Wednesday Runaround – When Avatar Come To Town

AVATAR COME TO TOWN

Avatar Comics, owners of Bleeding Cool, are the latest US comics publisher to confirm they’re attending the London Super Comic Con…

PRIME POSTER POSITION

Okay, who wants a Rodimus Prime poster on their walls?

DOWN OVER

Following its European premiere at the 40th Angoulême International Comics Festival,  documentary Graphic Novels! Melbourne gets its UK premiere in London at a Comica Festival screening, supported by the Australian High Commission. It features comic book makers Nicki Greenberg, Bruce Mutard, Pat Grant and Mandy Ord, and commentaries by fellow Oz creator Shaun Tan, American guru Scott McCloud and from New Zealand, Hicksville author Dylan Horrocks, as well as Comica’s co-director Paul Gravett.

Co-directors David Hayward and Bernard Caleo will be in London to introduce their film on Wednesday February 13th in The Anatomy Theatre at School of Arts & Humanities at King’s College, The Strand, London WC2R 2LS. Doors open 7pm for a 7.20pm start. To book your tickets at £5 each, email here to give your name and how many tickets you would like.

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NUMBERCRUNCHING

John Jackson Miller numbercrunched Charlton Comics

Wells also mentions Dick Giordano‘s caution about the Statements that “at Charlton, they just made them up.” Giordano said it in 1998 in Comic Book Artist #1, but his comments about Charlton’s practices appeared far earlier. (I think I may have even read it in a 1970s issue of The Buyer’s Guide for Comic Fandom, but I’m not sure.) As I’ve now compiled more than 3,300 Statements with circulation data, I’m in the unusual position of being able to look at everything at once, which permits me to spot some patterns.

He tells Bleeding Cool;

It looks to me like the Charlton numbers are indeed highly volatile in the mid-1960s, when Giordano was placing the forms for inclusion — just what his account would lead us to expect. But then they settle down in the 1970s. And the earliest numbers Charlton reported, from 1960, also square up almost perfectly, when added together, with what the company was telling advertisers. (If it was going to make up numbers for the advertisers, you’d figure it would have made them look a lot better! As it was, they were copping to the worst-selling books in the trade.)

PLANETARY BODIES

A Look At “Jupiter’s Legacy”

“The story of the world’s very first superheroes and their less-than-super kids, “Jupiter’s Legacy” is planned as an epic series that takes readers from the earliest days of the Golden Age through the darker modern era. Below, readers can check out the discovery of super powers as well as a modern battle from super godfather Sampson as Quitely flexes some new art muscles for a mixed media twist on what Millar called “a four dimensional psychic painting.”

IT GETS GEEKIER

Comic anthology “You Are Not Alone” explores the hardships of growing up

“A new comic book anthology, called You Are Not Alone, hopes to feature 40 and 50 stories to help young readers combat the forces of evil in their worlds — namely gun violence, bullying, homophobia, racism, depression, abuse, body issues and other problems. Think of the project as a comic book version of The ABC Afterschool Special, the TV anthology series that brought thorny and hard to face issues into the lives of kids in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.”

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