Star Wars #1 leads Marvel to a commanding market share in January

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Diamond just released its January figures and Marvel had a pretty thorough market share dominance,  41.05% dollar share and a 45.64% unit share to DC’s 24.18% dollar share and a 27.05% unit share. Periodical sales were down a bit from December but graphic novels were way up. Perhaps in the most chipper news, January 2015 was way up over January 2014, up 12.27% in dollars and 9.86% in units overall. Last year people were wondering if the whole thing was crashing but it was more of a sag.

All four Saga trades were in the top ten for the month if you’re wondering where the graphic novel boost came from. Thank you BKV and Fiona Staples.

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TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 41.05% 45.64%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 24.18% 27.06%
IMAGE COMICS 9.21% 8.91%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.78% 4.52%
DARK HORSE COMICS 4.01% 3.03%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.41% 2.22%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.26% 2.28%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 1.46% 0.32%
AVATAR PRESS 1.08% 0.81%
VIZ MEDIA 0.95% 0.39%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.61% 4.82%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 79 33 0 112
DC ENTERTAINMENT 86 23 0 109
IDW PUBLISHING 50 26 0 76
IMAGE COMICS 54 14 0 68
DARK HORSE COMICS 28 19 0 47
BOOM! STUDIOS 34 6 0 40
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 31 6 0 37
VIZ MEDIA 0 31 0 31
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS 0 0 19 19
AVATAR PRESS 10 2 1 13
OTHER NON-TOP 10 78 115 28 221

 


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JANUARY 2015 VS. DECEMBER 2014
COMICS -2.69% -2.59%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 9.12% 10.49%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 0.77% -1.66%
JANUARY 2015 VS. JANUARY 2014
COMICS 10.27% 9.65%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 16.83% 12.33%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 12.27% 9.86%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS #1 $4.99 NOV140709-M MAR
2 BATMAN #38 $3.99 NOV140245-M DC
3 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12 $3.99 OCT140832-M MAR
4 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13 $3.99 NOV140764-M MAR
5 UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 $3.99 NOV140703-M MAR
6 WOLVERINES #1 $3.99 NOV140736-M MAR
7 ANT-MAN #1 $4.99 NOV140725-M MAR
8 THOR #4 $3.99 NOV140781-M MAR
9 JUSTICE LEAGUE #38 $3.99 NOV140180-M DC
10 THE WALKING DEAD #136 (MR) $2.99 NOV140696 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DEATH OF WOLVERINE HC $24.99 OCT140914-M MAR
2 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 OCT140637 IMA
3 SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
4 BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME 2: WELCOME TO NOWHERE TP $14.99 OCT140615 IMA
5 SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2: SPIDER-VERSE PRELUDE TP $17.99 OCT140932 MAR
7 SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
8 SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA
9 THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR) $14.99 NOV128157 IMA
10 DEADPOOL: THE ONES WITH DEADPOOL TP $15.99 NOV140877 MAR

 


TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC SUPER HEROES: BATMAN: THE ORIGIN STORY TP $4.95 NOV141826 CAP
2 DC SUPER HEROES: WONDER WOMAN: THE ORIGIN STORY $4.95 NOV141829 CAP
3 DC SUPER HEROES: SUPERMAN: THE ORIGIN STORY TP $4.95 NOV141827 CAP
4 LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC $34.99 SEP120055 DAR
5 DC SUPER HEROES: GREEN LANTERN: THE ORIGIN STORY TP $4.95 NOV141828 CAP
6 LEGEND OF KORRA: ART OF ANIMATED SERIES BOOK 3: CHANGE HC $34.99 SEP140051 DAR
7 IN SEARCH OF LOST DRAGONS HC $34.99 AUG141289 DE
8 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 91 SC $14.95 NOV141854 SAN
9 BATMAN: YOU CHOOSE STORIES: THE JOKER’S DOZEN $6.95 NOV141832 CAP
10 BATMAN: YOU CHOOSE STORIES: THE SEED BANK HEIST $6.95 NOV141830 CAP

