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George W Bush Art Exhibit Blamed for Low Comic Sales in March

Postby LOLtron » Fri Apr 04, 2014 2:05 pm

George W Bush Art Exhibit Blamed for Low Comic Sales in March

Fans were turned off to comic books after experiencing true art in the form of George W Bush's portraits of world leaders.



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The comic book industry suffered another crushing blow this month when sales continued to slump compared to the same time last year. Though Image Comics continued to hold onto an increased market share, capturing more than 11%, comics sales were down 11.83% (though graphic novel sales, where Image dominates, were up 22.85%). The slump this month is being blamed on today's opening of "The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy" at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, TX. The event marks the first major public showing of art by the 43rd POTUS as well as strong new competition for fans of mainstream superhero comic books. For art-lovers seeking embarrassing, amateurish art created by out-of-touch white male manchildren, they can now choose between two equally attractive outlets: superhero comics, or George Bush's artwork.

"Fundamentally, there's barely any difference," explained Professor of Wacky Art Theories at the prestigious University of Phoenix, Thaddeus T. Puffinbottoms. "Except that the level of natural talent and understanding of basic anatomy is probably higher in George's work than in the work of someone like Humberto Ramos or Rob Liefeld." Puffinbottoms additionally praised Bush's lack of sexually exploitive cheesecake artwork featuring beloved female characters, and even a Hawkeye Initiative-like reversal of roles in the former president's nude self-portraits.

"They're an exact recreation of some panels from Catwoman #23," Puffinbottoms pointed out. "But with Bush instead of Selina. It's a brilliant commentary, and, dare I say, very alluring as well. Look how strong and empowered Bush looks in these. He's truly in control of his own sexual agency."

Other subjects in Bush's paintings include megalomaniacal Russian leader Vladimir Putin, former British prime minister Tony Blair, former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak, the Dalai Lama, Afghan president Hamid Karzai, retired Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, and crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed. The diversity of characters represented in Bush's paintings alone puts mainstream superhero comics to shame.

"That guy in the turban, I would give him an origin where he's falsely accused of being a terrorist due to a set of unfortunate coincidences where he accidentally steals a car with a bomb in it," commented ham-fisted and painfully un-self-aware DC Comics writer Geoff Johns, who used basically that same plotline to introduce Muslim Green Lantern Simon Baz. "Then we find out he's innocent all along. Boom! Not racist!"

Meanwhile, the sales of mainstream comics continue to decline, though Marvel did manage to swindle retailers into ordering 500,000 copies of this month's Amazing Spider-Man #1, which should not only boost sales on next month's charts, but also drive sales in the 25 cent bin comic market for decades to come. Here's the charts:

 

TOP PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 34.31%
DC COMICS 25.94%
IMAGE COMICS 11.38%
DARK HORSE COMICS 6.19%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.29%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.61%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.99%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.59%
AVATAR PRESS INC 1.14%
RANDOM HOUSE 1.04%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.53%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 38.17%
DC COMICS 29.02%
IMAGE COMICS 11.04%
DARK HORSE COMICS 5.72%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.51%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.56%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.84%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.95%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.95%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.94%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.29%

TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL SHIPPED
DC COMICS 84 28 1 113
MARVEL COMICS 75 34 0 109
IMAGE COMICS 54 13 0 67
IDW PUBLISHING 42 22 0 64
DARK HORSE COMICS 42 15 0 57
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 34 5 0 39
BOOM! STUDIOS 28 7 0 35
AVATAR PRESS 11 4 0 15
RANDOM HOUSE 0 15 0 15
EAGLEMOSS 0 0 12 12
OTHER 63 104 16 183

