How did the Lagos Comicon get started?

Elegba: The Lagos Comic Con began in 2012 when I realized that the comic medium was not appreciated by the Nigerian public like it used to be in the 80s while I was growing up. I had previously published a newsletter to raise awareness about the scene but the response was low and people kept asking me where they could get comic books and if there were comics created by Nigerians. I wanted to debunk the myth and show people that Nigerian Comics do exist and that we have comic artists and writers here in Nigeria. That was when I decided to start the Lagos Comicon, with no funds but a dream to make it an international festival.

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Q: What will you have at the event?

Elegba: This year the event is much bigger because we have included other genres of entertainment such as movies, games, and animations, which are like an extension of comic books. We will have a Comic Zone, where you can buy Nigerian Comics and meet African creators. We also have Nollywood Village: this is where you can buy Nigerian-made movies with an action/comics bent and meet A-list Nigerian film stars and music celebrities. We have the Game Zone, where we’ll run a competition this year called “Battle of the Game Lords,” where gamers will compete for a prize of over US$2000. We have an Arts and Culture Zone where we showcase fine arts, sculptures, paintings, and the beautiful culture of the Nigeria. We have a workshop session with 12 speakers who will talk about various genres of entertainment. Finally, we have the Kids Zone, where kids can play and have fun while their parents shop. We also have other segments like karaoke, exhibitions, dance performances and music performances from pop stars.

Q: What are some of the most popular themes in Nigerian comics (e.g. scifi, history, romance, adventure)?

Elegba: The most popular themes right now in Nigerian comics are magical or cultural, though we have superhero comics and military comics too.

Q: Are there any topics that you won’t find in other countries? For example, there is a series on President Goodluck Jonathan.

Elegba: Well Nigeria is unique, and there is a particular comic called Central Attack which deals with the issue of Boko Haram, the terrorist group in Nigeria.

[Interviewer’s Note: Central Attack depicts an elite government strike team that protects the country against the militant Islamic sect Boko Haram. You can read more about it here.]

Q: Who are the most popular comic book authors and writers?

Elegba: The most popular comic book artists are Ibrahim Ganiyu, Jide Olusanya, Stanley Obende, Mohammed Agbadi and many more. Writers include myself Ayodele Elegba, Wisdom Omon, Niyi, and Niran Adeniji.

Q: Piracy is a problem in Nigeria for fiction authors and for films. Is this an issue for comics in Nigeria?

Elegba: Right now there is no piracy in comics. Piracy dwells on the financial success of a products. Comics don’t have that yet.

Q: Will scares about Ebola cause any issues for attendance?

Elegba: I don’t think so. The Ebola scare has been well curbed by the Nigerian government and so far all cases of Ebola infections have been effectively quarantined and taken care of. We have also put in place measures for hand washing and sanitization at the event. We will be checking everyone’s temperature as they go into the hall.

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Q: How is the internet affecting the comics scene in Nigeria? Can you buy local comics online?

Elegba: The internet is a developing media in Nigeria, but so far Nigerian comics are doing well. We have about five indigenous online comic stores in Nigeria now.

Will there be any cosplay?

Elegba: Sure, what’s a comic con without cosplay? There will be cosplay and there will be prizes for the winners.

[Deji Bryce Olukotun (@dejiridoo) is the author of Nigerians in Space, a thriller out now from Unnamed Press. http://ift.tt/Xw0IaM]

 

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detail Marvel Month to Month Sales August 2014: A Tale of Two Spider

by Jason Enright

This was a tough month for Marvel. Original Sin is ending and none of their other events have really started yet. They also don’t have any real high profile series launches. So there are no books that really pop. There is a lot of attrition this month. Of the 72 books that also had an issue last month, only 12 saw growth in their numbers. That leaves 60 books that dropped in sales. 39 books dropped more than 5% or what might be considered a standard attrition. Luckily there are several major events coming soon which will drive sales up and a lot of books will be relaunching after these events which always bumps up the numbers at least temporarily. It is worrying however, that there are several series that just relaunched a year or for some 6 months ago and are already in trouble again. Let’s look at a breakdown of what came out this month:

76 books in total

11 double shipped books
5 X-Men books (7 if you count X-Factor and X-Force)
7 Avengers books (8 if you count the Ultimates)
5 100th Anniversary specials
11 Original Sin and Original Sin Tie-In books

1 titles over 100,000 copies
2 titles between 75,000 and 100,000 copies
9 titles between 50,000 and 75,000 copies
35 titles between 25,000 and 50,000 copies
29 titles under 25,000
2 $5.99 books
4 $4.99 books
64 $3.99 books
6 $2.99 books

Now let’s dive into the deep end with these numbers.

Thanks as always to ICV2.com and Milton Griepp for their permission to use these figures.

2. Amazing SPIDER-MAN
08/04  Am Spi #511  –  88,120
08/09  Am Spi #603  -	70,976
08/11  Am Spi #668  -	57,533
08/12  Am Spi #692  -  91,071
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08/13  Superior #15 -  78,636 (  -2.7%)
08/13  Superior #16 -  78,087 (  -0.7%)
09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118 ( +14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178 ( -10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671 (  +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309 (  +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940 ( -12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250 (  +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105 (  -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131 (  -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311 (   1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591 (  -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405 (  19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477 ( -12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568 (   1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431 (  -1.5%)
04/14  Superior #31 – 135,484 (  79.6%)[13,234]
04/14  Amazing v3 #1- 532,586 ( 293.1%)[23,871]
05/14  Amazing v3 #2- 123,945 ( -76.7%)
06/14  Amazing v3 #3- 109,029 ( -12.0%)
07/14  Amazing v3 #4- 117,917 (   8.2%)O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Amazing v3 #5- 101,655 ( -13.8%)O.S. Tie-In
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6 mnth  (  17.6%)
1 year  (  30.2%)
2 year  (  12.0%)
3 year  (  76.7%)
5 year  (  43.2%)
10 year (  15.4%)

Spider-Man drops 16k despite being an original sin tie-in. However, the wall-crawler stayed above 100k which is still good. This is really good considering that Spider-Verse is coming soon, which will likely help keep this book’s numbers high for the next few months.

3. Original Sin #0
04/14  Original Sin #0 -  73,024 [6,166] 
05/14  Original Sin #1 - 147,045  (101.4%)
05/14  Original Sin #2 -  92,643  (-37.0%)
06/14  Original Sin #3 –  93,351  (  0.8%)
06/14  Original Sin #4 -  88,508  ( -5.2%)
07/14  Original Sin #5 -  91,420  (  3.3%)
07/14  Original Sin #6 -  89,324  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Original Sin #7 -  91,291  (  2.2%)

Original Sin 8 was also solicited for this month but got pushed into the first week of September. This event series has stayed very steady around 90k and bodes well for Marvel’s next event Axis, which is right around the corner.

5. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
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08/13  Superior #15 -  78,636  (  -2.7%)
08/13  Superior #16 -  78,087  (  -0.7%)
09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118  ( +14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178  ( -10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671  (  +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309  (  +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940  ( -12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250  (  +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105  (  -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311  (   1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405  (  19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477  ( -12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568  (   1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431  (  -1.5%)
04/14  Superior #31 – 135,484  (  79.6%)[13,234]
08/14  Superior #32 -  87,604  ( -35.3%)
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6 mnth  (   1.4%)
1 year  (  12.2%)

Continuing the numbering from the Doc-Ock-as-Spidey run that ended in in April, this series serves as the starting point for Spider-verse the upcoming event which will run across several Spider-man books. It pulls in good numbers compared to its second to last issue from March. This concept continues to sell very well for Marvel.

8. Amazing Spider-Man #1.X
05/14  Amazing Spi #1.1  - 116,555 
06/14  Amazing Spi #1.2  -  86,315  (-25.9%)
07/14  Amazing Spi #1.3  -  74,285  (-13.9%)
08/14  Amazing Spi #1.4  -  66,431  (-10.6%)

This Spider-Man year one type story sees another 10% drop. One issue to go and it will probably sell around 55k.

9. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
08/09  Guardians v2 #17 -  27,864
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08/13  ---
09/13  Guardians v3 #6  -  69,030  ( -37.5%)
10/13  Guardians v3 #7  -  68,647  (  -0.6%)
10/13  Guardians v3 #8  -  63,494  (  -7.5%)
11/13  ---
12/13  Guardians v3 #9  -  57,665  (  -9.2%)
12/13  Guardians v3 #10 -  53,527  (  -7.2%)
01/14  Guardian #11.NOW -  61,111  (  14.7%)
02/14  Guardians v3 #12 -  55,454  (  -9.3%)
03/14  Guardians v3 #13 -  56,764  (   2.4%)
04/14  Guardians v3 #14 -  53,976  (  -4.9%)
05/14  Guardians v3 #15 -  54,332  (   0.7%)
06/14  Guardians v3 #16 -  54,827  (   0.9%)
07/14  Guardians v3 #17 -  62,986  (  14.9%)
08/14  Guardians v3 #18 -  60,657  (  -3.7%) O.S. Tie-In
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6 mnth  (    9.4%)
5 year  (  117.7%)

Guardians stays above 60k for a second month thanks to help from a cool Alex Ross variant and its tie-in to Original Sin. Plus there’s a little Guardians movie that may be driving increased interest.

12, 22. ALL-NEW X-MEN
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08/13  All-New X-Men #15 -  73,035  ( -2.4%)
09/13  All-New X-Men #16 -  84,218  (+15.3%)
10/13  All-New X-Men #17 -  82,843  ( -1.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #18 -  82,365  ( -0.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #19 -  71,044  (-13.7%)
12/13  All-New X-Men #20 -  68,189  ( -4.0%)
01/14  All-New X-Men #21 -  62,876  ( -7.8%)
01/14  All-New #22.NOW   -  76,565  (+21.8%)
02/14  All-New X-Men #23 -  64,625  (-15.6%)
03/14  All-New X-Men #24 -  63,739  ( -1.4%)
04/14  All-New X-Men #25 -  63,827  (  0.1%)
04/14  All-New X-Men #26 -  58,918  ( -7.7%)
05/14  All-New X-Men #27 -  62,269  (  5.7%)
06/14  All-New X-Men #28 -  57,135  ( -8.2%)
07/14  All-New X-Men #29 -  58,817  (  2.9%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #30 -  54,882  ( -6.7%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #31 -  58,535  (  6.7%)
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6 mnth  (  -9.4%)
1 year  ( -19.9%)

This issue had an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant cover that maybe boosted sales a bit, but it also just seems to be pretty steady around 57k. There’s also an upcoming foray into the Ultimate Universe to meet Miles Morales. We’ll see if that helps boost sales.

