Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday's Headlines - 2017 DIAMOND GEM Award Winners

Diamond Comics Distributors have announced the winners of the 2017 Gem Awards, and DC dominated the categories with seven wins overall. Retailers awarded one award to Marvel, but the publisher gained two others from Diamond directly in non-voting awards given out based on sales figures.

DC's wins came across several categories: Batman #24 for "Comic Book of the Year - $3.99 or Under"; Doomsday Clock #1 for "Comic Book of the Year - Over $3.99"; Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1 for "Licensed TP or HC of the Year" (shared with IDW Publishing); DC Super Hero Girls TP Volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High for "Best All-Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel"; Wonder Woman: Earth One Volume 1 for "Original Graphic Novel of the Year"; and DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue for "Collectible Statue of the Year. As a company, DC won for "Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Over 3% Market Share)" and "Back List Publisher of the Year".

Marvel earned three Gem Awards, but two of those were in categories not voted on by retailers. The House of Ideas won Gem Awards for "Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the Year" and "Top Dollar Comic Book of the Year". Their third win, which came from retailer votes, was for Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1 as "2017 Licensed Comic of the Year"
Here are the nominees, with the winners notated in bold lettering. The nominees were chosen by Diamond staff, with it then being voted on by comic book retailers part of Diamond's clientele:

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year - Over 3%
  • DC Comics
  • Image Comics
  • Marvel Comics
  • IDW Publishing
  • Dark Horse Comics

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year - Under 3%
  • BOOM! Studios
  • Aftershock Comics
  • Valiant Entertainment
  • Dynamite Entertainment
  • Titan Comics

2017 Comic Book of the Year $3.99 or Under
  • Batman #24 - DC Comics
  • The Walking Dead #167 - Image Comics
  • X-O Manowar (2017) #1 - Valiant Entertainment
  • Babyteeth #1 - Aftershock Comics
  • Edge of Venomverse #1 (of 5) - Marvel Comics

2017 Comic Book of the Year - Over $3.99
  • Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12) - DC Comics
  • Marvel Legacy #1 - Marvel Comics
  • TMNT Ongoing #75 - IDW Publishing
  • Royal City #1 - Image Comics

2017 Licensed Comic of the Year
  • Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1 - Marvel Comics
  • John Wick #1 - Dynamite Entertainment
  • Rick & Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1 (of 5) - Oni Press
  • Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 - Dark Horse Comics
  • Robotech #1 - Titan Comics

2017 Magazine of the Year
  • Heavy Metal - Heavy Metal Magazine
  • Image + - Image Comics
  • Mad Magazine - DC Comics
  • Back Issue - Twomorrows Publishing
  • Doctor Who Magazine - Panini Publishing Ltd

2017 Backlist Publisher of the Year
  • DC Comics
  • Image Comics
  • Marvel Comics
  • Dark Horse Comics

2017 Reprint TP or HC of the Year
  • The Walking Dead: Here's Negan - Image Comics
  • Batman, volume 1: I Am Gotham (Rebirth) - DC Comics
  • Black Hammer, volume 1: Secret Origins
  • Creepshow GN - Gallery 13
  • Unworthy Thor TP - Marvel Comics

2017 Licensed TP or HC of the Year
  • Batman TMNT, volume 1 - DC Comics
  • Rick & Morty, volume 4 - Oni Press
  • Star Wars: Darth Maul - Marvel Comics
  • The Flintstones, volume 1 - DC Comics
  • Voltron Legendary Defender, volume 1 - Lion Forge

2017 Manga TP of the Year
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, volume 1 - Viz Media
  • Ghost in the Shell Deluxe RtL Edition, volume 1 - Kodansha Comics
  • My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness - Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Berserk, volume 38 - Dark Horse Comics

2017 Manga Publisher of the Year
  • Viz Media
  • Dark Horse Comics
  • Tokyopop
  • Kodansha Comics

2017 Anthology of the Year
  • Love is Love GN - IDW Publishing
  • Thor by Walt Simonson Omnibus, New Ptg - Marvel Comics
  • Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years - DC Comics
  • Dark Horse Book of Horror - Dark Horse Comics

2017 Indie Graphic Novel of the Year
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters GN Vol. 1, Fantagraphics Books
  • Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald Trump, IDW Publishing
  • Black History in Its Own Words, Image Comics
  • Providence HC Act 1 - Final Ptg., Avatar Press

