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BOOM! Studios Makes Their Elric Available Digitally Day & Date

Taking another step toward offering comics in stores and digitally on the same day, publisher BOOM! Studios says its new series, Elric: The Balance Lost will do just that.

The series, written by Chris Roberson and drawn by Francesco Biagini, is based on author Michael Moorcock’s fan-favorite fantasy hero Elric of Melnibone.

The book will be on sale in comic book shops Wednesday, but will also be available for download through BOOM! Studios own comics app and comiXology’s app, too. Unlike other publishers, however, the issue’s 10-page prelude will also be accessible on its own website at no cost.

“With Elric we’re not only focusing on print and mobile devices exclusively but getting out onto Internet browsers that billions of people use every day,” BOOM!’s marketing and sales director Chip Mosher said of the comic, which will retail for $3.99 in print and digital form.

“While there are only 25 million iPads out in the marketplace, there are billions of potential readers that have the ability to find comic books through the Internet,” he said.

Offering comics digitally and in stores on the same day is growing among publishers, with more and more of them embracing it as readers opt to read issues on tablets, smart phones and personal computers.

BOOM! first did so in January 2008 with the debut of its “North Wind” title and again a year later with “Hexed.”

At the end of May, DC Comics said it would start selling digital copies of its printed ongoing superhero titles through apps and a website the same day they’re released in comic shops, a move dubbed by the industry as day-and-date sales. That will affect the company’s superhero titles.

Similarly, Archie Comics began same-day digital and print sales in April, along with other smaller publishers.


ComicMix Six: Stories We Thought Were April Fool’s Jokes But Weren’t

Another April Fool’s Day has come and gone, leaving in its wake a trail of confusion as comics news sites posted fake news article after fake news article in an attempt to hoax their audiences into believing things that couldn’t possibly be true.

Naturally, ComicMix condemns all such shenanigans as juvenile and unworthy.

All the same, now that we’ve had a day or two to process, there have been six recent happenings in the comics world that stood out as so weird, so unlikely, that we were completely floored when they turned out to be true. But don’t take our word for it, take a look below.

Stan Lee and Arnold Schwarzenegger are teaming up for The Governator, a comic and TV show detailing the adventures of the ex-Governor of California, ex-King of Aquilonia as he teams up with a precocious pre-teen hacker to fight crime. This is a thing that’s going to happen. Not a joke. We couldn’t believe it either. You’d think after Peter Paul and the Clintons Stan would stay clear of politicians.

UPDATE! The Last One Left TURNED Off The Lights!

UPDATE! The Last One Left TURNED Off The Lights!


Archie Comics, the last remaining subscriber to the Comics Code Authority, dropped their participation.

That’s it for the Code. My heart goes out to every cartoonist who lost his or her job in the 1950s when that rat-bastard started dropping its load on the comics medium.

Or, as they say in Oz, “Ding dong, the witch is dead!”

Now back to our previously schedule rant…

Well, it only took 57 years, but DC Comics finally quit
the Comics Code Authority.

This useless relic of more paranoid times stifled
creativity for much of the past six decades before turning irrelevant as
traditional newsstands became quaint relics of the ancient past. Back in the
1950s comic books were equated with juvenile delinquency and were subjected to
hysterical editorials in major national magazines and even televised
Congressional hearings.

At a time when drug stores, newsstands and candy stores
were struggling to stay in business due to competition from shopping strips and
malls, neither publishers nor retailers needed the drama. Publishers banded
together to create an industrial censorship committee composed of narrow-minded
professional virgins who had been without work ever since local movie
censorship boards were disbanded in the early 1930s due to the Motion Picture

But, you may ask, how do I really feel about the Code?

DC’s moving to a system of self-determined branding
similar to that adopted by the video game racket. But unlike the last time DC
tried such an action, it is doubtful the loudest members of today’s creative
community will complain. We’re all used to the “E for everyone, T for teen, T+
for adults who act like teens, and M for “dirty stuff” mature” system.

Marvel abandoned the Code ten years ago, and Bongo (The Simpsons, Futurama) did so last
year. That leaves only Archie Comics, whose co-founder John Goldwater wrote the
original Code back in the day. Archie’s now on its third, and perhaps most
creative, generation of Goldwaters and Silberkleits, and given their commitment
to bring their line into the 21st Century I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re
the ones who turn out the lights.

Amusingly, I was involved in the 1986 attempt to rewrite
the Code. I was senior editor at DC, and my boss Dick Giordano hated the Code
with a passion worthy of Ted Rall. He knew I shared his sentiments, so when the
Code wanted to modernize he ordered me to represent the company. Mark Gruenwald
represented Marvel, Victor Gorelick repped Archie, and Alan Harvey the company
after which he was named. Mark shared my feelings about the Code – most old
fanboys do – and Vic and Alan had a great sense of humor. We modernized the
Code into something innocuous.

