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KickStarting: Comics

Money_CashIt’s a new week and KickStarting: Comics is back with a look at how much was raised/pledged for comic projects on Kickstarter for the past week!

I realize some projects are not in US dollars, but they all will count the same regardless of origin, for now. $1 US will be the same as $1 CAD, $1 AUD, etc. There is one exception, there is one project which was in the Danish Krone. That has been converted and rounded to the nearest dollar.

Over the past week 18 projects were successfully funded.

For the past week from April 20 to April 26 the statistics are:

Average goal: $4,119.44
Average pledged: $7,076.17
Average number of backers: 156.17
Average pledge: $45.31
Average percent raised: 171.77%
Most common given amount: $15 (558 times)
Most money from pledge level: $50 level brought in $15,150

Total pledged for the week: $127,371

For the week, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: Victoria Jr. – $24,932

Most backers: Victoria Jr. – 688 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Victoria Jr. – 755.52%

Highest average pledge: Isis/E’steem Series Crossover Event Cover Art Project – $143

Lowest average pledge: BDR: Pretty Big Deal – $13.31

For the month of April, for the 83 successful projects, the statistics are:

Average goal: $5,181.41
Average pledged: $9,259.94
Average number of backers: 206.67
Average pledge: $44.80
Average percent raised: 178.71%
Most common given amount: $25 (2793 times)
Most money from pledge level: $25 level brought in $69,825

Total pledged for the month: $768,575

For the month, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: The Beyond Anthology – $79,670

Most backers: The Beyond Anthology – 2521 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Zara – 2600%

Highest average pledge: The Adventures of Wook and Womp – $196.88

Lowest average pledge: BDR: Pretty Big Deal – $13.31

That wraps up this week’s data! I’ll be making tweaks to this as more are done, so let me know what you want to see!

Graphic Policy Radio is LIVE this Monday

GP Radio Special Mondya 9pmThis Monday night Graphic Policy returns with a brand new episode mixing comics and politics. Listen in as we talk live about some of the latest comic news. The episode airs LIVE this Monday at 9pm ET.

On this episode, we’re discussing:

  • All-New X-Men made waves this past week when founding X-Man Bobby Drake aka Iceman was revealed to be gay. The writing though was controversial concerning statements around bisexuality. We talk about what happened, what we like vs what is still really troubling.
  • DC Comics revealed that Frank Miller will be penning Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Miller will be joined by Brian Azzarello on writing duties. We discuss the unfortunate name for the new series.
  • DC Comics’ Convergence is wrapping up its first month this week. The two month event consists of a main series and a bunch of tie-in series. We discuss what we think so far. and what we hope to see in the second month.

We’ll discuss all of that and more! We want to hear what you think too! Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy or call (619) 768-2952 to let us know what you think.

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Early Review: ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria For the End Times

Apocalypti Girl An Aria for the End TimesOut May 20, Andrew MacLean‘s ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria For the End Times is a fascinating graphic tale of a girl and her cat in a beautiful, damaged, deadly post-apocalyptic world. The story focuses on a woman and her cat trying to survive in this world, caught between to battling factions. At the same time she’s attempting to maintain her sanity after being abandoned in a scouting mission, she battles loneliness. Finally the story really focuses on what “home” means, and that even the worst situations and places can still be home.

The first thing that’s noticeable is the art. MacLean has an a style I’d associate more with European graphic novelists than what we’d find here in the US. It’s simple and beautiful to look at, adding just the right amount of detail, and at the same time not cluttering the page. The sparing use of colors enhances the look. It’s just beautiful to look at, there’s no other way to put it. You linger on each page checking out every small detail that’s been added, as if every line enhances to storytelling.

The story itself is fun and interesting with a twist towards the end I didn’t see coming at all. The comic is a layered morality tale, focusing on human nature, its propensity for destruction and through all of that, we still call each other a people and Earth home. There’s morals in there, but it’s a bit deeper than a normal comic, challenging the reader a bit. Even if you reject that sort of story, it’s still a fun, action packed comic with some fine twists and turns. I came out of it thinking a bit more about its deeper meaning. It’s a great read for a graphic novel club, perfect for debating it’s themes after.

There’s also a recurring references to opera and music. I’m sure there’s many more out there who are much more intelligent than I that can explain the significance (if any) of each of the choices of music. Again, it adds to that post reading examination that I enjoy in a comic. It’s there, but not explained for the reader, forcing us to do a bit more research and put more thought into the inclusion of the music.