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD: LINK FIGMA JUN132070 GOO
2 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: ELECTRONIC DANCING BABY GROOT SEP148110 KID
3 DC COMICS: WONDER WOMAN ARTFX STATUE JUL142220 KOT
4 THE WALKING DEAD SERIES 6 ACTION FIGURES APR148174 TMP
5 POP! GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: DANCING GROOT VINYL FIGURE JUL148256 FUN
6 BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS PLAY ARTS KAI: THE JOKER JUL148208 SQU
7 BATMAN “BLACK COSTUME” ARTFX STATUE FEB121622 KOT
8 MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST
9 BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS PLAY ARTS KAI: ROBIN JUL148207 SQU
10 MARVEL SPIDER-MAN 8-INCH RETRO ACTION FIGURE MAY142225 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA
2 JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK MONOPOLY DEC142209 DST
3 YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX SERIES TWO JUN142660 NEC
4 STAR WARS: IMPERIAL ASSAULT BOARD GAME NOV142729 FAN
5 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: UNCANNY X-MEN SET-UP BOX AUG142843 NEC
6 YU-GI-OH! DICE MASTERS SERIES ONE NOV142759 NEC
7 ADVENTURE TIME CARD WARS PACK 1: FINN VS. JAKE APR148197 CRY
8 X-FILES: THE BOARD GAME MAY142832 IDW
9 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS VS. X-MEN BOOSTER PACKS NOV132536 NEC
10 YU-GI-OH! DICE MASTERS SERIES ONE STARTER SET NOV142761 NEC

Felicity Jones to play lead in Star Wars spin-off

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Gareth EdwardsStar Wars spin-off that will see release on December 16, 2016 now has its star, as Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) has signed on for the lead role.

We know nothing about the picture at this point other than reports that it will deal with a “heist-like plot” surrounding the theft of the plans for the Death Star, and will precede A New Hope in the series time-line.

Jones’ biggest competition for the role was Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).

The film will be written by Chris Weitz (About a Boy) and the first of two known Star Wars spin-offs that will release in years between “proper” Star Wars episodes. Presumably, the Josh Trank directed spin-off will hit theaters in 2018.

To recap, your current Star Wars release time-line looks like this:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens directed by JJ Abrams – December 18, 2015
Untitled Star Wars Spin-off directed by Gareth Edwards – December 16, 2016
Star Wars Episode VIII directed by Rian Johnson – 2017
Untitled Star Wars Spin-off directed by Josh Trank – 2018
Star Wars Episode IX written by Rian Johnson – 2019

Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spin-off gets a new writer

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The amount of pressure on JJ Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens is starting to reach a fever pitch. One of the factors that Disney is counting upon is its ability to launch a number of spin-off films that will fill the year-long gaps between this newest installment, the upcoming Rian Johnson helmed Episode VIII, and the eventual Episode IX.

Gareth Edwards‘ film – the first of these stand-alones and reported to center on the heist-like premise of an attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star before the events of “A New Hope” – suffered its first set-back when writer Gary Whitta left the project.

THR is now reporting that Disney has found his replacement in writer Chris Weitz (A Better Life, The Golden Compass). Weitz is also the writer for the upcoming Cinderella film, and the writer/co-director for the Oscar-nominated About a Boy.

The Edwards directed Star Wars entry is set for release on December 16, 2016. It’s likely we’ll start to hear the first whispers of a cast fairly soon, provided the script can be whipped into shape in time.

Darth Vader #1 has already sold 300,000 copies

This Star Wars thing has legs! Following on the million selling Star Wars #1, Darth Vader #1, the next Marvel foray into the land of the Force, has already topped 300,00 pre-orders, Comicbook.com reports. The issue is by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca, and follows what happens after Vader goes spinning into space at the end of A New Hope…but BEFORE anyone brought him his shuttle. The next new marvel Book is Princess Leia #1 and that better top 100k, kids.

