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Real! Live! Cats! Seattle’s Comics Dungeon is Hosting a Valiant Cat Cosplay Signing

Across the millennia-spanning arc of human history, mankind has celebrated many triumphs. But, from the pyramids to the moon landing, they all now pale in comparison to the landmark achievement that Valiant has bequeathed unto civilization…with Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers!

To mark this most momentous occasion, Seattle’s Comics Dungeon will be officiating the December release of this all-new line of shelf covers with a live, in-person signing featuring stars (and real-life felines) Fawkes and Nak, alongside Freyu – creator of the Cat Cosplay of the Feline Variety blog and trusted human – on Saturday, December 17th! From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm PT, meet the stars behind the purr-aculous covers gracing each of Valiant’s releases throughout December, pose for photos, and get your Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers paw-printed for all eternity by the legends themselves!

A portion of the proceeds from all Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers sold will benefit the Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC), a New York-based non-profit that operates a beloved, no-kill shelter for cats and dogs in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. BARC’s mission is to provide a safe haven for abandoned animals – with quality food, shelter, medical attention, and the love they deserve – and to find permanent loving homes for them.

Available as “order-all” covers across all of Valiant’s December 2016 series, each Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers will be available for retailers to order in unlimited quantities at the standard suggested retail price:

  • A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #10
  • Bloodshot U.S.A. #3 (of 4)
  • Britannia #4 (of 4)
  • Divinty III: Stalinverse #1 (of 4)
  • Faith #6
  • Generation Zero #5
  • Harbinger Renegade #2 
  • Ninjak #22
  • Savage #2 (of 4)
  • Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #14

They’re intrepid! They’re fearless! They’re cats!

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Demo-Graphics: Comic Fandom on Facebook – US Edition

Each month I run demographic data of comic “fans” based on data mined from Facebook.

This data is compiled using key terms, “likes,” users have as part of their profiles. Primarily terms are focused on generic ones such as “comics” or “graphic novels” or publishers. I stay away from specific characters, creators or series, because this does not indicate they are a comic book fan. Over 100 terms are used for this report.

This data is important in that it shows who the potential comic audience could be. This is not purchasers, these are people who have shown an affinity for comics and are potential purchasers and those with an interest.

Also, with this being online/technology, due to laws and restrictions, those under the age of 13 are likely underrepresented.

Facebook Population: Over 45,000,000 in the United States

That’s an increase of 4 million compared to last month. Worldwide, the estimate is 327,711,486 which is an increase of about 21 million compared to last month.

The Spanish-speaking population last month was 22.93%, and this month the population has decreased to 21.33%. The population increased, but not as fast as the overall population.

Gender and Age

Last month men accounted for 60.98% and women were 39.02%. Women made some gains while men dipped this past month. Women account for 40.00% while men account for 57.78%.

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Women continue to never become a majority even though they do so in the general Facebook population.

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Relationship Status

Pretty much across the board things gained due to the bigger population. Interestingly men listed as “open relationship” and “separated” both dipped.

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Education

There’s been some shifts from the previous month and it’s interesting to see where women are the majority.

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Gender Interest

Women gained overall, and you of course see that here. Men interesting in men, women interested in women, and women interested in both men and women all saw gains too.

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Ethnicity

African Americans are the only overall group that saw gains this month with 1 million more individuals. Interestingly the individual Hispanic group all saw gains, but it was not enough to shift the overall Hispanic total.

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Generation

And the overall gains are seen reflected here.

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And come back next month for a new look at the data! And on November 15th we’ll have the second report of Europe’s data!

Demo-Graphics: Comic Fandom on Facebook – European Edition

Each month I run demographic data of comic “fans” based on data mined from Facebook. Due to popular demand I have split out and launched a “European edition” that runs on the 15th of every month!

This data is compiled using key terms, “likes,” users have as part of their profiles. Primarily terms are focused on generic ones such as “comics” or “graphic novels” or publishers. I stay away from specific characters, creators or series, because this does not indicate they are a comic book fan. Over 100 terms are used for this report.

