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Space Goat Productions Announces New International Agreements

Space Goat Productions has announced that they have entered into two separate distribution agreements with publishing companies in both France and Italy. This will be the first time that foreign-language content from SGP will be translated and distributed in localized languages

In France, SGP has agreed to partner with Wetta. Wetta will be translating select titles from SGP’s library of Evil Dead 2 and The Howling books into French for local distribution.

In Italy, Weird Books, an imprint of Panini Books, will handle the translation and distribution to the Italian book market. Select titles from Evil Dead 2 and The Howling franchise will be made available. Weird Books will also be translating SGP’s original Backpack Editions books which include such titles as Big Game Hunters and Mage, Inc. This will mark the first time that original content from Space Goat is available in a language other than English.

Release dates for the books in both markets will be made available at a later date.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s (and 2018’s) Comic Book Films. Black Panther Continues to Impress, Death of Stalin Nears $7 million

Black Panther remained in the top ten at the box office coming in at #8 this past weekend. The film dropped 19.7% over the weekend adding $4.6 million to its total. The film now stands at $681.1 million. Worldwide the film stands at $1.324 billion. The film is $8 million behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi to move in to ninth place for worldwide grosses of all time. The movie’s domestic run accounts for almost 20% of 2018’s overall box office. So, while the year is only a third of the way done, it looks like Marvel’s dominance will be the story of the year with Avengers: Infinity War likely also earning a billion dollars by the time it’s done.

The film is still earning far more domestically than the average Marvel film with 51.4% earned versus 41.1% on average. International earnings seem to have slowed down as the percentage has increased for the domestic ever so slightly. The film is an outlier as far as that and we’ll have a deeper dive in a few weeks to see where it over performed and where it might have under performed.

The Death of Stalin was #21 earning $340,216 to bring its domestic total to $6.9 million after seven weeks domestically. It debuted internationally last year, with controversy in Russia. It has also earned $9.05 million in foreign markets. The film has passed Josie and the Pussycats and Billy and Buddy and is now #142 when it comes to comic adaptation earnings.

I Kill Giants continues to be a weird one when it comes to numbers. Reported earnings are scarce. In Russia the film opened on March 29and has earned $127,713. In the United Kingdom is listed as having opened April 6th and earned $804. The film has likely earned money elsewhere, so we’ll keep digging.

We’ll have a deeper analysis of 2018’s releases as more are released but lets do the time warp to 2017…


Things have slowed down as 2017 wraps up.

Thor: Ragnarok looks to have earned a few hundred dollars and stands at $854 million. It’s the last film from 2017 that’s till earning money at the box office.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. The films have earned $2.365 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.755 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.120 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.442 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least a few more weeks.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. Black Panther is included, so Marvel’s totals will increase over time. On average DC films earn $317.6 million domestically while Marvel earns $333.6 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $495.1 million and DC lags behind with $435.7 million.

2017 has had five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.365 billion
Total International Gross: $3.755 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.120 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.442 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.8 million
Average International Gross: $268.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $382.5 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $254.2 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

A Quiet Place Takes Back First While Two Debuts are in the Top Five

This weekend had a pretty tight race for the top spot as A Quiet Place and Rampage battled for the top spot. In the end, only $1 million separated them in the early reported earnings.

A Quiet Place took back to the top spot bringing in an estimated $22 million for the weekend to bring its domestic total to $132.4 million. With the $15 million internationally, the film has also earned a total of $74.8 million at the foreign box office to bring its worldwide total to $207.2 million off of a $17 million budget.

Rampage dropped from last weekend’s first place to second earning $21 million. The film has earned $66.6 million after two weeks. The film also earned $57 million internationally from 61 markets bringing its worldwide total to $283 million.

In third place was a debut, I Feel Pretty which earned an estimated $16.2 million which beat some expectations. The film has a reported budget of $32 million.

Super Troopers 2 came in fourth place with $14.7 million. That’s the best opening for a Broken Lizard film. Beerfest opened with $7 million in 2006 and Super Troopers earned $6.2 million in 2002. Club Dread opened with $3 million in 2004 and The Slammin’ Salmon earned $26,167 in 2009. With a $13.5 million budget, the film should do well and will likely make a nice profit by the time it’s done.

Rounding out the top five was Truth or Dare which brought in an estimated $7.9 million to bring its domestic total to $30.4 million.

In comic related films…

Black Panther came in at #8 with $4.6 million to bring its domestic total to $681.1 million. Worldwide the film stands at $1.324 billion. The film is $8 million behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi to move in to ninth place for worldwide grosses of all time.The film’s domestic run accounts for almost 20% of 2018’s overall box office.

The Death of Stalin was #21 earning $340,216 to bring its domestic total to $6.9 million after seven weeks domestically.

This coming weekend is Avengers: Infinity War which is guaranteed to be in the top spot, but the question is how much it’ll earn. Will it have a record breaking weekend? Will two Marvel films be in the top ten? We’ll find out in a week!

