DC Comics Direct Channel #831

by Jeff

May 15, 2007

MINX LAUNCHES WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, WITH THE PLAIN JANES

THE PLAIN JANES, the first title from DC Comics new Minx imprint, goes on sale tomorrow. Major mainstream press outlets, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Family Circle Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Bookslist and Scripps Howard News Service have already weighed in on this historic launch. The imprint has also received significant press coverage in Wizard Magazine and Comics Buyer’s Guide and on online on Comic Book Resources, Newsarama and WizardUniverse; additionally, THE PLAIN JANES writer Cecil Castellucci will be a guest blogger on Blog@Newsarama throughout the month of May.

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Plain Janes

And expect even more media coverage to come fast and furious in the weeks to come with coverage scheduled to run in The Boston Globe, Chicago Sun Times, Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue and Wall Street Journal and on CNN.COM.

Here’s a snapshot of some pre-publication rave reviews:

* “DC Comics’ imprint of graphic novels for girls, Minx, starts off with a bang.” — Publishers Weekly

* “A smart, fresh and funny look at high school drama.” — Justine Magazine

* “Thought-provoking . . . The art, inspired by Dan Clowes’ work, is absolutely engaging. Packaged like manga, this is a fresh, exciting use of the graphic-novel format.” — Booklist

* “Cool.” — Paste Magazine

* “Exactly the sort of book that’ll bring non-comics readers to the medium, as Minx clearly aims to do.” — The Onion

* “Rugg’s pristine, expressive style in THE PLAIN JANES has energy, personality, and beauty akin to Jaime Hernandez’s Locas. Castellucci’s story echoes such teen TV as Veronica Mars and Freaks And Geeks as she tells of Jane, a city girl whose parents seek suburban safety after she’s wounded during a terrorist attack in her neighborhood.” — LA City Beat

* “Irresistible . . . When compared to most comics fare meant for teen readers, THE PLAIN JANES stands out as smart, subtle, and very relevant to today’s world . . . Adults could certainly enjoy THE PLAIN JANES as well, especially adults still in touch with their inner adolescent.” — Playback

THE PLAIN JANES (FEB070235) will arrive in stores on May 16, and is available now for advance reorder.

DC COMICS ANNOUNCES VARIANT COVER FOR THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #14

The Flash’s special 3-issue event continues as DC Comics adds a variant cover by legendary comics artist Bill Sienkiewicz to THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #14. The variant cover will arrive in stores in a split of approximately 50/50 with the standard cover by Joshua Middleton.

As a reminder, retailers placing orders on THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #14 equal to or greater than 200% of their final orders on THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #10 (JAN070287) will be allowed to make full returns on this issue at a later date. This offer is valid only on orders placed by the Final Order Cutoff date of June 28.

Qualifying retailers will be required to return stripped covers from this issue with an affidavit of destruction to Diamond Comic Distributors at a date to be named later.

THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #14 (MAY070162) is solicited in the May Previews (Volume XVII #5) and is scheduled to arrive in stores on July 18.

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Flash The Fastest Man Alive #12
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Flash The Fastest Man Alive #13
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Flash The Fastest Man Alive #14

Also, retailers still may place orders on THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #13 equal to or greater than 200% of their final orders on THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #10 (JAN070287) and be allowed to make full returns on this issue at a later date. This offer is valid only on orders placed by the Final Order Cutoff date of May 31.

THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #13 (APR070194) is solicited in the April Previews (Volume XVII #4) and is scheduled to arrive in stores on June 20.

THE SPIRIT #6 TO ARRIVE IN STORES ON MAY 23

Due to a printing delay, THE SPIRIT #6 (MAR070223) will arrive in stores on May 23, one week later than its solicited in-store date.

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Spirit #6

LOVELESS ISSUES TO BE RESOLICITED

All orders for LOVELESS #19 (MAR070276) have been cancelled. This issue will be resolicited in the June Previews for August instore. Also, all orders for LOVELESS #20 (APR070272) have been cancelled. This issue will be resolicited at a later date.

2007 EAGLE AWARDS HONOR DC COMICS CREATORS AND PROJECTS

On Saturday, May 12, the 2007 Eagle Award winners were named at the Bristol International Comics Festival, with several DC Comics creators and projects honored.

