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Preview: Jughead & Archie Comics Digest #4

JUGHEAD & ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #4

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 7/23
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

The gang has created a masterpiece: the ULTIMATE sand sculpture to put all boring old sandcastles to shame! Unfortunately, what—or WHO—they discover buried underneath their sculpture threatens to ruin their chances of winning the grand prize in the sand sculpture contest. Find out if they can be the kings and queens of their sandcastle in “Sand Man,” the zany first story in this hilarious digest!

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Demo-Graphics: The State of Marvel Comics

In June of 2013, I looked at the Facebook demographics of Marvel. Over a year later, I thought it’d be good to revisit that, and see where the comic publisher/movie studio/juggernaut is at in our newly renamed Demo-Graphics. This Friday, we’ll also look at DC Comics, Indie Comic fans, and the comic industry in general.

For those that don’t know, this data is mined from Facebook’s demographic data using terms that correspond to likes, groups, etc. For this report, we’re not looking at Marvel Comics specifically, but also Marvel Studio, Marvel Entertainment, and more. So think of this as the Marvel brand.

Unlike 2013, this 2014 report also focuses just on the United States. Last year’s was about 20 countries. Also since last year Facebook has updated their system, making this a bit of an apples and orange comparison, but still, general trends when it comes to percentage changes should be interesting.

Facebook Marvel Comics Fan Population: Over 11,400,000 United States

That’s down from last year’s 12.9 million individuals, but we’re also looking at 1 country, instead of 20.

Compare that number to the greater comic fandom which is about 24 million fans in the United States.

Since last year, Spanish speakers have shrank as part of the population. In 2013, they were 17.25% and in 2014 it now accounts for 14.39%.

Gender and Age

In 2013 Men made up a little over 75% of the population and women just under 25% for those interested in Marvel. In that year, the company has made some massive improvements. Men now account for 63.16% and women now 36.84%.

Since last year for Marvel has decreased 12.29 percentage points, and women have increased 12.39 percentage points. Marvel has clearly made women a priority and that has moved the dial.

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Here’s how the gender plays out over age.

marvel gender age 7.24.14Also changed since the previous year is how the ages break out in percentages. Those under 17 have dropped significantly, going from 24.6% of the population in 2013 to only 9.27% in 2014. Those 18-21 are about the same, and the percentage lost for those under 17 have been distributed to those over 22. Here’s the full raw numbers for 2014 as far as age and gender.

marvel gender age raw 7.24.14Relationship Status

There’s been some massive changes in the “relationship status” statistics. They’ve been expanded greatly, with more options, so comparing the two are very difficult. Here is where Marvel is in 2014.

marvel relationship status 7.24.14And for those who like their pie charts.

marvel relationship status pie chart 7.24.14Education

Education too has changed since last year giving a lot more options. Here’s the full stats for those interested in Marvel.

marvel education 7.24.14Gender Interest

This too has had the statistics expanded. Generally though, individuals interested in the same sex have dipped by a few tenths percentage points since 2013.

marvel gender interest 7.24.14Stay tuned today as we bring you more, including DC and the general Comic-dom!

IDW Publishing Previews: 7/23/14

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #14

Chris Mowry (w) • Matt Frank (a & c)

As our world recovers following Godzilla’s climactic battle against the Devonians, a threat unlike any before takes aim at not only our world, but the monsters themselves! One of the biggest chapters in the series starts right here!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night #2 (of 4)

Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery (w) • Andy Belanger (a & c)

Mutiny! With Titus’s deadly battleship in hot pursuit and Hamlet and Juliet’s lives in the balance, Viola must either defend her lover Captain Cesario’s decision to protect their stowaways, or lead a full-stage pirate mutiny against him.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Memory Collectors

menton3, Ben Murphy (w) • menton3, Ben Templesmith (a) • menton3 (c)

Three jaded fetish models are unexpectedly thrown into a violent world and made to confront a horrible and unperceived truth: Hidden among us are entities that feed on the very thing we hold most sacred, our memories. No longer content with their lives as hunted cattle, they become the hunters.

HC • FC • $39.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-892-0

Monster Motors One-Shot

Brian Lynch (w) • Nick Roche (a & c)

The once-quiet town of Transylvania, Kentucky is under attack from Cadillacula, an evil vampire-car that sucks the gas out of other vehicles! The more victims he claims, the more powerful he gets. Genius mechanic Vic Frankenstein has a solution: build a monster to fight a monster. Vic and his android assistant iGOR (interactive Garage Operations Robot) assemble a giant truck from the pieces of the town’s fallen vehicles. Frankenride is born and the battle between good and evil hits the road!

