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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Time to End the Cosplay Controversy: Some Data for Pat Broderick

By +Tim Beyers

Issue 13 of +The Full Bleed is dedicated to cosplayers. You who dress up to attend your favorite cons have taken a beating in recent months for reasons I still don't quite understand.

Commerce seems to be the issue. Fury of Firestorm artist Pat Broderick is the latest to make the argument, taking to Facebook on December 4:



Much as I love Broderick's work, the data says he's wrong on this issue. Details in the video, so watch now.



Want even more? Click here to read Zachary Clemente's open letter at The Beat, which inspired this post. I'd also highly recommend reading Rob Salkowitz's excellent post at Eventbrite, which has the data that refutes the "no value" argument plus a whole lot more.

That's The Full Bleed for today. If you like what you're reading here, please tell a friend. You can also write me an email or leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you.

Monday, December 8, 2014

By The Numbers: What "The Flash" Has Done for "Arrow"

By +Tim Beyers

Welcome to issue 12 of +The Full Bleed, where I go between the panels to cover the business of comics, pop culture, and genre entertainment.

Last week, I looked at expectations for the big Flash vs. Arrow crossover and what it would take to set a new record. So how did each show do?

According to the live plus same day ratings provided by Nielsen and published at TVByTheNumbers, Arrow drew 3.92 million viewers -- not a record for the series but notable in that it's a 21% boost over the audience for episode 208, which fans will recall as the first appearance of Grant Gustin as police scientist Barry Allen. For The Flash, episode 108 drew 4.34 million viewers for the season's second-best draw so far.

Usually the gap is even wider. By my math, average viewership for Arrow is just under 2.8 million through eight episodes while The Flash has drawn less than 3.5 million viewers only twice since the show's October debut, a 700,000 viewer gap that could widen next week if the Reverse Flash proves to be more popular than Ra's al Ghul. I've embedded trailers for both upcoming episodes below. Enjoy, and be sure to leave a comment to let me know how you see these shows closing out the winter break.

Arrow - Episode 309: "The Climb"


The job of playing Ra's al Ghul passes from Liam Neeson's capable hands to that of Matt Nable. I've not looked up who gets to stand in for Professor Zoom but I also tend to avoid spoilers.

The Flash - Episode 109: "The Man in the Yellow Suit"


That's The Full Bleed for today. If you like what you're reading here, please tell a friend. You can also write me an email or leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Will Arrow vs. Flash Set New Ratings Records for The CW?
The early data may be encouraging, but both shows have set a high bar

Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell face off in a two-night crossover event. Credit: Cate Cameron/The CW

By +Tim Beyers 

Welcome to issue 11 of +The Full Bleed, where we go between the panels to cover the business of comics, pop culture, and genre entertainment.

Today's topic: "Arrow vs. Flash." Will the two-night crossover event be the draw The CW hopes? There are positive signs, to be sure. For example, the initial trailer has scored more than 268,000 YouTube views as of this writing, far more than the 50,000 to 70,000 that's typical for an episode preview for either show.

There's also social data to consider. Fans are taking to Twitter at an accelerating pace to join either "Team Arrow" or "Team Flash." Google Trends data isn't as optimistic, but at 45 out of 100 it isn't bad either. There's a chance this week's crossover draws record-setting ratings.

What might that look like? Close to five million viewers each, if the data is to be believed. According to Nielsen (via Wikipedia), Arrow notched 4.14 million live+same day viewers in its 2012 debut, still a series high. For its part, The Flash drew a network-record 4.83 million viewers in its Oct.7 premiere. I doubt we'll see either mark toppled this week, but I'd also love to be wrong.

Where do you stand? Head over to Google+ now to vote in the poll.

That's The Full Bleed for today. If you like what you're reading here, please tell a friend. You can also write me an email or leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Prediction: Adam Warlock Is Coming to the Marvel Movie Universe
Plus, how to know what Marvel has planned for the MCU

By +Tim Beyers 

Welcome to issue 10 of +The Full Bleed, where we go between the panels to cover the business of comics, pop culture, and genre entertainment.

