The latest batch of independent comics related news items from October 20th - 22nd, 2013!
Midtown Comics expands into another major retail presence!
While smaller comic book shops in New York and around the country sometimes struggle to survive in an often hostile economy, the iconic "Midtown Comics" store in Manhattan is thriving in recent years. Originally opening in 1997, Midtown Comics often enjoyed two successful locations around Time's Square and Grand Central Station, and has since expanded into a third location Downtown. They also have enjoyed a retail outlet at famous toy store FAO Schwartz on Fifth Avenue since the late 90's, and a massive booth at the annual "New York Comic Con". The store is so successful that Marvel Comics literally outsourced running their subscription service to Midtown Comics some time ago.
According to the store's official press release emailed to media sources, Midtown Comics will now enjoy a retail space at "Toys R' Us" Time Square location on 1514 Broadway, on the corner of 44th Street. That particular "Toys R' Us" has been open since 2001 and allows Midtown to offer comics and comic book merchandise to more general consumers. No matter the economic climate, Midtown Comics continues to thrive.
"Adventure Time" writer launches creator owned series!
"Adventure Time" has swept the imagination of a nation not only via its cartoon show on Cartoon Network, but through its licensed comic book from BOOM! Studios written by Canadian writer Ryan North. Now, he is teaming up with "Adventure Time" artists Brandon Lamb and Shelli Paroline to kick off a creator owned 8 issue mini series in December. Titled "The Midas Flesh", it takes place in the far future where the mythical King Midas accidentally transformed the entire planet Earth to gold in ancient times, and a trio of space explorers is seeking to investigate and collect this galactic bounty in the far future. That team consists of three kids - a boy, a Muslim girl, and a dinosaur. The series sprang from an online comic Ryan used to do called "Dinosaur Comics", which now allows him to pick up on abandoned plot ideas. BOOM! Studios would like to build up its creator owned series with the success Image Comics has had lately, and this could be a step in the right direct in that regard.
"Death Sentence #1" sells out at retailer level!
Titan Comics, a U.K. based comic book arm of Titan Publishing, have made a push to make a splash in the North American comic book scene for some time now; they had a big booth at the New York Comic Con and their comics sell in most Manhattan shops (among others). Monty Nero and Mike Dowling's "Death Sentence #1" saw an initial print last week sell out completely, thus causing Titan to issue a second print. The first issues were available in Europe as well as digital comics sellers such as ComiXology, and this column reviewed the first two issues during the summer as advanced reviews. There wasn't a hard number of copies sold listed, but that should come up when the top 300 list for October is reported by Diamond in mid-November.