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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Could Disney Make Marvel Comics A Fan Favourite Again?

The answer to that question is "Yes".  How?  Well, it would be simplicity itself and it would wipe out the big mess Marvel Comics became in the last ten years.

Of course, Disney can pay me for this Marvel Comics saving idea.  Do you think that would happen? No, neither do I.  If anyone from Disney even knew this blog existed I'd faint!  So we'll sit back and watch what happens but I bet it will be nothing like my idea!

Disney buys Fox...NOT Startling News

Just before Captain America: Civil War and all of its big character news broke, here on CBO, I noted that Spider-Man was going to appear in the movie.  Amongst people in the movie business it was widely known. Gossip and rumour would have taken any real 'journalist' to the facts in an hour. As I know a very gossipy studio person I took his VERY big hints and got there in 15 minutes.

If you are making a Spider-Man costume, auditioning various actors for the role -just those two things alone you have dozens  of people in the know.

But when I reported this it was called nonsense. No one later said "Hooper was right!"  No one ever does.

The other reason that I knew Spider-Man was going to be in a Marvel movie is because it was a "show of good faith" by Fox.  Remember me saying there were some BIG surprises to come and later on that Spider-Man was unlikely to go, as a role to anyone else?

Again, you are talking about dozens of people who were involved on the Disney side as it negotiated with Fox and there were an equal number of people involved there.  Lawyers, secretaries, financiers, PR people and that's before we get to the gossips at Marvel (especially the ones who love a drink at events and most people will know who I mean).

But, again, no one believed. To date I have had 90% success in 'predicting' this type of thing because I listen.  I watch.  I read and hear the movie gossip and when you put it all together you get an idea of what is happening.  Such as Murdoch realising that Sky and Fox could not compete with all the other "entertainment platforms" that now exist and, to be honest, despite all the BS, Fox has been wanting to clear itself of the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man for reasons everyone will know.

So today we have all of "Comics most knowledgeable" screeching out the news and speculating about what it could mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Where were they a year ago? Or in June 2017 when a couple of very big slip-ups pointed to the buy out?

Bloggers tend to be mouthpieces for DC or Marvel and they like the reputation of being "Comics gutter press" but they walk past a ten foot high brightly burning arrow pointing directly at THE news. They never even see it.

So in case you have no idea what this is all about here is a piece from BBC Business.

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Image captionDisney chief executive Bob Iger and Rupert Murdoch

Walt Disney has agreed to buy the bulk of 21st Century Fox's business for $52.4bn (£39bn), in a deal both companies said position them to compete in the rapidly changing media industry.
The purchase includes Fox's film and television studios, as well as its 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky.
Fox will form a news-focused company with its remaining assets.
The move is a sharp shift for 86-year-old Fox owner Rupert Murdoch after more than half a century of media expansion.
Mr Murdoch turned a single Australian newspaper he inherited from his father at the age of 21 into one of the world's largest news and film empires.
He said the break-up makes sense amid new threats from online advertising and competitors who are streaming entertainment into homes via the internet.
Fox shareholders, which include the Murdochs, will get a 25% stake in the larger Disney.
"With today's announcement, we launch the next great leg of our journey," Rupert Murdoch said on Thursday.

What is Disney buying?

Disney will scoop up Fox's movie and television studios, regional sports network and international holdings, among other investments.
The move adds to Disney's back catalogue high-grossing films such as the original Star Wars movies, the Marvel superhero pictures, Avatar and Deadpool, as well as TV hits such as Modern Family and The Simpsons.

Actress Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia Organa character and actor Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker character from 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope' are shown on screen while musicians perform during 'Star Wars: In Concert' at the Orleans Arena May 29, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe Star Wars franchise will fall under one roof if the merger is completed

It expands Disney's offerings with the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and Fox's regional sports network in the US.
The purchase also extends Disney's global reach, adding media company Star India and Fox's interests in Sky plc and Tata Sky to its portfolio.
Disney will also get majority control of the video streaming service Hulu, which is also partially owned by Comcast and Time Warner.
Disney will assume $13.7bn in Fox debt as part of the stock deal, taking the total value of the transaction to more than $66bn.

Why does Disney want them?

Disney already owns a vast array of news, film and leisure companies. But the media landscape is changing as technology companies like Amazon and Netflix attract customers to new ways of viewing.
Disney is investing heavily in online streaming platforms, as a way to counter a downturn in its pay-TV business and threats from these new rivals.

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The firm believes this deal will give it the scale to compete, and expects to wring "at least" $2bn in cost-savings out of the new company to boot.
David Yelland, former editor of the Murdoch owned Sun newspaper in the UK, told the BBC the transaction puts Disney in pole position to compete with California's tech giants.
"In ten years time there'll be two Chinese giants and four US giants and [of the current entertainment companies] the only one that'll survive will be Disney."

What is Fox keeping?

FOX Business Network's Neil Cavuto (R) interviews former Merrill Lynch Chief Executive and current head of CIT Group John Thain at FOX Studios on October 27, 2011 in New York City.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionA 2011 interview on the FOX Business Network, part of what will remain at Fox

Fox is creating a smaller firm focused on news and major live sports events in the US.
It will hold onto its flagship Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports, Fox Television Stations Group, and sports cable networks FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and Big Ten Network.
Lachlan Murdoch said: "While the merged business is about scale, the new Fox is about returning to our roots as a lean, aggressive, challenger brand."
There has been speculation the deal opens the opportunity to reunite Fox with the news businesses which were spun-off in 2013 following a scandal over phone tapping in the UK.
That prompted the creation of a separate news publishing group, News Corp., which owns the Times and the Sun newspapers and remains controlled by the Murdochs.
Rupert Murdoch said the firm hasn't looked at that possibility and any move along those lines is "way ahead" in the future.
As part of the deal Fox shareholders will receive Disney stock, representing about 25% of the enlarged company.

