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  • Re: Random Bits Not Worthy of their Own Thread...

    So um when did this happen?




    @Pants @wildpigcomics @Adam_Murdough @ShaneKelly
    Quite a notable achievement. Audio commentary on this collection was provided by Jerry Beck, Chris Eberle (@wildpigcomics) , Shane Kelly (@ShaneKelly), Boyd Magers, Leonard Maltin, Adam Murdough (@Adam_Murdough), Constantine Nasr, Donnie Waddell, Tom Weaver and J.D. Witney.
  • Re: Thor: Ragnarok | Movie News

    "Does this team of yours have a name?"

    "It's...uh...The Revengers."

    I'm beginning to think more and more that if the MCU plans to show a physical embodiment of the object of Thanos's desire, then it will be Hela playing that role. After Thor Ragnarok, she will already associated as the Goddess of Death which would provide enough audience setup for Infinity War.
  • Re: What comics did you read and like this week?

    I would agree that, at least to judge from what I've read, Dynamite just doesn't deliver (or, it sounds like, spend) on their licensed properties the way Dark Horse and IDW do.
    Carlos Gomez is another good artist working for Dynamite. He's currently doing interiors for Dynamite's latest Red Sonja series (by writer Amy Chu) and he has a style that's very reminiscent of Alan Davis (whose work I adore).

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    See several interior pages of this same issue can be perused here. Gomez hasn't done anything professionally that I've ever heard of, but you can tell he's hoping to work for Marvel one day by browsing his DeviantArt portfolio. I think he has a promising career ahead. Dynamite should be thankful they can get this level of talent to work for their rates.
  • Re: Candidates For The Cancellation Calvacade

    July numbers are posted. The Direct Market slowdown accelerated into July, as North American comic shop orders could not keep up with the blistering pace set by DC's Rebirth last year, according to analysis based on data released by Diamond Comic Distributors. Shipments for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines only reached a little over $41 million, down more than 19% from the previous year's blockbuster month for DC. Here's a quick look at the top ten comics for the month for the "Big Two".

    Dark Days: The Casting is in the top slot, another new #1. And Batman continues to dominate the Top Ten, sharing space with the More Big Events and All-New First Issues!:

    1 Dark Days: The Casting #1 - 128,261 copies
    2 Astonishing X-Men #1 - 122,287 copies
    3 Batman #26 - 107,071 copies
    4 Batman #27 - 102,335 copies
    5 Secret Empire #6 - 85,887 copies
    6 Secret Empire #7 - 81,365 copies
    7 Star Wars #33 - 74,969 copies
    8 Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again #1 - 74,006 copies
    9 Walking Dead #169 - 67,910 copies
    10 Spider-Men II #1 - 67,362 copies

    Only four books sold over 100,000 copies; Batman is the only ongoing title selling over 100k+, but just barely. Marvel's Secret Event, Star Wars ongoing, and three new #1's is enough to secure Marvel's share of the Top Ten. Gimmicks and big events still work apparently.

    A brief explanation of the following data: the first number in parenthesis is the actual ranking on the month’s Top 300 sales charts; next is the first percentage quote which is the drop (or rise) in sales from the previous issue, and the second percentage quote is the movement over six months (or, if the book has been around for less that that time, since the first issue*).

    Here’s the raw data for the Top Six Losers at DC for July:

    1 Mother Panic #9 - 9,282 (203), (-5%), (-50%)
    2 Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #10 - 9,005 (206), (-6%), (-37%)
    3 Shade the Changing Girl #10 - 8,468 (215), (-4%), (-37%)
    4 Gotham Academy Second Semester #11 - 6,947 (245), (-5%), (-27%)
    5 Scooby Doo Team-Up #28 - 6,028 (264), (-4%), (-8%)
    6 Everafter From The Pages of Fables #12 - 4,635 (292), (+*), (-21%*)

    All of these books are below the presumed DC cancellation point (10,000 copies). Everafter From the Pages of Fables was not even in the top 400 in May or June, so previous month's numbers didn't apply. Scooby-Doo Team-Up's performance is directly tied to the guest star so it tends to go up and down. Gotham Academy Second Semester ends with issue #12. This really looks like Gerard Way's Young Animal DC imprint is floundering badly. Not included in the bottom 6 were 'DC Justice League Essentials' $1 one-shot reprints and any second printings.

