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Bad Idea Has Some Very Interesting Ideas for the Comic Industry

Yesterday, the new comic publisher Bad Idea was announced and teased. Today, we have more details on what to expect.

Debuting in May 2020, the publisher will release one or two single issues per month in a “pristinely designed, prestige-format package” for $3.99. There will be no variants and the issues will not be released digitally, collected into trade paperbacks, hardcovers, or other “bookshelf formats.” That means there will only be single-issue comics.

But, there’s a catch! The comics won’t be available everywhere. Instead, Bad Idea will self-distribute the series to an initial 20 comic book shop who will qualify based on “a unique system of criteria” that includes extra promotional commitments and a “strictly enforced ‘limit one per customer'” policy for Bad Idea comics, among other stipulations. More retailers will be admitted throughout the year to eventually bring that number up to around 50 stores by the end of 2020.


The first series will be ENIAC by Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite. Other projects are coming from Marguerite Bennett, Mae Catt, Joshua Dysart, Tomas Giorello, Eric Heisserer, Jody Houser, Lewis LaRosa, Jeff Lemire, Peter Milligan, Adam Pollina, Robert Venditti, Zeb Wells, and more. In the announcement, Megalith was also teased with a cover by Lewis LaRosa. Projects have been worked on for the past year in “secret.”

First issues will usually be oversized with page counts exceeding the standard 22 pages or feature “hidden features” and other surprises not mentioned in public.

The goal is to get people into comic shops making each release an event.

Bad Idea is the brainchild of the five team members that rebuilt Valiant and developed the forthcoming Bloodshot feature film. Dinesh Shamdasani and Warren Simons will share the roles of Co-CEO & Co-Chief Creative Officer, Hunter Gorinson will serve as Publisher, Joshua Johns will serve as Director of Marketing, and Atom Freeman has returned as a Sales Consultant.

Around the Tubes

It’s Friday which means the weekend is here!  Yay!

Around the Blogs:

New York Observer – KickStarter-Funded Zombie Graphic Novel FUBAR Makes New York Times Best Seller ListSo glad I gave and supported these guys.  A great and fun group of folks.

Bleeding Cool – Wolverine And FLCL’s The Pillows Fall Foul Of Marvel’s Legal DepartmentSo can Marvel be sued for copyright violation now?

Bleeding Cool – Atom! Freeman Appointed Sales Manager For ValiantCongrats Atom!

ICv2 – ‘Powers’ Reshoots Still in LimboChances this makes it to the air?

Wired – Women Write About Comics: Women in Refrigerators, 13 Years LaterInteresting this is still an issue….


Around the Tube Reviews:

CBR – Aquaman #5

High Desert Daily – The Sigh

MTV Geek – The Walking Dead’ Goes Bad and ‘Bulletproof Coffin’ Goes Crazy [Image Comics Reviews]

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 1/25/12

Top Cow Promotes Atom! Freeman to Director of Sales and Marketing

Official Press Release


LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 4, 2010: Top Cow Productions, Inc, has promoted award winning comics retailer Atom! Freeman from his current position as Direct Market Liaison to a staff position as Director Of Sales And Marketing.

“Both Matt Hawkins and I have been incredibly impressed with Atom!’s enthusiasm and drive in the short time he’s been with Top Cow,” said Publisher Filip Sablik. “He’s already implemented no less than three aggressive and smart direct market retailer programs and added valuable ideas to our ongoing marketing and promotional plans. I have no doubt he will also excel at his new post and we’re thrilled to have him on board in a more pivotal role.”

As Director, Atom! will develop and implement large-scale marketing, advertising, and promotional efforts, working closely with Top Cow’s promotional partners. He will be overseeing Top Cow’s trade show presence, developing Top Cow’s website, online retail site The Top Cow Store, bi-weekly “Moosletter,” and will remain the primary contact point for retailers.

For the past 10 years, Atom! has managed and co-owned the Eisner Award winning Brave New World Comics in Santa Clarita, California. That experience, coupled with his years as a sales representative for Fantagraphics Books and freelance writing have prepared him for this position.

“In a comic book industry that everyday seems to bring news of falling sales and layoffs, I could not be more proud of the fact that I’m being hired to help shape the future of a company who is announcing sales records. In my two months here, I’ve seen the extraordinary efforts the staff and creators of Top Cow bring to producing work of the highest possible quality. I can’t wait to get busy bragging about those efforts to everyone who will listen!” exclaimed Atom!.

About Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008.  WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

Top Cow Hires Eisner Award-Winning Retailer As Direct Market Liaison

Official Press Release


LOS ANGELES, Calif., August 3, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that Atom! Freeman will be joining the Top Cow team as a Direct Market Liaison, effective, August 2nd, 2010.

In an effort to better support the needs of Top Cow’s valued Direct Market retail partners, Atom! Freeman will be working directly with retailers to make sure that the new standard of quality that Top Cow Productions has brought to their entire line is represented on store shelves.

“As a retailer, I was continually being surprised both at the quality of the work Top Cow was putting out and the sales they were generating on our shelves,” said Freeman. “This led to many conversations with Filip Sablik which eventually led to me having a desk to go to work at every day. I love this industry.”

“Atom! was part of a team that won the 2008 Eisner Spirit of Retail Award,” added Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik.  “He’s been one of the retailers I go to regularly for insight and advice on the direct market and Brave New World is one of my favorite stores in the country. When the opportunity presented itself to hire Atom! to help us in our efforts in the direct market, I leapt at the chance.”.

A co-owner of Brave New World Comics in Santa Clarita, CA, Freeman will still be splitting his duties between the Top Cow offices and running promotions for BNW.

Freeman has no fear that the customers of BNW will miss him: “My wife and partner, Portlyn, has such a strong grip on the day to day operations of BNW that I’m sure it will spin like a top. Plus, which face would you rather look at when come in to pick up your books?”