This data is important in that it shows who the potential comic audience could be. This is not purchasers, these are people who have shown an affinity for comics and are potential purchasers and those with an interest.

Also, with this being online/technology, due to laws and restrictions, those under the age of 13 are likely underrepresented. Europe also has some other data restrictions that will be discussed below.

Facebook Population: Over 61,000,000 in Europe

That’s an increase of 4 million individuals from Europe last month and 20 million more individuals than compared to what I reported for the United States in the beginning of the month. Worldwide, there’s an estimated 306,654,04 individuals interested in comics.

Gender and Age

Last month women account for 45.61% while men account for 52.63%. This month men continued to decrease and now stand at 52.46% with women increasing to 47.54%.

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Compared to last month the percents and general trends between men, women, and age remain similar.

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The increase from last month is widespread with folks ages 22 to 57 increasing and those 17 and under remaining steady.

Relationship Status

There’s some changes from last month with big changes in those “single,” “married,” and “unspecified” all increasing by over a million.

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Education

Things haven’t changed a ton since last month. The gaps have expanded for some, but generally the populations just grew in similar amounts.

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Gender Interest

And here’s where data privacy differs. In some European nations this information can’t be reported which means either removing those countries or just not reporting on this. I chose the latter for now.

And come back next month for a new look at the data and the first comparison of just Europe!

Valiant Debuts an Animated Trailer for Harbinger Renegade, On Sale November 16th!

Valiant has released a fully animated video trailer for Harbinger Renegade #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES by multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts and superstar artist Darick Robertson with special guests Raul Allen and Juan Jose Ryp in stores on November 16th!

Already sold out of its 46,000-copy print run at the distributor level, the most important Valiant series of the year arrives tomorrow with an explosive 40-page first issue packed with all-new content and an all-new jumping-on point for Valiant’s most subversive team of superpowered teenage upstarts! After kicking off with an all-new introduction to the world of Harbinger with artwork by Raul Allen, meet the Valiant Universe’s next major adversary with the first appearance of Alexander Solomon – the titular “renegade” that will forever change the fate and ultimate future of Peter Stanchek, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, and the rest of Valiant’s high-powered superteam – in a never-before-seen prologue with artwork by Juan Jose Ryp!

Anyone you know could become a psionically powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Your neighbor. Your boss. Your best friend. Your kids.

Six months ago, a secret team of renegade whistleblowers leaked the existence of these extraordinarily dangerous individuals to a stunned world. Today, all across the country, crude, DIY psiot activation attempts have left hundreds brain damaged…or worse. The emergence of a new psiot in a community often leads to riots and mass violence. Gun sales are through the roof.

America is terrified of what could happen next.

With this revolutionary upheaval now in motion, Kris Hathaway, John “Torque” Torkelson, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, and Peter Stanchek are about to discover their calling. Together, the Harbinger Renegades are moving from town to town, building their ranks, and subverting authority one mind at a time…and setting out to prove once and for all that behind their power, there has always been a purpose.

Marvel TL;DR Asks What is Planet Hulk?

Marvel tells the gripping tale of Planet Hulk. This, kids, is a story about why you shouldn’t mess with a giant, super-strong, easily-angered green monster. Follow Hulk as he is sent unwillingly to an alien planet, fights terrifying beasts, rises above life’s challenges, and proves why he is the strongest there is!

Marvel Launches Marvel TL;DR

Beginning today, Marvel will present fans an all-new weekly online video series devoted to offering fans quick downloads of some of Marvel’s greatest titles, events, and stories. Marvel TL;DR is for the fan who hasn’t gotten the chance to dive into some of Marvel’s most epic collections, but is looking to remain current and up-to-date with the Marvel Universe.

Originally conceptualized by former Marvel intern, and current Marvel TL;DR Writer/Director, Noah Sterling, each week Noah offers up an easily digestible summation of Marvel’s best tales.

Today, Marvel TL;DR kicks-off with a summary of Marvel Comics’ Planet Hulk.

