Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sales spike for ‘Watchmen’ book


The film trailer for “Watchmen” is proving to be a considerable boost to sales of the graphic novel the movie is based on. “As far as we can tell from our conversations with the book industry people, there has never been a trailer that did this,” said Paul Levitz, the president and publisher of DC Comics, which has printed 900,000 additional paperback copies of the novel since the trailer began running in mid-July... Mr. Levitz said “Watchmen” would have a print run of more than a million copies this year. Last year it sold about 100,000. (Link)

Also note: Dave Gibbons is writing a book called Watching the Watchmen, due in October. In it, according to the book’s Amazon page, Gibbons “gives his own account of the genesis of Watchmen ... opening his vast personal archives to reveal never-published pages, original character designs, page thumbnails, sketches and much more, including posters, covers and rare portfolio art.”

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