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Diamond Reveals August 2016’s Top Sellers. DC Again on Top.

unit-shareDC Comics topped the month again in August 2016, not only in dollar share but also unit share. The publisher had nine of the top ten comics including the number one comic, Harley Quinn #1 by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin’s

Diamond Comic Distributors topped ten million non-promotional comic books shipped during the month for the first time in nearly twenty years, with comic shops purchasing 10.26 million comic books in August.

With sales powered by the Rebirth publishing initiative, DC Entertainment was August’s top publisher with a 39.27% dollar share and a 44.59% unit share. Marvel Comics was the month’s number two publisher with a 30.78% dollar share and a 32.11% unit share. At number three was Image Comics with a 7.66% dollar share and a 7.78% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 4.92% dollar share and a 3.53% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.08% dollar share and 2.28% units share.

dollar-shareMarvel’s top-selling comic was Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s Amazing Spider-Man #16, ranked #4 for August. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #157 was Image Comics’ best-selling book in July at #13. IDW Publishing’s TMNT Universe #1, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spin-off, was their top book for the month at #85. Finally, Brian Wood and Mack Chater’s Briggs Land #1, a new series about anti-government extremists in the American west in development as a television series for AMC, was Dark Horse Comics’ top book for August at #127.

DC_Logo_RGB_031816Darth Vader puts down a rebellion against the Empire’s rule in Kieron Gillen, Leinil Francis Yu, and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 3: The Shu-Torun War from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel for August. When it came to trade paperbacks and graphic novels, Marvel found more success. The publisher had four of the top ten books, DC Comics had five of the top ten, and Image had one in the top ten.

Award-winning editor Ellen Datlow and some of the top writers working in fantasy and horror today explore the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft in Dark Horse Comics’ prose anthology Children of Lovecraft, the best-selling book of August. Image Comics had two titles in the top ten books as well; the ODYC Adult Coloring Book ranked #3 and The Walking Dead Adult Coloring Book ranked #7.

Inspired by Warner Bros.’ film, DC Collectibles’ Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn Statue was August’s best-selling toy product. In total, DC Collectibles had six products in the top ten, including the Joker and Deadshot statues that match the Harley Quinn statue. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the top ten; the Marvel Gallery: Spider-Gwen PVC Figure ranked #3 and perennial seller the Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure ranked #4..

NECA/WizKids’ Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man Booster Packs was August’s best-selling game product. Also in the top ten was IDW Games; the Machi Koro Card Game ranked #7 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLAR

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UNIT

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DC ENTERTAINMENT39.27%44.59%
MARVEL COMICS30.78%32.11%
IMAGE COMICS7.66%7.78%
IDW PUBLISHING4.92%3.53%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.08%2.28%
BOOM! STUDIOS1.98%1.57%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.57%1.14%
TITAN COMICS1.19%1.09%
VIZ MEDIA1.14%0.41%
ONI PRESS0.83%0.55%
OTHER NON-TOP 107.58%4.94%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
AUGUST 2016 VS. JULY 2016
COMICS13.30%8.28%
GRAPHIC NOVELS16.50%19.21%
TOTAL COMICS/GN14.13%8.95%
AUGUST 2016 VS. AUGUST 2015
COMICS44.58%44.02%
GRAPHIC NOVELS5.53%7.15%
TOTAL COMICS/GN31.62%40.77%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS2.66%0.06%
GRAPHIC NOVELS2.81%1.10%
TOTAL COMICS/GN2.71%0.14%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS93350128
DC ENTERTAINMENT75331109
IDW PUBLISHING5331084
IMAGE COMICS5211164
DARK HORSE COMICS2616042
TITAN COMICS2010232
BOOM! STUDIOS228030
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT226028
VIZ MEDIA024024
ONI PRESS102012
OTHER NON-TOP 1014411724285