Currently planned for 10 weekly episodes released every Friday, Marvel TL;DR will recap Marvel Comics’ Civil War, Doctor Strange: The Oath, The Winter Soldier,  Thor: Ragnarok, and more! So tune every week as Marvel TL;DR speeds you through some of the biggest stories and events from the Marvel Universe faster than Quicksilver, Speed, and Whizzer racing around the globe.

Marvel Studios Executive Producer Victoria Alonso is in Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 Ad

Microsoft has been pushing hard into the creative community with their Surface line of tablets/computers. The company’s latest ad features Marvel Studios Executive Producer Victoria Alonso talking about the Surface Pro 4. It’s interesting to see the Marvel brand being used so much in a Microsoft ad. And smart on Microsoft for attaching themselves to such a powerful movie studio.

Guessing Marvel is a Window’s shop?

Enter the Vampblade Costume Contest!

Katie Carva is Vampblade, a comic shop employee thrust into the role of her favorite childhood comic book hero! When she touches mystical blades that transform her into the 90s bad girl comic book character of the same name, she enters a world of secret conflict, with nasty hidden other-dimensional invaders; space vampires called the Glorkians.

Now, after a year of adventures and discovery into her creepy new world, it’s time for her to shed her 90’s style and take things to the next level! That’s where you come in.

The winning costume will be determined by variant cover sales and online voting. It will premiere in season 2 of the Vampblade series, which starts March 2017.

Check out the image below of the three new costumes and vote now!

Note: Addresses will be used in the event that you are picked to receive one of the (3) three exclusive covers. This information is 100% safe and will not be sold or distributed. All winners are picked at random. Only one entry per person. Winners will be notified via email by December 15, 2016. Good luck!

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Demo-Graphics: Comic Fandom on Facebook – US Edition

Each month I run demographic data of comic “fans” based on data mined from Facebook.

This data is compiled using key terms, “likes,” users have as part of their profiles. Primarily terms are focused on generic ones such as “comics” or “graphic novels” or publishers. I stay away from specific characters, creators or series, because this does not indicate they are a comic book fan. Over 100 terms are used for this report.

This data is important in that it shows who the potential comic audience could be. This is not purchasers, these are people who have shown an affinity for comics and are potential purchasers and those with an interest.

Also, with this being online/technology, due to laws and restrictions, those under the age of 13 are likely underrepresented.

Facebook Population: Over 41,000,000 in the United States

That holds steady from the previous month. Worldwide, the estimate is 306,654,045 which is a decrease of about 1 million compared to last month.

The Spanish-speaking population last month was 23.41%, and this month the population has decreased to 22.93% which likely has to due to the decrease in the Hispanic population.

Gender and Age

Last month men accounted for 58.54% and women were 41.46%. Women dipped a bit while men gained over the past month. Women account for 39.02% while men account for 60.98%.

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Women continue to never become a majority even though they do so in the general Facebook population.

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Relationship Status

For the most part this month’s data was similar to last month’s. Those “engaged” and “in a relationship” both dipped compared to last month while those “married” and “unspecified” both saw gains.

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Education

There’s been some shifts from the previous month and it’s interesting that women continue to be the majority in high school while men and women are now equal for those in college.

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Gender Interest

Those interested in the same gender was very similar to last month. Men interested in men increased a bit as well as men interested in both men and women. Women interested in women decreased. This could be due to the shifts in the gender make-up of the overall population.

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Ethnicity

African Americans and Asian Americans each saw an increase in the past month. Hispanics who speak English dominantly and also speak Spanis dominantly both decreased over the month.

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Generation

These stats remained almost completely unchanged other than a couple of shifts when it comes to the male and female population for each.

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And come back next month for a new look at the data! And on November 15th we’ll have the second report of Europe’s data!

Aftershock’s Rough Riders Have a Special Message

Here’s a message from AfterShock Comics just for YOU!

It features the Rough Riders (Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, Annie Oakley, Thomas Edison, Jack Johnson. and Monk Eastman) like you’ve never seen them before – in LIVE ACTION – with an URGENT announcement that you must see to believe!

Don’t forget to order Rough Riders Volume 1 before the end of the month. And as Roosevelt would say: “Bully to you all!”

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