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2 Guns Comes Out Blazing at #1

2 guns movie2 Guns came out shooting, taking the number one spot this weekend and bumping last weekend’s top film, The Wolverine, to second. The movie put out by Universal Pictures and based on the Steven Grant written comic by BOOM! Studios took in an estimated $27.4 million for the weekend. The action movie starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg cost about $61 million to make.

2 Guns was heavily marketed to African-American and Hispanic audiences and it looks like it helped. African-Americans made up 28% of the audience with Hispanics making up 14%. The studio crafted specific advertisements for those two audiences, making sure actors appeared on networks associated with and on popular shows watched by those two audiences. Women made up a shocking 49% of the opening weekend crowd. In my viewing there were many couples watching, so this isn’t too surprising really. It is a good date movie. The rated “R” movie had an older audience, with 77% over the age of 25.

With its two stars and decent reviews, the movie should do well in August which is generally a quieter month for releases. The movie is steady at 58% on Rotten Tomatoes and has an audience rating of a B+ CinemaScore.

The Wolverine dropped to second bringing in $21.7 million for a two-week domestic total of $95 million. That’s a 59% drop in its second week. Comparatively, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, brought in $122.1 million at the dame point in its run. The movie is doing well overseas where it has brought in $160.2 million bringing its current global total to $255.2 million.

As good as 2 Guns has done for Universal, another of their films based on a comic, R.I.P.D., continues to tank. In its third week it dropped out of the top 10 with a domestic total of $30.4 million so far. That film cost $130 million.

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I’m now back in DC, post San Diego Comic-Con and expect lots of news and thoughts on the biggest event of the year.

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The New York Times – Embracing Tablets, Comic Book Publishers Cash In on a Digital Revolution Print and digital can live side by side.

MTV Geek – Dan DiDio Confirms One ‘Green Lantern’ Color Corps To Be DestroyedGuesses?

Bleeding Cool – Who Is Publishing Doctor Who Comics In 2014? And Will There Be Room For Mark Waid?Who wants to scrape some change together for this?

ICv2 – It’s R.I.P. ‘R.I.P.D’ As ‘The Conjuring’ Tops Box OfficeA shame.

Bleeding Cool – Jamal Igle And Sal Buscema Are Off Black Dynamite There goes my interest.

ICv2 – NBC/Universal Developing Skybound’s ‘Clone’Interesting…

Huffington Post – Police Talk Down Woman Who Was Apparently Attempting Suicide Outside Of ‘Kick-Ass’ Comic-Con EventMissed this.

The Beat – The 2013 Eisner Award Winners Are…Congrats!

MTV Geek – Top Cow’s ‘Think Tank’ Headed To The Big ScreenCould be cool.

MTV Geek – Witchblade Will Be Part Of ‘The Darkness’ Movie – Also could be cool.


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Seattle Pi – Native American Classics


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San Diego Comic-Con continues to rock and we’ve got a lot coming out of it in the coming weeks!

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Bleeding Cool – Vin Diesel Seems To Have Gotten His Secret Marvel Role, Announcement ComingInteresting…

Bleeding Cool – Will Miles Morales Move To The 616? “Read Cataclysm”Shocker!

CBR – Marvel Comics Teases Marvelman During Retailer LunchAbout time.

The Mary Sue – Gail Simone Is Writing A Tomb Raider Comic. Heck. Yes.Could be cool.

ICv2 – The Knives Are Out for ‘R.I.P.D.’Boo!

Bleeding Cool – Dark Horse Addresses The Future Of The Star Wars Comic License And What’s Coming In “The Star Wars”Hope it stays with them.

Kotaku – The Evolution Of Wolverine, From 1974 To TodayVery cool.

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Paste Magazine – Quantum and Woody #1

A Comic Geek’s Guide to Summer Movies

film realThis summer looks like a feast for comic book fans with numerous movies directly based on comic books or having a comic book tie-in. Here’s what to expect each month and what we think is going to be the hits and the misses. And there’s a few weekends comic geeks will have to choose between movies, or go with the double feature.


Iron Man 3 – May 3 – easily the juggernaut of the summer movies. This is likely to be the highest grossing movie of the summer unless a certain caped hero goes huge. The second movie of the series was a bit of a let down, but with a new director and an interesting villain, here’s hoping the franchise bounces back. The expectations are high, which works a bit against the movie.