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1HARLEY QUINN #1 [*]$2.99JUN160218-MDC
2ALL-STAR BATMAN #1 [*]$4.99JUN160203-MDC
3SUICIDE SQUAD #1 [*]$2.99JUN160230-MDC
4AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16$3.99JUN160844-MMAR
5SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH #1 [*]$2.99JUN160228-MDC
6BATMAN #4 [*]$2.99JUN160242-MDC
7BATMAN #5 [*]$2.99JUN160244-MDC
8JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 [*]$2.99JUN160266-MDC
9HARLEY QUINN #2 [*]$2.99JUN160220-MDC
10SUPERGIRL REBIRTH #1 [*]$2.99JUN160226-MDC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 3: THE SHU TORUN WAR TP$16.99MAY160924MAR
2BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC$17.99NOV070226DC
3BLACK PANTHER BOOK 1: NATION UNDER OUR FEET TP$16.99JUN160956MAR
4SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOL. 1: ISN’T IT BROMANTIC TP$17.99MAY160926MAR
5STAR WARS VOLUME 3: REBEL JAIL TP$19.99MAY160922MAR
6BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HC$24.99APR160380DC
7SAGA VOLUME 6 TP (MR)$14.99MAR160684IMA
8TEEN TITANS EARTH ONE VOLUME 2 HC$22.99APR160323DC
9HARLEY QUINN BOOK AND MASK SET$34.99APR160377DC
10HARLEY QUINN & THE SUICIDE SQUAD: AN ADULT COLORING BOOK TP$15.99MAY160307DC

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1CHILDREN OF LOVECRAFT TP$19.99APR160081DAR
2TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADULT COLORING BOOK$14.99MAY162065RAN
3ODYC ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR)$14.99MAY160682IMA
4MARVEL: ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW HC$19.99JUN162060DK
5THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 109 SC$14.95MAY162071SAN
6SENSUOUS FRAZETTA SC (MR)$24.95MAY161913VAN
7THE WALKING DEAD ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR)$14.99FEB160615IMA
8ART OF COLORING DISNEY VILLAINS HC$15.99JUN162067HAC
9THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 46 SC$29.95APR161669-MGEM
10YOSHITAKA AMANO: ILLUSTRATIONS SC$19.99JUN161954VIZ

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1SUICIDE SQUAD: HARLEY QUINN STATUEJAN160369DC
2SUICIDE SQUAD: THE JOKER STATUEJAN160371DC
3MARVEL GALLERY: SPIDER-GWEN PVC FIGUREMAR162236DST
4MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGUREMAR101468DST
5POP! GODZILLA: ATOMIC BREATH GODZILLA 6-INCH FIGUREAPR162788FUN
6SUICIDE SQUAD: DEADSHOT STATUEJAN160368DC
7BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: HARLEY QUINN II ACTION FIGUREFEB160276DC
8DC ICONS: THE JOKER “A DEATH IN THE FAMILY” ACTION FIGURENOV150323DC
9X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURESAPR168678HAS
10DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: POWER GIRL & SUPERMAN STATUEJAN160372DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1MARVEL HEROCLIX: SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN BOOSTER BRICKMAY163107NEC
2MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ELDRITCH MOON BOOSTER PACKSMAY163104WIZ
3MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ELDRITCH MOON FAT PACKMAY163105WIZ
4FINDING DORY: DON’T WAKE GAMEJUL158674BAN
54D CITYSCAPE: GAME OF THRONES: WESTEROS PUZZLEAUG1320984D
6MARVEL HEROCLIX: SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN
FAST FORCES 6-PACK
MAY163109NEC
7MACHI KORO CARD GAMEMAY142831IDW
8DEADPOOL BATTLE YAHTZEEJUN163093USA
9MUNCHKIN MARVEL UNIVERSE 2: MYSTIC MAYHEMMAY163102PSI
10YU-GI-OH! TCG: DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS MOVIE BOOSTER PACKSMAY168708KON

 


How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

Flame Con will be (Toy) Gun Free

Geeks OUT and Flame Con has released the below press released regarding this year’s convention. It’s run unedited and we here support this decision 100% percent.

Last week, the queer community lost 49 members of our queer community in what has become an all too common tragedy in this country.

In the days since that event, Geeks OUT has been spending a lot of time talking to the management and staff of the hotel that will be hosting Flame Con about the safety of our attendees. We have also been reaching out to concerned fans. In response to the massacre at Pulse in Orlando, we plan to bolster Flame Con’s security, and will be working with local law enforcement to ensure that even outside of the con, there will be people looking out for us.

