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1. Walking The Game Beat: Jason in MKX, Battlefront, The Last of Us, Zelda Graphic Novel, Star Wars Infinity

What a weekend it’s been. Between Avengers, “Fights of the century”, Free Comic Book Day, the Suicide Squad reveal, and the Batman: Arkham Knight DLC info; some of us didn’t even get a weekend. On the Monday night edition of WGB we’ll talk about some of the tidbits that slipped through the cracks in the last few days such as Star Wars Infinity, and The Last of Us. This week doesn’t show signs of slowing down either as we got a full trailer look at Jason’s appearance in Mortal Kombat X, plus a Legend of Zelda graphic novel hits stores this Wednesday. Let’s Go!


 

This past Thursday, a retail leak fueled speculation that the upcoming Disney Infinity 3.0 would feature Star Wars characters. The 3.0 set leaked by retailer Saturn shows a set that includes toys based on both Anakin Skywalker and Clone Wars star Ahsoka Tano. No word on when the new 3.0 Infinity game would launch or what systems it would be available for.

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Our Thought:

The first Disney Infinity featured characters from classic Disney films while 2.0 brought Marvel characters into the toy box. It seems logical that the next phase of Infinity would feature Star Wars. With the slew of new comics and upcoming movies, every division of the Disney machine should have a way to pry open wallets all over the world. While no official announcements have been made, it seems a safe bet that the new Disney Infinity would follow their incumbents model of releasing on all the major platforms. Over the last year not only has Disney Infinity had to compete with the popular Skylanders game toy franchise, but Nintendo also made a splash in the market with their Amibos. Most recently, Lego announced they would also release their own version of this with Lego Dimensions. All this adds up to Disney Interactive needing to do something huge to gain a hold on market share, which means consumers could see the biggest Infinity line up yet. With gamings biggest week, E3, right around the corner you can expect the official word to come sooner rather than later.


 

The Last of Us: Left Behind, the single player downloadable add-on chapter to developer Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed PlayStation game, The Last of Us, was released more than a year ago. Since then the PS3 classic has seen a full 1080p remastered edition bundled for the PS4, now the DLC chapter comes standalone and will be available on both PS4 and PS3 starting May 12th for only $9.99. Left Behind is the story of Ellie and her best friend Riley as they sneak out to an abandoned mall to enjoy their last night together. It also touches on a key battle for Ellie not seen in the main story campaign that takes place right before you briefly play as her in the Winter.

Those who purchase the standalone version of Left Behind will also get a two hour trial of the factions multiplayer mode.

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Our Thought:

Yes, most of you who’ve owned or currently own a PS3/4 have already played The Last of Us and most likely its DLC chapter. However, there are quite a few gamers out there who may have been caught in the next-gen transition that didn’t want to pay another $49.99 for the remastered edition just to play the DLC. This move seems to be geared toward that part of the audience. If you haven’t played either of the games, you’re missing out on one this generations best stories. Left Behind especially makes a bold stand for diversity with its characters not only as female protagonists, but as voices for young teens who might be struggling with their own identities.

If you want to go even deeper into the world of TLOU, then check out the Dark Horse Comics published companion series, The Last of Us: American Dreams. The book was written by the game’s mastermind himself, Neil Druckmann in collaboration with the incredible Faith Erin Hicks. You can find it in shops and online.

 


 

We’ve known for months now that Mortal Kombat X‘s Kombat Pack downloadable content would include the Predator and horror film icon Jason Vorhees. Now more has been revealed about Jason’s appearance including all three of his style variations players can choose before the fight.

  • Slasher: The character goes classic white mask and uses the machete to slash the sternums of his opponents. Lots of bloodshed.
  • Relentless: This variation changes his mask chrome and uses barehanded attacks. The quirk about this mode is that it also comes with the ability to flip an opponents block buttons and teleportation.
  • Unstopabble: Just as the name would suggest. Jason is able to regenerate health and power up his attacks.

Players who purchased the Kombat Pack will be able to download the character starting tomorrow. If you don’t own the Kombat pack you’ll have to wait until May 12 to purchase the Jason pack for $8 which also includes the “horror pack” skins for Melina, Ermac, and Reptile.

 

Our Thought: 

MKX has been a great time for gamers. I’ve yet to complete the classic towers with every character. Now the addition of the movie franchise characters we were teased gives me more reason to dive back into combat. Monday’s Netherrealm live stream (archived here) also teased what we’ll see when the Predator comes to the game. Some out there might think having these licensed characters might be cheeky, but they don’t have any real barring on the MKX story. They’re just there for a cheap pop and there’s sure to be more incoming fighters from previous Mortal Kombat games, maybe even a DC Villain.

Mortal Kombat X is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC with Ps3 and Xbox 360 versions to launch this Summer.


 

Monday also marked “May the fourth be with you” a holiday for lovers of Star Wars. To celebrate EA and DICE posted a look at the planet Sullust in the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront game. The game’s developer, DICE, traveled to Iceland to base an unexplored planet in the legendary sci-fi series’ mythos. In their chronicles which you can view on the game’s site, fans will see the developers travel to locations used in the original film for planets such as Endor.

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Our Thought:

For anyone who looked at the game’s trailer during Star Wars celebration and said it’s nothing special, take in to account just how much detail DICE is stretching to put into this game. Star Wars: Battlefront is poised to become the new standard by which all future Star Wars games will be measured. You know, as long as they don’t include the prequels.

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Star Wars: Battlefront will come to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17, 2015.


 

Before we get to this Wednesday’s new comic releases. I wanted to mention that The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past graphic novel will be in stores. Originally published as a 12-issue comic in Nintendo Power magazine, this reprinting captures the original story by Shotaro Ishinomori as it was told back in the 90’s.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Perfect Square)
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an adaptation of the beloved, internationally bestselling video game originally released for Nintendo’s Super Entertainment System. This comic book version by Shotaro Ishinomori (Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider) was first serialized in Nintendo Power magazine and later collected into a graphic novel.

Our Thought:

We’ve read it and it’s a must have for any Zelda fans. When I first read the Shotaro Ishinomori story in Nintendo Power, I couldn’t appreciate just how spot on this tale nails some of my favorite characters of the game. It pays tribute to Zelda’s core themes of adventure and good versus evil, plus it’s pretty damn gorgeous.

 

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Dungeons & Dragons: The Legends of Baldurs Gate TPB (IDW Publishing)
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Generations have passed since the original Heroes of Baldur’s Gate saved the city and the Realms. Now a new threat rises. Collects issues #1-5.
What are your early impressions of Battlefront? Did Mortal Kombat X deliver for you? With Uncharted 4 expected in 2016, do you want Naughty Dog to do a Last of Us sequel?

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2. 2018’s Star Wars spin-off will reportedly be a Boba Fett origin story

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Per The Wrap, the next Star Wars anthology film, the very film that just lost director Josh Trank, will focus on everyone’s favorite Mandalorian bounty hunter: Boba Fett.

While this year will see the release of the first in a series of new “Episodes” in the Star Wars saga in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with sequel entries every two years after into 2019; 2016 and 2018 will see “anthology” spin-offs allowing the Star Wars brain trust the opportunity to tell a number of stand-alone stories set in various parts of the series’ timeline.