FC • 48 pages • $5.99

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #7

Jeremy Whitley (w) • Tony Fleecs (a) • Amy Mebberson (c)

Princess Luna faces her greatest challenge yet… making jokes in public! Luna turns to Pinkie Pie, the master of merriment, to help her find her funny bone. If Pinkie’s teachings backfire on Luna, there might be very few laughs to be found in Canterlot!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Popeye Classics #24

Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)

Bud Sagendorf: The world’s greatest Popeye cartoonist! He does it again–his rolicking genius starts out with the feature comics story Golden Street starring Popeye and his Pappy! Plus more comics, stories and Bud Sagendorf‘s own creation Sherm in the thrill-packed, laugh-filled comic “The Race!” RACE to put this in your order and head to your fave local comic shop to nab it, ya swab!

FC • 52 pages • $3.99

Ragnarök #1

Walter Simonson (w & a & c)

Ragnarök…the Twilight of the Gods in Norse mythology…the destruction of the Nine Worlds.  And now, three hundred years later, the birth of vengeance.

Walter Simonson returns to comics in a BIG way with an all-new series… and doing what he does best!!

My wife and my children are dead. My brothers and sisters are dead.

My parents are dead. The Great Enemies still live.

But I swear on the shattered bones of my kinsmen… they will not live forever.

I shall become… the storm.

Walter Simonson is one of the most acclaimed and respected creators in comics. He has done defining runs on Thor, Manhunter, Star Slammers, Elric, Orion and more. Now, in his first creator-owned series in 20 years, he brings his tremendous artistic arsenal to a brand new world… the twilight world of Ragnarök!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Star Trek: Harlan Ellison®’s City on the Edge of Forever #2 (of 5)

Harlan Ellison, Scott Tipton & David Tipton (w) • J.K. Woodward (a) • Juan Ortiz (c)

Harlan Ellison’s Hugo and WGA Award-winning teleplay, visualized for the first time! Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Yeoman Rand return to the Enterprise following their first encounter with the Guardians of Forever, only to find a darker, more vicious crew of renegades awaiting them! Can they return the timestream to its proper state? And will they even survive long enough to try?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Super Secret Crisis War!: Johnny Bravo #1

Erik Burnham, Louise Simonson (w) • Erica Henderson, Derek Charm (a) • Erica Henderson (c)

There’s trouble a brewin’ in Aron City; and no sir, it ain’t the kind that rhymes with pool! A robot from another dimension has appeared, intent on finding and challenging a hero – any hero – for its evil masters. Instead, the robot finds Johnny Bravo, and proof… that even a robot can be driven mad by exposure to Johnny’s obliviousness. Don’t miss this tie-in to the event of the summer — so cool, you’re gonna have to wear shades. Hyah!

Plus, a two-page epilogue by Louise Simonson and Derek Charm, delving into the formation of the LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY VILLAINS!!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #13

Jackson Lanzing, David Server (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a) • Dario Brizuela (c)

The Kraang have infiltrated the local zoo, and the mutation possibilities are endless! With no way in without being seen, the Turtles are at a loss to stop the mass mutation. Their only hope lies with April! Can she stop the Kraang’s newest scheme in time?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #2 (of 4)

Erik Burnham (w) • Charles Paul Wilson III (a) • David Petersen (c)

The Turtles’ journey through time continues, and the next stop is Feudal Japan! The Turtles will meet some familiar faces and be forced to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Will stopping the Shredder mean the end of the Turtles as we know them?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Utrom Empire

Paul Allor (w) • Andy Kuhn (a & c)

Collecting the cosmos-spanning mini-series, Utrom Empire takes us to the site of the Technodrome, where Krang’s plans to destroy the Earth are ramping up. Little does he know that Baxter Stockman plans to harness its power for himself! As the two villains scheme, one imprisoned robot holds the key to success—Fugitoid! Will he be able to reach out to the Turtles in time? All this plus the long-awaited story of Krang’s mission to preserve the alien Utrom race!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-024-7

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1

Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)

SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race—and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive—their version of “peace” does not match our own…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Windblade #4 (of 4): Dawn of the Autobots

Mairghread Scott (w) • Sarah Stone (a & c)

PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE! WINDBLADE seeks out the last refuge she has left, the living city METROPLEX as his malfunctions intensify! WINDBLADE realizes that even if she survives STARSCREAM, METROPLEX himself may doom them all!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers Classics, Vol. 7

Simon Furman, Bob Budiansky, Ralph Macchio (w) • Andrew Wildman, Frank Springer, Don Perlin (a) • Guido Guidi (c)

The historic roots of The Transformers are re-presented for maximum Cybertronian enjoyment. Collects issues #77–80, the Headmasters four-issue series, and the three-issue Movie Adaptation. Freshly re-mastered and re-colored, these stories are accompanied by an in-depth introduction as well as select issue notes by Mark W. Bellomo.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 276 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-987-3

Wild Blue Yonder #5 (of 6)

Mike Raicht, Austin Harrison (w) • Zach Howard (a & c)

It’s all been building to this! The Judge has hunted down the Dawn, and now it’s a desperate fight for survival. Cola and Tug are each faced with heart-breaking decisions. Will they act in time? It’s the bloodiest, most grueling battle yet and the skies will rain with blood!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Winterworld #2

Chuck Dixon (w) • Butch Guice (a & c)

The saga of Scully and Wynn continues as they search for a fabled village by the sea where rumors tell of a warm heaven in this cold hell. Wynn is still in search of her parents and the village of La Niña may be the place they were heading when she was abandoned as a child. Scully just wants to find enough fuel to keep their new vehicle on the move. But will they find death at the end of the icy road?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The X-Files: Season 10 #14

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • Francesco Francavilla (c)

Pilgrims, Part 4 of 5: Agent Mulder has been infected with black oil, playing host to an alien being seeking to use his knowledge, history, and expertise to unlock something mysteriously and terribly powerful. But Mulder and the would-be alien colonist possessing him aren’t the only ones looking for it…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Velvet #6

Velvet #6

Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Steve Epting
Cover By: Steve Epting
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR140614
Published: July 23, 2014

THE SECOND ARC BEGINS HERE! Following the revelations at the end of issue 5, Velvet’s quest for the truth and her innocence takes her right back to the heart of her own organization—to London, where every move she makes is even more dangerous than the last!

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Preview: Life With Archie #36 (Magazine)

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 (MAGAZINE)

Script:  Paul Kupperberg
Art:  Pat & Tim Kennedy, Fernando Ruiz, Jim Amash, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover:  Pat & Tim Kennedy
On Sale Date: 7/23
96-page, full color magazine
$9.99 U.S.
8  x 10 3/4”

History is in the making in this epic finale to the acclaimed series LIFE WITH ARCHIE, as America’s most beloved character makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend. The unthinkable happens: Archie Andrews dies! Fans will experience an epic tale of Archie’s future sure to make headlines, generate discussion and stand as one of the most-talked about Archie stories of all time. Do not miss this game-changing tale of love, friendship and true heroism. This double-sized issue combines all the material from Life with Archie comic issues #36 & #37.

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Preview: Bravest Warriors #22

Bravest Warriors #22

Writer(s): Kate Leth
Artist(s): Ian McGinty

The Bravest Warriors know how to save the universe and they know how to save it good! But what happens when it’s the universe’s time to save them? It’s going to be a crazy mission but maybe the universe is up to it, and if not, then hopefully Catbug will come up with something. Right?

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Preview: Revival #22

Revival #22

Story By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Mike Norton
Cover By: Jenny Frison
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140723
Published: July 23, 2014

Dana gets dangerously close to the killer stalking black market organ thieves in NYC. Ibrahaim gets even closer to the terrible origins of the scarred hitman.

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Preview: Dejah of Mars #3 (of 4)

DEJAH OF MARS #3 (of 4)

Mark Rahner (w)
Jethro Morales (a)
Jay Anacleto (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature
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To find the missing John Carter, Dejah Thoris must … stop looking for him? The Princess must turn her attention to an unsettling wave of crimes in Helium in hopes it leads her to him. Meanwhile, the strange red man who calls himself the Red Reaper is determined to discover Carter’s secrets for himself – even if his experiments kill the Warlord of Mars!

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Preview: Skullkickers #29

Skullkickers #29

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Edwin Huang
Art By: Misty Coats
Cover By: James Ghio
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140730
Published: July 23, 2014

“A DOZEN COUSINS AND A CRUMPLED CROWN,” Conclusion The fifth SKULLKICKERS story arc ends, but the greatest battle of all is just beginning…

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