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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Stays in the Top Spot, Spidey Swings in Internationally

Captain America The Winter SoldierCaptain America: The Winter Soldier has done a three-peat staying on the top spot of the box office in North America. The film dropped 35.5%, earning $26.6 million. That brings the domestic total of the film to $201.5 million. That makes it the second highest domestic total so far in 2014, but the film is the top grossing film of 2014 internationally. It has earned a total of $586.6 million so far.

That makes the sequel much more successful than the previous film. The original film earned $176.6 million in it’s domestic run. The sequel has many weeks to go, so will continue to expand the gap from the first film.

Overseas, the story was a bit different. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has debuted outside of North America (it debuts here on May 2nd). The film topped 14 overseas markets and opened to $47 million. That breaks down to $15 million in the U.K., $, $11.1 million in Mexico, $6.2 million in Germany, $5.2 million in Australia, and $3.9 million in Spain.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got a lot coming out of Awesome Con including interviews, video, photos of the show and general thoughts about its second year! Stay tuned.

Around the Tubes

Bleeding Cool – Another Day, Another Hugo Controversy – If it is that easy to stuff the ballot box, should we take the awards seriously at all?

iO9 – The Most Astounding Cosplay From WonderCon: Day 2! – Some great cosplay.

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman #30

Star Wars Rebels: WonderCon 2014 Exclusive Clip

This special Star Wars Rebels preview clip, which premiered at WonderCon 2014, features an introduction from voice actress Vanessa Marshall and an exciting sequence from the upcoming animated series.

Hera, captain of the Ghost, pilots her starship during a battle with two TIE fighters. Chopper delivers a message from Kanan, currently engaging the TIEs in the top turret. The Jedi is apparently displeased with Hera’s maneuvering. In response, she takes matters into her own hands…

Diamond Select Toys Products Announced for Summer/Fall 2014

If you haven’t seen it yet, Diamond Comic Distributors has released the upcoming items from Diamond Select Toys! Marvel, TMNT, Kill Bill, Batman, Godzilla, Universal Monsters and the films of Kevin Smith all make their debuts this month, with products ranging from figures to banks to silicone trays! You can plan out how you plan on spending your money this summer and fall!

Marvel Minimates Series 57 Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! One of the most eagerly anticipated Marvel movies of all time is nearly upon is, and DST is capturing the characters of the film as 2-inch Minimates mini-figures! Featuring nine different characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, this assortment includes four different two-packs: Star-Lord with Ronan, Drax with Groot (and a Rocket Raccoon micro-figure), Gamora with Nova Corps Centurion, and Nebula with Sakaar Soldier. The Gamora and Nebula sets will only be available in comic shops and specialty stores, so don’t miss out! Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #APR141985, SRP: $9.99/2-pack)

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Spider-Man Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! New movie, new suit, new statue! Spider-Man and his new movie costume get the full-figure treatment from DST, with this dynamic statue of the Web-slinger atop a New York City rooftop. Despicting SPider-Man in a dynamic battle pose, this statue measures approximately 7 inches tall with its base, and is the ultimate ASM2 collectible! Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #APR141984, SRP: $125.00)

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TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vinyl Bust Banks

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Save your money for a rainy day — or your next pizza craving – with this new line of TMNT banks from DST! These bust banks of the four NInja Turtles are based on their most recent cartoon appearances, and each wields his trademark weapons. WIth a coin slot in the back and an access door on the bottom, each bank stands approximately 8 inches tall. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum!
Donatello Bank (Item #APR141972, SRP: $22.99)
Leonardo Bank (Item #APR141973, SRP: $22.99)
Michelangelo Bank (Item #APR141974, SRP: $22.99)
Raphael Bank (Item #APR141975, SRP: $22.99)

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Jay & Silent Bob 20th Anniversary Select Action Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s been 20 years since we met Jay & Silent Bob in Clerks, and DST is celebrating the less-than-dynamic duo’s anniversary with their most realistic action figures ever! Based on their appearances in Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back, these 7-inch scale figures include multiple interchangeable parts, multiple points of articulation, and connecting display bases depicting the interior and exterior of RST Video. Packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Patrick Piggott!
Jay Figure (Item #APR141976, SRP: $24.99)
Silent Bob Figure (Item #APR141977, SRP: $24.99)

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Kill Bill 10th Anniversary Minimates Crazy 88 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! This line of Minimates is about to get Crazy! Our first set of Minimates based on Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill started the battle at the House of Blue Leaves, and now we’re gonna finish it! This all-new box set includes four different Crazy 88 gang members, each with 14 points of articulation, plus interchangeable heads and hairpieces, to create different fighters from the film’s epic swordfight. Mix and match multiple sets to re-create the carnage! Packaged on a blister card. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #APR141983, SRP: $19.99)

