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Kaiju Kitty! Hello Kitty Cosplaying as a Kaiju! Yes Please!

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File this under, I had to have it!

What is better than Hello Kitty? Hello Kitty wearing a kaiju costume!

Kidrobot teamed up Sanrio to release the epic Hello Kitty Kaiju Dinosaur Cosplay Plushie of awesome (full disclosure I added the “of awesome” part”.)

Apparently I missed it when this plush debuted at San Diego’s Comic Con International 2019 aka SDCC! But she comes with a Comic convention pass laynard that says “Cosplay Con” and “Hello Kitty Worldwide.” She’s a geek like me!

To top it all off she’s 16″ tall!

Here’s the official write up from the Kidrobot website:

After an outstanding sold out debut at San Diego Comic Con 2019, the Kidrobot x Sanrio Hello Kitty Kaiju Plush is here to conquer the rest of the world with cuteness and destroy your heart with plush perfection! Stomping around in her perfectly constructed dino costume, Hello Kitty in 16 inches tall and ready for a movie, a comic con, costume contest and most importantly your Hello Kitty collection. Rawwrrrrr!

I have been a Hello Kitty lover since I was little! I remember going to store and looking at all the stationary and pens, and begging my mom for it! My daughter also loves her and used to have a bunch of her DVDs.  She saw it as I writing this article and had me buy her one too! She did have a cute suggestion for Kidrobot though. Her idea was making this into a backpack to wear to conventions or take to school. There you go!

You can order her right now on the Kidrobot website HERE. She is $29.99 + shipping. I used the Honey App, on my computer, to find discounts and was able to get a coupon for 10% off with code KID10.  Not sure how long it will work for though.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: Kidrobot site and a friend on Twitter

Mattel Is Releasing Barbies Based on Original Trilogy ‘Star Wars’ Concept Art!

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Mattel/Barbie has announced three new Barbie doll based on concept art from the Original Trilogy Star Wars era concept art!

That’s right. Original Trilogy (my favorite!)  Thanks to a friend on Twitter for tagging me in it!

There are three dolls up for pre-order on Amazon in this new Star Wars X line. Each one is inspired by a character from the original Star Wars films.

Star Wars X Darth Vader Doll – Pre-order price $100.00

  • The Star Wars x Barbie collaboration is an homage to Star Wars: A New Hope.
  • This eponymous collection, inspired by the film’s original concept art, re-imagines iconic characters through a distinctive Barbie high-fashion filter.
  • This collectible Star Wars x Barbie doll captures Darth Vader’s Sith armor silhouette in head-to-toe black. She wears a shiny-black peplum top, panelled pencil skirt and knee-high boots.
  • Metallic details at her collar and waist, dark glasses and a long, black cape finish the look.
  • Star Wars Darth Vader x Barbie Doll includes a Star Wars doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity.

Star Wars X Princess Leia Doll – Pre-order price $100.00

  • The Star Wars x Barbie collaboration is an homage to Star Wars: A New Hope.
  • This eponymous collection, inspired by the film’s original concept art, re-imagines iconic characters through a distinctive Barbie high-fashion filter.
  • This collectible Star Wars x Barbie doll captures Princess Leia’s iconic look in an elegant gown with dramatic, floor-length sleeves.
  • Details include a silvery peplum belt, cuff jewelry and an up-do inspired by her signature bun hairstyle.
  • Star Wars Princess Leia x Barbie doll includes a Star Wars doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity.

Star Wars X R2-D2 Doll – Pre-order price $100.00

  • The Star Wars x Barbie collaboration is an homage to Star Wars: A New Hope.
  • This eponymous collection, inspired by the film’s original concept art, re-imagines iconic characters through a distinctive Barbie high-fashion filter.
  • This collectible Star Wars x Barbie doll captures R2-D2’s look in a geometric ensemble with a dome skirt, bomber jacket and thigh-high boots over silvery tights.
  • A vibrant blue ponytail and “radar eye” detail complete the look.
  • Star Wars R2-D2 x Barbie Doll includes a Star Wars doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity.

She has a C-3PO purse! Plus that hair is very long and brushable!  Mattel if you want someone to review these please let me know!