DC’s Eagle Award winners are:

Favorite Artist: Fully-Painted Artwork

* Alex Ross (JUSTICE)

Favorite Colour Comicbook — American

* ALL STAR SUPERMAN

Favorite Comics Cover published during 2006

* FABLES: 1,001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL

Favorite Original Graphic Novel

* PRIDE OF BAGHDAD

Favorite Reprint Compilation

* THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 1

Favorite Comics Character

* Batman

WARNER HOME VIDEO RELEASES THE FOUNTAIN ON MAY 15

On May 15, Warner Home Video will release the acclaimed movie The Fountain on HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc and standard DVD.

DC Comics recommends that retailers check their stock on THE FOUNTAIN SC (AUG060290) and place reorders now.

BACK TO PRESS!

The following titles have been reprinted and are available for order:

THE DEVIL DOES EXIST VOL. 3 (JUL050272) (2nd printing)
KAMIKAZE KAITO JEANNE VOL. 1 (AUG050251) (3rd printing)

DCCOMICS.COM UPDATE

Retailers now may get an advance look at selected upcoming DC projects at dccomics.com. New on the site is a Sneak Peek of the following titles which were solicited in Previews.

THE PROGRAMME #1 (of 12) — MAY070209
http://www.dccomics.com/comics/?cm=7689

FAKER #1 (of 6) — MAY070228
http://www.dccomics.com/comics/?cm=7709

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Faker #1

SHIPPING CHANGES

BATMAN #665 FEB070247 5/16/07 4/25/07
BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 3 TP FEB070254 5/16/07 5/9/07
HELLBLAZER: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW TP (VERTIGO) FEB070354 5/16/07 5/9/07
SUPERGIRL #17 MAR070184 5/16/07 5/2/07
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2 MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT (DC DIRECT) OCT060306 5/23/07 5/16/07
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2 INNER CASE ASSORTMENT (DC DIRECT) OCT060307 5/23/07 5/16/07
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE (DC DIRECT) OCT060308 5/23/07 5/16/07
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE (DC DIRECT) OCT060309 5/23/07 5/16/07
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: FIRESTORM ACTION FIGURE (DC DIRECT) OCT060310 5/23/07 5/16/07
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: WONDER WOMAN ACTION FIGURE (DC DIRECT) OCT060311 5/23/07 5/16/07
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: DONNA TROY ACTION FIGURE (DC DIRECT) OCT060312 5/23/07 5/16/07
MEGATOKYO VOL. 5 (CMX) JAN070334 5/23/07 4/25/07
THE SPIRIT #6 MAR070223 5/23/07 5/16/07
WONDER WOMAN #9 MAR070228 5/23/07 5/16/07
WONDER WOMAN LYNDA CARTER STATUE (DC DIRECT) SEP060321 5/23/07 4/4/07
DEADMAN #10 (VERTIGO) MAR070269 5/30/07 5/16/07
MARTIAN MANHUNTER 13″ DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE OCT060314 5/30/07 5/23/07
TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #7 FEB070295 5/30/07 4/25/07
JACK OF FABLES #11 (VERTIGO) MAR070274 6/6/07 5/30/07
SUPERMAN #663 MAR070183 6/6/07 5/9/07
WONDER WOMAN VS. SUPERMAN STATUE (DC DIRECT) OCT060313 6/6/07 5/30/07
ALAN MOORE: WILD WORLDS TP (WILDSTORM) FEB070329 6/13/07 5/30/07
HELLBLAZER #233 (VERTIGO) APR070269 6/13/07 6/20/07
LOVELESS #18 (VERTIGO) FEB070358 6/13/07 4/25/07
MAD CLASSICS #16 APR070233 6/13/07 6/6/07
ARMY @ LOVE #4 (VERTIGO) APR070262 6/20/07 6/13/07
THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #13 APR070194 6/20/07 6/6/07
NEIL GAIMAN AND CHARLES VESS’ STARDUST HC (VERTIGO) JAN070377 6/20/07 5/2/07
ALL STAR SUPERMAN #8 APR070173 6/27/07 6/20/07
SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #5 FEB070259 6/20/07 4/4/07
WONDER WOMAN #10 APR070222 6/27/07 6/13/07
ACTION COMICS #851 APR070170 7/5/07 6/27/07
ACTION COMICS #851 3-D EDITION APR070171 7/5/07 6/27/07
SUPERMAN #664 APR070172 7/5/07 6/13/07
WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE: BATGIRL BUST (DC DIRECT) OCT060315 7/5/07 5/9/07
TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #8 APR070212 7/11/07 6/20/07
AMAZONS ATTACK #4 MAY070129 7/18/07 7/25/07
BATMAN #666 MAR070169 7/18/07 5/30/07
SHAZAM: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL #4 APR070210 7/18/07 6/6/07
THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: THE BLACK DOSSIER HC (ABC) JUL060241 TBA 10/25/06

