Author Archives: Brett Schenker

Demo-Graphics: Comic Fandom on Facebook

It’s the first of the month and that means a new look at the demographics of people who “like” comics on Facebook. This data is compiled using demographic data from Facebook, and is limited to the United States.

This data is compiled using key terms, “likes,” users have as part of their profiles. Primarily terms are focused on generic ones such as “comics” or “graphic novels” or publishers. I stay away from specific characters, creators or series, because this does not indicate they are a comic book fan. Over 100 terms are used for this report.

Facebook Population: Over 24,000,000 in the United States

The total population has remained the same from last month. The Spanish-speaking population last month was 13.33%, and this month is 14.17%.

Gender and Age

Last month women accounted for 45% and men were 57.50%. Women remained the same as last month, but men increased to 58.33%. The results add up to over 100% due to the fact Facebook with large numbers doesn’t give an exact amount to the single digit.

facebook gender 9.1.14We’ll next look at how the percentage of women and men break down through age.

facebook gender age 9.1.14Compared to last month, those under the age of 25 have shrunk percentage wise. The gain was in those age 26 to 33. Here’s all of the raw data.

facebook gender age raw 9.1.14Relationship Status

Compared to last month, the numbers have remained pretty steady. The amount of individuals married dipped a bit as well as those in complicated relationships and those divorced. Those separated increased from last month.

facebook relationship 9.1.14And for those that like pie charts.

facebook relationship pie chart 9.1.14Education

Compared to last month, the results for education is pretty much the same.

facebook education 9.1.14Gender Interest

Compared to last month those marking their interest as unspecified has increased.

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And that wraps up this month’s report.

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Preview: God Hates Astronauts #1

God Hates Astronauts #1

Story By: Ryan Browne
Art By: Ryan Browne
Cover By: Ryan Browne
Variant Cover By: Geof Darrow
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140440
Published: September 3, 2014

RYAN BROWNE’S (MANHATTAN PROJECTS, BEDLAM) farcical cult-sensation returns with a new story: perfect for new readers! A NASA funded group of arrogant “super people” must stop a rash of farmers that have been using rocket-powered silos to launch themselves into outer space! As these Astro-Farmers fire themselves all over the galaxy, NASA must utilize their every resource (A guy with a ghost-cow head, a bunch of magic bears, and a Chicago cop with robot arms) to avoid an intergalactic incident!

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Preview: Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

Writer: W.H. Rauf, Artist: Rhoald Marcellius
Colorist: Sakti Yuwono, Letterer: Imam E. Wibowo
104pg – HC – FC – $19.99 – On sale: September 3

Get ready to meet Carpe DIEm: the world’s seven greatest, color-coded secret agents (one for each day of the week, though everybody hates Mondays)!

When danger rears its ugly head, it’s up to this motely band of super spies to issue the bloody-knuckled makeover.

Whether they’re dishing out justice to satanic chefs, kicking giant kaiju butt, or saving the world from killer clowns, it’s all just other day’s work for these half-baked hired heroes.

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Comic-Graphics: Weekly Facebook Page Stats

It’s Monday which means a new Marketing Monday and checking out how the various Facebook fanpages have grown or shrunk over the past week.

Overall, the pages continued to grow, this week gaining 367,486 individuals total, a 1.06% increase. That’s pretty close to last week. Changed from last week also is the inclusion of a new “comics” page that’s much greater than the previous one listed.

There was very little movement as far as ranks this week. I’ve added arrows next to what has increased in ranking.

facebook page growth 9.1.14Marvel was bumped from the top spot by ComicBook.com which continues to purchase likes. ComicBook.com is doing so by running ads, as I’ve seen the ads myself, and the page continues to not generate much reach, indicating their results are poor, and likely not worth the money being spent.

facebook new likes 9.1.14There’s been some shake up at the top spot. Valiant has moved into first, followed by ComicBook.com. Third is publisher 12 gauge Comics, in fourth place is the digital app ComicBlitz, and fifth is the store Big Planet Comics.

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Preview: Cloaks #1 (of 4)

Cloaks #1 (of 4)

Writers: David Henrie, Caleb Monroe
Artist: Mariano Navarro

In the Big Apple, a highly skilled street illusionist named Adam blows the minds of crowds with logic-defying acts, while surreptitiously using his artistry to steal from corrupt Wall Street investment bankers and re-distribute their ill-begotten wealth to those in need. He’s a modern-day Robin Hood, but his travails garner the attention of the local authorities. While evading their pursuit, Adam is confronted by three suits and quickly ascertains that freedom has a cost—in order to maintain his liberty, he must join this clandestine Black Ops organization simply known as CLOAKS.