2017 Trade Book of the Year
  • The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC, Dark Horse Comics
  • Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition HC Cvrs. A & B, IDW Publishing
  • The Art of Rick & Morty HC, Dark Horse Comics
  • Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales HC, BOOM! Studios
  • Neil Gaiman Norse Mythology HC, WW Norton

2017 Game Manufacturer of the Year
  • WizKids
  • IDW Games
  • Paizo, Inc.
  • Green Ronin Publishing

2017 Game Product of the Year
  • Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool and X-Force Booster Brick, WizKids/NECA
  • Starfinder RPG Core Rulebook HC, Paizo, Inc.
  • Machi Koro: Bright Lights, Big City Card Game, IDW Games
  • Critical Role: Tal Dorei Campaign Setting HC, Green Ronin Publishing

2017 Toy Manufacturer of the Year
  • Funko
  • DC Collectibles
  • Diamond Select Toys
  • Hasbro
  • Mezco

2017 Toy Product of the Year
  • POP! Rides: Marvel Classic Ghost Rider with Bike PREVIEWS Exclusive Vinyl Figure - Funko
  • DC Rebirth Justice League Action Figure 7-pack - DC Collectibles
  • One:12 Collective Marvel PREVIEWS Exclusive Punisher Deluxe Action Figure - Mezco
  • Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure - Diamond Select Toys
  • Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn PREVIEWS Exclusive MAF EX - MEDICOM Toy Corporation

2017 Toy Line of the Year
  • POP! - Funko
  • Marvel Gallery - Diamond Select Toys
  • DC TV - DC Collectibles
  • One:12 - Mezco
  • ArtFX - Kotobukiya

2017 Collectible Statue of the Year
  • DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue - DC Collectibles
  • The Walking Dead (TV): Daryl Dixon Limited Edition Statue - McFarlane Toys
  • Marvel Milestones: Armored Thor Statue - Diamond Select Toys
  • One Punch Man: Saitama Statue - First 4 Figures

Best FCBD Title
  • FCBD 2017 I Hate Image - Image Comics
  • FCBD 2017 Secret Empire #1 - Marvel Comics
  • FCBD 2017 Wonder Woman #1 Special Edition - DC Comics
  • FCBD 2017 Rick & Morty - Oni Press
  • FCBD 2017 Betty & Veronica #1 - Archie Comics

2017 Best All Ages Series
  • DuckTales - IDW Publishing
  • Scooby-Doo Team-up - DC Comics
  • Invader Zim - Oni Press
  • Lumberjanes - BOOM! Studios
  • Usagi Yojimbo - Dark Horse Comics

2017 Best All Ages Original/Reprint GN
  • DC Super Hero Girls, volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High, DC Comics
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, volume 3: The Smartest There Is - Marvel Comics
  • My Little Pony Movie Prequel - IDW Publishing
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Battle Extravagonzo - Dark Horse Comics

2017 Best New Comic Book Series
  • Redneck - Image Comics
  • Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows - Dark Horse Comics
  • Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man - Marvel Comics
  • Future Quest Presents - DC Comics
  • Bloodshot: Salvation - Valiant Entertainment

2017 Original Graphic Novel of the Year
  • Wonder Woman Earth One, volume 1 - DC Comics
  • Hellboy Into The Silent Sea - Dark Horse Comics
  • Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, volume 1 - Dark Horse Comics
  • Deadpool Bad Blood OGN - Marvel Comics
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, volume 1 - Fantagraphics Books

Monday's Headlines - Full COMIC BOOK Television Release Schedule

Here is a complete schedule of the announced television series and their status. Those signed to networks will be denoted as such with those outlets in parenthesis, while the other prospective series with no broadcast home as of yet will simply list their production company.

Currently Airing:
Teen Titans Go!, season four (Cartoon Network)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, season five (Nickelodeon)
Justice League Action, season one (Cartoon Network)
Guardians of the Galaxy, season two (Disney XD)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot, season one (Disney XD)
Ant-Man, season one (Disney XD)
DuckTales, season one (Disney XD)
Spider-Man (Disney XD)
Fear The Walking Dead, season three, part 2 (AMC)
Gotham, season four (Fox)
Lucifer, season three (Fox)
Supergirl, season three (The CW)
The Gifted, season one (Fox)
The Flash, season four (The CW)
DC's Legends of Tomorrow, season three (The CW)
Riverdale, season two (The CW)
Arrow, season six (The CW)
Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, season one (AMC)
Big Hero 6: The Series, season one (Disney XD)
Freedom Fighters: The Ray, season one (CW Seed)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season five (ABC)
Happy!, season one (Syfy)
Black Lightning, season one (The CW)

