Sunday, April 16, 2017

Doctor Who Season 10 Gets a Theatrical Premiere: Fitting For the World's Biggest Sci-Fi Franchise


By Tim Beyers, Editor


Peter Capaldi is back for his third turn in the TARDIS this week when the 10th season of the new series of Doctor Who premieres on BBC AMERICA. I'll be attending a Wednesday night screening at a local theater with my youngest son, courtesy of Fathom Events. (Get tickets in your area now.)

We should have plenty of company. Now in it's 54th year, the British sci-fi franchise has previously been honored by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful sci-fi franchise of all-time. A recent iNews report puts The Doctor's worldwide fan base at roughly 80 million — up from 77 million at the time of the 50th anniversary.

Only Star Wars has drawn better in recent years. Figuring on average worldwide ticket price of $5 puts the paying audience for The Force Awakens at roughly 414 million and the audience for Rogue One at about 211 million. Far fewer will come out to theaters to the season premiere of season 10 of Doctor Who but does it matter? That The Doctor is even in the same conversation with a pair of multi-billion dollar box office productions should be astounding. And yet it isn't. We've seen this sort of thing before.

Fathom Events has brought The Doctor to the big screen in earlier Christmas specials and season premieres, playing off the cultish, worldwide popularity of the 1,000-year old Time Lord and his companions to sell tickets. This time, he'll have Peal Mackie (playing Bill Potts, the first openly gay companion) and Matt Lucas (playing Nardole, another of The Doctor's alien assistants) in the season 10 theatrical premiere.

Also included in the two-hour spectacle is the premiere episode of the spinoff series Class, featuring a guest appearance by Peter Capaldi and the never-before-seen bonus feature Becoming the Companion, in which fans will travel with Mackie from the London stage through the doors of the TARDIS. The bonus feature includes exclusive interviews with Mackie, Capaldi, and showrunner Steven Moffat, and is narrated by Ingrid Oliver.   

Finally, those who purchase though Atom Tickets get three free digital comics, courtesy of ComiXology and Titan Comics. Call it another way to extend a franchise that's been defying gravity (and time, and space) for five decades — and a decent bonus for a geek dad out for a good time with his son.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Deadpool Kills The Fantastic Four



By +Tim Beyers


Of all the numbers that describe how big a hit Deadpool is for Fox the most important is $134,109,323. That's how much profit the merc with a mouth has brought in for the studio -- after you include over $82 million in losses from Fantastic Four.

The story gets even more interesting if you compare Deadpool to the wider universe of +Marvel movies. Let's break it down by the key statistics, brought to you by Box Office Mojo and The Marvel Movie Report:

  • Total box office = $619,260,644 (14th)
  • Domestic box office = $290,439,707 (10th)
  • Estimated box office profit = $216,630,322 (4th!)
  • Estimated box office profit margin = 34.98% (1st!)

To put this in narrative perspective, Deadpool has made more box office profit than any of the Spider-Man films. Or Guardians of the Galaxy. Or Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Or X-Men: Days of Future Past, which at just over $99 million had held the record for box office profit for a Fox-produced Marvel movie.

Hearty congratulations to Ryan Reynolds, director Tim Miller, and everyone else involved in bringing the merc with a mouth to the big screen.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Will Elektra Add Spark to Season 2 of Daredevil?

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By +Tim Beyers


Elodie Yung brings the assassin to life in the forthcoming +Netflix series from +Marvel So far, the two-week-old trailer featuring #ThePunisher has more than three times as many views.

And yet, from the looks of the trailer, it's #Elektra that seems poised to get more time on screen. Less clear is how this newest season of DD will connect to other parts of the extended #MarvelTV universe. Fans and investors aren't likely to be disappointed. Just as Marvel is doing its best to connect the dots between movies, comics, and broadcast TV, the Netflix shows will get their own brand of connective tissue. 


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Everything Geek for January 2016



By +Tim Beyers


Experiment time! Thanks to my pal +Tony Tellado our monthly video chat and podcast -- Everything Geek -- now broadcasts live via Blab. I've embedded the code here in hopes that readers will not only tune in, but also leave comments for me here at +The Full Bleed. Let us know what you think!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

How to Make a Profitable Indie Comic Book


By +Tim Beyers


Welcome to the show notes for issue 50 of +The Full Bleed. This business issue goes between the panels to explain the one thing you can do to improve your odds of earning profits from your indie comics project. Specifically, we address:
  • Why creative brilliance and finding the right team may not be as important as you think, especially when the web is rich with resources to help you find potential partners. The community at Comics Experience, for example.
  • How the principles in Eric Ries' The Lean Startup can help you determine when to pay for resources to get your work into the world.
  • How $12 and a little creative planning led to the birth of The Full Bleed, all while preserving ownership of and control over the enterprise.
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ALSO, A QUICK WORD ON ISSUES: While I've been able to keep up my intended twice-a-week cadence at the YouTube channel, I've had a tougher time getting the show notes ready for publish here. My apologies for that. I hope to catch up over the next two weeks, in time for this site's 1-year anniversary.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How to Make Awful Comics That No One Will Read

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Superman has changed recently, and that should be a good thing. Credit: DC Comics via Fox.
By +Tim Beyers


Back with another curated post. This time, we tackle a story published by Fox over the weekend. Police in New Jersey are apparently upset that the latest issue of Action Comics has Superman punching a cop:
Patrick Colligan, president of the NJ State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, told FOX411 the comic is disgraceful. "They want to sell comics," he said. "Unfortunately it's at the expense of some very great cops out there every day protecting the public.” ... Colligan ... argued comic books should go back to the basics. “Comic books are taking on social issues lately and maybe they should get back to taking on superheroes and making people laugh,” he said. Representatives for writers Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder did not return a request for comment.
My analysis: First, Aaron Kuder is an artist. Let's get that right, OK? Second, you'll get nowhere making comics that are so vanilla they offend no one. If you're here, you're either a fan or a creative entrepreneur with distinct tastes. Some work you'll love. Other work you'll hate. That's perfectly fine. In fact, it's preferable. As a creator, you should only be interested in serving the audience that's interested in your take on the characters in your book. Everything else is noise.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Does It Matter if Fox Kilłs the Gambit Movie?

Would it be so bad if Fox is unable to bring Gambit to life  on the big screen? Credit: Marvel.
By +Tim Beyers


For most of the history of this project, I've been curating stories about the business of comics and genre entertainment at Scoop.it. That won't change. What will change is how stories get to that feed. They'll start here, on the blog, and then get repurposed to other channels. (Special thanks to the folks at Inoreader for making this easier.)

Today's story comes from The Beat by way of TheWrap:
Tonight, TheWrap reported that Channing Tatum might be leaving 20th Century Fox’s Gambit production. Tatum, who was slated to star as everyone’s favorite mutant with a gimmick, is apparently still in talks with the studio, but “something is up” and time is running out, as the movie is scheduled to be release on October 7th, 2016.
My analysis: Fox is being extra cautious, which is exactly as it should be when you look at the numbers in the Marvel Movie Report. Over 11 films, the studio's average box office profit margin for Marvel properties is just 0.80%. And that's with productions costing an average of $125.1 million to make. For perspective, Ant-Man's $130 million budget makes it the cheapest of the MCU films. Letting Tatum leave Gambit to go direct something else is better than agreeing to a money-loser of a deal.

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