Where were the comics at Comicon?

The New Guardians
The New Guardians

San Diego ComicCon happened last weekend, and while there was a ton of really great movie and TV news, comic stories were pretty lacking.

The big two players, Marvel and DC didn’t announce ANYTHING big this weekend. No major Green Lantern stories, no big Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, or Thor stories…not even a big Spider-Man story.  Marvel’s big story was a single slide with the CrossGen sigil (the company which was bought from bankruptcy by Marvel’s parent company Disney a few years back).

The indies didn’t fare much better other than Oni Press who used the buzz created by Scott Pilgrim to introduce the world to the rest of their titles.

So what would I expect to come out of the world’s biggest comic convention?  Read on fair reader, and I will Monday morning quarterback this bad boy for you.


New Comics for September 2010

Previews for July 2010
Aqualad makes his debut in Brightest Day #10

It’s the middle of summer, so of course, our minds wander to the month of September, when we go back to school, back to work, traffic gets busier, and a ton of new comics come out.  This is my monthly look at the Diamond Previews catalogue. If you’re a subscriber at All New Comics, make sure you visit the Subscriptions area to update your subscriptions before Monday July 26th.

Dark Horse has a new Terminator series starring Kyle Reese in 1984 during the first Terminator movie.  Written by Zack Whedon (brother of Joss) Terminator 1984 reads like a collection of storyboards for lost scenes from the Terminator movies (according to Comic Book Resources). Speaking of all things Whedonesque, Serenity The Shepherd’s Tale is a 56pg hardcover one-shot that finally reveals Shepherd Book’s past…written by Joss and Zack Whedon.  For something a little different, give Eric Powell’s (of The Goon fame) new book Billy The Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London a shot, it’s a 4 issue mini-series with Goon backups!

DC Comics gets things started with a series of Army-related one-shots including Our Army At War, Weird War Tales (by Canada’s own Darwyn Cooke), Our Fighting Forces, G.I. Combat, and Star Spangled War Stories. Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s long awaited graphic novel New Teen Titans: Games finally gets published in a 144pg Hardcover.  Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray take on The Freedom Fighters in a new ongoing series.  Grant Morrison’s awesome work on Batman continues to get collected in Batman & Robin Batman vs Robin Deluxe Edition HC (collecting issues 7-12 of Batman and Robin) with art by Canadian superstar Cameron Stewart among others.  Also check out the new hardcover edition of Legion of Super-Heroes The Great Darkness Saga Deluxe Edition HC (collecting issues 284-296 of LOSH and Annual #1), and Gotham City Sirens: Songs of the Sirens HC (collecting issues 8-14 of the series)

Vertigo brings us How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less HC, writer/artist Sarah Glidden’s travel memoir of her trip through Israel.  Fables gets another collection with Fables The Deluxe Edition Volume 2 HC, collecting issues 11-18 and Fables The Last Castle from the Eisner award winning series

Marvel brings us a bunch of good stuff.  Captain America Patriot, a 4 issue mini-series from Karl Kesel and Mitch Breitweiser.  Heroic Age 1 Month to Live, a 5 issue weekly series following Dennis Skyes, who has one month to live, and super-powers to change the world.  Alex Ross and Christos Gage bring us a new Invaders series

Simone Bianchi draws Thor as you’ve never seen him before in Thor: For Asgard, a 7 issue mini-series which sees Thor trying to return Asgard to glory.

The X-Titles get another shake-up, as X-Men Curse of the Mutants gets into gear with 2 one-shots (Smoke and Blood, and X-Men Vs Vampires).  Wolverine: The Road to Hell begins a big change for Wolverine and his clan of clones/sons, and murderers.  Wolverine himself gets a new #1 (if you get the current Wolverine series, we’ll continue you with this one), X-21 gets a new ongoing series, and Wolverine’s son Daken: Dark Wolverine gets a new ongoing series.  Be sure to catch up on your X-Men lore with X-Men: Second Coming HC, it’s a deluxe oversized hardcover clocking in at 344 pages, collecting the entire Second Coming epic.

This year’s surprise superhero hit Kick Ass gets a comic sequel in Kick Ass 2, with the original team of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr reuniting.

Image brings us Skullkickers, a new fantasy action comedy in the tradition of Army of Darkness.  Robert Kirkman brings Invincible’s Science Dog to a one-shot of his own, and the very popular Liquid City gets a sequel in the Liquid City Volume 2 OGN, 312pgs of terrific stories by creators from Southeast Asia.

Other publishers:

Archie’s marriage gets collected in a really great looking slipcased edition (200pgs of goodness for only $24.95) in the Archie Marries Slipcased HC.  From Archaia Entertainment, David Petersen returns to the world of Mouse Guard with Mouse Guard The Black Axe, Bongo Studios brings us Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #16, Aspen brings us Lady Mechanika. Some of Grant Morrison’s early work gets collected in Grant Morrison’s Vampirella SC, and early Vampi comics get collected in the Vampirella Archives Volume 1 HC.  The Best American Comics 2010, a collection of the finest independant comics of the year is guest edited this year by Neil Gaiman.

The big list is below after the jump.


Why Comic Shops Can’t Afford Larger Discounts

Comics, every kid's best friend

I recently sent out a survey (here is the survey, and here are the results), and one of the choices I let people choose was “give a larger discount”. I also suggested we might start a referral program, and the overwhelming choice there was “give a % discount on my subscriptions”.

Unfortunately I don’t think it’s possible to do either one of those things, but let me explain why I am not ridiculously rich from my comics empire.