2016’s Rogue One, which centers on the Rebels’ attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star, stars Felicity Jones and is directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). For the next entry, the focus will seemingly shift over to the world of bounty hunters and chart the rise of Fett, one of Star Wars’ most enduringly popular characters. Seriously, there’s tons of books and video games about the guy, and while it’s been a long while since I’ve watched all of the original trilogy, he didn’t exactly have a ton of screen-time. A cool look will take you far!

With Trank out of the picture, Kathleen Kennedy and her team will be on the hunt (no pun intended) for the newest filmmaker to take over this new entry. On the writing side, Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) has been closely involved with the development of this feature.

Anyone have a dream Boba Fett movie director? Most creative answer will win… my eternal respect.

 

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3. Happy May 4th! Vanity Fair releases new Star Wars: The Force Awakens images

Thanks to a lovely set of Annie Leibovitz photos that will arrive in this month’s Vanity Fair, the shroud of mystery that has surrounded Star Wars: The Force Awakens has lifted just a tad.

At the very least, we now know the names of a few characters.

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Here’s Adam Driver as Kylo Ren who is part of the new bad guy sect, The First Order

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My new favorite actor, Oscar Isaac, plays Resistance pilot Poe Dameron

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Daisy Ridley as Rey, receiving direction from J.J. Abrams

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Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o utlizing mo-cap technology for her role as Maz Kanata, who is a pirate.

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An assortment of smugglers and travelers from Maz Kanata’s castle

Check out the photos along with a video of the shoot over at Vanity Fair. Things are looking pretty spiffy!

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4. May the Fourth be with you!

May the Fourth be with you! Playing off a pun on one of the movie’s most famous quotes, May the 4th is the unofficial holiday in which Star Wars fans across the globe celebrate the beloved blockbuster series. The original Star Wars movie, now known as Star Wars IV: A New Hope, was released on 25 May 1977, but to those of us who waited in line after line to see it again and again in theaters, it will always be just Star Wars.

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5. Walking The Game Beat: Arkham Knight DLC, Just Cause 3, Star Wars Sales All Over The Place

As if we didn’t have enough games to get excited over this year, now we can add one more over the top action title to that list. Also, how much is too much for DLC? With May 4th quickly approaching, Star Wars is dropping prices of its old games on new multiple platforms. Indie gaming fans can enjoy a new documentary chronicling its punk rock like rise. Let’s Go!

 

Game developer Avalanche Studios previously announced in December that their comic book game was 100% canceled. It was rumored to have been a Superman game, but we may never actually know what it was. As the old saying goes, ‘the show must go on” and today the developer dropped an action packed trailer on the PlayStation blog for their new game Just Cause 3 published by Square Enix. The trailer also announced the game would have a “holiday 2015″ release date.

Our Thought:

Look at it! He’s skydiving onto another plane! He took out a parking garage with the jet. No clue what the hell it’s about, but I know I want to play it now. With E3 around the corner we’re sure to find out more information about the game. Since the trailer debuted on a PlayStation operated news source, it’s pretty safe to say the platform is going to get some exclusive features. It’s also hard to say what the exact release date would be since the Star Wars and Call of Duty games are taking the November window. Unless it lands the week between the two games, an early December release is likely.

The studio behind Just Cause is also simultaneously developing the open world Mad Max game that was announced in 2013 and promoted with some sweet Shane Davis art. Sadly the piece didn’t make it onto the final box art :(

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We had Star Wars Celebration in April, now May the 4th be with you is coming. To celebrate, a ton of LucasArts Star Wars games are on sale on digital platforms such as Xbox Live, PSN, and Steam. For the first time on PlayStation classic Star Wars games come to PSN for PS3: Star Wars StarfighterStar Wars Bounty HunterStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Star Wars: Racer Revenge.

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As if that weren’t enough, PlayStation owners can download free themes for their PS3/PS4. Also if you follow @heyplaystation on twitter you have a chance to win one of those fancy Storm Trooper PS4 boxes along with a few other things from Star Wars Celebration.

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Our thought: 

There’s a generation of gamers who became Star Wars fans without getting to enjoy some of these classic games. Opportunities to rectify that don’t come this cheap. I’ll also say that I’m probably one of the few people I know who actually liked Racer Revenge.


 

Even more details are surfacing about Batman:Arkham Knight. This time WB Interactive and Rocksteady announced via twitter that a season pass option for the game would be available for $40. The pass will offer up new content for six months after the game’s release in June, meaning through the end of the year. What is the content you ask? A press release from Warner Bros. reveals that new Batmobile skins, “advanced” challenge maps, alternate character skins, story missions, new villains,  and additional drivable race tracks are also included with the Arkham Knight Season Pass.

A special Arkham Knight Premium Edition will also be available that comes with the game and DLC pass. This special edition will only be available digitally through PSN, Xbox, and PC digital.

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Our thought:

While I’ve never been disappointed with Rocksteady’s Arkham games out of the box, their subsequent DLC such as Harley’s Revenge and Catwoman left a little to be desired. Those story bits felt like unnecessary dead stops to the narrative. $40 isn’t the most expensive season pass option in gaming but that brings up the cost of the game to $100, just to get the complete experience. That bill is even more depending on what edition of the game you’re buying. While I understand the need to save spoilers from the main story by not giving more details about the content, it’s a price tag that warrants more information for consumers.


 

A recently released documentary chronicling the groundswell of independent game makers is getting a lot of talk around the Internet. GameLoading: Rise of the Indies shows the struggles of creating a game without the backing or confinement of big corporate publishers. There’s tons of in-depth interviews with popular game creators and the icons that founded id Software. The documentary even touches a bit on the #gamergate controversy that surrounds Zoe Quinn. The film is available digitally on its website and on PSN, Xbox Live, Steam, and iTunes.

Our thought:

It’s a great snapshot of the indie gaming scene. Anyone whose habitually stuck to the big triple A games may find themselves looking through a giant catalogue of small games to find their next enjoyable video game experience.

 

So what about you, how much is too much for DLC? Would you have liked another Superman game? What were some of your favorite Star Wars games?

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6. Walking The Game Beat: Marvel’s Age of Ultron Marketing, Aspen Comes to PS3, Star Wars Contra?

Avengers: Age of Ultron launches the Summer movie season on May 1st, but before that the Marvel synergy machine rolls out across every facet from publishing to video games.

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The Avengers will face the full force of Ultron and his Pymtech robots in the match three puzzle game Marvel Puzzle Quest. Players will have to rally their heroes in a marathon battle against one of humanity’s greatest digital threats. In addition to the story event; the Scarlet Witch will be making her in-game debut. Wanda, will be the first mission reward when the content launches April 24. Also in the works for player rewards will be Hulkbuster Iron Man. 

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Marvel recently did an interview with D3Publisher Producer Joe Fletcher where he dropped even more hints on what’s coming up soon for Marvel Puzzle Quest. The game is free to download on iOS and Android devices.

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Later on this month Marvel’s free to play, MMO Marvel Heroes 2015 will get Ultron content of its own. The game will see the addition of the MCU’s version of The Vision.  He comes complete with a unique skill set that revolves around his solar jewel, but that’s not all. Vision will also be able to control tech based enemies, effectively turning them into his own private army.

