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June 2023

Layoffs at Comic Book ResourcesComicsbeat

There's already a The Flash II scriptSuperherohype

East Coast Comic Expo returns from pandemic hiatusCBC.CA – The event in New Brunswick, Canada official web site is here

Massive Comic Book and collectibles "garage sale"KSNT Topeka

Topeka resident Jake Livgren hosted a unique collectibles garage sale that promises to be a haven for fans of comic books and memorabilia from the past....

Livgren... scours the internet, attends other garage sales and explores nearby shops in his quest to scavenge as many comics and memorabilia items as possible. His mission is to provide a place where every “comic book geek” can come and find something that holds sentimental value to them.

Disney talks up a new Pirates of the Caribbean project but reports all over celebrity internet sites say Johnny Depp says "no thanks" to being involved.

Star Wars rumours: Disney is desperate for cash because of a January deadline to pay off a debt owed on Hulu, and so is "wargaming" a sell off of Lucasfilms, and they've actually already got an interested buyer, who, rumour-upon-rumour, is none other than George Lucas himself. Source for all this? Various internet sites who are typically anti-Disney.

Bonus rumour! Disney is seeing if someone will buy Pixar from them!

Here comes critic reviews for The Flash

"...clicks on all cylinders" – CBS News [English] DC/Warner Bros. with striking gold on the first try with "The Flash," a movie that wears its love for the comics that inspired it on its crimson-streaked sleeve. Funny, action-packed and effectively touching, anyone familiar with the DC stable of heroes should run, not walk, to see it.

Fast Review: Shazork, Fury of the Dorks

Fury of the Gods Shazam Movie Review

Shazam Fury of the Gods plays it too safe, and hides behind "we're family" sentiments to drive the emotion of the story line, and there's simply not a lot of story to make this viable.

Fury looks good and the special effects don't have rushed or unfinished sections (something that haunts some other superhero films of late, for example the more visually and thematically sophisticated family pseudo-drama Quantumania).

More Review Shazam Fury of the Gods

Here comes Transformers Rise of the Beasts up against Spiderverse II

Story at Variety

Transformersis expected to earn "$50 million to $60 million in its opening weekend. There’s a chance that inaugural ticket sales could climb higher as the Paramount Pictures film touches down on Friday in 3,700 North American theaters."

On the other hand, its got to break into the very successful momentum that Sony’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has built in just a week of release, already earning $236,613,711 worldwide.

James Gunn moving forward with casting Superman Legacy

Story at Superherohype

Hey, remember that time Marvel almost went bankrupt?Collider MSN

Hey, remember that forgotten Captain America nickname?MSN Screenrant

"The Comics Business is struggling"

"Current Scarlet Witch writer Steve Orlando recently admitted that sales on the series “are struggling, alongside the whole industry."

Story at Boundingintocomics

Looking back at Crime Does Not Pay ComicsMultiversity Comics

Prequel comic book coming for 40th Anniversary of the Frazetta/Bakshi Fire and Ice animated film – Bill Willingham to write it, Dynamite Entertainment to publish it – icv2

World's Oldest Comic Shop Retailer?icv2

Director for Brave and the Bold selectedYahoo News

TV Show Batman and Superman costumes auctioned

Story at comicbook

More than 4,700 bidders worldwide participated in the June 2-4 event, which saw sold off 1,000 props, costumes and sets from historic, influential and popular TV shows from the collection of James Comisar..."

Some highlights:

$615,000 final price for Adam West's Batman suit and Burt Ward's Robin suit from the ABC Batman TV ShowHeritage Auction Page

$62,500.00 for Nichelle Nichols Uhura suit from Star Trek TV ShowHeritage Auction Page

$3,000 for Sandman shirt from Logan's Run movieHeritage Auction Page

$50,000 for Barbara Eden Glass Bottle from I Dream of Jeannie NBC TV ShowHeritage Auction Page and the Jeannie suit goes for $62,500 Heritage Auction Page

Some Box Office June 5, 2023

  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie – $1,307,168,400 Worldwide
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 – $780,589,452 Worldwide
  • Fast X – $604,234,595 Worldwide
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – $463,616,575 Worldwide - On Home Video but still in some theatres
  • John Wick: Chapter 4 – $427,259,159 Worldwide
  • The Little Mermaid – $327,492,778 Worldwide
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – $208,763,589 Worldwide
  • Recently finished in theatres:

  • Avatar: The Way of Water – $2,320,250,281 Worldwide
  • Renfield – $25,326,625 Worldwide
  • Shazam! Fury of the Gods – $133,438,006 Worldwide
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves – $207,954,502 Worldwide

Heritage Auction is bringing early Jack Kirby/Joe Simon art, Frazetta's Dark Kingdom, and Calvin and Hobbes to the block on June 22Heritage Auction press release

On May 16, 2019, Heritage sold off Frazetta's Egyptian Queen for $5,400,000. Will Dark Kingdom (originally the cover for Karl Edward Wagner's Dark Crusade novel) go for the same amount (or more?)