The graphic novel is beautiful, and priced for a steal at $9.99. I highly recommend checking it out when it hits shelves in late May.

Story: Andrew MacLean Art: Andrew MacLean
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with an FREE copy for review

TV Review: Arrow S3E20 The Fallen

arrowRa’s al Ghul finally makes Oliver an offer he can’t refuse. The team joins Oliver on his journey to Nanda Parbat where a heartbroken Felicity decides to take matters into her own hands.

This episode of Arrow twists and turns as team Arrow attempts to save Thea using something comic fans will know well, Lazarus Pits. But, to save Thea, Oliver has to join the League of Assassins and take over as their new leader. The episode is full of “will he or won’t he” moments and characters attempting to sway him one way or another.

The episode is really solid other than one thing, we’ve seen this before. How many times now has Oliver left Starling City only to come back episodes later. Hell, the season started off with this exact same plot! You know it’s not going to last.

So that’s the question of this episode, where does the series go from here? The ending is pretty cool, I’ll give them that, but anyone that thinks this is a permanent thing hasn’t been paying attention. The series is heading back in an interesting direction as this season begins to wind down. Looks like it’ll be an interesting, darker, ride.

Overall rating: 7.75

TV Review: Powers S1E9 Level 13

Powers March 10In the penultimate episode written by the Powers comic co-creator Brian Michael Bendis, Walker (Sharlto Copley) decides how far he is willing to go to regain his powers as Johnny Royalle (Noah Taylor) sets the plan in motion to kill Wolfe (Eddie Izzard). Meanwhile the Powers Division sets a plan to catch Royalle in the act and discover where Walker’s true allegiance lies.

The series has gotten better the last couple of episodes, but has flattened out in quality in this episode which still includes horrible acting, and so many twists and turns as far as which side people were on that it became a mockery of itself by the end.

The episode continues to dance around good material, that’d make an excellent television show. Walker and Royalle keep debating and talking about their sins of the past, and wanting to make up for it as well as what it means to be a hero. That theme alone could have been drawn out the entire season and been the real focus. Instead, its lines every couple of episodes. There’s also Walker being torn as to whether or not he wants his powers back, and where his loyalty actually is. That is a focus of this episode, but that’s only shallow deep, as when we get to a juicy part, the episode and characters veer as if everything was not big deal. It also might be the fact no one can act like something is a big deal.

Powers Cast PhotoThere’s only one more episode left in the series, and there’s still lots to explore and wrap up, including Wolfe and the potential of an anti-powers movement. Either of those could be done over a bunch of episodes on their own, and both are prime for good material to come out of them. But, I’m expecting much of the same as the series wraps up.

To say this experiment by Sony and the Playstation was a failure in my eyes is an understatement. It fails on almost every single episode, never creating a voice of its own, unless B-Movie quality is its voice. With so many other choices out there, there’s many other shows featuring powers I’d choose before this series. It’s a shame because this one has so much potential as far as what can be done, it just isn’t quite using its powers right.

Overall Score: 6.85





TV Review: iZombie S1E6 Virtual Reality Bites

normal_izombietv_s01promo_001-1~0Liv inherits agoraphobia — and computer gaming skills — after eating a hacker’s brain.

iZombie has Liv diving into the world of computers and video games to solve a murder. The episode has a lot of amusing moments, and there’s also some pretty gruesome ones as well. The episode really kicks off with a bloated gross corpse, which might be the grossest of the series so far. There’s also a couple of murders, in rather creative ways. Finally, there’s also a lot of geek references.

That’s part of the fun of the episode. Liv gets sucked into a rather stereotypical computer nerd world, including copious amounts of Mountain Dew, never going outside, and lots of cyberbullying. It’s a little over the top, but taken as meant to be, it goes into comical territory. There’s also some slip-ups like how she says SQL, but those are made up for by geek references such as a quote from Conan the Barbarian.

The Candyman mystery is moved along quite nicely too with Major doing a lot of sleuthing. This is a very good thing, because that plot has dragged on a bit.

Finally Liv’s personal life gets some movement as well post being turned into a zombie.

As usual, the episode is charming and fun and most of that is due to Rose McIver as Liv. The series continues to be a treat with every episode, even with a similar formula played over and over.