Acknowledging the shock and trauma and grief our community is experiencing right now, we feel the need to go even further in making Flame Con a safe space for us all.

As a show of solidarity with victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, their families, and anyone else affected by homophobic gun violence, Flame Con is asking you to leave your toy guns at home.

Because guns are not toys. Guns are not accessories that can be flaunted in public without inherently making light of their intended use—while simultaneously making many people deeply uncomfortable.

If you bring a toy gun to Flame Con, no matter how unrealistic it might look or feel, you will be asked to check it.

Can you do a successful cosplay of Black Widow or Vash the Stampede without a gun? We think you can! If your cosplay isn’t quite complete without a gun, we’ll help you adapt to our new policy by providing some creative alternatives to traditional guns that you can pose with. Your cosplay at Flame Con will help our community make a strong, colorful statement against gun violence, and our culture’s toxic love of firearms.

Spread the word! Flame Con will not allow the following items:

Any weapon of any kind—bladed or projectile—that looks or feels real.

Any kind of gun or simulacrum of a firearm, no matter how fake it looks.

Any prop that is heavy, hard, or sharp enough to injure a person (Err on the side of caution).

When crafting your props, keep it light and keep it safe. You can do a lot with foam!

At Geeks OUT, we are committed to creating spaces that are safe—both physically and emotionally. Join us in making Flame Con a place where we can all enjoy ourselves!

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Oni Press is Looking to Hire a Sales Manager with 3–5 Years Sales Experience

oni_press_logoOni Press is looking to hire! Below is their notice about the position they’re looking for.

The Sales Manager position at Oni Press is a dynamic and multi-faceted role with key responsibilities that span sales to the direct, book, and library markets, maintaining and developing vendor relationships, and working to formulate appropriate sales strategies by channel. The successful candidate will be:

  • Self-motivated, yet able to work as part of a team;
  • Excited about the Oni Press brand, including its erotic and sex education comics imprint, Limerence Press;
  • And, most importantly, be able to translate that excitement into an ongoing sales strategy that results in a net increase in the sales of our comics and graphic novels.

Apart from the key responsibilities of conducting sales calls and emails, this position will also be our primary point of contact for with our distributor, and other digital, direct, and mass market partners. Reports to the VP of Marketing and Sales.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Direct Market (Comic Retail Shops) sales
    • Research, develop, and execute a variety of sales programs including exclusive variants, discount incentives, and returnability.
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with comic book store direct market retailers. Conduct regular calls and emails to retailers (approximately 500 a month) to retailers to assist them in placing aggressive, but appropriate, orders for our new and backlist titles.
    • Compile and maintain a list of retail partners, their purchasing preferences, and their preferred method and frequency of contact.
    • Compile and maintain a rotating list of retailers and press to send a monthly package of promotional materials (posters, buttons, etc.) and sample pages to.
    • Provide PREVIEWS catalog information to Diamond Comic Distributors.
    • Provide Diamond PREVIEWS ad pages work order to Design & Production.
    • Work with editorial to facilitate Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) and previews.
    • Work with individual and groups of retailers to craft custom promotional and sales opportunities.
    • Work towards expanding Oni Press market share in the North American direct market.
  • Mass Market (Bookstores, etc.) and Library sales
    • Establish and maintain relationships with libraries, in particular librarians with purchasing authority.
    • Establish relationships with bookstore and entertainment store chain buyers.
    • Provide bookstore catalog information to Diamond Book Distributors.
    • Coordinate Advance Reader Copies (ARC) dispersion through physical copies, PDFs, and NetGalley.
    • Compare orders to sales (according to Bookscan) and returns develop tailored sales recommendations.
    • Identify product lines appropriate for specialty retailers and boutiques and secure orders for appropriate products and lines.
  • Digital Sales
    • Work with Publisher to oversee vendor relationships with comiXology, Amazon, Apple, and Google Play.
    • Develop promotions and sales appropriate to these platforms.

