Sunday, July 27, 2014

San Diego Comic Con News Round-Up

Comparisons to Xena are obvious, and I can't help wondering if Lucy Lawless is either pissed or relieved that she didn't get put into this role five years ago.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Concept Posters

They've been teasing this concept art all week.  It's been like a jigsaw puzzle, with the final piece coming out just today.

Heard This Morning Before My Run

Me: Do you think I can run without a shirt this morning.

Sally: No.

Me: Too fat or too old?

Sally: Both.

Me: *sigh*  That's what I thought

Saturday Reading Room: GotG and Triathlon

Kind of a slow Saturday so far.  I'm feeling lazy, but at some point, I have to get off my butt and go run.  This post represents my desire to procrastinate.

Screenshot from Rotten Tomatoes
Twenty-five reviews, and no one thought the movie was stupid?  Wow.  The reviews on this movie are becoming a meta-story about the industry itself.  I'm becoming curious as Hell to see which reviewer has the balls to be the first to say that he/she hated this thing.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five Things on a Friday: The Business of Comics is Booming

Sally and the girls aren't home.  I've got a beer open, and I'm watching the WWE's "The Ladder Match 2: Crash & Burn" on Netflix.  It's gratuitous violence, but I'm enjoying it immensely.
1.  Comic Sales Hit $870 Million in 2013 (Major Spoilers)
Captain America Promo Poster for
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
This is from a base of $715 million in 2011 and $805 million in 2012, which gives us something like 10% growth year-on-year.  What’s exciting about that is that the growth appears to be sustained, that if we hit a billion dollars sometime in the next year, comics may no longer be a loss-leader for films and television but may actually become a standalone industry again.  That doesn’t suck.
From the article, the breakdown was as follows:
 - Comic Stores orders of Monthly Comics - $340M
 - Comic Store orders of Graphic Novels - $170M
 ------ Direct Market Total: $510M
 - Book Stores - $245M
 - Digital Comics - $90M

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ant-Man Concept Poster

This came out yesterday at the San Diego Comic Con, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Ant-Man has never been one of my favorites, but that poster works. Hopefully they'll make him the crazy Ant-Man who becomes Yellowjacket.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Commute Report: Riding is Racing

New Rule:
If I pass you up a climb, and you accelerate to pass me back, you have to then ride hard enough to drop me. Otherwise, you have no right to look shocked / angry / surprised that I've held your wheel up the rest of the climb, down the next descent, and around the corner, only to destroy you as we sprint to the line in the Park.  

In the case I've just described, you are the one who started racing. All I did was bring it home hard enough to show you who was boss.