Monday, September 16, 2019

Monday's Headlines | DC Press Release

Press Release

Batman #78, the first part of the highly anticipated two-issue interlude to the “City of Bane” story arc, has flown off shelves for a same-day sell-out! Following in the footsteps of issues #75, #76, and #77, Batman #78 has sold out from Diamond Comic Distributors and is headed for a second printing. The fan-favorite team of writer Tom King, pencillers Tony S. Daniel and Mikel Janin, inker Norm Rapmund, letterer Clayton Cowles, and colorists Jordie Bellaire and Tomeu Morey have captivated readers with this tragic tale of a beaten Bat-family, the unthinkable death of Alfred Pennyworth, and a Gotham City ruled by Bane.

Featuring stunning art by Clay Mann, issue #78 spotlights Batman and Catwoman, reunited for the first time since issue #50 and the ill-fated wedding of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. After Batman endures brutal punishment from both Bane and Thomas Wayne, a.k.a. Flashpoint Batman, Selina Kyle returns—determined to whip the Dark Knight back into shape, help him heal from his injuries, and take Gotham City back from Bane’s brutal regime.

Batman #78 has already received rave reviews from critics, including IGN who writes, “This story beautifully conveys the mix of longing and hurt that defines Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle's current relationship.” declares Batman #78 “a key issue of Tom King's run, and an absolutely defining moment for the hero himself.”

Anyone who missed out the first time will get their chance to experience this issue when it returns to stores on October 2. In the meantime, fans should hit their local comic book stores now to reserve a copy of the second part of this story in Batman #79, on sale September 18, as the stakes only get higher as the finale of King’s epic run grows nearer.

Monday's Headlines | Top Cow Looking For You

Once again, Top Cow Productions is opening its doors to the next generation of comics creators with the Top Cow Talent Hunt 2019.

For this year's initiative, the California-based company is asking for submissions relating to their character the Darkness (and his associated characters). For writers, the company is asking for an original 20-pagr script; artists must draw 8 pages based on scripts provided by Top Cow. In both cases, the deadline is February 28, 2020.

This years' winners - one writer, and one artist - will receive $1,000 each from Top Cow, as well as guaranteed published work with the company following that. In addition to the winners, Top Cow will be awarding two runners-up with $250 each and a short story assignment. As with previous years' Top Cow Talent Hunts, this initiative is open to those who have no major publisher work published.

Monday's Headlines | Weekend Box Office

Warner Bros.’ horror sequel It: Chapter Two won the box office for the second weekend in a row with $40.7 million, but it’s STXfilms’ crime thriller Hustlers that’s making headlines. The Jennifer Lopez-fronted true-story drama pulled in a whopping $33.2 million, bolstered by strong reviews and buzz out of the film’s Toronto International Film Festival debut an talk of Oscar recognition for Lopez’s best performance since Out of Sight. 

The movie—which tells the story of how a group of strippers altered their practices in the wake of the 2008 financial crash to continue making money—is more Goodfellas than Magic Mike XXL (which could account for the surprising B- CinemaScore), but it’s a terrifically well-acted and impressively directed piece of mass entertainment courtesy of Lorene Scafaria.

Hustlers scored the biggest opening weekend in STX Entertainment history, which is fortuitous considering the film began as an Annapurna Pictures project before being dropped over budget concerns. It’s a triumphant success any way you slice it, and it’s one of those box office victories you take delight in because the movie really is that good.

It: Chapter Two, meanwhile, fell 55% from its $91 million opening weekend, which itself was a bit below expectations. No matter, the It franchise as a whole has now grossed over $1 billion worldwide, and the worldwide total of Chapter Two stands at over $320 million. While the sequel puts a period on the end of the Stephen King adaptation, don’t be surprised if Warner Bros. finds a way to extend this franchise further.

The other big box office story this weekend is The Goldfinch, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last week and was roundly panned. The adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book stars Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, and Finn Wolfhard, but the movie absolutely bombed with a shocking $2.6 million for the weekend. That’s an out and out disaster for Warner Bros., which is no doubt happy It: Chapter Two is doing so well and that they’ve got Joker on the horizon.

Friday, September 13, 2019

We Love The 80's Movie Edition Pt. 10 of 10 TRON (1982)

Hello Everyone,

This is our last video today! I'm off to the work Rose City Comic-con in Portland this weekend! Today we finish We Love The 80's Movie Edition Pt. 10 of 10 TRON (1982). Watch Oliver Harper's review of this Disney classic. I loved Tron as a kid and I wasn't a huge fan of Tron 2 however I did like it. I'm still hoping for a Tron 3 down the road.

I hope you enjoy this video and thanks for watching! Have great day.

TRON (1982) Retrospective / Review

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Throwback In Comics | September 2001 Top 50 Comic Book Sales

In a month in which the New York City-centric comics industry dealt with the impact of the September 11 attacks, what would be a significant turning point arrived in the industry's fortunes with the release of Wolverine: The Origin #1.

Aggregate unit preorders actually dipped a bit for comic books, while preorder dollars were almost identical to August's total. Once TPBs and graphic novels are figured in, September represented a slight drop form August 2001, but still a slight increase over September 2000. That said, five-year comparisons were finally available, revealing that unit sales were off a whopping 47% from five years before.

