For the last two months I’ve been trying to nail Boom! Studios’ Chip Mosher down to get Shannon Wheeler back on the Major Spoilers Podcast to record the next installment of Comic Book Marketing 101. Chip was a little cryptic in his replies, and asked a time or two if I was going to be at the San Diego Comic Con this year, and now I know why. Check out this panel scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd:
12:30-1:30 Indie Comics Marketing 101- Too Much Coffee Man’s Shannon Wheeler has gone from minicomics to self-publishing to Dark Horse and now to The New Yorker. Heidi MacDonald runs the taste-making comic industry must-read blog The Beat for Publisher’s Weekly. Marketing director Chip Mosher is part of the team that has helped rocket BOOM! into the Top 10. All of them know a thing or two about marketing indie comics, and they join forces on this wide-ranging panel where they reveal their secrets! Moderated by former manager of development and content at MySpace and architect of MySpace Comic Books, Sam Humphries. Room 4
Yup, Mosher confirmed that this panel developed thanks to the podcast. If you want to get a hint of what everyone will discuss at the panel, be sure to listen to the episode. if you are an indie comic creator, and want to figure out ways you can promote yourself more, then you REALLY need to go to this panel.
And yes, we are still working on other creators and guests for the next installment of that particular topic – now if only Scott Kurtz will return my e-mails.
via Boom! Studios
At Major Spoilers, we’re all about getting as many different people into comics as we can.Â Ape Entertainment sent us a press release/solicitation announcement yesterday regarding the upcoming The Trouble with Katie Rogers.Â The book is squarely aimed at the female readers; so here is the question for our Lady Legion of Spoilerites; is this the kind of comics you would be interested in?
Press release, with the cover images and more information about the original graphic novel, after the jump.
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Well this is an interesting turn of events.Â The weekly conversation with Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada is ending over at Myspace’s Comic Books.
Yeah. This will be our last week here. We didnâ€™t really give any advance warning, â€™cause we wanted to go out business-as-usual, and hopefully with a bang as well. The big thing is, right now my schedule is just inâ€¦sane with work, and I find myself not being able to find the time and devote myself to this column as Iâ€™d like toâ€¦
Weâ€™ve had a lot of fill-ins that have been great, but itâ€™s more than Iâ€™d like in a column we call MyCup oâ€™ â€œJoe.â€ Someday Iâ€™d like to come back to thisâ€”hopefully sooner rather than laterâ€”but Iâ€™d like to come back to it in a way that I can really devote the proper time to it. So really, I need to thank all the editors and creators that helped and filled in. They were great. And the editors have really, really helped me with the fan questions. Iâ€™m still hands-on with all the macro-, more global planning of the Marvel U, but not so much in the fine detail. I usually donâ€™t know specifically what villain will be appearing in issue #87 of a title, so theyâ€™ve helped me fill in all the blanks. Kudos to the guys and gals, theyâ€™re the best team of editors in the world and Iâ€™ll kick anybodies ass who says otherwise.
MySpace Comic Books promises to continue the Marvel coverage with exclusive Marvel Previews during the all-new Marvel Fridays!Â That can mean one of two things; 1) MySpace Comic Books will actually have exclusive previews, or 2) the rest of us will have our Marvel previews taken away as Marvel gravitates toward alienating all the other comic websites out there.Â Let’s just hope the Marvel goes with #1.
via MySpace Cup o’ Joe
With the sudden death of Al Simmons in the pages of Spawn #185, Todd McFarlane and Whilce Portacio are taking the series in a new direction – or giving us one heck of a swerve.Â Regardless, the issue sold out as did issue #186, which hit stores last week.
While reprints are on the way, Image Comics is taking Spawn online to MySpace, allowing fans to read issue #185 in its entirety.
â€œTodd McFarlane Productions is excited to be partnering with Myspace Comics to bring the fans Spawn #185,” McFarlane said. “Myspace Comics is the wave of the new generation. Â Many fans have turned to this form of modern communication. I hope you enjoy looking at a medium that is challenging how things have been traditionally done.â€
You can read the issue online at www.myspace.com/comicbooks
via Image Comics
I mentioned this about a month ago; due to demand from the Major Spoiler Techno-Elite, Major Spoilers does have a Twitter feed for all to follow.Â The feed has been live for about two months now, and some of you have scoured the net to find it.Â For the rest of you, jump on the bandwagon by following us at twitter.com/majorspoilers.Â Not only will you be notified on the latest updates to the site, you’ll find one of us posting strange comments and thoughts throughout the week.
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We’ve been spotlighting a few of Marvel’s big events for this year’s comic convention in San Diego, and today we bring you the whole panel schedule for the show.
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Image Comics Shadowline has announced it will debut the entire issue of Aletheia on MySpace Comic Books weeks before the issue arrives in stores.
“With the ever increasing amount of new titles on the stands, we really wanted to do something new and different to help ALETHEIA stand out,” said Shadowline President Jim Valentino. “Teaming up with MySpace in this manner gave the series a spotlight it may not have had otherwise had and we don’t doubt it will result in many more readers heading into stores for the book.”
This is not a new movie, Boom! Studios did something similar not too long ago, and the issue ended up selling out at the distributor level. Having these preview issues available online to give readers a taste of the real deal is a great gateway to purchasing the title and quite possibly others when the reader ventures into their LCS.
via Image Comics