Caleb Monroe (STEED AND MRS. PEEL, Batman) and artist Mariano Navarro (PROTOCOL: ORPHANS) bring you the Robin Hood of Wall Street, combining street magicians with a spy-fi thriller.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Tops the Box Office

hr_Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_46Guardians of the Galaxy again topped the weekend. In its fifth weekend, the film has earned an estimated $16.5 million. The film has earned $274.6 million domestically so far.

In second place, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earned $11.8 million. The film has earned $162.4 million so far this year domestically.

In other comic movie news, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is dead in the water, earning just $2.2 million and in ten days $10.8 million. It came in at fourteenth place.

Overall, the summer box office has been disappointing down 25% to $3.6 billion compared to last year. Guardians of the Galaxy will likely be the first film to cross the $300 million mark domestically this year. Guardians is now the top grossing film domestically this year. We’ll see if it can hold on to first place next week.

Check out the domestic and international earnings for “comic” movies so far this year!

Domestic Gross

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $274.6 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259.8 million
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $244.3 million
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $233.3 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $205.2 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202.9 million
9. Godzilla – $200.6 million
12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $162.4 million
19. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $111.5 million
20. 300: Rise of An Empire – $106.6 million
22. Edge of Tomorrow – $100 million
29. Hercules – $70.9 million
35. Robocop – $58.6 million
80. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $10.7 million
94. Snowpiercer – $4.5 million

Worldwide Gross

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1.072.4 billion
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $745.4 million
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $714.1 million
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $708.3 million
6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $611.2 million
8. Guardians of the Galaxy – $547.7 million
9. Godzilla – $508 million
12. Edge of Tomorrow – $364.1 million
14. 300: Rise of An Empire – $331.1 million
18. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $274.5 million
20. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $268.8 million
22. Robocop – $242.7 million
26. Hercules – $174.7 million
43. Snowpiercer – $86.5 million
95. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $15.4 million
186. We Are the Best! – $180,000

Fashion Spotlight: Oak’s School for Pokémon Trainers, Super Pika Bros., and PikaCHEW

Ript Apparel has three designs for fans of Pokemon. Oak’s School for Pokémon Trainers, Super Pika Bros., and PikaCHEW from alecxps, Moysche, and Harebrained will be for sale on September 1, 2014 only!

Oak’s School for Pokémon Trainers by alecxps

Oak's School for Pokémon TrainersSuper Pika Bros. by Moysche

Super Pika Bros.PikaCHEW by Harebrained

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Dungeons & Dragons: Attack Wing Storyline Organized Play

DnD_TOD_AW1Wizkids‘ newest game, Dungeons & Dragons: Attack Wing will see its monthly Storyline Organized Play program begin October 29. The game itself launches on October 1. The minatures game uses similar mechanics to the Star Trek: Attack Wing game, but set in the fantasy world and features dragons among other units.

The theme of the first organized play is Tyranny of Dragons which is the first major event for Wizard of the Coast‘s Dungeons & Dragons.

Retailers will be order monthly kits that contain limited edition competitive and participation prizes as well as rules to use in the monthly events. Each kit supports up to 10 players. The first kit features a Large White Dragon, 10 limited edition participation prizes, and an organized play addendum/instruction sheet. Subsequent months include limited edition versions of the Large Brass Dragon, Large Bronze Dragon, Large Hieracosphinx, Large Solar Angel, and Large Chimera.

Stores will also have the option of purchasing limited edition blind D&D: Attack Wing Tyranny of Dragons boosters, which will contain exclusive content for sealed booster play and are not for resale, beginning in month two.

Stores who participate will also have the option to purchase the limited edition Attack Wing: Tiamat figure, which comes with cards, movement dials, a Dungeons & Dragons: Attack Wing base and token sheets. For each Month Six OP kit a store orders, the store can order up to two of the figure, which is not tied directly to the OP Program, and can be sold to the public, or used as grand prize figures for the tournament. The figures will release just before the Month Six kit arrives.

There have been two waves of expansions for the game already announced. You can expect to start to see that in November.