This issue will also have a BUNCH of variant covers, but maybe not 100 like SW #1. Here are two we liked the first by Whilce Portacio and second by Alex Ross.
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Loot Crate Star Wars #1 confirmed with Gabriele Dell’Otto cover

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With sales of more than a million copies and the number of confirmed variant covers at 89, Marvel’s first Star Wars #1 in nearly 40 years is already one of the best selling comics of the decade. It was assumed that a Loot Crate edition was part of what propelled the sales to the million dollar level and today’s unveiling of a Gabriele Dell’Otto cover for a Loot Crate variant. You can still get this variant by signing up for Loot Crate by January 19th at 9pm PST to get one—it’s part of a “REWIND” themed crate.

Appropriately, the cover shows Han and Chewie in the process of smuggling some loot.

Loot Crate if a monthly gift box filled with nerd and gamers themed merchandise, from toys to comics to apparel. Subscriptions begin at $13.37 for one month plus shipping and handling.

Star Wars #1 by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin debuted on Wednesday with parties, signings and favorable reviews.

“It’s never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan,” says Axel Alonso, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief. “From film, to television to new comics from Marvel – the future is bright for a galaxy far, far away. We’ve worked closely with the Lucasfilm story group to produce gripping new stories in the Star Wars universe and we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Loot Crate to help get this exciting first issue into the hands of thousands of new fans!”

“We’re incredibly honored and proud to present a unique variant version of Star Wars #1 to our Looters, and once again deliver comics to fans in a unique way,” adds Matthew Arevalo, co-founder and CXO of Loot Crate. “This continues our awesome partnership with Marvel, who is relaunching the Star Wars saga as only Marvel can!”

Advance Review: Star Wars Done Right

Cover by John Cassaday & Laura Martin

Cover by John Cassaday & Laura Martin

 

 

 Written by: Jason Aaron

Art by: John Cassaday

Colors by: Laura Martin

Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos

Cover Art by: John Cassaday & Laura Martin

Published by: Marvel Comics

 

 

 

By Matthew Jent

“I have a very good feeling about this.”

Star Wars returns to Marvel, and nearly every other ancillary, non-movie-adventure of Luke Skywalker & Co. has been wiped out of continuity. Back in December we knew that Star Wars #1 would be, almost certainly, the biggest-selling issue of the year with 1 million copies ordered by comics retailers and other outlets. The first issue hits stores this week, with launch parties, dozens of variant covers, and a major media push. But what about what’s actually on the page?

To put it simply: this feels like Star Wars.

The issue opens with a sequential art version of the familiar logo and opening crawl, picking up after the events of A New Hope. The art from John Cassaday and Laura Martin captures the gritty look and feel of the original trilogy, and perfectly replicates that Solo smirk, Luke’s boyishly optimistic determination, and Leia’s exasperation with a certain smuggler. From the setting to the faces to the clothing, this book looks like Star Wars. It also looks like a really good comic book — there’s a certain Wookiee sniper scene that uses panel layout and zoom-in transitions for a nice effect. This is a visual tale, well told by sequential artists.

The narrative is satisfying, too. This first issue is oversized, with 36 pages of story. Jason Aaron’s dialogue hits the exposition a little too hard in a few scenes, mostly in explaining (and then, a few pages later, explaining again) the rebel plan, but Han talks like Han and Leia talks like Leia. Luke doesn’t talk very much at all, but that feels right too — Cassaday & Martin’s artwork evokes those Mark-Hamill-eyes in a way that tells you this is a Luke Skywalker who’s blown up the Death Star, but has yet to get lost on Hoth. He’s still young, hopeful, and has taken his first steps into a larger world — but he’s largely untested. He’s struggling to live up to the few lessons imparted by Ben Kenobi, still trying to figure out what it means to hear the voice of his old mentor on the wind, and that yearning plays out in his actions more than in his words — just like it should.

The plot moves forward at an assured clip, and it feels fulfilling without being rushed. This story also feels — well, essential. Like this really is the next adventure of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, and not just a filled-in series of events between movies.

