America is getting older this week and new comic book day falls on July 4th, so now you have two reasons to celebrate this Wednesday.
What’s there to like and not like this week? I’ll tell you one thing I don’t like, getting older. I slept on my neck wrong the other night and when you think it’s getting better through out the day with stretching and such, I somehow pull a muscle in the general area that feels like a charlie horse going through your neck, now I’ve been in pain for the past 2 days with limited movement on my upper shoulder and neck.
Enough of the chicken problems..
Options Options Options
I’m loving all these recent media options. Sure some may never make it to the screen for our viewing pleasures but for flipping comics, it’s a wondrous thing.
We’ve seen Gideon Falls get optioned and explode into a $20-$30 book overnight with it’s regular cover and particularly the Jock variant that seems to be selling well.
Animosity (AfterShock) got their option from Legendary Entertainment so now those books are climbing back up the value ladder (this book started off hot, then cooled off).
And of course we’ve mentioned Silk already getting her own movie (which is the most likely one to make it our screens out of the more recent announcements).
So dig out all those extra copies you got and sell, sell, sell. Maybe hold a copy or two for the long term gamble but now’s the time to make money off the extras, to pay for the other extras. You all know what I mean.. I hope!
You know what I dislike, books that get optioned and are announced before they even hit the store shelves, well before the final order cutoff date.
Okay, congratulations to the creators on getting their book optioned before the book is even publicly released, proper reviews are made, etc. That’s great the creators make some extra money outside of just selling comics through the publisher. But when publishers announce their books are optioned weeks or months in advance, this gives retailers the incentive to go load up on the book. But talk about a spec killer for the speculator and secondary market.
For all we know, this is just marketing baloney to get more initial pre-sales out of the book perhaps due to poor sales already. I mean unless they want to disclose a few of the legal contracts, we just have to take their word for it. Because we all should know by now that “option” doesn’t mean it will ever be made.
There is a huge long process to go from paper to screen. My wife bored me once explaining how it works. Now I know how she feels when I start talking computer tech with her and her eyes begin to gloss over about 2 minutes into it..
Not sure about the rest of you all but I love the busy weeks when there are a few winner books that result into easy flips.
Sure some might say buying a book for $4 and selling it for $10 is a waste of time but I’ll swap a $5 for a $10 any day of the week.
We saw some easy flips this past week. Moon Girl Devil Dinosaur #32 with Princess Fisk first appearance. The Batgirl Middleton Killer B cover was an easy fip for most (I missed out, my shops never seem to have the cover Bs that heat up ahead of release date anymore).
Teen Titans Special #1 was an easy flip but it seems this was more plentiful than some of the other books that had heat already. I think DC is pushing this too much with marketing so it’s going to kill the potential it could have had.
Venom #3 saw some heat as well but honestly, Poyo is holding his copies he obtained. With Donny Cates writing at least up to issue 30 or so as he said he wants to do around 5 – 6 arcs with this series, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the new Symbiote God Krull. He could turn into a more popular character over time and if that happens, we all know what happens with issues 1 -3 of this new Venom volume.
For all you in the Austin area, Donny Cates is signing at both Dragon’s Lair and Austin Books on July 4th. Grab your Venom and Cosmic Ghost Rider books to get signed.
Jared Leto was announced as cast for Morbius the Living Vampire this past week. As this isn’t a huge like for me, what I actually dislike is they making an actual Morbius spin-off movie.
I might offend some Morbius fans out there but Morbius is a C rate character to me. He’s great for the occasional appearances or story arcs but he’s getting his own movie? Maybe I’m just tired of Vampires, it’s nothing new, whatever angle you stab at. It’ll just be another vampire movie for most as I can only imagine there’s a lot of movie goers out there that have never heard of this character.
I’m sure this is being done by Sony as well. We all know Sony makes great Netflix movies that one can fall asleep to on a late Saturday night.
I’m just not digging it. I smell a flop if this actually makes it to our screens. The only hope this would have is if Marvel Studios was producing it and even then I don’t think it would take off like most of their movies do.
That’s all the love and hate this week. Happy 4th of July to all you people in America. For all of you outside America.. Have an awesome week!