Monday, August 31, 2009
What do I think this will mean in the long run? Not much from the comic book business point of view, but licensing will make a HUGE difference. I imagine we will see one or two new Marvel themed amusement parks open, or maybe they will add some Marvel themed rides to the existing Disney parks. I also assume, that eventually, when their contract runs out, Boom will not be renewing their current license for Disney/Pixar themed kids comics. Marvel Entertainment is already a merchandising machine, just open any current issue of a Marvel comic, and you will see at least 3 or 4 ads for licensed Marvel goodies: sleeping bags, toothpaste, messenger bags, and skate boards, just to name a few. So add the Disney insanity to this mix and I think we'll see Marvel themed Happy Meal toys in the near future, and many of them at that! Also, Disney does a huge business in the kids book market, so I imagine we will see WAY more Marvel themed kids books, like Spiderman chapter books, picture books etc. This is already done on a small level, through DK and others, but I think we will see just a TON coming out next year and the years to follow. Remember the deal won't be completely done and everything integrated until the end of the year, so we won't really see any CHANGES take place until next year.
There is already talk of a Pixar/Marvel relationship. That would kick ass! Marvel animated features, of the Pixar quality, hitting the multiplex near you, just think of it! That would be a great way to get the kids exited about the Marvel characters. The movies and video games already do this, but most of those are rates PG, so if we suddenly have G rated animated movies hitting theatres, there would be a ton of new kids poised to become comic book fans, or so I would like to think. Yes, we do have direct to dvd animated specials already from Marvel, but they are so-so, some are hits, some are misses, and not all of them are G rated, many are PG if not PG-13. And yes Marvel does make some kids Saturday morning cartoons, or whatever they are, but I don't think those are super big hits with the kids, but a Pixar/Marvel combination? That could well be magic!
It has been pointed out elsewhere that Marvel has always struggled with the boys market. They have that huge "princess" end of the business, which quite frankly makes me want to gag, but little girls really buy into it, so that stuff sells by the buckets. If Marvel suddenly was able to merchandise the f#@* out of the Marvel characters for boys and girls, lots of potential dollars on the horizon for them, I'm sure of it!
As details become available, I will keep you posted, but I'm sure you can find this information just about anywhere: it was reported on most major news reports, the New York Times, and of course the Wall Street Journal.
Really, I think this whole purchase can only work out for Marvel's benefit. Will comic shops see any of those benefits? Possibly, raising brand and character awareness always helps the health of our industry.
We could well see a HUGE kids line of comics develop over at Marvel, which would be great! Not only can they publish and sell a hell of a lot of Disney themed comics, but think of the options suddenly opened for the kids versions of Marvel characters. Yes, we have some of this already, a little anyway, with the Marvel Adventures line, but I would love to see MORE!
Disney/Marvel craziness here we come! Don't worry, I think this will work out very well for everyone involved. Disney has said that they not only bought the characters, but the people at Marvel, so it looks like Quesada will still be around, which means it should be business as usual at Marvel Comics.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Holy shit! It's a dream come true for me! For those of you that shop at my store, I'm sure you've figured out that I am obsessed with Tokidoki merchandise! I sell the purses, the plush, the vinyl, the t-shirts and the hoodies already at the Frankfort Amazing Fantasy. In this month's Previews: Marvel Tokidoki brand t-shirts, hoodies, and hats! It's a fan girl's dream come true! Unfortunately, there is only one women's cut t-shirt, but the other shirts and hoodies will make any fanboy a picture of hipness. Preorder yours today from your local Amazing Fantasy! And you better believe that the Frankfort location will be stocking these babies for sure! (See above for samples of these cool new designs!) T-shirts will retail at $28.00, hoodies $65.00, and hats $35.00. I know these prices seem high but these are high end designer duds. So be cool. Show your love of Marvel AND reveal the hipster lurking beneath!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Yellow Ring: buy a copy of Doom Patrol #4 to get yours November 4th
Orange Ring: buy a copy of Booster Gold #26 to get yours November 18th
Red Ring: buy a copy of Justice League #39 to get yours December 2nd
Green Ring: buy a copy of Blackest Night #5 to get yours December 16th
Blue Ring: buy a copy of Adventure Comics #4 to get yours December 30th (which won't be the case if you read my earlier post about the skip week, so I'm assuming this ring will actually be available on January 6th unless they decide to push it out early as a Xmas present for the fans on December 23rd. I'll keep you posted when I have more info on this ring...)