17. ROCKET RACCOON
07/14  Rocket Raccoon #1 - 293,913  ( --- )[7,738]
08/14  Rocket Raccoon #2 -  56,597  (-80.7%)

So this reads like a huge drop, but it was also because the #1 issue did so well. Remember as well that 100k issues of #1 were ordered by LootCrate as a one-time offer. So really this should read as a 70% drop instead of 80%. There were re-orders on issue 1, so some stores sold out as well. It will be interesting to watch this series over the next few months, will it drop quickly, or will it steady out around 40-50k?

23. AVENGERS
08/11  Avengers v4 #16 –  60,295
08/12  Avengers v4 #29 -  61,653
---
08/13  Avengers v5 #17 -  68,962  (  -5.3%)
08/13  Avengers v5 #18 -  74,697  (  +8.3%)
09/13  Avengers v5 #19 -  92,489  ( +23.8%)
09/13  Avengers v5 #20 -  74,388  ( -19.6%)
10/13  Avengers v5 #21 -  71,751  (  -3.5%)
10/13  Avengers v5 #22 -  70,735  (  -1.4%)
11/13  Avengers v5 #23 -  66,501  (  -6.0%)
12/13  Avengers#24.NOW - 127,466  ( +91.7%)
01/14  Avengers v5 #25 -  65,591  ( -48.5%)
02/14  Avengers v5 #26 –  59,775  (  -8.9%)
03/14  Avengers v5 #27 -  53,966  (  -9.7%)
04/14  Avengers v5 #28 -  52,808  (  -2.1%)
05/14  Avengers v5 #29 -  58,661  (  11.1%)
05/14  Avengers v5 #30 -  57,099  (  -2.7%)
06/14  Avengers v5 #31 -  53,933  (  -5.5%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Avengers v5 #32 -  56,595  (   4.9%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Avengers v5 #33 -  51,874  (  -8.3%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Avengers v5 #34 -  54,413  (   4.9%) O.S. Tie-In
---
6 mnth  (  -9.0%)
1 year  ( -27.2%)
2 year  ( -12.0%)
3 year  (  -9.8%)

So this is the last issue before the Avengers jump forward 8 months into the future and not only wraps up many current storylines but tees up Axis and the 8-month time jump. Also this issue was an Original Sin Tie-in. Also this help boost the book’s sales up and position it nicely for the next arc to do well.

***This is normally where Uncanny X-men would rank, but this month’s issue got pushed back to the first week of September so there are no numbers this month. However, issue 23 did get 5,627 re-orders this month.

25. UNCANNY AVENGERS
---
08/13  Uncanny Avengers #11 - 65,447  ( -4.8%)
09/13  Uncanny Avengers #12 - 73,357  (+12.1%)
10/13  Uncanny Avengers #13 - 60,597  (-17.4%)
11/13  Uncanny Avengers #14 - 60,750  ( +0.3%)
12/13  Uncanny Avengers #15 - 57,035  ( -6.1%)
01/14  Uncanny Avengers #16 - 54,670  ( -4.1%)
02/14  Uncanny Avengers #17 – 53,181  ( -2.7%)
03/14  U Avengers #18.NOW   - 63,516  ( 19.4%)
04/14  Uncanny Avengers #19 – 52,381  (-17.5%)
05/14  Uncanny Avengers #20 – 51,886  ( -0.9%)
06/14  Uncanny Avengers #21 – 49,762  ( -4.1%)
07/14  Uncanny Avengers #22 – 50,253  (  1.0%)
08/14  Uncanny Avengers #23 – 50,974  (  1.4%)
---
6 mnth  (  -4.1%)
1 year  ( -22.1%)

This issue had an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant cover and tees up AXIS, which leads to a bit of a sales bump. Interestingly, the next two months will be Axis set-up stories, and then this book goes on hiatus and is essentially replaced by Axis in October.

26, 29. WOLVERINE
08/04  Wolverine v3 #18 –  65,306
08/09  Wolverine v3 #77 -  68,521
08/11  Wolverine v4 #14 -  38,869	 
08/12	 Wolverine #312	 -  41,030	 
---	
08/13  Wolverine v5 #8  -  39,830  (  -3.2%)
09/13  Wolverine v5 #9  -  35,920  (  -9.8%)
10/13  Wolverine v5 #10 -  34,651  (  -3.5%)
11/13  Wolverine v5 #11 -  35,394  (  +2.1%)
12/13  Wolverine v5 #12 -  32,274  (  -8.8%)
01/14  Wolverine v5 #13 -  31,164  (  -3.4%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #1  -  88,923  ( 185.3%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #2  -  47,339  ( -46.8%)
03/14  Wolverine v6 #3  -  40,735  ( -14.0%)
04/14  Wolverine v6 #4  -  37,732  (  -7.4%)
04/14  Wolverine v6 #5  -  37,563  (  -0.4%)
05/14  Wolverine v6 #6  -  35,571  (  -5.3%)
05/14  Wolverine v6 #7  -  35,039  (  -1.5%)
06/14  Wolverine v6 #8  -  40,491  (  15.6%)
06/14  Wolverine v6 #9  -  32,333  (   4.5%)
07/14  Wolverine v6 #10 -  47,813  (  12.9%)
08/14  Wolverine v6 #11 -  49,181  (   2.9%)
08/14  Wolverine v6 #12 -  50,570  (   2.8%)
---
6 mnth  ( -43.1%)
1 year  (  27.0%)
2 year  (  23.0%)
3 year  (  30.1%)
5 year  ( -26.2%)
10 year ( -22.6%)

These were the last two issues before September’s Death of Wolverine and the increase in sales and interest has pushed this title back above 50K.

28. DEADPOOL
08/09  Deadpool v3 #14  - 50,210  
08/11  Deadpool v3 #42 -  26,794 
08/12  Deadpool v3 #59 -  28,507 
---
08/13  Deadpool v4 #14 -  45,870  (  -2.4%)
08/13  Deadpool v4 #15 -  46,169  (  +0.7%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #16 -  45,675  (  -1.1%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #17 -  45,348  (  -0.7%)
10/13  Deadpool v4 #18 -  47,096  (  +3.9%)
11/13  Deadpool v4 #19 -  44,184  (  -6.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #20 -  43,653  (  -1.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #21 -  43,066  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Deadpool v4 #22 -  41,765  (  -3.0%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #23 -  41,204  (  -1.3%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #24 -  41,130  (  -0.2%)
03/14  D'pool #25.NOW  -  48,775  (  18.6%)
03/14  Deadpool v4 #26 -  44,141  (  -9.5%)
04/14  Deadpool v4 #27 -  62,037  (  40.5%)[1,992]
05/14  Deadpool v4 #28 -  45,858  (  26.1%)
05/14  Deadpool v4 #29 -  52,403  (  14.3%) O.S. Tie-In
06/14  Deadpool v4 #30 -  54,072  (  14.3%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Deadpool v4 #31 -  49,930  (  -7.7%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Deadpool v4 #32 -  46,829  (  -6.2%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Deadpool v4 #33 -  50,023  (   6.8%) O.S. Tie-In
---
6 mnth  (  21.6%)
1 year  (   8.3%)
2 year  (  75.0%)
3 year  (  86.7%)
5 year  (  -0.4%)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant cover and Original Sin Tie-in equate to a nice bump in sales for this already very popular title.

30. SPIDER-MAN 2099
07/14  Spider-Man 2099 #1 - 90,690  ( --- )[6,461]
08/14  Spider-Man 2099 #2 - 47,512  (-47.6%)

So normally, a title is expected to drop 40% from issue #1 to #2, so this is a bit bigger drop, but there was decent re-order activity on #1 this month, so basically the jury is still out on this book. Plus in a few months it will tie-in with Spider-verse which should boost its sales anyway.

33. ORIGINAL SIN #5.X
---
07/14  Original Sin #5.1 – 48,596
07/14  Original Sin #5.2 – 46,110 (  -5.1%)
08/14  Original Sin #5.3 – 44,139 (  -4.3%)
08/14  Original Sin #5.4 – 42,665 (  -3.3%)

This Original Sin tie-in followed Thor, Loki, and Angela. It ended up selling better than the Thor or Loki books normally do and will hopefully serve as a good lead-in to the new Angela series starting in a few months.

35, 43. NEW AVENGERS
08/09  New Avengers v1 #56 -  89,901  
08/11  New Avengers v2 #14 -  56,035  
08/12  New Avengers v2 #24 -  59,441  
---
08/13  New Avengers v3 #9  -  60,534  (  4.3%)
09/13  New Avengers v3 #10 -  60,682  (  0.2%)
10/13  New Avengers v3 #11 -  63,231  (  4.2%)
11/13  New Avengers v3 #12 -  58,807  ( -7.0%)
12/13  N Avengers #13.INH  -  56,624  ( -3.7%)
01/14  ---
02/14  New Avengers v3 #14 -  50,668  (-10.5%)
03/14  New Avengers v3 #15 -  47,178  ( -6.9%)
03/14  N Avengers #16.NOW  -  48,731  (  0.0%)
04/14  New Avengers v3 #17 -  45,885  ( -5.8%)
05/14  New Avengers v3 #18 -  43,668  ( -4.8%)
06/14  New Avengers v3 #19 -  41,989  ( -3.8%)
06/14  New Avengers v3 #20 -  43,962  ( -0.1%)
07/14  New Avengers v3 #21 -  42,699  (  1.8%)
08/14  New Avengers v3 #22 -  42,797  (  0.2%)
08/14  New Avengers v3 #23 -  40,018  ( -6.3%)
---
6 mnth  ( -21.0%)
1 year  ( -33.9%)
2 year  ( -33.0%)
3 year  ( -28.6%)
5 year  ( -55.5%)

Final 2 issues before this book jumps 8 months into the future, which will hopefully give a nice boost to this book’s sales figures.

45. ORIGINAL SIN #3.X
---
06/14  Original Sin #3.1 – 45,338
07/14  Original Sin #3.2 – 41,756 ( -7.9%)
07/14  Original Sin #3.3 – 40,402 ( -3.2%)
08/14  Original Sin #3.4 – 38,899 ( -3.7%)

This O.S. tie-in was a crossover between Hulk and Iron and sold slightly better than either of them would have on its own.

48. DEADPOOL vs.
04/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #1 – 57,275 [4,497]
04/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #2 – 49,374  (-13.8%)[2,757]
05/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #3 – 46,688  ( -5.4%)
06/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #4 – 47,228  (  1.2%)
07/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #1 -  54,762 ( --- )
07/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #2 -  45,047 (-17.7%)
08/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #3 -  38,471 (-14.6%)

This book is not doing as well as the Carnage series that preceded it. Next month this book wraps up and the Deadpool versus Hawkeye series starts. It will be interesting to see if the downward trend continues.

