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Hivemind and Brian Taylor are Bringing The Illuminatus! Trilogy to Television

Illuminatus!

Hivemind has announced that it has partnered with writer/director Brian Taylor and European production company Kallisti for a new television series based on The Illuminatus! Trilogy – the hugely influential science-fiction franchise created by authors Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea that first introduced the concept of “the Illuminati” into the popular consciousness, while simultaneously fueling, deconstructing, and skewering America’s modern-day obsession with conspiracy theories.

When the offices of a Manhattan news publisher are bombed, anti-authority reporter George Dorn begins to suspect that the disturbing conspiracy his editor has spent months investigating is not only real, it might be the key to unlocking all of history’s greatest unanswered mysteries. As George sets out to find his mentor and uncover the truth about an all-seeing secret society that seems to unify every insane, inane, and outlandish conspiracy theory ever told – from the JFK assassination, celebrity cabals and lost continents to UFOs, ancient gods and the truth about the New World Order – he finds himself drawn deeper into a war between two shadowy groups. On one side stand the Discordians, a clandestine band of chaos-loving guerrilla fighters led by the enigmatic modern-day pirate Hagbard Celine; and on the other, the Illuminati – elite authoritarians who secretly manipulate world events, ever-expanding their wealth, influence, and physical power in a plot to escape the limitations of human existence.

Illuminatus! will be executive produced by Dinesh Shamdasani and Hunter Gorinson for Hivemind, and Iris McPherson and Kirstin Winkler for Kallisti. Taylor will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

A globetrotting science-fiction/conspiracy thriller laced with subversive humor, Illuminatus! was first published in 1975 at the height of post-Watergate paranoia and has remained in print ever since.  Often ranked as one of the most influential and obsessively followed pieces of cult science fiction ever produced, references and allusions to the series have turned up everywhere many citing the series as an inspiration and influence.

Celebrated as a “mind-twisting science fiction…classic for more than 30 years” by the New York Times, “the ultimate conspiracy book” by the Village Voice, and the “New Testament” of the American counterculture underground by ViceIlluminatus! has spawned nearly a dozen sequels and spin-offs, along with comic books, stage plays, radio productions, role-playing games, and more based on the original trilogy. In recent years, Kallisti has also developed an immersive Illuminatus! VR experience, exploring series’ many iconic characters and settings, that has exhibited at numerous arts and technology events in the United States and Europe.

Dark Horse, Humanoids, Valiant, and Impact Theory Join Graphite Comics

Graphite Comics, Inc. announced today the arrival of four new publishers to their popular freemium streaming comic book platform, Graphite. World renowned publishers Dark Horse, Humanoids, Valiant, and Impact Theory will join over 500 other publishers and content creators already active on the platform, adding to Graphite’s existing library of over 25,000 comic books, webtoons, webcomics, and manga.

Among the most well-known titles releasing on Graphite are Hellboy, The Witcher, Aliens and Umbrella Academy from Dark Horse, The Incal, The Metabarons, and The Twilight Man from Humanoids, Bloodshot from Valiant, and Steve Aoki’s Neon Future from Impact Theory.

The new publishers join an already impressive roster including BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, Legendary, Aspen, Dynamite, Papercutz, Top Cow, Markosia and Tidalwave, as well as hundreds of independent artists who self-publish creator-owned content on the platform via Graphite’s Upload system.

Graphite is a streaming comic distribution platform offering both free-to-read, ad-supported comics and a monthly subscription for users who want access to the full catalog, with no ads and early access to read without interruptions. Graphite also boasts the highest image quality available for comic book content on mobile and web, an AI driven recommendation system, and a suite of social and discovery features and tools, which facilitate the sharing and promotion of comic content by publishers, creators and fans alike.

Graphite is unique in that it offers readers content in all formats, including digital print, graphic novels, manga, vertical scrolling webtoons, web comics and comic strips.

Graphite offers a $4.99 monthly subscription that gives user full access to all premium content and an ad-free experience.

With Graphite Upload, any creator and publisher can self-publish comics in any format such as digital print, webtoons, webcomics, strips and right-to-left reading manga in minutes in any language. With Graphite’s revenue share platform, creators can track their stats and earnings in real time.