Criticisms can be made, but they’re small. While most of the characters sound like themselves, C-3P0 sounds … off. His dialogue sounds almost more like Data than Threepio, like he’s using too many words to communicate. And while it’s wonderful to see Leia on a mission with the Han and Luke, it’s unclear why she is on this particular mission for the rebel alliance, as the only role she plays in-story is to criticize and banter with Han.

But with lots of things Star Wars, I’ll happily take a few inconsistencies if it means having fun in this particular far-away galaxy. “Skywalker Strikes” by Aaron, Cassaday and Martin isn’t just a fun Star Wars story, it’s a well-done comic, and one of the most fulfilling first issue/reboots I’ve read from Marvel in a long time. It’s a promising start to a new era of space fantasy.

Huge Boxing Day digital comics sales: Sequential, Comixology, Dark Horse Star Wars Megabundle

Got some Christmas loot you’re itching to spend? Various comics publishers and digital vendors have just what you need in the form of some tempting sales.


 

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SEQUENTIAL, the “Criterion” of digital graphic novels is having a big sale, with more than 180 graphic novels from Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, NBM, Knockabout, and Koyama Press at 50-80% off. The list includes such 2014 best ofs as The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez, Beauty by Kerascoët, How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis, and more. Also From Hell, works by Lucy Knisley, James Kochalka, Mike Dawson and tons more good stuff. See the entire list here.

As joked above, Sequential offers its digital graphic novels with added material like commentary tracks, bonus art and more. If you got an iPad for Christmas, or just upgraded it, a stop at this sale (which goes until January 6th) is definitely called for.


Comixology is also having a bunch of sales including

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A 50% off sale on Image comics published before 11/12, including Saga, Sex Criminals and 4000+ other titles. 2014 was the year of Image and if by some bizarre chance you’ve missed out on some of the great new books coming out, here’s another chance.


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Comixology is also having a 50% off sale for Submit books, including the Testament Omnibus, Spike Trotman’s essential Poorcraft, minis by Becky Cloonan and Andrew Tsurumi, Aw Yeah Comics and tons more. Take a chance on something new!


 

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Look at the size of that thing! Dark Horse is having a Star Wars farewell Megabundle sale. Just $300 gets you the entire Star Wars comics collection from Dark Horse, many of them excellent books that may never see the light of day again. As you know, starting in January, Marvel takes over the Dark Horse license and these books have been deemed not part of canon, so get ‘em while you can.

The listing doesn’t say how many pages are in this collection but there are 568 issues so its…thousands and thousands of pages of Star Wars. Good deal.

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The Retailer’s View // Top Sellers and Bottom Dwellers

A couple of news bits and a personal announcement to tackle this week, so let’s get right to it.

MILLION AIRS

About a week ago, Marvel started to make a big deal over Star Wars #1 eclipsing 1,000,000 pre-orders from various retail outlets. While the company hinted at some of this quantity coming from less traditional sources, the number is still quite impressive, boasting the best direct market numbers for a single printing of a single issue in over twenty years. Despite all of the headache inducing rabble that I’m about to detail, that’s a number everyone involved with the creation, sales and marketing of the series should be proud of.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to pound my head against my keyboard while I detail the variant structure of this particular release.

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Check it out, it’s Bucky O’Hare you guys. Shut up, it is too.

As you’ve probably heard by now, there are an impressive amount of variant covers being produced for this comic. To start, Marvel tossed a grand total of 13 wide-market variants on top of the regular comic for all retailers to order and obtain. These 13 books had qualifiers that ranged from “1 for every 15 copies ordered” to “1 for every 500 copies ordered”. Four of them required retailers to exceed 200% of their Original Sin #8 numbers in order to get any books in – which is probably the clearest indication of where Marvel wanted the book to be in terms of sales. Original Sin #8 clocked in at an estimated 90,478 copies sold, which means they were probably aiming at the 200,000 as a “worst case scenario”.

