Author: Rich Johnston

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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What A (Small) Difference One Week Makes to 2019 Annual Marketshare

Last week, Bleeding Cool ran the marketshare statistics from Diamond Comic Distributors. Which stated that Marvel Comics topped charts with a 40.20% dollar market share and a 44.72% unit share. While DC Comics came second with a 29.29% dollar market share and a 30.74% unit market share. But Diamond says that “due to the skip […]

A Comic Shop in Florida, Outs Up 1:1000 Donny Cates Thor Variant

A Comic Shop in Florida Got Robbed So You Could Win a 1:1000 Thor #1 Variant

Bleeding Cool reported that the Florida comic store A Comic Shop got broken into again over Christmas. A smash and grab of the register, and though they had business insurance, the amount of damage and theft was under their $1000 deductible. Combined with security upgrades to prevent this from happening again, that was A Comic […]

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Matt Wagner Designs 2020 CBLDF Membership Artwork

Matt Wagner has created this year’s Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Matt Wagner membership art, for members’ membership card, pen & notebook set, embroidered patch, t-shirt, Comics Code hoodie and more. They have membership plans for donors in every budget, each with its own premiums and benefits, and all of them are tax-deductible, for their […]

How Target Stocks Their Batman: Caped Crusader 100-Page Giant #1

How Target Stocks Their Batman: Caped Crusader 100-Page Giant #1

Target got an exclusive Batman 100-Page Giant recently, Batman: The Caped Crusader #1, selling instore for $9.99. It was not announced by any publicity, from Target or DC, and a comic store distribution solicitation has not been made either. As a result, copies are going for up to $22 on eBay. Edited by Andrew Marino, Batman: The […]

Saladin Ahmed and Dave Acosta Tease New Creator-Owned Comic

Saladin Ahmed, Miles Morales, Black Bolt and Ms Marvel writer, and Dave Acosta, Elvira Mistress Of The Dark, Twilight Zone and Chastity artist, are teasing something new. A new creator-owned comic together. little glimpse of @davedrawsgood‘s work on our secret creator-owned project their names are Adil and Marjorie🤓 pic.twitter.com/HJVfVtMPp9 — Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) January 17, […]

Comic Store In Your Future - Being Unique On Free Comic Book Day

Comic Store In Your Future – Being Unique On Free Comic Book Day

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. Rich, in a previous article, brought up the cost to host Free Comic Book Day along with what I had written about us not having Free Comic Book Day this year. The bare minimum cost is $60 not counting freight. I never said the […]

The Daily LITG, 18th January 2020, Happy Birthday Ryan Benjamin

The Daily LITG, 18th January 2020, Happy Birthday Ryan Benjamin

Welcome to the pretty-much-mostly-daily Lying In The Gutters. A run around the day before and the day ahead. You can sign up to receive it as an e-mail here. The 10 most-read stories yesterday DC Comics April 2020 Solicitations Frankensteined Marvel Comics Solicitations April 2019 – 19 Solicits From X-Factor to New Warriors, Frankensteined Vita […]



Carol Isaacs’ The Wolf Of Baghdad Launched at London’s Cartoon Museum (VIDEO)

Cartoonist Carol Isaacs launched her first graphic novel The Wolf of Baghdad at the Cartoon Museum in London last night. Attended by the likes of Martin Rowson, Steven Appleby, Mark Stafford, Jess Sage and more. They even let me in. There was music, punch, and turkish delights. Here’s a look at the presentation (in silhouette) by […]



Empyre Gets Two Zero Issues – One Each For the FF and the Avengers

Empyre #1 by Dan Slott, Al Ewing and Valerio Schiti is out in comic stores in April. But as we know, events can’t start with an issue #1, but an issue #0. And Marvel is doubling down with two issue zeroes. With Empyre writers Dan Slott and Al Ewing taking one apiece. Bleeding Cool reported […]


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DC Comics April 2020 Solicitations Frankensteined

Just a little Frankensteining before today’s announcements… but no Three Jokers. Event Leviathan: Checkmate #1 (of 6) (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Alex Maleev The results of the Event Leviathan miniseries established a new world order among the espionage agencies of the DC Universe, now united under the single banner of the mysterious Leviathan! Leviathan […]



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Will Batman: Three Jokers by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok Be Solicited Today?

Does this tweet from artist Jason Fabok… big #batman #Threejokers news coming soon… stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/q6HrCAqPbD — Jason Fabok (@JasonFabok) January 13, 2020 …indicate that Three Jokers #1 by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok will be solicited by DC Comics for April? Looks like we should add it to the Frankensteined titles. Here’s some art […]

The Daily LITG, 17th January 2020, Happy Birthday Tom Brevoort

Welcome to the pretty-much-mostly-daily Lying In The Gutters. A run around the day before and the day ahead. You can sign up to receive it as an e-mail here. The 10 most-read stories yesterday Hal Jordan to Get a Brand New Green Lantern Lantern in Season 2 Gundam Exia Figure is Releasing Soon from Bandai […]

Mahmud Asrar Takes Over X-Men #8 From R.B. Silva

There have been a few delays and creative switcheroos on the X-Men title spinning out of a House Of X. Well. here’s another one. X-Men #8 will now be drawn by Mahmud Asrar, rather than the previously solicited R.B. Silva. Here’s the new solicitations.. X-MEN #8 DX (W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Mahmud Asrar (CA) Leinil Francis Yu […]