Within weeks, Now Comics submitted a book that made fun of
the Code. The Code denied approval. We asked where in our Code it said publishers can’t make fun of the Code. The Code
vetoed the book anyway. Our committee was abandoned. Nobody was surprised. I
went on to focus on DC’s new format of non-Code “for mature (!) readers” books
like The Question, Green Arrow, and Wasteland.

The Comics Code has been coughing up blood for twenty
years. I hope it does not outlive the comic book.

Crisis On Infinite Archies



We all know that Marvel has their Marvel Universe and their Ultimate Universe, and we know that DC has 52 different universes all in
constant flux, but did you know that Archie Comics – yes, Archie Comics – started three more brand new universes in the past
several months?

That brings their total up to at least five; six if you count the one that DC has been renting for a while. There’s the ongoing America’s Typical Teen-Ager universe and there’s their new-look more up-to-date and somewhat more realistic universe. To this they have added a universe in which their 1950s characters such as Super Duck and Cosmo The Merry Martian
live – they crossed over into the mainstream universe this past winter – and now they’re adding a universe in which Archie married Betty and another in which Archie married Veronica.

Yep, they’re adding two on-going spinoffs to Michael Uslan’s recent “what if” story arc wherein Archie married each of his long-time girl friends. No, no… separately, kids, separately. The new books are titled (get this) Archie Loves Veronica and Archie Loves Betty. Heck, I used to think Archie loved them both. Separately, kids, separately.

I don’t know if those last two will have legs, although Betty and Veronica certainly do. But right now they’re quite timely.

Over the many years, Archie Comics has shown a many attempts at very creative and sometimes even courageous projects, although most lasted only briefly. Given their newfound editorial prerogatives, can we expect Senator Reggie Mantle, Mister Lodge’s Ponzi Schemes and, ultimately, Archie’s Divorce Comics?… And, as we suggested in our own Munden’s Bar, maybe even Archie Marries Jughead?

Well, progress is one thing, and blasphemy is quite another.

ComicMix Quick Picks – September 22, 2009

ComicMix Quick Picks – September 22, 2009

Here are some of the things we didn’t get to on Monday, bullet-pointed for your reading pleasure:

Anything else we missed? Consider this an open thread.

IDW to publish Deluxe editions of Archie Comics

IDW to publish Deluxe editions of Archie Comics

IDW Publishing has announced a partnership with Archie Comics to reprint some of the property’s most iconic stories in deluxe hardcover and trade paperback editions. Under the agreement, IDW will reprint sequential newspaper strips for the first time, offer multiple collections of the very best Archie comics material from the past seven decades, and add to the brand’s digital presence. The newspaper strip collections will be incorporated into the much-lauded Library of American Comics (Dick Tracy, The Complete Terry & the Pirates) helmed by Eisner award-winner Dean Mullaney.

Coming of age in post-World War II America, Archie captured the hearts of generations of children and adults. Archie and his friends remain hugely popular today, appealing to comic fans new and old with a blend of timeless stories and classic Americana style. Many popular comic book writers and artists cite Archie as their inspiration to work in the genre. Legendary comic book artist Neal Adams did his first professional work on Archie.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Archie Comics,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW’s chief operating officer. “There are very few comics as influential in popular culture as Archie, and we are looking forward to offering original, never-before-reprinted strips and a wealth of comic book material to fans.”

In addition to reprinting original strips by series creator John Goldwater and original artist Bob Montana, IDW will also present Best Of volumes that showcase the work of Archie artists, such as Montana, Dan DeCarlo, and Stan Goldberg. “Archie has had so many talented artists throughout its history, each with their own take on the characters,” said Goldstein. “We want to offer fans the best from each of those eras, especially since much of this material has not been in print since its original publication.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with IDW Publishing on these important historical works. IDW is well known for their outstanding work and we look forward to working closely with the team at IDW to create a line that all past, present and future Archie fans will enjoy,” commented co-CEO Jon Goldwater.

IDW will also publish special collections of Archie’s Madhouse and Archie as Pureheart the Powerful, a comedic super hero series that ran during the 1960’s. Award-winning creative director and editor Craig Yoe will oversee many of these special volumes.

Archie Comics Announces New Management Team

Archie Comics Announces New Management Team

Archie Comic Publications, Inc. issued a press release today, announcing promotions:

Victor Gorelick was upped  to Co-President/Editor-In-Chief and Fred Mausser named Co-President/Director of Circulation.  Michael Pellerito was named Vice President/Managing Editor. In addition to running the day-to-day operations of Archie Comic Publications, Inc., the new management team will review all areas of the company’s properties and operations in order to broaden the legacy of Archie Comics as a leader in the field of humor and family friendly entertainment for untold decades to come.