These alone wouldn’t have brought Star Wars #1 even close to the 1,000,000 mark – so where does all that extra push come from? Many are pointing in the vague direction of alternative distribution and awaiting news on what nerd box corporation sprung for a few hundred thousand copies – and while that’s probably part of the answer, a good chunk is also coming from the retailer exclusive variants Marvel offered retailers.

In one of their missives to the retail community, Marvel let it be known that any retailer or retail group could have their own variants produced. These variants would be completely unique and would potentially utilize some big name talent to create a unique image that would appear on a cover exclusive to that retailer. The catch? You had to order at least 3,000 copies and order 200% more of the regular cover than you did for Original Sin #8. It appears quite a few retailers have taken them up on this offer, as the total of variants floating out are currently sitting at 57. Now, some of these are black and white “sketch” variants of the retail exclusive variants, which you could seemingly produce as little as 1,500 copies of, but the point remains: Marvel went full variant crazy when pushing this book. Will it work for them? In the short term, of course. They’re going to have one of their biggest January’s in a long time thanks to Star Wars alone, probably, and there will almost assuredly be enough product on the shelves to meet whatever demand might arise. In the long term? When a company digs this deep into variants and qualifiers, I always worry about the long lingering after effects. The practice of asking retailers to potentially overextend themselves to chase rare items almost always ends with product chocking out storage space and back issue bins. It manipulates the regulatory curve of supply and demand, and takes cash on hand and turns it into dead weight that’s harder to turn over, both of which can and will result in various levels of hardships. Too much of this and a store, a company, or an industry breaks. And wouldn’t that be fun.

FAILURE TO LAUNCH

Last week, the DC solicitations for March revealed a culling for the company, and the internet had some words about it. Because of course it did. The company is heading into their big move across the country with quite a few stagnant books and a line-wide crossover eating up their publishing schedule. In short, it was the right call to dust a large portion of their books in order to arrive back in June with a refocused creative direction. That said, the sheer volume of titles on the chopping block still makes this feel like a defeat of some kind.

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What DC needs here is for their PR department to pick up the copious amount of slack that’s roped on the floor. I know they’re already having a hard time convincing people that Convergence is going to be a big, important thing with the structure they chose, but they really shouldn’t be spending too much time and effort on that. Convergence is a crossover series, and it’s been designed as a two-month respite from The New 52 universe. Each and every one of their 40 two part minis seem to nudge the reader in the ribs and say, “Hey, remember when this was happening?” – and it’s going to do very little in the way of drawing a wide audience. June, on the other hand, stands a chance to be spectacular, and the company should be teasing it now. As it stands, DC looks like it’s flailing as a large chunk of their newly launched books limp to an end, and others that were a bit long in the tooth drop along side them. They need to come out and say this is all in service of something, or else people are going to run with a less positive narrative. It’s all about perception, and right now, DC is losing the battle. Here’s hoping they win the war.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

As of December 31st, I will no longer be the manager of a comic shop. After spending a little over 8 years at Wizard’s Comics, I’m moving on to a different role within this great industry. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what that is yet – but I thought it would be pertinent to let you all know of this change, as it will clearly effect what I write for this site. A hint regarding the future: while I won’t be a store manager, I will still be writing similar articles about the industry for Comics Beat, and they will start on January 12th. You might be surprised. You probably won’t be.

Until then, you’ll probably see me contribute the odd news post or opinion piece here or there, but otherwise, I will be busy putting together the next phase of my life – so if we don’t talk until then, have a fantastic holiday season!

Star Wars cross-hilt lightsaber quickly captures the imagination of people with nothing better to do

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With nothing else to do but digest turkey and fight crowds, the internerd has quickly turned, just as we knew it would, to the “Claymore” lightsabre in the new Star Wars: TFA trailer. This lightsaber not only has a blade, but two mini lightsabers coming out of each hilt, reminiscent of the real universe blade the Claymore, a giant sword that had little swords as hilts. The “Claymore saber” would seem to be highly…cumbersome to use as you would be in eminent danger of stabbing yourself with your own hilt at all times. But…it looks cool, so what.