Graphite

Diamond Announces New Shipping Boxes for Retailers

Diamond Comic Distributors, the leading distributor of comics, graphic novels and pop-culture merchandise, is introducing a redesigned shipping box, set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019. The redesign focuses on Diamond’s 200-count, 400-count, and 200/400-count combo box boxes for shipping comic books and other merchandise, with the goal to drastically reduce the amount of shipper-related damages through a stronger structural integrity of the box.

The new boxes will be in use starting with retailer shipments for December 18 release items. Retailers may see a mixed shipment of old and new boxes for a few weeks, as old inventory is depleted, with all shipments by late December using the new, stronger box structure.

Featuring a completely flat interior, with no flaps or tape on the bottom, the new box design allows comics to sit evenly inside the box, thus reducing the potential for bends and other damages to comic books. Furthermore, the new design boasts a considerable structural improvement over the existing box when compared in a burst test. A burst test is a pressure test used to determine the maximum weight at which a component will “burst” or fail. The new design’s point of failure came under much more weight than the existing box: the existing shipping box reaches its first point of failure at 737 pounds of pressure, whereas the new boxes reach its first point of failure at 3,200 pounds of pressure, representing a 335% structural improvement. The existing box reaches its second point of failure at 2,200 pounds of pressure, whereas the new design reaches its second point of failure at 3,500 pounds of pressure, representing a 56% structural improvement.

Diamond Heads to MegaCon Orlando for the 2020 Retailer Summit

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that its 2020 Retailer Summit for comic book specialty retailers will take place Tuesday, April 14 through Thursday, April 16 in Orlando, FL ahead of MegaCon Orlando, which is set to run from Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19 at the Orange County Convention Center. 

The 2020 Retailer Summit will offer a wealth of entertaining, educational and informative activities, bringing together the industry’s retailers, publishers, key vendors, and Diamond staff for the 3-day trade-only event. The Retailer Summit will feature key supplier presentations, a trade-only Exhibit Hall, retailer workshops, publisher forums, and more fun and informative events for comic book specialty retailers.

Diamond’s Retailer Summit is the leading annual event for comic book specialty retailers to meet with publishers and suppliers who come together to discuss the industry and their businesses. Top publishers sponsor the event and share exciting new projects, while retailers get to network and learn about new and proven business practices to help them succeed in today’s retailing environment.

Additional details and registration information to come.

Vault Comics Hires Rebecca “Tay” Taylor as Managing Editor, Creates Open Submission portal for Myriad Imprint

Rebecca “Tay” Taylor

Vault Comics has announced the hiring of Rebecca “Tay” Taylor as Managing Editor of Vault’s Myriad imprint. Beginning in Fall 2020, Myriad will publish fantasy and science fiction graphic novels for children and teens. Taylor will run editorial and acquisitions for the line, while marketing and sales roles will be shared with Vault’s core staff. Acclaimed designer and Vault EVP, Tim Daniel, will guide the look of the line along with Taylor.

A veteran editor recently of DC Comics, where she oversaw titles for readers of all ages and coordinated the line-wide Dark Nights: Metal publishing event, Taylor previously oversaw editorial for BOOM! Studios’ Archaia Imprint.

Taylor has opened submissions for the Myriad line, encouraging creators to submit fun and exciting science-fiction and fantasy stories geared toward young readers. Submissions can be made online.

Taylor will report to Vault’s CCO & Editor-in-Chief, Adrian Wassel.

Taylor will attend the American Library Association’s ALA Midwinter conference, from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27 in Philadelphia, as both Vault and Myriad expand their presence at book, indie, small press and pop culture events.

Joker Dances Along as it Challenges Batman

Joker

Joker held steady at the weekend box office coming in at #10 adding an estimated $1.04 million to its domestic total bringing it to $332.1 million. Over the week, the film added about $5 million to its international total to bring that to $722.8 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $1.055 billion on a budget of just $55 million.

The movie is currently ranked #11 in worldwide total for a comic adaptation. It’s about $26 million from passing The Dark Knight Rises and will crack the top ten at that point.

When it comes to DC films, it’s a most interesting one. The film is marching along and will likely pass Aquaman‘s domestic total by the time its domestic run is over. And after the next couple of weeks, the film has a chance of winding up in second place as far as that statistic:

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Wonder WomanWB$412,563,408
AquamanWB$335,061,807
JokerWB$332,141,623
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$330,360,194
Suicide SquadWB$325,100,054
Man of SteelWB$291,045,518
Justice LeagueWB$229,024,295
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$29,790,236

Joker has been doing quite well in international earnings where Warner Bros. has had issues in the past. Aquaman indicates a shift for the company and lessons seem to be continued with Joker.

