§ Yen Press is publishing an English version of NYAnkees, a manga about a tough gang of… streets cats, I guess? The author is Atsuki Okada. I couldn’t find any art from the inside of that edition but Deb Aoki tweeted some pages from the original a few years back. Tough street cats!
§ A very very small helping of kibbles today!
§ The headline I thought I would never write: Aquaman has passed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.
The feat was achieved on Saturday in a notable win for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, whose universe of superhero films has struggled to match the blockbuster success of Disney and Marvel’s shared superhero universe since the end of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy (Wonder Woman being a major exception).
Director James Wan responded “Firstly, massive LOVE and THANK YOU to the fans and audiences around the world. I’ll forever be indebted to Jason for turning Aquaman into one of the coolest, cinematic superheroes ever, and becoming the gold standard for this character for generations to come.”
Star Jason Momoa instagrammed his own thanks.
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BILLION DOLLAR UNDERDOG. from baywatch to making what once was the most disrespected superhero into a billion dollar movie. no one gets to the top without the people that love them. My success is from my fans. All my aloha to everyone that had a hand in making this movie. Mahalo Zack for choosing me and mahalo James for creating this beautiful world. #grateful #lovemyfans #billiondollarunderdog #borntoclimb #outofholes #aquaman2 #cheeeehuuuuuu #hhrajahh. Aloha j
Aquaman. A movie that featured Willem Dafoe riding around on an armored shark.
Interestingly, Aquaman did not surpass Wonder Woman domestically, but they sure love him overseas.
§ SyFy Wire’s Kristina Manente has a great story about how small, local niche cons are made, and the story includes the many pitfalls of first time showrunners.
221B Con is a Sherlock Holmes convention that launched in 2013; WHOlanta is an East Coast answer for East Coast Doctor Who fans; Scarydad’s Haunted Halloween Show is a celebration of all things horror in Texas; and SqueeCon is the inaugural convention of the filmmaker and creator of The Squee! Project, which celebrates women and diversity in fandom. Together, these four conventions have seen their share of success and drama, and have a few lessons to share for those who want to enter the world of convention creating.
Really, the whole story is worth a read.
§ Also at SyFy, the debut of Behind the Panel Episode 1: The Story of Vertigo Comics (Part 1 of 4) a new podcast about comics that starts with Vertigo. Interviews include Karen Berger, Paul Levitz, Garth Ennis, Jamie Delano and Grant Morrison so this should be worth a listen! (They talked to me along the way as well, but no idea if I made the final cut.)
I think the worst moment of my life was when my flight was delayed 3 hours in Denver and a travelling steel-drum band decided to do a long, improvised gig to keep everyone's spirits up.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) January 10, 2019
§ Say what you will, Mark Millar can paint a scene.
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Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.