The Way I See It: How Many Printings Do You Need?!

When I hear about a publisher selling out of their first printings of a new issue I’m excited to hear that for the creative team and the publisher. The way I look at first printings is that a publisher says “We think we will be able to sell ‘X’ amount of copies of this issue” – right? In an economy where printing more books than you think you can sell is not a good business decision. Printing costs money, especially for a smaller publisher or self-published creator. You cannot afford to print more than you think you can sell. So, when I hear that they have sold out of their first printing I’m excited for them.  The question now is… do we print more?

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DC Entertainment Announces “We Can Be Heroes” Campaign to Fight Hunger Crisis in the Horn of Africa

DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES “WE CAN BE HEROES,” AN UNPRECEDENTED GIVING CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT THE HUNGER CRISIS IN THE HORN OF AFRICA

Featuring Iconic Justice League Characters, Multilayered Campaign To Leverage All Time Warner Advertising Platforms Generating Significant Awareness of the Crisis

Multi-Million-Dollar Commitment Will Support Three Aid Groups Working in Africa: Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps

(January 23, 2012 – New York, NY)  DC Entertainment, home of the world’s greatest super heroes, today unveiled an unprecedented giving campaign to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.  This multi-million-dollar commitment over the next two years will be supported across all Warner Bros. Entertainment’s and Time Warner’s businesses and feature DC Entertainment’s iconic Justice League characters, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, issuing the call to action, “We Can Be Heroes.”  The announcements were made at a press conference today in New York by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros.; Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group; and Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment.

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REVIEW: Batman #5

“Face the Court”

Writer: Scott Snyder
Pencils: Greg Capullo
Inks: Jonathan Glapion
Colors: FCO
Lettering: Richard Starkings
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Associate Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Mike Marts
Publisher: DC Comics
Batman created by Bob Kane

“Keep you head straight, Bruce. Focus.”

If you have listened to the DC Wormhole podcast that I’m on you know that this series has been something of a mystery to me. Batman is by far my favorite character. Scott Snyder is one of those writers that I know I like and I know is an extremely talented writer. His work on American Vampire and Detective Comics has proven that to me, but there’s something about his work on Batman that hasn’t clicked with me – until this issue.

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PODCAST: DC Wormhole Episode 6

If you’ve never checked out the other podcast I do, DC Wormhole, I highly recommend it. My old buddy Paul Steven Brown and I talk about the New 52 from DC Comics, mainly focusing on what we consider the core titles: Justice League, Action Comics, Superman, Detective Comics, Batman, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash.

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Download: DC Wormhole Episode 6

REVIEW: The Flash #1

Story: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Art: Francis Manapul
Colors: Brian Buccellato
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Publisher: DC Comics

The New 52 continues as fans get a first look at the Flash and his world, and right off the bat things are quiet surprising.

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What Looks Good to Me – September 21, 2011

Hey there! Welcome to “What Looks Good to Me.” Each week I take a look at the Diamond shipping list and slap together a list of the ten things I’m looking forward to the most that week. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the list’s ranking other than the #1 spot which will obviously be the one book that looks good to me that week. Well, enough of this – let’s get moving!

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What Looks Good to Me – September 14, 2011

Hey there! Welcome to “What Looks Good to Me.” Each week I take a look at the Diamond shipping list and slap together a list of the ten things I’m looking forward to the most that week. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the list’s ranking other than the #1 spot which will obviously be the one book that looks good to me that week. Well, enough of this – let’s get moving!

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REVIEW: Justice League International #1

The Signal Masters – Part One

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Aaron Lopresti
Inker: Matt Ryan
Lettering: Travis Lanham
Colors: Hi-Fi
Editor: Rex Ogle
Pubisher: DC Comics

The United Nations decides it needs its own super-hero team tied to the Justice League and brings in a host of international heroes who bring in their own international problems, and all led by Booster Gold. What could go wrong?

If there is a series I have on my list of “must read” books from DC’s New 52 it would be Justice League International for a variety of reasons.  First off, I’m a big team book fan and when I can get a dozen characters in one book and building drama and character development, I’m a happy reader.  Second, I am an old fan of Dan Jurgens as a writer and artist. I think having Jurgens redefining Booster Gold, a character he created, it perfect.  And third, I really love the fact Aaron Lopresti is drawing this series.

As a first issue I think Jurgens did a really good job setting on the situation of why this new League is being put together and how these characters are being selected.  I like that there are more heroes that are on the list, but just aren’t ready to be a part of this team.  I like that Jurgens has defined what the motivation behind the United Nations’ decision and that it will definitely be a cause of conflict in the future between the U.N. and the League.  The character introductions are short, but enough.  On top of all of that, you actually get a story.  Jurgens really has a great knowledge and ability to put a lot of story into an issue and gives you your money’s worth.

Lopresti’s art in this issue is just great.  Like I said before, I’m a big fan of his and was really happy to see him working with Jurgens and with these characters.  Lopresti has a great style that is really clean with a lot of room for the colorist to really get in there and define the look and feel of these characters.

Overall, great first issue and I am looking forward to reading this series for a long time to come.

Writing: 4 out of 5 | Art: 4 out of 5 | Overall: 4 out of 5

What Looks Good to Me – September 7, 2011

Hey there! Welcome to “What Looks Good to Me.” Each week I take a look at the Diamond shipping list and slap together a list of the ten things I’m looking forward to the most that week. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the list’s ranking other than the #1 spot which will obviously be the one book that looks good to me that week. Well, enough of this – let’s get moving!

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REVIEW: Flashpoint #5

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciler: Andy Kubert
Inkers: Sandra Hope and Jesse Delperdang
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Nick J. Napolitano
Assistant Editor: Kate Stewart
Associate Editor: Rex Ogle
Executive Editor: Eddie Berganza
Publisher: DC Comics

The final issue of the Flash event comes to its conclusion and nothing is left the same!

Yeah, that statement is sort of cliché but it’s not that far from the truth.  If you’ve not read this issue I’ll do my best to not spoil everything, but I will probably spoil a few things because I think there are some really good moments in this issue.

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