A bad week for comic-book movies?

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So how’s that April 17th working out for you, Mark Millar? You’ll recall that the excitable Scottish scribe was waiting for the day AFTER the KICK-ASS opening for his agents to take out his next project, NEMESIS, a move he may regret considering the tepid opening for KICK-ASS, which only managed a sub-$20 million opening AFTER Lionsgate toted up every penny — thus avoiding being #2 to a four-week-old cartoon about getting your dragon to use a potty chair. Millar seems to have made peace with the opening however, probably because his agents didn’t listen to his advice and already sold the hell out of his next few books.

Although there’s no disputing that KICK-ASS will recoup on home DVD and got a very smart, savvy marketing push to the target audience, it’s still being looked at as a case study of internet buzz not equalling actual movie goer buzz. Some are using it as a platform for wider mythbusting:

PREVIEW: Jim Rugg's RAMBO 3.5

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Jim Rugg writes to tell us he’ll be debuting a new mini comic at SPACE tomorrow, and — as befits one of our most POPULAR categories here on The Beat — gave us an exclusive peek:

SPACE fest news and notes

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Such a busy weekend! The indie comics tour continues in the Midwest with the SPACE Festival, held this year at a new location: Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center4900 Sinclair RoadColumbus, OH 43229 Show hours are 10-6 Saturday and 11-5 Sunday. The festival includes the presentation of the SPACE Prize, given to publications submitted at […]

2010 Stumptown Trophy Award nominees

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While we were writing up our Stumptown news, we noted the Stumptown Trophy Awards nominees, and since we never ran ‘em here, thought we should redress that! The winners will be announced tomorrow night (Saturday, April 24th) at Cosmic Monkey Comics. Last year, the awards were presented by the shocking tableau seen above, and we’re […]

Stumptown news and notes

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The Stumptown Comics Fest unfolds this weekend in Portland, one of the premier events on  the indie comics circuit, and what with the Mayor declaring it “Comics Month” in PDX, you know this is Comicstown, USA. The show takes place at the Doubletree Portland Lloyd Center. Panels can be viewed here, with spotlights on guests […]