Thursday Morning Runaround – Marvel's Digital Future, And Print Past?

DIGITAL DELIGHTS

Bleeding Cool has been running the news that Marvel are to consolidate their offerings into one App for some time. Good eReader is the first to corroborate that. However they also seem to conflate bookstores and comic stores together in their claim that Marvel is phasing out print retail in favour of digital, without realising that print sales are up while digital sales have been plateauing of late.

Bookstores in the US and Canada are still carrying graphic novels by Marvel. This is primarily due to the fact they are being sourced by Hachette, instead of Diamond Comic Distributors. Diamond is still the ones who are selling individual comics and graphic novels to comic shops, but for how long?

For quite some time. Also you don't see an absence of Walking Dead in bookstores, even though those are exclusively distributed by Diamond…

SNEAKER AND CAMEO

When Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo appeard in The Manhattan Projects…

COMIC BOOK VICES

Miami Vice first aired on NBC in 1984 and became a smash hit. It also made the names Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs household names around the world. Now the duo returns in an all-new digital comic.

 "The digital comic medium allows us to really dig in creatively so that fans enjoy Miami Vice for the visual masterpiece that it is," said David Steward II, founder and CEO of Lion Forge. "Also with a digital format, readers can relive and share with their friends the glory days of the 80s from the convenience of their smartphones or tablets."

SAY CHEESE

bildeSea Coast Online reports on a new comic book that's returning to the art of fumetti…

A collective of artists is pooling talents for "Phase," a graphic novel that's already in the works.

Writer Sean Bushor first tapped photographer (and wife) Monica Bushor with his idea.

"He approached me three or four months ago and said, 'How about a collaborative effort.' I said, 'Keep talking,'" says Monica. "He said, 'I would love to write a graphic novel but have you and Matt Levine to do photos for it.' And I said, "That sounds amazing!'"

GRAPHIC CONFLICT

I've always embraced a conflict of interest. But for those who look for these sort of things, one prominent Comics Alliance writer gives a positive review of another prominent Comics Alliance writer's graphic novel in Las Vegas Weekly.

Kowalchuk's straight but stylized, rather realistic art heightens the tension of Sims and Bowers' silly premise, selling it with an all-in sincerity. You may never look at a mascot the same way again.

Thanks to Macey Lavoie for the assist.

 

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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