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Port of Earth Vol. 1

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below.

CBR – Netflix Developing Supercrooks Anime Based on Mark Millar Series – This is not surprising.

Newsarama – Port of Earth In Development as Amazon TV Show – This would be a good one.

The Beat – ReedPOP and Lyte team for ticket reselling at ECCC and Star Wars Celebration – Good to see this happening.

Robert Kirkman’s Invincible Casts Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, and Mark Hamill

Invincible

Robert Kirkman‘s Invincible is picking up a hell of a voice cast. The animated Amazon series, the first for Kirkman, has added an impressive amount of talent not just behind the mic but on the screen period.

Steven Yeun, who played Glenn Rhee on Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, will topline the voice cast.

The star packed casst includes J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen (who is attached to the feature film take on Invincible), Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, Mae Whitman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Melise, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey Griffin, and Max Burkholder.

The series will launch with either hour long episodes. It’s based on Kirkman’s comic series of the same name which recently ended its run and launched in 2003 running 144 issues. Kirkman created the series with Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley took over on art with the eighth issue.

The story is about Mark Grayson (Yeun) whose father is the most power superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (Simmons). Mark develops powers of his own and learns his father might not be as super as it seems.

The series will launch in 2020.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

The Boys Gets an Official Teaser

Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s The Boys is coming to Amazon Prime Video in a live action series this summer and it gets a brand new teaser video giving us a better idea as to what we can expect.

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys centers on a group of vigilantes known informally as “The Boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than their blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty. The Boys is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven,” and Vought – the multi-billion dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes.

DC Joins comiXology Unlimtied, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading

DC Comics comixology unlimited

With the launch of their digital platform DC Universe in 2018, DC Comics finally dipped their toes for the first time into the world of unlimited comic reading. Today, its been revealed we’re getting three new ways to do that as well.

ComiXology and Amazon have announced that DC and Vertigo Comics are now available through multiple subscription services at no additional cost: comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading. Expanding availability to these three services makes it easier than ever for Amazon customers to enjoy DC’s Super Heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Justice League, as well as DC Vertigo’s high concept series like Sandman, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Transmetropolitan, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Fables, and more.

With the addition of thousands of select DC single issues, collections and graphic novels – including exclusive fan-favorites from the DC Vertigo imprint – comiXology Unlimited remains $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members. Kindle Unlimited members will also enjoy a selection of single issues, collections and graphic novels, while subscribers of Prime Reading will have access to a curated and rotating list of highly regarded DC and DC Vertigo graphic novels, for no additional cost. This expansion across the three services provides the perfect entry points for those new to DC and DC Vertigo.

Today, comiXology Unlimited and Kindle Unlimited members see the addition of many bestselling DC Comics and Vertigo titles, including a selection of single issues, collections, and graphic novels available to read from the following series:

DC:

All Star Superman 
Animal Man (2011-2014)

Aquaman (2011-2016)
Arrow (2012-2013)
Batgirl (2016- )
Batman (2011-2016)
Batwoman (2011-2015)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 
Batman: The Long Halloween
 
Batman: White Knight
 
Cyborg (2016- )

Green Lanterns (2016-)
Harley Quinn (2016-)
Identity Crisis
Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)
Injustice 2 (2017-)
The Mulitversity (2014)
New Super-Man (2016-)
Supergirl (2016-)
Teen Titans (2016-)
Wonder Woman (2016-)
…and many more!

DC Vertigo:

100 Bullets
American Vampire
Astro City (2013- )
Books of Magick: Life During Wartime (2004-2005)
Clean Room (2015-2017)
Doom Patrol (1987-1995)
Ex-Machina
Fables
Hellblazer
Preacher
The Sandman
Scalped
Sweet Tooth
Transmetropolitan 
V for Vendetta 
Watchmen
Y: The Last Man
…and many more!

Aquaman Nabs $2.9 Million From Sneak Peeks

Aquaman

This past Saturday, Aquaman sort of debuted on the big screen with a sneak peek for Amazon Prime members. The 1,225 theaters made $2.9 million which best Amazon Prime’s previous leader with this sort of thing, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. That film made $1.86 million.

Aquaman has debuted internationally and in two weeks has earned over $261 million.

Sneak peeks are used as an indicator to see the demand for a show. Big sneak peeks recently have turned into big hits at the box office.

Bumblebee also had one making $500,000 from 325 theaters. An solid $1,500 per screen. That film will go up against Aquaman as they both premiere this coming weekend domestically.

Amazon Prime teamed with Atom Tickets for the Aquaman event and Prime members could buy up to 10 tickets for the showing. For Atom, Aquaman became their top ticket-seller ever in the film’s first 24 hours. The film is the ticket seller’s top pre-sale of all time. For Fandango, Aquaman did better than Venom and Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Currently, it’s expected that Aquaman will have a $57-$62 million three-day and $115 million five day weekend. After seeing the film, I think those numbers are going to fall short of reality.

Around the Tubes

The weekend has come and gone and we’re still prepping for the end of the year and some awesome things we have planned. What geeky things did you all do? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – San Diego Comic-Con President John Rogers has passed away – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

The Comichron – Comics sales ahead for year after $49.4 million October; Batman, Walking Dead’s 15th anniversary drive month – For those that enjoy the horse race.