Overall Rating: 8

Bisexual Erasure Strikes Again in All-New X-Men #40

All New X-Men 40 biBrian Michael BendisAll-New X-Men #40 hits shelves tomorrow with a big change to one of the original X-Men characters. Warning Spoilers to follow.

In the issue, regular jokester Bobby Drake aka Iceman, is confronted by telepath Jean Grey after Drake makes a comment about the “hotness” of a female character Magik. Grey, reading his mind, outs Bobby as a gay. Bobby initially disagrees, citing his older self (time travel stuff) has dated numerous women. He responds that maybe he’s bisexual to which Jean says nope, he’s “fully gay.” You can read the exchange on the left.

So I’ve been sitting on this because I want to read All-New X-Men #40 myself first before going on record. But having seen the panels I need to at least say this: Bendis, I really respect your work but you messed this up. Please consider listening to actual bisexual people when you do this sort of thing. Because we are going to have a different perspective on this than you will. I’m not saying that Bobby needs to be bi (though lord knows, we need another bi hero). I’m not saying that Bobby should identify in any particular way. I’m saying that the way the scene was written dismisses the existence of bisexual people. And Bobby deserves to have the chance to define his own sexual orientation rather than having a narrator stand-in tell him how he should or shouldn’t identify.

Evan at Bisexual Books summed it up nicely:

Saying everyone is bi erases us. It invalidates bisexual identity and gives room for people to feel it’s perfectly ok for them to smack their own labels on us rather than allowing us to self identify. This is exactly what young Jean does to young Bobby in this exchange.

Maybe the writer doesn’t want us to interpret Jean’s voice as the narrator’s. Maybe he is showing the limitations of her teenage vocabulary and understanding of human sexuality (I mean they just pulled her out of the 60s). But its hard for me to read the scene any other way.

erasure(and thank you to herecomesthewomanwithoutfear aka Emma Houxbois for turning my Living Eraser from Dimension Z comment into an awesome jpg. FYI the Living Eraser is a comics meta joke dating back to the silver age).

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2E18 The Frenemy of My Enemy

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoA dangerous new alliance is formed as Coulson and Hunter turn to the last person anyone would expect, Grant Ward! As the war between S.H.I.E.L.D. factions continues, Skye and Lincoln will find themselves drawn into this conflict.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is daughter/daddy night as Skye and her father get to know each other. They still haven’t quite explained who Calvin is for non-comic fans (ie what makes him special), so watching actor Kyle MacLachlan is pretty entertaining as he bounces around his mood.

But really, the episode is about bringing storylines together. Coulson decides he has to make a deal with the devil to figure out what’s going on and get closer to take on Hydra. That involves recruiting Grant, and of course things go wrong and there’s double-crossing, and Skye gets whisked away. The episode was just a way to get a lot of major players together to lead into the end of the season.

There’s also a lot of advertising tying in the episode to Avengers: Age of Ultron. I haven’t seen the movie, so can’t say how well it does that, but it definitely doesn’t have the connection we saw in the first season, and feels a bit more forced.

Overall, the episode just is. There’s lots of action. The acting isn’t as horrible as it has been the last few episodes. It told a somewhat entertaining story. It just…. was.

Overall Score: 7.25

TV Review: The Flash S1E19 Who Is Harrison Wells?

theflash_full_costumeJoe and Cisco visit Starling City and ask Captain Lance for help with their investigation into Dr. Wells; Laurel asks Cisco for a favor; Barry faces a new foe who can disguise himself into anyone he touches.

The Flash ramps it up with a very fun episode that sees the Flash and his team fight a metahuman that can shape-shift into anyone. It’s a fun villain in that you get to see many of the characters that we’ve come to love act in totally different ways. We Iris fighting Barry, an evil version of Barry, it’s an episode that’s completely expected and we’ve seen before, but it’s still a hell of a lot of fun.

But also, the episode focuses on the mystery that is Dr. Wells. Part of team Flash heads to Starling City to look into the accident that killed Wells’ wife. It leads to some revelations that helps them put the puzzle together.

What’s really kills is that finale which has Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin stumble upon some info that really opens their eyes. Fans of the comic series should be so excited to see all of this, and it’s setting up what should be one hell of a season finale.

The last couple of episodes have been ok, but this one slingshots right back into that awesome category. It’s a fun episode that moves the mythos along, but also provides us a fun villain too.

Overall rating: 8.5

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