TSP – March 17th 2015

On this edition of The Splash Page; just how did Orphan Black #1 sell 500,000 copies, DC Comics cancels a variant cover, Tennant talks Marvel, your first look at the Bug-Eyed Bandit, and Ryan Reynolds talks Deadpool.



February 2015 was another strong month for Marvel, which accounted for 43.39% of the total units for the top 300 comics and 46.35% of the total dollars. DC was a million units and $5.5 million lower with 29.24% of the units and 26.14% of the dollars. Image continues to stay right around the 10% mark with 10.07% of the units and 9.42% of the dollars, while IDW Publishing had a strong month with 8.67% of the units and 9.03% of the dollars. IDW is unlikely to repeat that success next month since nearly 80% of the units and dollars came from a single item: “Orphan Black” #1

“Orphan Black” #1 from IDW was the best-selling comic in February 2015, moving approximately 497,002 units. The issue has multiple covers, which no doubt played a part in the high sales. The eight different Cat Staggs covers shipped in an equal ratio, meaning for every eight copies a retailer ordered, they get one of each cover. There was a boxed set of the eight covers for a cover price of $29.99. In addition, there was a subscription variant which was independently orderable. But the variant which is the most likely reason for the nearly half million units is the March 2015 LootCrate-exclusive cover.

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The highly criticized variant cover for “Batgirl” #41 will not be published by DC Comics, CBR News has learned. This move was made at the request of the cover’s artist, Rafael Albuquerque.

“My intention was never to hurt or upset anyone through my art,” Albuquerque, the acclaimed artist of “American Vampire,” said in a statement. “For that reason, I have recommended to DC that the variant cover be pulled.”

The image was released Friday, as one of 25 Joker-themed variant covers scheduled for release in June. Albuquerque’s “Batgirl” variant took inspiration from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s famous 1988 story “Batman: The Killing Joke,” in which Barbara Gordon/Batgirl was shot and paralyzed by the Joker. It has been commonly interpreted, though not definitively established within the story, that the character was also sexually assaulted.

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AKA Jessica Jones Star David Tennant On Visiting Marvel & Joining Their Universe

David Tennant, best known as the Tenth Doctor from BBC’s Doctor Who, was at Wizard World this past weekend and he chatted about dropping Marvel and being apart of their universe.

Tennant was a huge comic book fan growing up so to land the role of Zebediah Killgrave, aka The Purple Man, in Netflix’s AKA Jessica Jones was a dream come true. “This is something I grew up with. It’s like my eight year old self doesn’t know what to do with himself,” Tennant said at North Carolina’s Wizard World (via withanaccent.com). “I think comic books are a glorious wonderful art form and I think Marvel is one of the things that we’ll be looking back on in a hundred years’ time they’ll be one of the cornerstones of our cultural existence.”

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The Flash: First Look at The Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney As the Bug-Eyed Bandit

From the sizzle reel for The Flash released at PaleyFest this weekend, The CW has given fans their first look at The Walking Dead‘s Emily Kinney as the small-screen version of the Atom villain The Bug-Eyed Bandit. Kinney will appear in the upcoming eighteenth episode of The Flash, titled “All-Star Team Up,” and will play the villainous Brie Larvan.

Emily Kinney follows fellow The Walking Dead veteran Audrey Marie Anderson to The CW’s DC Universe; Anderson plays Lyla “Harbinger” Michaels on Arrow.

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Ryan Reynolds: Deadpool Will Please “The Most Critical of Fanboys”

Deadpool is an adaptation that’s more than a decade in the making and, for Reynolds, it’s a way to regain some face saved by starring in a pair of notorious superhero flops.

The way he hopes to do so is to go exactly the opposite of what everyone else has done; where X-Men Origins and Green Lantern were mega-budget movies, Deadpool is a film where Reynolds jokes he’s wearing his own clothes on set to save wardrobe money.

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Gregor Sprague is the Co-Creator/Host/Producer of the Elsenerds Network (Elsenerds.com) and you can follow him on Twitter (@ThatGregor)






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