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‘The Walking Dead’ #100 Hits 383,612 in Initial Orders

Image Comics has announced that Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #100 shipped to retail on July 11th with initial orders of 383,612, the highest number of initial requests for a comic since Top Cow’s The Darkness #11 in 1997.  The anniversary issue of Kirkman’s zombie epic was published with 13 variant covers, all of which are sold out at wholesale.

Adlard Cover Todd McFarlane Cover

Kirkman was ecstatic about the reception of the anniversary issue of his comic, which was illustrated by series’ stalwart Charlie Adlard: "The Walking Dead continues to exceed all my expectations in all forms.  I am especially excited for what this means for comics as an industry, that this was an independent comic hit that number.  The future of comics couldn’t be brighter as more and more readers are embracing new ideas in a big way."

David Finch Signs Exclusive

Artist David Finch has signed an exclusive agreement with DC Comics, according to the company. Finch came up through Top Cow and has worked

on numerous titles for Marvel in recent years, including New Avengers, Moon Knight, Avengers Disassembled, and many others. Finch has not previously worked for DC.

Top Cow Pledges $2.99 for 2009

Top Cow Productions has announced that it will maintain a $2.99 price point for its regular-sized comic books throughout 2009. Top Cow publisher Filip Sabik explained: “We looked around and saw cover prices creeping up and up all around us. It seems wrong to raise your prices on customers during these tough economic times.” Top Cow’s announcement comes as news appears that Marvel raising the price of some of its regular comic book series including New Avengers and Hulk to $3.99, sparking discussions on comic boards and fan sites about comic book pricing.

The standard price for 32-page comic from Marvel and DC has been $2.99 for years, but there has been plenty of talk that comics are heading for the $3.99 price point in the near future. Actually, in a very real sense, the future is now. Marvel has been leading the move to higher prices by charging $3.99 for miniseries, special editions and first issues. An analysis done by Conor Kilpatrick and published on ifanboy.com showed that during the last two weeks of October 13 out of 24 and then 9 out of 19 Marvel releases were 32-page comics priced at $3.99.

Reportedly Marvel’s next move will be to raise the price of four regularly published series from $2.99 to $3.99 over the next three to four months.  The current Marvel previews list New Avengers #49 and Hulk #10 at $3.99.  But this does not necessarily mean that all Marvel comics will be making the leap anytime soon. Marvel EIC remarked recently in his “MyCup o’ Joe” column on MySpace: “We’re doing everything we can to insure that the largest number of customers and retailers can continue to get a large majority of Marvel Comics at the standard $2.99 price.”

Price increases are not always a bad thing, they can provide a much-needed revenue boost to publishers, distributors and retailers, especially if circulation remains strong, but it is the size of the leap from $2.99 to $3.99 that gives fans and some industry analysts pause. Will customers be able to absorb such an increase? What will be the effect of the price rise on mid-range titles? Even if publishers restrict the increase to the most in-demand titles, will customers cut down on the number of titles they purchase?

Seth Green to Direct Freshmen Comic Book Movie

Somehow we missed this last week. Seth Green told Moviehole that he is going to direct a big screen adaptation of Freshmen, the comic book series he co-created with friend Hugh Sterbakov. Green says they’re “writing the feature, and we’re gonna make it when it’s ready”. They are currently looking for a studio to finance the film, which will likely require a $35 million budget.

Published by Top Cow, the first issue came out in June 2005, marketed as “The adventures of college freshman with extraordinary powers.” They have since published two volumes of six comics each. The story revolves around 14 college freshmen who are forced to live in temporary housing in the Boughl Science Building. After an “ax-cell-erator” explosion, the group of students receive superhuman powers. The comic book obsessed student who went for pizza at the time of the accident (and has now powers as a result of not being there) talks the freshmen into becoming superheroes.

Green describes it as “Revenge of the Nerds meets X-Men“. Sounds like it has a lot of potential. I’d even enjoy seeing this turned into a television series. But can Seth Green direct a superhero film? Green has directed 11 episodes of Robot Chicken, including the Star Wars TV movie. But there is a lot of difference between a stop animated tv show and a superheo movie. Call me skeptical but interested.


‘Wanted 2’ in Development

In article about Universal giving producer Marc Platt a five-year extension Variety has confirmed that Platt has begun work on a sequel to Wanted with director Timur Bekmambetov and writers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. Brandt and Haas are also working with Bekmambetov on an adaptation of Christian Gossett’s science fiction graphic novel The Red Star for Universal.

Work on Wanted 2 is proceeding quickly even though it presents some difficulties–several of main characters including Angelina Jolie ended up dead in the first film. Wanted, which is based on the Top Cow mini-series by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones and cost an estimated $75 million to produce, has earned $112 million domestically in just two weeks and is over $200 million worldwide—the kind of success that typically insures a sequel.