49. MOON KNIGHT
08/11  Moon Knight v4 #4  -  30,237  
---
03/14  Moon Knight v5 #1  -  58,022 (  --- ) [7,266]
04/14  Moon Knight v5 #2  -  40,885 (-29.5%) [3,621]
05/14  Moon Knight v5 #3  -  42,607 (  4.2%)
06/14  Moon Knight v5 #4  -  40,348 ( -5.3%)
07/14  Moon Knight v5 #5  -  38,630 ( -4.3%)
08/14  Moon Knight v5 #6  -  37,646 ( -2.5%)
---
3 year  ( 24.5%)

Last issue of the critically acclaimed Ellis/Shalvey/Bellaire run on Moon Knight and the sales are still remarkably high. As Ellis and Shalvey move on to their new Image book, this series will be taken over by Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood. Next month should be interesting, will the numbers drop with the new team?

51, 63. INHUMAN 
04/14  Inhuman #1 - 58,309  
05/14  Inhuman #2 - 41,810 ( -28.3%) 
08/14  Inhuman #3 - 37,159 ( -11.1%) 
08/14  Inhuman #4 - 34,215 (  -7.9%)

After a 3 month delay Inhuman returns and honestly the drops aren’t that bad. Still, if Marvel has plans to make the Inhumans as popular as the Guardians of the Galaxy, a book plagued by creative changes and art delays was probably not the way to do it.

53. LEGENDARY STAR LORD
07/14  Leg. Star Lord #1 - 78,501 (---)[6,054]
08/14  Leg. Star Lord #2 - 37,109 (-52.7%)

Pretty big drop for Star Lord issue 2, but there were re-orders on issue 1, so retailers may be making adjustments to their orders still as this books finds its level.

54. DAREDEVIL
08/04  Daredevil v2 #63  – 52,091
08/09  Daredevil    #500 – 73,409
08/11  Daredevil v3 #2   – 40,990
08/12  Daredevil v3 #17  - 38,149 
---
08/13  Daredevil v3 #30 - 35,240  ( +0.9%)
09/13  Daredevil v3 #31 - 36,666  ( +4.0%)
10/13  Daredevil v3 #32 - 34,957  ( -4.7%)
11/13  Daredevil v3 #33 - 32,966  ( -5.7%)
12/13  Daredevil v3 #34 - 32,331  ( -1.9%)
01/14  Daredevil v3 #35 - 32,067  ( -0.8%)
02/14  Daredevil v3 #36 – 31,494  ( -1.8%)
03/14  Daredevil v4 #1  - 76,006  (141.3%)[1,948]
04/14  Daredevil #1.50  - 48,462  (-36.2%)
04/14  Daredevil v4 #2  - 42,811  (-11.7%)
05/14  Daredevil v4 #3  - 39,316  (-8.2%)
06/14  Daredevil v4 #4  - 37,902  (-3.6%)
07/14  Daredevil v4 #5  - 36,825  (-2.8%)
07/14  Daredevil v4 #6  - 37,959  ( 3.1%)
07/14  Daredevil  #0.1  - 33,437
08/14  Daredevil v4 #7  - 36,785  (-3.1%)
---
6 Mnth  (  16.8%)
1 Year  (   4.4%)
2 Year  (  -4.0%)
3 Year  ( -10.3%)
5 Year  ( -49.9%)
10 Year ( -29.4%)

Daredevil has a small drop from last month. This book has stayed right around his 36k level for a long time now.

55. AMAZING X-MEN
08/04  Astonishing X-Men #3  - 145,546  
08/11  Astonishing X-Men #41 -  33,470  
08/12  Astonishing X-Men #53 -  32,268  
---
08/13  Astonishing X-Men #65 -  22,010  (  -2.8%)
08/13  Astonishing X-Men #66 -  21,757  (  -1.1%)
09/13  Astonishing X-Men #67 -  21,044  (  -3.3%)
10/13  Astonishing X-Men #68 -  21,023  (  -0.0%)
11/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #1   - 112,337  (+434.4%)
12/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #2   -  60,870  ( -45.8%)
01/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #3   -  51,431  ( -15.5%)
02/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #4   -  48,161  (  -6.4%)
03/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #5   -  46,242  (  -4.0%)
04/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #6   -  45,095  (  -2.5%)
05/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #7   -  42,512  (  -5.7%)
06/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #8   -  41,613  (  -2.1%)
07/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #9   -  40,562  (  -2.5%)
08/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #10  -  36,405  ( -10.2%)
---
6  mnth  ( -43.7%)
1  year  (  67.3%)
2  year  (  13.0%)
3  year  (   8.8%)
10 year  ( -75.0%)

This is a pretty big drop for the Amazing X-men as they hit the mid-way point of their second arc. This is when a book should be stabilizing, which makes me wonder if stores saw a lot of people dropping the series after the initial arc ended.

56. WOLVERINE ANNUAL
---
08/14  Wolverine Annual #1 – 36,210

This annual sells about as many copies as Wolverine was selling before the countdown to his death started.

57. X-MEN
08/04  X-Men v2 #160 -  91,792  
08/11  X-Men v3 #16  -  43,161  
08/12  X-Men v3 #34  -  33,354  
---
08/13  X-Men v4 #4  -  64,010  (  -1.9%)
09/13  X-Men v4 #5  -  73,357  ( +14.6%)
10/13  X-Men v4 #6  -  71,990  (  -1.9%)
11/13  X-Men v4 #7  -  56,968  ( -20.9%)
12/13  X-Men v4 #8  -  53,201  (  -6.6%)
01/14  X-Men v4 #9  -  49,412  (  -7.1%)
02/14  X-M  #10.Now -  52,486  (   6.2%)
02/14  X-Men v4 #11 -  47,498  (  -9.5%)
03/14  X-Men v4 #12 -  44,135  (  -7.1%)
04/14  X-Men v4 #13 -  42,065  (  -4.7%)
05/14  X-Men v4 #14 -  39,499  (  -6.1%)
06/14  X-Men v4 #15 -  38,271  (  -3.1%)
07/14  X-Men v4 #16 -  38,937  (   1.7%)
07/14  X-Men v4 #17 -  36,255  (  -6.9%)
08/14  X-Men v4 #18 -  35,543  (  -2.0%)
---
6  mnth  ( -28.1%)
1  year  ( -44.5%)
2  year  (   7.0%)
3  year  ( -17.7%)
10 year  ( -61.3%)

This issue was the first from a new creative team that didn’t really get much press at all, so it doesn’t really see any kind of sales boost.

58. HULK
08/04  Incred Hulk v3 #76  - 42,499
08/09  Incred Hulk    #601 - 64,053
08/11  Incred Hulks   #635 – 38,223
08/12  Incred Hulk v4 #12  - 36,860
---
08/13  Indestructible #12  - 43,673  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Indestructible #13  - 41,805  (  -4.3%)
10/13  Indestructible #14  - 40,963  (  -2.0%)
11/13  Indestructible #15  - 37,025  (  -9.6%)
11/13  Indestructible #16  - 35,871  (  -3.1%)
12/13  Hulk #17.INH        - 35,679  (  -0.5%)
01/14  Hulk #18.INH        - 33,056  (  -7.4%)
02/14  Indestructible #19  - 31,192  (  -5.6%)
03/14  Indestructible #20  - 30,042  (  -3.7%)
04/14  Hulk v3 #1          - 73,551  ( 144.8%)
04/14  Hulk v3 #2          - 40,590  ( -44.8%)
05/14  Hulk v3 #3          - 37,639  (  -7.3%)
06/14  Hulk v3 #4          - 35,377  (  -6.0%)
08/14  Hulk v3 #5          - 34,903  (  -1.3%)
---
6 Mnth  (  11.9%)
1 Year  ( -20.1%)
2 Year  (  -5.0%)
3 Year  (  -8.7%)
5 Year  ( -45.5%)
10 Year ( -17.9%)

Gerry Duggan takes over for Mark Wait this issue and sales stayed relatively stable. Over the next few months it will be interesting to see how this affects sales for better or worse.

59. MILES MORALES ULT SPIDER-MAN
08/04  Ult. Spider-Man v1 #64 –  94,684
08/09  Ult. Spider-Man v2 #1  –  85,917
08/12  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #12 -  42,642
---
08/13  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #26 - 32,932  ( -1.0%)
09/13  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #27 - 32,200  ( -2.2%)
10/13  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #28 - 31,462  ( -2.3%)
11/13  Cataclysm USM #1 of 3  - 36,541  (+16.1%)
12/13  Cataclysm USM #2 of 3  - 30,293  (-17.1%)
01/14  Cataclysm USM #3 of 3  - 27,650  ( -8.7%)
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
04/14  Ult. Spider-Man #200   - 41,608  ( 50.5%)
05/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #1 - 45,864  ( 10.2%)
06/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #2 - 38,231  (-16.6%)
07/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #3 - 37,240  ( -2.6%)
08/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #4 - 34,836  ( -6.5%)
---
1 year  (   5.8%)
2 year  ( -18.0%)
5 year  ( -59.5%)
10 year ( -63.2%)

The flagship book of the Ultimate line drops a big but is still pretty health compared to its fellow Ultimate books.

62. KICK-ASS 3  [Icon]
08/11  Kick-Ass 2 #3 of 8 - 54,270
---
06/13  Kick-Ass 3 #1 of 8 - 78,035
07/13  ---
08/13  Kick-Ass 3 #2 of 8 - 50,102  (-35.8%)
09/13  Kick-Ass 3 #3 of 8 - 44,540  (-11.1%)
10/13  Kick-Ass 3 #4 of 8 - 40,412  ( -9.3%)
11/13  Kick-Ass 3 #5 of 8 - 38,639  ( -4.4%)
02/14  Kick-Ass 3 #6 of 8 – 39,534  (  2.3%)
03/14  ---
04/14  Kick-Ass 3 #7 of 8 – 38,818  ( -6.9%)
08/14  Kick-Ass 3 #8 of 8 – 34,322  (-11.6%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -13.2%)
1 Year  ( -31.5%)
3 Year  ( -36.8%)

Kick-Ass 3 ends with sales at about half of where it debuted.

64, 67, 68. DEADPOOL DRACULA’S GAUNTLET #1
---
07/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #1 – 40,790
07/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #2 – 38,683 ( -5.2%)
07/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #3 – 37,449 ( -3.2%)
07/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #4 – 36,581 ( -2.3%)
08/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #5 – 33,774 ( -7.7%)
08/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #6 – 32,117 ( -4.9%)
08/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #7 – 31,568 ( -1.7%)

Not bad sales for a reprint of a digital first comic. Plus they are going to be selling the 280-page hardcover for $35. Deadpool is just printing money for Marvel these days.