SECONDAY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Analysis, Execution, Evaluation: Act as an adviser to the VP of Marketing and Sales and the Publisher on ways to better manage sales and increase profitability.
  • Set Goals: Work with VP of Marketing and Sales to set quarterly and yearly budgets, include goals for purchase orders based on comparative titles, and market trends.
  • Event Planning Support: Work with our Director of Logistics to support in-store events and trade shows, including creator signing and appearances. Work as part of the team that determines company presence and attend industry trade shows and conventions.
  • Conventions: Attend all major North American comic conventions. Travel is roughly 15% of the job.
  • Other duties: As assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Three to five years in a sales representative role; within industry preferred.
  • At least one year of prior management experience or demonstrated willingness and ability to learn management basics.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with data analysis and reporting.
  • Hardworking, persistent, and dependable.
  • Positive and enthusiastic.
  • Willingness to travel for trade shows and conventions.
Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree; business and marketing majors preferred.
  • An interest and empathic response to individual needs and points of view.
  • A willingness to spend time and devote thought to analyzing attitudes, and their impact on emerging trends.
  • A sense of justice or fair dealing in their interactions with retail partners.
  • Respect for others’ unique personalities and experiences.
  • Prior knowledge of the book and/or comic markets.Experience with MailChimp.
  • Prior knowledge of Diamond Comic Distributors, Diamond Book Distributors, and their sales system.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Qualified applicants should send an email with the subject line “SALES MANAGER APPLICATION” that includes all of the following: a cover letter (copied in the body of the email), resume, and salary requirements to marketing@onipress.com. No calls please.

DC Entertainment Remembers Darwyn Cooke

Earlier today Darwyn Cooke‘s family announced the passing of the creative giant. The outpouring of support for the artistic legend began yesterday when it was announced he was battling cancer. Earlier this morning, he lost his battle with it.

DC Entertainment released the below statement honoring him and his work:

Darwyn Cooke will be remembered for his timeless designs, masterful storytelling, and his impact on the comic book world.

BURBANK, Calif. (May 14, 2016) – Darwyn Cooke had a vision of the DC Universe that was uniquely his own, yet embraced by everyone. Once you saw his timeless designs and concepts for Batman, Catwoman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern or any other character, you immediately adopted his jubilant interpretation of these heroes as your own and wanted more. His take on the most iconic heroes in the world were breathtakingly direct and elegant, powerful and cool.  His were some of the most beautiful, fun DC superhero images we have ever seen.

“Darwyn Cooke lived life like a character from a Micky Spillane novel, a throwback to a bygone era that was, more than occasionally, reflected in his work,” said DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “He was both compassionate and combative, approaching everything he did with a tenaciousness and temerity that is now unheard of in a world afraid to offend. The simplistic brilliance of his art and the natural flow of his storytelling not only elevated but enhanced all projects he touched and his passion and love of comics was reflected in every panel of every page. Working with Darwyn was not without its challenges. There were times we’d spend hours arguing over story then go months without talking, but we always found our way back, drawn together by the common bond and friendship comics creates. This is an industry-wide loss that I feel personally, but the sadness is mitigated in the knowing that the beauty and grace of his art will forever stand the test of time and be a monument to all that is great about comics.”

Darwyn was one of our medium’s true innovators. A gifted artist and master storyteller, Darwyn began his career as a magazine art director and graphic designer.  After answering an ad placed by Warner Bros animator Bruce Timm, Darwyn entered the world of animation, where he contributed to such shows as Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Men In Black: The Series.  From there, Darwyn made the leap into print comics, where his character design was never more effective, enduring or entrancing. It was the look and honest simplicity of his characters for which Cooke became famous—as first seen in his breakout work Batman: Ego published over 15 years ago today and then followed up by his popular and critically acclaimed work on Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score and The Spirit.  Even after 15 years, Darwyn’s design for Catwoman is still the one used today in both comics and inspired the look for Catwoman on the hit TV show, Gotham.

An Eisner-award winning artist and accomplished writer, Darwyn has been a much-loved and respected member of the comics community.  He lent his signature retro style to all corners of the DC Universe, from Jonah Hex to Before Watchmen to Vertigo Comic’s The Twilight Children and, of course, his master work, DC: The New Frontier.  His bold, direct style, often compared to the works of Joe Kubert, Alex Toth and Jack Kirby, reflected his down to earth, no nonsense personality.  Darwyn Cooke always claimed that he was a lucky man to have such a wonderful family, friends, and such a wonderful life. He lived that life with the same brilliance and fearlessness that so permeated his work.  And for those of us who knew this one-of-a-kind and genuine soul, we were lucky as well.