The new content will also see the rest of the Avengers get MCU based costumes. You can play Marvel Heroes online here. The game’s website also debuted the latest TV spot which begins airing today.

 


 

Publisher Aspen Comics, in partnership with Sony Entertainment, launched a series of custom PlayStation themes based on three of their popular series: Fathom, Soulfire, and Executive Assistant: Iris. Both the Fathom and Soulfire theme sets feature art exclusively by Aspen Comics founder Michael Turner with colors by Peter Steigerwald. The Executive Assistant: Iris theme set contains the work of pencilers Joe Benitez, Micah Gunnell, and Eduardo Francisco, with colors also by Steigerwald.

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Each theme package features three unique skins to customize your PlayStation background. These themes are available for purchase at the PlayStation Store. Note, themes are currently only for PS3 systems.

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Comics publishers take note, this is an awesome way to promote books and events.

 


 

Last weekend saw the gameplay debut of EA’s Star Wars Battlefront. Not to be outdone, Konami, the company behind the Metal Gear franchise, released a Star Wars shooter of their own. Konami and LucasArts’ free-to-play, card-based game Star Wars: Force Collection now includes a mini-game homage to the company’s classic run-and-gun shooter, Contra.

This side scroller puts Chewie and his trademark bowcaster on the forest moon of Endor and an Imperial base in a battle against Stormtroopers. Star Wars: Force Collection is available for free on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. Check out the video below to see the game in action.

 

 

Are you ready for your soda cans, fast food, and urinal cakes to be dominated by all things Avengers? What other games should mashup with Star Wars?

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7. Walking The Game Beat: STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT More Than A Battlefield Skin

Yesterday the earthquake felt around the world was from the millions chanting “Yes!” in unison after the reveal of the new Star Wars film trailer. Today at Celebration, the aftershock came in the form of a game footage reveal for EA’s new Star Wars Battlefront game. Since it’s reveal at E3 last year, not much had been seen or revealed from the game. Now we know most of the crucial details. Look at the astonishing new video below along with info from the game’s developer, DICE (Battlefield) :

Here’s the rundown:

  • - The game will release on November 17, 2015 on PS4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC.
  • - While the game doesn’t have a traditional story mode, all the online goodness takes place on four planets: The desert planet Tatooine, the forest moon of Endor, the desolate frozen wasteland of Hoth, and the previously unexplored Sullust, where Imperial outposts manufacture weapons. Instead of the traditional campaign, Star Wars: Battlefront features a series of missions, playable alone or via online and local co-op.
  • - You’ll be able to play as your favorite characters including Darth Vader and Bobba Fett. Also, the Millennium Falcon will be a part of the aerial combat. A documentary style piece was shown that had iconic elements from other Star Wars characters like Han Solo.
  • - On December 8, owners of the game will have access to free downloadable content featuring the new planet of Jakku revealed as part of the new JJ Abrams movie. Those who pre-order the game will have access to it a week early on December 1.
  • - No Jar-Jar or prequel era stuff, it’s all original trilogy folks.

With all the new canon from shows like Rebels and the new Marvel published comics, the game could have a bottomless well of additional elements and content to turn Battlefront into a massive world that takes away our need to go outside on the weekends.

Are you excited about Battlefront? If you haven’t already, does the announcement want to make you buy a PS4 or Xbox One?

 

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8. Star Wars teaser: NAILED IT

The latest Star Wars teaser is out, and All of The Internet is caving to the perfect sense of nostalgia it invokes.

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The teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim and features new characters and the return of old favorites, like Han Solo. The film is slated for a U.S. release on Dec. 18 of this year.

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9. This deal is getting better all the time: Marvel announces Lando #1 for July

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Star Wars Celebrations is underway and Twitter is collectively peeing its pants as announcements roll out, but here’s one of the first:A new limited series for Lando Calrissian to be written by Charles Soule with Art by Alex Maleev. SOLD RIGHT THERE.

“Is Lando Calrissian the coolest character in all of Star Wars? Depends on who you ask, probably. But if you ask me, the answer is yes, and I plan to prove it with this story,” says series writer Soule.

In Marvel’s Lando, developed closely with Lucasfilm, the titular character — in the days before he became a hero, but still with Lobot at his side — looks to steal one of the galaxy’s most valuable ships. But, as usual, he may be in over his head.

“Before Cloud City, before his glorious Death Star run,” continues Soule, “Lando Calrissian was just a man trying to make his way through an uncaring universe determined not to recognize that he was undeniably the coolest man in the galaxy. But Lando’s got a plan to change all that… and it starts with the deal of a lifetime.”


Marval has alreayd done the obvious by giving Darth Vader and Princess LEiz there own solo titles for the first time, and sales have been through the roof. Will Lando live up to the sales? I wouldn’t bet against it.
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10. Woman on top: Princess Leia is #1 in March sales charts

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Marvel’s Princess Leia #1 was the #1 book in March according to Diamond’s just released sales charts….another month for a female led title to top the charts following Spider-Gwen last month. Howard the Duck #1 also made the top ten, a pretty strong debut.

And yes, I know the Marvel Star Wars franchise is so strong (esp. with variant covers) that they could put out a Nien Nunb #1 and it would probably top the charts, but Spider-Gwen and Ms Marvel also made strong showings elsewhere so this is not a fluke.

Marvel continued to whup DC in market share and dollars, while Image comics was in double digits once again. 1st quarter comparisons show comics are up yet again from 2014, a healthy 9.63% in dollars and 11.76% in units. Are these just variant buoyed increases that are unhealthy in the long run? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s Nemo: River of Ghosts, was the top selling graphic novel, with Image’s Low and Ms. Marvel Volume 2 also making a strong showing.

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLARSHARE UNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS 38.82% 41.53%
DC COMICS 23.01% 26.13%
IMAGE COMICS 11.39% 12.98%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.51% 5.16%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.90% 3.07%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.41% 2.44%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.37% 1.99%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 1.83% 0.32%
TITAN COMICS 1.01% 0.77%
VIZ MEDIA 0.98% 0.37%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.76% 5.23%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS 79 30 0 109
DC COMICS 85 17 0 102
IMAGE COMICS 59 20 0 79
IDW PUBLISHING 52 18 0 70
DARK HORSE COMICS 27 22 0 49
BOOM! STUDIOS 40 3 0 43
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 28 6 0 34
VIZ MEDIA 0 27 0 27
TITAN COMICS 8 7 2 17
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0 0 14 14
OTHER NON-TOP 10 86 98 13 197

 



COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
MARCH 2015 VS. FEBRUARY 2014
COMICS -3.86% -4.32%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 8.34% 10.63%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.58% -3.37%
MARCH 2015 VS. MARCH 2014
COMICS 11.19% 9.92%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -12.56% -22.36%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.99% 6.70%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014(FIRST QUARTER 2015 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2014)
COMICS 13.85% 13.76%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 0.65% -8.96%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 9.63% 11.76%
FIRST QUARTER 2015 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2014
COMICS -9.56% -8.37%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -17.28% -15.58%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -11.97% -8.93%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 PRINCESS LEIA #1 $3.99 JAN150727-M MAR
2 STAR WARS #3 $3.99 JAN150742-M MAR
3 GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #1 $3.99 DEC140815-M MAR
4 SPIDER-GWEN #2 $3.99 JAN150785-M MAR
5 PRINCESS LEIA #2 $3.99 JAN150738-M MAR
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16 $3.99 JAN150779-M MAR
7 HOWARD THE DUCK #1 $3.99 JAN150769-M MAR
8 DARTH VADER #3 $3.99 JAN150740-M MAR
9 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT #1 $3.99 JAN150229-M DC
10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1 $3.99 JAN150781-M MAR