66. MS. MARVEL
02/14  Ms. Marvel #1 -  50,286  (  --- ) [15,155]
03/14  Ms. Marvel #2 -  38,357  (-23.7%) [3,440]
04/14  Ms. Marvel #3 -  37,140  ( -3.2%)
05/14  Ms. Marvel #4 -  34,839  ( -6.2%)
06/14  Ms. Marvel #5 -  33,795  ( -3.0%)
07/14  Ms. Marvel #6 -  36,041  (  6.6%)
08/14  Ms. Marvel #7 -  32,866  ( -8.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -34.6%)

8% drop for this issue but since it had growth last month that means it is very stable. Plus look at this 6-month drop percentage. That is less than most books drop on their second issue. This is one of the most successful new series launches I’ve seen from Marvel. This brand new character sells in the same range as books like Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor and those books have a huge history with the company and several movies backing them up.

69. SILVER SURFER
08/04  Silver Surfer v5 #12-  20,776  
---
03/14  Silver Surfer v7 #1 -  64,919  (  --- )[2,757]
04/14  Silver Surfer v7 #2 -  39,132  (-39.7%)
06/14  Silver Surfer v7 #3 -  36,075  ( -7.8%)
07/14  Silver Surfer v7 #4 -  32,747  ( -9.2%)
08/14  Silver Surfer v7 #5 -  31,125  ( -5.0%)
---
10 year ( 49.8%)

The drops on Silver Surfer are shrinking. Hopefully it will level out soon.

70. CAPTAIN AMERICA
08/04  Captain America v4 #30  - 38,465  
08/09  Cap America Reborn #2   –125,234  
08/11  Captain America    #2   - 54,384 
08/12  Captain America v6 #16  - 35,155  
---
08/13  Captain America v7 #10 - 39,356  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Captain America v7 #11 - 38,521  (  -2.1%)
10/13  Captain America v7 #12 - 38,684  (  +0.4%)
11/13  Captain America v7 #13 - 36,147  (  -6.6%)
12/13  Captain America v7 #14 - 34,532  (  -4.5%)
01/14  Captain America v7 #15 - 33,433  (  -3.2%)
02/14  Capt AmericaV7 #16.Now – 36,534  (   9.3%)
02/14  Captain America v7 #17 – 33,312  (  -8.8%)
03/14  Captain America v7 #18 – 33,642  (   1.0%)
04/14  Captain America v7 #19 – 34,420  (   2.3%)
05/14  Captain America v7 #20 – 30,341  (  -9.3%)
06/14  Captain America v7 #21 – 30,427  (   0.3%)
07/14  Captain America v7 #22 – 34,563  (  13.6%)
08/14  Captain America v7 #23 – 30,927  ( -10.5%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -7.2%)
1 Year  ( -21.4%)
2 Year  ( -12.0%)
3 Year  ( -43.1%)
5 Year  ( -75.3%)
10 Year ( -19.6%)

Last month’s boost was due to a few variants, so this series is back to where it has stayed the last few months. Cap relaunches in November with a new #1 and a different hero wielding the shield and should see a nice boost to sales.

71. FANTASTIC FOUR
08/04  Fantastic Four #517   – 50,248
08/09  Fantastic Four #570   – 62,335
08/12  Fantastic Four #609   - 36,496
---
08/13  Fantastic Four v5 #11 - 32,665  (  -4.0%)
09/13  Fantastic Four v5 #12 - 31,426  (  -3.8%)
10/13  Fantastic Four v5 #13 - 31,561  (  +0.4%)
11/13  Fantastic Four v5 #14 - 28,679  (  -9.1%)
12/13  Fantastic Four v5 #15 - 27,610  (  -3.7%)
01/14  Fantastic Four v5 #16 - 28,045  (   1.6%)
02/14  Fantastic Four v6 #1  - 65,775  ( 134.5%)
03/14  Fantastic Four v6 #2  - 37,569  ( -42.9%)
04/14  Fantastic Four v6 #3  - 34,930  (  -7.0%)
05/14  Fantastic Four v6 #4  - 33,263  (  -4.8%)
05/14  Fantastic Four v6 #5  - 33,336  (   0.2%)
06/14  Fantastic Four v6 #6  - 33,177  (  -0.5%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Fantastic Four v6 #7  - 33,687  (   1.5%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Fantastic Four v6 #8  - 30,674  (  -8.9%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Fantastic Four v6 #9  - 28,827  (  -6.0%)
---
6 mnth  ( -56.2%)
1 year  ( -11.7%)
2 year  ( -21.0%)
5 year  ( -53.8%)
10 year ( -42.6%)

This series continues to drop and now 6 months after its relaunch is right back at nearly the same number it was at before. It is still solicited for an issue 13 in November with the return of the old costumes. Maybe that will help the sales?

72, 73. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN
08/12  Wolverine/X-Men #12  - 58,441  
---
08/13  Wolverine/X-Men #34 - 38,473  ( -9.0%)
08/13  Wolverine/X-Men #35 - 38,046  ( -1.1%)
09/13  Wolverine/X-Men #36 - 59,684  (+56.9%)
10/13  Wolverine/X-Men #37 - 57,434  ( -3.8%)
11/13  Wolverine/X-Men #38 - 39,098  (-31.9%)
12/13  Wolverine/X-Men #39 - 39,063  ( -0.1%)
01/14  Wolverine/X-Men #40 - 36,855  ( -5.7%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #41 – 35,800  ( -2.9%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #42 – 35,392  ( -1.1%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #1  - 54,675  ( 54.5%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #2  - 40,386  (-26.1%)
04/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #3  - 36,407  ( -9.9%)
05/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #4  - 33,521  ( -7.9%)
06/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #5  - 32,511  ( -3.0%)
07/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #6  - 32,995  (  1.5%)
08/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #7  - 30,409  ( -7.8%)
08/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #8  - 29,795  ( -2.0%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -16.8%)
1 Year  ( -22.6%)
2 Year  ( -49.0%)

This book drops a little but for the most part is relatively stable. It was recently announced that after Death of Wolverine, this series will be replaced by a new book called Spider-Man and the X-men where the wall crawler takes on a guidance counselor role at the Jean Grey School. Wolverine and the X-Men wraps up in November with issue 12.

74. Magneto
---
03/14  Magneto #1 – 55,337
04/14  Magneto #2 – 35,772  (-35.4%)[2,297]
05/14  Magneto #3 – 35,504  ( -0.7%)
05/14  Magneto #4 – 33,070  ( -6.9%)
06/14  Magneto #5 – 32,837  ( -0.7%)
07/14  Magneto #6 – 32,675  ( -0.5%)
07/14  Magneto #7 – 31,001  ( -5.1%)
08/14  Magneto #8 – 29,727  ( -4.1%)

This series should hopefully get a boost with some Axis tie-in issues coming up soon. It is not in trouble but could use help leveling out before it gets too low.

77. ORIGINAL SINS
---
06/14  Original Sins #1 – 39,660
06/14  Original Sins #2 – 36,099 ( -9.0%)
07/14  Original Sins #3 – 34,686 ( -3.9%)
07/14  Original Sins #4 – 32,076 ( -7.5%)
08/14  Original Sins #5 – 29,250 ( -8.8%)

This book was a Young Avengers tie-in to Original Sin, but wasn’t solicited as one until issue 3 to preserve its secrets. I for one would have bought it if I knew it was Young Avengers. Still it sold pretty decently.

83. NOVA SPECIAL
---
08/14  Nova Special #1 – 26,743

This special is a crossover with Uncanny X-men and Iron Man and it sells a bit better than the main Nova book.

86. PUNISHER
08/04  Punisher v7 #10 – 45,397
08/09  Punisher v8 #8  – 33,022
08/11  Punisher v9 #2  - 42,459
08/12  Punisher v9 #14 - 22,046
---
09/13  Trial #1 of 2   - 22,626
10/13  Trial #2 of 2   - 20,143  (-11.0%)
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  Punisher v10 #1 – 54,558  (   --- )
02/14  Punisher v10 #2 – 31,709  ( -41.9%)
03/14  Punisher v10 #3 – 29,636  (  -5.6%)
04/14  Punisher v10 #4 – 28,435  (  -5.0%)
05/14  Punisher v10 #5 – 27,471  (  -3.4%)
06/14  Punisher v10 #6 – 26,606  (  -3.1%)
06/14  Punisher v10 #7 – 26,192  (  -1.6%)
07/14  Punisher v10 #8 – 25,957  (  -0.9%)
08/14  Punisher v10 #9 – 25,876  (  -0.3%)
---
6 mnth  ( -52.6%)
2 year  (  17.0%)
3 year  ( -39.1%)
5 year  ( -21.6%)
10 year ( -43.0%)

Punisher has been pretty stable since June, which is great.

87. Nightcrawler
04/14  Nightcrawler #1 – 49,426
05/14  Nightcrawler #2 – 35,356 (-28.5%)
06/14  Nightcrawler #3 – 31,743 (-10.2%)
07/14  Nightcrawler #4 – 27,990 (-11.8%)
08/14  Nightcrawler #5 – 25,627 ( -8.4%)

Continued drops like this are not good for Nightcrawler.

88. STORM
---
07/14  Storm #1 – 47,566
08/14  Storm #2 – 25,268 ( -46.9%)

That is a big drop for Storm, which is pretty troubling.

90. BLACK WIDOW
01/14  Black Widow #1 - 53,879
01/14  Black Widow #2 - 31,260  ( -42.0%)
02/14  Black Widow #3 – 28,127  ( -10.0%)
03/14  Black Widow #4 – 27,378  (  -2.7%)
04/14  Black Widow #5 – 27,055  (  -1.2%)
05/14  Black Widow #6 – 26,136  (  -3.4%)
06/14  Black Widow #7 – 25,423  (  -2.7%)
07/14  Black Widow #8 – 24,555  (  -3.4%)
08/14  Black Widow #9 – 24,885  (   1.3%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -11.5%)

Black Widow has actually very stable around 24-25k since June, which is pretty good.

91. SAVAGE HULK
---
06/14  Savage Hulk #1 – 44,177
07/14  Savage Hulk #2 – 31,194 ( -29.4%)
08/14  Savage Hulk #3 – 24,774 ( -20.6%)

There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of interest in these anthology books from Marvel.

94. NOVA
08/09  Nova v4 #28 - 27,010
---
08/13  Nova v5 #7  - 31,937  ( -6.7%)
09/13  Nova v5 #8  - 37,767  (+18.3%)
10/13  Nova v5 #9  - 32,323  (-14.4%)
11/13  Nova v5 #10 - 32,716  ( +1.2%)
12/13  Nova v5 #11 - 27,982  (-14.5%)
01/14  Nova v5 #12 - 25,043  ( -10.5%)
02/14  Nova#13.Now – 26,147  (   4.4%)
03/14  Nova v5 #14 – 23,459  ( -10.3%)
03/14  Nova v5 #15 – 22,996  (  -2.0%)
04/14  Nova v5 #16 – 22,020  (  -4.2%)
05/14  Nova v5 #17 – 21,652  (  -1.7%)
06/14  Nova v5 #18 – 25,875  (  19.5%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Nova v5 #19 – 24,580  (  -5.0%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Nova v5 #20 – 24,377  (  -0.8%) O.S. Tie-In
---
6 Mnth  (  -6.8%)
1 Year  ( -23.7%)
5 Year  (  -9.7%)

The Original Sin tie-in has helped this book a lot. It will be interesting to see if it drops a lot next month or if the tie-in helped it find new readers.