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BREAKING: Club Nintendo Being Discontinued, Replaced With Successor

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Unfortunate news has just been posted by Nintendo of Europe, and then by Nintendo of America soon after, for all Club Nintendo members. Club Nintendo is being discontinued as of June 30th, 2015 in America and September 30th in Europe and Japan.

These gray skies come with a bit of silver lining as they are working on a new program that will replace Club Nintendo and “launch later this year”, according to NoE.

American Club members will receive a free download code for Flipnote Studio 3D (For Nintendo 3DS) in February as a thank you, whereas Europe Club members will obtain it as a free sign up bonus during the launch period of the new program later this year.

Points will need to be used prior to the cut off dates below, with an assortment of rewards in their catalog being redeemable until June 30th, 2015.

UPDATE: During the writing of this article, Nintendo of America posted their official release, as well as a change to the prizes being offered on their rewards catalog. This article has been changed to reflect this.

Below are both of the press releases that have both appeared within the hour on Nintendo’s official websites.

Posted to the American Club Nintendo‘s main page:

Dear Club Nintendo Members,

Thank you for your continued loyalty to Nintendo.

We launched Club Nintendo 6 years ago in North America, and we’re grateful for all of the feedback that our members have provided on their experiences with our products.

In order to focus on planning for a new customer loyalty program for our fans, we’ve decided to wind-down the Club Nintendo program. We are deeply thankful to our members for being a part of Club Nintendo for all of these years.

We will share details about our new program at a later date. For now, please see the schedule below for information on the discontinuation timeframe for Club Nintendo.

All Coins will be deleted when Club Nintendo accounts are closed on July 1, 2015. As a result, to give our members the best opportunity to use their Coins, we will add dozens of downloadable games and a limited quantity of exclusive reward items to the rewards catalog in February. In addition, as a small token of appreciation for your loyalty, all Club Nintendo members will receive a free download code for Flipnote Studio 3D in February 2015. Please visit here for information on the software and how to get the download code.

Club Nintendo program discontinuation schedule

1/20/2015
Products released after this date are not eligible for registration with Club Nintendo
3/31/2015
Last day to earn Coins, register products with Club Nintendo, and sign up for new Club Nintendo membership
6/30/2015
Last day to redeem Coins or access you account on the Club Nintendo website. Club Nintendo program shuts down at 11:59pm PT on 6/30/2015.

Your Account and Coin Balance

The information in your Club Nintendo account will not be transferred to the new loyalty program. We are adding multiple items to our reward catalog, so please be sure to redeem your Coins before the deadline on June 30, 2015. Unused Coins will be deleted as of July 1, 2015.

2015 Elite Status

In order to reach Elite Status, you must earn 300 Coins (for Gold Status) or 600 Coins (for Platinum Status) between July 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Members who reach Elite Status will be able to choose a downloadable game from a wide selection of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U titles. Your free Elite Status gift will be available between April 1 and April 30, 2015. A list of the Elite Status 2015 gifts will be posted here once announced.

FAQs about Club Nintendo program discontinuation

  1. How long can I keep earning Coins?
    1. The last day to register products with Club Nintendo, take surveys, or earn Coins is March 31, 2015. Surveys in your To-Do list will be deleted after March 31, 2015, so please be sure to register products or take surveys by that date. Please note that products released after January 20, 2015 cannot be registered at Club Nintendo, and will not be eligible for surveys or Coins.
  2. But I have Club Nintendo PIN # that is valid past March 31, 2015.
    1. Products cannot be registered after March 31, 2015, regardless of the expiration date written on the PIN card.
  3. Will the games I download still be registered with Club Nintendo?
    1. Club Nintendo-eligible games that you download will continue to be registered to your account automatically until March 31, 2015 if your Nintendo eShop account is linked to your Club Nintendo account. After that date, games will no longer be registered with Club Nintendo. To find out which games you can register, please see Eligible Products. Click here to learn how to link your Nintendo eShop account to your Club Nintendo account.
  4. When is the last day to join Club Nintendo?
    1. You can join Club Nintendo until March 31, 2015.
  5. When is the last day to redeem Coins on Club Nintendo?
    1. The last day to redeem your Coins is June 30, 2015. Any unused Coins will be deleted on July 1, 2015. We are offering a large number of digital games, and select physical rewards, so we are sure you can find something you like. Limited quantities are available for the physical rewards, so please be sure to check out our Get Games & Rewards page for each item’s availability.
  6. What happens to my Coins if I don’t use them all?
    1. Any unused Coins in your Club Nintendo account will be deleted on July 1, 2015.
  7. When is the last day to get the download code for the digital games I chose?
    1. The last day to access your Club Nintendo account is June 30, 2015, so please be sure to get your 16-digit download code(s) for any games you’ve received before that date.
  8. Will the download code ever expire?
    1. Yes, all download codes redeemed from Club Nintendo will expire on July 31, 2015, so please be sure to download your game from the Nintendo eShop before that date.
  9. Do I need to cancel my membership?
    1. No, your account will automatically be cancelled on July 1, 2015, so there is no need for you to cancel your account.