    Meanwhile, over at Marvel, where things were pretty much just as bad for July as they were for June:

    1 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #22 - 10,425 (182), (-5%), (-41%)
    2 Monsters Unleashed #4 - 10,004 (192), (-17%), (-63%*)
    3 Marvel's Thor Ragnarok Prelude #1 - 9,751 (195), (n/a), (n/a)
    4 Marvel's Thor Ragnarok Prelude #2 - 8,037 (223), (-18%*), (n/a)
    5 Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #21 - 7,586 (232), (-2%), (-31%)
    6 Unstoppable Wasp #7 - 7,431 (235), (-3%), (-31%)

    Apparently Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl are still doing well enough in other mediums to stave off cancellation. I've frequently read that both of these books make up for low print sales in digital sales (although they still don't publish numbers on that, so who really can tell?). Unstoppable Wasp however... was not very "unstoppable". That title has been cancelled at issue #8 which just came out this month.

    From the writer's Twitter feed:

    I love our Unstoppable Wasp fans. I really do. However, if you want to know why it ended, just take a glance at these July numbers. pic.twitter.com/5xPYfkap16

    — Unstoppable Whitley (@jrome58) August 15, 2017

    My take on titles like that are Marvel keeps trying to do 'Betty & Veronica' as superheroes and it isn't clicking with readers. Whereas Thor featuring Jane Foster is straight-up, intense superhero action and it does well. Marvel might want to reconsider their formula of hiring webcomic artists to do girly-girl superhero books and wondering why those books don't seem to catch on.

    For Image, Walking Dead, Saga, Paper Girlsand Seven To Eternity are still performing well, making Image the number one independent publisher. Other top indie publishers hit their peaks with the following titles:

    + BOOM! Studios reached the #86 slot with their Go Go Power Rangers #1 selling 26,170 copies.
    + Dark Horse reached #94 with Neil Gaiman American Gods Shadows #5 selling 23,801 copies.
    + Dynamite Entertainment hit the #106 spot with Bettie Page #1 selling 21,299 copies.
    + ONI Press climbed to the #125 spot with Rick & Morty Pocket Like You Stole It #1 which sold 16,501 copies
    + IDW Publishing achieved a height of #145 with TMNT Usagi Yojimbo #0 selling 14,181 copies.
    + Valiant Entertainment reached #154 with X-O Manowar by selling 13,278 copies.


    Your thoughts?

    Reference numbers provided by Comichron.com and The Beat.
  • Re: Episode 1662 Talkback - Comic Talk

    I agree with a lot of what was discussed here. I enjoyed the film for what it was, but I do have some issues with it if I can join in the nit-picking here.

    In my opinion, these were the cons:

    I think the lack of ANY mention of Uncle Ben was a serious oversight or a mistake. It felt more like Peter's motivation was to join the Avengers and not to make up for his failure to save his uncle which apparently took place within the previous year. No, I don't need another retelling of the origin. For instance, the James Bond films hardly ever refer to the past history of the character, but Peter's motivations seemingly being different this time out made the whole affair seem a little awkward for me. It felt off. Less like a Spider-Man movie. The studio can easily rectify this with the next installment, but I could've done without Tony Stark being the surrogate "dad".

    The A.I. "Karen" was another element I could've done without. I delight in the fact that Peter created his own costume and technology. However, I understand that "Karen" was a convenient way for us to "hear Peter's inner monologue," but it was a bit off-putting to me, in spite of hearing Jennifer Connelly's splendid voice.

    Some of the young cast were too clever-by-half for my tastes, but I'm the father of a teenager, hence no longer a teenager myself. On the other hand, my daughter enjoyed this so it may be that I'm no longer the demographic for this motion picture.

    The Pros:

    I think Tom Holland personifies Peter Parker better than any previous incarnation on screen. He was pitch-perfect for me.

    I thought Michael Keaton was an inspired choice for casting as well and really enjoyed his portrayal of Adrian Toomes, liked almost every scene he was in.

    The smaller, more personal story being told here. Much like Ant-Man, this story focused on family, the neighborhood, and friends. Not every superhero film has to be about saving the world.
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    I feel like whatever perceived "wrongs" in this film can easily be "righted" in the next installment. There was probably a lot of scripting and editing done "by committee" to make all the suits happy and confident that this picture didn't under-perform like the last reboot did. Hence the heavy reliance on Iron Man. Hopefully the studios will be more confident and let Feige do what he does best next time without their interference. I have high-hopes.