FilmStudioInternational Gross
AquamanWB$813,100,000
JokerWB$722,800,000
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$542,900,000
Justice LeagueWB$428,900,000
Suicide SquadWB$420,500,000
Wonder WomanWB$409,283,604
Man of SteelWB$377,000,000
Shazam!WB$224,200,000
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$22,300,000

The film is now one of the most profitable comic film adaptations of all time. With a reported budget of $55 million, the movie has an 19.18x return so far. That’s the highest factor for any movie based on a comic beating The Mask which was the previous leader with a 15.29x factor.

The film hasn’t earned the most compared to the budget, that record is held by Avengers: Endgame. Despite a $356 million budget, that movie earned a “profit” of $2.442 billion. Joker has cracked the top ten though having so far earned a “profit” of $999.9 million. The film will cross the $1 billion “profit” mark during this week.


Here’s where 2019’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.365 billion
Total International Gross: $4.945 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.309 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.289 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.021 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $236.5 million
Average International Gross: $494.5 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $730.9 million
Average Budget: $128.9 million
Average Profit: $602.1 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. The bold numbers are above average while those below average are not.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$858,373,000
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$390,532,085
Joker WB $332,141,623
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,845,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$12,180,032
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,939,427,564
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$741,396,434
JokerWB$722,800,000
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$224,200,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB$3,700,000
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,797,800,564
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony $1,131,928,519
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Joker WB$1,054,941,623
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$364,571,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$15,880,032
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,441,800,564
JokerWB$999,941,623
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$971,9285,519
Shazam!WB$264,571,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
The KitchenWB-$21,119,968
FilmStudioGross/Budget
JokerWB19.18
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.86
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.07
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.65
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.43

Frozen II Threepeats at the Weekend Box Office

Frozen II

It should be no surprise, Frozen II won the weekend box office again with an estimated $34.7 million to bring its domestic total to $337.6 million. The film also added $90.2 million internationally to bring that total to $582 million. It’s a sure thing the film will cross the billion-dollar mark, the eighth film in 2019 to do so. Disney has released six of those.

In second place was Knives Out which earned an estimated $14.2 million to bring its domestic total to $63.5 million. It also added $18.7 million internationally to bring that total to $60.6 million for a global total just shy of $125 million. It opens in Brazil on December 12, Germany on January 2, and Japan on January 31.

Ford v Ferrari took third place earning an estimated $6.5 million to bring its domestic total to $91.1 million.

Queen & Slim took fourth place also with $6.5 million. Just $7,000 separated it and third place. Domestically, the film has earned $26.9 million.

Rounding out the top five was A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with an estimated $5.2 million to bring its domestic total to $43.1 million.

The top five was a repeat in order compared to the previous week.

In notable movie news, Playmobil: The Movie tanked with one of the worst openings of the year. The movie earned just $660,000 from 2,337 theaters. It’s the third-worst opening average for a film opening in 2,000 or more locations at $282. What’s interesting is the film was picked for domestic distribution after Global Road filed for bankruptcy in 2018. The studio decided to go with variable pricing for the film including a $5 a ticket experiment. It was to encourage audiences to see the fil and allow theaters to explore the concept for first-run movies. It clearly didn’t help.

In comic film news….

Joker held steady at #10 adding an estimated $1.04 million to its domestic total bringing it to $332.1 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2019’s comic films.

Comic Sales Continue to Make Gains in November According to Diamond Comic Distributors

Things remained relatively steady when it comes to market share for publishers while comics as a whole continue to make gains on the year according to data released by Diamond Comic Distributors today.

Compared to the previous month, comics, graphic novels, and toys were down in both dollars and units with almost all dropping double digits.

Compared to the same time the previous year, things look much better. Comics and graphic novels both saw gains combining for a 4.3% increase in dollars and 2.98% in units. Individually they also saw gains. Toys were a bit mixed seeing a decrease of 1.3% in dollars but an increase in 15.09% in units compared to the previous year.

When it comes year to date, comics are up 4.1% in dollars but down 1.42% in units. Graphic novels are still down, 3.21% in dollars and 8.65% in units. The two combined are up 2.02% in dollars and down 1.96% in units. Toys are still seeing major gains up 19.15% in dollars and down 21.54% in units.

