Friday, October 24, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - October 24, 2014

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (-). The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
2 (-). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
3 (+2). The Walking Dead, Vol. 22: A New Beginning *
4 (N). The Best of the Rejection Collection
5 (+4). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
6 (-3). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2
7 (-1). The Walking Dead Book 10
8 (-4). Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
9 (+2). Saga Volume 4 *
10 (-3). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan
11 (-3). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
12 (+1). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
13 (-3). Batman: Death of the Family Book and Joker Mask Set
14 (-2). Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year - Dark City (The New 52)
15 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Three #4 (Kindle)
16 (N). Hawkeye Volume 3: L.A. Woman
17 (+2). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
18 (+2). Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year - Secret City (The New 52)
19 (+3). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
20 (-3). Saga Volume 1
21 (-). Goodnight Darth Vader
22 (+4). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
23 (R). Age of Ultron
24 (+4). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
25 (-11). Darth Vader and Son
26 (-2). Saga Volume 3
27 (+11). Batman: Year One
28 (-10). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
29 (+13). East of West Volume 3: There Is No Us
30 (-7). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
31 (+4). Saga Volume 2
32 (+9). The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye
33 (-6). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
34 (-9). Vader's Little Princess
35 (R). The Walking Dead Book 1
36 (R). Watchmen
37 (-21). Civil War
38 (+5). Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #1 (Kindle)
39 (+7). V for Vendetta
40 (-7). Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal *
41 (-1). Marvel Encyclopedia
42 (+8). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
43 (R). Zen Pencils
44 (-). The Complete Calvin & Hobbes (paperback)
45 (+3). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
46 (-14). Sex Criminals Volume 1
47 (-18). The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War
48 (N). The Best of the Rejection Collection (Kindle)
49 (R). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
50 (N). Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:


  • Matthew Inman's latest Oatmeal book, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, comes in at #1 for the fourth week in a row. It is currently #145 on the overall Amazon books chart.
  • The Walking Dead sales remain strong, taking five of the top ten slots. They'll likely remain very good while the television show is on the air, then spike right after the mid-season finale. 
  • The top debut this week is The Best of the Rejection Collection: 293 Cartoons That Were Too Dumb, Too Dark, or Too Naughty for The New Yorker, which I'm guessing is exactly as its long subtitle describes. The Kindle edition also pops in at #48.
  • Also debuting this week are the latest issue of Injustice, the new Hawkeye collection, and Lynda Barry's Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor (which may not technically be comics, but it's likely some very graphical collagey stuff from Barry and that's good enough foe me—YMMV).
  • The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked early this week, and Marvel's Age of Ultron collection dutifully shows up on the top 50 chart. This despite the fact that it seems that the only thing the movie and the comic share is their title...


Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Old 23 - DC Comics for August 1952

Batman #72
It's week four of our journey into DC's past. Previously I looked at DC's offerings for August 1982, August 1972, and August 1962. This week I'm heading over to the DC Database Wiki to look at August 1952:

  • Action Comics #171 (super-hero)
  • Adventure Comics #179 (super-hero)
  • The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis #1 (humor)
  • The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #4 (adventure)
  • Batman #72 (super-hero)
  • Comic Cavalcade #52 (funny animal)
  • Detective Comics #186 (super-hero)
  • Flippity and Flop #5 (funny animal)
  • Gang Busters #29 (crime)
  • Girls' Love Stories #18 (romance)
  • Here's Howie #4 (humor)
  • Hollywood Funny Folks #48 (funny animal)
  • The House of Mystery #5 (horror/mystery)
  • Mystery in Space #9 (sci-fi)
  • Our Army at War #1 (war)
  • Peter Porkchops #17 (funny animal)
  • Real Screen Comics #53 (funny animal)
  • Sensation Mystery #110 (horror/mystery)
  • Star-Spangled War Stories #131 (war)
  • Strange Adventures #23 (sci-fi)
  • Superboy #21 (super-hero)
  • Superman #77 (super-hero)
  • Tomahawk #12 (western)

That's 6 super-hero titles, 5 funny animal, 2 humor, 2 horror/mystery, 2 sci-fi, 2 war, 1 adventure, 1 crime, 1 romance, and 1 western; for a total of 23 comics published by DC that month.

We should note here that at the time, many of DC's titles were on a bi-monthly, quarterly, or other schedule. So titles like A Date with Judy, The Adventures of Bob HopeAll-American Western, All-Star Western, Big Town, Dale Evans Comics, Fox and the Crow, Funny Stuff, Leading Screen Comics, Leave It to Binky, Movietown's Animal Antics, Mr. District Attorney, Secret Hearts, Wonder Woman, and World's Finest didn't have an August cover-date issue in 1952.