 



TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 NEMO: RIVER OF GHOSTS HC (MR) $14.95 JAN151622 IDW
2 MS. MARVEL VOL. 2: GENERATION WHY TP $15.99 DEC140970 MAR
3 LOW VOL. 1: THE DELIRIUM OF HOPE TP (MR) $9.99 DEC140670 IMA
4 HAWKEYE VS. DEADPOOL TP $16.99 DEC140975 MAR
5 SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
6 DEADPOOL VOLUME 7: AXIS TP $17.99 DEC140987 MAR
7 DEADPOOL’S THE ART OF WAR TP $12.99 DEC140974 MAR
8 DEADLY CLASS VOL. 2: KIDS OF THE BLACK HOLE TP (MR) $14.99 DEC140657 IMA
9 BIRTHRIGHT VOL. 1: HOMECOMING TP (MR) $9.99 JAN150622 IMA
10 BOB’S BURGERS VOLUME 1 TP $17.99 JAN151278-M DE

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 HOW TO DRAW BATMAN, SUPERMAN & OTHER DC HEROES & VILLAINS SC $14.95 NOV141845 CAP
2 MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS: ULTIMATE CHARACTER GUIDE UPDATED & EXPANDED $16.99 JAN151807 DK
3 DC SUPER HEROES: ABC 123 BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148147 POC
4 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 93 SC $14.95 JAN151844 SAN
5 MY FIRST SUPERMAN BOOK BOARD BOOK $10.99 SEP148149 POC
6 DC SUPER HEROES: MY FIRST BOOK OF SUPER VILLAINS BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148144 POC
7 DC SUPER HEROES: COLORS SHAPES & MORE BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148148 POC
8 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER PANEL TO PANEL: SEASONS 8 & 9 TP $24.99 OCT140022 DAR
9 DC SUPER HEROES: BUSY BODIES BOARD BOOK $9.99 SEP148146 POC
10 DAVID MACK: REFLECTIONS TP $24.99 NOV140015 DAR

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN STATUE AUG140385 DC
2 MARVEL SELECT: CABLE ACTION FIGURE OCT142189 DST
3 ARROW: DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE OCT140412 DC
4 GHOSTBUSTERS: BURNT STAY-PUFT MARSHMALLOW MAN BANK MAY142237 DST
5 STAR TREK SELECT: WORF ACTION FIGURE NOV142174 DST
6 JAY & SILENT BOB: BUDDY CHRIST BANK JUN142094 DST
7 BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY: CLAYFACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE NOV140359 DC
8 GODZILLA: BURNING GODZILLA VINYL FIGURAL BANK OCT142184 DST
9 MY LITTLE PONY: APPLEJACK BANK JUL142032 DST
10 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT: BATMAN STATUE SEP140354 DC



TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLY DEC142209 DST
2 D&D DICE MASTERS FOIL PACKS SEP142615 NEC
3 D&D DICE MASTERS STARTER SET SEP142616 NEC
4 D&D MINIATURES SET TWO BOOSTER BRICK JAN152658 NEC
5 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
6 STAR WARS: X-WING MOST WANTED EXPANSION PACK OCT142777 FAN
7 DC HEROCLIX: JUSTICE LEAGUE TRINITY WAR BOOSTER BRICK DEC142573 NEC
8 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: FATE REFORGED BOOSTER PACKS JAN152654 WIZ
9 STAR WARS: X-WING IG-2000 EXPANSION PACK OCT142775 FAN
10 STAR WARS: X-WING STARVIPER EXPANSION PACK OCT142778 FAN

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

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11. Star Wars cross-hilt lightsaber quickly captures the imagination of people with nothing better to do

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With nothing else to do but digest turkey and fight crowds, the internerd has quickly turned, just as we knew it would, to the “Claymore” lightsabre in the new Star Wars: TFA trailer. This lightsaber not only has a blade, but two mini lightsabers coming out of each hilt, reminiscent of the real universe blade the Claymore, a giant sword that had little swords as hilts. The “Claymore saber” would seem to be highly…cumbersome to use as you would be in eminent danger of stabbing yourself with your own hilt at all times. But…it looks cool, so what.

The weapon quickly meme’d out:

Buzzfeed has a poll about it.

And so on. Personally, we think whoever made the sword just decided to make a tricked out, lowrider lightsaber, damn the practicalities, becuae that’s what you do.

BTW for the shot by shot speculation and spoilters, io9 has a good breakdown. And for all your spoiler/leak needs, Star Wars Underworld. I’m not going to be one of those people who hangs on every leak and makes baby JJ Abrams cry, so read at your own risk.

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12. The Retailer’s View // Top Sellers and Bottom Dwellers

A couple of news bits and a personal announcement to tackle this week, so let’s get right to it.

MILLION AIRS

About a week ago, Marvel started to make a big deal over Star Wars #1 eclipsing 1,000,000 pre-orders from various retail outlets. While the company hinted at some of this quantity coming from less traditional sources, the number is still quite impressive, boasting the best direct market numbers for a single printing of a single issue in over twenty years. Despite all of the headache inducing rabble that I’m about to detail, that’s a number everyone involved with the creation, sales and marketing of the series should be proud of.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to pound my head against my keyboard while I detail the variant structure of this particular release.

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Check it out, it’s Bucky O’Hare you guys. Shut up, it is too.

As you’ve probably heard by now, there are an impressive amount of variant covers being produced for this comic. To start, Marvel tossed a grand total of 13 wide-market variants on top of the regular comic for all retailers to order and obtain. These 13 books had qualifiers that ranged from “1 for every 15 copies ordered” to “1 for every 500 copies ordered”. Four of them required retailers to exceed 200% of their Original Sin #8 numbers in order to get any books in – which is probably the clearest indication of where Marvel wanted the book to be in terms of sales. Original Sin #8 clocked in at an estimated 90,478 copies sold, which means they were probably aiming at the 200,000 as a “worst case scenario”.

These alone wouldn’t have brought Star Wars #1 even close to the 1,000,000 mark – so where does all that extra push come from? Many are pointing in the vague direction of alternative distribution and awaiting news on what nerd box corporation sprung for a few hundred thousand copies – and while that’s probably part of the answer, a good chunk is also coming from the retailer exclusive variants Marvel offered retailers.