February 23: The Tick, season one part two (Amazon Prime)
February 25: The Walking Dead, season eight part two (AMC)
February 26: iZombie, season four (The CW)
March 8: Jessica Jones, season two (Netflix)
March 21: Krypton, season one (Syfy)
April: Legion, season two (FX) Editor's Note: Specific date unknown
June 7: Cloak & Dagger, (Freeform)

Unspecified 2018:
Avengers Assemble, season five "Black Panther Quest" (Disney XD)
Umbrella Academy, season one (Netflix)
Preacher, season three (AMC)
Wynonna Earp, season three (Syfy)
DC Super Hero Girls, season one (Cartoon Network)
Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe, Valiant Digital
New Warriors, (Marvel Television)
Titans, season one (Unnamed DC digital service)
Young Justice: Outsiders, season three (Unnamed DC digital service)
Hilda, season one (Netflix)
The Gifted, season two (Fox)
Luke Cage, season two (Netflix)
Daredevil, season three (Netflix)
Iron Fist, season two (Netflix)
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, season one (Nickelodeon)
The Nameless City, season one (Frederator/Recursion Media)
Untitled Deadpool Animated Series, season one (FXX)

Unspecified 2019:
The Boys, season one (Amazon)
The Tick, season two (Amazon)

In Production:
Cannon Busters, season one (Netflix)
Damage Control, pilot (ABC)
Snowpiercer, pilot (TNT)
Deadly Class, pilot (Syfy)

In Development:
#4Hero (Machinima)
American Flagg!, EuropaCorp
Amped (USA Network)
Astronaut Academy, with Vivek J. Tiwary
Bad Medicine (NBC)
Black Magick, with Groundswell Productions
Briggs Land (AMC)
Brooklyn Animal Control (USA Network)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
Concrete, Universal Cable Productions
Constantine (CW Seed)
Crosswind (Piazza Entertainment/Entertainment One)
Darkness Visible, IDW Entertainment
DC’s Hero Project (Machinima)
The Disciples, Universal Cable Productions
Dreadstar, Universal Cable Productions & Benderspink
Empire of the Dead, Demarest
Essex County (CBC)
Five Ghosts (Syfy)
Flutter, Universal Cable Productions
Grandville, Euston Films
Harrow County, Universal Cable Productions
Hawaiian Dick (NBC)
Heartthrob (Studio 8/Felix Culpa)
Lazarus (Amazon)
Letter 44 (Syfy)
Locke & Key (Hulu)
Mind MGMT, Univeral Cable Productions
One Piece, Tomorrow Studios
Project 13 (The CW)
Rasl, Parks+MacDonald
Quantum & Woody, (Valiant Entertainment)
Punisher, season two (Netflix)
Red, (NBC)
Runaways, season two (Hulu)
Sam & Twitch, (BBC America)
Scalped, with Warner Bros.
Scarlet (Cinemax)
Sex Criminals, with Universal TV
Sin City, with The Weinstein Company/Dimension Films
Sinatoro, Universal Cable Productions & Depth of Field
The Smurfs, IMPS/Dupuis Audiovisuel
Snow Blind (Fox)
Southern Bastards (FX)
Static Shock, Warner Bros.
The Woods, (Syfy)
Watchmen, (HBO)
The Wicked + The Divine, with Universal Cable Productions
The Woods (SyFy)
Trees, with NBCUniversal International Studios
Velvet (The Paramount Network)
Wayward, Manga Entertainment
Witchblade (NBC)
Y: The Last Man (FX)
Untitled Marvel Comedy (ABC)
Untitled Marvel "Jessica Jones-esque" show (ABC)
Untitled John Ridley Mystery Marvel ‘Superhero Reinvention’ Series (ABC)
Untitled Marvel streaming show (Disney)
Judge Dredd: Mega City One, season one (IM Global/Rebellion)

Monday's Headlines - Weekend Box Office

Without a surprise genre hit like last year's "Split" to enter theaters in late January, "Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle" stayed No. 1 on the box office charts for a third straight weekend with $19.6 million.

With a running domestic total of $316.5 million, "Jumanji" has now passed "Skyfall" to become one of Sony Pictures' top five highest grossing films of all time. The four films above it are all "Spider-Man" films: 2002's "Spider-Man" ($403.7 million), "Spider-Man 2" ($373.6 million), "Spider-Man 3" ($336.5 million) and last year's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" ($334.2 million).

