Heidi MacDonald, Eisner-nominated writer of The Beat; Calvin Reid, senior news editor for Publishers Weekly Magazine and editor of PW Comics World and producer Kate Fitzsimons present More To Come: PW's weekly comics podcast.
More To Come 467: PRH Prepares for the Direct Market
Penguin Random House's video update on its distribution deal with Marvel, and speculation on Diamond’s plans; dramatic sales increases for manga and other graphic novels; and digital news on Webtoon, Tapas Media, OverDrive, Black Sands, and Madefire.
More To Come 466: Stargazing Staff Picks and Summer Reads
In this Stargazing special episode, Calvin talks with PW graphic novels reviews editor Meg Lemke about their personal Staff Picks: Keilor Robert’s ‘My Begging Chart,’ and Bill Campbell and Bizhan Khodabandeh’s ‘The Day the Klan Came to Town’. Plus graphic novel recommendations on PW’s Summer Reads listing.
More To Come 465: Are the Big Two a Bad Deal?
A look at whether the Big Two of superhero comics (Marvel and DC) are a bad deal for creators; rising prices ($5.99!) for periodical comics; the impact of streaming TV and film adaptations on graphic novel sales; offer a WTF on NFTs; and update news on New York Comic Con 2021.
More To Come 464: PRH Publisher Services and the Future of Comics Shops
Kuo-Yu Liang (known universally as Ku), a 30 year publishing veteran who has worked as an executive at ReedPop, Diamond Book Distributors, and Random House, talks about the blockbuster distribution deal between Marvel and PRH Publisher Services, the future of the Direct Market, and in the wake of the pandemic looks ahead at the status of pop culture conventions in 2021.
More To Come 463: 2021 Conventions Update and Comics Retailing
A survey of pop culture conventions in 2021; PW’s annual comics retailing feature; more on the impact of the comics distribution pact between PRH Publisher Services and Marvel; 'RUN: Book One', a posthumous sequel to John Lewis’s March trilogy; and more on Ray Fisher’s charges of racism against Joss Whedon during the filming of the Justice League movie.
More to Come 462: Comics and Publishing on Kickstarter
Kickstarter and the challenges of the 2020 pandemic, a new union, graphic novel projects, setting up on Bookshop.org, and the continued growth of the publishing and comics crowdfunding sectors on Kickstarter.
Lots cool behind the scenes info
Sometimes I love listening to this show and feel like I’m getting lots of fascinating info on the world of graphic novels and comics. Every once in a while the show drifts way off into the weeds and gets very boring, which is why I’m giving it 4 stars. It either gets too deep into the personal fannish opinions of one of the panelists, or too far into discussions of things like gripes about the latest cons(which are the same gripes each time)
Way better than any old conspiracy theory podcast! Seriously, these three know more about the world of comics publishing than probably anyone. Veritable founts of knowledge, they are. If I have a complaint it’s that it’s a bit heavy on pop culture/con recaps/complaints about the Javitz Center bathrooms and a bit lighter on actual news, scoops, and publisher interviews than I would prefer. But I quibble! Love you, Heidi, Calvin, and Kate!!
Great Way to Stay Up on Comics Biz
I find I’m rarely missing as episode of this show in a time when comics publishing is undergoing fascinating evolution and news about it proves a challenge to keep abreast of. Heidi, Kate, & Calvin’s nicely developed conversational dynamic makes for easy listening. Hope they’re at it together for a long time to come.
Note: Episode 447 — do stick around to end of tape, you won’t regret it.