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Is the Comic Book Industry Approaching an Implosion?

By Philip Schweier

Recently on Facebook someone posted: “Is it just me, or does anyone else feel we're witnessing the apex of comic books and the industry is poised for another implosion like we saw in the ‘90s?” This led to a spirited debate regarding the future of the industry, as the price point of monthly titles continues to climb, and readership continues to dwindle. One response was “Aren’t comics now just R&D for the film division?” Perhaps, but that is nothing new. Movies and television have been the prevailing form of consumer entertainment for decades, and comic book publishers have always courted Hollywood in the hope of creating ancillary markets for their properties. But it’s a symbiotic relationship. Hollywood is able to capitalize on an established fan base in return for the lion’s share of the profits from a successful adaptation. In return for providing fodder for movies and TV, the comic...  



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VIZ Media Acquires "Twin Star Exorcists"

Nov 27, 2014 - 16:24

@VIZMedia acquires the supernatural action manga series, "Twin Star Exorcists," which will launch Summer 2015 under the "Shonen Jump" imprint.  


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DC Comics History: Wing Walker

Nov 26, 2014 - 7:55

Wing Walker was a short-lived adventure serial about a pilot. Remarkably poorly written, the art, and the sound effects, remain entertaining.  


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VIZ Media Announces New Naruto and Bleach Manga Box Sets

Nov 25, 2014 - 21:57

@VIZMedia previews forthcoming manga box sets for Naruto (Vols. 28 to 48) and Bleach (Vols. 22 to 48)  



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DC Comics History: 17-20 on the Black

Nov 25, 2014 - 21:14

17-20 on the Black is a confusing serial featuring Jim Gale, a man torn between his love of gambling, and his love of a good woman.


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DC Comics History: The Vikings

Nov 25, 2014 - 21:11

An attempt to create a Viking saga, this serial suffers from the writer not paying close attention to was he has already written. Not much accurate Norse history, but some tragic soap-opera to make up for it.


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Wayward #4 review

Nov 25, 2014 - 18:46

@ImageComics @jimzub @stekichikun present Wayward #4, which takes readers beneath Ueno Park, for a confrontation, but the story is more complicated.



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Gangsta: Volume 4 manga review

Nov 24, 2014 - 21:47

@VIZMedia presents Gangsta Volume 4, in which the war against the Twilights takes a most violent turn, revealing some dangerous adversaries.


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VIZ Media Announces Ranma ½ Anime Blu-ray Set 4

Nov 24, 2014 - 20:56

@VIZMedia announces the home media release of Ranma ½ anime series Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set 4.


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DC Comics History: Dr. Occult

Nov 24, 2014 - 14:12

Dr. Occult was the earliest DC character that still pops up from time to time. Another early Siegel and Shuster series, it blended tough guy action with supernatural villains.



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DC Comics On-Sale 11/26/2014

Nov 24, 2014 - 10:04

New series: "Gotham By Midnight" begins; plus, new issues of Batman Eternal, He Man and the Masters of the Universe, and more.


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Marvel Comics On-Sale 11/26/2014

Nov 24, 2014 - 10:02

New series: "Scarlet Spiders" begins; plus, new issues of Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, Death of Wolverine Logan Legacy, and more.


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IDW Comics On-Sale 11/26/2014

Nov 24, 2014 - 10:02

New issues: "Angry Birds Transformers," "Shadow Show," and "Transformers Drift Empire of Stone" begin; plus, new issues of Samurai Jack and more.



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Dark Horse Comics On-Sale 11/26/2014

Nov 24, 2014 - 10:01

New issues of Aliens: Fire and Stone, Baltimore: Wolf and the Apostle, Elfquest Final Quest, Colder Bad Seed, Conan the Avenger, and more.


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Image Comics On-Sale 11/26/2014

Nov 24, 2014 - 10:00

New series and debuts: "ODYC" and "Madman in Your Face 3D Special" begin; plus, new issues of Wayward, American Legends, and more.


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General Comics On-Sale 11/26/2014

Nov 24, 2014 - 10:00

Comics and related merchandise from Diamond Distributors' non-premiere publishers for the week of November 26, 2014.



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Bin Sunday Comics: Grumble: Chapter 1 - Page 5

Nov 23, 2014 - 18:36

In Page 5 of Grumble Chapter One, the story moves to St. Anna High School, where we meet our hero, Ava Benson, for the first time.


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Johnny Bullet #4 La Bande dessinée

Nov 23, 2014 - 10:36

Johnny Bullet saute du Mont Rushmore!


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Johnny Bullet #4 Web Comic

Nov 23, 2014 - 10:30

Johnny Bullet visits Mount Rushmore!



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