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Evolve Goes Bejewelled In New Mobile Game Hunter’s Quest

Here’s a weird one.

There is now a companion app for Evolve called Evolve: Hunter’s Quest. That isn’t odd in and of itself as most AAA games have a companion app nowadays. What’s weird is that it’s a Bejewelled type game. Players try to match coloured symbols and that then translates into attacks on a monster.

You can see it in action in this trailer released by publisher 2K Games.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Playing this game will earn you experience that translates into the full game too, so in theory you can do some leveling up on the road. That’s a nice idea.

2K Games (via Eurogamer) explained:

An example of this would be that you unlock Markov’s Lightning Gun Mastery Boost via Hunters Quest.

The next time you fire up Evolve, the game will read the Mastery Boost unlock and will increase your Mastery progression by close to 50 percent of its total amount.

It’s a neat concept, but it’s not one I think will win over the ‘hardcore gamers’ that this game will live or die on. My understanding is that some gamers hate casual mobile games, and this could feel like pandering by the publisher.

I think it’s pretty inoffensive and some people will find leveling up useful on the road. If you read the comments under the trailer though, you’ll see a lot of people don’t necessarily feel the same.

Evolve Goes Bejewelled In New Mobile Game Hunter’s Quest

Chart Appeal: Sales Stats For December 2014, From Harley Quinn To Wytches, Hellboy And The B.P.R.D. And Sinergy

By Terry Hoknes of www.HoknesComics.com

Here are some of the most notable and interesting sales statistics for comic sales released for December 2014.

Highlighting all the major publishers that have numerous titles you can observe what is the best and worst selling title for each publisher.

Batman was the #1 selling title of the month and continues to dominate as the best selling comic of this decade. Amazing Spider-Man #2 was Marvel’s best selling title followed by Shield #1 which was the best selling debut issue of the month. Both DC and Marvel have one regular title each that sells over 100,000 copies a month.   At the bottom of their sales figures is DC Teen Titans Go at only 7500 copies while Marvel’s worst selling title is Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man at only 5,000 copies making that by far the rarest lightest ordered comic from the Big 2 publishers.

Harley Quinn continued her domination as the best selling female just missing the top 10 with her latest issue but still selling a hefty 68,000 copies which makes her currently way more popular than Deadpool, X-Men, Superman, Rocket Raccoon, The Flash, Arrow and Doctor Who – all major popular media characters.

The most shocking under-order of the month is Afterlife With Archie Magazine #3 at only 2,450 copies! Yes it’s a reprint title but still has had a massive drop after a healthy debut with issue #1.

BEST SELLING NON-DC/MARVEL TITLES

Marvel and DC ALWAYS dominate the best selling comics titles. This month there were 7 major titles big enough to crack the top 100. Therefore DC/Marvel had only 93% of the top 100 best selling comics this month.  Image Comics had the top 6 comics of the month. Walking Dead was once again the #1 non-superhero title, #1 horror genre, #1 TV related comic. Sales have dipped just a little bit recently but still the title maintains ranking the #1 best selling Image Comic easily. Wytches #3 stays very strong at over 40,000 copies. Bitch Planet #1 has a surprisingly high debut at 39,000 copies for a new title. Outcast by Robert Kirkman is now selling only about ½ the copies of Walking Dead.   Hellboy and the BPRD #1 debuts strong from Dark Horse as their best selling title and hitting over 22,000 copies.

Image Comics continues to push more and more titles into the market and once in a while finds a genuine hit on their hands. This is likely the most prolific and successful the company has been since about 2002. They now have 11 titles all selling over 20,000 copies. However, note that 3 are new series debuting which will obviously have drops with the next issue.  More impressive is that they have 24 different titles now selling over 10,000 copies a month which just blows away the competition such as Dark Horse, Dynamite and Boom. Not every title is a hit, though. Sinergy #2 is now their worst selling title and that’s already with the 2nd issue, spelling likely doom for this title. Except for Tooth and Claw #2, in fact, all of Image’s titles that debuted last month are all doing very poorly with some of the worst sales for the company.  Manifest Destiny was the hottest back issue Image title of 2014 and yet sales are still quite low for this title which is voted the best read of the year by many comic fans. (Including me!)