Indigo Ring: buy a copy of Rebels #10 to get yours January 13th
Violet Ring: buy a copy of Outsiders #24 to get yours January 27th
So LOTS of promo lantern rings will be coming your way very soon! Stay tuned for further details...
Updated 08/19/09: all of the above mentioned books will be coming out in November but the rings won't be shipping until the dates listed. If this is indeed the case, Amazing Fantasy will be issuing coupons to give out to every customer that buys a qualifiying comic that will be redeemable on or after the date the ring ships. Everything is under control. :)
For the first time in MANY MANY years there will be a skip week for new comics being released at the end of December. So no new books of any kind the week of December 28th. I talked to Joe, owner of Amazing Fantasy, and he said this kind of thing would happen once if not twice a year back in the day before I was working here, so that means it's been over 18 years for a "skip week." This is why it is happening. The week prior to this is Christmas which means the next week's books would normally be delayed by one day, but since the next week that one day delay would fall on New Year's Eve and UPS is not running on New Year's Eve and of course the following day, Friday, is New Year's Day, so again no UPS. So we are all shit of luck for that week. Because of this skip week, expect the preceding week's shipment (December 23rd) and the following week's shipment (January 6th) to be extra heavy.
Do not despair comic book fans! Your local Amazing Fantasy may not have any NEW comics to sell you the week of December 28th but we will be running some kind of special customer appreciation sale or special. More details to follow in the coming months. I'm not sure what we will do, but you can believe it will be worth your weekly trip to the local comic shop! That week is the perfect week to pick up some graphic novels or back issues with all your Christmas gift cards/gift certificates or cash. We will help you find some cool reads that week, I guarantee it! Stay tuned as we come up with our cool Holiday Skip Week Special!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Three Blackest Night titles shipped this week, and all three are worth checking out.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Tonight is the BIG 70 Years of Marvel Party at the Frankfort location! From 9pm-11pm!
Here is the rundown for the evening:
Special pricing on various Marvel product!
Buy Marvel Projects #1 and Marvel Comics #1 70th Anniversary Edition one day early!
Buy Special Party Variants for Marvel Projects #1 and Marvel Comics #1! (Limit of 1 of each of these special variants per person and they will only cost $3.99 each. If I have any left at the end of the night I will sell them in the shop starting Wednesday but the price will no longer be $3.99, it will go up to $4.99, so buy yours on Tuesday night!)
Participate in The Colonel's Marvel Trivia Contest and win cool Marvel variant comics!
Participate in the Mary Jane look-alike contest to win cool prizes! (Not limited to women, lol!)
Enjoy some yummy Marvel Birthday party cake! (Cold milk will also be available to wash it all down. I am such a thoughtful host.)
Past and present Marvel comics variants will be for sale for this night ONLY!
Don't' forget to wear a Marvel themed T-shirt to show that you are a true fan, so when I take your picture to post on our various websites it will be easy to tell that you LOVE you some Marvel comics!
Note: the X-men will not be able to attend, but I'll be there, Jerkules, a special appearance by Adam and of course it wouldn't be a Marvel party without the Colonel and his wife!
Hope to see you all there!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
So it is that time of year again, Wizard World Chicago has hit the area, this Thursday night thru Sunday. Of course, it's official name has been changed to "Comic-con" as the new logo illustrates so nicely. One problem with that, it WAS indeed called Chicago Comic-con back in the day before Wizard bought the show, you know back when it was a good con. Obviously Wizard is trying to take those days back, but it might be a little too late for that I'm afraid. The other obvious thing is Wizard Magazine has not been doing all that well of late and the company is most likely thinking the name of the con "Wizard World" has a negative connotation at this point. So there is some thought behind this name change.
