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Asterix Gets U.S. Publisher (muted applause)

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Asterix, the Franco-Belgian comic book character celebrating his 60th anniversary this year, is finally going to be getting the attention he deserves in the U.S. Independent publisher Papercutz will take over the American license for the property next year, with an ambitious publishing plan underway to bring the scrappy Gaul to […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic strips, Publishers, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic Shops May Not Survive The Book Channel

Business Insider reports: The “book channel” – which includes chain bookstores and online retailers – is projected to surpass comic shops as the the largest channel for comics sales this year. There are two major reasons why this is happening: Graphic novels are growing in popularity primarily through the book channel and children’s comics, which […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: 6 Comments

Tariff-ic Books and Magazines

  With one exception, to please his evangelical base (“America’s Christian publishers no longer have to render to Caesar an extra 10 percent.”) and Rupert Murdoch, all material printed in China then sent to the United States will be taxed tariffed. The only print product completely removed from the list of proposed China tariffs was […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Magazines, Publications, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Tariff-ic Books and Magazines

Comics 101

AMP Kids has reinvigorated their blog with a new series – Comics 101. Amp Kids is Andrews McMeel‘s publishing arm for young readers. Among others things they have recently started a more or less weekly series about Comics for Kids.   Why Comics are Great for Kids (and Libraries) The numbers speak for themselves: When […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2019,  Section: Blogs, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Comics 101

Role Reversal for Epic! and Andrews McMeel

  Epic, the digital reading platform and library for kids, is teaming up with Andrews McMeel Publishing, home to Big Nate and Calvin & Hobbes, to produce a line of children’s books. Under the new arrangement, AMP will publish print editions of Epic Originals digital books, a content line that Epic debuted in March.   […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, eBooks, Publishers, Universal Press, Web Sites, Comments: Comments Off on Role Reversal for Epic! and Andrews McMeel

Middle School Graphic Novels – It’s a Big Thing

Brian Hibbs, at ComicsBeat, goes in-depth for us examining the BookScan numbers for the 2018 Graphic Novel section. It’s time to look at graphic novel sales in 2018. Implausibly, this is the sixteenth annual report of something that is hard to exactly perceive and understand: the size and shape of the sales of graphic novels […]

Posted on: May 20, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Middle School Graphic Novels – It’s a Big Thing

Ed Koren Wins IBPA Gold

  Vermont artist Edward Koren’s new book “Koren. In the Wild” is the gold medal winner of the 31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for humor. Sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the award celebrates excellence in book editorial and design.     Koren, of Brookfield, a frequent contributor to New Yorker magazine, is […]

Posted on: May 18, 2019,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartooning, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Ed Koren Wins IBPA Gold

Changes coming for The Comics Journal?

Tom Spurgeon cites reports on rumors that Comics Comics will be taking over The Comics Journal “in some fashion” in the near future. This morning’s rumor cited here and here is that the Comics Comics team in some fashion will be taking over The Comics Journal, which would be awesome, would certainly fit the criteria […]

Posted on: Feb 16, 2011,  Section: Publishers, Comments: 2 Comments

Eddie Pittman’s “Red’s Planet” Joins Wishtales

I’ve mentioned before Eddie Pittman’s excellent web graphic novel Red’s Planet. This week Tom Dell’Aringa and Steve Ogden announced that Eddie has agreed to publish through their Wishtales publishing studio. From the press release: Pittman recently began publishing his all-ages science fiction graphic novel “Red’s Planet” online. Dell’Aringa and Ogden were immediately taken by his […]

Posted on: Mar 4, 2010,  Section: Graphic Novels, Publishers, web comics, Comments: 4 Comments

News briefs for October 27, 2009

Awards » The Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Award Competition for 2009 is due November 12, 2009. Comic books » Joe Staton and his wife, children’s author Hilarie Staton, collaborated on Amy Goes Gluten Free a book on dealing with Celiac Disease. Comic strips » Brian Anderson, creator of Dog Eat Doug, gives us a peek […]

Posted on: Oct 27, 2009,  Section: Awards, Children's Books, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on News briefs for October 27, 2009

Market and economic good news from NY ComicCon

New York Comic Con was last weekend and Publisher’s Weekly has a couple of articles on what the Con might mean for the market and economy. Calvin Reid and Heidi MacDonald report that this year’s attendance was up from last with 77,000 attendees this weekend. Brigid Alverson reported that children’s comics and graphic novels, especially […]

Posted on: Feb 11, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Gatherings, Graphic Novels, Publishers, web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

Fantagraphics teams up with Diamond

Tom Spurgeon has an extensive write up and analysis on the announcement that Fantagraphics has signed a deal with Diamond Comic Distributors to be the exclusive distributor to the comics direct market. As for why Fantagraphics made this move, the fundamental reason is likely to be found in what they describe as the declining fortunes […]

Posted on: May 19, 2008,  Section: Books, Publishers, Comments: 2 Comments