 

Chart Appeal: Sales Stats For December 2014, From Harley Quinn To Wytches, Hellboy And The B.P.R.D. And Sinergy

Octodad: Dadliest Catch Made Nearly $5 Million In Sales

Octodad as a concept is really smart. To me it’s all a big metaphor about how people have to ‘pretend’ to be adults and fit roles, only it’s played out with an octopus instead of a human. Mix with that ludicrous physics controls and there is a gem of an idea in there.

My problem with Dadliest Catch was that the idea was spread too far and it got ludicrously hard in the final portions of the game. There is a great time to be had in there though and it’s found real popularity on YouTube with Let’s Players.

That popularity was confirmed by the developer on Twitter, where they showed 459,735 players bought the game for just shy of $5 million. There is a ton more stats on here, including 4 emergency room trips by the dev team while developing the game. Let it never be said the coding isn’t a dangerous business.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch Made Nearly $5 Million In Sales

He’s A Lumberjack And He’s Okay, He’ll Be The First Villain In Supergirl’s Way

From a recent group of TVLine spoilers comes this interesting bit of news. Seems the first villain up in the CBS Supergirl series is going to be an old foe of Wonder Woman’sLumberjack.

Okay, I’d never heard of him either but he appeared in Wonder Woman #268 back in 1980.

The scoop says that they are looking for someone like 6’6″ Rory McCann (Game of Thrones) to play the part…. (Hey, I’m 6′ 6″… I should find the casting office info)… The character is said to be sent to battle Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) to test her power levels by an unseen superior.

 

He’s A Lumberjack And He’s Okay, He’ll Be The First Villain In Supergirl’s Way

The Powerpuff Girls Super Smash Up #1 Combines Classic Cartoon Network Characters

I can’t help but smile as I read the words “The City of Townsville,” as I flip to the first page of The Powerpuff Girls Super Smash Up #1. I immediately channel my inner 90s kid and feel at home in the simplicity of what it was like to watch this cartoon when I was younger. From IDW Publishing, The Powerpuff Girls Super Smash Up #1, written and illustrated by Derek Charm is an amazing combination of classic Cartoon Network characters that will appeal to the nostalgic soul, along with the enormous fanbase these cartoons still have.

The plot is highly entertaining, filled with intense action sequences, furious fiery felines, and more! If you’re a lover of this powerful team of girls, you will be satisfied with how accurate Charm writes them. Small details had me laughing out loud as I read, including a scene where zoo animals are running wild and a side character states, “Ugh! This happens every time I go to the zoo.” I love when writers add little bits of comedy in that way.

This issue features a Powerpuff Girls/Dexter’s Laboratory crossover, as Professor Utionium is being introduced to Dexter for the first time. As a thank you to Dexter, the Professor gives him a small sample of the infamous Chemical X to study. In return, Dexter gives the four characters a tour of his lab, and reveals the research he has been doing about multi-dimensional adventures. However, things get a little wacky when Dee Dee comes into the picture. I won’t spoil the ending here, but I will tell you that it’s fantastic! Charm seamlessly flows into the beginning of a new adventure that will leave you wanting more.

The bonus story at the end features Courage The Cowardly Dog, written by Jeremy Whitley, with art by Jorge Monlongo. It’s a short tale that captures that classic nervous Courage The Cowardly Dog feeling. Even though it’s only a few pages, there is a lot of action and some very interesting interactions with cows. You can expect everything you have grown to love when watching the TV show.

Overall, I couldn’t feel more enthusiastic about The Powerpuff Girls Super Smash Up. I will be most excited to see how Johnny Bravo and Cow and Chicken are incorporated into the series. They are on the cover, so I assume they will be! For those of you who don’t know, it’s a follow up to Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War, which you can buy in trade paperback from February 3rd.

Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.

The Powerpuff Girls Super Smash Up #1 Combines Classic Cartoon Network Characters

Rose Byrne Will Return for X-Men: Apocalypse

Producer-screenwriter Simon Kinberg says actress Rose Byrne will reprise her X-Men: First Class role as Moira MacTaggert in the forthcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.