These dolls are currently on pre-order via Amazon. The release date is November 18, 2019!

I really do like these and the details on them. Darth Vader screams “The Devil Wears Prada” but it really fits here!  The price per doll is a bit high, but when I collected Barbie dolls back in the day, I saw much higher prices!

What do you think? Comment and let us know.

Disney Can No Longer Deny That ‘Star Wars’ is a Damaged Franchise

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A billion dollar Star Wars theme park expansion being ridiculed as a “flop” by the media.

A steep decline in Star Wars merchandise sales that even toy manufacturer Hasbro seemingly blames Disney for.

The last theatrical Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, bombing at the box office.

And a vocal fanbase that feels betrayed by Star Wars’ current custodians, and is constantly at odds with the people behind the franchise on social media.

It’s clear we’re no longer living in 1979. Or even 1999.

Welcome to 2019, where it’s obvious to anyone paying attention that Star Wars is a damaged franchise under Disney’s stewardship. And after months of denial on Disney’s part, CEO Bob Iger seems to finally, finally be admitting it.

Kind of.

Star Wars merchandise sales are in decline. Again.

According to Disney’s third-quarter earnings report, Star Wars merchandise sales are down. Again.

Yes, they were also down last year, too.

It’s pretty common to see sequel era Star Wars toys on clearance. Sometimes they collect dust on shelves for many months. (Photo: Reddit)

The increase at our consumer products business was due to growth at our merchandise licensing and retail businesses. Growth at merchandise licensing was primarily due to higher revenue from merchandise based on Toy Story, partially offset by a decrease from Star Wars merchandise. The increase at our retail business was due to higher comparable store sales and online revenue.

Go to any Walmart or bargain outlet and take a look at the glut of sequel era Star Wars merchandise they can’t even unload at rock bottom prices.

Or just ask a Toys ‘R Us employee about it. Oh, wait

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is being called a “flop.” Disneyland’s attendance plummets over the summer.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge effectively turned Disneyland into a “ghost town” — the opposite of what Disney had hoped for. (Photo: Marketwatch)

Despite Disney defenders trying to put as positive of a spin on the disaster that is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the mainstream media has seen right through it and continues to throw shade at the billion dollar expansion’s failure to draw crowds.

In fact, the Star Wars themed land seems to be chasing people away instead of drawing them to Disneyland.

And when there was some pushback from Disney fandom about the validity of people’s claims about the park being empty, USA Today had to step in and provide aerial photos as proof to shut that debate down hard.

But hey, it’s just the jealous naysayers throwing shade at Disney, right?

According to that same third-quarter earnings report, Disney Parks attendance was down overall.

So, no, it’s not our imaginations.

And Disney CEO Bob Iger had to put his own positive spin on the situation. Saying that Galaxy’s Edge will be profitable… someday.

“And so all of those factors [prince increase, fear of crowds] contributed to attendance that was below what we would have hoped it would be. That said, guest satisfaction, interest in the attraction in the land is extremely high, it’s the most popular thing at the park. And so, long term, we build these things for the long term, we have no concerns whatsoever about them. We’re opening Galaxy’s Edge in August in Orlando, the second attraction there will open in December, and, as I said, the second attraction in Anaheim will open in January, so we feel great about the product we’ve created, it just takes some time to, basically for us, to work themselves out in terms of how the marketplace is reacting.”

Meanwhile, Universal had 10 hour waits for a new Harry Potter coaster, and announced a third theme park that will likely feature Nintendo.

Kids today love Nintendo. They don’t care much about Star Wars.

Speaking of which…

Kids today don’t care about Star Wars. So why keep insulting their parents?

According to Bloomberg, kids today just aren’t into Star Wars.

Well, not like their parents were.

It’s just another sci-fi fantasy franchise to them, and one that doesn’t seem to hold the same level of interest as Fortnite, Harry Potter or Disney’s other big franchise, Marvel.

While Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge has seen sparse crowds, Universal Orlando’s new Harry Potter roller coaster had wait times of up to 10 hours. However, crowds for Galaxy’s Edge may be heavier in Orlando than Anaheim. (Photo: Orlando Sentinel)

Star Wars toy sales popped with 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” the start of a trilogy that united Han, Luke and Leia with a new band of heroes, but have slumped since. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” last year’s spinoff featuring the backstory of beloved characters, utterly bombed. “The Last Jedi,” the second in the new trilogy, was profitable but fell shy of its predecessor’s performance. The next installment, “The Rise of Skywalker,” will have the very future of the franchise riding on it when it debuts in December.

Attempts to make Star Wars more relatable to today’s youth with all new protagonists and villains has seemingly been met with apathy, judging by the unsold toys clogging clearance aisle shelves.

And old school Star Wars fans were dismayed at how their childhood heroes were sidelined, the victims of character assassination, or killed off entirely.

In the case of the original trilogy’s series protagonist Luke Skywalker, it’s all of the above.

‘The Last Jedi’ irreparably damaged the brand. But Disney will not acknowledge it.

To say that The Last Jedi split the fandom is an understatement. In fact, it could be argued the movie’s terrible treatment of classic characters (and its poor handling of the Star Wars fandom in the aftermath) directly lead to the current state of the Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars Green Milk The Last Jedi
Many fans feel that the character of Luke Skywalker was irreparably damaged by The Last Jedi. Even Mark Hamill himself seems unhappy with how his character was handled in Episode VIII. Here, Luke is seen swigging some green milk, freshly squeezed from the alien teet. (Photo: Lucasfilm)

Many fans threatened to boycott Star Wars after The Last Jedi. Yet the internet media pundits laughed it off as just a “vocal minority” of disgruntled, basement-dwelling fanboys.

Months later, Solo bombed at the box office. Toy sales plummeted. The theme park is a ghost town. And there’s a deafening lack of chatter about The Rise of Skywalker from the general public, compared to the previous two sequel trilogy films.

If Star Wars is not resonating with children, then Disney must do what it can to keep the adult fans happy if they want the franchise to survive.

It’s mostly adults who are buying the toys, and certainly adults who are paying the exorbitant theme park ticket prices for their families. And I can almost guarantee you that only an adult would purchase a $200 designer lightsaber.

Having the director of the most polarizing Star Wars film of all times call the fans names on social media is not a good look. Nor is letting freelancers associated with the Star Wars brand attack people based on their politics.

And blaming Russian bots for the backlash is just really, really stupid.

Beyond splitting the fandom, The Last Jedi weirdly became a litmus test of sorts for a fan’s political affiliation. The fans who loved the film, generally speaking, seemed to be more progressive and those who despised it seemed to be more conservative.

And you can thank the (predominantly progressive) pop culture media outlets for that, as they stoked the fires for months by trying to incite the old school fans with endless article after article calling them misogynists, trolls and worse.

But hey, director Rian Johnson said he loved to make polarizing films. So if he intended to troll old school Star Wars fans all along, he succeeded on an unprecedented level.

Unfortunately, the franchise has suffered tremendously for it.

Star Wars has been relegated to direct-to-TV status. How embarrassing.

The future of Star Wars seems to be direct-to-Disney-Plus. With Solo bombing at the box office, Disney halted their plans for more spinoff movies.

The Mandalorian is coming to Disney Plus from showrunner John Favreau. It’s mega expensive, so we’ll see how long it actually lasts. (Photo: Lucasfilm)

However, they seem to be moving ahead with the trilogy from Game of Thrones directors Benioff and Weiss, despite their recently inking a $200 million deal with competitor Netflix.

Oh, and did we mention that those guys are now despised by the Game of Thrones fandom for dropping the ball on Season 8?

Yeah, this might not be the way to win back the Star Wars fandom, Disney. Just saying.

You had ONE job, Lucasfilm.

Han, Luke and Leia all together in one scene. That’s all many Star Wars fans hoped for, and what was expected when it was announced the trio would return for the sequel trilogy.

Star Wars fans expected to see Han, Luke and Leia reunited for one last adventure together in The Force Awakens. After Han was killed onscreen and Carrie Fisher passed in real life, it was clear that this would NEVER happen.