Star Trek Into Darkness – May 17 – The second entry in the rebooted Star Trek franchise has had a prequel released by IDW as well as an ongoing series based in it’s universe. The movie looks much darker than previous entries, but that might not be a bad thing.


After Earth – June 7 – Will Smith’s new movie also featuring his son is a futuristic sci-fi tale. It also had a comic tie-in released by Dynamite that was pretty decent.

Man of Steel – June 14 – The other possibility of the top grossing movie of the summer. It looks darker in tone, but this is a reboot of the classic character, just in time for Superman to celebrate his 75th birthday. Like a certain shellhead, there’s high expectations for this one.

Monsters University – June 21 – Pixar’s sequel to their awesome movie Monsters Inc. Maybe Disney and Marvel are smart enough to release a comic tie-in to go with it? I expect it to be a solid family movie.

World War Z – based on Max Brook’s amazing book, the trailers look horrible. But, it’s a zombie movie and Brooks writes comics. I think the movie will tank, but expect publishers to attempt to play off of the Brooks connection.


Despicable Me 2 – July 3 – I loved the first one. If someone is smart they’ll grab up this family movie. There’s no comic connection that I can think of, but I love the first movie so much I couldn’t not mention it.

The Lone Ranger – July 3 – the trailers to this also look horrible. There is a Dynamite series, but that has nothing to do with this movie. I expect a box office bomb.

Pacific Rim – July 12 – there’s a graphic novel tie-in that’s supposed to come out, but even if there wasn’t it’s giant robots versus giant monsters. One of the most anticipated movies of the summer for me.

Red 2 – July 19 – the first movie wasn’t all that great. There was something entertaining about it, but barely. Kind of shocked there’s a sequel. The first movie was based on a comic, no idea for any plans for this one.

R.I.P.D. – July 19 – If I’m seeing a “comic movie” this weekend, it’s this one. Starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds the movie is based off of the Dark Horse series.

The Wolverine – July 26 – the first movie was horrible. So bad, I refused to spend movie to see it. This sequel is looking better, but I expect it to be third when it comes to comic movie grosses for the summer.

The Smurfs 2 – July 31 – there is the Papercutz comic series that continues this classic cartoon series. The first movie was smurf, I’m expecting much of the same for this one.


2 Guns – August 2 – a tough weekend to open, see below, this movie is based on the BOOM! Studios series. The story is entertaining and it has a solid cast. Another under the radar summer movie I can’t wait to see.

300: Rise of an Empire – August 2 – a tough weekend to open, see above, this movie is based on the upcoming graphic novel Xerxes which is the sequel to the graphic novel 300. I’m not expecting it to match the box office dollars or awesomeness of the first one.

Elysium – August 9 – no comic tie-in that I know of, but it looks like awesome science fiction.

Kick-Ass 2 – August 16 – I hated the comic series this will likely be based on. It was violence for violence sake at times. We’ll see what they get away with for this one.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – August 23 – it was a book first, but there’s also a comic adaptation of this popular young adult novel.

R.I.P.D. – Official Trailer

One of the numerous “comic book” movies seeing a movie release this summer, check out the official trailer for Dark Horse‘s R.I.P.D. Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. The movie hits theaters July 19, 2013.

10 Questions with Jeremy Barlow

Barlow Headshot02 smallWriter Jeremy Barlow has had a varied and interesting comic writing career covering some big franchises like Kult, Mass Effect, Dethklok, R.I.P.D. and now Hawken Genesis out this week from Archaia.

We got a chance to chat with Jeremy about how his career started, what it’s like to write all those comics and a bit about video games.

Jeremy is the latest victim of Graphic Policy’s “10 Questions”…

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Graphic Policy: How did you get involved in the comic book industry?

Jeremy Barlow: Dark Horse Comics hired me as an assistant editor right out of college. I’d just earned an English degree and was moving to Oregon from another state, and happened to time my query as DH had an opening in their editorial department. A few months prior to that I had a couple of great meetings with senior editors Diana Schutz and Chris Warner at Comic-Con in San Diego, which led to a job interview back in Milwaukee. The rest is history.

GP: Do you read comics growing up? Do you read them now?

JB: I sure did. I was buying comics before I knew how to read, off the grocery store spinner racks. It was love at first sight with ROM: Spaceknight and it grew outward from there. I’m still an avid comics reader, though my tastes have changed—I read more manga and European material than I do the superhero stuff—but I’m still a sucker for some good, original American science-fiction.

