Posted by: Brian Hibbs on September 18, 2013
Just because I’m not seeing anything on any of the News sites, let’s print out today’s news release: ************ Due to a production shortage, DC Entertainment announces an update on allocations to these Villains Month 3-D Motion Cover issues: • Batman #23.4: Bane (JUL130188) will ship at approximately 93% of your previous allocation. • Batman/Superman #3.1: Doomsday (JUL130184) will ship at approximately 84% of your previous allocation. • Superman #23.4: Parasite (JUL130183) will ship at approximately 90% of your previous allocation. All three of these issues are scheduled to arrive in stores on September 25. As a reminder, the standard editions of these titles are available for advance reorder ************* If you don’t speak retailer, that says that… Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on September 17, 2013
Follow this link to Mark Evanier’s site and watch this video of the Mike Douglas show and see video of DM founder Phil Seuling discussing comics on national TV in 1977. Astounding footage! I never had the pleasure of meeting Seuling, or, prior to this ever even seeing video of him — so this was a fabulous and fantastic find for me. Thanks Mark!! I especially like how they’re just taking the old comics and flapping them around — “Oh, look, a FAMOUS FUNNIES #1; here, catch!” Without that guy you almost certainly wouldn’t be reading blogs about comic books today… except maybe in the most nostalgic way. -B
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on September 10, 2013
So, I’m waiting for UPS this AM, and because my driver is the most passive-aggressive one in the system (it’s a long long story) he’s way down on the far corner so he doesn’t park where I can instantly spot him (seriously, LONG story!) Then I see two gentlemen strolling down the street in front of the store, carrying Diamond box. I dream about Diamond boxes. I can spot one from a mile away, most likely. I walk outside. “Uh, excuse me, guys, but would you mind telling me just why you’re carrying my box down the street?” The one not carrying the box puffs up like a rooster, “Yo, bitch! This ain’t your box, this is OUR box, got… Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on August 7, 2013
I’ve already written a great number of words on the subject of next month’s DC “Villain month” cover stunt, and I suggest that you follow that link for some reasoned background. Sadly, the real villain of the month is DC Entertainment. As some of you might know (though, not it would seem, from the actual comics press: CBR, Robot 6, The Beat, The Reporter, I’m not finding a single link as I write this at 8:30 in the AM the day after the announcement) DC announced that each and every 3D cover is going to be allocated, and that they’re doing a same-day 2D reprint for $1 less…. oh, and by the way, that’s the digital price as well. Below… Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on July 1, 2013
Same thing as the previous, just this time focusing on the BOOKS part of the business. This is the list that genuinely excites me, again, under the jump!
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Hey, hey, that time of the year again, where we peek in and see what is doing well at Comix Experience. Find it down below the jump, if you are interested!
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on June 21, 2013
You can always find it over at Comic Book Resources I really think I killed on this one, BTW — let me know what you think.
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on June 18, 2013
This is partly twitter-bait (since the headline’s here auto-post under my “personal” Twitter account), but man I really owe you a full post of just how well SAGA v1 sells for us. I was sorta holding out for the end of the month, where I’ll have the half-year of what’s selling at CE, but I’ll spoil the big reveal to note that v1 is now my second-best selling title in the store’s history of point-of-sale. Nearly seven years. It just passed into that spot a few days ago, where it passed the previous #2, THE WALKING DEAD v1. Understand, that is for sales of TWD v1 OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. Uh, yeah. What’s the most remarkable about SAGA is… Read More…
Posted by: Jordan Smith on June 10, 2013
That’s 30 issues, fella. That’s over $120 of cascading plot. That’s probably over 70,000 words of dialogue. (Eyes boggle) To be, or not to be, that is the question: Shakespeare – Hamlet 1:1 According to the work in the public domain there are about 32,000 words in Hamlet, FFS. Given my druthers, I’d rather have a blast of something like this: Follow me! Into the maw of insanity!
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on June 7, 2013
One of the things that I keep thinking I need to break my habit of is writing posts in the comments threads of consumer news sites, because, frankly, most people really want to talk about Superman plotlines, or whatever. Here are a couple of things I’ve been posting over to the Beat which quickly scrolled away with no, or few comments, that I thought might be more reasonable to “archive” over here (and, dunno, maybe generate some actual conversation?). They’re below the jump. (Reviews? Later today?)
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on May 17, 2013
As always, you can find it at Comic Book Resources. Quick addition to the piece: One other thing that I forgot to mention in the piece is that “A series of mini-series” is the WORST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS. See, what happens with POS systems is that they track “series” by an internal number assigned by Diamond called a series code. However, each mini-series RESETS that series code, making it more difficult to track subscription orders, or to see changes in the series over time, etc. Things like, say, BPRD, which was producing at least 12 issues a year, but renumbering them every few months, didn’t show any native relationship to one another when looked up… unless the retailer… Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on May 10, 2013
Hi, it is me, the y’know, original founder of this blog. You might have noticed I’ve been just a little slack in posting since around Christmas time. The Season soaked up my time, then I started my new consulting business, but mostly, I needed a break from writing reviews. It happens! I was going to start posting a few weeks ago, but that was the week where Abhay descended out of the blue for a solid week of posts, and I didn’t want to step on his toes. This week, we welcome our newest SavCrit — the artist formerly known as J_Smitty (Yes, eventually every regular commenter will be given a seat in the big chair*), now unveiled as Jordan… Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on May 3, 2013
Don’t forget that the happiest day of the year, Free Comic Book Day, is Saturday 5/4/2013. Comix Experience is happy to present 33 different comics to choose from. We ask that adults limit themselves to three choices, while attending children can have anything they are interested in. FCBD is national event, so if you’re not in San Francisco, find a store near you. -B
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on April 25, 2013
Usually, I don’t really mind when Rich Johnston gets something wrong — usually it is future news, he’s playing telephone, and publishers don’t want to co-operate with him. He’s going to get shit wrong, c’est la vie. But history? That’s important to get right! This morning, Rich opened a story like so: “Today, the final issue of Before Watchmen: Comedian is published, a couple of months late. Which is about how late the very original final issue of Watchmen was.” No. NO!!!! WATCHMEN was not (especially) late — certainly not monthS! Travel back to 1986, and comics really just weren’t late at all — in fact, they had ship WEEKS that, without fail, comics shipped in. If the comic was… Read More…