In one of their missives to the retail community, Marvel let it be known that any retailer or retail group could have their own variants produced. These variants would be completely unique and would potentially utilize some big name talent to create a unique image that would appear on a cover exclusive to that retailer. The catch? You had to order at least 3,000 copies and order 200% more of the regular cover than you did for Original Sin #8. It appears quite a few retailers have taken them up on this offer, as the total of variants floating out are currently sitting at 57. Now, some of these are black and white “sketch” variants of the retail exclusive variants, which you could seemingly produce as little as 1,500 copies of, but the point remains: Marvel went full variant crazy when pushing this book. Will it work for them? In the short term, of course. They’re going to have one of their biggest January’s in a long time thanks to Star Wars alone, probably, and there will almost assuredly be enough product on the shelves to meet whatever demand might arise. In the long term? When a company digs this deep into variants and qualifiers, I always worry about the long lingering after effects. The practice of asking retailers to potentially overextend themselves to chase rare items almost always ends with product chocking out storage space and back issue bins. It manipulates the regulatory curve of supply and demand, and takes cash on hand and turns it into dead weight that’s harder to turn over, both of which can and will result in various levels of hardships. Too much of this and a store, a company, or an industry breaks. And wouldn’t that be fun.

FAILURE TO LAUNCH

Last week, the DC solicitations for March revealed a culling for the company, and the internet had some words about it. Because of course it did. The company is heading into their big move across the country with quite a few stagnant books and a line-wide crossover eating up their publishing schedule. In short, it was the right call to dust a large portion of their books in order to arrive back in June with a refocused creative direction. That said, the sheer volume of titles on the chopping block still makes this feel like a defeat of some kind.

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What DC needs here is for their PR department to pick up the copious amount of slack that’s roped on the floor. I know they’re already having a hard time convincing people that Convergence is going to be a big, important thing with the structure they chose, but they really shouldn’t be spending too much time and effort on that. Convergence is a crossover series, and it’s been designed as a two-month respite from The New 52 universe. Each and every one of their 40 two part minis seem to nudge the reader in the ribs and say, “Hey, remember when this was happening?” – and it’s going to do very little in the way of drawing a wide audience. June, on the other hand, stands a chance to be spectacular, and the company should be teasing it now. As it stands, DC looks like it’s flailing as a large chunk of their newly launched books limp to an end, and others that were a bit long in the tooth drop along side them. They need to come out and say this is all in service of something, or else people are going to run with a less positive narrative. It’s all about perception, and right now, DC is losing the battle. Here’s hoping they win the war.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

As of December 31st, I will no longer be the manager of a comic shop. After spending a little over 8 years at Wizard’s Comics, I’m moving on to a different role within this great industry. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what that is yet – but I thought it would be pertinent to let you all know of this change, as it will clearly effect what I write for this site. A hint regarding the future: while I won’t be a store manager, I will still be writing similar articles about the industry for Comics Beat, and they will start on January 12th. You might be surprised. You probably won’t be.

Until then, you’ll probably see me contribute the odd news post or opinion piece here or there, but otherwise, I will be busy putting together the next phase of my life – so if we don’t talk until then, have a fantastic holiday season!

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13. Huge Boxing Day digital comics sales: Sequential, Comixology, Dark Horse Star Wars Megabundle

Got some Christmas loot you’re itching to spend? Various comics publishers and digital vendors have just what you need in the form of some tempting sales.


 

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SEQUENTIAL, the “Criterion” of digital graphic novels is having a big sale, with more than 180 graphic novels from Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, NBM, Knockabout, and Koyama Press at 50-80% off. The list includes such 2014 best ofs as The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez, Beauty by Kerascoët, How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis, and more. Also From Hell, works by Lucy Knisley, James Kochalka, Mike Dawson and tons more good stuff. See the entire list here.

As joked above, Sequential offers its digital graphic novels with added material like commentary tracks, bonus art and more. If you got an iPad for Christmas, or just upgraded it, a stop at this sale (which goes until January 6th) is definitely called for.


Comixology is also having a bunch of sales including

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A 50% off sale on Image comics published before 11/12, including Saga, Sex Criminals and 4000+ other titles. 2014 was the year of Image and if by some bizarre chance you’ve missed out on some of the great new books coming out, here’s another chance.


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Comixology is also having a 50% off sale for Submit books, including the Testament Omnibus, Spike Trotman’s essential Poorcraft, minis by Becky Cloonan and Andrew Tsurumi, Aw Yeah Comics and tons more. Take a chance on something new!


 

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Look at the size of that thing! Dark Horse is having a Star Wars farewell Megabundle sale. Just $300 gets you the entire Star Wars comics collection from Dark Horse, many of them excellent books that may never see the light of day again. As you know, starting in January, Marvel takes over the Dark Horse license and these books have been deemed not part of canon, so get ‘em while you can.

The listing doesn’t say how many pages are in this collection but there are 568 issues so its…thousands and thousands of pages of Star Wars. Good deal.

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14. Advance Review: Star Wars Done Right

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Cover by John Cassaday & Laura Martin

 

 

 Written by: Jason Aaron

Art by: John Cassaday

Colors by: Laura Martin

Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos

Cover Art by: John Cassaday & Laura Martin

Published by: Marvel Comics

 

 

 

By Matthew Jent

“I have a very good feeling about this.”

Star Wars returns to Marvel, and nearly every other ancillary, non-movie-adventure of Luke Skywalker & Co. has been wiped out of continuity. Back in December we knew that Star Wars #1 would be, almost certainly, the biggest-selling issue of the year with 1 million copies ordered by comics retailers and other outlets. The first issue hits stores this week, with launch parties, dozens of variant covers, and a major media push. But what about what’s actually on the page?

To put it simply: this feels like Star Wars.

The issue opens with a sequential art version of the familiar logo and opening crawl, picking up after the events of A New Hope. The art from John Cassaday and Laura Martin captures the gritty look and feel of the original trilogy, and perfectly replicates that Solo smirk, Luke’s boyishly optimistic determination, and Leia’s exasperation with a certain smuggler. From the setting to the faces to the clothing, this book looks like Star Wars. It also looks like a really good comic book — there’s a certain Wookiee sniper scene that uses panel layout and zoom-in transitions for a nice effect. This is a visual tale, well told by sequential artists.

The narrative is satisfying, too. This first issue is oversized, with 36 pages of story. Jason Aaron’s dialogue hits the exposition a little too hard in a few scenes, mostly in explaining (and then, a few pages later, explaining again) the rebel plan, but Han talks like Han and Leia talks like Leia. Luke doesn’t talk very much at all, but that feels right too — Cassaday & Martin’s artwork evokes those Mark-Hamill-eyes in a way that tells you this is a Luke Skywalker who’s blown up the Death Star, but has yet to get lost on Hoth. He’s still young, hopeful, and has taken his first steps into a larger world — but he’s largely untested. He’s struggling to live up to the few lessons imparted by Ben Kenobi, still trying to figure out what it means to hear the voice of his old mentor on the wind, and that yearning plays out in his actions more than in his words — just like it should.

The plot moves forward at an assured clip, and it feels fulfilling without being rushed. This story also feels — well, essential. Like this really is the next adventure of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, and not just a filled-in series of events between movies.

Criticisms can be made, but they’re small. While most of the characters sound like themselves, C-3P0 sounds … off. His dialogue sounds almost more like Data than Threepio, like he’s using too many words to communicate. And while it’s wonderful to see Leia on a mission with the Han and Luke, it’s unclear why she is on this particular mission for the rebel alliance, as the only role she plays in-story is to criticize and banter with Han.

But with lots of things Star Wars, I’ll happily take a few inconsistencies if it means having fun in this particular far-away galaxy. “Skywalker Strikes” by Aaron, Cassaday and Martin isn’t just a fun Star Wars story, it’s a well-done comic, and one of the most fulfilling first issue/reboots I’ve read from Marvel in a long time. It’s a promising start to a new era of space fantasy.