And when Mark Hamill posted an innocuous image about what he wished would have happened in the trilogy — a sentiment echoed by many fans — Twitter attacked him for it.

(I might need a swig of that green milk myself. Alcoholic, please.)

The Force is no longer with this franchise.

The proof is in the pudding. Or lack of it. Star Wars is not making the money it should be making, and Disney needs to take a good, hard look at why and stop burying its head in the sand and blaming the fandom.

Bob Iger’s acknowledgement that the franchise is in decline is a good first step, but it might be too little, too late.

 

Hasbro Unveils Transformers G1 Unicron Toy at SDCC 2019 that Costs… $575?!

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Hasbro has created their biggest Transformers toy yet, based on the biggest Transformer in Transformers lore — the planet eater Unicron.

While there have been previous attempts at Unicorn before (most notably in the Transformers: Armada line in the early 2000s) none have been G1 accurate, and certainly not this massive.

This mega-sized action figure will be available via Hasbro’s collector oriented crowdfunding platform, Hasbro Pulse. He will cost $574.99 and be available starting in 2021… the 35th anniversary of Transformers: The Movie, in which he was the “big bad.”

Last year, Hasbro used the same platform to crowdfund the massive Jabba’s Sail Barge playset for their 3.75″ Star Wars line.

Here are more photos of this beautiful toy via Hasbro…

[Source: Hasbro]

 

Funko Pop! Hello Kitty- Gamer Kitty Exclusive at GameStop

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Okay this is cool and cute!

You can now pre-order a GameStop Funko Pop! exclusive-Sanrio’s Hello Kitty: Gamer Hello Kitty vinyl figure!

That being said, there really isn’t any info on it, just that it will be released on September 1, 2019 and you won’t be charged for your pre-order until the shipment is processed.

But it’s cute and it’s fun!

You can pre-order this new Pop! for $11.99 at GameStop.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

 

Paul Rudd Just Announced He Will be in Ghostbusters 2020 Sequel

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Hey Ghostbusters fans we have news for you!

This morning the Ghostbusters official twitter account released a video where Paul Rudd announces that he will be one of the actors in the upcoming film.

 

The Ant-Man star indicates that he has accepted an offer to be cast in the new movie. He’s a fan of the original. And filming will begin (likely) in the fall.

There really isn’t much to report here other than he will be joining the ever growing list of cast announcements for the continuation of the Ghostbusters series that will be directed by Jason Reitman, the original director Ivan Reitman’s son.

What I do like about this is that Jason Reitman keeps stressing that he wants to make it to honor his father and the fans. I sincerely hope he does!  It would be a refreshing change.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: Ghostbusters on Twitter

 

Toy-R-Us Will Return with Stores by Christmas 2019 in the US?

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(Photo Credit: USA Today)

The current scuttlebutt about the once mighty Toys-R-Us says the new owners are moving forward with plans to bring the toy store back to the United States by Christmas 2019, but there’s a catch. There will be about half a dozen stores.

Richard Barry CEO of new entity TRU Kids Inc., has apparently been pitching the plan to reincarnate the chain to toy makers.  As well as at an industry conference, according to people who wished to remain anonymous because the plans aren’t yet public.

Each of the stores will be about 1/3 the size of what the usual Toy-R-Us stores were. It seems the plan is to have the stores be about 10,000 square feet with extra “experiences” to make them a “destination.”  So play areas in an already smaller space. Is this Chuck e Cheese or Toys-R-Us?

Of course fewer than ten stores won’t be enough so there will also be an online store at the ToysRUs.com Url.  According to Comicbook.com:

TRU would also be operating an online storefront at ToysRUs.com in order to generate additional revenue, and mitigating costs by taking product on consignment from producers, and paying only when the goods have left the store. This has its own risks, especially in higher-theft areas where Toys “R” Us would be on the hook for merchandise that was never properly accounted for.

Here’s my thing. Toys-R-Us didn’t score points with me for how they shut down and kind of stuck it to their employees. As other news sites have pointed out, they burned bridges with some retailers too and it’s going to be an uphill struggle to rebuild that. Large toy companies lost money from the liquidation and they lost exclusives. I know that the Calico Critters line was once pretty much TRU exclusive went to Wal-Mart already. I’m sure it’s the same for a few other lines.

