Brain Clutter

January 11, 2008

BOOM! Studios sells out!

Filed under: comic books — Tags: — brainclutter @ 3:24 pm

What a bunch of sellouts… seriously!

Only ten days after having released NORTH WIND #1, the company announced that they sold every single copy in the original print run. This is a pretty special event when you consider anyone can read it legitimately for free online.

“This promotion with MySpace Comic Books has helped us sell through all of our copies of NORTH WIND #1 and has brought new customers into comic stores across the nation. I couldn’t have been happier when Diamond called to tell us that we sold out.” – Chip Mosher, Director of Marketing and Sales

BOOM! Studios is working closely with Diamond Comics Distributor and evaluating the demand for a second printing.

“We are looking at the unfilled re-orders carefully at the moment. But a second printing looks like it may just happen,” said Mosher.

Perhaps the free distribution model will work as well in the comic book industry as it appears to be working in the music industry. It was only a few short months ago that Radiohead experienced international attention and success with a “pay whatever the bloody hell you want for these MP3s” campaign on their critically acclaimed and highly downloaded record, In Rainbows.

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January 10, 2008

Boom Studios – NORTH WIND Comic Trailer is a MySpace Hit

Filed under: comic books — Tags: — brainclutter @ 12:29 pm

I am a collector of comics. There, I said it! How liberating…

Seriously though, I’m not ashamed of my hobby. In fact, I quite enjoy advertising the fact that I’m a geek with a love for superheroes. Not everything I read is superhero based like Spider-Man and the X-Men. I really enjoy Y: The Last Man as well (a story about the sole surviving male human after the spontaneous, simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth).

I’m always looking at new titles and recently discovered some Warhammer books put out by BOOM! Studios, while researching material for my Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning fansite, The Greenskin. Upon reading my brief shout out, their sales and marketing department contacted me and placed me on the press list. How cool is that? I’m a bloody INSIDER! 😛

Another book produced by Boom! Studios, but unrelated to Warhammer is NORTH WIND. Here’s a brief synopsis from their website:

The future: mankind has suffered a disaster. Where there was once a lush, thriving planet, there is now only glaciers and snow. The cities that still stand are buried under the surface in caves of ice. Skinrunners trade valuable pelts for rations, warmth and survival. Into this violent, damaged world, a hero will rise… in the vein of Mad Max and The Road Warrior and for fans of Antony Johnston’s Wasteland.

This comic is right up my alley. Niche dystopic scenarios are a great place to explore various aspects of human social behaviour and comment on our flaws. They’re also great at juxtaposing it with our greatest traits. Reducing humans to their baser selves is usually a recipe for explosive action and conflict.

BOOM! released a video trailer for this title, and you can view it here. They also released a completely free issue of North Wind #1 at MySpace Comics, and you can check that out here. According to a recent press release, they’ve had over 5000 views in 48 hours. Not too shabby if you ask me!  Here’s the full release:

NORTH WIND TRAILER FEATURED ON MYSPACETV WITH OVER 5,000 VIEWS IN 48 HOURS
Trailer supports simultaneous release of NORTH WIND in stores and online at MySpace Comic Books
LOS ANGELES- January 8th, 2008 – Five thousand views in fourty-eight hours. That was the final result when the trailer for NORTH WIND, BOOM! Studios’ latest mini-series, was featured on MySpaceTV over the weekend.

Supporting the historic simultaneous release of NORTH WIND in stores and online at MySpace Comic Books (http://myspace.com/comicbooks), the NORTH WIND trailer serves as another way to get people excited about BOOM! Studios’ latest comic book offering.
“MySpace Comic Books directly targets their 145,000 friends, but we knew we wanted to reach beyond that targeted group. Getting the NORTH WIND trailer featured on MySpaceTv in conjunction with our current promotion with MySpace Comic Books allowed us to interest a wider group on MySpace. And, you know, doing a trailer is just a cool way to promote any comic!” Chip Mosher, Marketing and Sales Director for BOOM! Studios said.

The trailer for NORTH WIND can be seen here: http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=25270023To produce the trailer, BOOM! Studios turned to Craig Kennedy of CK Creative, winner of last years’ LEFT ON MISSION trailer contest.
“It was great coming back and doing another trailer for BOOM! Studios especially as NORTH WIND is such a great epic concept. It gave me a chance to make a different style of trailer from the one I did for LEFT ON MISSION. Something eerie, desolate, cold and epic…well, that’s what I hope people get from it anyway,” said Craig Kennedy.Written by David DiGilio, best known for writing the film EIGHT BELOW and creating the ABC TV show TRAVELER, NORTH WIND is a five issue mini-series set in a future Los Angeles after a new ice age has covered the earth. NORTH WIND chronicles the rise of a new hero in a dystopian world where people burn books for fuel, and Skinrunners trade valuable pelts for rations and warmth. The first issue features a cover by Andrew Huerta with interior artwork by newcomer and soon to be fan-favorite, Alex Cal.

MySpace, the world’s most popular social network, and BOOM! Studios, a leader in comic book and graphic novel publishing, announced a partnership January 3rd to provide the MySpace Comic Book community with free digital downloads of BOOM! Studios’ highly anticipated new comic book series, NORTH WIND. Throughout the five-issue mini-series, MySpace users will be able to download all the issue of NORTH WIND for free exclusively on the MySpace Comic Books profile (http://myspace.com/comicbooks) the day each issue hits store shelves.
About BOOM! Studios

Winner of Wizard Magazine’s “Best New Publisher,” BOOM! Studios (http://www.boom-studios.com) is a unique new publishing house specializing in high-profile projects from some of the industry’s biggest talents. Founded by the creator of the TV show EUREKA, Andrew Cosby, and his partner Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios continues to be on the leading edge of comic and graphic novel publishing.

BOOM! Studios co-founder Andrew Cosby’s television series, EUREKA, recently finished its second season at the Sci-Fi Channel, having launched to impressive ratings this past summer and consistently winning several key demographics on basic cable. EUREKA is the highest-rated series in the Sci-Fi Channel’s history.

January 2, 2007

Super-heroes and Super-villains (which are you?)

Filed under: comic books, life, personal — brainclutter @ 9:16 am

I came across this test sometime last year and my super-hero result was Superman. For some reason I’ve become Green Lantern in the interim; maybe because my stress and patience threshhold is decreasing year after year. Also, there’s a super-villain test that wasn’t available the last time I visited — so I had fun with that too.

Oddly enough, I’m the same super-hero/villain as Michael Arrington over at TechCrunch.

Which heroes or villains are you?

Your results:
You are Green Lantern

Green Lantern
80%
The Flash
70%
Superman
70%
Catwoman
60%
Hulk
60%
Wonder Woman
50%
Supergirl
50%
Batman
50%
Robin
45%
Spider-Man
45%
Iron Man
40%
Hot-headed. You have strong
will power and a good imagination.


Click here to take the “Which Superhero am I?” quiz…

Your results:
You are Apocalypse

Apocalypse
66%
Juggernaut
60%
Dark Phoenix
58%
Dr. Doom
57%
Lex Luthor
55%
Magneto
53%
Riddler
51%
Venom
51%
Catwoman
48%
The Joker
40%
Mystique
40%
Poison Ivy
39%
Kingpin
39%
Mr. Freeze
36%
Green Goblin
32%
Two-Face
28%
You believe in survival of the fittest and you believe that you are the fittest.


Click here to take the Super Villain Personality Test

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