Now this is smart! After FCBD, Dark Horse is making its free comics available for free download for a limited amount of time. Downloads will be available starting Wednesday, May 11, and run through the end of the month. Criminal Macabre/Baltimore and Avatar: The Last Airbender/Star Wars: The Clone Wars will both be available via computer, Mac iOS device on the Digital.DarkHorse.com, or via the Dark Horse Comics bookshelf app.
By all accounts, it was one of the biggest Free Comic Book Days yet, with most stores reporting “sell-outs” early on and crowds and — importantly — SALES that rivaled their biggest days ever. It was also a media event as over 200 news stories show.
To no one’s surprise, THOR scored a hit at the weekend box office topping the domestic till with $66 million, adding up to a worldwide gross of $242 mil. The thunder “god” lagged only IRON MAN and SPIDER-MAN’s debuts, making the third biggest first appearance for a Marvel character. (But NOTE the others didn’t have the benefit of inflated 3D ticket prices.
It was also proof that a film can make a big debut despite two weeks of piracy: THOR opened two weeks ago overseas to take advantage of various local holidays and the Royal Wedding 3-day weekend in Britain. Although THOR also handily blasted the Mel Gibson come-back vehicle, THE BEAVER, it was not all good news:
Judging by the joyful tweets that flowed out over the weekend, this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival was a big success. There were many reports of books selling out, and general rapture. TPSycho Duck has a typical blog post:
Canadians seem like a peaceful, tolerant folk, but they have a record of seizing a lot of material at the border, including, this week, several copies of the comics anthology BLACK EYE. Editor Ryan Standfest has a complete account in the link. Basically cartoonist Tom Neely was carrying five copies of the book across the border, when the books were seized. Neely writes: