Archive for October 7, 2010

Following the Twitter Splosion™ after DC Comics announcement that they are LOWERING prices on ALL their $3.99 comics effective January 2011, several questions are left unanswered:

POLL #1

 

POLL #2

 

POLL #3

UPDATE

MARVEL IS NOW RUMORED TO BE LOWERING PRICES AS WELL. CITING GROWTH IN DIGITAL COMICS SALES AS THE REASON.

Here is one last poll to cover this emerging news:

Yes, you read that right.

DC Comic Books will GO DOWN IN PRICE starting January 2011.

Those terrifyingly bad sales numbers in August must have been a smidge MORE TERRIFYING to the publishers than they were originally willing to let on.

Can’t wait to see Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley’s response to this.

Here’s the Official Press Release:

Beginning January 2011, DC Comics will implement a line-wide pricing adjustment, lowering the prices of all standard length 32-page ongoing comic book titles currently priced at $3.99 to $2.99, it was announced today by DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio.

“Today’s announcement re-affirms DC Comics’ commitment to both our core fans and to comic book store retailers,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher. “For the long term health of the industry, we are willing to take a financial risk so that readers who love our medium do not abandon the art form.”

“As Co-Publishers, we listened to our fans and to our partners in the retail community who told us that a $3.99 price point for 32 pages was too expensive. Fans were becoming increasingly reluctant to sample new titles and long term fans were beginning to abandon titles and characters that they’d collected for years.” said Dan DiDio, DC Comics Co-Publisher. “We needed a progressive pricing strategy that supports our existing business model and, more importantly, allows this creative industry to thrive for years to come. With the exceptions of oversized comic books, like annuals and specials, we are committed to a $2.99 price point.”

When taking into account mini-series, annuals and specials, more than 80% of DC’s comic books will be priced at $2.99.

As of January, the following titles standard length ongoing titles, previously priced at $3.99 for 32 pages/22 story pages, will be priced at $2.99 with 32 pages/20 story pages:

American Vampire;
Batman: The Dark Knight;
Batman Incorporated;
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors;
JSA All-Stars.

As of January, the following licensed titles, previously priced at $3.99, will be priced at $2.99:

Gears of War;
God of War;
Kane & Lynch;
Ratchet & Clank.

As of January, the following ongoing titles previously priced at $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages including co-features, will no longer include co-features and will be priced at $2.99 for 32 pages/ 20 story pages:

Action Comics;
Adventure Comics;
Batman: Streets of Gotham;
Detective Comics;
Doc Savage;
Justice League of America;
Legion of Super-Heroes;
The Spirit.

In January, five books are $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages:

Batman: Europa # 1
First Wave # 6
DCU: Legacies # 9
Weird Worlds # 1
World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen

The following oversized anniversary issue will be $4.99 for 48 pages/38 story pages:

Hellblazer # 275

“Fans of our co-features should stay tuned. Some of these characters will find a new platform,” said Dan DiDio. “Going forward, mini-series and special events may feature a different price point and page count to best allow writers and artists the flexibility of format and story pages they need to tell their stories best.”

Meanwhile, Jose Melendez of the CCW*&TV Blog should be arranging his own press release– as he has been vehemently denouncing the price increase every day since it was first announced.

TRAILER TIME!™

Want some SUPER STYLING, HAIR RAISING GOODNESS?

Then gawk at the Captain America Super Soldier Trailer!

It’s a shame that such a COOL game trailer was released– only to have the Distinguished Competition focus everyone’s attention on their $1 comic book price decrease!

Watch now and enjoy a HOT game trailer that literally BEATS THE EVER-LOVIN’ CRAP out of that Thor Game Teaser Trailer released last month!

Take Note, True Believers!

CHRISTOS GAGE

is writing this video game!

Therefore, sight virtually unseen– I am comfortable stating that the story and dialogue WILL ROCK!