– The BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL on Sept. 18th will once again feature a slew of comic book creators, which include Jules Feiffer, Craig Thompson, Adrian Tomine, Lauren Redniss, Anders Nilsen, Josh Neufeld, Kate Beaton, Dean Haspiel, Michael Kupperman, Keith Knight, Ted Rall, David Shrigley, Sarah Glidden, Raina Telgemeier, Jennifer Hayden, GB Tran, Dave Roman, Laura Lee Gulledge, Nick Bertozzi, Hillary Chute, and Steven Weinberg (http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/BBF/Home). Graphic novel writers will get to have panels with writers of “regular” novels at this free event which will be located at 18 Borough Hall. Heidi McDonnell from THE BEAT will also moderate one panel (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2011/09/07/brooklyn-book-festival-announces-comics-programming/).
– ComiXology has announced that it’s 3.0 version of it’s popular digital comic book application is now the 2nd top grossing iPad App at the iTunes App Store – beating out even ANGRY BIRDS (http://www.mediabistro.com/ebooknewser/comics-lead-top-grossing-ipad-book-app-list_b15361). This was helped in no small part by ComiXology’s union with DC Comics, who are releasing their entire line of “New 52” superhero comics digitally at the same time as in print via ComiXology. Other big companies that release digital comics via ComiXology include Image Comics, IDW, and BOOM! Studios. David Steinberger, CEO of ComiXology (which launched in 2007) had this to say: “I’m happy to say that we made Angry Birds a little angrier last night with us trouncing them in sales. But in all seriousness, when you look at our success as one of the top grossing iPad Apps and then take in the news about DC Comics going back to print on almost all of The New 52 comics, you can see that digital distribution is growing both the print and digital comic book market. DC’s daring move going digital the same day as print with all their print publications this month in combination with the great buying and reading experience our App provides is a tide that lifts all boats.” ComiXology revealed their 3.0 version of their popular app at the end of August (http://knotmove.com/comic-books-in-new-york/indie-comics-news-8-30-11-comixology-3-0-the-damned-tv-sin-city-2), and it obviously is a success.
– While DC Comics is getting all the attention for going “day and date” with their digital and print comics (releasing both at the same time), ARCHIE COMICS actually beat them to the punch by about five months, yet got less of the publicity for it. To touch on this fact, Comic Book Resources spoke with Jon Goldwater, CEO of ARCHIE COMICS (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34311). While Archie hasn’t done much in the way of exclusive digital content, they have released one series under that format – JINX, a teenage version of “LIL’ JINX”, online by J. Torres and Rick Burchett (which is closer to a manga comic than many Archie series). Goldwater admits that despite a lot of retailers panicking over digital comics, sales on them are not “significant”, yet. He states that while digital sales make up a notable chunk of Archie’s sales to the point that Goldwater wants to make sure that digital digest collections are uploaded ASAP, they’re still not coming close to taking over for Archie’s print sales. Unlike a lot of other comic book companies, Archie comics still have penetration outside the direct market in major retailers and many grocery stands. Goldwater sees digital as a revenue stream worth cultivating in his quest to expand Archie’s reach – and up to 70 years of Archie comics will soon be available online – “a massive undertaking”. Good luck to Archie being more competitive as the century wares on!
– ARCHAIA is publishing a new series from Brandon Thomas (Dynamite’s VOLTRON and PROJECT SUPERPOWERS) and artist Lee Ferguson called THE MANY ADVENTURES OF MIRANDA MERCURY. Much like STAR WARS, it starts the series already in progress (at past the 200th episode) where the title heroine apparently only has a year to live due to a virus, and wants to thus have as many adventures as she can. Wasn’t that the plot of ALL-STAR SUPERMAN? At any rate, Thomas speaks with Newsarama about the series having “done in one” stories as well as the eagerness to feature a character of color in the sci-fi genre, which apparently has few of them (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/miranda-mercury-archaia-interview-110909.html).
– BOOM! Studios editor Ian Brill, who spearheaded BOOM! Studios’ successful (but now defunct) relaunch of Disney licensed titles including DARKWING DUCK (which he wrote) is stepping down from his editorial role to get back into writing. He stated that while an editorial gig is safer, his heart’s into writing (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2011/09/07/boom-editor-ian-brill-returns-to-writing/).
– Filming for “R.I.P.D.” has begun, as Celebuzz notes that star Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon are on set (http://www.celebuzz.com/2011-09-12/snapped-on-set-ryan-reynolds-kevin-bacon-are-r-i-p-d-photos/). It is a film adaptation of the Dark Horse comic of the same name by Peter Lenkov and Lucas Marangon, circa 2003. The film will also feature Jeff Bridges and Mary Louise-Parker.
Last Week’s Indie Comics News – http://knotmove.com/comic-books-in-new-york/indie-comics-news-9-6-11-blair-butler-turnit-com-s-option-magic-tg-comics
Last Week’s DC Comics News – http://knotmove.com/comic-books-in-new-york/dc-comics-news-9-6-11-jl-1-sells-out-sets-digital-record-cavill-s-super-suit
Last Week’s Marvel Comics News – http://knotmove.com/comic-books-in-new-york/marvel-comics-news-9-6-11-herc-canceled-the-fearless-the-avengers-film-nyc