ARRIVING IN STORES THIS WEEK: RELEASE DATE — MAY 16, 2007

ACTION COMICS #849 MAR070181
ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER #5 MAR070173
ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER VARIANT EDITION #5 MAR070174
APOTHECARIUS ARGENTUM VOL. 1 (CMX) FEB070314
AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS #52 MAR070194
ARMY @ LOVE #3 (VERTIGO) MAR070265
BATMAN #665 FEB070247
BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE VOL. 3 HC FEB070258
BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 3 TP FEB070254
BATTLER BRITTON TP (WILDSTORM) FEB070331
CATWOMAN #67 MAR070170
CHECKMATE #14 MAR070192
COUNTDOWN 50 MAR070188
EX MACHINA #28 (WILDSTORM) MAR070256
FABLES #61 (VERTIGO) MAR070273
THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #12 MAR070200
HELLBLAZER: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW TP (VERTIGO) FEB070354
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 (4TH PRINT) MAR078121
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2 (2ND PRINT) MAR078122
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #9 MAR070204
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VARIANT EDITION #9 MAR070205
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31ST CENTURY #2 (JOHNNY DC) MAR070229
OYAYUBIHIME INFINITY VOL. 5 (CMX) FEB070320
PLAIN JANES (MINX) FEB070235
SCOOBY-DOO #120 (JOHNNY DC) MAR070236
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE FLASH VOL. 1 TP FEB070297
SUPERGIRL #17 MAR070184

DC Direct
EX MACHINA SPECIAL #1 POSTER OCT060319
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 POSTER OCT060317
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #1 POSTER OCT060318
WILDCATS #1 POSTER OCT060320

Promo Items
MINX PROMO POSTCARDS DEC068128

ARRIVING IN STORES NEXT WEEK: RELEASE DATE — MAY 23, 2007

ACTION HEROES ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HC JAN070280
AMERICAN VIRGIN #15 (VERTIGO) MAR070263
BIRDS OF PREY #106 MAR070195
CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #33 (JOHNNY DC) MAR070234
COUNTDOWN 49 MAR070189
EMPTY EMPIRE VOL. 4 (CMX) FEB070316
HELLBLAZER #232 (VERTIGO) MAR070275
MEGATOKYO VOL. 5 (CMX) JAN070334
NINJA SCROLL #9 (WILDSTORM) MAR070259
THE ORIGINAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMICBOOK HEROES VOL. 1: BATMAN TP FEB070257
THE OTHER SIDE TP (VERTIGO) FEB070359
ROBIN #162 MAR070172
SHADOWPACT #13 MAR070222
THE SPIRIT #6 MAR070223
SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #30 MAR070224
SUPERMAN/BATMAN #35 MAR070185
SUPERMAN & BATMAN VS. ALIENS & PREDATORS TP FEB070262
TESTAMENT #18 (VERTIGO) MAR070278
WETWORKS #9 (WILDSTORM) MAR070252
WONDER WOMAN #9 MAR070228
YOUNG MAGICIAN VOL. 8 (CMX) FEB070322

DC Direct
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2 MASTER CASE ASSORTMENT OCT060306
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2 INNER CASE ASSORTMENT OCT060307
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE OCT060308
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE OCT060309
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: FIRESTORM ACTION FIGURE OCT060310
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: WONDER WOMAN ACTION FIGURE OCT060311
INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: DONNA TROY ACTION FIGURE OCT060312
WONDER WOMAN LYNDA CARTER STATUE SEP060321

ARRIVING IN STORES IN TWO WEEKS: RELEASE DATE — MAY 30, 2007

52 VOLUME 1 TP FEB070245
ACTION COMICS #850 MAR070182
AMAZONS ATTACK #2 MAR070186
BLUE BEETLE #15 MAR070196
COUNTDOWN 48 MAR070190
CROSSING MIDNIGHT #7 (VERTIGO) MAR070266
DEADMAN #10 (VERTIGO) MAR070269
DEATHBLOW #5 (WILDSTORM) MAR070248
GREEN LANTERN #20 MAR070203
HAWKGIRL #64 MAR070213
JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC JAN070303
JSA CLASSIFIED #26 MAR070208
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #6 MAR070206
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #6 VARIANT EDITION MAR070207
SWAN VOL. 10 (CMX) FEB070321
TEEN TITANS #47 MAR070227
TEEN TITANS GO! #43 (JOHNNY DC) MAR070232
TRIALS OF SHAZAM! #7 FEB070295

DC Direct
MARTIAN MANHUNTER 13″ DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE OCT060314

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