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(Publishers Weekly)   2012 saw a 15% increase in comic book sales thanks to kids comics like My Little Pony and Adventure Time. DC and Marvel reportedly still betting their futures on the aging and dwindling adult fanboy demographic   ( divider line
    More: Obvious, IDW, indie comics, Nielsen BookScan  
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2013-04-15 10:16:05 AM  
2 votes:
DC lost the dwindling adult fanboy demographic when they chucked 75 years of continuity out the window in 2011.
2013-04-15 11:08:08 PM  
1 vote:
Don't fight it. Just let the magic wash over you like a warm bath. It hurts less that way.

2013-04-15 11:16:19 AM  
1 vote:
2013-04-15 10:44:02 AM  
1 vote:

Ned Stark: bhcompy: The problem is the longevity of the cartoons is not guaranteed.  Cartoon Network shiatcanned Flapjack and Chowder way too early for no apparent reason despite popularity, and they had similar levels of quality voice and writing talent as Adventure Time(and Regular Show) so I'm assuming costs were not all that different.  While it doesn't apply to MLP, if Adventure Time gets canceled does the comic stick around?  Probably not, as CN seems to bury their IPs once a show is canceled.

Cartoon Network hates money.

I don't know the exact figures, but I'm pretty sure CN knows that they've got a hot commodity with Adventure Time.  They advertise it well and the merchandise is everywhere.  If they play it right it could have some nice longevity like the Simpsons.  I probably fall into the last demographic that you'd think would buy the comics (a mom) but I'm in the comic store all the time with my girls checking it out.  So I guess this thread/link is relevant to my interests.

Comics are kind of an expensive habit I've learned, esp. when they come out with multiple covers for collectors.  I gave up trying to keep up, though I think you can get them straight from the CN site.
2013-04-15 10:39:21 AM  
1 vote:
Nothing is more disturing than having 45 year old guys at my office having a discussion over lunch about My Little Pony and their 'meet up' from the weekend.  I have nothing against people's preference to certain comic books, in fact I grew up reading them through college and still keep up to date with storylines, but the adult male facination with My Little Pony is disturbing on so many levels.  It makes the obsession over 'tentacle porn' look down right normal.
2013-04-15 10:17:35 AM  
1 vote:

Orgasmatron138: DNRTA, but are they including electronic format?  Seems to me that tablets would be great for comic subscriptions (color screens, automatic downloads, easy cross-selling).  Is that a thing yet?

Alternatively, if you have CBRs and CBZs, you can read them on your ipad with apps like Sidebooks -- which I do have, but I also have the actual physical comicbook as well, so I don't feel as bad as getting a digital copy from a dubious source so I can enjoy it on my ipad.
2013-04-15 10:14:45 AM  
1 vote:
DNRTA, but are they including electronic format?  Seems to me that tablets would be great for comic subscriptions (color screens, automatic downloads, easy cross-selling).  Is that a thing yet?
2013-04-15 10:10:57 AM  
1 vote:
All of my comic book money goes to IDW. More than Meets the Eye, Robots in Disguise and... yeah, MLP.

/Wish More Than Meets the Eye had better sales, its a really fun title.
//James Roberts is the best writer Transformers has had in years
///Better even than Simon Furman.
2013-04-15 09:38:27 AM  
1 vote:

jayhawk88: Now we just need someone to insinuate that sometimes, on rare occasions, some comics may be a little bit, slightly, subtly sexist towards women.

The harlots all have symmetrical herpes.
2013-04-15 09:33:29 AM  
1 vote:

Mad_Radhu: It's a good thing for the industry. GI Joe and Transformer comics were my gateway drugs into the wider comic book industry, and the industry has been hurting due to younger readers being left out in the cold when the mainstream super hero comics all went grimdark in the 90s.

Are these just print sales, or are they counting digital? Same day digital has gotten me back into reading comics in a big way, although the big downside is that I lost out on the crazy appreciation that the early issues of Saga have had. Still, it is really nice to roll out of bed on Wednesday morning, fire up the Comics apps, and download some new issues to read over breakfast. I'm really loving all the great stuff that Image is putting out now. They are the new Vertigo for me.

I just opened a comic book / game shop in my area, and the numbers in the article are print only.  MLP and Adventure Time are two books I've had a difficult time keeping in stock, and it's been a good mix of younger readers and older readers picking up the issues.

I think with all the stuff that's happened at Vertigo in the past year or two (which culminated in Karen Berger leaving them), a lot of the staple Vertigo writers have fled to Image.  Saga has been fantastic (one of the best, most inventive sci-fi series I've read in the past decade) and they have a few other really solid titles.  They still have all the Rob Liefeld crap, but it doesn't seem to sell at all.
2013-04-15 09:04:47 AM  
1 vote:
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that most of those MLP comic books were NOT bought by kids.
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