My buying habits have changed, too. Save for the occasional hardcover collection, I purchase everything digitally now, through my iPad, or I borrow it from the local library. Which cuts down on the clutter.

GP: How did you come to work with Archaia on this project?

JB: Archaia Publisher Mike Kennedy invited me. He and I go way back and have worked together on a number of different projects over the years. One of the first Dark Horse series I assisted on was Lone Wolf 2100, written by Mike and illustrated by Francisco Ruiz Velasco, who also drew HAWKEN’s opening chapter. It’s all come full circle.

Archaia’s been on my radar for years, too—they partner with incredible talent and produce the best looking books in the industry. I always planned to work with them on something eventually, and HAWKEN’s timing happened to be perfect.

GP:  The graphic novel is also tied into a video game. Do you play video games yourself? If yes, some favorites?

JB: I do, but not as much as I’d like. Making time for it is difficult, but when I do play I go deep. I’m obsessively thorough and will chase every last side mission and achievement I can follow, losing weeks at a time to this, if I’m not careful. So I’m very deliberate about what and when I play. Fallout 3 was a glorious black hole, and I spent months in that wasteland. Months.

My favorite games are story-driven, with a strong narrative or unique point-of-view. Red Dead Redemption was amazing, and probably my favorite game of the last few years. The Mass Effect trilogy gave me chills, and I still hop on the ME3 multiplayer now and then.  I just started BioShock Infinite and am having a blast with that so far.

GP: Hawken Genesis acts as a prequel to the video game. How much freedom did you have when crafting the story?

JB: The story was pretty well mapped by the time I came onboard. The game developers and the transmedia guys had already created an astonishingly thorough world bible, and I plugged into that. My job initially was to give it all a unique flavor, and to help them set up what’s to follow.

GP: There’s a who’s who of artists involved with this as well. Did you find yourself writing differently based on the artist? Did you even know who was handling each part?

JB: I didn’t always know who was illustrating which sections, but Archaia was good about keeping me updated as things fell into place. In general, I try to write for every artist with whom I’m collaborating. They’re the partnership’s visual thinkers, and I’m conscious not to dictate panel layouts or camera angles, unless an image needs a specific delivery. My job isn’t to direct, it’s to convey the story’s themes and emotions in a way that gets us all aiming at the same target. If every member of the team is invested, if we’re all working together, the results can be magic.

GP: One of the things I really enjoyed about it, is the breaks between the chapters where there’s a cell phone, tablet or computer screen that has more info on this world. How did that idea come about?

JB: Those are great, aren’t they? That concept was pre-loaded prior to my involvement, and it was an incredibly appealing and efficient way to both build the world and to convey a lot of information in a short space. Joe LeFavi deserves a lot of credit for the idea and the execution.

GP: I know you’ve written for many genres, with Kult, Mass Effect, Dethklok, R.I.P.D. and now Hawken Genesis, any one a favorite of yours? How do these different settings affect how you approach a story?

JB: Yeah, I’ve been really fortunate to play in so many fantastic worlds, and I try not to get involved with projects that don’t have a personal appeal. Writing something you love is hard enough; writing something you don’t care about is a total drag.

The trick with writing licensed or franchise stories is to speak in their voices so convincingly that readers can hear the characters and feel the worlds, while interweaving your own perspective and ideas into the DNA. If done right, the writer kind of disappears into the process. It’s a good tool to have in the box, and I’ve learned to use it well, but if you’re not careful it can keep you from developing your own identity.

It’s only been in the last year or so that I’ve come to understand who I am as a writer.  KULT, for example, was a spectacularly failed experiment through which I learned that I can’t write darkness without heart. I need to balance the sinister with the warmly absurd. At the time, watching KULT come together and seeing where I went wrong was hard to take—because in this business, you’re failing in public—but with some time and distance I recognized that I needed that to happen to get some things out of my system. What I’m calling a failure was the most important and educational step I’ve taken so far.

In terms of genre affecting approach, I try to come at every project answering the same questions: What do I have to say about this, and how can I make that as interesting and exciting as possible? What kind of book would I spend my own money to read? Beyond that, genre really doesn’t matter. A good story should transcend the conventions.

It’s hard to choose a favorite, but R.I.P.D. probably best represents my own style and sensibilities, so my heart holds a special place for it.

