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DC Releases September Solicitations, Sans Creative Teams, and Announces New “Booster Gold” Series

by Brian Salvatore

Along with the slow roll out of their July solicitations today, they also released their September 2014 Solicitations for the “Futures End,” 5 year leap forward month, replete with lenticular covers and one-month only #1 relaunches for all 41 ongoing series.

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Are Weeklies the Cure to What Ails DC Comics?

by David Harper

Much ado has been made about the sales slump comics have had in 2014, and as people arestarting to figure out, a big part of that drop has been due to DC’s linewide drop. In fact, DC’s average issue sales have dropped by 13% over the past year, with their market share in dollarsslumping to the tune of just under 26% of the market. (Note: all numbers per Comichron)

It has left many pundits wondering what DC can do to turn the tide, with some even (sort of) facetiously suggesting we may see a relaunch again. To me though, the answer is obvious, and we already have seen it: replacing lower tier books with weeklies featuring high profile creators and/or characters.

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Warren Ellis’ New Novel “Normal” Revealed

by Matthew Meylikhov

Man, Warren Ellis is on a hot streak right now, isn’t he? “Moon Knight” is a hit, he’s got two new Image books with “Trees” and a “Supreme” revamp. What else could be coming?

Well, how about another novel.

Spied over at Upcoming4.me, it looks like Ellis’ follow-up to “Gun Machine” will be a book entitled “Normal.” Set to be released in November this year by FSG Originals, who put out his digital novella “Dead Pig Collector. The book is described as a “techno-thriller” and already comes with a recommendation from Sir Patrick Stewart, who describes the book as “a beacon of brilliant irony and sardonic satire” on the novel’s Amazon page.

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The History of Comic Lettering: 1940 to 1990

by Drew Bradley

Adding letters to images, as a practice, dates back centuries. We examined the early methods and the thoughts behind them in part 1. Largely, the work was crudely done by cartoonists who were uninterested in the finer points of letter design and aesthetics, and unwilling to share their meager profits with the people who were interested. When the comic industry exploded onto the American landscape in the 1940s, the demand for new material allowed cartoonists to specialize only on the aspects of creation in which they were best skilled and created a vacuum in certain parts of production. Particularly, it became financially viable to be a freelance letterer.

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Looking at Lettering: CAPS vs Mixed Case

by Drew Bradley

Have you ever wondered why comics are lettered in all caps? If you’ve been a comic reader for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard a variety of reasons, but unless you’ve heard of the Ames Guide, you’ve only heard the excuses. The true motivation for leaving out lower case letters has nothing to do with space, legibility, or quality of materials, and everything to do with time.

In the early days of cartooning (like, 1850s early), lettering was more of an afterthought than a considered element to the whole piece. Words were usually put in with just enough effort to be legible, but without any kind of guide or rule to keep them straight. The only reason they were put in by hand at all was to prevent the cartoonist from having to split his earnings with a type setter.

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Comics Should Be Cheap! (4/23/2014)

by The Multiversity Comics Staff

Buying comics can be an expensive hobby. A lot of fans simply can’t afford everything they’re interested in, due to rising prices and the over-saturation of the market with superhero titles.

That’s why we’re here. Every week, the Multiversity staff is asked “What would you buy this week if you couldn’t go over $20?” and shares their reasons why, in order to help others who might have similar tastes make their own decisions in buying comics on a budget. Be sure to leave your own picks in the comments!

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Robots From Tomorrow: Pull List #121

by Mike Romeo and Greg Matiasevich

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the one hunderd and twenty first installment of the weekly Pull List series, the guys pick a couple of comics hitting shelves this week and talk about why they’re excited to read them. Clocking in at around 15 minutes, this bite-sized audio nugget is the perfect companion for any Wednesday Warrior!

Picks for Wednesday, April 23, 2014
MikeTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #33 & Eltingville Club #1
GregThief of Thieves #20 & Someplace Strange

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How Adventure Time Pulled a Game of Thrones, and How It Totally Earned It [Review]

by Matthew Meylikhov

As a note, unfortunately, this article discusses spoilers for last night’s Adventure Time premiere. Please do not read further if you’ve not yet watched the episodes.

Last night on a popular hit television show, some major and shocking events took place. First, a popular character was killed by a nefarious villain in a rather gruesome fashion. Following this, an important stronghold was destroyed, allowing hordes of despicable villains to escape out into the unknown to come back for a future menace. Then, after being betrayed by his estranged father, a popular blonde young warrior had his limb severed unexpectedly and was left for dead in an unfamiliar land.

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WOOOO ISSUE SEVENNNNN

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It’s time for Image Comics July solicitations!!

SEX CRIMINALS #7

story: MATT FRACTION

art / cover: CHIPPARD ZDWARRGGKY

JULY 16 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50 

Jon breaks into Kegelface’s house and oh my golly what on EARTH do you think he finds there. Not only are our beloved Sex Criminals not alone…they’re not unwatched, either. And Suzie learns once and for all the fate of her precious library.

See what else Image has in store here.

Geez, they had to get a fill-in artist already?

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