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October 23, 2021
The Multiple Spidermen of Empire Magazine
The new Empire Magazine cover tie-ins to the Spider-Man No Way Home film
Alternative cover of multiple-Spider-Men "illustrated exclusively for Empire by Murugiah"
Neil Gaiman interview – London Evening Standard
New Popeye hardcover collection – Previewsworld
Comic Book Sales Numbers
Getting numbers for sales of comic books is getting harder and harder. On the other hand there's this chart at Wikipedia
More info: Comichron July 2021 Estimates
Previous info removed: There ARE numbers to account for current sales (previous article says the info isn't available. That was incorrect.).
Reversing the trend:
American comic book publishers are again trying to break into the manga format ("Superman's First Manga Lands In Japan" – Comicbook) in a successful, money-making way. Sequential storytelling can fit just about any format, and it behooves American publishers to go where the audience is.
He flies to Japan just for a good lunch! The deliciously gourmet manga "SUPERMAN vs. MESHI - Superman's solo lunch” releases in Japan today, October 22 💪 pic.twitter.com/gHCSEjcb9U— DC (@DCComics) October 22, 2021
For a pre-Diamond breakup 2019 primer on sales and monopolies at Comic Book Herald
"PrintWatch: No More Second Printings From Image Comics" – Bleeding Cool
"The great book shortage of 2021, explained - Demand for books is way up this year. Supplies are way, way down" – Vox
In praise of Drawn and Quarterly
There is arguably no better place in North America for an independent, literary graphic novel publisher to be based than Montreal. Sure, it is a sizeable market with a foot in the English and French languages, but Quebec’s biggest city also has a deeprooted appreciation of comics as an artform and, like the rest of the Francophone world, an understanding that bandes dessinées aren’t just for les enfants.
That culture is part of the reason why Montreal-based Drawn & Quarterly (D&Q) has built itself up, in the 31 years since its founding by then-23-year-old cartoonist Chris Oliveros, as one of the globe’s most respected alternative comics publishers.
Story at The Bookseller
The Batman and the Kilmer suit
...doing an early screen test, Pattinson had to wear Val Kilmer’s rubber Batsuit "
Apologies to Batman #114 / DC Comics and Spinal Tap.
Original page October 28, 2021