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BOOM! Studios Heads to Awesome Con

Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios will exhibit at this coming weekend’s Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. The show runs the weekend of April 18-20, 2014.

At Awesome Con, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., BOOM! can be found at booth number #421. They will host the following creators all weekend:

  • Brooke Allen (Lumberjanes)
  • Ian McGinty (Adventure Time: Candy Capers)
  • Jerry Gaylord (Loki: Ragnarok & Roll, Fanboys Vs. Zombies)

In addition, an Awesome Con exclusive variant cover of Adventure Time 2014 Annual #1 illustrated by Ian McGinty will be sold through the convention. Starring baby versions of Fionna and Cake, this is the first-ever horizontal Adventure Time issue!

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 Awesome Con Exclusive Cover by Ian McGinty

Preview: Adventure Time: Sugary Shorts TPB

Adventure Time: Sugary Shorts TP

Authors: Paul Pope, Lucy Knisley, Michael DeForge, Aaron Renier and more
Artists: Paul Pope, Lucy Knisley, Michael DeForge, Aaron Renier and more

Comic creators from around the world unite to celebrate all things ADVENTURE TIME in this collection of incredibly original mini-adventures. Starring all of your favorite characters from Finn and Jake to Hot Dog Princess and Peppermint Butler, SUGARY SHORTS Volume One is a syrupy salute to the Land of Ooo that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Marketing Monday: Top Comic Apps

It’s Marketing Monday here at Graphic Policy and we’re still tracking various comic apps, how they rank up against each other, and the general app population.

For this report, I felt it best to focus on Wednesday of the previous week, since that should be the busiest day of the week for apps since its new comic day. This report also focuses on the ranks in the United States. I’ll eventually look at the entire week down the road and expand the location. I also wanted to look at the gross income for the apps, so apps included are those where you’d purchase books. So apps like comiXology’s offerings would be included, but Marvel’s AR app isn’t. Marvel Unlimited is included on the list too, though isn’t measured by revenue like the rest of the apps. I’ve also separated the apps based on their platform as best I could.

Most apps are on the iOS platform, which isn’t surprising at all. The Comics app by comiXology is the juggernaut in every category. This week saw the various rankings increase and decrease with no rhyme or reason. It’ll be interesting to see how comiXology’s rank might change on Amazon over time with the announced purchase by the tech company.

iOS

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Google

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Amazon

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And that wraps up this week’s breakdown. I’m still thinking through a good name for this feature, so if you have suggestions, let me know!

Preview: Translucid #1

Translucid #1

Writer(s): Chondra Echert, Claudio Sanchez
Artist(s): Daniel Bayliss

The Horse has been the arch-enemy of The Navigator for years. But The Horse feels The Navigator’s moral compass slipping, and even a villain can’t let that happen. The Horse decides to get a closer look into The Navigator’s past that he’s buried deep in his subconscious and find out what drives a person to make the right choice, and what propels someone to make a selfish one. Thus begins an exploration of why a young man would take the mantle of a superhero.

TRANSLUCID is the superhero story you’ve wanted but never thought you’d see. It explores the thin line between heroes and villains, and the space between childhood hope and loss.

Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert have given us such BOOM! Studios favorites as KILL AUDIO and KEY OF Z. Their latest book takes the superhero trope of “the neverending battle” and turns it into a completely different beast.

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Review: Lumberjanes #1

Lumberjanes_001_coverAJo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp…defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons…what’s not to love?!

Lumberjanes is the second title launching from the new BOOM! Box imprint of BOOM! Studios. The comic is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.

Take a bit of the kick-ass women from Buffy, mix it with a feel of Scooby Doo and give it the look of a hit Cartoon Network show and you have the first issue of Lumberjanes, a fun and entertaining debute.

The comic features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake, set in a camp. There’s something really fun about the issue. It drops you right into the action, only slowing down the pace for the reader to figure out what’s going on well after… and even then, not really.

That kinetic energy that kicks off the story is expressed perfectly in the artistic style that reminds me of the renaissance of cartoons that are hitting the airwaves and entertaining adults and kids alike.

I can go on and focus that fact that this is a female heavy comic, a rarity, and that alone is why it deserves your cash, but in reality, the story, the art, everything about it is quality and fun. This is a fantastic debut, and along with The Midas Touch, is placing BOOM! Box near the top of the list of one of the best imprints out there. It’s all quality.

With the talent of acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, talented newcomer Grace Ellis writing, and Brooke Allen on art, this is going to be a spectacular series that you won’t want to miss.

Story: Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson Art: Brooke Allen
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation:

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

BOOM! Studios

Dead Letters #1 has sold out at the distributor level and a second printing will be available on May 7.

DEAD LETTERS #1 2nd Printing Cover by Artyom Trakhanov

Image Comics

Image has announced that Shutter #1, the new series by writer Joe Keatinge and artist Leila del Duca has sold out at distributor level. A 2nd printing will hit shelves May 14, the same day as the second issue.