I am not currently at Wizard World, I mean "Comic-con" tonight, but I'll be there for the rest of the show at the Moonstone booth of course. This year will be very interesting, since we have no DC or Marvel. The con floor just won't look the same without the mega DC booth as far as I'm concerned. Wizard did manage to get a few extra publishers to come out at the last minute. So besides Moonstone, Avatar, and Top Shelf, Ape will now be there along with Aspen. I do see that Zenescope and Dynamite will be there but their presence will only be felt at some panels, no booths for those guys.
Something new for Wizard is the new "Night Time Programming." Nice idea, but man those prices are killer. Basically what they are doing is offering special after con hours "parties" with various celebs that are attending the show, such as a Nichelle Nichols meet and greet for the low low price of $99.99 per person. Believe it or not that is one of the cheapest events I see listed! The only night time event that I can truly endorse is the John Ostrander fund-raising event, an auction that hopefully will give ALL of the proceeds to John Ostrander, that event only costs $40.00 to get into. I hope John gets at least HALF of that $40.00 entrance fee along with any of the auctions proceeds. You can also "Dine with Demons" for $175.00 per person. No explanations as to what they means exactly, but OK. I'm sure it means something to someone out there. You can also "Meet the Stars of Battlestar Galactica" for the affordable sum of $150.00 per person. But my absolute FAVORITE of the after hours "events" is the "Twilight after Twilight" event, which costs..... (sit down for this price)....$250.00!!!! WOW! Do they give massages too, maybe do your nails? I mean REALLY wtf? I'm sure the tweens and moms will be lined up to get the chance for the rare rare opportunity to meet and great a couple of the supporting stars from Twilight. God help us. This is what comic conventions have come to. It was the same bullsh#@ at the San Diego Con, with the THOUSANDS of Twilighters camping out for the Twilight panel. Instead of this kind of crap why don't they host some after hours event with some comic creators, you know the guys and girls that the whole show is SUPPOSE to be about? Why not a George Perez after hours event? Hang out with George for an hour or two, share some drinks, share dinner, or something like that. It could be more fund-raising for the Hero Initiative (George is doing LOTS of fund-raising for that cause throughout the whole con). But why would we want any of these after hours event to be about comics at the "Comic-con", I mean really, why? Out of the twelve after hours events offered, ONE is a comic-related event and that is the John Ostrander fund-raiser. Dear god, can't we please just talk about COMICS? I remember when comic conventions were all about comics. You couldn't walk five feet without running into massive amounts of long boxes or walls of back issues. Gone. Where did those days go? Maybe things like Ebay took a lot of that away from the cons, but still I miss it. Yes, this show does have A LOT of comic creators attending, which is very cool, but not nearly as many comic book dealers as years past or not nearly as many comic book publishers as back in the day.
I've heard the same gripe about Comic Con International, the San Diego Comic-con that just wrapped up two weeks ago. Where oh where did the comics go? That show has become so much about Hollywood there is talk of more comic-related events and panels taking place off site in nearby hotel next year. Hell, there has even been talk of taking the comics out of Comic-con itself and moving all those booth of dealers, publishers, and creators to another venue. Is that a good idea? Maybe, it's purely hypothetical at this point. Would it be better for the COMIC BOOK fan to wander away from the sprawling con floor to a smaller more comic-centric venue? The Hollywood insane fans could take over the hall on their own then. Maybe booths would cost less, so the smaller publishers could more easily afford a booth. But would it be any different than other smaller comic shows that already happen all over the country? Again, hard to say, until they decide to do something like the current "talk." It's all still speculation at this point.
Tune in tomorrow when I report back on day one of the the Chicago con. Hm, on second thought I might not be able to report back until the end of the con on Sunday night. It depends on how many "After hours" events I go to. I want to go to ALL of them. Wheeeeee!!!! Yeah. No. Couldn't catch me dead at ANY of them, again with the exception of the John Ostrander event.
Fingers crossed that this show doesn't turn our as bad as expected. Maybe going with low expectations will help. There are lots of local fans that are just waiting for both the Windy City show in September and C2E2 in April, that are taking a pass on Wizard Chicago this year. So attendance will most likely be down for the comic fans, but up for the fans of Twilight and Different Strokes, oh and don't forget the Wrestling fans!