Posted to Nintendo of Europe‘s site:

Important information about the discontinuation of Club Nintendo

20/01/2015

Nintendo’s first loyalty programmes, VIP 24:7 and Club Member, started in May 2002, and were combined in December 2007 to become Club Nintendo. Over the years, players have enjoyed the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U platforms, and countless software titles across them all. We’ve also heard the feedback and opinions of around six million Club Nintendo members across Europe and South Africa, which we have used to help shape our business.

We’re working hard to create a new programme, which we plan to launch later this year. And as a special offer, users who sign up to the new programme during the launch period will be able to download Flipnote Studio 3D to a Nintendo 3DS system for free. Please stay tuned to the Nintendo website for further details.

This new membership programme will replace Club Nintendo, so we will discontinue Club Nintendo according to the schedule given below. Thank you for all your support.

As Stars in your account will expire on September 30th 2015, please make sure you use them before this date. There are plenty of unique and exclusive items already available in the Stars Catalogue, and we’ll keep adding more over the coming months, so there’s plenty to spend your Stars on before September 30th 2015.

Please stay tuned for more information about the new membership programme, including its launch date.

Club Nintendo Discontinuation Schedule

  • April 1st 2015: From this date, Nintendo will no longer include product registration cards with its packaged games, so such products cannot be registered in Club Nintendo. You may still find product registration cards in games that were in stock before this date, however.
  • April 20th 2015: Termination of the registration of digital products downloaded from Nintendo eShop. Digital products obtained from Nintendo eShop after this date will no longer appear in the My Registered Games & Systems page in Club Nintendo. In addition, surveys for download software titles will no longer be available.
  • September 30th 2015: End of Club Nintendo programme. All Club Nintendo features, such as signing up as a new member, logging in as a registered member, earning Stars, and exchanging Stars for items from the Stars Catalogue will no longer be possible from this date.

New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL

These new handheld systems, which will be released on February 13th 2015, are not registerable in Club Nintendo. However, hardware bundles will still include a product registration card for the included software until April 1st 2015, so software bundled with hardware can still be registered until September 30th 2015.

Stars

Please exchange any Stars in your account for items from the Stars Catalogue before September 30th 2015. Any Stars not used by this date will be lost, so be sure to use them as soon as possible. There are plenty of unique and exclusive items already available in the Stars Catalogue, and we’ll keep adding more over the coming months, so there’s plenty to spend your Stars on before September 30th 2015.

Seemingly, they are still honoring all prior obligations, including, what appears to be the Mewtwo DLC offer for Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS. No word on if final Gold and Platinum gifts are being sent out this holiday, though.

Cinedigm And Wizard World Partner To Launch A Digital Comic Con Channel

cinedigmCinedigm announced today it has partnered with Wizard World, Inc. to create a direct-to-consumer, branded digital network targeted to Comic Con fans and curated with a wide array of sci-fi, horror, fantasy, action, adventure, gamer, anime, animation and comedy content, as well as an e-commerce retail destination featuring collectible and exclusive merchandise.

With Cinedigm’s vast library of over 33,000 films and TV episodes, 650 digital content partnerships and an acquisitions team sourcing new films, series and other original programming, the new network will provide Comic Con enthusiasts with year-round access to compelling content. Both free-to-consumer, advertising supported streaming, as well as a premium subscription option will be available, featuring exclusive access to the events, panels, talent, and fans that make the Comic Con experience so exciting.