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Batman Classic TV Series Silicone Tray

Bang! Zok! Pow! Add some punch to your punchbowl with this silicone tray inspired by the Batman Classic TV Show! This bright green tray casts up ice, as well as gelatin and chocolate, in the shape of the iconic Batman logo, as well as the show’s famous sound effects. Unless you’re Mr. Freeze, freezing things has never been so fun! Comes packaged in a full-color box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #APR141981, SRP: $15.00)

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Godzilla King Ghidorah Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Hail to the King! Godzilla has met his match with this vinyl bust bank depicting Ghidorah, the three-headed alien monster, as he appeared in 1991′s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Measuring approximately 8 inches, tall, the bank has a coin slot on its back for inserting your loose change, and an access door underneath. Have him battle your Godzilla bust bank for shelf supremacy! Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #Item #APR141987, SRP: $22.99)

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Monster Hunter Van Helsing Select Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Monsters beware! Diamond Select Toys is unleashing a fearsome foe upon every monster action figure in your collection, and it’s none other than famous monster-hunter Van Helsing! Based on an original design, this 7-inch action figure comes armed to the teeth with stakes, axes and a crossbow, making him more than a match for any and all supernatural creatures. Van Helsing includes a deluxe cemetery base, featuring a female vampire rising from the grave, and comes packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141978, SRP: $24.99)

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Universal Monsters Select Son of Frankenstein Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The monster returns! Diamond Select Toys revisits Frankenstein’s Monster with this all-new figure depicting the monster in his outfit from 1939′s Son of Frankenstein. This 7-inch-scale action figure features an all-new sculpt with all-new articulation, and can strike multiple poses on his deluxe display base, featuring equipment from Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. The Monster and his base come packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141979, SRP: $24.99)

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Universal Monsters Select Creature from the Black Lagoon Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! Diamond Select Toys revisits the Black Lagoon with this all-new figure depicting the world-famous Creature, first seen in 1954′s Creature from the Black Lagoon. This 7-inch-scale action figure features a new sculpt with over 16 points of articulation, and can strike a wide variety of poses on his deluxe display base, which features a skeleton and an undersea rock formation. The Creature and his base come packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141980, SRP: $24.99)

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Marvel Select Villain Zombies Magneto Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Magneto is back for revenge… and your brains! This all-new action figure of X-Men villain Magneto features decomposing and battle-damaged details, inspired by his zombified appearance in the horror comics of the Marvel Universe. Packaged with a detailed display base, the 7-inch-scale Magneto comes in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez! (Item #APR141986, SRP: $24.99)

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Record-breaking web series gets KaBOOM! comic series with Bee and Puppycat #1

KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, has announced the May debut of Bee and Puppycat #1 from fan-favorite creator Natasha Allegri. After breaking the record for most funded web series on Kickstarter, this quirky take on the magical girl genre is coming to comics this May with co-writer Garrett Jackson and covers illustrated by Allegri, Zac Gorman , Coleman Engle, and Becky Dreistadt.

It’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray…whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret. Fighting bad guys has never been so funny.

Bee and Puppycat #1 arrives in comic shops on May 14th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR140984. Cover A by Natasha Allegri and Cover B by Zac Gorman will ship in a 50/50 intermix. Variant covers by Coleman Engle and Becky Dreistadt will be available in limited quantities.

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover A by Natasha Allegri BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover B by Zac Gorman BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover C by Coleman Engle BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover D by Becky Dreistadt

Preview: All New Soulfire #4

ALL NEW SOULFIRE #4

JT Krul – Story / V. Ken Marion – Art / Kyle Ritter – Colors

This is no game anymore. Someone is trying to kill PJ, but is it an overzealous combatant in the arena competition or another? Or possibly, someone looking to settle a score with the man behind the man – Benoist? Meanwhile, Malikai confronts the strange messiah who has entranced the believers of Gabriel’s Voice, but are his actions justified or just plain jealous?

Join veteran Soulfire scribe JT Krul, along with the amazing artistic talents of V. Ken Marion and Kyle Ritter, as an all-new direction for Michael Turner’s fantasy epic Soulfire continues!

ALL NEW SOULFIRE #4 is in stores April 23rd, 2014!

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In Dark Engine a savage woman seeks her destiny against all odds

Ryan Burton teams up with John Bivens for an all-new ongoing series that blends elements of dark fantasy and action with mystery.