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Retailers Offer Something for Everyone

baltimore comic con logoIn addition to the stellar line-up of creative talent booked for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, taking place Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th, the convention has more than 130 retailers who will be exhibiting over the three-day show.

Looking for those few missing back issues complete a collection? Trying to track down that hard-to-find collectible? Looking for an amazing variant cover to get signed by one of our guests? Well, look no further! From the Golden Age to the Modern Age, and everything in between, fans can find what they are looking for in the dealer section of the show floor. Vintage comics, apparel, toys, trade paperbacks, and hardcover collections are just a few of the types of items that are available from a great selection of retailers and exhibitors.

To kick off the Baltimore Comic-Con, Diamond Comic Distributors will be hosting a breakfast for retailers on Friday morning in the Ballroom of the Baltimore Convention Center. Interested retailers will need to preregister with their Diamond Comic reps.

Retailers who will be in attendance for this year’s show include: A to Z Comics; A to Z Toys; Aaron & Bob’s Fanzines & Comics; Anthony’s Comicbook Art; AJW Stuff; Albert Moy Artwork; All-American Comics; Apocalypse Comics; Backroom Comics; Basement Comics; Beyond Comics; Big Ben’s Comix Oasis; Big Papa’s Collectibles; Big Planet Comics; Bill’s Books and More; Blade Daddy;Block Party Bricks; Bob Cook; Capital Sports & Décor; Cards, Comics, and Collectibles; Cavalier Comics; CGC; Charm City Games; Chuck’s Comics; CKRTLAB Toys; Clandestine Comics; Collector’s Castle; Collector’s Corner; The Comic Certification Service; Comic Book College; The Comic Book Shop; Comic X-plosion; ComicLink; ComicLock; Comics & Gaming; Comics to Astonish; Comics World; Comics4Less; Cooper’s Cave Games; Copper Age Kids; Cosmic Comix & Toys; Crazy Ed’s; Cross Country Collectibles; Culture and Thrills; Dave’s Comics; Dave & Adam’s Card World; Dimension Decals; Dimension X Comics; Doctor Who Store; Earl Shaw Comics; Endzone Collectibles; Frame Monkey; Frazetta Prints 4U; Freak Division; Fuzzy Comics; Geeked Out Fitness; Gem City Books; The Gemini Company, Inc.; Graham Crackers Comics; Greg Reece’s Rare Comics; Harley Yee Rare Comics; Heroes and Damsels; Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find; Heroic Fine Art; HighGradeComics.com; HKT / MugenToys.com; Hot Flips; It Cosplay; J. and J. Enterprises; Jason Hamlin; J. C. Comics; Jennifer’s Place; John Haines Rare Comics; Katz Komix; Killer Kollectibles; Kung-Fu Grip Toys; Larry’s Comics; Laughing Ogre; Lehigh Valley Comics and Games; Level Up Studios; LJB Toys; Mario’s Comics; Metropolis Comics; Moderately Subliminal; Motor City Comics; Mr. Weekends Posters; Murph’s; Nerds Comictopia; New Age Discoveries; New Force; New World Toys and Collectibles; Nikelspot Comics; North Coast Nostalgia; Nostalgia Zone; Outer Rim Toys / Out of the Toy Box Jewelry; Painted Visions Comics; Pix Posters / Rock N’ Reel; Plunder Palace; Poetic Earth Handmade Journals; Pop Fun; Premiere Collectibles; Reggie’s Comics and Collectibles; Robbie’s Comics; SharpComics.com; Soundtrack; Starz ‘N’ Cars; Stormwatch Comics; StylinOnline; Supah! Comics; Super Villain Comics; Superworld Comics; Terry’s Comics; Third Eye Comics; Timber Grove Traders; Tokyo Sky; Tomorrow’s Treasures; Toy Heaven; ToyNK.com; Toytastik; Trilogy Shop; TvsTreasurechest; Ultimate Comics; Universal Comics; Victory Comics Group; Warp 9; Warthawg Comics; Welcome Back Comics; Well Played Clothing; World’s Greatest Comics; and Zapp Comics.