The weapon quickly meme’d out:

Buzzfeed has a poll about it.

And so on. Personally, we think whoever made the sword just decided to make a tricked out, lowrider lightsaber, damn the practicalities, becuae that’s what you do.

BTW for the shot by shot speculation and spoilters, io9 has a good breakdown. And for all your spoiler/leak needs, Star Wars Underworld. I’m not going to be one of those people who hangs on every leak and makes baby JJ Abrams cry, so read at your own risk.

This is the trailer you’re looking for: Official Star Wars VII teaser is online at last UPDATED with stills

The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been officially released on Youtube, Itunes and in theaters. THe film opens in 13 months, so don’t jump over the barricade just yet.

Nice opening shot with John Boyega showing that not all stormtroopers are Django Fett any more. And Shaky-cam tracking shot of the Millenium Falcon showing that this is not a George Lucas movie. Also brief shot os Daisy Ridley riding some kind of uncomfortable transport vehicle and  I think Domhnall Gleeson Oscar Isaac as a fighter pilot. 

And a t-shaped lightsaber just because.

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One theater in Texas is showing this teaser on repeat for an hour or so.

 

UPDATE: Some high res stills have also been releasedso that nerds have something to do over the four day weekend.

 

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Shopping Guide: Dave Dorman’s Star Wars prints on sale

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Dave Dorman, voted “#1 Star Wars Artist of All Time” by fans, we’re told, is having an online STAR WARS Holiday Print Sale of the remaining Artist Proofs he has available in his limited private inventory. The sales runs until Dec. 31st and order will be shipped free worldwide.

Dorman recently announced on his blog that he would not be attending Star Wars Celebration 7, as he was not a chosen artist for Celebration, so this is the last opportunity for many to collect the pieces they wanted to add to their collection at Celebration.

The pieces Dorman offers during his Holiday Sale include:
• Breaking Ground: Imperial Base, Moon of Endor from Star Wars Celebration 6 for $75
• A Slight Disturbance in the Force on the Battlefield of Hoth from Star Wars Celebration 5 for $75
• Lord Vader’s Persuation of the Outer Rim Worlds to Join the Empire from Star Wars Celebration 4 for $125
• Incident on the Jundland Wastes, Tatooine from Star Wars Celebration Europe for $100
• Rise of the Sith from Star Wars Celebration 3 for $50
• Plus many more Artist Proofs from his personal archives remaining from the duration he held a license with Lucasfilm.


Doran has more to say about his art not being accepted at Celebrations 7 here:

Well, now that Lucasfilm has announced the artists selected for the SW Celebration 7 Art Show, I can publicly confirm that I was not selectedto participate this year. It is with great sadness and disappointment that I am now announcing this, but the judging has been made, and there is no reversing that.

The judging was done differently this year, asking for comps of the art proposed, then submitted anonymously to be judged.
There was no respect for the reputation or the years of good will put in by any artist–just the comp, rough, or finished art submitted for approval.

So…here was my piece–a color rough featuring Vader continuing to pursue the genocide of the Jedi after Order 66. I guess I missed the mark in idea… or perhaps not doing a more finished rough..it’s not EU… ties directly into the gap between EP3 and 4…

And Star Wars VII title is revealed—what can it mean?

Jeebus it’s dueling franchises today as the actual title of Star Wars Vii, the very first SEQUEL was released. And it’s…

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

OR SW:TFA as we will all call it, because “The Force Awakens” is a horrible title.

It’s awful.

“Man, remember the closing scene in The Force Awakens? It was RADICAL.”

It should have been called RISING FORCE. Everyone would like to say that!

“What are you doing this weekend, dude?”

“Going to see Rising Force again!!!”