Marvel Comics was November’s top publisher, taking a 37.41% dollar market share (-2.10) and a 42.68% unit share (-2.52) DC was second, with a 30.72% dollar share (-0.95) and a 32.41% unit share (+0.39). Image Comics placed third with 7.90% in dollars (+0.31) and 7.87% in units (+0.69), followed by BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, and Dynamite Entertainment.

Marvel Comics had eight of November’s ten best-selling comics including the top selling comic, New Mutants #1. They had the top five comics for the month. Image Comics’ Undiscovered Country #1, the new series from Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Daniele Orlandini, ranked #8. DC was also in the top ten; the “Year of the Villain” acetate cover edition of Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman #82 ranked #9.

Among the premier publishers’ top books for November, Matt Kindt and Matt Smith’s Folklords #1 from BOOM! Studios’ ranked #94; Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella #5 ranked #105; Hazel & Cha Cha Save Christmas: Tales from The Umbrella Academy, a spin-off from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s The Umbrella Academy, from Dark Horse ranked #110; and IDW Publishing’s Sonic the Hedgehog #23 ranked #189.

The heroes of the DC universe wage a desperate war against a world corrupted by the Anti-Life Equation in Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine’s DCeased, November’s best-selling graphic novel, collecting the best-selling mini-series from DC and one of the publisher’s two books in the top ten, along with Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr.’s Superman: Year One at #5. BOOM! Studios’ Firefly: The Sting, an original graphic novel based on the television series, ranked #2. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten; The Immortal Hulk Volume 5: Breaker of Worlds, was the top book at #3. Image Comics’ November Volume 1 ranked #4. Dark Horse Comics had two titles in the top, led by The Legend of Korra Part 2: Ruins of Empire at #6.

Gemstone Publishing’s The Overstreet Price Guide to Batman, a guide to eighty years of comics and collectibles focused on the Dark Knight, was November’s best-selling book. Also of note, Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella: 50th Anniversary Poster Collection ranked #3 and Titan Comics’ The Philosophy of Deadpool ranked #4.

Mezco Toys’ One:12 Collective: Marvel Comics: Classic Cyclops Action Figure, a PREVIEWS exclusive, was November’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had five products in the top ten, led by the Castlevania Gallery: Trevor Belmont PVC Figure, based on the Netflix animated series. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten; the Dark Nights Metal: The Batman Who Laughs & Robins Deluxe Statue was their best-selling product at #6.

Paizo Publishing’s Starfinder RPG: Character Operations Manual, a sourcebook for the science-fiction role-playing game, was November’s best-selling game product and one of the seven Paizo products among the top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS37.41%42.68%
DC30.72%32.41%
IMAGE COMICS7.90%7.87%
BOOM! STUDIOS3.46%3.07%
IDW PUBLISHING3.42%3.04%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.38%2.37%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.03%1.45%
VIZ MEDIA1.48%0.56%
TITAN COMICS0.70%0.50%
ONI PRESS INC.0.57%0.46%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.93%5.59%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
NOVEMBER 2019 VS. OCTOBER 2019
COMICS-28.87%-24.86%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-12.33%-14.39%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-24.86%-24.19%
TOYS-8.72%-13.86%
NOVEMBER 2019 VS. NOVEMBER 2018
COMICS3.12%2.91%
GRAPHIC NOVELS7.43%3.94%
TOTAL COMICS/GN4.30%2.98%
TOYS-1.30%15.09%
YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018
COMICS4.10%-1.42%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-3.21%-8.65%
TOTAL COMICS/GN2.02%-1.96%
TOYS19.15%21.54%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTALSHIPPED
DC COMICS96310127
MARVEL COMICS84360120
IMAGE COMICS4015055
IDW PUBLISHING3614050
DARK HORSE COMICS2222044
BOOM! STUDIOS1915034
VIZ MEDIA LLC027027
DYNAMITE149023
TITAN COMICS87116
ONI PRESS INC.3407
OTHER NON-TOP 1015220024376
TOTAL47438025879