To stay No. 1 "Jumanji" staved off openings from two adult action films: Warner Bros./Alcon's "12 Strong" and STX's "Den of Thieves." "12 Strong" took second place with $16.5 million from 3,002 screens, having the better critical reception of the two with 54 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore. "Den of Thieves" performed above expectations with a $15 million opening from 2,432 screens, earning a 40 percent RT score and a B+ on CinemaScore. A mid-teens opening is a solid start for both of these mid-budget action films aimed at older male audiences, with both hoping for a $45-50 domestic total and a strong performance in overseas markets where they are more popular.

Also opening this weekend in targeted release is Roadside Attractions' "Forever My Girl," a romance that was panned by critics with an 18 percent RT score but won over audiences with an A on CinemaScore. The Bethany Ashton Wolf-directed romance was released on 1,115 screens and came in tenth this weekend with $4 million.

Among holdovers, "The Post" took fourth place in its second weekend in wide release with $12.1 million, bringing its total to $45.1 million. "The Greatest Showman," meanwhile, stayed in the top five in its fifth weekend, adding $10 million to bring its total to $113.1 million after an opening weekend of $14.4 million.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" finally bowed out of the top five this weekend, finishing seventh with $6.5 million to become the sixth film in box office history to gross over $600 million domestic with $604 million. To become one of the top five highest grossing domestic releases ever, it needs another $19 million to pass the $623 million made by "The Avengers" in 2012.

Unfortunately, there isn't as much good news for WB/StudioCanal's "Paddington 2," which came in sixth this weekend with $8 million. Though the family sequel about the bear from Darkest Peru became Rotten Tomatoes' best-reviewed movie ever this past week, it has a ten-day total of $24.9 million. That is 38 percent behind the ten-day total the first "Paddington" made to this point two years ago. While a disappointment for WB, which bought the domestic rights to the film from The Weinstein Company two months ago, "Paddington 2" is by no means a flop, having already made its money with a $172.2 million global total, outgrossing its predecessor in the U.K. with $55.4 million.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Weekend Headlines - Red Is Back!

A redesigned Superman will debut in April 18's Action Comics #1000 - with the iconic red trunks officially back as part of this new design. Although the designer is unclear, Action Comics #1000's cover by DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee, inker Scott Williams, and colorist Alex Sinclair shows off a mix of familiar elements with some modern nuances.

“Action Comics #1000 represents a watershed moment in the history of not just comic books, but entertainment, literature and pop culture,” said Lee. “There’s no better way to celebrate Superman’s enduring popularity than to give him a look that combines some new accents with the most iconic feature of his classic design.”

As part of this event, DC will also be publishing an Action Comics hardcover companion book edited by one-time DC publisher Paul Levitz. In addition to that, titles across DC's superhero line will feature Superman-themed variants in the month of April.

The one-thousandth issue of Action Comics is an incredible milestone in pop culture and a testament to the vision of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster,” said DC co-publisher Dan DiDio. “Without this book, along with Siegel and Shuster’s fertile imaginations and boundless creativity, the superhero’s place in literature may have been wildly different, if not altogether nonexistent.”

Weekend Headlines - Amazing Spider-man News

Longtime Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott has announced his departure from the series with Amazing Spider-Man #801 - a decision he says has been in the making for years. Slott has been a writer on Amazing Spider-Man since 2008's "Brand New Day" arc, having taken over sole writing duties on the title in 2010.

"This was a decision that was made way long ago," Slott told Vulture. "I gotta feel like a jerk, because whenever someone would interview me, or whenever it would come up on panels, I would look out at people and say with a stern look that I was never leaving. Very much in the same way I was saying, 'Peter Parker is never coming back. I killed him' [during The Superior Spider-Man]. I lied. I lied horribly. [Laughs.] But that’s what us storytellers do, we spin lies."

And given Slott's timeline, he's not kidding about the length of time he's been holding onto this secret - since around 2014's Spider-Verse event.

"It was also around the time that we were doing Spider-Verse, and it was such a big undertaking...And in the middle of all of that I was like, 'Aaaaaah.' That was it. I was very much aware of, like, Okay, I think something inside me broke. But I am going to make this, man. If Spider-Man can lift that heavy thing off his back, I can do this."