Possible plot lines? The force may awaken in youngsters or oldsters. Or Han Solo, who is battling broken leg and has trouble standing up let alone awakening.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens on December 18th, 2015, a year and a day later than THE HOBBIT THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES, so we’ll have some continuity there. It stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie, along with returning stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Warwick Davis.

Jaxxon is Back on Star Wars #1 “Party” Variant Cover

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IT HAD TO HAPPEN.

Jaxxon, the giant green rabbit who made an unforgettable impression in the FIRST EVER original Marvel Star Wars story in issue #7 from 1978…is coming back.

But only on the cover of the Star Wars #1 “Party” Variant Cover, as depicted by artist John Tyler Christopher.

So far.

If you were a kid in 1978 who had read the Marvel Comics adaptation of the original film (complete with Biggs Darklighter) you may remember the trembling hands with which you picked up issues #7 at the 7-11—a brand new Star Wars story! In a time before licensing became vast and multi media was everywhere, this was it! A NEW STORY. And then you opened it up and saw that writer Roy Thomas and artist Howard Chaykin had teamed Han Solo and Chewie with a bunch of misfits on a faraway planet in a rewrite of Seven Samurai. And one of the misfits was a seven foot tall green rabbit.

Because in space, there was infinite diversity.

It is said that Star Wars creator George Lucas did not care for Jaxxon, and perhaps it is this incident that sent him spiraling off in his x-wing to become the inscrutable dark lord that he later became. Or maybe the Howard the Duck movie was revenge. Or more likely, Jar Jar Binks was the true revenge. Perhaps we will never know.

Anyway, this fanciful cover has brought Jaxxon back, if only in an imaginary symbolic cover. “‘Star Wars’ has always been an important part of Marvel’s history and we knew we wanted to honor that legacy with a callback to the original Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars’ series,” said David Gabriel, Marvel’s SVP Sales & Marketing in a statement. “We think old and new fans alike will be just as excited as we are to see Jaxxon, even if it’s only for this fun variant cover.”

But is this the last we’ve seen of Jaxxon? The new Star Wars debuts in January with writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday at the helm. Aaron has joked that he’d like to bring Jaxxon back…but it wouldn’t be the first time. In The Clone Wars, the skeleton of Jaxxon was briefly seen…another casualty in the war between silliness and seriousness, no doubt.

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Not really, it’s just a joke, but I wanted to say that.

Star Wars Comics Bundle debuts from Dark Horse

Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle Presented by Dark Horse Comics  pay what you want and help charity

Look at the size of this thing! There are so many puns to be made and this Humble Bundle pr makes the most of them. And while Marvel may be publishing Star Wars now, Dark Horse has a mighty backlist of Star Wars classics. Sp get in on this pay what you want download. ALSO for the first time, Dark Horse is offering DRM-free downloads.

Oni’s Humble Bundle just ended with $149,733.13 and 13,023 purchases, BTW.

These are the comics you’re looking for. Humble Bundle and Dark Horse Comics have teamed up to launch the Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle today. Starting at 11 a.m. PDT, fans of the epic sci-fi franchise can pay what they want for up to $190 worth of digital comics, all while supporting a great cause.

Customers can pay what they want for Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… Volume 1, Star Wars: Empire Volume 1 – Betrayal, Star Wars: Jedi Volume 1 – The Dark Side, Star Wars: Crimson Empire Volume 1, Star Wars: Darth Maul Death Sentence and Star Wars: Blood Ties – Jango and Boba Fett. Those who pay more than the average price will also unlock Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command, Star Wars: The Old Republic Volume 1 – Blood of the Empire, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 1 – Commencement, Star Wars: Legacy Volume 1 – Broken and Star Wars: Dark Times Volume 1 – The Path to Nowhere. Hardcore fans who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Star Wars Volume 1: In the Shadow of Yavin, bringing this bundle to a total of 89 issues of Star Wars comics.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the comic creators and charity. The Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle defies the dark side and supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium. Thanks to the generosity of the Humble Bundle community, more than $47 million has been contributed to more than 30 different causes to date.

The Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle runs for two weeks and ends on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT. For more information, please visit https://www.humblebundle.com/books

 

 

NYCC’14: Marvel’s Cup O’ Joe Panel Reveals a Black Vortex, Peggy Carter, and Star Wars Galore

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by Alexander Jones

Marvel Comics just unveiled a ton of new information regarding their publishing line, and even announced some brand new female-led titles. The news broke at Marvel’s Cup O’ Joe Panel, where Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, announced a brand new crossover with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, the All-New X-Men, Star-Lord, Cyclops and Nova. The crossover is entitled The Black Vortex and begins in February 2015. The Black Vortex is said to be an ancient artifact, that sort of functions like the cosmic cube, it unlocks the hidden potential within an individual. It also seems like this crossover is going to be more focused on the cosmic side of the publisher’s massive world. The Black Vortex has an Alpha special drawn by Ed McGuinness that launches the story, followed by an Omega special also drawn by Ed McGuinness that ends the story. Legendary Star-Lord author Sam Humphries is the lead writer on the event.

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The Star Wars titles are all confirmed to be coming in February including Star Wars #1, Darth Vader #1, and Princess Leia #1. Another Star Wars title was announced as Star Wars Kanan: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz which is coming in April of 2015.

Captain America #1 and Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Act II Inversion both kick off in November.

Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso chimed in with this amusing quote:

“Wolverine is dead next Wednesday, Rocket Racoon is arguably one of the most popular superheroes in the world, Thor is a woman, Captain America is African-American – did you ever think that you would see that?”Bzrp0TlIAAAEtOz

Speaking of their most beloved new female characters, Marvel has just announced Operation S.I.N. utilizing Peggy Carter of the upcoming television series. Some of the other S.H.I.E.L.D. architects like Howard Stark are also going to make an appearance in the story. The event has the same trade dress as Original Sin, and is said to spin out of that story. It’s written by Kathryn Immonen with art from Rich Ellis.

James Patterson’s Maximum Ride is coming to Marvel in graphic novel form. The first five issues of the book will launch in Spring 2015. The adaptation is written by Marguerite Bennett and Alex Sanchez.

Whew, that was quite a few announcements!

 

Read You Should: Celebrate National Star Wars Reads Day!

Not at New York Comic Con?  Want to get your geek on, or earn some cool cred from younger relatives?

This Saturday, nationwide, is Star Wars Read Day!

The many publishing partners of Disney/Lucasfilm are collaborating for the third year, encouraging children of all ages to celebrate the myriad stories and cool books in the Star Wars universe!

Find out more, at their Facebook page! Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million stores are hosting events, and if you’re in New York, head down to the Scholastic store in SoHo! They’ve got Kazu Kibuishi at Noon, and then Star Wars from 2-4!

The PR:

Star Wars Reads Day Strikes Back October 11, 2014
Bookstores and libraries will once again feel the power of the Force.

Disney Publishing Worldwide and its publishing partners announced today the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, to be held October 11, 2014. Last year, Star Wars authors and costumed volunteers participated in over 2,000 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America and, for the first time, around the world. On October 11 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, Disney Book Group, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing.

“With the debut of our new animated series Star Wars Rebels launching on Disney XD this Fall, and the upcoming theatrical release of Episode VII in 2015, our third Star Wars Reads Day comes at an exciting time,” says Carol Roeder, Director of Lucasfilm Franchise Publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide.

The following authors are confirmed to participate in official Star Wars Reads Day events: Chris Alexander (Star Wars Origami), Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series), Jeffrey Brown (Goodnight Darth Vader, Star Wars: Jedi Academy), Troy Denning (Star Wars: Crucible), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, William Shakespeare’s Empire Striketh Back, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return), Jason Fry (LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded, Star Wars in 100 Scenes), Daniel Lipkowitz (LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles), John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: Kenobi), Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas (Star Wars: Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual), Daniel Wallace (The Bounty Hunter Code, The Jedi Path), and Ryder Windham (Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Star Wars Rebels Junior Novel).