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1NEW MUTANTS #1$4.99SEP190749-MMAR
2X-MEN #2$3.99SEP190778-MMAR
3ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #5$4.99SEP190790-MMAR
4X-FORCE #1$4.99SEP190760-MMAR
5FALLEN ANGELS #1$4.99SEP190769-MMAR
6DEADPOOL #1$4.99SEP190835-MMAR
7AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33$3.99SEP190814-MMAR
8UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #1 (MR) [*]$3.99SEP190027-MIMA
9BATMAN #82 ACETATE COVER$3.99AUG190599DC
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #34$3.99SEP190818-MMAR

 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1NEW MUTANTS #1$4.99SEP190749-MMAR
2ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #5$4.99SEP190790-MMAR
3X-FORCE #1$4.99SEP190760-MMAR
4X-MEN #2$3.99SEP190778-MMAR
5DEADPOOL #1$4.99SEP190835-MMAR
6FALLEN ANGELS #1$4.99SEP190769-MMAR
7UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #1 (MR) [*]$3.99SEP190027-MIMA
8BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT PRESENTS: VON FREEZE #1$5.99SEP190437-MDC
9SCREAM: CURSE OF CARNAGE #1$4.99SEP190805-MMAR
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33$3.99SEP190814-MMAR

TOP 10 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DCEASED HC$29.99AUG190650DC
2FIREFLY: THE STING HC$19.99JUL191306BOO
3IMMORTAL HULK VOL. 5: BREAKER OF WORLDS TP$15.99AUG191149MAR
4NOVEMBER VOL. 1 HC (MR)$16.99JUL190077IMA
5SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE HC$29.99AUG190687DC
6LEGEND OF KORRA PART 2: RUINS OF EMPIRE TP$10.99JUN190359DAR
7JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER: ALLEGIANCE TP$15.99SEP190991-MMAR
8LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: LUX TP$15.99JUL191064MAR
9SAVAGE AVENGERS VOL. 1: CITY OF SICKLES TP$15.99AUG191148MAR
10STRANGER THINGS: SIX TP$17.99JUL190353DAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC$125.00MAY190943-MMAR
2CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS BOX SET HC$500.00APR190537DC
3ABSOLUTE SWAMP THING BY ALAN MOORE VOL. 1 HC$99.99MAR190601DC
4DCEASED HC$29.99AUG190650DC
5DOOM PATROL: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS HC$125.00APR190538DC
6SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE HC$29.99AUG190687DC
7FIREFLY: THE STING HC$19.99JUL191306BOO
8BATMAN BY SNYDER & CAPULLO OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC$125.00APR190526DC
9NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS VOL. 4 HC$99.00APR190560DC
10MARVEL MASTERWORKS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 31 HC$75.00MAY190945-MMAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE TO BATMAN SC$30.00SEP191814GEM
2DRAGON BALL VISUAL HISTORY: THE ART OF AKIRA TORIYAMA HC$34.99AUG192435VIZ
3VAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY POSTER COLLECTION SC$24.99AUG191226DE
4THE PHILOSOPHY OF DEADPOOL HC (MR)$14.99MAR192035TTN
5OVERLORD LIGHT NOVEL VOLUME 11 HC$20.00JUL192435YEN
6SHIGENORI SOEJIMA & P-STUDIO ART UNIT ART WORKS 2 TP$39.99AUG192423UDO
7THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 146 SC$14.95SEP191953SAN
8TRANSFORMERS VISUAL HISTORY HC$49.99SEP192219VIZ
9DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: WINNER TAKES ALL SC$6.99SEP191935RAN
10DRAGONS CROWN: OFFICIAL ARTWORKS HC$49.99JUL192399UDO

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: CLASSIC CYCLOPS FIGURESEP188229MEZ
2CASTLEVANIA GALLERY: TREVOR BELMONT PVC FIGUREJAN192540DST
3POP! DC HEROES: HARLEY QUINN WITH BOOMBOX VINYL FIGUREAUG188545FUN
4MARVEL SELECT: CARNAGE FIGURENOV142179DST
5KINGDOM HEARTS 3 GALLERY: MALEFICENT PVC STATUEMAY189403DST
6DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS & ROBINS DELUXE STATUEMAY190542DC
7DARK KNIGHTS METAL: BATMAN THE RED DEATH STATUEAPR190588DC
8DC PRIME: BATMAN ACTION FIGUREMAR190627DC
9DC GALLERY: HARLEY QUINN REBIRTH PVC FIGUREJUN192385DST
10MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS ENDGAME CAPTAIN AMERICA PVC FIGUREJUL192669DST

