Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Link Bait: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Premiere Red Carpet Photos

Last night was the premiere of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy in Hollywood. Disney sent along a bunch photos from the red carpet, so far be it from me to not share them with you!

Bradley Cooper

This is Bradley Cooper, who is the voice of Rocket in the movie. He is a movie star; you can tell he is a movie star because he is cool enough to show up to a movie premiere in a black leather jacket and unshaven. If you are a movie star you need not wear a tie if you don't want to.

Bradley Cooper's watch

This is Bradley Cooper's watch. I'm not sure why it was important to have a photo of Bradley Cooper's watch, but we have one. Is it an expensive watch? I do not know anything about watches.

Glenn Close

This is Glenn Close, a real movie star. She has Oscar nominations. She plays Nova Prime in this movie. Roll that around in your head: Glenn Close is Nova Prime. First Marvel got Robert Redford in Captain America, now Glenn Close in Guardians of the Galaxy. How does Marvel do it?

Chris Pratt

This is Chris Pratt, who is Star-Lord Peter Quill in the movie. Note that he is wearing a tie (his mother raised him properly).

Chris Pratt's watch

This is Chris Pratt's watch. Are men's watch pictures a thing now?

Anna Faris & Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt is married to actress Anna Faris, star of TV's Mom. They make a cute couple, yes?

Anna Faris

Here is Anna Faris alone. The photographer should have noticed that there's a gun growing out of her right shoulder...

Zoe Saldana

This is Zoe Saldana, who stars as Gamora. She is painted up green in the movie, and from the trailers it looks like she gets to kick plenty of butt. She was blue in Avatar.

Nathan Fillion

This is Nathan Fillion, who apparently has a cameo in the movie. He is not wearing a tie, but at least he has on a sport coat.

Karen Gillen

This is Karen Gillen. She plays Nebula in the movie, a role for which she shaved her head bald (as you can see, her hair is growing back...)

Vin Diesel

This is Vin Diesel, who voices Groot in the movie. Also not wearing a tie, but he could break me in two without breaking a sweat, so I'll let it slide.

Lee Pace




This is Lee Pace, who plays the main bad guy in the movie, Ronan the Accuser. He was one of the stars of Pushing Daisies, one of the best television shows ever. He is wearing a tie.



Emily Osment

This is Emily Osment. She is not in the movie, but is the star of the new ABC Family sitcom Young & Hungry, and was on Hannah Montana for many years. Disney sent a lot of photos of people from the premiere who I don't think are in the movie, and who I don't recognize. They should send along a cheat sheet with the photos for those of us who are celebrity challenged.

I have no idea who these people are.

Like I have no idea who these people are. But it looks like this kid's mom took him to the Guardians of the Galaxy movie premiere, so she probably gets the Mother of the Week Award!

Elizabeth HenstridgeMing-Na WenChloe Bennet

Elizabeth Henstridge, Ming-Na Wen, and Chloe Bennet, three of the stars of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Glenn Close & Bradley Cooper

Glenn Close looks like she is very apprehensive about meeting Bradley Cooper. Does she not realize that he is a Movie Star, like she is? But then, she has Oscar nominations, and he does not. Mr. Cooper, you are not allowed to put your hand on Ms. Close's shoulder until you have at least two Oscar nominations!

Lee Pace and Zoe Saldana

Lee Pace and Zoe Saldana look far happier to be in each other's company. As we saw from the earlier picture, Mr. Pace is wearing a tie so Ms. Saldana knows that he is an actor at a movie premiere and not a random ruffian accosting her before the premiere.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - July 18, 2014