All titles were 10¢—90¢ in 2014 dollars—for around thirty pages of story (except for Batman, which was extra-sized but the same 10¢ price!) (Inflation figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator.)

In August 2014, DC published a whopping 76 different titles! 60 super-hero titles, 8 horror/mystery, 5 fantasy, 1 science fiction, 1 war, and 1 western. Many are $2.99 for 20 pages of comics; some are $3.99 for 22 pages of comics, a few are $4.99 for 35-38 pages of comics.

(Of course, today's DC comics have higher quality production—coloring, paper quality, etc.—and creators tend to be which may or may not be worth the extra cost to you.)

Tune in next week, when we finish our journey through time and travel to 1992! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - October 17, 2014

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday evening. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (-). The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
2 (+11). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
3 (+7). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2
4 (+20). Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
5 (+6). The Walking Dead, Vol. 22: A New Beginning *
6 (+8). The Walking Dead Book 10
7 (-4). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan
8 (-3). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
9 (+13). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
10 (-1). Batman: Death of the Family Book and Joker Mask Set
11 (-7). Saga Volume 4 *
12 (-9). Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year - Dark City (The New 52)
13 (+5). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
14 (+3). Darth Vader and Son
15 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Three #3 (Kindle)
16 (N). Civil War
17 (+3). Saga Volume 1
18 (+18). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
19 (-13). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
20 (-8). Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year - Secret City (The New 52)
21 (-). Goodnight Darth Vader
22 (+15). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
23 (+24). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
24 (+8). Saga Volume 3
25 (-). Vader's Little Princess
26 (-11). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
27 (+1). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
28 (+6). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
29 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War
30 (R). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
31 (-15). Naruto, Vol. 67
32 (R). Sex Criminals Volume 1
33 (N). Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal *
34 (-1). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
35 (R). Saga Volume 2
36 (R). Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
37 (-10). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
38 (-9). Batman: Year One
39 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After
40 (-10). Marvel Encyclopedia
41 (-3). The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye
42 (N). East of West Volume 3: There Is No Us *
43 (N). Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #1 (Kindle)
44 (-13). The Complete Calvin & Hobbes (paperback)
45 (R). Attack on Titan 1
46 (+3). V for Vendetta
47 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to Fear
48 (-13). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
49 (R). 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (Kindle)
50 (R). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:

  • Matthew Inman's latest Oatmeal book, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, comes in at #1 for the third week in a row. It is currently #189 on the overall Amazon books chart.
  • The Walking Dead television show returned last weekend, and as one would expect The Walking Dead collections show strong gains on the comics chart this week: Three of the top five, five of the top ten, and ten of the top fifty.
  • The collection of Marvel's Civil War debuts on the chart this week, no doubt due to the expectation that the third Captain America movie will follow its general plot.
  • Also debuting this week are two Kindle single issues (Injustice Year 3 #3 & Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #1), the first Ms. Marvel collection, and the third East of West collection.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Old 28 - DC Comics for August 1962

Justice League of America #13
It's week three of our journey into DC's past. Previously I looked at DC's offerings for August 1982 and August 1972, and this week I'm heading over to the DC Database Wiki to look at August 1962:

  • Action Comics #291 (super-hero)
  • Adventure Comics #299 (super-hero)
  • The Adventures of Jerry Lewis #71 (humor)
  • All-American Men of War #92 (war)
  • Aquaman #4 (super-hero)
  • Batman #149 (super-hero)
  • Blackhawk #175 (war)
  • Challengers of the Unknown #27 (adventure)
  • Detective Comics #306 (super-hero)
  • Falling in Love #52 (romance)
  • The Flash #130 (super-hero)
  • Girls' Love Stories #88 (romance)
  • House of Mystery #125 (horror/mystery)
  • Justice League of America #13 (super-hero)
  • My Greatest Adventure #70 (adventure)
  • Mystery in Space #77 (sci-fi)
  • Our Army at War #121 (war)
  • Our Fighting Forces #70 (war)
  • Rip Hunter, Time Master #9 (sci-fi)
  • Sea Devils #6 (adventure)
  • Secret Hearts #81 (romance)
  • Strange Adventures #143 (sci-fi)
  • Superman #155 (super-hero)
  • Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane #35 (super-hero)
  • Tales of the Unexpected #72 (horror/mystery)
  • Tomahawk #81 (western)
  • Wonder Woman #132 (super-hero)
  • Worlds' Finest #127 (super-hero)
That's 11 super-hero titles, 4 war, 3 romance, 3 adventure, 3 sci-fi, 2 horror/mystery, and 1 western; for a total of 28 comics published by DC that month.