Wizard World is the leading producer of live pop culture multimedia conventions across North America and will host 16 Wizard World Comic Con conventions in 2014, with a broader schedule planned for 2015.  The conventions bring communities together to celebrate their favorite films, TV shows, celebrities, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. With an active database of over one million followers, and more than 250 million impressions on Twitter, Wizard World’s Comic Con fans are rabid entertainment enthusiasts, collectors and technology savants, ideally positioned to support a Comic Con-focused digital network.

“This is an exciting day for the fans of pop-culture around the country,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World’s CEO. “To have 24/7 access to all the content that Cinedigm and Wizard World collectively provide, at the touch of a button, provides tremendous value for our fans.”

The yet-to-be named channel will include films, TV episodes and web-originated programming targeted to 18-44 year old consumers, including titles from Cinedigm’s nearly 2,000 episode anime library. Wizard World has already started compiling top panels and talent from Comic Cons nationwide to premier on the network and will continue filming at upcoming Comic Cons across North America throughout the winter and spring. Fans can expect to see between 150-200 hours of new footage in 2014. Additionally, Wizard World is leveraging its more than 2,000 vendor, exhibitor and artist relationships to create an exclusive Comic Con shopping experience on the digital network for its collector fans.

Already, the quickly evolving digital entertainment ecosystem is demonstrating the staying power of digital video streaming.  Game-changing digital networks are now bringing broadcast-quality TV experiences to audiences wherever and whenever they want to watch on the connected device(s) of their choice. Cinedigm’s first channel, DOCURAMA, launched as part of YouTube’s Paid Channel initiative in summer 2013, and is currently available on Roku, Xbox and Samsung, with additional platforms rolling out by April 2014. Leveraging its vast library of content and digital expertise, Cinedigm plans to launch a series of new branded digital channels over the next 18 months.

“We are excited to be diving further into this emerging, high growth business and have found an ideal partner in Wizard World for this Comic Con-targeted digital network,” said Chris McGurk, Chairman and CEO of Cinedigm.  “We are confident that the combination of their fan base, live event expertise, access to talent, audience focus and in-house production capabilities coupled with Cinedigm’s infrastructure, technology, content and distribution expertise, positions us for great success.”

The parties were advised on the partnership by ROAR, a Beverly Hills based entertainment management and consulting company.

The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Halloween Giveaway!

Attention Fright Fans!  You have five places where you could win Yoe Books/IDW‘s complete Chilling Archives of Horror Comics! These spine-tingling collections of banned comics from the 1950s include Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein, Bob Powell’s Terror, Zombies, the brand new, Jack Cole’s Deadly Horror and the soon to be released Haunted Horror hardback! Enter your name each place for five chances to win!

The scary sponsoring blogs and Facebook page are The Horrors of it All, Four Color Shadows, The Fabulous Fifties, Yoe Books Facebook page and the IDW Publishing Facebook page. Go here to each of them to win…

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Follow each blog’s individual instruction on how to enter your name in the contest.

Gory details: Contest closes on the stroke of MIDNIGHT October 29th. Winners will be announced on the above URL”s on Halloween so check in each place!  (Only continental U.S. residents eligible, you can enter the contest all five places, but you can only win one set of books. Void where prohibited by law. Judge’s decision final. YO! Are you not feeling lucky because a black cat crossed your path?! You can still have a Happy Halloween: fearlessly order the books for yourself (and everyone on your Halloween gift list) at the Yoe Books site.

AM2 Postpones Their Event “Till an Indefinite Future Date.”

AM2 ANNOUNCES 2013 CONVENTION POSTPONED

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 24, 2013) – With great regret, AM2 announces that they will postpone their event till an indefinite future date.

“It is with great regret that we are postponing this event”, states Chase Wang, “all exhibitors, Artist Alley participants and attendees have either received FULL refunds or are in process of receiving their FULL refunds-this is due to inaccurate mailing/email addresses, if there are any issues individuals can contact us at info@am2con.org“.