The Flash director Andy Muschietti talks up why the Michael Keaton Bruce Wayne quit being Batman in his film Yahoo News [English]

Adam West, Burt Ward costumes from Batman TV Show to auction, along with Pamela Anderson Swimsuit, Star Trek, Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, and much other TV show memorabilia

The collection web site has a Catalog PDF with hundreds (or maybe thousands) of photos of the items. Story about auction at Variety MSN

Starting on June 2, Comisar is selling almost 1,000 items from his personal collection of television memorabilia, from the 1950s to present day, that fans and collectors can win for as little as a dollar, if they’re lucky.

The Auction Web Site Comisar Collection

Spiderverse 2 with $100 million opening?The Numbers

Update "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is headed for an excellent $120.5-million opening weekend..."The Numbers

Spider-Verse 2 is a "Bedazzling Sequel"Variety

Comic books, as I recall them from my youth, are fleet, terse, and puckishly deadpan, and you never know what the next panel will bring. But big-studio comic-book films tend to be top-heavy, rib-nudging, and visually bombastic, with rigidly overdetermined arcs...

One of the many pleasures of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was that, as the first “Spider-Man” movie (and one of the only films of the Marvel/DC movie era) that was animated, it channeled the look and spirit and knowingly flat wonder of comic books...


Oshi no Ko ... the manga has officially reached 9 million copies in circulation with just 11 volumes totalcomicbook

Poor Marvel game sales leads to layoffsBoundingintocomics

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse already at $30,850,000 worldwide –

James Gunn is looking at Pierson Fodé for Superman: LegacyCBR

Disney's remake of Little Mermaid gets review-bombed on IMDB

Stories going 'round the internet that IMDB is no longer allowing 1-star reviews, of which there appears to be more than 14K, to count against the film's audience score, which is hanging at 7.0 (out of ten) regardless of how the voting goes.

Fantastic Four Movie Cast?

So says Forbes

...Adam Driver as Reed Richards, Margot Robbie as Sue Storm, Paul Mescal as Johnny Storm and David Diggs as Ben Grimm

Manga Sales mid 2023

Comic books of 1964, on British newstandsdownthetubes

They survey the image of a 1964 British newstand and identify the various publications, such as Huckleberry Hound Weekly No. 136, cover dated 9th May 1964, The Victor, cover dated 13th June 1964, Elvis Presley Monthly No. 5, cover dated May 1964 and many, many other magazines and comics.

IDW bringing out Artists Edition oversize books of Neal Adams DC stories and Batman Year One by David MazzucchelliAiptcomics

Online learn to draw the Marvel Way programForbes

Today Marvel and Proko announced “Marvel’s The Art of Storytelling,” a full curriculum of online videos, exercises and community content that covers a range of skills including visual storytelling, penciling, inking, coloring, character design, cover art, and more. The classes are taught by working comics professionals and use Marvel characters and stories as the basis for the lessons.

Rather unusual message from James Gunn to get a colonoscopy and to go see The FlashSuperherohype

Witcher Three Game sales recordscomicbook

The Witcher 3 has officially surpassed 50 million copies sold, bringing the entire franchise above 75 million copies. Unsurprisingly, that number puts The Witcher 3 among the best-selling games of all time.

Hollywood stars are few and far between and they're aging outUK Guardian

Some Box Office May 28, 2023

  • Fast X – $361,050,360 Worldwide
  • The Little Mermaid – $48,315,872 Worldwide
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 – $678,496,949 Worldwide
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie – $1,260,169,148 Worldwide
  • John Wick: Chapter 4 – $428,889,295 Worldwide
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves – $207,554,502 Worldwide
  • Avatar: The Way of Water – $2,320,250,281 Worldwide
  • Renfield – $24,331,373 Worldwide
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – $475,992,840 Worldwide - On Home Video Bluray etc on May 16, 2023
  • Shazam! Fury of the Gods – $133,438,006 Worldwide - Pulled from theatres, released on home video Bluray etc May 23, 2023

What's going to happen to Diamond?Comicsbeat

Diamond loses ImageComics By Perch You Tube Channel "Who is the real customer?"

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