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1STARFINDER RPG: CHARACTER OPERATIONS MANUAL HCSEP193078PAI
2STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI
3CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE
4PATHFINDER: LOST OMENS CHARACTER GUIDE HC (P2)AUG193363PAI
5PATHFINDER FLIP-MAT: BASIC NEW EDITIONMAR138328PAI
6PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITIONAPR168770PAI
7PATHFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: AGE OF ASHES PART 5SEP193076PAI
8MY HERO ACADEMIA: THE CARD GAMEJUL183082S7
9POP! FUNKOVERSE STRATEGY GAME: THE GOLDEN GIRLS 100 EXPANDALONE BOARD GAMEJUN198704FUN
10TOME OF BEASTS HCJUN168476PAI

ComiXology Announces a Multi-Book Deal with Rafael Albuquerque, Eduardo Medeiros, Mateus Santolouco, and Rafael Scavone’s Stout Club Entertainment

Stout Club Entertainment

Timed to the kickoff of Brazil’s Comic Con Experience, comiXology and Stout Club Entertainment – the powerhouse creative group composed of comic book creators Rafael Albuquerque, Eduardo Medeiros, Mateus Santolouco, and Rafael Scavone – announced a multi-book deal for four new comic book series to debut exclusively through the comiXology Originals program. Fans can catch Stout Club Entertainment at Comic Con Experience in Brazil, where the group will be hosting a panel.

These books will be part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content, available upon release at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. More details will be announced at a later date.

Joker Passes Civil War and Batman v Superman

Joker

Joker improved spots at the weekend box office coming in at #9 from last week’s #10 after nine weeks. The film added an estimated $2 million over the weekend to bring its domestic total to $330.6 million. Internationally, the film added about $9 million over the week. That total is now $717.7 million. Worldwide, the movie has earned $1.048 billion off of a reported budget of just $55 million.

The movie is currently ranked #11 in worldwide total for a comic adaptation. It passed Captain America: Civil War this past week and leads the movie by about $4 million. It’s about $33 million from passing The Dark Knight Rises and will crack the top ten at that point.

When it comes to DC films, it’s a most interesting one. It’s improved from last week passing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for a domestic total. And after the next couple of weeks, the film has a chance of winding up in second place as far as that statistic:

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Wonder WomanWB$412,563,408
AquamanWB$335,061,807
JokerWB$330,601,522
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$330,360,194
Suicide SquadWB$325,100,054
Man of SteelWB$291,045,518
Justice LeagueWB$229,024,295
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$29,790,236

Joker has been doing quite well in international earnings where Warner Bros. has had issues in the past. Aquaman indicates a shift for the company and lessons seem to be continued with Joker.

FilmStudioInternational Gross
AquamanWB$813,100,000
JokerWB$717,700,000
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$542,900,000
Justice LeagueWB$428,900,000
Suicide SquadWB$420,500,000
Wonder WomanWB$409,283,604
Man of SteelWB$377,000,000
Shazam!WB$224,200,000
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$22,300,000

The film is now one of the most profitable comic film adaptations of all time. With a reported budget of $55 million, the movie has an 19.06x return so far. That’s the highest factor for any movie based on a comic beating The Mask which was the previous leader with a 15.29x factor.

The film hasn’t earned the most compared to the budget, that record is held by Avengers: Endgame. Despite a $356 million budget, that movie earned a “profit” of $2.442 billion. Joker has cracked the top ten though having so far earned a “profit” of $993.3 million. There’s a chance the film will cross the $1 billion “profit” by its run is done.


Here’s where 2019’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.363 billion
Total International Gross: $4.940 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.303 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.289 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.014 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $236.3 million
Average International Gross: $494.0 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $730.3 million
Average Budget: $128.9 million
Average Profit: $601.4 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. The bold numbers are above average while those below average are not.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$858,373,000
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$390,532,085
Joker WB $3306,601,522
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,845,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$12,180,032
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,939,427,564
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$741,396,434
JokerWB$717,700,000
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$224,200,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB$3,700,000
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,797,800,564
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony $1,131,928,519
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Joker WB$1,048,301,522
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$364,571,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$15,880,032
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,441,800,564
JokerWB$993,301,522
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$971,9285,519
Shazam!WB$264,571,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
The KitchenWB-$21,119,968
FilmStudioGross/Budget
JokerWB19.06
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.86
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.07
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.65
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.43
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