Plus Walmart, Target, and Amazon and places like grocery stores took the opportunity to jump in and fill the void left by the large toy store.

But as of now the Chief Executive Officer Isaac Larian has indicated that MGA Entertainment (Little Tikes, Bratz, L.O.L Surprise) are willing to work with them. ““This market needs a self-standing toy store, that’s for sure.  We will sell them inventory.”

If you thought the market needed you why did you liquidate all the stores and are struggling to find a plan. There are brick and mortar stores that sell toys including the return of smaller independent stores. Their prices aren’t much different that the higher prices Toys-R-Us charged. Plus KB Toys has made moves to return to the market as well.

Personally, I am nostalgic for TRU, but I’m also a bit miffed by their behavior towards employees and toy companies. There still seems to be a bit of a cavalier attitude here. I’m not sure how well this will do. But only time will tell.

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Sources: Bloomberg, USA TodayComicbook.com

 

Marvel is Set to Re-release Avengers: Endgame to Theaters with Extra Footage–Why?

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Avengers: Endgame- The Search for More Money

In an exclusive with Comicbook.com, Kevin Feige mentioned that they would be re-releasing the movie with new footage at the Spider-man: Far From Home press junket.

“We are doing that,” Feige said of an Endgame re-release with new footage. “I don’t know if it’s been announced. And I don’t know how much… Yeah, we’re doing it next weekend.”

The movie will return to theaters on June 28 with a whopping seven minutes of “bonus footage.” It will make the total run time 188 minutes and it will add a tribute to the late Stan Lee. I don’t want to pay again and sit through over thee hours for seven minutes.

Okay. Why?

Are people actually asking for this? Isn’t it still in 2nd or 3rd run theaters now?

Disney is jacking up prices at the parks again and now they are re-releasing their Avengers film just 2 months after it opened, but no it’s different because it has extra footage. It all kind of feels like desperation to me.

(Photo Credit: ScreenRant)

They didn’t break Avatar’s record at $2.788 billion, so now they are thinking a re-release would do that? As of now Avengers: Endgame is at $2.743 billion. Somehow it feels like cheating a bit, not to mention they own Avatar now too? Both Captain Marvel and Avengers: End Game did perform well in theaters. X-men Dark Phoenix did not, but they have Spider-man: Far From Home coming on July 2nd.

Do they want to add in more Captain Marvel? I’m just trying to understand why they would make this move.

If they are worried about franchise “burnout” like they claim is the cause for the Star Wars franchise, why would they release this again, right before Spider-man: Far From Home? Plus they’ve had three Marvel releases since March. Then they have The Lion King and Star Wars Episode IX coming as well.  It just seems like a bad move.

News flash: People don’t have infinite money. If you need money to pay for the park additions, the overpriced Fox merger, and now the Disney+ streaming service, maybe you shouldn’t have bit off more than you can chew. There are limits for people and as much as I love Marvel and classic Star Wars and Disney parks, you are starting to turn me off and price me out. I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of others. Disney burnout could become a thing if it continues.

I don’t want to be turned off. I truly do love the Disney Parks and classic Star Wars and Disney animated features and a lot of the Marvel movies. But I’m starting to feel more like a payday and less like a valued customer. Disney you might want to stop and think a bit more because consumers do have limits and I think you are starting to approaching the limit for customers. Something to consider.

End of line.

Source: Comicbook.com

Image Sources: ScreenRant,

Brushable Hair She-Ra and Shadow Weaver Dolls SDCC Exclusives

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Could it be? Brushable hair?

Yes!

They have announced a new She-ra and the Princesses of Power 2-pack exclusive for Comic Con International: San-Diego (SDCC.)

These dolls (yes dolls) are being made by Mattel! That’s why they look so good! Here’s a video we did on them:

She-ra actually looks more feminine and even looks to be wearing lipstick! My 11 year old daughter’s comment about the doll was “Why can’t she look like that on the show? I want that doll.”