In today's video -- and my apologies, this one is several days overdue -- I cover Jim Starlin's newest work for +Marvel, The Infinity Relativity



+Heidi MacDonald at The Beat has the details on the forthcoming graphic novel, and its best-selling predecessor. Why am I interested? Something Joe Quesada said in a San Diego Comic-Con interview with John Siuntres of the Word Balloon podcast. 

I'm paraphrasing here, but in essence he said that if you want to know where Marvel is headed with development of the movie and TV universes, study which comic book titles are getting top names and big promotion in solicitations. Starlin has one of the biggest names in comics and to this day remains one of my favorite creators.

In an interview with Marvel's Ben Morse, Starlin explained a bit about what he has planned for The Infinity Relativity:
"Both the THANOS ANNUAL and THANOS VS. HULK take place before THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION. THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY starts up a few months after the first graphic novel. All the main characters have had time to adjust, somewhat, to their new circumstances: Thanos in his revitalized relationship with Mistress Death, Adam Warlock with his new existence, and Annihilus with the changes that occurred in THANOS VS. HULK."
Click here for John's the full SDCC interview with Quesada plus Image Expo comments from publisher Eric Stephenson and creator interviews. 

If you're interested in The Infinity Relativity, please visit your local comics shop. And if you like what you see here, please tell a friend. You can also write me an email or leave a comment. I'm happy to hear it all, and thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Episode 16 of Everything Geek is Live!
Marvel vs. DC, what's new in genre TV, and best bets in gaming.

By +Tim Beyers 

Welcome to issue 9 of +The Full Bleed

Each month, I spend about two hours talking bout movies, television, comics, and video games with my Geek Initiative partners, +Tony Tellado and +Justin Cavender.

We've been at this about 16 months now and we've shot 16 episodes of Everything Geek in that time. I've embedded the latest below, and I'll endeavor to capture all future episodes under the "Everything Geek" tab at the top of this page. 

 

For those who's rather listen on the go, we have a podcast version of Everything Geek available at iTunes via Tony's Sci-Fi Talk channel. Click here for a list of episodes and then subscribe to the feed to keep current with everything we're covering.

And of course please add Sci-Fi Talk and Geek Legacy to your reading list. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Robin Lord Taylor Describes Twitter Perfectly
Plus, Disney releases a trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

By +Tim Beyers 

Welcome to issue 8 of +The Full Bleed!

In his Gotham special at Sci-Fi Talk, +Tony Tellado gets Robin Lord Taylor talking about the social buzz surrounding the show. The actor responds by comparing Twitter to live theater. I go into why that's such an apt description, and what it means for genre TV, in the following video:



Listen to the Gotham special here. And for more video commentary, please visit my YouTube channel

The Force is officially awake 
As promised, Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. How awesome is it? Judge for yourself:



We'll need a few days worth of viewing data to know how well the reveal is playing with audiences. In the meantime, using iconic images and familiar sounds is smart business. As comic book artist Rob Liefeld put it in his Twitter feed:
 
Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment below or reach out on Twitter or Facebook. (Full disclosure: I own shares of Disney stock.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

For Marvel, "Guardians of the Galaxy" Blu-ray Aims to Fix a Weak Spot
Disney's superhero empire is still far from perfect

By +Tim Beyers 

Welcome to issue 7 of The Full Bleed! 

On the advice of my pal +Justin Cavender over at +Geek Legacy, I'm starting a regular video series covering the geek news of the day. Today's topic: Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel needs the just-released Digital HD and 3D editions to do well in order to account for surprisingly low home video sales. Get the details in the video and then dig deeper in my first Marvel Movie Report, which breaks down the earnings and estimated profitability of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. 



A complete list of video commentary is available at my YouTube channel.

Finally, check out my content partners at Geek Legacy and Sci-Fi Talk. Combined, our "Geek Initiative" delivers news, reviews, interviews, and commentary on all the things you love.