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15. Loot Crate Star Wars #1 confirmed with Gabriele Dell’Otto cover

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With sales of more than a million copies and the number of confirmed variant covers at 89, Marvel’s first Star Wars #1 in nearly 40 years is already one of the best selling comics of the decade. It was assumed that a Loot Crate edition was part of what propelled the sales to the million dollar level and today’s unveiling of a Gabriele Dell’Otto cover for a Loot Crate variant. You can still get this variant by signing up for Loot Crate by January 19th at 9pm PST to get one—it’s part of a “REWIND” themed crate.

Appropriately, the cover shows Han and Chewie in the process of smuggling some loot.

Loot Crate if a monthly gift box filled with nerd and gamers themed merchandise, from toys to comics to apparel. Subscriptions begin at $13.37 for one month plus shipping and handling.

Star Wars #1 by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin debuted on Wednesday with parties, signings and favorable reviews.

“It’s never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan,” says Axel Alonso, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief. “From film, to television to new comics from Marvel – the future is bright for a galaxy far, far away. We’ve worked closely with the Lucasfilm story group to produce gripping new stories in the Star Wars universe and we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Loot Crate to help get this exciting first issue into the hands of thousands of new fans!”

“We’re incredibly honored and proud to present a unique variant version of Star Wars #1 to our Looters, and once again deliver comics to fans in a unique way,” adds Matthew Arevalo, co-founder and CXO of Loot Crate. “This continues our awesome partnership with Marvel, who is relaunching the Star Wars saga as only Marvel can!”

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16. Darth Vader #1 has already sold 300,000 copies

This Star Wars thing has legs! Following on the million selling Star Wars #1, Darth Vader #1, the next Marvel foray into the land of the Force, has already topped 300,00 pre-orders, Comicbook.com reports. The issue is by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca, and follows what happens after Vader goes spinning into space at the end of A New Hope…but BEFORE anyone brought him his shuttle. The next new marvel Book is Princess Leia #1 and that better top 100k, kids.

This issue will also have a BUNCH of variant covers, but maybe not 100 like SW #1. Here are two we liked the first by Whilce Portacio and second by Alex Ross.
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17. Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spin-off gets a new writer

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The amount of pressure on JJ Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens is starting to reach a fever pitch. One of the factors that Disney is counting upon is its ability to launch a number of spin-off films that will fill the year-long gaps between this newest installment, the upcoming Rian Johnson helmed Episode VIII, and the eventual Episode IX.

Gareth Edwards‘ film – the first of these stand-alones and reported to center on the heist-like premise of an attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star before the events of “A New Hope” – suffered its first set-back when writer Gary Whitta left the project.

THR is now reporting that Disney has found his replacement in writer Chris Weitz (A Better Life, The Golden Compass). Weitz is also the writer for the upcoming Cinderella film, and the writer/co-director for the Oscar-nominated About a Boy.

The Edwards directed Star Wars entry is set for release on December 16, 2016. It’s likely we’ll start to hear the first whispers of a cast fairly soon, provided the script can be whipped into shape in time.

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18. Felicity Jones to play lead in Star Wars spin-off

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Gareth EdwardsStar Wars spin-off that will see release on December 16, 2016 now has its star, as Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) has signed on for the lead role.

We know nothing about the picture at this point other than reports that it will deal with a “heist-like plot” surrounding the theft of the plans for the Death Star, and will precede A New Hope in the series time-line.

Jones’ biggest competition for the role was Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).

The film will be written by Chris Weitz (About a Boy) and the first of two known Star Wars spin-offs that will release in years between “proper” Star Wars episodes. Presumably, the Josh Trank directed spin-off will hit theaters in 2018.

To recap, your current Star Wars release time-line looks like this:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens directed by JJ Abrams – December 18, 2015
Untitled Star Wars Spin-off directed by Gareth Edwards – December 16, 2016
Star Wars Episode VIII directed by Rian Johnson – 2017
Untitled Star Wars Spin-off directed by Josh Trank – 2018
Star Wars Episode IX written by Rian Johnson – 2019



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19. Star Wars #1 leads Marvel to a commanding market share in January

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Diamond just released its January figures and Marvel had a pretty thorough market share dominance,  41.05% dollar share and a 45.64% unit share to DC’s 24.18% dollar share and a 27.05% unit share. Periodical sales were down a bit from December but graphic novels were way up. Perhaps in the most chipper news, January 2015 was way up over January 2014, up 12.27% in dollars and 9.86% in units overall. Last year people were wondering if the whole thing was crashing but it was more of a sag.

All four Saga trades were in the top ten for the month if you’re wondering where the graphic novel boost came from. Thank you BKV and Fiona Staples.

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS41.05%45.64%DC ENTERTAINMENT24.18%27.06%IMAGE COMICS9.21%8.91%IDW PUBLISHING5.78%4.52%DARK HORSE COMICS4.01%3.03%DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.41%2.22%BOOM! STUDIOS2.26%2.28%EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS1.46%0.32%AVATAR PRESS1.08%0.81%VIZ MEDIA0.95%0.39%OTHER NON-TOP 107.61%4.82%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS79330112DC ENTERTAINMENT86230109IDW PUBLISHING5026076IMAGE COMICS5414068DARK HORSE COMICS2819047BOOM! STUDIOS346040DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT316037VIZ MEDIA031031EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS001919AVATAR PRESS102113OTHER NON-TOP 107811528221

 


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
JANUARY 2015 VS. DECEMBER 2014
COMICS-2.69%-2.59%
GRAPHIC NOVELS9.12%10.49%
TOTAL COMICS/GN0.77%-1.66%
JANUARY 2015 VS. JANUARY 2014
COMICS10.27%9.65%
GRAPHIC NOVELS16.83%12.33%
TOTAL COMICS/GN12.27%9.86%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1STAR WARS #1$4.99NOV140709-MMAR
2BATMAN #38$3.99NOV140245-MDC
3AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12$3.99OCT140832-MMAR
4AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13$3.99NOV140764-MMAR
5UNCANNY AVENGERS #1$3.99NOV140703-MMAR
6WOLVERINES #1$3.99NOV140736-MMAR
7ANT-MAN #1$4.99NOV140725-MMAR
8THOR #4$3.99NOV140781-MMAR
9JUSTICE LEAGUE #38$3.99NOV140180-MDC
10THE WALKING DEAD #136 (MR)$2.99NOV140696IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DEATH OF WOLVERINE HC$24.99OCT140914-MMAR
2OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA VOLUME 1 TP$9.99OCT140637IMA
3SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)$14.99OCT140644IMA
4BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME 2: WELCOME TO NOWHERE TP$14.99OCT140615IMA
5SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99AUG120491IMA
6AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2: SPIDER-VERSE PRELUDE TP$17.99OCT140932MAR
7SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)$14.99JAN140556IMA
8SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)$14.99APR130443IMA
9THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)$14.99NOV128157IMA
10DEADPOOL: THE ONES WITH DEADPOOL TP$15.99NOV140877MAR

 


