Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More News About Wednesday Comics

I have to say the more I read about Wednesday Comics the more interested I get. The talent that has been organized for this project is formidable. A few more teams have been announced. I read somewhere that Ryan Sook will be doing Kamandi.

Anyways, with a Palmiotti/Conner Supergirl strip in the mix, I thought I would continue to discuss what I have read. Here is the latest article on ICv2 talking about the book with Mark Chiarello. Here is the link: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/14627.html

As always the whole article is worth reading. Here were my highlights.

How are you going to package this for sale?
The publication size is 14” x 20” so it’s really oversize. It will be shipped folded twice so it folds down to the size of a traditional American comic book.

14" x 20"? That's huge. Folded twice to get to the size of a standard comic! I think the key is going to be page set-up. If you get enough content on the page but still take advantage of the dimensions to have some nice splashes, it should be a great format.

14" by 20" ... I think that is bigger than the old Treasury style comics I used to get as a kid.

That’s where the comic book size came from in the first place, isn’t it?
Oddly enough yeah, absolutely. And it’s nice that even though it is an oversize publication, comic shop owners and managers will be able to rack it very easily—they won’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to displaying and selling the comic.

I am glad that it is coming folded so I don't have to do it to store the thing.

One thing mentioned in the article is that DC is hoping to market it to other places than just comic stores. This format would be a great cross-over style to bring in new readers. Styled like Sunday comics, this might be a way to bring in a new generation of fans, folks or kids that wouldn't otherwise get comics. And by throwing a bunch of different characters and styles, it provides a smorgasbord of DCU.

Do you know what it’s going to be priced at?
They haven’t locked it in yet, but it will probably be the price of a regular comic book.

Hopefully $2.99 and not $3.99.

Do you know when the first issue is actually coming out?
First week in July—it will be in stores in the first week in July.

Nice for the summer. Again, it is such a familiar format to a non-comic audience that I can imagine people buying this for their children during the summer to read at home or on the beach. I think having it available at newsstands or book stores might reach the biggest audience.

Anyways, I really think this is going to be a fun 'comic' to read. You can't always say that these days.


Heath Edwards said...

this does sound like its going to be a funky looking thing... i noticed, in the interview, that lee bermejo is doing the superman story. nice!! and, just in time for busiek to wrap up his 'trinity'...

Anonymous said...

If they could get this sumbitch into the supermarket check out lines, dat would be a game changer, even in a recession.

Just sayin'....

Hell I see those Archie-n-Jughead digests in the check out line all the time...forget Riverdale!
On to Metropolis sez John Feer!

John Feer

TalOs said...

I'm just gobsmacked that Newsagents in my neck of the woods here in Australia are actually selling Supergirl as of late! Kewl! 8D

As for Wednesdays itself this is a definite buy from what I'm both hearing and seeing.