A lot of people are pointing out the puzzle of the conflicting signals the business of comics is sending out today, and it’s pretty hard to ignore: recent days have brought us extremely successful comic book conventions, yet notable comic shop closures. Monthly industry numbers have continued to trend down this year, yet now comes word that the New 52 could be a chartbreaker.
When the sparkline monitor starts going crazy, marking out a furious sequence of big highs and lows, one obvious conclusion to be drawn is that a major disruption is here. It’s possible that the actions of the next several months spell the difference between the return of healthy pulse and flatline. Are there retail, publishing, and creator doctors in the house?
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In a letter by Mike Malve, owner of the Atomic Comics chain in Phonenix, Arizona, talks about the reasons for the bankruptcy of the business and the foreclosure of his family home.
New Mutants aligns with Cyclops’ team. If indeed Cyclops is still around. Which he probably is.
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Earlier tonight, the little known site Horror Movies pointed the way to an unofficial The Thing Facebook page. Coincidentally (right?) Bloody Disgusting “stumbled onto” the same page a couple of hours later.*
Last night, BBC One showed the film Starter For Ten from 2006. I think I saw it on an aeroplane back seat onece. Made by the BBC with HBO, it’s an eighties period film about a young man who goes to university with the express aim of taking part in the TV quiz show University Challenge.
Various Tracking Boards have today been awash with stories of a potential Danger Girl movie, derived from J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell‘s comic book series about three lady spies in a sort-of gender-inverted Bond meets Charlie’s Angels mold.
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