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Big Hero 6 Nabs a Golden Globe Nomination

big hero 6The nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards were announced today. And while The Walking Dead was again robbed and overlooked by the Hollywood Foreign Press, and most comic movies not even on the radar to begin with, it was nice to see at least one comic related film get some love.

Big Hero 6 made the list, as it was nominated for “Best animated feature film.” It will go up against The Book of Life, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and The Lego Movie.

Big Hero 6 was based on a comic from Marvel, though the film deviated significantly from the source material. It did have numerous winks and nods though to its roots.

Congrats to all the nominees!

Out of the films mentioned above, who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? Sound off in the comments below!

Disney Wants Us to Pirate the Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Trailer (Updated)

star wars the force awakensThe first trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits theaters this Friday, but unless you live around the nine Regal Cinemas, you’re going to miss out. This isn’t the first time this has been done to promote a Star Wars film. When The Phantom Menace trailer premiered in 1998, that was on 75 screens in 26 stats. Many fans showed up to watch it, and then left.

The nine locations are:

CA Irvine — Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX


CA San Diego — Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX


GA Atlanta — Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX


IL Chicago — Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX


NY New York — Regal Union Square Stadium 14


PA Warrington — Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX


TN Knoxville — Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX


TX Houston — Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX


WA Seattle — Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX


Most likely Regal rolled up a large truck full of cash to make this happen, thinking it’ll drive individuals to the theaters, but in this day and age where the internet provides easy access, and access usually before planned, the move seems to be idiotic and shortsighted. If you don’t live around one of these theaters, then sucks to be you in Disney’s eyes. I guess major metropolitan areas like Dallas, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and many others’ money isn’t worth it to Disney, and movie chains.

The move is clearly to build hype around the trailer (not the movie) in a weekend that generally is a big one for movie theaters, Thanksgiving.

But, in the age of the internet, is this even worth it? Marvel hyped the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron to see it leak five days earlier. At first Marvel and Disney handed out “cease and desist” letters like candy, then eventually released the trailer officially. They are currently fighting Google to find out who leaked it. Chances are when the weekend is up, the trailer will be officially released, but before that happens, Disney is creating an artificial demand pirates are more than happy to deliver to.

There’s a chance more locations will be announced, but with just nine initially making the list, any more will come off as reacting to what’s likely a lot of head scratching, and anger. For such a huge movie that’s likely to be one of the highest grossing films of the year when it comes out, this seems like an unexpected, and unneeded bump in the road, and middle finger to those who have made Star Wars what it is, the devoted fans.

The Force Awakens will be released on December 18th, 2015.

Update: Starwars.com has released a much fuller list with quite a few cities missing off of the first update. It’s up to 30 theaters:


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Big Hero 6 Drops to Second

big hero 6In its second week at the box office, Big Hero 6 dropped to second place, being knocked out of the top spot by Dumb and Dumber To. The film earned a little over $36 million domestically this weekend to bring its total to over $111.6 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy continued to bring in money earning over $300,00.

Here’s where everyone stands currently when it comes to “comic” movies in 2014.

Domestic Gross

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $330.5 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259.8 million
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $245.4 million
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $233.9 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $208.5 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202.9 million
9. Godzilla – $200.7 million
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $191.2 million
20. Big Hero 6 – $111.7 million
21. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $111.5 million
22. 300: Rise of An Empire – $106.6 million
24. Edge of Tomorrow – $100.2 million
36. Hercules – $72.7 million
45. Robocop – $58.6 million
104. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $13.8 million
124. Snowpiercer – $4.6 million

Worldwide Gross

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1.087.4 billion
2. Guardians of the Galaxy– $770.1 million
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $746 million
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $714.1 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $709 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $707.8 million
9. Godzilla – $525 million
12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $474.4 million
14. Edge of Tomorrow – $369.2 million
16. 300: Rise of An Empire – $331.1 million
22. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $272.9 million
25. Robocop – $242.7 million
26. Hercules – $242.1 million
38. Big Hero 6 – $148.4 million
56. Snowpiercer – $86.8 million
92. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $39.4 million
254. We Are the Best! – $181,000

Spider-Man Beats the Avengers, Batman, and Superman

When it comes to dollars, it isn’t the comics that pays the bills for DC Comics or Marvel (or their parent companies), it’s the licensing of the 1000s of characters each character controls.

In May, License Global ranked Marvel parent company Disney at the top of a list of licensors with sales of around $41 billion in 2013. In contrast, DC’s parent company Warner Bros. was in seventh earning $6 billion. That’s not bad, but that’s a huge gap between the two.

Surprisingly though (or maybe not so much) Spider-Man is the strongest property according to the Licensing Letter. Spidey’s global retail sales is about $1.3 billion with the Avengers earning $325 million in 2013. DC’s Batman earned $494 million, while Superman earned $277 million.

What’s fascinating in the chart below are those earnings in the U.S. and Canada versus globally. Spider-Man and Batman are actually close for the former, and it’s the latter where the webhead takes off.