TOP 10 BOOKS

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DC SUPER HEROES: BATMAN: THE ORIGIN STORY TP$4.95NOV141826CAP
2DC SUPER HEROES: WONDER WOMAN: THE ORIGIN STORY$4.95NOV141829CAP
3DC SUPER HEROES: SUPERMAN: THE ORIGIN STORY TP$4.95NOV141827CAP
4LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC$34.99SEP120055DAR
5DC SUPER HEROES: GREEN LANTERN: THE ORIGIN STORY TP$4.95NOV141828CAP
6LEGEND OF KORRA: ART OF ANIMATED SERIES BOOK 3: CHANGE HC$34.99SEP140051DAR
7IN SEARCH OF LOST DRAGONS HC$34.99AUG141289DE
8THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 91 SC$14.95NOV141854SAN
9BATMAN: YOU CHOOSE STORIES: THE JOKER’S DOZEN$6.95NOV141832CAP
10BATMAN: YOU CHOOSE STORIES: THE SEED BANK HEIST$6.95NOV141830CAP

TOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD: LINK FIGMAJUN132070GOO
2GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: ELECTRONIC DANCING BABY GROOTSEP148110KID
3DC COMICS: WONDER WOMAN ARTFX STATUEJUL142220KOT
4THE WALKING DEAD SERIES 6 ACTION FIGURESAPR148174TMP
5POP! GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: DANCING GROOT VINYL FIGUREJUL148256FUN
6BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS PLAY ARTS KAI: THE JOKERJUL148208SQU
7BATMAN “BLACK COSTUME” ARTFX STATUEFEB121622KOT
8MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGUREMAR101468DST
9BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS PLAY ARTS KAI: ROBINJUL148207SQU
10MARVEL SPIDER-MAN 8-INCH RETRO ACTION FIGUREMAY142225DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITIONOCT128266USA
2JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLYDEC142209DST
3YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX SERIES TWOJUN142660NEC
4STAR WARS: IMPERIAL ASSAULT BOARD GAMENOV142729FAN
5MARVEL DICE MASTERS: UNCANNY X-MEN SET-UP BOXAUG142843NEC
6YU-GI-OH! DICE MASTERS SERIES ONENOV142759NEC
7ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS PACK 1: FINN VS. JAKEAPR148197CRY
8X-FILES: THE BOARD GAMEMAY142832IDW
9MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS VS. X-MEN BOOSTER PACKSNOV132536NEC
10YU-GI-OH! DICE MASTERS SERIES ONE STARTER SETNOV142761NEC

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20. I’ve always loved the makeup & costuming on these movies...



I’ve always loved the makeup & costuming on these movies they did for Padmé.



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21. ‘Frozen 2′ Is Official

Disney can't let it go just yet.

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22. The new Star Wars spin-off film, Rogue One, gets a release date as does Episode VIII

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We’re right on the cusp of announcements regarding films that’ll see release in 2017, and no surprise, Star Wars is the first out of the gate, as we now have release dates for the next two installments in the series, as well as a title for the 2016 spin-off.

StarWars.com announced today that Star Wars: Episode VIII (which is still untitled, no surprise there) will see release on May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson was also confirmed as the director in that same announcement. The big takeaway here is that Star Wars will be slotting into the Memorial Day weekend stretch in 2017, when some thought the franchise might permanently settle itself into the Christmas holiday vacated by The Hobbit films.

Here’s the important info from the press release:

Bob Iger confirmed that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017 — forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Johnson is widely considered one of cinema’s most gifted young filmmakers, having directed the modern sci-fi classic, Looper, as well as Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He was also behind the camera for three episodes of the critically-acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad, including “Ozymandias,” which series creator Vince Gilligan named as the best installment of the show. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, producer of Looper, Don Jon, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, are on board to produce.

Disney also announced that then untitled Star Wars spin-off that releases between The Force Awakens and Episode VIII will be entitled Rogue One, which in the Star Wars universe is the call-sign given to the leader of the Rogue Squadron flight squad. Whether that gives us any indication about the plot is up in the air, but Rogue One, which stars Felicity Jones and is directed by Gareth Edwards, will hit theaters on December 16, 2016.

Here’s the announcement on that as well:

Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London and is due for release on December 16, 2016.

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23. Entertainment Round-Up: The Flash cast and crew talk last night’s big episode, Star Wars Episode IX may be circling a director, the first SPECTRE poster is unveiled

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It’s new comic book day, the best day of the week! Before I rush off to my LCS, let’s round-up the few relevant entertainment headlines that are out and about:

– Last night’s episode of The Flash was pretty excellent, with easily the best final 10 minutes that I’ve seen in a superhero television adaptation. Some of the key players of the latest installment spoke with the press yesterday about the ramifications of Barry’s actions and what’s to come:

SPOILERS!!!!!! Look away now if you’re behind on your viewing….

What happens when you interrupt the space/time continuum on The Flash?

ANDREW KREISBERG: Like Wells has said in a previous episode, there are different versions of time travel. There’s the fixed loop, and then there’s the version where time is more plastic and mutable. One of the fun things is discovering what’s a fixed point in time, what can’t be changed and what things always have to happen, and then what things are changeable and are mutable. It’s a mixture of both. Obviously, none of us knows how time travel really works, but we’ve come up with our rules and we try to stick by them. Not to pat ourselves on the back, but a lot of what we’re doing now is stuff we set up in the pilot. You can go back and watch the pilot and go, “Oh, I get it! That’s why that stream of things is happening!

Will Barry still have to stop Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre) again?

KREISBERG: The ramifications of this episode are the fun of Episode 16, and seeing how much of what happened in Episode 15 still happens and how much of it might possibly change.

Cisco is a very smart guy. Will he still be suspicious of Dr. Wells, even though they’ve gone back in time?

KREISBERG: Part of the fun of Episode 16 is watching that when time changes, certain events will occur that prevent Cisco from following along the same trajectory. You’ll see how things play out, but in a completely different way.

Now we know that Harrison really is Eobard Thawne. How will that tie into Eddie Thawne, and what will their connection be?

KREISBERG: You can take him at his word that there obviously is a family connection between the two of them. There are some great scenes coming up, between Tom and Rick [Cosnett], that starts to become a storyline. It’s cool stuff. We’re not trying to purposely trick the comic book fans. Being one myself, you can get upset when it’s not quite the way it was in the book. But, the show has to live on its own and it has to be for everybody. It can’t just be an adaptation of comic books that people have already read and know so well. Obviously, we’ve thought of this, from the very beginning, and it’s been leading up to this.

And then there’s the kicker:

Is there a parallel universe now, where there is no Flash?

KREISBERG: Is there?

TOM CAVANAGH: Is there? Answer a question with a question.

I’m still predicting that the season ends with Barry saving his mom and the time ramifications of that taking shape in some way to set up Season 2 (someone else is The Flash perhaps? Wally? Jay?). Make sure you check out the link above for more quotes including further details from Tom Cavanagh about Dr. Wells’ latest revelation and Candice Patton on the future of Barry and Iris.

Latino Review has a new report this morning with the rumored front-runner to direct Star Wars Episode IX, J.J. Abrams. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director would make some level of sense given that Episode VIII director Rian Johnson is reportedly scripting Episode IX, and were Abrams to helm it, it would be a sort of “synthesis” of their two visions for the franchise.

– Here’s the first SPECTRE poster, looking as non-descript as possible, but if any of you are like my significant other, any picture of Daniel Craig is a good picture:

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24. Welcome the Excellent Stuart Immonen to Star Wars #8

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Illustrator John Cassaday recently announced his departure from the Star Wars comic book with author Jason Aaron. Issue #6 is his last, as announced on Sunday from his Facebook page.

“While wrapping up my final issue (#6) and the first arc of STAR WARS,” said Cassaday.

The All-New Captain America artist Stuart Immonen is jumping on board with Aaron. Immonen is set to draw the upcoming issue #8, and provided a cover that has yet to be colored with Luke Skywalker – it should be no surprise that it looks nothing short of excellent. He’s a great choice for the series, able to provide lots of different characters and faces with dynamic action and linework as proved with his tenure on All-New X-Men.

Author Jason Aaron advised fans not to worry about his involvement with the title clarifying that he’s going to be on the comic for sometime.

Just for the record, I am on STAR WARS for the long haul. There are so many stories I want to tell with these characters.

CBR broke the news, and also teased that a special artist is jumping on #7. Any guesses? I’m hoping for Arthur Adams, but after delivering interior art for Guardians Team-Up #1 it seems unlikely.

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25. March Madness, Geek Style: Our “Big Dance” Is Called “The Mamushka”!


March Madness begins, as the “First Four” play in Dayton to see who will advance into the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.Now, it’s no secret that sports fans are geeks.  (Arcane knowledge, fannish clothing, cosplay, fan gatherings, undying loyalty even when stuff sucks, hatred of stuff that’s just a little bit different, fantasy battles, questionable hygiene,  dining etiquette…)

Of course, there is that subtle Venn diagram overlap of “wonks” and “sports statisticians” which comes to the fore during March Madness, as millions seek to find the perfect bracket to win the adulation of millions (or at least your office mates).

uc-santa-cruzUCIrvineAnteatersI admit… I follow the trivia… and I like the underdogs, or, this year, the anteaters.  (Sadly, the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz are Division III.]

But what about other brackets?  Why should sports fans have all the fun?

For your enjoyment, we offer the following Geek brackets:

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Two different brackets, one of which is official.

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Who will join Obi-Wan and Yoda as champion?  StarWars.com has the official bracket!

Meanwhile, there’s a Jedi tournament going on, with each side to meet in the final!    Jedi vs Sith!


The annual Geek Madness Championship, for gamers:

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image bracketNothing But Comics hosts an Image-specific tourney:

TheNBC! staff has taken the top 64 Image books hitting the stands in March and broken them up into four divisions:“The Horror” – Marlon Brando Division, Whimsy Sci-Fi Division, Nihilist Sci-Fi Division and The Kitchen Sink Division.


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While USA Today plays “Heroes and Villains“:

To settle that last question, we need your help. We’ve set up a 32-character bracket, as part of Bracket Madness month, and each day you can vote for your favorite character to advance to the next round. Votes will be tallied at midnight eastern time, and the winning character will advance to the next round.

…and Cosmic Comix & Toys in Cantonsville, Maryland, offers “Cosmic Madness 2015“!


muppet round_2_boardMuppet Madness gets some major corporate sponsorship from a casino:

[WHAT?!  Big Bird v. Snuffie?]


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The Disney Nerds Podcast hosts: MOVIE MADNESS 2015

Movie Qualifications:  Only full length first run features released by Walt Disney Studios or Pixar qualify.  No Direct to DVD or releases by other Disney owned studios.  Ranking was determined by a Disney Nerds Podcast Team.  This is YOUR personal favorite list, we are not asking for the most popular, the most artistic, the most awards, this is about the movie that you are most fond off for what ever reason it may be.  What is YOUR favorite Disney animated feature!!


The WDW Radio Blog is sponsoring a tournament to select the best attraction at WDW’s Magic Kingdom!

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Want to pit various fandoms against each other?   Epic Nerd hosts a multi-franchise-fandom bracket!

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Top seeds: Batman, Super Mario, Lord of the Rings, Star]Trek.   [Hmmm…anyone want to fanfic that team-up?]

A nine-member selection committee of the biggest nerds and geeks I could gather (myself included) examined franchises from the genres of fantasy & adventure, science-fiction, video games, and comics.

After evaluating them using four criteria: modern popularity, commercial success, historic importance, and artistic value, each franchise was ranked and seeded.

…and in a similar vein, which property should be rebooted?  (Or exhumed, in some cases.)

Go to UnderScoopFire and vote!

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In another tourney, the finals!  What is the Greatest Geek Moment in History?  FastCompany spends less than a week running the tourney!

Star Wars, The Internet, Ada Lovelace, DNA?


Okay…  You probably need a break to get some refreshments…

Need to get into the spirit?  Perhaps some Kentucky rye to go with the Wildcats?  It’s MASH MADNESS!

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Or maybe some brewskis?

How about hues instead of brews?

Or maybe some rhythms to go with those hues?


The Victory Formation hosts the Final 68: The Worst Things in Sports.  Media, Fans, Athletes, and Etcetera are the regionals.


Tired of basketball?  Playing out a 2015 March Madness Bracket of All 30 MLB Teams


Insider Higher Ed takes the NCAA bracket, and determines winners based on brains, not brawn!

It’s time once again to fill out those March Madness brackets, and what better way to predict the winner of this year’s National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament than to compare how the teams succeed in the classroom?

Here’s how Inside Higher Ed‘s bracket works: to determine the winners, we first look to the Academic Progress Rate, the N.C.A.A.’s multiyear measure of a team’s classroom performance. When two teams tie, we turn to the N.C.A.A.’s Graduation Success Rate, which measures the proportion of athletes on track to graduate within six years. In the event of a G.S.R. tie, we then turn to the Federal Graduation Rate, a slightly different formula that the government uses to track graduation rates.

This tournament’s championship round was a nail-biter, going into double overtime, with the teams tying on both the A.P.R. and the G.S.R.


…and then there are the Big Brains at Critical Theory who ponder the great question of our age: Of philosophy’s many personalities, which is most likely to ruin a sporting event?

Is it Diogenes, who rushes the field, rambling “I’m looking for an honest man!” while violently shaking Bill Belichick? Can that compare to the $8 hot dog ruined by Jacques Lacan who reminds you “the phallus is in the bun,” or Karl Marx’s multiple aborted attempts to retake the means to produce “the wave” for proletariat revolution?

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Comics Should Be Good returns for their seventh annual 2015 DC/Marvel Comic Character Tournament!  This time, it’s cinematic characters, and actors!

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Or maybe your prefer SUPER ANIMALS!

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South Park has their “Bro Down”.

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What’s the MOST 90s band?  (Not the best, but the one which best represents the 90s in music.)

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Girls in Capes has their Sisterhood tournament.  Final Four!

io9 has their tournament.

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For sports widows….  Leading men of romance novels:

Got a favorite program on National Public Radio?  KPCC offers a tournament!

ComicMix once again highlights webcomics!

TV Couples

Which TV should come back on the air?  Pushing Daisies, or Firefly?

Best TV Theme  [This is really disorganized.  “Scooby-Doo”?  Which one?!  Should have been better researched.]

Best Scripted Shows


…and my favorite bracket:

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