95. Iron Fist: Living Weapon
08/04  Iron Fist #5    -  17,985  
---
04/14  Iron Fist LW #1 -  53,613 (  --- )[2,350]
05/14  Iron Fist LW #2 -  33,643 ( -37.2%)
06/14  Iron Fist LW #3 -  29,816 ( -11.4%)
07/14  Iron Fist LW #4 -  26,147 ( -12.3%)
08/14  Iron Fist LW #5 -  24,178 (  -7.5%)
---
10 year (34.4%)

This series continues to drop and could be in trouble in a few months.

99.  AVENGERS WORLD
01/14  Avengers World #1 - 86,727
01/14  Avengers World #2 - 53,693  (-38.1%)
02/14  Avengers World #3 – 39,999  (-25.5%)
03/14  Avengers World #4 – 34,397  (-14.0%)
04/14  Avengers World #5 – 31,110  ( -9.6%)
05/14  Avengers World #6 – 28,969  ( -6.9%)
06/14  Avengers World #7 – 27,854  ( -3.8%)
06/14  Avengers World #8 – 26,912  ( -3.4%)
07/14  Avengers World #9 – 24,771  ( -8.0%)
07/14  Avengers World #10– 24,196  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Avengers World #11– 23,493  ( -2.9%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -41.3%)

Not a huge drop but still falling and still solicited through issue 15 in November.

100. CYCLOPS
---
05/14  Cyclops #1 – 47,468
06/14  Cyclops #2 – 31,132 ( -34.4%)
07/14  Cyclops #3 – 25,925 ( -16.7%)
08/14  Cyclops #4 – 23,305 ( -10.1%)

Cyclops continues to drop a lot of issues each month, which is very troubling. It needs to stabilize soon.

102. SHE-HULK
08/04  She-Hulk v1  #6  - 24,752
---
02/14  She-Hulk #1      - 41,921  (  --- )[3,270]
03/14  She-Hulk #2      - 26,675  (-36.3%)
04/14  She-Hulk #3      - 27,398  (  2.7%)
05/14  She-Hulk #4      - 25,543  ( -6.8%)
06/14  She-Hulk #5      - 24,736  ( -3.2%)
07/14  She-Hulk #6      - 23,562  ( -3.2%)
08/14  She-Hulk #7      - 22,883  ( -2.9%)
---
6 Mnth   (-45.4%)
10 Year  ( -7.6%)

She-Hulk’s drops are shrinking but it is already pretty low, which stinks as this is actually a very entertaining book.

104. MIGHTY AVENGERS
08/09  Mighty Avengers   #28 -  61,258  
---
09/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #1 - 101,921
10/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #2 -  54,862  (-46.2%)
11/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #3 -  42,210  (-23.1%)
12/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #4 -  35,740  (-15.3%)
01/14  Mighty Avengers#5.INH -  30,251  (-15.4%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #6 -  27,195  (-10.1%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #7 -  26,512  ( -2.5%)
03/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #8 -  24,933  ( -6.0%)
04/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #9 -  23,903  ( -4.1%)
05/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #10 - 28,711  ( 20.1%)
06/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #11 - 26,221  ( -8.7%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #12 - 24,851  ( -5.2%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #13 - 22,490  ( -9.5%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -15.2%)
5 Year  ( -63.3%)

This is going to be relaunched in November to include the new Captain America which will hopefully help its sales.

106. X-FORCE
08/04  X-Force v2 #1  - 66,621  
08/09  X-Force v3 #18 - 56,362  
08/11  X-Force v4 #14 - 50,770 
08/12  X-Force v4 #30 - 44,918  
---
08/13  X-Force v5 #10 - 35,329  ( -4.5%)
09/13  X-Force v5 #11 - 36,186  ( +2.4%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #12 - 32,559  (-10.0%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #13 - 30,567  ( -6.1%)
11/13  X-Force v5 #14 - 28,885  ( -5.5%)
12/13  X-Force v5 #15 - 27,567  ( -4.6%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #16 - 27,701  (  0.5%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #17 - 27,319  ( -1.4%)
02/14  X-Force v6 #1  - 47,427  ( 73.6%)
03/14  X-Force v6 #2  - 33,079  (-30.3%)
04/14  X-Force v6 #3  - 29,541  (-10.7%)
04/14  X-Force v6 #4  - 28,067  ( -5.0%)
05/14  X-Force v6 #5  - 26,215  ( -6.6%)
06/14  X-Force v6 #6  - 24,358  ( -7.1%)
07/14  X-Force v6 #7  - 23,675  ( -2.8%)
08/14  X-Force v6 #8  - 22,299  ( -5.8%)
---
6 mnth  ( -53.0%)
1 year  ( -36.9%)
2 year  ( -50.0%)
3 year  ( -56.1%)
5 year  ( -60.4%)
10 year ( -66.5%)

X-Force continues to drop and is now 5k below where it was last time it was relaunched only 6 months ago.

110. ALL-NEW X-FACTOR
08/09  X-Factor #47    - 33,017  
08/11  X-Factor #224   - 23,681  
08/12  X-Factor #242   - 22,782  
---
08/13  X-Factor #260   - 19,982  ( -0.4%)
08/13  X-Factor #261   - 19,781  ( -1.0%)
09/13  X-Factor #262   - 20,382  ( +3.0%)
10/13  ---
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  X-Factor v4 #1  - 45,727  (
01/14  X-Factor v4 #2  - 32,228  ( -29.5%)
02/14  X-Factor v4 #3  - 29,915  (  -3.2%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #4  - 27,337  (  -8.6%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #5  - 26,656  (  -2.5%)
04/14  X-Factor v4 #6  - 26,029  (  -2.4%)
05/14  X-Factor v4 #7  - 24,873  (  -4.4%)
05/14  X-Factor v4 #8  - 24,283  (  -2.4%)
06/14  X-Factor v4 #9  - 23,720  (  -2.3%)
07/14  X-Factor v4 #10 - 22,563  (  -4.9%)
07/14  X-Factor v4 #11 - 22,428  (  -0.6%)
08/14  X-Factor v4 #12 - 21,352  (  -4.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -28.6%)
1 Year  (   7.9%)
2 Year  (  -6.0%)
3 Year  (  -9.8%)
5 Year  ( -35.3%)

X-Factor continues to drop as well.

111. CAPTAIN MARVEL
08/09  Ms. Marvel #44        - 25,523  
08/12  Captain Marvel #3     - 27,649  
---
08/13  Captain Marvel v6 #15 - 23,511  (+21.7%)
09/13  Captain Marvel v6 #16 - 22,845  ( -2.8%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Captain Marvel v6 #17 - 18,173  (-20.5%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Captain Marvel v7 #1  - 44,248  
04/14  Captain Marvel v7 #2  - 28,008 (-36.7%)
05/14  Captain Marvel v7 #3  - 26,057 ( -7.0%)
06/14  Captain Marvel v7 #4  - 24,062 ( -7.7%)
07/14  Captain Marvel v7 #5  - 23,666 ( -1.6%)
08/14  Captain Marvel v7 #6  - 21,221 (-10.3%)
---
1 year  (  -9.7%)
2 year  ( -23.0%)
5 year  ( -16.9%)

Captain Marvel drops a bit over 2000 issues this month and creeps towards that 20k mark.

112, 113. THUNDERBOLTS
08/11  Thunderbolts  #162  - 25,990  
---
08/13  Thunderbolts v2 #14 - 30,620  ( +7.3%)
09/13  Thunderbolts v2 #15 - 29,703  ( -3.0%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #16 - 29,334  ( -1.2%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #17 - 28,324  ( -3.4%)
11/13  Thunderbolts v2 #18 - 26,502  ( -6.4%)
12/13  Thunderbolts v2 #19 - 24,959  ( -5.8%)
01/14  Thunderblts #20.NOW - 28,994  ( 16.2%)
01/14  Thunderbolts v2 #21 - 24,293  (-16.2%)
02/14  Thunderbolts v2 #22 – 23,629  ( -2.7%)
03/14  Thunderbolts v2 #23 – 22,701  ( -3.9%)
04/14  Thunderbolts v2 #24 – 22,619  ( -0.4%)
04/14  Thunderbolts v2 #25 – 22,092  ( -2.3%)
05/14  Thunderbolts v2 #26 – 21,771  ( -1.5%)
06/14  Thunderbolts v2 #27 – 21,778  (  0.0%)
07/14  Thunderbolts v2 #28 – 21,652  ( -0.6%)
08/14  Thunderbolts v2 #29 – 21,144  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Thunderbolts v2 #30 – 21,016  ( -0.6%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -11.1%)
1 Year  ( -31.4%)
3 Year  ( -19.1%)

Cancelled with issue #32.

115. ALL NEW GHOST RIDER
08/11  Ghost Rider #1 - 24,440 
---
03/14  All New Ghost Rider  #1  -  50,072 (  --- )[2,567]
04/14  All New Ghost Rider  #2  -  29,429 (-41.2%)
05/14  All New Ghost Rider  #3  -  27,756 ( -5.7%)
06/14  All New Ghost Rider  #4  -  24,627 (-11.3%)
07/14  All New Ghost Rider  #5  -  21,820 (-11.4%)
08/14  All New Ghost Rider  #6  -  20,679 ( -5.2%)
---
3 year (-15.4%)

Ghost Rider gets a new creative team and only a slight drop.

118. SECRET AVENGERS
08/11  Secret Avengers    #15 - 46,712
08/12  Secret Avengers    #29 - 41,653
---
08/13  Secret Avengers v2 #7  - 27,222  (  -5.8%)
08/13  Secret Avengers v2 #8  - 26,150  (  -3.9%)
09/13  Secret Avengers v2 #9  - 24,870  (  -4.9%)
10/13  Secret Avengers v2 #10 - 29,134  ( +17.1%)
11/13  Secret Avengers v2 #11 - 25,326  ( -13.1%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #12 - 23,863  (  -5.8%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #13 - 23,172  (  -2.9%)
01/14  Secret Avengers v2 #14 - 21,372  (  -7.8%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #15 – 20,059  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #16 – 20,022  (  -0.2%)
03/14  Secret Avengers v3 #1  - 34,036  (  70.0%)
04/14  Secret Avengers v3 #2  - 24,724  ( -27.4%)
05/14  Secret Avengers v3 #3  - 22,860  (  -7.5%)
06/14  Secret Avengers v3 #4  - 21,335  (  -6.7%)
07/14  Secret Avengers v3 #5  - 20,088  (  -5.8%)
07/14  Secret Avengers v3 #6  - 19,435  (  -3.3%)
08/14  Secret Avengers v3 #7  - 20,017  (   3.0%)
---
6 Mnth  (   0.0%)
1 Year  ( -26.5%)
2 Year  ( -48.0%)
3 Year  ( -56.8%)

The only thing different about this issue from the last was that Deadpool guest-starred in it. No variants, or creative team changes… just Deadpool. Apparently, that is enough to boost sales by 3%. This will now be called the Deadpool effect.