Business Insider – Amazon’s Comixology has provoked a fierce debate in the comic-book world, but creators say it could help revitalize the industry – What do you think?

Thomas Reuters Foundation – Comic artist draws on history for tales of politically powerful women – Nice.

ICv2 – Funko’s U.S. Sales Growth Slows in Q3 – Could the bubble be ready to burst?

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Justice League #11

Atomic Junk Shop – Transformers: Lost Light #25

NYCC 2018: The Boys Gets a Teaser, “Vought is Here For You”

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys centers on a group of vigilantes known informally as “The Boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than their blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty. The Boys is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven,” and Vought – the multi-billion dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes.

The Boys is based on the comic series from writer Garth Ennis who co-created the series with Darick Robertson. It was originally published by Wildstorm and eventually moved to Dynamite Entertainment. Debuting in 2006 it wan for 72 issues and ended in November 2012.

The Boys is scheduled for a 2019 release by Amazon.

Amazon Isn’t Indie and Small Press’ Enemy, It’s Another Platform to Sell

If you read The Comics Journal, it might seem like one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse was descending on Small Press Expo which takes place in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend. In an article entitled “A Plague Comes to SPX” RJ Casey makes the case that Amazon and comiXology‘s involvement in the show is an “affront” to those who attend and exhibit at the show.

comiXology is a digital platform that acts as a storefront for digital comics and was purchased by Amazon some years ago. Since then, the company has expanded allowing individual creators to upload their comics to sell through comiXology Submit and more recently launched a line of original comics called comiXology Originals.

Amazon and comiXology are bringing one of those originals, Hit Reblog, to SPX along with some of the creative team behind it and giving away printed copies to attendees. They’re also sponsoring portions of the convention.

Some feared when comiXology was acquired Amazon they would flex their market dominance putting pressure on publishers and brick and mortar stores. In the years since the focus has been more on experimentation and slowly integrating the service into the Amazon family such as Amazon Prime and Kindle. Even before Amazon, comiXology was the 800lb gorilla in the digital comics market and at any time could have easily become a tyrant with their exclusive contracts and market dominance. Though there were alternatives earlier and after, they remain the gold standard service by which all others will be measured. None have come close to matching what comiXology delivers.

While it is understandable to be nervous about Amazon’s entrance into the comics market and apprehensive due to their questionable treatment of employees, reality is their store had already been in the comic market for years selling individual comics and graphic novels and accounting for an unknown, but vital, amount of sales. Well before comiXology, Amazon had a section dedicated to comics with regular promotion and since the acquisition, those promotions have become better focused and better curated running appropriate sales during events such as San Diego Comic-Con and Small Press Expo raising awareness. ComiXology Originals are free to read for Amazon Prime a service millions are already paying for.

While the TCJ article spends a decent amount of time advocating for the rights of Amazon employees, its actual focus on the comics aspect seems to fall short in both facts and conclusions.

The fear seems to be, Amazon sponsorship of Small Press Expo is a trojan horse to take over independent comics as if there is one publisher by which that can be accomplished. The article and those concerned supporting it make indie and small press comics out to be both on the edge of collapse, easily broken, and also so lucrative that Amazon of course would want to snatch it up. It’s Schroedinger’s business. Both fragile and also immensely successful as is.

What the article fails to mention is that Amazon is already in the small press comic game and has been for years as both a platform and a publisher. Not only can creators self publish through their many services but the company also has Jet City Comics launched in 2013. They were already in the original comics publishing game well before the comiXology acquisition and that included distribution through comic stores. For a behemoth that is portrayed as so focused on closing brick and mortar stores, it’s strange that in their business model of their own comic line would include brick and mortar stores.

The article claims that Amazon wants to be “your printer, distributor, and most likely, publisher and editor.” As stated by Bedside Press‘ founder Hope Nicholson, Hit Reblog is published and owned by Bedside Press, not comiXology and not Amazon. An attack on the comic is an attack on a small press comic company. Similarly, Savage Game, the first comiXology Original comic to be printed, is owned by Cryptozoic.

Amazon and comiXology are the distributor and printer at most, very different than other comic publishers and more akin to a combination of Diamond Comic Distributors, the monopoly that currently is the major comic distribution service, and a possible printing company. Honestly in a way they’re like Image, a brand that comes with some benefits but in the end are creator owned. comiXology Originals sound more like paid for exclusives, a value added for comiXology and Amazon Prime customers and subscribers. They’re also willing to sink money into promoting comic projects featuring varied subjects and different creative voices that we don’t normally hear from other publishers.

The article also mentions a hit on “artistic freedom and intent” with a focus on the paper on which the comics are printed. While different printings can create a different reading experience, the focus on this, much as the article as a whole, screams of elitist gatekeeping as if there is one way to print a comic. ComiXology is providing these creators, and all of those that participate in comiXology Submit, a creator owned platform and the ability to do as they please with a possible visibility that can’t be replicated by any current comic publisher or distribution system. Amazon for years has provided print on demand services and it’s only natural that this be incorporated into this latest experiment of theirs.