Slott already has a new Marvel Comics destination in mind - and he didn't beat around the bush naming his next project: Invincible Iron Man.

"I am going from the flagship character of the Marvel Comics of my youth to the gem of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The linchpin. I am going to Iron Man."

"Tony Stark: He makes you feel; he’s a cool exec with a heart of steel," joked Slott, quoting the 60s Iron Man cartoon theme song. "I’m all excited. They’d asked me to do Iron Man a while back, but by then I was at [Silver Surfer] and I had Spidey and I was already overcommitted, so it kept gnawing at me. Like, Oh, man. I really do want to do Iron Man. This would be fun. And when that came around again, it was like, Okay, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I want Iron Man...This is Tony Stark, Iron Man. This gonna be about technology in the Marvel universe in a very specific way and it’s gonna lead to very big things."

Still, Slott said he would consider returning to Spider-Man to acheive one goal - to have written the most Spider-Man comic books of anyone, a record currently held by Brian Michael Bendis, who is exiting Marvel (and, incidentally, Invincible Iron Man) for an exclusive DC Comics contract later this year.

"There was only one benchmark left that I could hit and it felt forever away, and that was more issues of any Spider-Man comic than anyone. That was the one benchmark that was very much dangling out of reach like Tantalus. The reason why was Brian Michael Bendis. He kept writing, so it was a moving benchmark, and I just assumed he was never leaving. If I had known, if I had only known that Brian was gonna jump to DC I would’ve stayed on. [Laughs.] I bet you I would have stayed on."

"But, you know, there’s … for this master plan to work, it doesn’t have to be Amazing Spider-Man," he continued. "Who knows? Like, two, three years from now, I could go back and go, 'Hey, let me do Web of Spider-Man. Let me do a new version of Untold Tales of Spider-Man.' I just gotta hit that for 18 or 20 issues and we’re good."

Slott's final issue of Amazing Spider-Man will be #801, which has not yet been solicited. Assuming no gaps between the latest solicited issue, March 7's #797, and the finale, #801 is expected in July.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Comic Book Preview - Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive Volume 1 HC

Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive Volume 1 HC
Square Enix (W)
On sale June 5
FC, 336 pages
HC, 8 1/2" x 12"
Dark Horse and Square Enix are thrilled to offer the first of three volumes celebrating the entrancing lore and exciting development of the initial six entries into the Final Fantasy saga. This astonishing journey through the creation of the seminal roll playing epic is finally available in English under official license for the first time ever!

Comic Book Preview - Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows: From the World of Black Hammer #2 (of 4)

Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows: From the World of Black Hammer #2 (of 4)
Jeff Lemire (W), Max Fiumara (A/cover), Dave Stewart (C) JG Jones (Variant cover)
On sale Apr 4
FC, 32 pages
Astral crime fighter Doctor Star discovers a sprawling alien city that desperately needs his help to defend itself against a powerful intergalactic space monster!

• Ties directly into the Eisner-Award winning Black Hammer comic books series and is written by main writer Jeff Lemire

Comic Book Preview - Black Hammer: Age of Doom #1

Black Hammer: Age of Doom #1
Jeff Lemire (W), Dean Ormston (A/Cover), Dave Stewart (C), and Skottie Young (Variant cover)
On sale Apr 18
FC, 32 pages
The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns!

Picking up immediately where we left off—Lucy Weber has become the new Black Hammer and right as she’s about to reveal to our heroes how they got stuck on the farm and can escape she vanishes. Now our new Black Hammer finds herself trapped in a gritty world filled with punk rock detectives, emo gods, anthropomorphic humans, absurdist heroes, and many more weirdoes, in a mad world in which there is no escape!

• Winner of the Eisner Award for Best New Series!

Comic Book Preview - Aliens: Dust to Dust #1 (of 4)

Aliens: Dust to Dust #1 (of 4)
Gabriel Hardman (W/A/Cover) and Carlos D’Anda (Variant cover)
On sale Apr 25
FC, 32 pages
The Trono colony on LV-871 is under attack. Emergency evacuations are ordered. Evac shuttles are taking off. All twelve-year-old Maxon and his mom have to do is make it to the spaceport. Except between them and it are . . . Aliens! A terrifying coming-of-age story by master storyteller Gabriel Hardman.

• Gabriel Hardman storyboarded the films Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Logan, Dawn of Planet of the Apes, and many others!

• A reexamination of why we fear the Aliens!

• On sale in time for Alien Day (4/26)!