It’ll be interesting to see future reports, especially with Guardians of the Galaxy exploding this year at the box office.

licensing earningsPhoto credit: AP Images

Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens

Disney has subtly announced on Twitter the subtitle to Star Wars Episode VII, The Force Awakens. The film which has wrapped filming and will be out December 18th of next year brings together members of the original trilogy cast, as well as a new generation. It’s the first film of a new trilogy, as well as numerous offshoot movies.

Fashion Spotlight: Apple Bites, Twisted Crunch, and Malefico’s

Ript Apparel has three designs today for fans of Disney villains. Apple Bites, Twisted Crunch, and Malefico’s from Gilles Bone will be for sale on October 26, 2014 only!

Apple Bites by Gilles Bone

Apple Bites

Twisted Crunch by Gilles Bone

Twisted Crunch

Malefico’s by Gilles Bone


IDW to Produce Carl Banks Uncle Scrooge Artist’s Edition and Other Landmark Editions

uncle scrooge 1IDW Publishing and Disney have announced their colossal team-up together to bring the lauded and revered Disney comics back to print in a number of exciting formats! Beginning in early 2015, fans can expect to see the first wave of these classic masterpieces featured in an array of award-winning and innovative publications from IDW:

This monumental collaboration kicks off with multiple monthly series featuring some of the most iconic characters of all time: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and many more! Re-presenting acclaimed comics from the past and today, these series will highlight the best and brightest of Disney’s impressive comic catalogue.

The award-winning Artist’s Edition line, pioneered by IDW that showcases original artwork, will feature collections from the immense talents who have contributed to many beloved Disney comics over the years. Artist’s Editions featuring the legendary Carl Barks and Don Rosa will receive the spotlight in these gorgeous over-sized collections of original art reproduced at full size.

uncle scrooge 2IDW Limited division will produce a number of select collections for the ultimate collectors. With original art, signature plates, and unique display designs, IDW Limited will offer a number of Disney series in deluxe limited editions.

Launched in 2014, Micro Comic Fun Packs have enjoyed immense success with highly recognizable franchises, and will expand its line with multiple Disney properties. Packed with a mini-comic, stickers, posters, and more, the Micro-Comic Fun Pack has been captivating new comic audiences on a mass-market scale.

Celebrating the rich history of the many facets of comics, the Library of American Comics offers detailed and insightful looks at specific comics and creators. Beginning in 2015, the LOAC will begin collecting the various newspaper strips that have featured iconic Disney characters.

Disney Reveals Big Hero 6 Licensed Items and Toys

Disney today revealed toys you can expect for Walt Disney Animation Studios‘ new action-packed comedy-adventure Big Hero 6. The movie debuts this November and is one of our most anticipated movies of the fall. How can you not smile after seeing every trailer, clip, and ad?

The story follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

Bandai has created a new toy line that extends the key themes of heroism, courage, friendship and bravery in Big Hero 6 that features action figures (such as the Deluxe Flying Baymax and Armour-Up Baymax) and plush toys. The line also allows kids to become their favorite Big Hero 6 characters through role-play toys including the Baymax Rocket Fist and masks. You can see images of all of that below.

Additionally, Disney has collaborated with several other licensees for a range of new products including: a home range with story featuring bottles, lunch boxes, bowls, plates and cups; peel and stick wall decorations by Roommates; wall coverings by York and Big Hero 6 panel designs through Character World Ltd; Baymax kites, pouches, notebooks, kid and adult t-shirts, and canvas backpacks from WDSMP Premiums; apparel and accessories; and a Pocket Money range including Big Hero 6 watches, caps and sunglasses from Imagin 8.

The movie is inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, though deviates from the comics of the past. The movie is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and produced by Roy Conli.

We’re predicting this movie is going to go huge, and these items to fly off shelves. Check out some of the images of what you can expect below!

Deluxe Flying Baymax

Disney’s Big Hero 6’s Second Trailer

Watch Baymax, Hiro, and the rest of the Big Hero 6 suit up in the brand new trailer.

Disney‘s Big Hero 6 opens in theatres in 3D November 7, 2014.

Around the Tubes

Baltimore Comic Con begins today! We’ve got a panel tomorrow for you to come to. And here’s some news to keep you buys until then.

Around the Tubes

CBS 6 – This girl inspired latest Marvel comic featuring deaf hero Hawkeye – Cool!

Bleeding Cool – That Disney/Marvel Bust Up Over Big Hero 6 – Sigh. Guessing we won’t see comics based on Darkwing Duck or Rescue Rangers for a while.

GamePolitics – IGDA Working With FBI to Combat Developer Harassment – Good, so folks should be going to jail.

Kotaku – D&D Gear For The Fancy Role-Playing Type – I expect to see a Kickstarter in 3…2…1…


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CBR – The Names #1

Talking Comics – Original Sin #8

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