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Some of the top selling comics of late have been Cartoons. Regular Show, Adventure Time, My Little Pony and Bravest Warriors, the Adventure-Time-esque space adventure are all doing a great deal of business in surprising ways.
WHO is buying these books? Just Kids? Adults? Everybody? The last answer is the most accurate, as any top selling comic needs to appeal across broad audiences. The good news here is we’re getting more kid friendly titles, and more kid business. I guess I’ll have to stop making references to “Mugwumps.”
The bad news is…nothing. Comics are great, and more peeps are loving them! Sweet! My Little Pony Microseries #4 (of 6), Adventure Time #16 and Regular Show #2 are on shelves this week, so make sure you get some! Awwwwww-Yeah!
Oh, no wait! There is bad news. Kickstarter. More and more great books are being sold through Kickstarter, with bonuses and cool swag. WHY is that bad? Because without an internet connection and money to burn funding nifty titles, it is hard to get these books into your mitts…not to mention that the funding can be locked out before you get a chance to find out about it, or that the affordable goals are all taken by the time you do. There’s few outlets for information about all these books, and practically no way to find out about them if you don’t have access to the internet.
The biggest innovation to comic through the 80’s and 90’s was the amazing array of talent in the indie comic market…so much dang talent that the industry had to switch how it did business. The thing was, all these creators still had their product on the shelves, as it was the only game in town.
Now the shining stars are going to come from online…and we might never know about them.
Spectrum is the top name in Fantasy and Sci-Fi artwork, and they just announced the latest batch of winners and honorees at their gala banquet somewhere out west. If you’ve never picked up a volume of Spectrum, you should. Every page features the top talents from comics, Hollywood and publishing drawing their hearts out to be the best. Illustrators is Spectrum are the shapers of geek culture to come.
Forbidden Planet has some past volumes of Spectrum available now, and let the staff know that you’re interested in picking up the latest volume when it ships.
Let us take a moment to reflect. From art, to quality of paper, variety of titles and talents…we might be at the high water mark of comic book history. Even if you want to argue there were better stories, artists or titles a few years back, there has never been a better time for reprints! Gorgeous books come out every week, so many it’s hard to keep up!
Many folks, including myself from time to time, get freaked out over the ultimate fate of comics. Between the internet, mobile devices and e-readers, it is difficult to predict what the future of comics looks like…except for one fact.
Whatever shape it takes, style or format, the future of comics looks great!

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Old Weekly Planet Articles

The Weekly Planet is a newsletter I started writing for the FPNYC shop some years ago.  It’s changed and mutated in a number of ways since its inception, but I no longer contribute to it weekly (I just don’t reserve the time for it these days… bizzy bizzy bizzy), though Unkiedev still lends his talents to it.

However, we will be uploading a whole bunch of old Weekly Planet articles to this blog over the next few weeks.  As of right now there are a handful of old articles up dating as far back as October of 2006, in one of which I called Casanova by Matt Fraction, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon so good it’d help old ladies with their groceries if it could.

So if you’re in a mood to turn back The Way-Back Machine about 7-8 years you can view all old WP articles under Weekly Planet Archive.

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Four Years of The Weekly Planet

The Weekly Planet, FPNYC’s newsletter for in-store customers, celebrated its four year anniversary last week.  Since that first sweltering summer night we hand-copied and stapled a coupla hundred 8×11 sheets of copy paper on which I wrote an impassioned letter to members of our comic book subscription program back in 2006, to that sweltering summer night in 2010 when we brought a file over to our local printer for them to put together, the WP’s been through the rigors of geek retail without missing a week and lived to tell the tale.

That being said I’d like to quickly thank all past and current contributors (especially Devin T. Quin, Mat Kerwin, Matt Desiderio, and Mark Denardo), the various FP staffers who helped lay out issue after issue (esp. Lindsay Johnson and Alice Meichi Li) and all guest contributors (esp. Shannon Wheeler and Julia Wertz).

Though I was remiss in celebrating this anniversary upon issue #208’s publication I’ll be making amends in the coming weeks by posting some of the WP’s best articles and tidbits to Forbidden Planet NYC’s other blog (which, I encourage you to check out regardless).

Here’s to many more years of The Weekly Planet.

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Hogwash: No New Comic Books

By Unkiedev

It was decided by a horde of crazed wood-elves that this final week of 2009 would see virtually NO NEW COMIC BOOKS. This can be a pain in the power-ring when you are a freelance comic book reporter in need of a good story.

At these junctions we are left with few options, one of which is to pull a William Randolph Hearst and MAKE UP some news, such as “ The 2011 release of Spider-Man 4 will reunite Spidey and Mary Jane in print,” or “ Greg Park confirms the Red Hulk is the mutant offspring of Devil Dinosaur and the original Abomination.”

This can be a quick pay-off, story wise, with disastrous consequences down the road. A reporter’s worth is tabulated solely by their credibility, and any writer caught fabricating a story will find their careers cut short. But then again, I write for the Weekly Planet and rarely get paid, so what the heck am I worried about?

Superman to Fight Ali AGAIN,

Yes, Neal Adams has confirmed through his website nealadams.com that DC plans on reprinting his classic oversized Superman vs Muhammad Ali for the eagerly awaiting eyes of an adoring fan base.

What Unkiedev’s Amazing Stuff has discovered is that the book will also feature a NEW oversized comic, written by the All Star Superman Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely re-matching these two pop-culture icons! Continue reading

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