Byrne's CIA agent character sat out X-Men: Days of Future Past, meaning it will be roughly twenty years since Moira last encountered the X-Men when she appears in the 1980s-set Apocalypse.

“She’s a significant character in the movie,” Kinberg told Entertainment Weekly. “We ended First Class with Charles

having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them.”

Continue reading…

2 DC Toy Lines Spawn Animated Movies

Two of DC Entertainment’s toy lines are being made into animated series and short films.

The first is based on Mattel’s Batman Unlimited line and will kick of with Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts which will be released on May 12th with a sequel planed for later in 2015. The first film will feature Batman, the Flash, Red Robin, Nightwing and Green Arrow facing off against the Penguin and introducing cyber animals as new foes.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the Batman Unlimited films on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. They will also produce 22 two-minute shorts based on the Batman Unlimited toys, and make them available digitally online or through a companion app.

The second series will be 15 three-minute animated shorts based on the Fisher-Price action figure line DC Super Friends. These shots will be made available this spring digitally and through a companion app.

[Source: Variety]

2 DC Toy Lines Spawn Animated Movies

2 DC Toy Lines Spawn Animated Movies

Two of DC Entertainment’s toy lines are being made into animated series and short films.

The first is based on Mattel’s Batman Unlimited line and will kick of with Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts which will be released on May 12th with a sequel planed for later in 2015. The first film will feature Batman, the Flash, Red Robin, Nightwing and Green Arrow facing off against the Penguin and introducing cyber animals as new foes.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the Batman Unlimited films on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. They will also produce 22 two-minute shorts based on the Batman Unlimited toys, and make them available digitally online or through a companion app.

The second series will be 15 three-minute animated shorts based on the Fisher-Price action figure line DC Super Friends. These shots will be made available this spring digitally and through a companion app.

[Source: Variety]

2 DC Toy Lines Spawn Animated Movies

Animals, Humans, Ghosts And Fun – The Center Of Somewhere

The Center of Somewhere vol. 1: Small-Town Heroes. Written and illustrated by Luke Foster, with book cover colors by Tom Chu and logo design by Constanza Segovia. Kickstarter ends Feb. 25, 2015. Published April 2015. This book collects the first 18 months of the comic strip The Center of Somewhere, an all-ages comedy about talking animals, humans, and ghosts having a good time in small-town Middle America.

Luke Foster writes,

The Center of Somewhere was where I decided to start making happier comics.

When I started this comic in August 2012, I had already been writing and drawing webcomics for four years. My first long-form strip was a comic called Moon Freight 3, a cynical look at life as a twenty-something with a terrible job in space. As I was coming to what I soon learned would be the end of that strip I realized I was tired of constant cynicism and sarcasm. I wanted to do something more cheerful and optimistic, something anyone of any age could read and that a parent could let their kid read online without worrying they were going to stumble across anything inappropriate. Not only that, but I wanted to create something a parent could give their child if the kid was looking for a fairly simple gateway comic. And that’s how The Center of Somewhere was born.

The Center of Somewhere has lived on the web since it’s inception, and now I want to start collecting it in books. To do that, I’ve turned to Kickstarter. But before I get into the details of the fundraising, let me first tell you exactly what this comic is all about.

The Center of Somewhere has a fairly simple premise: a bunch of talking animals, humans, and ghosts have fun in an unnamed Middle-American small town. But beyond that, it’s given me the chance to do a lot more with comics and storytelling than before. Like I said, it’s good for the kids to read and it’s given me the chance to write less cynical comics. Cheerful, yes, but also escapist. Pop culture references you’ll get, commentary on the news, politics, and the rather bleak state of the world you won’t. If I can’t give people anything else, I can at least give them a temporary escape from all that grimness.

This comic has also allowed me to work with a larger cast with a wider variety of personalities in a much larger setting than before, which has given me many more chances to write and draw a variety of different strips that I couldn’t do with a small cast on one space station. Plus it’s given me a chance to play with storytelling a bit more. While I do plenty of serialized stories and one-off jokes like you’d find in most comics, I can also take a day to write terrible poetry or have my cast teach the audience real science facts. Or anything else I want to do, for that matter. In short, this comic has given me many chances to experiment and play and just plain have fun with comics, and I like to think the reader can see that.