About AM2

Located in Anaheim, California – AM2, established in 2010, is a multi-day (3 day)   public fan convention aspiring to be a key meeting place for fans that share a common interest in Asian music, Animation/Anime, and Comics/Manga. More information can be found at www.am2con.org

Fantagraphics Co-Publisher Kim Thompson, RIP

We received the following from Fantagraphics on the passing of co-publisher Kim Thompson. Posted without edits.

Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson died at 6:30 this morning, June 19. “He was my partner and close friend for 36 years,” said Gary Groth.

Thompson was born in Denmark in 1956. He grew up in Europe, a lifelong comics fan, reading both European and American comics in Denmark, France, and Germany. He was an active fan in his teen years, writing to comics — his letters appeared in Marvel’s letter columns circa early 1970s — and contributing to fanzines from his various European perches. At the age of 21, he set foot, for the first time, on American soil, in late 1977. One “fanzine” he had not contributed to was The Comics Journal, which Groth and Michael Catron began publishing in July of 1976. That was soon to change.

“Within a few weeks of his arrival,” said Groth, “he came over to our ‘office,’ which was the spare bedroom of my apartment, and was introduced by a mutual friend — it was a fan visit. We were operating out of College Park, Maryland and Kim’s parents had moved to Fairfax, Virginia, both Washington DC suburbs. Kim loved the energy around the Journal and the whole idea of a magazine devoted to writing about comics, and asked if he could help. We needed all the help we could get, of course, so we gladly accepted his offer. He started to come over every day and was soon camping out on the floor. The three of us were living and breathing The Comics Journal 24 hours a day.”

Thompson became an owner when Catron took a job at DC Comics in 1978. As he became more familiar with the editorial process, Thompson became more and more integral to the magazine, assembling and writing news and conducting interviews with professionals. Thompson’s career in comics began here.

In 1981, Fantagraphics began publishing comics (such as Jack Jackson’s Los Tejanos, Don Rosa’s Comics and Stories, and, in 1982, Love and Rockets). Thompson was always evangelical about bandes dessinées and wanted to bring the best of European comics to America; in 1981, Thompson selected and translated the first of many European graphic novels for American publication — Herman Huppen’s The Survivors: Talons of Blood (followed by a 2nd volume in 1983). Thompson’s involvement in The Comics Journal diminished in 1982 when he took over the editorship of Amazing Heroes, a bi-weekly magazine devoted to more mainstream comics (with occasional forays into alternative and even foreign comics). Thompson helmed Amazing Heroes through 204 issues until 1992.

Among Thompson’s signature achievements in comics were Critters, a funny-animal anthology that ran from 50 issues between 1985 to 1990 and is perhaps best known for introducing the world to Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo; and Zero Zero, an alternative comics anthology that also ran for 50 issues over five years — between 1995 and 2000 — and featured work by, among others, Kim Deitch, Dave Cooper, Al Columbia, Spain Rodriguez, Joe Sacco, David Mazzuchelli, and Joyce Farmer. His most recent enthusiasm was spearheading a line of European graphic novel translations, including two major series of volumes by two of the most significant living European artists — Jacques Tardi (It Was the War of the Trenches, Like a Sniper Lining up His Shot, The Astonishing Exploits of Lucien Brindavoine) and Jason (Hey, Wait…, I Killed Adolf Hitler, Low Moon, The Left Bank Gang) — and such respected work as Ulli Lust’s Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, Lorenzo Mattotti’s The Crackle of the Frost, Gabriella Giandelli’s Interiorae, and what may be his crowning achievement as an editor/translator, Guy Peelaert’s The Adventures of Jodelle.

Throughout his career at Fantagraphics, Thompson was active in every aspect of the company, selecting books, working closely with authors, guiding books through the editorial and production process. “Kim leaves an enormous legacy behind him,” said Groth, “not just all the European graphic novels that would never have been published here if not or his devotion, knowledge, and skills, but for all the American cartoonists he edited, ranging from Stan Sakai to Joe Sacco to Chris Ware, and his too infrequent critical writing about the medium. His love and devotion to comics was unmatched. I can’t truly convey how crushing this is for all of us who’ve known and loved and worked with him over he years.”

Thompson was diagnosed with lung cancer in late February. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Emmert, his mother and father, Aase and John, and his brother Mark.

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