2008’s Best Comics

Secret Invasion #8Well, maybe not the best, but the best sellers. Diamond Distributors, who pretty much have  a monopoly on English language comics worldwide, has released their list of last year’s best selling comics, and related items. It should come as no surprise that Marvel was the year’s leader in market share, with DC close behind. And the highest selling single issue of last year? Marvel’s Secret Invasion #8, the conclusion to their status quo changing cross-over event.

DC did very well with TPB and OGN sales though, with Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition, Joker and Y: The Last Man topping the list. To see the full list, click on the link above.

Re-design Batman’s Costume

Some good news for artists out there. The excellent web-site, Project Rooftop is putting out the challenge of re-designing the Dark Knight’s threads. Project Rooftop is a fan fave site that challenges artists to come up with alternate designs for some of comics most popular characters. So far they’ve covered Superman, Iron Man, Supergirl and more. It’s always a fun site to visit. All the details you need to know are below.

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You’re going to need every tool in your utility belt for this one! Project: Rooftop is flipping on the signal. That’s right, old chum, in honor of the recent (apparent!) demise of the Dark Knight in Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis, and the likely torch-passing to follow, we’re announcing a very specific new contest: redesign the Batman uniform to suit his most likely successor, Dick Grayson AKA Robin AKA Nightwing.

Think about it, Nightwing was raised to be Batman 2.0, so any uniform he dons as the Caped Crusader should demonstrate that. And sure, Nightwing might not be the next Batman, and Bruce Wayne’s heroic death probably won’t last forever…but let’s enjoy the design opportunity anyway!

Rogues Gallery of Round Rock, TX has provided the following (awesome) prizes:

Grand Prize – The Batman Black & White Statue by Matt Wagner, a retailer exclusive DC Direct Batman action figure, Batman: The Black Glove HC, and Detective Comics #844 signed by artist Dustin Nguyen.

First Prize – Detective Comics #847 signed by Dustin Nguyen, a DC Direct Batman action figure, and Batman: Gotham Dark Knight animated deluxe 2-disc DVD or Blu-Ray (winner’s choice).

Second Prize – Detective Comics #849 signed by Dustin Nguyen and the new Eaglemoss Batman Metal Figurine.

Along with our usual P:R Staff roundtable reviews, Bat-artists J.H. Williams III (Batman) and Dustin Nguyen (Detective Comics), and comics blogger Tim Callahan (When Worlds Collide at CBR ) will be joining in to guest judge the finalists!

Send in your Batman redesigns to projectrooftop@gmail.com, with the subject line: “Batman 2.0.” Please include your full name, age, website, and mailing address. International winners may be responsible for shipment. All the usual P:R Guidelines apply.

All entries must be received by February 4th, 2009!