Lion Forge Joins the CBLDF as a Corporate Member

Lion Forge has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as the organization’s newest Corporate Member! Lion Forge is a trans-media studio with a focus on comics publishing across all age groups. A company committed to “Comics for Everyone,” Lion Forge strives to publish titles that reflect the diversity of our world in the characters, the creators, and the Lion Forge team, creating content that is just as original.

 

CBLDF provides legal and educational resources to protect the freedom to read comics. The organization is a partner in Banned Books Week, the Kids’ Right to Read Project, Free Comic Book Day, and other national institutions that support intellectual freedom and literacy. CBLDF’s work extends from courtrooms to classrooms to conventions, where CBLDF defends the freedom to read by providing legal aid, letters of support in book challenges, challenges to unconstitutional legislation, and a robust schedule of programs about current and historical censorship to audiences all over the world.

 

Robert Meyers is Promoted to Editorial Director at Valiant Entertainment

Valiant Entertainment has announced that Managing Editor Robert Meyers has been promoted to Editorial Director, effective immediately. The news comes on the heels of the announcement of Joe Illidge joining as Executive Editor, and is part of an effort by the publisher to strengthen its editing team of Editor Karl Bollers and Editorial Assistants Benjamin Peterson and David Menchel.

Meyers first joined Valiant in 2013 as Operations Coordinator, and was named Managing Editor in 2016. Meyers holds a B.A. in Communications from University of California, San Diego; an M.A. in Media Studies, with a Certificate in Media Management from The New School.

Meyers will play an increased role in helping to shape the company’s publishing plan going forward, in addition to his editorial and operations responsibilities, which include, developing and editing new projects, creator outreach and recruitment, and working closely with the Sales and Marketing teams.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s (and 2018’s) Comic Book Films. Black Panther Drops Out of the Top Five

Black Panther has dropped out of the top give after nine weeks at the box office. The film dropped 38.6% over the weekend adding $5.3 million to its total. The film now stands at $673.8 million domestically and $1.313 billion worldwide. The film is just $20 million behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi for worldwide grosses and there’s a good chance it’ll pass it before its run is over.

The film is still earning far more domestically than the average Marvel film with 51.3% earned versus 41.1% on average. International earnings seem to have slowed down as the percentage has increased for the domestic ever so slightly. The film is an outlier as far as that and we’ll have a deeper dive in a few weeks to see where it over performed and where it might have under performed.

The Death of Stalin held steady at #18 with an estimated $474,692. The film has earned $6.3 million domestically. It’s decreased in theaters now showing in 330 a decrease in 224. It debuted internationally last year, with controversy in Russia. It has also earned $9.05 million in foreign markets. The film has passed Josie and the Pussycats and Billy and Buddy and is now #142 when it comes to comic adaptation earnings.

I Kill Giants still is a weird one when it comes to numbers. So far, only its earnings in Russia have been reported and that was last week. It opened March 29 in that region. The film earned $127,713. Now, the United Kingdom is lsited where it opened April 6th and earned $804 (reported on April 11th). The film has likely earned money elsewhere, so we’ll keep digging.

We’ll have a deeper analysis of 2018’s releases as more are released but lets do the time warp to 2017…


Things have slowed down as 2017 wraps up.

Thor: Ragnarok looks to have earned a few hundred dollars and now stands at $854 million.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. The films have earned $2.365 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.755 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.120 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.442 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least a few more weeks.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. Black Panther is included, so Marvel’s totals will increase over time. On average DC films earn $317.6 million domestically while Marvel earns $333.6 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $495.1 million and DC lags behind with $435.7 million.

2017 has had five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.365 billion
Total International Gross: $3.755 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.120 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.442 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.8 million
Average International Gross: $268.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $382.5 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $254.2 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

Rampage Smashes Into First While A Quiet Place Makes Noise in Second

It looks like Rampage won the weekend, holding off last weekend’s top movie A Quiet Place. Rampage came in first place with an estimated $34.5 million from 4,101 theaters. The film also brought in $114.1 million from 61 markets internationally for a grand total of $148.6 million worldwide. For a $120 million film, that’s a tough one as it really only has one more weekend and then all the oxygen in the room will be sucked up by Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. The film played to a 55% male audience and 63% were over the age of 25. Audiences gave the film an “A-” CinemaScore.

In second place was last weekend’s winner, A Quiet Place which has seen a lot of positive word of mouth. The film added an estimated $32.6 million domestically to bring that total to just shy of $100 million (and depending on adjustments it might pass that number this weekend). That’s a quick $100 million and Paramount must be happy with the results. Internationally, the film added $22.3 million from 55 markets. The film has earned a total of $51.7 million at the international box office for a worldwide total of $151.3 million.

Another horror film Truth or Dare came in third place with an estimated $19 million debut from 3,029 locations. The film earned a “B-” CinemaScore and had an audience that was 60% female and 40% over the age of 25. The film brought in an estimated $2.6 million at the international box office. The film will have a slow international rollout over the next couple of months. Worldwide the film has earned $21.7 million.

In fourth place was Ready Player One with an estimated $11.2 million to bring its domestic total to $114.6 million. The film also added $33.8 million at the foreign box office from 65 markets. There the total is now $360.2 million for a worldwide total of $474.8 million. The movie opens in Japan this coming weekend.