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MARCH 2014 VS. FEBRUARY 2014
COMICS 4.11% 6.32%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 24.00% 25.00%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 10.22% 7.93%
MARCH 2014 VS. MARCH 2013
COMICS -9.47% -11.83%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 18.31% 22.85%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -1.48% -9.28%
FIRST QUARTER 2014 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2013
COMICS -14.30% -13.77%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.59% -1.59%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -13.45% -12.82%
FIRST QUARTER 2014 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2013
COMICS -6.89% -11.40%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.39% 10.06%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.40% -9.85%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013
COMICS -6.89% -11.40%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.39% 10.06%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.40% -9.85%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #29 $4.99 JAN140290-M DC
2 SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 $3.99 OCT130160-M DC
3 FOREVER EVIL #6 $3.99 DEC130197-M DC
4 SANDMAN OVERTURE #2 (MR) $3.99 DEC130330-M DC
5 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29 $3.99 JAN140720-M MAR
6 DAREDEVIL #1 $3.99 JAN140630-M MAR
7 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30 $3.99 JAN140722 MAR
8 SILVER SURFER #1 $3.99 JAN140650-M MAR
9 THE WALKING DEAD #124 (MR) $2.99 JAN140624 IMA
10 UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW $3.99 JAN140665-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 20: ALL OUT WAR PART 1 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140559 IMA
2 SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
3 NEMO: ROSES OF BERLIN HC (MR) $14.95 JAN141334 TOP
4 AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 7: RIFT PART 1 TP $10.99 NOV130064 DAR
5 CHEW VOLUME 8: FAMILY RECIPES TP (MR) $12.99 JAN140548 IMA
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE: TRINITY WAR HC (N52) $29.99 NOV130226 DC
7 HARLEY QUINN: WELCOME TO METROPOLIS TP $19.99 DEC130313 DC
8 ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 3: SEEING RED OGN $11.99 JAN141027 BOO
9 MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 1 TP $24.99 NOV082434 MAR
10 STRAY BULLETS UBER ALLES EDITION TP (MR) $59.99 JAN140530 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DOCTOR WHO: 11TH DOCTOR SONIC SCREWDRIVER KIT $12.95 JAN141487 RUN
2 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S THE EMPIRE STRIKETH BACK HC $14.95 JAN141522 RAN
3 PAUL POPE'S MONSTERS & TITANS: BATTLING BOY ART ON TOUR SC $24.99 JAN140554 IMA
4 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
5 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 82: SPY RING SC $14.95 JAN141518 SAN
6 HATSUNE MIKU GRAPHICS VOCALOID VOLUME 1 SC $34.99 AUG131474 UDO
7 DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 73: LAND OF LONG JUJU SC $14.95 JAN141517 SAN
8 BATMAN SCIENCE: THE REAL WORLD SCIENCE BEHIND BATMAN'S GEAR SC $9.95 NOV131374 CAP
9 DRAGON'S DOGMA OFFICIAL DESIGN WORKS SC $44.99 AUG131471 UDO
10 ADVENTURE TIME: TOTALLY MATH POSTER COLLECTION SC $19.95 JAN141468 ABR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WALKING DEAD TV SERIES 5 ACTION FIGURES JUL138243 TMP
2 BATMAN HUSH: BATMAN & CATWOMAN KISS STATUE SEP130322 DC
3 ARROW: OLIVER QUEEN/DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK NOV130293 DC
4 DC COMICS COVER GIRLS HUNTRESS STATUE OCT130308 DC
5 BATMAN ARKHAM CITY: TWO-FACE ACTION FIGURE NOV130290 DC
6 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY GARY FRANK OCT130310 DC
7 WONDER WOMAN ART OF WAR STATUE BY JIM LEE SEP130317 DC
8 SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL STATUE BY ROCAFORT OCT130309 DC
9 DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: OWLMAN ACTION FIGURE OCT130307 DC
10 DC COMICS SUPERGIRL "NEW 52" ARTFX+ STATUE SEP132026 KOT

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
2 MARVEL HEROCLIX: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER DEC132341 NEC
3 DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF SUPERHEROES BOOSTER BRICK OCT132418 NEC
4 RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS
5 MARVEL HEROCLIX: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER STARTER SET DEC132343 NEC
6 DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF DOOM FAST FORCES 6-PACK OCT132416 NEC
7 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BORN OF THE GODS BOOSTER PACK DEC132337 WZK
8 RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128267 USA
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BORN OF THE GODS FAT PACK DEC132339 WZK
10 MAGIC THE GATHERING CCG: DUEL DECKS JACE VS. VRASKA JAN148058 WZK

 



Written or Contributed by Jude Terror


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