PRESS RELEASE – With this year’s American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Atlanta on Friday, the self-described publisher of “comics for everyone” begins to roll out news of its upcoming spring lineup! Lion Forge made headlines late last year with the announcements of its teen and younger readers imprints—Roar and CubHouse—as well as news of the acquisition of boutique publisher Magnetic Press. The publisher “roars” into 2017 with an ambitious and approachable slate of books to make good on the promise of diverse offerings for every reader at every age! “2017 will be a big year for us, and
Yesterday, Diamond Comic Distributors released market share information for comic book and graphic novels sold to the direct market during December 2016. Today, we present the top 300 comics sold during that period.
It’s time once again to look back at the month that was and see how good (or bad) it was for the comic book industry.
PRESS RELEASE – Image Comics partner and pop culture phenomenon Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard’s THE WALKING DEAD #163 is the Direct Market’s highest ordered comic in nearly 20 years.
PRESS RELEASE – Kitsu, a startup changing the way the community experiences anime, announced today that it has raised six hundred thousand dollars in a seed round between San Francisco, California-based entertainment company VIZ Media, LLC, and Manila, Philippines-based entrepreneur Bernard Chong. Kitsu will use these funds to build out its world-class content discovery platform at kitsu.io, led by Kitsu founder and CEO, Josh Fabian, who started the project under the Hummingbird name. Josh previously was Lead Designer, Groupon Stores, and Lead Designer, oBaz.
PRESS RELEASE – IDW is excited to announce that Figurama Collectors Limited has been added to the roster of IDW licensees. Figurama will be producing collectible 1/6 scale Ragnarök figures based on the award-winning comics from Walter Simonson, Laura Martin, and John Workman.
PRESS RELEASE – VIZ Media continues to generate momentum for its smash hit anime and manga property, ONE-PUNCH MAN, as it announces a pair of key new consumer product license partners, FUNKO and ThreeZero.
PRESS RELEASE – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD), North America’s largest producer of pop-culture and comic con events, and Front Gate Tickets, North America’s leading festival ticketing platform, today announced a long-term ticketing partnership. Front Gate Tickets will provide a full range of presale and onsite ticketing services for all Wizard World shows, beginning with the Wizard World Comic Con in Portland, running from February 17-19, 2017. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for that event and 14 other subsequent 2017 Wizard World comic cons.
Diamond Comic Distributors has released the first wave of market share data for comics shipped to comic book and specialty stores in November 2016. The good news? Marvel and DC nearly tie in the top ten, but overall comic sales have slipped.
PRESS RELEASE – BOOM! Studios announced that it has hired Arune Singh as Vice President, Marketing. In this newly created role, Singh will report to Filip Sablik, President of Publishing and Marketing, while overseeing all day-to-day aspects of marketing, communications, and social media, in addition to brand development and new corporate initiatives. The BOOM! Studios marketing team includes Mel Caylo, Marketing Manager, and Stephanie Hocutt, Social Media Coordinator.
PRESS RELEASE – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) (the “Company”), a leading exhibitor in the pop-culture and comic con space, today announced that it has entered into a definitive financing agreement with Bristol Investment Fund, Ltd. (“Bristol”), one of its largest shareholders and long term investors. The net proceeds of the offering will be used by the Company for the purpose of providing working capital for existing operations and for the creation of new vertical operating units.
As mentioned last week, Marvel was able to climb back up to the top of the comic book stack, but it didn’t have the number one comic. This morning, Diamond Comic Distributors has released the complete list of the top 300 comics released in the direct market in October 2016, and it is worth checking out.