Seconds: A Graphic Novel
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (+5). Seconds: A Graphic Novel
2 (-1). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2 *
3 (+9). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
4 (N). Injustice Year Two #15 (Kindle)
5 (-3). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
6 (+2). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
7 (-). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
8 (-1). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
9 (-5). Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
10 (+11). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan *
11 (+2). Darth Vader and Son
12 (-2). Saga Volume 1
13 (-2). Saga Volume 3
14 (-9). Injustice Year Two #14 (Kindle)
15 (+1). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
16 (+3). Vader's Little Princess
17 (+7). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
18 (+19). Goodnight Darth Vader *
19 (-10). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
20 (-3). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
21 (N). Seconds: A Graphic Novel (Kindle)
22 (-). Saga Volume 2
23 (-3). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
24 (N). The Death of Archie: A Life Celebrated *
25 (+9). Watchmen
26 (-3). Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book One
27 (+12). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
28 (R). American Born Chinese
29 (+12). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
30 (R). Snowpiercer, vol. 1: The Escape
31 (+19). The Complete Persepolis
32 (-3). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
33 (-6). Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile (Kindle)
34 (+2). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
35 (-10). The Harlem Hellfighters
36 (-18). The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War
37 (-9). Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery
38 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 2
39 (-1). Marvel Encyclopedia
40 (+9). Sex Criminals Volume 1
41 (-9). Big Damn Sin City
42 (+6). Batman: Year One
43 (-13). Attack on Titan 1
44 (+2). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
45 (-). V for Vendetta
46 (R). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
47 (-32). Injustice Year Two #13 (Kindle)
48 (-5). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (hardcover)
49 (N). Nightwing Vol. 4: Second City (The New 52)
50 (R). Star Wars: Jedi Academy


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • Another new #1 this week, as Seconds, Brian Lee O'Malley's highly anticipated follow-up to Scott Pilgrim, was released. It is presently #17 on the overall Amazon books chart. The Kindle edition also charts at #21.
  • The top debut this week is the new issue of Injustice. The hardcover collection of volume 2 of Injustice also debuts. Other debuts are the Death of Archie collection and the latest Nightwing collection.
  • A quick shout-out to Rat Queens, which is hanging around on the chart without the benefit of any outside-of-comics media presence, along with fellow Image comics Saga and Sex Criminals.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - July 11, 2014

The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday afternoon. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (+6). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2 *
2 (+11). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
3 (-1). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
4 (+2). Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
5 (N). Injustice Year Two #14 (Kindle)
6 (+11). Seconds: A Graphic Novel *
7 (-3). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
8 (+4). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
9 (+17). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
10 (-5). Saga Volume 1
11 (-3). Saga Volume 3
12 (-1). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
13 (-4). Darth Vader and Son
14 (R). Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile
15 (-12). Injustice Year Two #13 (Kindle)
16 (+2). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
17 (-2). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
18 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War
19 (-3). Vader's Little Princess
20 (-1). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
21 (+2). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan *
22 (-2). Saga Volume 2
23 (R). Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book One
24 (+11). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
25 (-24). The Harlem Hellfighters
26 (-16). Hyperbole and a Half (Kindle)
27 (R). Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile (Kindle)
28 (+14). Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery
29 (+2). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
30 (-5). Attack on Titan 1
31 (-17). Naruto, Vol. 66
32 (N). Big Damn Sin City
33 (-1). Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm
34 (-2). Watchmen
35 (R). Calvin and Hobbes
36 (-15). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
37 (-8). Goodnight Darth Vader *
38 (+1). Marvel Encyclopedia
39 (-1). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
40 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After
41 (-4). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
42 (R). The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances *
43 (R). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (hardcover)
44 (R). The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye
45 (+3). V for Vendetta
46 (R). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
47 (R). The Essential Calvin and Hobbes
48 (-12). Batman: Year One
49 (-15). Sex Criminals Volume 1
50 (-9). The Complete Persepolis


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • With the release of volume 21 of The Walking Dead just a little over a couple of weeks away, it moves into the top slot and brings a bunch of previous volumes up into its halo.
  • I'm really not sure why a bunch of Fables volumes jumped up onto the chart this week. A search of Google News shows that the 'season finale' of The Wolf Among Us, a Fables-based video game, came out this week, so maybe that's it?
  • The top debut this week is the new digital issue of Injustice Year Two. It has moved back to a weekly schedule, so expect to see a new issue in the top ten every week until it finishes.
  • The only other debut this week is Big Damn Sin City, the omnibus collection of Frank Miller's noir comic (with a movie out in August).