120. SAVAGE WOLVERINE
08/13  ---
09/13  Savage Wolverine #8  -  38,208  ( -6.7%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #9  -  36,451  ( -4.6%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #10 -  33,627  ( -7.7%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #11 -  30,338  ( -9.8%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #12 -  29,739  ( -2.0%)
12/13  Savage Wolverine #13 -  27,490  ( -7.6%)
01/14  Savage #14.NOW       -  30,370  ( 10.5%)
02/14  Savage Wolverine #15 -  25,190  (-17.1%)
03/14  Savage Wolverine #16 -  24,008  ( -4.7%)
04/14  Savage Wolverine #17 -  22,350  ( -6.9%)
05/14  Savage Wolverine #18 -  21,599  ( -3.4%)
05/14  Savage Wolverine #19 -  21,144  ( -2.1%)
06/14  Savage Wolverine #20 -  20,725  ( -2.0%)
07/14  Savage Wolverine #21 -  20,050  ( -3.3%)
08/14  Savage Wolverine #22 -  19,124  ( -4.6%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -24.1%)

Savage doesn’t tie in to the Death of Wolverine at all, so it doesn’t get a sales boost from the extra attention that series is giving the ol’ Canucklehead. Instead it continues its steady decline.

122. ALL-NEW INVADERS
08/04  Invaders #1          - 42,578  
---
01/14  All-New Invaders  #1 - 55,167
02/14  All-New Invaders  #2 – 32,293  (-41.5%)
03/14  All-New Invaders  #3 – 27,329  (-15.4%)
04/14  All-New Invaders  #4 – 22,927  (-16.1%)
05/14  All-New Invaders  #5 – 21,843  ( -4.7%)
06/14  All-New Invaders  #6 – 23,470  (  7.4%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  All-New Invaders  #7 – 22,332  ( -4.8%) O.S. Tie-In 
07/14  All-New Invaders  #8 – 19,865  (-11.0%) 
08/14  All-New Invaders  #9 – 18,666  ( -6.0%) 
---
6  Mnth  ( -42.2%)
10 Year  ( -56.2%)

As soon as this series O.S. Tie-In issues ended, it dropped right back to the sales decline it had before, completely erasing any good that tie-in did. Invaders is still solicited through issue 12 in November and by that point I imagine it will be around 16k and we’ll be discussing its cancelation or relaunch.

131. Elektra
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04/14  Elektra #1 -  47,676 (  --- )
05/14  Elektra #2 -  26,612 (-44.2%)
06/14  Elektra #3 -  22,773 (-14.4%)
07/14  Elektra #4 -  19,125 (-16.0%)
08/14  Elektra #5 -  17,209 (-10.0%)

This series was really cool, but just never found its audience in the direct market. It is solicited through November with issue 8 at this point. It will be interesting to see if they give it some wiggle room and see if the first trade helps it find an audience or if they cancel it.

133, 134. All NEW ULTIMATES
08/11  Ult comics Ultimates #1  - 47,630
08/12  Ult comics Ultimates #14 - 30,311
-
08/13  Ultimates v5 #29 -  19,657  ( -1.0%)
09/13  Ultimates v5 #30 -  19,420  ( -1.2%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Cataclysm #1 of 3 - 28,422  (+46.4%)
12/13  Cataclysm #2 of 3 - 24,819  (-12.7%)
01/14  Cataclysm #3 of 3 - 21,705  (-12.5%)
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
04/14  All-New Ult #1   - 30,308  ( 39.6%)
05/14  All-New Ult #2   - 24,165  (-20.3%)
06/14  All-New Ult #3   - 21,898  ( -9.4%)
06/14  All-New Ult #4   - 20,561  ( -6.1%)
07/14  All-New Ult #5   - 18,199  (-11.5%)
08/14  All-New Ult #6   - 16,605  ( -8.8%)
08/14  All-New Ult #7   - 16,654  (  0.3%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -35.3%)
1 Year  ( -15.3%)
2 Year  ( -45.0%)
3 Year  ( -57.4%)

This series (and some could say the Ultimate Universe) has been in trouble sales wise for a while. According to the November solicits, issue #10 begins a 3-issue climax, but the wording is unclear for sure if that means the cancellation of the series.

135. SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN
07/13  Superior Foes #1 - 61,413
08/13  Superior Foes #2 - 34,300  (-44.1%)
09/13  Superior Foes #3 - 30,081  (-12.3%)
10/13  Superior Foes #4 - 26,884  (-10.6%)
11/13  Superior Foes #5 - 23,694  (-11.9%)
11/13  Superior Foes #6 - 21,367  ( -9.8%)
12/13  Superior Foes #7 - 20,858  ( -2.4%)
01/14  ---
02/14  Superior Foes #8 – 19,193  ( -8.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #9 – 18,620  ( -3.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #10- 18,437  ( -1.0%)
04/14  Superior Foes #11- 18,143  ( -1.6%)
05/14  ---
06/14  Superior Foes #12- 17,826  ( -1.7%)
07/14  Superior Foes #13- 16,903  ( -5.2%)
08/14  Superior Foes #14- 16,604  ( -1.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -13.5%)
1 Year  ( -51.6%)

Issue 17 will be the final issue.

136. MIRACLEMAN
01/14  Miracleman #1 - 52,313
01/14  Miracleman #2 - 36,927  ( -29.4%)
02/14  Miracleman #3 – 25,970  ( -32.6%)  
03/14  Miracleman #4 – 23,557  (  -9.3%)
04/14  ---
05/14  Miracleman #5 – 22,399  (  -4.9%)
05/14  Miracleman #6 – 20,598  (  -8.0%)
06/14  Miracleman #7 – 19,123  (  -7.2%)
07/14  Miracleman #8 – 17,654  (  -7.7%)
08/14  Miracleman #9 – 16,466  (  -6.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -36.6%)

Since this is just recolored reprints, I guess Marvel can afford to have it not sell very well.

138. NEW WARRIORS
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02/14  New Warriors #1  -  45,765  (  --- )
03/14  New Warriors #2  -  26,006  (-43.2%)
04/14  New Warriors #3  -  23,105  (-11.2%)
05/14  New Warriors #4  -  19,900  (-13.9%)
06/14  New Warriors #5  -  18,576  ( -6.7%)
06/14  New Warriors #6  -  18,156  ( -2.3%)
07/14  New Warriors #7  -  17,304  ( -4.7%)
08/14  New Warriors #8  -  16,081  ( -7.1%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -64.9%)

Cancelled with issue 12 in November

139, 140. AVENGERS UNDERCOVER
08/11  Avengers Academy #18  - 24,538  
08/12  Avengers Academy #35  - 26,381  
---
08/13  Avengers Arean #13 - 22,955  ( -4.2%)
08/13  Avengers Arena #14 - 23,204  ( +1.1%)
09/13  Avengers Arena #15 - 22,180  ( -4.4%)
10/13  Avengers Arena #16 - 22,179  ( -0.0%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #17 - 20,744  ( -6.5%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #18 - 20,712  ( -0.2%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Avengers Undrcvr #1- 31,936
04/14  Avengers Undrcvr #2- 23,746  (-25.65)
04/14  Avengers Undrcvr #3- 21,830  ( -8.1%)
05/14  Avengers Undrcvr #4- 19,696  ( -9.8%)
06/14  Avengers Undrcvr #5- 18,115  ( -8.0%)
06/14  Avengers Undrcvr #6- 17,771  ( -9.8%)
07/14  Avengers Undrcvr #7- 16,705  ( -6.0%)
08/14  Avengers Undrcvr #8- 15,864  ( -5.0%)
08/14  Avengers Undrcvr #9- 15,715  ( -0.9%)
---
1 year  ( -32.3%)
2 year  ( -40.0%)
3 year  ( -36.0%)

Cancelled with issue 10 in September, no word yet if there will be a relaunch or where these characters might appear next.

159. FIGMENT
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06/14  Figment #1  -  12,735  (  --- )
07/14  Figment #2  -  11,929  ( -6.3%)
08/14  Figment #3  -  13,105  (  9.9%)

Apparently issue 1 sold out and drove retailers to order more issue 3. Cool. Marvel could use more all-ages fare.

183. Ultimate FF
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04/14  Ultimate FF v2 #1 -  23,316  (  --- )
05/14  Ultimate FF v2 #2 -  17,059  (-26.8%)
06/14  Ultimate FF v2 #3 -  14,413  (-15.5%)
07/14  Ultimate FF v2 #4 -  12,187  (-15.4%)
07/14  Ultimate FF v2 #5 -  11,778  ( -3.4%)
08/14  Ultimate FF v2 #6 -  10,617  ( -9.9%)

Final issue.

186. UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC
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05/14 Murder Inc #1  -  18,474  (  --- )
06/14 Murder Inc #2  -  13,561  (-26.6%)
07/14 Murder Inc #3  -  11,444  (-15.6%)
08/14 Murder Inc #4  -  10,419  ( -9.0%)

These numbers seem pretty low for a Bendis book, but I know a lot of creator-owned books that would kill for these kind of sales.

205. DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU
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05/14 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 - 19,315 (  --- )
06/14 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #2 - 13,093 (-32.2%)
07/14 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #3 - 10,221 (-21.9%)
08/14 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #4 -  8,563 (-16.2%)

Final issue.