The moves were expected in the wake of Archie Chairman Michael Silberkleit’s death on August 5.

Gorelick and Mausser indicated they are extremely confident in the continuing success of these true American icons (Archie, Betty, Chuck, Jughead, Veronica and Friends), and are developing plans to bring additional projects to fruition in the near future. The potential of the Archie Comics’ stable of properties has never been brighter.

“We’re very thankful for the trust placed in us by the Estates of Richard Goldwater and Michael Silberkleit. We’re also extremely confident in the future of Archie and his Friends and will strive to bring these properties to new heights,” stated Gorelick, Mausser and Pellerito at a recent office presentation.

Happy Birthday: Jon D’Agostino

Happy Birthday: Jon D’Agostino

Born in 1929, Jon D’Agostino got his comic book start in the 1940s at Timely Comics. In the early 1950s he did work for several different publishers, including Story Comics, Master Publications, and Charlton Comics. D’Agostino continued to work for Charlton on a variety of titles throughout the ’50s and ’60s, though in 1963 he also did the lettering for the first three issues of Marvel Comics’ new title The Amazing Spider-Man.

In the mid-60s D’Agostino began contributing to Archie Comics and Gold Key Comics, and by the ’80s he was working primarily for Archie and for Marvel.

During the ’90s he inked exclusively for Archie, including work on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Sonic the Hedgehog, and was still working for them as recently as 2006.

Happy Birthday: Barbara Slate

Happy Birthday: Barbara Slate

Born in 1947, Barbara Slate started out in greeting cards before moving to comics. In 1974, she met with a greeting card buyer from Bloomingdales and showed him 24 feminist greeting cards she had designed. Thus, the "Ms. Liz" line was born.

Ms. Liz then became a comic strip in Cosmopolitan, and then an animated feature on The Today Show. Next, Slate spoke to Jenette Kahn of DC Comics, who hired her to create Angel Love. From there, Slate moved to Marvel to create Yuppies from Hell and Sweet XVI (which won a Forbie Award in 1991), and then began working on Barbie and Barbie Fashion (which won the Parent’s Choice Award in 1992 and 1993).

Slate has also written for Disney Comics (Pocahontas and Beauty and the Beast) and Archie Comics, among others. Currently Slate writes for Archie Comics, teaches graphic novel and sequential art workshops, and has a syndicated column called “You Can Do A Graphic Novel.”

NYCC Kids Report: Archie Comics Panel

NYCC Kids Report: Archie Comics Panel

[Editor’s Note: There was a big emphasis on kids at this year’s New York Comic Con, with a sizeable chunk of Sunday’s programming geared toward the youngest of the comics-reader age bracket. While we consider ourselves a pretty young-at-heart crew, we thought it best to go to an actual member of the event’s target audience for this report on Sunday’s kid-savvy "Growing Up With Archie" panel. The author of this report (with a little help from our own Martha Thomases) is Lillian Baker, daughter of popular writer/artist Kyle Baker, and an aspiring artist in her own right. -RM]

We attended Sunday’s presentation by Archie Comics.  The room was nearly full, with lots of girls sitting next to their mothers.  The panel included Archie Comics editor-in-chief Victor Gorelick, publisher Michael Silberkleit, managing editor Mike Pellerito, artist Dan Parent, creators Barbara Slate, Fernando Ruiz, Misako Rox and ComicMix’s own Andrew Pepoy.

After a slide show that presented Archie and his friends through the ages (including a character named Wilbur we had never seen before), Mr. Silberkleit said that parents can trust Archie Comics to always tell good stories.  He let everyone introduce him or herself (Mr. Gorelick has worked at the same company for nearly 50 years!) and talked about some new projects, including a new look for Jughead and a series called Archie’s Freshman Year.  He said there would be stories about the characters applying for college, too.

Since Archie has been around more than 60 years, we asked, "Shouldn’t they be old geezers asking for pills instead of going to college?”  Mr. Silberkleit asked if anyone wanted to read those stories, and only a few people said, “Yes.”

We also asked, “Why do Betty and Veronica like Archie so much?  He’s the nerdiest guy in the school. He drives a crappy car.  He doesn’t have any money.  He doesn’t look great and he has freckles and crosses on his head.”  Dan Parent said all of this gave hope to him when he was a kid.

They talked about a bunch of new series, including Riverdale Jones and the Temple of Food.  The company is also publishing a “Who’s Who” of the MLJ superheroes, such as The Shield, The Fly and The Web.  Andrew Pepoy is doing a new Katy Keene graphic novel that will be out in August. There’s also going to be Archie’s Vault, which will reprint all the old stories, like the DC Archives.

The stories look like they’ll be fun, and you can find them at newsstands everywhere.  You can also find them at places like Wal-Mart.

Our thanks go out to Lillian for providing this special report from the show!