BRITS TO GET COMICS ON EASTER THURSDAY
The Easter delays means that UK stores will have comics on sale on Thursday this week. Sorry, folks…
In recent polls pulled by Comixology the fastest growing demographic belong to young women ages 17-26. Captain Marvel. Ms. Marvel and Young Avengers are some of the successful titles among the demographic.
Image titles like The Walking Dead, Saga, and Pretty Deadly have gotten their attention, but Wayne Wise reports that at Phantom of the Attic there are "a lot of young women who are really invested in Marvel and DC titles, as well as the Indies."
BOOM MOVES TO TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
Adam Yoelin has been hired as the new senior vice president of Boom Studios as it moves to the Fox lot. His focus is to work on funneling comics and graphic novels over to studio divisions like Twentieth Century Fox.
"This expansion is key to our evolution," said Richie. He also called Yoelin "an invaluable, powerful addition to BOOM!'s arsenal. His background and experience in the feature film world complements BOOM!'s existing expertise in comic book and graphic novel publishing, furthering our goal of successfully guiding the translation of our catalog into motion pictures."
Let's hope his has a better fate than the now-disappeared co-founder of Boom!, Andrew Crosby.
THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT FIGHTS MANGA PIRACY
The Japan government and publishing company are working on preventing piracy of popular manga being translated and read overseas weeks before they are published in Japan. The publishing companies are starting to feel the effect as one of Japan's leading context exports continues to be pirated.
"These pirated versions of Japan's manga serials – including the hugely popular Naruto and One Piece – are deemed untouchable due to Japan's copyright restrictions on materials posted from overseas servers. Now, government entities and publishers are looking at what measures would be effective against them."
THE TORYGRAPH GOES ANARCHY
The Telegraph is going nuts for the Comics Unmasked exhibition coming up at the British Library.
The language of outrage, it becomes instantly clear, has accompanied comics since the beginning. A desperate jeremiad from 1890, in which the journalist Francis Hitchman inveighed against the illustrated papers and penny-dreadfuls of his day, has ironically given us an excellent picture of 19th-century popular literary culture. "No boy is likely to be the better," thundered Hickman, for reading The Boy's Comic Journal; while the pictures of gory crimes in the Illustrated Police News "minister to the morbid craving of the uneducated for the horrible and repulsive".
Hickman's rhetoric is strikingly familiar to that deployed in the run-up to the Harmful Publications Act of 1955, when the Church of England forged an unlikely alliance with the British Communist Party to lobby for a ban on the sale of blood-curdling titles such as Vault of Horror and Tales from the Crypt. Winston Churchill and the House of Lords were given armfuls of comics, the Lord Chancellor condemned "a clear and obvious immoral evil" and the ban went through.
The British scene, however, thrived on restriction. As the exhibition will show, with American publications such as Tales from the Crypt taken off the shelves, other home-grown authors stood poised to fill the gap they left in the imaginations of bloodthirsty youth.
Thanks to Macey Lavoie.