– Announced this afternoon, Image Comics will sell the “majority of their highly acclaimed comics” in both print and digital (via ComiXology) at the same time – which is called “day and date” with digital (http://blog.comixology.com/2011/10/03/image-goes-same-day-as-print-with-comixology/). Which Image comics? Most of the material by Robert Kirkman, such as WALKING DEAD (duh), INVINCIBLE, and THE INFINITE as well as other Image hits like CHEW, SKULLKICKERS, SEVERED and PILOT SEASON (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/image-same-day-digital-graphicly-comixology-111003.html). Image Comics will team with not only ComiXology to accomplish this, but also with Graphicly (http://graphicly.com/), since the latter has an exclusive digital comics alliance with Facebook (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2011/10/03/image-goes-day-and-date-with-graphicly/). Thus, Image’s Facebook page will soon become one stop digital shopping for many of their top books. Given how much attention Nick Spencer has gotten from Marvel and DC lately, his MORNING GLORIES may also be sold in this way soon. Image is now the third major American comic book company going “day and date” with most or all of their line of comics – behind ARCHIE COMICS and DC COMICS. Marvel will release some of their lines in this way, such as their X-Men line. While these are steps towards the future, it is always worth remembering that digital comics replacing physical comic sales (and retailers) is still a long way off. After all, if all digital comic sales across the board tripled, it will still represent only 3% of comic sales.
– The COMICS CODE OF AUTHORITY will live on…or at least its seal will. The authority, which officially folded earlier in the year after no longer receiving comics to approve since about 2009 (which DC Comics did not notice), had its iconic seal purchased by the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND. The CBLDF will presumably use the brand to sell t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2011/09/29/the-cbldf-gets-the-comics-code-seal-of-approval/). The fund will use those proceeds to do what they do every night, Pinky – fight for first amendment rights for comics.
– In international comic news, Alberto Uderzo – the 84 year old co-creator of the hit European comic series ASTERIX – has finally decided to retire from regular art chores on the strip (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15072853). In 1959, Uderzo created the series alongside Rene Goscinny, which featured fractured European history with two bumbling Gauls, Asterix and Obelix; however, Goscinny died in 1977 and Uderzo took over writing chores since then. ASTERIX has sold over 350 million copies since 1959 across the world, and Uderzo’s replacement will come from his own studio, to maintain some fluidity. A film series is forthcoming, although to most Americans, little of ASTERIX is known beyond a video game for the Super Nintendo in the 90’s that likely confused them.
– Josh Fialkov, the writer of “REAL THINGS” as well as several graphic novels for Dark Horse Comics and Top Cow (such as ELK’S RUN), will be diving into superheroes with THE LAST OF THE GREATS, a series he is launching via Image Comics this month (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/last-of-the-greats-interview-fialkov-110928.html). Fialkov states he is using the superhero genre to explore issues of power in society, as well as knowing that most comics published and bought in America feature superheroes.
– On the eve of the release of LEGENDARY COMICS’ first release, Frank Miller’s HOLY TERROR, Newsarama has a discussion with Bob Schreck, who runs the company about how he managed to yank Miller from DC Comics as well as launch a new comic company in this market. Other upcoming LEGENDARY COMICS releases will be Paul Pope’s latest art book, PulpHope, as well as THE TOWER CHRONICLES by Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/bob-schreck-legendary-comics-110929.html).
Last Week’s Indie Comics News – http://knotmove.com/comic-books-in-new-york/indie-comic-news-9-26-11-voltron-tarzan-sabrina-the-teenage-witch-more
Last Week’s DC Comics News – http://knotmove.com/comic-books-in-new-york/dc-comics-news-9-26-11-dc-vs-women-again-justice-league-doom-catwoman
Last Week’s Marvel Comics News – http://knotmove.com/comic-books-in-new-york/marvel-comics-news-9-27-11-nova-ultron-return-marvel-covers-movie-news