Friday, July 04, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - July 4, 2014

The Harlem Hellfighters
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (R). The Harlem Hellfighters
2 (+3). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
3 (N). Injustice Year Two #13 (Kindle)
4 (+2). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
5 (+8). Saga Volume 1
6 (-2). Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
7 (-). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2 *
8 (+3). Saga Volume 3
9 (-1). Darth Vader and Son
10 (+5). Hyperbole and a Half (Kindle)
11 (+1). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
12 (+9). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
13 (+5). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
14 (N). Naruto, Vol. 66
15 (-1). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
16 (-7). Vader's Little Princess
17 (R). Seconds: A Graphic Novel *
18 (-1). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
19 (+3). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
20 (-4). Saga Volume 2
21 (-1). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
22 (-12) Injustice Year Two #12 (Kindle)
23 (+7). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan *
24 (R). Attack on Titan 3
25 (+2). Attack on Titan 1
26 (-7). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
27 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 2
28 (+5). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (Kindle)
29 (R). Goodnight Darth Vader *
30 (+1). Attack on Titan 2
31 (+12). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
32 (-7). Watchmen
33 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 2 (Kindle)
34 (-). Sex Criminals Volume 1
35 (-11). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
36 (-7). Batman: Year One
37 (+8). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
38 (+9). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
39 (-16). Marvel Encyclopedia
40 (R). Attack on Titan 4
41 (-3). The Complete Persepolis
42 (R). Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery
43 (+6). Snowpiercer, vol. 1: The Escape
44 (R). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel (Kindle)
45 (-4). Attack on Titan 9
46 (R). Attack on Titan 10
47 (N). Snowpiercer, vol. 2: The Explorers
48 (-6). V for Vendetta
49 (-23). Attack on Titan: No Regrets 1
50 (R). Pretty Deadly Volume 1


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • Another week, another new #1: The Harlem Hellfighters, which in the past has floated around in all different parts of the top 50, suddenly returns to the chart in the #1 position. Usually when a book that has been out for a while exhibits a sudden surge of interest a Google News search can explain why, but all I can turn up is that earlier in the week a Website called Flavorwire chose it as one of their "10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 So Far."
  • It's a good week for Injustice: The new Kindle issue debuts at #3, and the second collected volume debuts in both hardcover and Kindle formats.
  • The other debuts this week are the new volume of Naruto and the second volume of Snowpiercer.
  • Seconds, the new Bryan O'Malley graphic novel, returns; still in pre-order, it's due out in just a couple of weeks and I expect to see it hop right up to the top of the chart.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - June 27, 2014

Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 1
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 1 (Kindle)
2 (-1). Snoopy: Cowabunga! (Kindle)
3 (N). The Best of Archie Comics (Kindle)
4 (-1). Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
5 (-1). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
6 (+2). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
7 (+4). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2 *
8 (-3). Darth Vader and Son
9 (+1). Vader's Little Princess
10 (N) Injustice Year Two #12 (Kindle)
11 (-2). Saga Volume 3
12 (-6). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
13 (-1). Saga Volume 1
14 (-). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
15 (-). Hyperbole and a Half (Kindle)
16 (+6). Saga Volume 2
17 (-10). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
18 (+1). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
19 (-2). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
20 (+8). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
21 (-3). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
22 (-9). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
23 (-2). Marvel Encyclopedia
24 (+1). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
25 (+1). Watchmen
26 (N). Attack on Titan: No Regrets 1
27 (+2). Attack on Titan 1
28 (-26). The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances *
29 (+13). Batman: Year One
30 (-6). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan *
31 (+7). Attack on Titan 2
32 (+3). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
33 (-10). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (Kindle)
34 (-18). Sex Criminals Volume 1
35 (N). Frank Miller's Sin City Volume 1: The Hard Goodbye (Kindle)
36 (+13). Calvin and Hobbes
37 (R). Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
38 (R). The Complete Persepolis
39 (-1). Attack on Titan 12
40 (R). Star Wars: Jedi Academy
41 (-4). Attack on Titan 9
42 (-1). V for Vendetta
43 (-11). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
44 (+1). Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year-Secret City (The New 52)
45 (-12). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
46 (-10). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (hardcover)
47 (-16). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
48 (-9). Guardians of the Galaxy/All-New X-Men: The Trial of Jean Grey
49 (R). Snowpiercer, vol. 1: The Escape
50 (R.) Attack on Titan 6


