DC Direct relaunches as DC Collectibles

DC is hard at work shaping their brand, after The New 52 they had a new target, their own collectible shop and how they might be able to improve upon that. Today we see the fruits of that labor with DC Collectibles, the new brand will take over DC Direct and focus on expanding horizons for the publisher. In May DC Collectibles will work to expand the online store and offer its entire product line for sale on the web, it’ll be a huge welcome from individuals but shops may feel a little burned on the shift to allow total access but they’ll still be getting support from DC with their store locator system pointing fans who want to see items in person to their nearest shop for that item.

DC is taking all areas into account and striving to focus the service on the fans and keep delivering unique products that they love. They also recognize that fans do like exclusives though and so they’re keeping it interesting by bringing online exclusives into the picture as May will see two special items next month and custom prints for the web.

  • Flashpoint Action Figure Box Set (Exclusive #1) – Pictured in gallery
    • Batman
    • Wonder Woman
    • The Flash
    • Emperor Aquaman (Previously unreleased)
    • $500 Wayne Casino Poker Chip
  • Heroes of the DC Universe (Exclusive #2) –¬†Pictured in gallery
    • Blackest Night Green Lantern and Sinestro Bust

The prints will take themselves away from just comic artwork and expand into different themes as well, 20 images in total will be available online in thick archival paper print form. For those attending C2E2 this weekend there will be a chance to catch a look at the new store and special word on goodies coming to the shop later this year.

DC’s C2E2 Collectibles Panel – Friday April 13, 2012 @ 2:30pm

Links: DC Comics Blog | DC Collectibles

Image Anniversary gets a Giarrusso treatment

Image comics is kicking off their anniversary this year, as part of that celebration of 20 years Giarrusso is re-creating 12 classic issues with custom variants for fans. For those unfamiliar, The Walking Dead for Kids! cover and art was an April Fools gag but it will actually play part into this limited variant launch.

First up for this treatment is the relaunch of Youngblood (Issue 71) the variant will pay tribute to the first issue of the series in kiddie form, they already have the art out and it looks amazing. Youngblood will also see John McLaughlin from Parker and The Black Swan fame as writer and John Malin and Rob Liefeld coming in as artists for this rebirth on May 23.

11 more titles are waiting confirmation but we’ll have to see what happens, Image Comics is only noting to stay tuned for more info on the goodies, fingers are crossed to see some love for Bloodstrike, Shadow Hawk and Spawn though. Unfortunately for The Walking Dead fans it doesn’t seem like this gag series will take off anytime soon.

Link: Image Comics News