6-Month Comparisons

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21.6%	Deadpool #33 (O.S. Tie-In)
17.6%	Amazing Spider-Man #5 (O.S. Tie-In)
16.8%	Daredevil #7 (O.S. Tie-In)
11.9%	Hulk #5
9.4%	Guardians o/t Galaxy #18 (O.S. Tie-In)
1.4%	Superior Spider-Man #32
0.0%	Secret Avengers #7
-4.1%	Uncanny Avengers #23
-6.8%	Nova #20 (O.S. Tie-In)
-7.2%	Captain America #23
-9.0%	Avengers #34 (O.S. Tie-In)
-9.4%	All New X-Men #31
-10.5%	Thunderbolts #29
-11.1%	Thunderbolts #30
-11.5%	Black Widow #9
-13.2%	Kick-Ass 3 #8
-13.5%	Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14
-15.1%	Wolverine And X-Men #7
-15.1%	All New X-Men #30
-15.2%	Mighty Avengers #13
-15.5%	New Avengers #22
-16.8%	Wolverine And X-Men #8
-21.0%	New Avengers #23
-23.2%	Original Sin #3.4
-24.1%	Savage Wolverine #22
-28.1%	X-Men #18
-28.6%	All New X-Factor #12
-34.6%	Ms. Marvel #7
-35.3%	All New Ultimates #7
-35.5%	All New Ultimates #6
-36.6%	Miracleman #9
-41.3%	Avengers World #11
-42.2%	All New Invaders #9
-43.1%	Wolverine #12
-43.7%	Amazing X-Men #10
-44.7%	Wolverine #11
-45.4%	She-Hulk #7
-52.6%	Punisher #9
-53.0%	X-Force #8
-53.4%	Fantastic Four #8 (O.S. Tie-In)
-56.2%	Fantastic Four #9
-64.9%	New Warriors #8

1 Year Comparisons

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67.3%	Amazing X-Men #10
30.2%	Amazing Spider-Man #5 (O.S. Tie-In)
27.0%	Wolverine #12
23.5%	Wolverine #11
12.2%	Superior Spider-Man #32
8.3%	Deadpool #33 (O.S. Tie-In)
7.9%	All New X-Factor #12
5.8%	Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #4
4.4%	Daredevil #7 (O.S. Tie-In)
-6.1%	Fantastic Four #8 (O.S. Tie-In)
-9.7%	Captain Marvel #6
-11.7%	Fantastic Four #9
-15.3%	All New Ultimates #7
-15.5%	All New Ultimates #6
-19.9%	All New X-Men #31
-20.1%	Hulk #5
-21.0%	Wolverine And X-Men #7
-21.4%	Captain America #23
-22.1%	Uncanny Avengers #23
-22.6%	Wolverine And X-Men #8
-23.7%	Nova #20 (O.S. Tie-In)
-24.9%	All New X-Men #30
-26.5%	Secret Avengers #7
-27.2%	Avengers #34 (O.S. Tie-In)
-29.3%	New Avengers #22
-30.9%	Thunderbolts #29
-31.4%	Thunderbolts #30
-31.5%	Kick-Ass 3 #8
-31.6%	Avengers Undercover #8
-32.3%	Avengers Undercover #9
-33.9%	New Avengers #23
-36.9%	X-Force #8
-44.5%	X-Men #18
-51.6%	Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14

2 Year Comparisons

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75%	Deadpool #33 (O.S. Tie-In)
23%	Wolverine #12
20%	Wolverine #11
17%	Punisher #9
13%	Amazing X-Men #10
12%	Amazing Spider-Man #5 (O.S. Tie-In)
7%	X-Men #18
-4%	Daredevil #7 (O.S. Tie-In)
-5%	Hulk #5
-6%	All New X-Factor #12
-12%	Avengers #34 (O.S. Tie-In)
-12%	Captain America #23
-16%	Fantastic Four #8 (O.S. Tie-In)
-18%	Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #4
-21%	Fantastic Four #9
-23%	Captain Marvel #6
-28%	New Avengers #22
-33%	New Avengers #23
-40%	Avengers Undercover #8
-40%	Avengers Undercover #9
-45%	All New Ultimates #7
-45%	All New Ultimates #6
-48%	Secret Avengers #7
-48%	Wolverine And X-Men #7
-49%	Wolverine And X-Men #8
-50%	X-Force #8

3 Year Comparisons

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86.7%	Deadpool #33 (O.S. Tie-In)
76.7%	Amazing Spider-Man #5 (O.S. Tie-In)
30.1%	Wolverine #12
26.5%	Wolverine #11
24.5%	Moon Knight #6
8.8%	Amazing X-Men #10
-8.7%	Hulk #5
-9.8%	Avengers #34 (O.S. Tie-In)
-9.8%	All New X-Factor #12
-10.3%	Daredevil #7 (O.S. Tie-In)
-15.4%	All New Ghost Rider #6
-17.7%	X-Men #18
-18.6%	Thunderbolts #29
-19.1%	Thunderbolts #30
-23.6%	New Avengers #22
-28.6%	New Avengers #23
-35.3%	Avengers Undercover #8
-36.0%	Avengers Undercover #9
-36.8%	Kick-Ass 3 #8
-39.1%	Punisher #9
-43.1%	Captain America #23
-56.1%	X-Force #8
-56.8%	Secret Avengers #7
-65.0%	All New Ultimates #7
-65.1%	All New Ultimates #6

5 Year Comparisons

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117.7%	Guardians o/t Galaxy #18 (O.S. Tie-In)
43.2%	Amazing Spider-Man #5 (O.S. Tie-In)
-0.4%	Deadpool #33 (O.S. Tie-In)
-9.7%	Nova #20 (O.S. Tie-In)
-16.9%	Captain Marvel #6
-21.6%	Punisher #9
-26.2%	Wolverine #12
-28.2%	Wolverine #11
-35.3%	All New X-Factor #12
-45.5%	Hulk #5
-49.9%	Daredevil #7 (O.S. Tie-In)
-50.8%	Fantastic Four #8 (O.S. Tie-In)
-52.4%	New Avengers #22
-53.8%	Fantastic Four #9
-55.5%	New Avengers #23
-59.5%	Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #4
-60.4%	X-Force #8
-63.3%	Mighty Avengers #13
-75.3%	Captain America #23

10 Year Comparisons

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49.8%	Silver Surfer #5
34.4%	Iron Fist Living Weapon #5
15.4%	Amazing Spider-Man #5 (O.S. Tie-In)
-7.6%	She-Hulk #7
-17.9%	Hulk #5
-19.6%	Captain America #23
-22.6%	Wolverine #12
-24.7%	Wolverine #11
-29.4%	Daredevil #7 (O.S. Tie-In)
-39.0%	Fantastic Four #8 (O.S. Tie-In)
-42.6%	Fantastic Four #9
-43.0%	Punisher #9
-56.2%	All New Invaders #9
-61.3%	X-Men #18
-63.2%	Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #4
-66.5%	X-Force #8
-75.0%	Amazing X-Men #10

It is always interesting to look at these normal months where there aren’t any giant launches or major events, because you see more the real sales numbers when they aren’t inflated by other factors. We often talk a lot about Marvel’s top books, the ones that sell over 50k. What really keeps Marvel on top are those mid-tier books, the 25k to 50k books which make up 47% of Marvel’s units sold. This month we saw quite a few of those books drop below 25k, some of which are very new series. So the question then becomes why have some of these new series dropped so fast? Is it just that people aren’t interested in She-Hulk or Cyclops or Ghost Rider? Is it due to poor marketing, too many new launches? Which of these mid-tier books have caught your interest? Which ones failed to catch your eye? What should they do with future mid-tier book launches to catch reader interest and boost their sales?

Think about those questions and discuss below in the comments. Then prepare yourself for next month as the March to Axis begins, we visit the Edge of Spider-Verse, and we say goodbye to dear old Logan.

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10685514 10204366053209875 8804508853878643076 n Tonight to do:  World War 3 Illustrated live comics reading

And yet more to do tonight as the World War 3 Illustrated crew presents a reading and performance.

Seth Tobocman, Peter Kuper, Paula Hewitt Amram, Nicole Schulman andJames Romberger will perform their comic strips about Global Warming, Police Brutality, youth organizing and other issues. A Bookend event for the Brooklyn Book Festival, in support of the People’s Climate March. It’s FREE!

The event takes place  at the Brooklyn Public Library at the Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza.

The Peoples Climate March is going to be a HUGE thing this weekend. Please show your support of keeping the world green for your kids and grand kids.

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graham cover Tonight to do: Brandon Graham on Comics, Creativity, and CensorshipAnd here’s another great event for the weekend, Brandon Graham talking about Comics, Creativity, and Censorship at the Society of Illustrators/ The event is sponsored by the CBLDF.

Brandon Graham, the acclaimed cartoonist of the highly influential graphic novels King City and Multiple Warheads, and the driving force behind the genre-bending science fiction series Prophet will appear in New York City on September 19 for a lecture and reception at the Society of Illustrators, and sponsored by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! CBLDF will also be offering copies of a new, limited edition sketchbook by Graham!

Graham brings a broad, international range of influences to his comics, fluidly meshing Japanese, European, and North American genre and literary styles within his approach. In this slide lecture, Graham discusses his influences, and unpacks his approach to solving creative problems, navigating censorship and self-censorship, and advancing a unique creative point of view in the current publishing landscape.

Graham’s lecture will begin at 7 PM to be followed by a cocktail reception from 8 PM to 11 PM at the Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63 Street.

Admission
$15 Non-Memebrs | $10 CBLDF and SI Members | $7 Students and Seniors with Valid ID

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10407325 10152681196762158 2513305070167373318 n Tonight to do: Julia Wertz and MariNaomi reading at Bergen Street

The week between SPX and the Brooklyn Book Festival s usually crowded with events and this is no exception. Tonight, things kick off at Bergen Stree Comics with A Live Reading with Julia Wertz and MariNaomi!:

Two of the the most spectacular people in comics on one night, reading from their fresh-from-the-printer new books? It doesn’t get better than that! Come on out to and let MariNaomi and Julia Wertz remind you that in the contest for funniest comics on the scene, we’re all scrambling around for third place. (Because they have the first two spots, you see.) Besides the new books, the live reading and the general joie de vivre, they’ve even promised a signing to boot. You have to be here. It’s not even a question. YOU HAVE TO BE HERE.

Wertz and MariNaomi do have two of the freshest books out there so stop on by.

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Rob Liefeld was right!

The co-creator of Deadpool has been hinting about a movie for the “merc with a mouth” for years, and he’s finally been vindicated, as Fox has announced a Deadpool movie for February 12, 2016. While Ryan Reynolds—who portrayed Deadpool in Wolverine: Origins—hasn’t been signed yet, given his decade long opsession with making a Deadpool movie, and his presence in leaked test footage, we’re guessing he won’t take too long to hop on board. More facts you must know in order to fully appreciate this amazing movie news!

ryan reynolds 4 1024 A Deadpool movie has been announced! Here what you must know to survive in this new world!
Tim Miller is definitely on board to direct—Miller is best known for doing visual effects on Scott Pilgrim vs The World and the title sequence for Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. He also directed the test footage. More on that in a minute.

• There is a finished script by Rhett Reese and Paul Warnick who wrote Zombieland (Yay!) and GI Joe: Retaliation (eh) but apparently this has been floating around for a while, and has garnered positive response from those who have read it.

