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December 2023

Aquaman 2

Aquaman 2 starts on Thursday with "sluggish" box officeHollywood Reporter MSN

Bad reviews on Aquaman 2 "weighing down" box officeForbes MSN

Aquaman 2 ends the DCU "with a whimper"Forbes MSN

The Air Pirates revenge: Mickey Mouse heads into public domain on January 1, 2024Variety

Mickey and Minnie will enter the public domain on Jan. 1. From then on, Disney will no longer enjoy an exclusive copyright over the earliest versions of the characters. Underground cartoonists, filmmakers, novelists, songwriters — whoever — will be free to do what they want with them.


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You got comic book fatigue? So does Zack Snyder!

Article at MSN The Atlantic

Snyder likes his movies loud and unambiguous. He naturally speaks the language of the big-budget blockbuster: pugnacious, macho, in-your-face. A film critic once described him as “an adrenaline junkie forever jonesing for a fix.”

If you want to have comic book fatigue, then 2023 is was a good year for it. On the other hand isn't Snyder one of the figures who plays into the making of comic book fatigue?

The Marvel Phase 5 and Phase 6 projectsIGN News

The IGN list is pretty long, and, considering the poor earnings of the 2023 box office and the general malaise around Disney+ subscriptions, it is also a pretty optimistic list. Unless some sort of money-making success comes along soon, I expect most of what Marvel slates for the future will simply never happen.

Some of the IGN list:

What If...? Season 2, Echo (2024), Deadpool 3 (2024), Agatha: Darkhold Diaries (2024), X-Men '97 (2024), Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man - Formerly Spider-Man: Freshman Year (2024), Eyes of Wakanda Series (2024), Captain America: Brave New World (2025), Fantastic Four (2025), Thunderbolts (2025), Blade (2025), Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2026), Avengers: Secret Wars (2027)

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Controversy around Chicogo comic convention and its cofounder Larry Charet, 73AOL News

When the convention was sold to Wizard World, there was a caveat that Charet would receive a free booth at future conventions in perpetuity. Now, though, that deal has been rescinded and Charet and fans of the old convention want changes.

Kang Again? With Jonathan Majors fired by Disney, who might take over the role?Forbes

The big Comic Book stories of 2023Publishers Weekly

The subjects covered in the year "round up" of most important comic book related news stories.

Will Manga sales ever even out? (They're hot, then they slow down, then they boom ahead again), artist and writer Marjane Satrapi changes from comics to film, the shift in Marvel back issue publishing to Penguin Classics, K-Pop, Webtoon web-comics, the banning of books, Dog Man, The 2023 New York Comicon news.

Comics aren't dyingComicsbeat

As we’ve noted here a few times, comics creator Mark Millar has been wading into the retailing discourse fray like he’s Drew McIntyre giving Jey Uso a superkick. I’m going to leave out all the Glenn O’Leary stuff that has become an exercise in drama that Bravo would love to air, but Millar got so much attention from his first retailer interview that he decided to sit down with three retailers to see what what going on in their stores (or chains): Phil Boyle, owner of the 10 store Coliseum Comics chain, John Robinson of Graham Crackers, a 13 chain store, and Ryan Seymore from Comic Town, an indie store in Ohio. This was a great, informative conversation with three smart retailers, and it’s a shame there isn’t a transcript out there, because I think it captures a lot of the challenges (and many strengths) better than a lot of the hand wringing essays. Although Millar seems intent on painting a picture of an industry on its death bed, all three retailer refute that while being frank and honest.

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Zachary Levy wants another shot at ShazamBounding into Comics

Profile of comic pioneer Wong Yuk-long "Hong Kong's king of comics"SCMP

The birth of the term cancel pigs MSN Xfire

The comic book industry debate and rantings came to a fever pitch this past week involving fans, creators, and retailers. Out of the emotional discussions, the buzzword "Cancel Pigs" trended on social media..."

Distributing comic books into the Israeli war zoneJeruslem Post MSN

Comics' Beat list of 2023 best horror comicsComicsbeat

Titan putting out Tarantino and Coppola graphic novelsMSN CBR

Does Aquaman have a future? "Jason Momoa Casts Doubt" MSN Variety

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Gary Oldman says his Batman and Harry Potter roles "saved him"Yahoo News

"Thank God for Harry Potter," Oldman told Barrymore. "Thank God for Harry Potter. I tell you, the two, Batman and Harry Potter, really, they saved me, because it meant that I could do the least amount of work for the most amount of money and then be home with the kids."

Director Kari Skogland (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier for Disney+) is making live-action The Age of Legends from The Wheel of TimeSuperherohype

Is Aquaman 2 going to bomb? – Internet searches indicate pre-ticket sales are pretty bad.

DC announces details about coming Batman: Dark Age series from writer Mark Russell and artist Mike AllredComicbook

Spinning out of the concept of Russell and Allred's recent Superman: Space Age miniseries, Dark Age promises to recount Batman's origin amid the backdrop of real-world historical events. Batman: Dark Age will consist of six issues, with 40 story pages in each installment. Joining Russell and Allred are colorist Laura Allred and letterer David Sharpe. The series' debut issue will launch on March 26, 2024, with covers by Allred, Yanick Paquette, and Frank Quietly."

Profile of Spider-Man, Batman and Superman artist Patrick

Projecting the value of webcomics at $11+ billion by 2030Yahoo Finance

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Tencent Animation and Comics sells for $84 million to China Literature LimitedGoode Reader

Ike Perlmutter, former owner of Marvel and former chairman of Marvel Entertainment, lists Palm Beach home to sell at $21 millionYahoo

Marvel's very bad yearRolling Stone

Oh, how the folks behind Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have fallen..."

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Original page December 27, 2023 | Updated January 3, 2024