Throwback In Comics | September 1997 Top 50 Comic Book Sales

September 1997 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

We Remember 9/11 | One Moment

The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. 

The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.

Today, we here at Northwest Comics & Games what to take a minute to remember those brave men and women who lost their lives on that day. 

We will never forget! 

Never forget....

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Countdown for 09/11/2019

Greetings Comic Book Fans,

Just a friendly reminder this coming Friday.... Rose City Comic-con is coming to Portland, Oregon. If you still need tickets please visit for more information. With that said, welcome as Northwest Comics & Games Presents the Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Countdown! We're suggesting the following comic books you might like to read and add to your amazing collection. We hope you enjoy this week's picks. Have a great day.

10. Catwoman #15 $3.99 DC Comics
After running a gauntlet of assassins to get her hands on the dossier detailing all the illegal activities of Villa Hermosa, Selina Kyle must go up against the big bosses of the criminal underworld. She must deal with their gun-toting mercenaries, yakuza hit women and the masked bounty hunter Lock-Up. All while still carrying a price on her head. Is there a way she can collect both big prizes herself and still walk away alive?

9. Chastity #1 $3.99 Dynamite Entertainment
Chastity Jack has been kidnapped, to the great misfortune of her kidnappers. She, along with a dozen other young women, arrive at an audition for a prestigious New York City burlesque act hoping to land a coveted spot in the popular show. When they wake up in chains on a spooky cruise ship in the middle of nowhere, they're congratulated on joining the cast.

8. Hit-Girl Season Two #8 $3.99 Image Comics
END OF STORY ARC Our pint-sized adolescent assassin is set to face off with the monstrous Boss Liu. Can Hit-Girl take down Hong Kong's biggest villain, and crush the Liu triad once and for all?

7. Absolute Carnage Symbiote of Vengeance #1 $4.99 Marvel Comics
Carnage is hunting down previous symbiote hosts for codices that will unlock a direct link to the symbiote god Knull! And he's not asking nicely...he's taking them by force! Which means former Ghost Rider Alejandra Jones is next on his hit list! With Johnny Blaze preoccupied as Hell's king, it's up to Danny Ketch to ride again and keep Alejandra out of Carnage's clutches!!!

6. Star Wars Adventures #25 $3.99 IDW Publishing
In this story set before A New Hope, Princess Leia Organa faces the most challenging task of her young life: teaching Amilyn Holdo how to drive a speeder! But both learn an important lesson after finding themselves in the dangerous lower levels of Coruscant. Special 25th issue featuring a full-length story about young Princess Leia! The second of three issues spotlighting the Sequel Trilogy!

5. Go Go Power Rangers #23 $3.99 Boom! Studios
NECESSARY EVIL continues as Jason begins to remember the truth about Shattered Grid - and he begins the path to forming a new, covert team of Power Rangers.

4. Black Cat #4 $3.99 Marvel Comics
Someone is sending Black Cat throughout the Marvel Universe to steal from the most insanely secure locales, like Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum! Next up? 4 Yancy Street, current home of the FANTASTIC FOUR!!! How the heck is Black Cat getting in and out of the FF's new place?

3. Kick-Ass #17 $3.99 Image Comics
Kick-Ass leads her army in a war against the Russians, making a final stand to drive them out of the city. Yet behind the Russians lurks the bloodthirsty assassin Rosa, who's ready to add Patience's pretty head to her trophy collection.

2. Amazing Spider-Man #29 $3.99 Marvel Comics
The aftershocks from Mary Jane's recent decision are felt throughout Spider-Man's life! With that throwing Peter's life into upheaval, a super villain rearing their head is NOT HELPFUL!

1. Batman #78 $3.99 DC Comics
In the first part of a 'City of Bane' interlude, Batman receives help from an ally he thought he had lost for good: Catwoman! Still recovering from the beatings he took from Bane and Flashpoint Batman, the Dark Knight readies himself for a return to Gotham City, and it's Selina Kyle who holds the key. She knows how Bane is fueling his regime, and she'll help Batman shut down the supply line-but first she has to whip the battered hero into shape.

Pick of The Week | Powers of X #4 (of 6)

Powers of X #4 (of 6) $4.99 Marvel Comics
As Cerebro does as it was intended to do, Sinister does what Sinister does best and the future comes to an end. Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (FF, NEW AVENGERS, INFINITY) continues his reshaping of X-History alongside breakout artist R.B. Silva (UNCANNY X-MEN). The Future of the X-Men begins here!

Comic Book Spotlight! | Midnight Sky #1

Midnight Sky #1 $3.99 Scout Comics
Fresh from the pages of Scout Presents: Midnight Sky Free Comic Book Day, Midnight Sky is Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets They Live. What would you do if you discovered your son wasn't really your son? He may look like him, act like him, but deep down in your soul you just know... he's been replaced.

Then your worst fears are realized when the light hits his face just right and you accidentally see his true appearance for yourself. But he isn't the only one you discover... your neighbor, your friend, even your husband. Do you scream? Do you run? Or do you fight back? And how can it be that your daughter is the best and, perhaps, last hope for mankind?