As C. Spike Trotman emphasized in the comiXology Originals San Diego Comic-Con announcement panel, the ability to work with comiXology and Amazon is a value added and provides an opportunity to open doors. These are opportunities that might not exist to her as an already successful independent comic publisher (one who has been a regular at SPX for years). This is a comic creator who has raised over $1 million on Kickstarter. Trotman pointed out despite that success some doors are still closed to her. Amazon and comiXology are partners to possibly help open some and explore others neither have ever imagined.

With those incorrect conclusions and facts, the TCJ article warns of dire times when Amazon will force indie creators to print through them and undercuts creators through their platform. As if there’s not other on demand printing options and also downplays the do-it-youself nature of indie comics.

The reality is, a sale on Amazon because an individual saw the comic at a convention is still a sale. Yes, the creator will make less, but they’re still making money that most likely will have never been made otherwise. Conventions like SPX are as much about visibility and advertising as they’re about direct sales to the consumer. Conventions are about raising awareness and getting on attendees’ radars. That fee for the table, that’s the advertising fee. What you make there is some of which you make back immediately from that advertising. And Amazon’s cut of the sales through their platform? That’s no different than selling through Diamond or to comic shops directly or through Kickstarter or Etsy or Indiegogo which all take their piece of the pie. Amazon and comiXology are the technology platform through which these individuals can sell their wares globally and if done right get their creations before an audience that might not otherwise see them. That’s something TCJ’s parent Fantagraphics should be well aware as they use both Amazon and comiXology as two of their sales channels. It’s not an either or, it’s an all of the above to sell comics.

But where the article absolutely fails is its advocacy for attendees to throw copies of Hit Reblog in the trash. As if that comic is less worthy to be at the show than any other. TCJ seems to forget that the beauty of small press and indie comics is that anyone can make them. The paper it’s printed on, the format it comes in, and the ability of the creators are varied. Indie comics and small press are all an experiment. None of it is right, none of it is wrong. No one can “own” small press and indie comics because anyone can create them. Walk up and down the aisles at Small Press Expo and you can see that from the high quality books published by the likes of Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, and Top Shelf, to the comics xeroxed, stapled, and folded by the attendees themselves. RJ Casey, TCJ, and Fantagraphics has seem to have forgotten this and are becoming the gatekeepers they themselves would have decried years ago.

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Marvel and Funko‘s Marvel Collector Corps is back and now being sold exclusively through Amazon. The box ships every 2 months features 4-7 collectibles, including an exclusive vinyl Pop!.

Retailing for $29.99, this box’s theme is Deadpool and the last day to purchase it is today.

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Top Five Predictions for comiXology’s Announcement this Friday

Something is brewing over at comiXology, the 800lb gorilla in the digital comic market space. The company will have a “major announcement” at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT which you can watch on Twitch. Along with the live stream you can attend viewing parties at their nearest Amazon Pop-Up or Amazon Books retail locations. Exclusive giveaways will be available to those attending the live stream at Amazon’s retail locations while supplies last. The livestream will be hosted by noted esports personality Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham and will feature special guests including noted comic book writers and artists.

With some mystery still remaining, I threw together my top five predictions from most likely to least likely as to what will be announced.

  1. The announcement specifically mentioned comiXology Originals, the company’s line of comics produced in partnership with other publishers. After an Eisner nomination for Marley’s Ghost, it wouldn’t be a shock if the company is expanding this line. Expect a line of original comics produced directly through comiXology and most likely leveraging Amazon’s self-publishing portal in some way. While this is almost a sure bet, the real announcement will be the details of the how and the creators involved. Will it be open to anyone? Will it be curated? These are the unknowns. Likelihood: 100%
  2. Amazon’s self-publishing is now part of comiXology Originals. You can publish your own series or write familiar character through a program on Amazon and it’s possible this will blend together with comiXology Originals so your Amazon published stories will now sync with comiXology bringing down what looks like a walled operation. Likelihood: 75%
  3. Amazon and comiXology are buying a publisher – Not as likely, but there’s a lot of publishers who are floating “for sale” signs and have for a while. With Netflix purchasing Millarworld, it wouldn’t be crazy to see Amazon purchase an established comic publisher of their own. Not only do they get comics, they also get intellectual property to mine for their Amazon Prime original series. Likelihood: 50% (predicting this one down the road though)
  4. (Insert Big Name Creator) is getting a line of comiXology Originals – Giving creators their own pop-up imprint is popular again. comiXology has dumped a truck of cash at the feat of some big creator who is going exclusive and will manage a new line of original comics. Likelihood: 25%
  5. ALL ORIGINAL!!! – Forget the big two, comiXology is going all original and dropping everyone…. Yeah, not very likely. Likelihood: 0%

While it’s pretty clear from the original press release teaser that this will have something to do with comiXology Originals, there’s still a lot of possibilities when Amazon is involved. The industry is wide open for a jolt of energy when it comes to digital comics and maybe this Friday we’ll see the first steps of that. We’ll be live Tweeting whatever the announcement is and you can follow us to find out when things are revealed.

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