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • Three Kindle editions top the list this week:The first collection of Injustice, which was on sale earlier in the week; The Best of Archie, which is on sale now; and Snoopy: Cowabunga!, which is one of the choices for a free book when signing up for the Kindle Kids newsletter and is apparently being counted as sales by Amazon.
  • Also debuting this week are the latest issue of Injustice Year Two (on Kindle), the sale-priced first volume of Sin City (also on Kindle), and the first volume of the Attack on Titan spin-off No Regrets.
  • Persepolis has been slowly climbing up the charts over the past few weeks, which is unusual given that it isn't August/September or January. TCU has chosen it as their summer 'Common Read' this year, so maybe a bunch of college students from one university are enough to push it into the top ten?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Amazon Top 50 - June 20, 2014

Snoopy: Cowabunga!
Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon Friday morning. See About the Amazon Top 50 Lists for more information on how this list is compiled.


1 (+2). Snoopy: Cowabunga! (Kindle)
2 (N). The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances *
3 (+1). Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
4 (+2). Hyperbole and a Half (paperback)
5 (-4). Darth Vader and Son
6 (-1). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)
7 (+8). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel
8 (+5). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
9 (-). Saga Volume 3
10 (-8). Vader's Little Princess
11 (+3). The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War, Part 2 *
12 (-). Saga Volume 1
13 (+7). The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel
14 (+3). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
15 (+1). Hyperbole and a Half (Kindle)
16 (+11). Sex Criminals Volume 1
17 (+6). The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1
18 (-7). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
19 (-9). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
20 (+1). X-Men: Days of Future Past
21 (+7). Marvel Encyclopedia
22 (-3). Saga Volume 2
23 (+27). The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (Kindle)
24 (+12). Star Wars: Jedi Academy vol. 2: Return of the Padawan *
25 (-). Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
26 (-8). Watchmen
27 (R). Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery
28 (-2). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
29 (-7). Attack on Titan 1
30 (R). Attack on Titan 10
31 (+4). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
32 (+1). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
33 (-9). Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
34 (-27). Injustice Year Two #11 (Kindle)
35 (+2). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
36 (-5). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (hardcover)
37 (+11). Attack on Titan 9
38 (R). Attack on Titan 12
39 (N). Guardians of the Galaxy/All-New X-Men: The Trial of Jean Grey
40 (-10). Attack on Titan 2
41 (+4). V for Vendetta
42 (+5). Batman: Year One
43 (R). Miracleman Book 1: A Dream of Flying
44 (-2). Goodnight Darth Vader *
45 (R). Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year-Secret City (The New 52)
46 (-38). The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition
47 (N). Black Science Volume 1 TP
48 (R). Attack on Titan 8
49 (-17). Calvin and Hobbes
50 (R). Attack on Titan 7


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
  • This week's new #1 is Snoopy: Cowabunga!, a collection of Peanuts strips on the Kindle. Last week when it debuted at #3 I speculated that maybe there had been a sale earlier in he week, but here it is one week later and the regular-priced collection tops the charts. Why this particular collection right now? Who knows...
  • The top debut this week is the pre-order for Michael Inman's next Oatmeal book: The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances. It's not due out until the end of September, but the fact that it debuts high the week it is available for pre-order shouldn't come as a surprise.
  • Also debuting this week are Guardians of the Galaxy/All-New X-Men: The Trial of Jean Grey, combining two high-profile Marvel properties with movies this summer; and the first collection of Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera's Black Science.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I interview Jerzy Drozd about Kids Read Comics!

Over at The Beat, I interview Jerzy Drozd and get the behind-the-scenes story about the Kids Read Comics! Festival.