• Deadpool, aka Wade Wilson, started as a bit of a joke but over the last few years has developed into one of Marvel’s most popular characters—so popular he has a whole month of variant covers to his name. A loose-cannon type who frequently breaks the fourth wall, while he’s killing people with alacrity, he’s a versatile, anarchic presence.

• Deadpool was killed off in Wolverine: Origins, however a post credit scene showed that he had resurrected himself. That entire mutant continuity was once again killed off in X-Men; Days of Future Past but when has that ever stopped a comic book movie?

• Test footage directed by Miller and starring Reynolds was shown at Comic-Con and leaked soon after to good result, which helped get the green light going. Back in July Reynolds told the Niagara Falls Review (yes) “There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, ‘Oh, so we weren’t crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.’ It’s interesting to see the power of the Internet. It’s awe-inspiring, actually. And it’s neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way.”

• The footage shows a crazy, wise cracking Deadpool slicing and dicing his foes, with a CGI Deadpool doing most of the stunts. It seems a bit fresher and more up to date than Marvel’s previous wisecracking hero Spider-Man, who has been benched by Sony following disappointing results earlier this year.

• The February release date—and barely a year production schedule—is a pretty low expectations time frame. Fox will probably expect this to be a toe in the water, can it grow beyond a cult movie. But hey if it tests well, who knows? Fox has similarly shuffled its release dates for one of its other 2016 superhero movies, with Fantastic Four pushed back a skotch from June to August because of an Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender, be still me heart, that ran into some problems. Fox also has X-men Apocalypse on tap for Summer 2016, and another Wolverine-ish movie coming out in 2017.

• Reynolds has always wanted to play Deadpool! And it seems a more natural fit than Green Lantern, let’s be honest. So there’s enthusiasm on that side,

• Maybe THIS will be the quirky superhero movie that we’ve been waiting for? Certainly Deadpool is the least serious of superheroes and if there’s going to be Bugs Bunny type fourth wall busting this is the place.

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spx2014 3 SPX memories...like a magical unicorn

You can read my official SPC report at PW, with news and notes, but I’m guessing that  everyone who was at SPX is probably, like me, realizing that the magic is over and we have a whole year to go, or maybe a few weeks if you count APE, but in the meantime, I can keep the magic going a few moments more by rounding up some of the magical, mystical memories of SPX. I said there were a few people who didn’t have a good time, and you can find one of two on Tumblr who sat outside hotel rooms sadly waiting for the person with the key to come back. But if you could open your heart, SPX would make you love it. As the above picture shows, SPX is the only con where you can find Julia Wertz and Renee French just sitting and smiling with each other. It’s also the only place where someone would leave their computer just sitting out on a table (as one prominent comics personage di don Friday)and feel pretty secure that it would be just fine.  There is a reason why people puts up so many pics and blog so much about this show—it’s a full on love affair.

§ Webtooner Even Dahm gets right to the heart of the matter comparing SDCC with SPX—really the indispensable alpha and omega of US shows:

SDCC was fun but kind of discouraging, and presents an image of what is now, I guess, the Entire entertainment industry in a bluntly capitalistic way: the most space is given to the companies with the most money for it, and the events and products are talked about according to a similar hierarchy. I don’t like it but it makes its own kind of sense and it’s how things are: work that makes money has more mobility in the culture, and barring any strongly-principled management at events like this, the amount of money the work makes will be the thing that decides its place. I try really hard to not get pessimistic about this. And of course popular things can be quality things! I like a lot of popular things. But the connection between popularity and your or my specific notion of quality is tenuous.

I leave SDCC and shows like it having spent huge amounts of money the exhibit there and feeling like what I’m doing is insignificant and untenable. I want to emphasize that this is an issue I have with the philosophy of the show, not with the attendees. I have met some very excellent people who attend SDCC every year.

I came out of SPX this year extremely excited about the huge volume of beautiful and idiosyncratic work being produced by artists working outside of entrenched & monied institutions. It’ll never be the same amount of room as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or whatever, but there is room in the culture for this stuff, in terms of attention and money and enthusiasm. It’s hugely inspiring to me to see so many people making work independently or with publishers they know personally and believe in, and seeing that a lot of that work is sustainable for them, and seeing that a lot of it takes full advantage of its independence by being brutally honest, or strange, or socially conscious.

§ Loser City’s David Fairbanks, an occasional Beat contributor, made his first journey and was swept off his feet:

The next two days were a blur of comics with SPromX right in the middle, and I can honestly say I have never been in an environment that was so pro-comics. Whether you had been making minicomics as long as folks like John Porcellino and James Kochalka, you were a cartoonist fresh out of (or still in) school, or you had never once put pencil to paper to craft a comic, you were among peers. I think I speak for most of the attendees when I say that the environment at SPX felt like home, despite knowing virtually no one there before my plane landed. Over the course of the first twenty-four hours, I made fast friends with artists and fans, and I get the feeling these are friendships that are going to last. From the (sometimes exhausted) smiles I caught on the faces of nearly everyone there, I would imagine I was not alone in my joy, and I think a great deal of it stemmed from the communal feeling of SPX.

§ Even grizzled veteran Derf shared the love:

This year’s theme was a celebration of the alt-weekly cartoons, from Jules Feiffer to the end, which I believe was reached sometime last week. It’s something that is long overdue. The peak of the genre, from 1985 to 2000, produced, in my opinion, the finest, most original comix of the time. Discounting hacks like me, of course.  We were always kind of the bastard stepchildren of both the mainstream comic strip community and the indy comix community. I always felt like an outsider to both. Now I’m a B-minus Indy Comix Star, so those days are behind me, as are comic strips, but it’s nice to see the genre get it’s due.

§ Jane Irwin, like many, had a stellar show sales wise:
This year I had the best SPX I’ve ever had — but for some reason I neglected to take any photos other than the sad, blurry one at the top of this post (the lettered balloons were to identify the blocks of tables — I was in the “L” block). It may have been because I was just so busy at my table — the crowds were incredibly heavy and were extremely generous — I heard some folks could barely stop selling long enough to go to the bathroom, and several people sold out of books entirely on the first day, including C. Spike Trotman and my next-door neighbor, Pregnant Butch author A.K. Summers. I sold out of Clockwork Game mid-day on Sunday, but I was able to take orders for a few more copies (they went out this afternoon, and should arrive soon!) and I know I could’ve sold a dozen more, if I’d only had them on hand.
§ Roger Langridge didn’t even break even and he still had a great time:

I attended SPX this past weekend. As usual, I had an excellent time. Despite it not being a successful trip from a financial point of view (although I covered my biggest expense, I’m still somewhat out of pocket at the end of it) I’m really glad I went. I find I need SPX in my life every so often as a kind of course corrective; a reminder of the kind of comics I ought to be doing.

I have a really strong attachment to this show. SPX was the first show I ever attended in the USA, back in 2000. I was just there as a visitor, not even as an exhibitor; it was the year Will Eisner was there, I remember. I bought minicomics from Craig Thompson. I met Dean Haspiel for the first time, who went out of his way to make me feel like a part of the community, which I will always be grateful for. Attending that show energised me to turn my Fred the Clown webcomic into a self-published comic book, which in turn has led to every opportunity I’ve had in comics since then. Without SPX, it’s probably fair to say that my subsequent career wouldn’t have happened.

So I keep coming back. Not every year, but I try to do at least every other year. And each time, I feel like it’s a timely reminder that these are the kinds of comics I ought to be doing: comics straight from the cartoonist’s brain to the reader’s hands, without compromises.

§ It’s not just a place to hang out! You can get work!!! Game designer \ Daniel Solis says it’s a great place to find new talent. And I know animation scouts go every year:

I came into the fandom a bit late, but it’s such a welcoming and vibrant community that I never felt out of place. After weeks of awful news coming from gamer culture, it was such a positive experience at SPX seeing diverse creators and fans in a niche community all supporting each other. It can happen, people! I’ve seen it! But I really recommend SPX to tabletop game designers because it is an excellent place to network with lots of undiscovered and rising talent. You can check out the artists I talked to at SPX on my pinterest board here. Specifically for “SPX 2014″ tag in the description. Also check out the SPX Tumblr and Twitter feeds for more cool arts.

§ Joshua O’Neill of Locust Moon captures the unique nature of Camp Comics at the Marriott:

As usual, half of the reason for the glory of SPX is due to the Bethesda Marriott Hotel, whose comfy confines are given over completely to the endless array of misfits that we call a comics industry. It’s more than just a con venue — it’s the eye of the storm, for one brief weekend this one building is the center of the comics universe. You exhibit there, you drink there, you draw there, you sleep there. (You eat elsewhere and abruptly realize there’s such a thing as outside.) By the end of the weekend it feels like home. I’m not sure Jesse Reklaw ever put on a pair of shoes. To the maids and bellhops it must be kind of like going to the zoo, if the animals were all inside of your house. Their hospitality was stunning, and can in no way be attributed to the eight bazillion dollars they generated in overpriced drink sales.

And visual representations:

And so on and so forth….I probably could have found a half dozen more similar tributes, but I’ll leave with just a few representative photos.

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Am I the only person who caught the TV in the bar switching from football to vibrator infomercials on Friday?

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Can you believe these people are all FIRST TIME SPXers? Okay Chris Butcher went before, but he hadn’t been to the “new” venue, which is really the only venue most people know. Amy Chu, Louie Chin, Murilo, Butcher and Brigid Alverson were all converts by the end of the weekend.

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Fun and frolic at the SPromX. Looks like it will be back next year…and so will I.

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Via Facebook, Dark Horse’s Director of Publicity Jeremy Atkins has announced he’s leaving Dark Horse after ten years:

It’s official. After ten years at Dark Horse Comics, where I have learned so much, made lifelong friends and been lucky enough to see the world preaching the four color gospel, I am moving on to the craft brewing industry. After this weekend’s Rose City Comic Con, I will join the marketing team at Rogue Ales! Their legendary Dead Guy Ale was one of the first to awaken my tastebuds to the glory of PacNW brews, and remains a favorite to this day. I am sad to say goodbye to my friends and family in comics, but excited for a new adventure and the chance to get back to writing. Look for Alex Cox and I’s comics creation to make its online debut in the coming months, and hopefully more to follow.

After the crying ended—Atkins is one of comics most affable and knowledgeable marketing folk in comics and has been a true friend of this site for many years—we chatted him up a bit to find out what he’s up to. He will indeed be expanding on his comics writing with a few secret projects in the works. But he and Alex Cox will be expanding their webcomics, Charles De  Ghoul, which debuted in last year’s Liberty Annual. He’ll also be writing a column for Heavy Metal starting on October 1st.

While we’re sad to be losing Jeremy to the world of beer, on further consideration, the worlds of comics and beer are strangely aligned, and somehow, we feel, we’ll be seeing him pop up quite a bit.

Best of luck to one of the really good guys.