We should note here that at the time, many of DC's titles were on a bi-monthly, quarterly, or other schedule. So titles like The Adventures of Bob Hope, The Atom, The Brave and the Bold, The Fox and the Crow, G. I. Combat, Green Lantern, Heart Throbs, House of Secrets, Showcase, Star-Spangled War Stories, Sugar and Spike, Superboy, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, and others didn't have an August cover-date issue in 1962.

All titles were 12¢—95¢ in 2014 dollars—for 26 pages of story. (Inflation figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator.)

In August 2014, DC published a whopping 76 different titles! 60 super-hero titles, 8 horror/mystery, 5 fantasy, 1 science fiction, 1 war, and 1 western. Many are $2.99 for 20 pages of comics; some are $3.99 for 22 pages of comics, a few are $4.99 for 35-38 pages of comics.

(Of course, today's DC comics have higher quality production—coloring, paper quality, etc.—and creators tend to be which may or may not be worth the extra cost to you.)

Tune in next week, when we journey back even further in time to 1952! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Digital Comics Picks of the Week for October 15, 2014

Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody #1
Here is my weekly Pinterest board of this week's recommended new digital comics:

Digital Comics Picks of the Week for October 15, 2014

Highlights include: Supreme: Blue Rose #4; Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody #1; Ms. Marvel #9; Lumberjanes #7; Challengers of the Unknown #1; and more!


Follow Dave's board Digital Comics Picks of the Week for October 15, 2014 on Pinterest.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - October 10, 2014

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (+1). The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
2 (N). The Flash Vol. 1: Move Forward (The New 52) (Kindle)
3 (+21). Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year - Dark City (The New 52)
4 (+2). Saga Volume 4 *
5 (N). Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks *
6 (+8). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
7 (-4). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan
8 (-3). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
9 (-7). Batman: Death of the Family Book and Joker Mask Set
10 (-). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2
11 (-). The Walking Dead, vol. 22: A New Beginning *
12 (R). Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year - Secret City (The New 52)
13 (+2). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
14 (-2). The Walking Dead Book 10
15 (+17). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
16 (N). Naruto, Vol. 67
17 (+1). Darth Vader and Son
18 (-10). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
19 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Three #2 (Kindle)
20 (-7). Saga Volume 1
21 (-4). Goodnight Darth Vader
22 (+15). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
23 (-19). The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances (Kindle)
24 (-5). Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
25 (+8). Vader's Little Princess
26 (N). Star Wars: Tales Volume 1 (Kindle)
27 (+7). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
28 (-19). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
29 (-9). Batman: Year One
30 (+20). Marvel Encyclopedia
31 (-4). The Complete Calvin & Hobbes (paperback)
32 (-16). Saga Volume 3
33 (+5). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
34 (+10). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
35 (+7). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
36 (+13). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
37 (-15). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
38 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye
39 (R). The Essential Calvin and Hobbes
40 (N). Star Wars: Tales Volume 2 (Kindle)
41 (-13). Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
42 (+1). Watchmen
43 (R). xkcd: volume 0
44 (-13). Seconds: A Graphic Novel
45 (N). Star Wars: Tales Volume 3 (Kindle)
46 (-21). Forever Evil (New 52)
47 (R). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
48 (-19). Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1
49 (-3). V for Vendetta
50 (N). Star Wars: Tales Volume 4 (Kindle)


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • Matthew Inman's latest Oatmeal book, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, comes in at #1 for the second week in a row. It is currently #67 on the overall Amazon books chart.
  • The top debut this week is the Kindle edition of the first New 52 collection of the Flash, buoyed by the debut of the Flash television show and the $6 sale price.
  • Also on sale this week are the Kindle editions of the Star Wars Tales collections; at a bargain $2 a piece four of them make the top 50 chart this week.
  • The top print debut this week is Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks, an anthology of short comics stories inspired by inspirational quotes. Also debuting this week is the latest volume of Naruto.
  • The second issue of Injustice Year Three debuts much lower on the chart than usual for issues of Injustice. A sign of declining interest, a statistical blip, or is everything else just selling stronger this week?