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Comic sales are down as readers abandon print

Comic book and graphic novel sales fell 6.5% in 2017 from a 2016 high of $1.015 billion. Graphic novels brought in $570 million while comic books brought in about $350 million. A report posted to Comichron notes that comic stores are still the biggest source for revenue while $90 million is attributable to digital downloads. “After a multiyear growth run, the comics shop market gave back some of its gains in 2017, with lackluster response to new periodical offerings and, consequently, graphic novel sales,” wrote Comichron’s John Jackson Miller. “The third quarter of 2017 saw the worst of the year-over-year declines, leading into what has turned out to be a stronger spring for stores in 2018.” In a pattern that is now familiar in publishing, kids comics and graphic novels helped buoy the market. The same thing is happening regularly in the book market with kids titles selling briskly in print while adults abandon softcovers and hardcovers for digital downloads. While the “floppy” comic book is still clearly popular, the digital download is outpacing subscription sales but it still minuscule in comparison to print. Interestingly, Comichron breaks up sales into comics, graphics novels, and digital downloads and it would be enlightening to compare digital sales broken up by book style. That said, it’s fascinating to see the medium change as consumption models shift to devices.

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ director Peyton Reed on following ‘Infinity War’

If you watch Ant-Man and the Wasp hoping for clues to the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War , you’ll probably be disappointed: Although the just-released film coming out a few months after Infinity War , Ant-Man and the Wasp  actually takes place earlier, and it’s focused almost entirely on the personal struggles of its heroes. In fact, after Infinity War , there was at least one article wondering, “ How the hell are we supposed to care about Ant-Man and the Wasp now? ” In other words, after you’ve watched armies of Marvel heroes battling for the fate of the universe, how can you care about an adventure that takes place earlier, with a mere two superheroes? Peyton Reed, director of both Ant-Man films, told me he wasn’t worried about the stakes feeling too low. There’s some precendent, after all, with Ant-Man came out a few months after Avengers: Age of Ultron . “That really is part of the Ant-Man movies — the stakes are really high … they’re just personal stakes,” Reed said. “You know it’s not a gigantic, genocidal villain like Infinity War . On that level, we don’t want to top Thanos.” Instead, Reed said these films have “very different storytelling ambitions,” and in fact his hope is that they have “the most personal tone” of the Marvel films. At the same time, it’s also a sequel, and the 20th (!) film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Asked how he approaches the audience when you’re this deep into a mega-franchise, Reed said, “I really just use myself the moviegoer, as a litmus test in terms of what they have and haven’t seen. At Marvel, no one wants to repeat themselves, no one wants to bore an audience.” One of the big changes from the first Ant-Man is right there in the title: Hope van Dyne (played by Evangeline Lilly) is no longer just assisting her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Instead, she’s putting on her own costume, fighting crime directly and searching for her long-lost mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer). In many ways, Hope proves to be a more competent superhero than Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who took on the mantle of Ant-Man in the previous film

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Get ready for the DC Universe streaming service – Mashable

Mashable Get ready for the DC Universe streaming service Mashable ... experiences of the live-action and animated programming on DC UNIVERSE,” added Dan DiDio, publisher, DC Entertainment. The site is now up and accepting signups for beta access, which will open in August. Mobile -friendly platforms will launch in fall. and more »

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DC Entertainment’s new streaming service sounds like every DC fan’s dream – Mashable

Mashable DC Entertainment's new streaming service sounds like every DC fan's dream Mashable ... experiences of the live-action and animated programming on DC UNIVERSE,” added Dan DiDio, publisher, DC Entertainment. The site is now up and accepting signups for beta access, which will open in August. Mobile -friendly platforms will launch in fall. DC Universe: The Ultimate DC Membership DC Universe DC Universe - DC Comics DC Comics DC Names Streaming Service DC Universe, Reveals Live-Action 'Swamp Thing' Series TVInsider TVInsider  - TVInsider all 152 news articles »

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New ‘Venom’ Movie Trailer Released – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo New 'Venom' Movie Trailer Released Ubergizmo Subscribe to Ubergizmo on Youtube. So by now comic book fans have probably heard that Sony is releasing a new Venom movie later this year. The movie will star Tom Hardy in the role of Eddie Brock/Venom and just a couple of months ago, the first trailer ... and more »

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Watch Thanos explain his simple plan in new ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ trailer

The new trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is here, and it gives us a look at Thanos with a helmet on, and provides some signet into what he hopes to accomplish by invading Earth (kill half the people on it). Also, there are still a ton of characters in this movie, and it looks like we’ll get some backstory on how Gamora came to be in the dark god’s service, plus some power showdowns between Cap, Thor and James Brolin’s terrifying bad guy. The movie is in theatres officially starting April 27, with early showings starting April 26. I’m mostly going to see it to figure out how Marvel puts this many scene-stealing characters in a single movie.

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