This year’s previously confirmed guests for the show include: James Asmus (Quantum & Woody); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl); Christina Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Tom Brevoort (AXIS); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Dave Bullock (Batman Black and White); Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalapolis); Frank Cammuso (Otto’s Backwards Day); Darrenn Canton (Tunnels & Trolls); Greg Capullo (Batman); Richard Case (Sandman); John Cassaday (Doc Savage); Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps); Jo Chen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); Sean Chen (Amazing Spider-Man); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (X-Men: Battle of the Atom); Amy Chu (Girls Night Out); Richard Clark (House of Gold & Bones); Wook-Jin Clark (Adventure Time: The Flip Side); Steve Conley (Bloop); Jamie Cosley (Cody the Cavalier); Tyler Cosley (AlakaZach); Mike Curtis (Dick Tracy); Jeremy Dale (Skyward); Alan Davis (Wolverine); Todd Dezago (Tellos); Dan Didio (Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger: Futures End); Tommy Lee Edwards (Star Wars); Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys); Ray Fawkes (Constantine); Tom Feister (G.I. Joe); David Finch (Forever Evil); Franco (Aw Yeah Comics!); Jay Fosgitt (Bodie Troll); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Katie Gallagher (Zoey and Ketchup): SL Gallant (GI JOE); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (All-Star Western); Gerhard (Cerebus the Aardvark); Chris Giarrusso (G-Man); Dave Gibbons (Watchmen); Keith Giffen (The New 52: Future’s End); Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar); Michael Golden (The Ravagers); Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever!); Allan Gross (Road Song); Cully Hamner (Animal Man); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl); Josh Hechinger (The Grave Doug Freshly); Fred Hembeck (Garfield); Marc Hempel (Sandman: The Kindly Ones); Travis Hill (Adventure Time); Andy Hirsch (Regular Show); Jason Horn (Ninjasaur); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Jamal Igle (Molly Danger); Laura Innes (The Dreamer); Justin Jordan (Luther Strode, Green Lantern: New Guardians); Dan Jurgens (The New 52: Future’s End); Collin Kelly (Hacktivist); Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance); Denis Kitchen (Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary); Barry Kitson (Empire); Aaron Kuder (Action Comics); Jackson Lanzing (Hacktivist); Norman Lee (Iron Man Special); Paul Levitz (World’s Finest); Kevin Maguire (Guardians of the Galaxy); Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space); Alex Maleev (Moon Knight); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Billy Martin (Vitriol, The Hunter); Laura Martin (Uncanny Avengers); Ron Marz (Witchblade); Mark McKenna (Banana Tail); Mike McKone (Ultimate FF); Bob McLeod (X-Men: Gold); Pop Mhan (All-New X-Factor); Al Milgrom (Marvel Fanfare); Tradd Moore (Deadpool Annual); Mark Morales (New Avengers); Michael Alan Nelson (Day Men); Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground); Chris O>Matic (The Chris O>Matic Show!); Denny O’Neil (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight); Chris Otto (A Dog’s Life); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); Missy Pena (Bee and Puppycat); Andrew Pepoy (Life with Archie); George Perez (George Perez’s Sirens); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Khoi Pham (Mighty Avengers); Cary Pietsch (Bravest Warriors); Joe Prado (Justice League); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Ron Randall (Trekker in Dark Horse Presents); Tom Raney (Incredible Hulk); Brian Reber (Unity); Ivan Reis (Aquaman and The Others); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts); Joe Rubinstein (The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe); Andy Runton (Owly); Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man); Gregg Schigiel (Spongebob Squarepants Comics); Jeff Schultz (Archie Comics); Louise Simonson (Power Pack); Walter Simonson (Thor); Andy Smith (Superman #23.1: Bizarro); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Charles Soule (Thunderbolts); Mark Sparacio (Omega Paradox); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Revelation); Joe Staton (Dick Tracy); Brian Stelfreeze (Day Men); Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla); Paul D. Storrie (Sheena, Queen of the Jungle); Karl Story (Serenity: Leaves of the Wind); Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story); Ben Taylor (A Dog’s Life); Robert Tinnell (The Wicked West); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Two-Face); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Herb Trimpe (GI Joe: A Real American Hero); Billy Tucci (Shi); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); James Tynion IV (The Woods); Mike Vosburg (Lori Lovecraft); Brennan Wagner (The Shadow: Year One); Matt Wagner (Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil); Lee Weeks (Daredevil); Mark Wheatley (Frankenstein Mobster); Bill Willingham (Fables); Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom); Mike Wolfer (Friday the 13th); Rich Woodall (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Kelly Yates (Amber Atoms); Thom Zahler (My Little Pony); and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars).

Frank Barbiere, Eddy Barrows, Jimmy Cheung, Rachel Deering, Agnes Garbowska, and David Mack have had to cancel.

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