(Photo Credit: Mattel)

 

Here’s the description:

She-Ra doll features an armor-clad look including her signature white jumpsuit, a holographic skirt, long red cape and full battle armor. Shimmery accents weave through her extra-long, blonde hair underneath her iconic winged tiara. Carrying her Sword of Protection accessory, She-Ra is ready to defend her home planet, Etheria, from The Evil Horde and her nemesis, Shadow Weaver! Prepared to cast darkness on all who cross her, this Shadow Weaver doll “floats” when displayed and carries a glittery Shadow Power accessory. Dressed in her classic burgundy robe, Shadow Weaver doll features a highly detailed mask and long, flowing black hair.

Let’s not forget Shadow Weaver. I actually don’t mind the new design of Shadow Weaver and the doll looks amazing (look at all that brushable hair!)

Good job Mattel!  Now if we could just get the Classic larger dolls I would be so happy!

If you are interested in these new DOLLS you can pre-order them from Mattel. BUT you can only do so if you are going to SDCC. It also appears that you can’t just pick them up at the event. The 2-pack is $40.00.

The fine print

Attendee must confirm pre-sale purchase by checking in at the Mattel booth (#2945) at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con: San Diego Convention Center, 111 Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101, July 17 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, July 18–20 from 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM, or July 21 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Attendee must show their 2019 San Diego Comic-Con badge, their ID, and order confirmation.The name on the SDCC attendee badge and ID must match the name on the order. Order will be shipped after the event ends.”

Source: Mattel, Parks and Cons

IDW Publishing in Deep Trouble as IDW Alumni Start New Comic Book Company

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It’s no secret that IDW Media Holdings (the parent company of IDW Publishing) is in deep financial trouble.

According to a new article on Bleeding Cool, the company has lost an additional $3.7 million in Q2, with almost half of that coming from comic book publisher IDW Publishing.

Earlier in the year, J.P. Morgan was hired when it was suggested that the company look to sell itself off. More recently, Allan Grafman, a former president of Archie Comics, was brought in to chair the board’s audit committee.

Here’s more on the most recent blow to IDW Publishing from Bleeding Cool

the company had a net loss of $3.7 million, with $1.6 million of those losses coming from IDW Publishing, the branch of the company that publishes comic books. The news comes on the heels of a massive stock offering IDWM undertook in an effort to secure funding to pay off debts incurred largely to fund their various television projects, as well as to raise capital to pay for future television projects, including the much-anticipated fourth season of Wynonna Earp (…)

IDW seems to be pinning its future on television and movie deals. But Bleeding Cool goes on to say that Wynonna Earp Season 4 was not mentioned at all in statements made by CEO Howard Jonas. This despite raising $23 million in funding to presumably keep the company afloat while they ferret out more media deals or sell it off.

The Comic Book Industry on the Rocks

Despite massive mainstream success of superheroes and other comic book properties in
Hollywood, the comic book industry isn’t sharing in that success. In fact, the past two years have seen an unprecedented number of comic book shops close, other smaller press companies like Oni and Lion Forge merge to survive, and even titans like DC Comics lay off staff and trim their lines.

Is IDW Building a Lifeboat?

Curiously, with a down industry and IDW Media Holdings seemingly on fire, IDW’s former CEO Ted Adams and one of IDW’s founders, Robbie Robbins, have decided that now is the time to start a new comic book company… bankrolled, in part, by IDW Media Holdings.

The IDW ties aren’t limited to resumes. Adams and Robbins will be leading the publisher, though IDW is lending financial investments. The two have made explicit that Clover is its own property, not an imprint. Despite the relationship, Clover and IDW “will not share any infrastructure or overhead.”

Huh?!

Clover Press is described as a “a progressive, eclectic boutique publisher.”

So was Vertigo, and DC is reportedly shutting it down because the sales weren’t there.

Could it be that IDW Media Holdings is going to sell off its current assets, and move its comic book publishing operation over to the more niche Clover Press? Who knows.

Unless the comic book industry stops hemorrhaging money (and consequently shops and readers) then it doesn’t matter what you call any new publisher. You’re walking into a dying industry and the odds are stacked against you.

But good luck with that.

[Source: Bleeding Cool]

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