With ribsword in hand, with gore in her curling locks, Sym has been sent to the distant past to murder her creators’ enemies. But the twisted alchemists who made Sym do not know that the engine that powers her is sentient, that it is the seed of their destruction. By blood and by fury, Sym will carve out her destiny in this new ongoing series.

Dark Engine is about the evil things that lurk inside us all. “Some drive us, some are alive and thinking. And Sym will learn just exactly what drives her, and why she was sent back in time to essentially murder anything standing,” explained Burton. “Of course, John [Bivens] does a brilliant job of capturing the enormous scope of the story, whether it’s showing the stygian machinations of Sym’s creators or the harrowing vistas that are littered with the husks of old Lovecraftian monsters, it’s all there.”

Dark Engine #1 arrives in stores on 7/16, and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140574.

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Preview: Fathom: Kiani Vol. 3 #2

FATHOM: KIANI vol 3 #2

Vince Hernandez – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art

Kiani has risen!

She has spent her entire life fueled by a hatred of the Human race. However, now, Kiani must align her actions to the Russian Scientists of the Volna, in order discover the whereabouts of her long lost sister, Anika. Yet, her past continues to brutally remind her that no one is to be trusted below—or above—the surface!

Returning writer Vince Hernandez joins forces with Trish Out of Water artist Giuseppe Cafaro to bring you the latest adventures of one of Fathom’s most fierce and beloved characters. Kiani is back and the world of the Blue will never be the same again!

FATHOM: KIANI vol 3 #2 is in stores April 23rd, 2014!

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NBM in June: Jim Benton and his Reddit cartoons

Here’s what NBM has planned for June comics stores release. The biggest news they’ve had in a while: New York Times bestseller Jim Benton in a collection of feisty cartoons!

Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats.
Dog Butts and Love

Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats.
Cartoons by Jim Benton

Bestselling cartoonist Jim Benton of It’s Happy Bunny and Dear Dumb Diary fame has also been posting whimsical, dry humored, at times nasty, cartoons on Reddit. They have become one of the site’s most popular items. At last, here is a collection all in one place! From wry observation of the absurdities of life to acerbic comment, to poetic musings, from cats and dogs to humans, from one size to another, one style to another, this compendium will amaze as to the breadth of Benton’s inexhaustible talent for humor.
“Consistently brilliant, always hilarious, Jim Benton is one of the best cartoonists on the web right now.” -Matthew Inman, TheOatmeal.com
“If Jim Benton had written this blurb, it would have been more shorter, smarter, and would have contained a salient observation on human nature.” -Zach Weinersmith, Cartoonist, SMBC-comics.com
“If laughter is the best medicine, then your insurance company should reimburse you for the cost of this book. ” -Jerry Zucker, Director, Writer, Producer
6×9, 96pp. full color trade pb. with flaps, $13.99 ISBN 9781561638468

AND NEW FROM EUROTICA:
Sizzle 62

SIZZLE #62

Peanut Butter and Molly Fredrickson continues with her sex explorations, Precinct 69 (formerly District 69) has more torrid sex, Barbarian Chicks and maybe a surprise!
8 1/2 x11, full color, $6.99

Preview: The Illuminati Face a Reckoning in Avengers #29 – an Original Sin Tie-In!

This May, the collision of the Avengers and New Avengers is imminent as untold treacheries come finally come to light. Marvel is proud to present your first look at Avengers #29 – an Original Sin tie-in, from the creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Yu!

To stop multiversal armageddon the Illuminati, a secret cabal of the Marvel Universe’s greatest minds, had to do the unthinkable. To save a universe, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, the Black Panther, Namor, The Beast and Black Bolt were forced to assemble the most terrifying weapon in the known universe – the INFINITY GAUNTLET!

To protect their secret, they tampered with the memories of Captain America – erasing his knowledge of their terrible acts. But no secret stays buried forever. And Steve Rogers is about to discover the betrayal of his closest allies.

Information held by the all-seeing Watcher has restored Steve Rogers memories – and the Illuminati’s days are numbered. What unfathomable secrets have Tony Stark and his inner circle been keeping? What will happen when the Marvel Universe at large discovers their treachery? Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are on a dangerous collision course – and before it’s over, only one of them will be left standing.

The Earth-shattering clash of the Avengers and New Avengers is upon us, and it all starts here! But when the dust clears, is there still a world worth fighting for? Find out as Earth’s Mightiest are thrust headlong into Original Sin this May!

AVENGERS #29 (MAR140631)
ORIGINAL SIN TIE-IN
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by LEINIL YU
Cover by FRANK CHO
Sketch Variant Also Available! (MAR140632)
FOC – 04/21/04, On-Sale 05/14/14

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