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Marvel Comics

All-New Ghost Rider #1 by Felipe Smith and artist Tradd Moore gets a second printing that hits shelves on May 7.

All-New_Ghost_Rider_1_Second_PrintDeadpool Vs. Carnage #1 by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Salva Espin gets a second printing which comes to shelves May 14.

Loki: Agent of Asgard #2 gets a second printing to be released May 7 and Loki: Agent of Asgard #3 sees a second printing on May 14. Both are by Al Ewing and Lee Garbett.

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Magneto #2 by Cullen Bunn and Gabriel Hernandez Walta will see a second printing release on May 14.

Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey have a hit on their hands. Moon Knight #2 will see a second printing release on May 14.

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Superior Spider-Man #30 by Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli sees a second printing released on April 30.

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Preview: Regular Show: Skips #6

Regular Show: Skips #6 (FINAL ISSUE)

Writer(s): Mad Rupert
Artist(s): Mad Rupert

It’s the final issue and things are crashing down! Will Skips and Ted be able to figure out how to get out of this never-ending cycle of park torture? They might have finally gotten a handle on Mordecai and Rigby but the problem is going to end up being a lot more complicated than that…

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Preview: Clive Barker’s Next Testament #8

Next Testament #8

Writer(s): Clive Barker, Mark Miller
Artist(s): Haemi Jang

Tristan & Elspeth finally reach Providence, but after Wick’s latest strike, their efforts may be in vain. And what does Julian want in Paris?

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Preview: Deceivers #4

Deceivers #4

Writer(s): Steven Grant
Artist(s): José Cardona Blasi

The tables have turned as Lincoln and Nicky dupe Patrice, tracking her back to Ulysses’ base. But little do they know, the truth is much stranger than the pile of fictions they’ve been dealt…The twists and turns continue to build as DECEIVERS races towards its conclusion!

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Interview: Women of BOOM! – Leigh Dragoon

Fraggle Rock Vol 001 HC CoverIt’s Thursday which brings us a new interview and our 24th “Women of BOOM!” feature, spotlighting the many kick-ass women that work at BOOM!, Archaia and KaBOOM! We’re focusing on everyone, editors, designers, writers, artists, you name it! We’re making sure to include the hard-working folks whose contributions are often overlooked in the process.

BOOM! (and KaBOOM! and Archaia) has given us unprecedented access and the chance to ask questions to their staff, and creative teams, to find out why the publisher is so successful in hiring women and their experiences in the comic industry as women.

Leigh Dragoon is a writer and artist who has worked on Fraggle Rock for Archaia, Scholastic Canada’s Timeline Series, and adapted the Vampire Academy series into graphic novels, among numerous other things..

Graphic Policy: How did you get involved in the comic book industry?

Leigh Dragoon: I started my own webcomic, By the Wayside, in the early 2000s. Shortly afterwards, I stumbled across Girlamatic. I prepared a pitch, and as soon as they opened their site for submissions that year, I sent it in!

GP: Did you read comics growing up? Do you read them now?

LD: When we were kids, my sister and I read the covers off my dad’s old Little Lulu and Disney comics at our grandmother’s house. Then we unearthed our uncle’s complete set of original, mint-condition Elfquests, and read the covers off of those, too.

GP: How did you come to work with BOOM!/Archaia?

LD: I had worked with Tim Beedle on a few projects while he was at Tokyopop. He thought my writing style might be a good fit for Fraggle Rock, so he gave me a chance to pitch a story.

GP: How would you describe your job for people?

LD: I tell people I’m a sequential artist. It sounds really fancy, and by the time they figure out what that actually means, I’m long gone.

GP: For people who want to pursue a career in what you do, what advice would you give them?

LD: Get a really good dayjob. With health benefits and paid vacation time.

GP: Did you have a mentor to help you break into the industry? Do you mentor anyone yourself?

LD: I’m extremely lucky to have Sam Kieth as a mentor. He’s an incredibly gifted artist, literally one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and he gives wonderful advice.

GP: Do you think women have a more difficult time breaking in and making it in the comic industry, if so why? And if yes, how do you think that can be overcome?

LD: I think women do have a more difficult time, at least as far as mainstream publishing goes, but I’ve seen things change quite a bit in the past ten years, and I’m hoping they continue to change.

GP: We notice that when it comes to women in the comic industry, BOOM!/Archaia has a lot of diversity present. Why do you think have they succeeded when so many other publishers struggle with this?

LD: I think Archaia’s done a good job offering a wide range of titles, instead of focusing on just one age group, gender, or genre.

GP: We’ve heard horror stories concerning women in the industry, have you ever seen or been discriminated/harassed and if so, how did you handle it?

LD: Personally, I have not; however, I know that I’ve been very, very lucky in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to the projects I’ve been chosen to work on, and the editors I’ve worked with on those projects.

GP: What advice do you have for women looking to break into the comic book industry?

LD: Get a really good dayjob. With health benefits and paid vacation time.

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