So now, the Kickstarter: this book, which will collect every strip from the first 18 months plus never-before-seen bonus content, will be 108 pages and in full color. I am looking to raise just $2,000 to cover printing costs and a few other related fees. Backers can choose from a wide variety of rewards, from simple sketch cards to both physical and digital copies of this book, or a combination of these and other rewards.

All the work is already done, so as soon as the money is collected the book will be off to the printers and in my hands not too long after that. If I break the $2,000 goal, I have a stretch goal or two already planned that will make the final product even better.

Thanks in advance for any support and helping to spread the word. This comic is a lot of fun for me, and I hope I can share that fun with as many people as possible.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cartoonistluke

Tumblr: http://cartoonistluke.tumblr.com

Animals, Humans, Ghosts And Fun – The Center Of Somewhere

Animals, Humans, Ghosts And Fun – The Center Of Somewhere

The Center of Somewhere vol. 1: Small-Town Heroes. Written and illustrated by Luke Foster, with book cover colors by Tom Chu and logo design by Constanza Segovia. Kickstarter ends Feb. 25, 2015. Published April 2015. This book collects the first 18 months of the comic strip The Center of Somewhere, an all-ages comedy about talking animals, humans, and ghosts having a good time in small-town Middle America.

Luke Foster writes,

The Center of Somewhere was where I decided to start making happier comics.

When I started this comic in August 2012, I had already been writing and drawing webcomics for four years. My first long-form strip was a comic called Moon Freight 3, a cynical look at life as a twenty-something with a terrible job in space. As I was coming to what I soon learned would be the end of that strip I realized I was tired of constant cynicism and sarcasm. I wanted to do something more cheerful and optimistic, something anyone of any age could read and that a parent could let their kid read online without worrying they were going to stumble across anything inappropriate. Not only that, but I wanted to create something a parent could give their child if the kid was looking for a fairly simple gateway comic. And that’s how The Center of Somewhere was born.

The Center of Somewhere has lived on the web since it’s inception, and now I want to start collecting it in books. To do that, I’ve turned to Kickstarter. But before I get into the details of the fundraising, let me first tell you exactly what this comic is all about.

The Center of Somewhere has a fairly simple premise: a bunch of talking animals, humans, and ghosts have fun in an unnamed Middle-American small town. But beyond that, it’s given me the chance to do a lot more with comics and storytelling than before. Like I said, it’s good for the kids to read and it’s given me the chance to write less cynical comics. Cheerful, yes, but also escapist. Pop culture references you’ll get, commentary on the news, politics, and the rather bleak state of the world you won’t. If I can’t give people anything else, I can at least give them a temporary escape from all that grimness.

This comic has also allowed me to work with a larger cast with a wider variety of personalities in a much larger setting than before, which has given me many more chances to write and draw a variety of different strips that I couldn’t do with a small cast on one space station. Plus it’s given me a chance to play with storytelling a bit more. While I do plenty of serialized stories and one-off jokes like you’d find in most comics, I can also take a day to write terrible poetry or have my cast teach the audience real science facts. Or anything else I want to do, for that matter. In short, this comic has given me many chances to experiment and play and just plain have fun with comics, and I like to think the reader can see that.

So now, the Kickstarter: this book, which will collect every strip from the first 18 months plus never-before-seen bonus content, will be 108 pages and in full color. I am looking to raise just $2,000 to cover printing costs and a few other related fees. Backers can choose from a wide variety of rewards, from simple sketch cards to both physical and digital copies of this book, or a combination of these and other rewards.

All the work is already done, so as soon as the money is collected the book will be off to the printers and in my hands not too long after that. If I break the $2,000 goal, I have a stretch goal or two already planned that will make the final product even better.

Thanks in advance for any support and helping to spread the word. This comic is a lot of fun for me, and I hope I can share that fun with as many people as possible.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cartoonistluke

Tumblr: http://cartoonistluke.tumblr.com

Animals, Humans, Ghosts And Fun – The Center Of Somewhere