GP: What types of hurdles have you met creating comics, and any lessons learned you can share? What advice do you have for someone breaking into the entertainment industry?

JB: My hurdles are all internal, and are probably pretty universal. I’m self-critical, I let perfection get in the way of good, I’m always barely a step ahead of my deadlines…

I don’t know that I can advise anyone on how to deal with any of that, but if there’s any wisdom I wish had been shared with me early on, it’d be: 1. You’re going to be terrible at this for while; it takes time to hone a professional level of craft, and that’s okay. 2: Becoming good at this is more important than getting hired, at least early on.

Most times, when someone’s asking how to ‘break in,’ they really want to know, ‘how do I get someone to hire me?’ The answer is both simple and the hardest to hear—become so good at what you do, they’ll want to pay you to do it. If you develop your talents, you won’t have to search for work. It’ll find you. Getting to that point takes years, though, and in the meantime you have to sweat it out and burn the crap out of your system, and the sooner the better.

GP: What can we expect from you next?

JB: I have a couple of stories coming up from Dark Horse on Free Comic Book Day in May. After that, nothing for a little while. I’ve stepped off the track for a bit to work on some long-delayed, original creator-owned projects. With any luck, you’re start seeing those roll out toward the end of the year.

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It is new comic book day! What’s everyone getting?

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MTV Geek – ‘The Sixth Gun’ TV Pilot Has Cast General Hume And Becky – Really looking forward to seeing this show.

Kotaku – One Comics Fan’s Cosmic Quest to Collect All of Jack Kirby’s Covers That’s ambitious.


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Talking Comics – Baltimore: The Widow And The Tank

Bleeding Cool – Batman Incorporated #8

The Fandom Post – R.I.P.D. Volume 1

The Beat – Uncanny Skullkickers #1

Dark Horse Announces 2013 Free Comic Book Day Offerings!

What’s better than a trip to your local comic shop? Free copies of your favorite Dark Horse titles! In 2013, May the 4th be with you for Free Comic Book Day. This promises to be Dark Horse’s biggest yet, with not one, but two free comics, each packed full with three separate stories.

In addition to new stories from your current Dark Horse favorites, Dark Horse will debut the long-awaited True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,from Shaun Simon, Becky Cloonan, and Gerard Way.

First up, an all-ages adventure! Star Wars joins fan-favorite villains Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Then explore the upcoming Dark Horse series Captain Midnight, where the search for the missing superhero is on. And the smash hit Avatar: The Last Airbender follows Mai as she deals with her broken heart…

Next, in R.I.P.D., a séance goes terribly wrong. Then, in Mass Effect, follow a flight-school grad as he breaks the rules to prove himself in space. Finally, check out the police-state landscape of the highly anticipated miniseries The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.

Dark Horse offers up the best of the very best for next year’s Free Comic Book Day, taking place exclusively at your local comic shop on May 4, 2013!


Preview – R.I.P.D.: City of the Damned #1

R.I.P.D.: City of the Damned #1

Roy Pulsipher and Nick Walker are dead, but that doesn’t mean their time in law enforcement is over. Both Roy and Nick are officers in the Rest in Peace Department, sworn to serve the Almighty and protect the living from evil’s foul corruption. Their current case has them chasing a ghostly fanatic determined to undo all of creation—a threat with very personal connections to Roy’s past, stretching back a hundred years into a weird, Wild West and Roy’s first day on the job. It’s a twisted history that Nick is only starting to uncover, and one that could have him reconsidering ever joining the R.I.P.D.!

  • Prequel to the upcoming feature film starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges!
  • Cowboys versus demons in the Wild West!
  • The return of the hit series by Peter M. Lenkov (HawaiiFive-ODemolition Man).
  • Written by Jeremy Barlow (Dethklok) and drawn by Tony Parker (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)

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The weekend is up and it seems like last week was all about politics in comic books, whether it was Superman’s citizenship or Captain America and Wikileaks. Even Age of X had a political message. We’ll have a few articles dissecting each of these in the coming days. Here’s the rest of the news you might have missed.

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Kotaku – Sunday ComicsKotaku each week brings various webcomics for you to check out.

RTT News – Jeff Bridges In Talks To Join Ryan Reynolds In ‘R.I.P.D.’How many comic book franchises can you collect?  Got to get them all.

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Freethunk – Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth

Blogomatic 3000 – Fighting American

Bleeding Cool – The Sky Over The Louvre