Rounding out the top five was Blockers which added $11.2 million to its domestic total to bring that to $36.9 million. It also is in 21 international territories where it brought it $3.9 million. The international total is now $16 million for a worldwide total of $52.9 million.

In comic movie news….

Black Panther came in sixth place with an estimated $5.3 million. Its domestic total now stands at $673.8 million. Worldwide the film has earned $1.313 billion.

The Death of Stalin held steady at #18 with an estimated $474,692. The film has earned $6.3 million domestically.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic film adaptations and may finally wrap up 2017.

The Comics Are All Right: Actually, They’re Left

When putting together the monthly Demo-Graphic reports that looks into the demographics of those who like comics on Facebook, I collect much more data than what’s reported. Beyond demographic data like age, education, and gender, I also look into party affiliation, incomes, and more for those in the United States.

So, when I’m not analyzing comic sales, marketing, and retail specifically, I thought it might be interesting to dive into this data revealing it for the first time. Some of this data goes back to 2014.

So, lets begin.

Along with data such as age and gender, Facebook also tracks your political leaning and places individuals into five categories (at one point non-partisan was used but that stopped being a category in 2014):

  • Conservative
  • Liberal
  • Moderate
  • Very Conservative
  • Very Liberal

This is based on what you label yourself as as well as to how you interact online. I’m categorized as “very liberal” as an example which is absolutely correct.

Each category has an overall total and then there’s the amount within the United States (someone can be engaged in American politics overseas, Americans abroad is the best example of that) Here’s where Facebook stands today based on the 230 million individuals in the United States.

Overall – 218,751,337 total individuals

  • Conservative – 41,658,731 (18.11%)
  • Liberal – 56,457,376 (24.55%)
  • Moderate – 50,636,131 (22.02%)
  • Very Conservative – 28,610,146 (12.44%)
  • Very Liberal – 42,388,953 (18.43%)

Within the United States – 196,000,000 total individuals

  • Conservative – 38,000,000 (16.52%)
  • Liberal – 49,000,000 (21.30%)
  • Moderate – 46,000,000 (20.00%)
  • Very Conservative – 26,000,000 (11.30%)
  • Very Liberal – 37,000,000 (16.09%)

And lumping these categories into more simplified categories:

Overall

  • Conservative – 70,268,877 (30.55%)
  • Liberal – 98,846,329 (42.98%)
  • Moderate – 50,636,131 (22.02%)

Within the United States

  • Conservative – 64,000,000 (27.83%)
  • Liberal – 86,000,000 (37.39%)
  • Moderate – 46,000,000 (20.00%)

We can see that liberals outnumber conservatives on the Facebook platform and even “very liberal” almost outnumbers “conservative.” Here’s the above data since March of 2014. We can see that liberals weren’t always a majority and that “very liberal” has seen a surge in 2017 coinciding with President Trump’s first year.

And here’s that data combined into just three categories.

We can see that liberals outnumber both conservatives and moderates with those that are conservative being the second largest population.

How do comic fans compare?

While there was a point that conservatives were a majority, that isn’t the case when it comes to comic fans. Going back even further to December 2013:

We can see that there is indeed a difference between the general Facebook population and comic fans. While moderates are briefly a majority of the general population, that’s not the case with comic fans and we can see the how things dip with the general flow of the comic population.

What’s particularly interesting is the difference between liberal (and very) and the other categories compared to the general population. While the general Facebook population seems to have similar regular growth across, we can see the comic population is pretty volatile (beyond the population ebbs and flows).Looking at the combined data what’s interesting is that those labelled as conservative comic fans are close to those that are moderate. This is in stark contrast to the overall Facebook population. Comic fans are not only liberal, they lean very left compared to the overall Facebook user base in the United States.

So what does this mean?

Comics have a long progressive history. The earliest talked about class and society. Superman’s earliest villains were crooked politicians and slumlords. Captain America advocated entering World War II a year before Pearl Harbor. There’s a long tradition within the pages.

While some regressive individuals think comics are too political, too left, “full of SJW (social justice warrior) crap,” the reality is that the fans are absolutely that. So, if the industry is supposed to market to the readers, why shouldn’t they also be progressive, liberal, and diverse?

Rebellion Joins the CBLDF as a Corporate Member

Rebellion has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as a corporate member. The publisher is the company behind 2000 AD as well as publishing imprints Abaddon Books, Solaris, and Ravenstone.

Founded in 1992, Rebellion is one of Europe’s leading independent game and comic publishers.

The CBLDF provides legal and educational resources to protect the freedom to read comics. The organization is a partner in Banned Books Week, the Kids’ Right to Read Project, Free Comic Book Day, and other national institutions that support intellectual freedom and literacy. CBLDF’s work extends from courtrooms to classrooms to conventions, where CBLDF defends the freedom to read by providing legal aid, letters of support in book challenges, challenges to unconstitutional legislation, and a robust schedule of programs about current and historical censorship to audiences all over the world.

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