What does it mean for Sky?

In the UK, Fox is in the midst of a bid to buy the part of the broadcaster Sky that it doesn't already own. That bid is being investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which is due to publish provisional findings in January.
The BBC understands that the Disney deal will not alter that CMA investigation.
If the Sky purchase is approved, that deal would probably go through before the Disney purchase of Fox assets. So the whole of Sky would then be likely to transfer to Disney's ownership.
If not, then just the 39% of Sky currently in Fox's stable passes to Disney.
Rupert Murdoch said: "If things go wrong, the existing [Sky] shares go to Disney. It will be up to them to decide what to do."

Either way Sky's future will lie primarily in Disney's hands.

See more at the BBC business page. Now ask why I had a gagging order put on me in August.

Monday, 11 December 2017

I Have Been Gone. I Will Be Gone Again.

Did anyone realise that I was gone? As it happens I can only update CBO every-so-often.  The reason is that, due to the current lack of financial position I find myself in...well, not that you care,obviously.

Sales of my books are at zero so that doesn't help and it's okay, I understand that you come here to get what you want then go -especially the ones who repost my old posts as their own. Sad.  Fandom is dead and there is no support for Independents -I get that too.

With all the fake Marvel and other editors versus Liefeld news which is simply to keep comic readers interested and the even faker SJW versus Marvel 'war' (they are just producing crap comics) and sites like Bleedin' cool being an industry mouthpiece helping spread fake news around....I had to step back.

 This is not fandom. It isn't even giving comic 'fans' anything really new just putting a spin on things. The lack of comments on any CBO items proved long ago that there are no real fans out there reading this blog.

If I post here it is because I want to.  The "I get it in the post and I review it" policy is still here and so are, apparently, all the blog readers from around the world.  Which makes me laugh more when I read small publishers bemoaning the fact that no one will review their books. I think CBO has been going 20 years now...maybe in ten more these people will catch on.

I would much sooner review and post fun or interesting items but my books are not selling and I get the same crap from event organisers that they are fully booked (even with events where the dates have not yet been announced??).  My books are my income and my income is zero.

I blabbering now so time to go.

One last rousing murmur....

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Conan Le Barbare : Comics & Sorcery - ComiXrayS

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Oh and there is always this....

Friday, 1 December 2017

BilBolbul Newsletter - 1 dicembre novembre 2017



Si è chiusa l'undicesima edizione di BilBOlbul. Festival internazionale di fumetto di Bologna, che dal 24 al 26 novembre ha invaso la città.

Anche quest'anno i giorni del festival sono giunti al termine. Un'edizione che ha visto ancora una volta un cambiamento nella sua formula. A un maggiore impegno nei progetti di formazione ha infatti corrisposto una maggiore selezione nel numero delle mostre e degli eventi, premiati tuttavia da un'affluenza di pubblico niente affatto minore. Quest'anno le mostre principali del festival erano quella dedicata all'estro del grande maestro del fumetto Jacovitti in Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna e la grande monografica su Éric Lambé nella cornice della Pinacoteca di Belle Arti. Attorno a queste due mostre si sono poi raccolti i progetti speciali legati a Rodolphe TöppferStefano Ricci e Bastien Contraire, e le due mostre dedicate ai talenti emergenti di Conor Stechschulte Fabio Tonetto. Questa edizione ha visto una maggiore concentrazione su progetti di lunga durata e su progetti di formazione con scuole di tutti i gradi di studio, come il progetto Segnosonico di Pasquale Mirra e Stefano Ricci, realizzato, in collaborazione con Bologna Jazz Festival, la settimana prima del festival, con una masterclass conclusiva il sabato pomeriggio in Salaborsa, per tirare le fila di un workshop durato una settimana durante il quale i due artisti hanno lavorato con ventiquattro studenti di quattro istituti bolognesi alla creazione sull'improvvisazione di musica e disegno e sulla fusione di questi due linguaggi nella performance finale tenuta domenica 19 novembre presso l'Auditorium Unipol di Bologna.

Nuova formula anche per gli incontri: non più presentazioni editoriali, ma tavole rotonde e ritratti d'autore che hanno coinvolto artisti, scrittori e studiosi. Dal convegno internazionale su “Le meravigliose invenzioni del signor Töppfer” agli incontri dedicati al fumetto di poesia oppure alle nuove vie della comicità disegnata, dalla tavola rotonda sull'eredità di Jacovitti tra gli autori contemporanei, tenuto presso la Sala Carracci di Palazzo Magnani, ai ritratti d'autore di Enrique Breccia ed Éric Lambé. Agli autori ospiti del festival si sono così affiancate personalità come Giorgio Vasta, Antonio Faeti, Thierry Groensteen e Paul Gravett.

BilBOlbul termina, ma senza finire del tutto:moltissime sono infatti le mostre che rimarranno visitabili ben oltre il termine del 26 novembre: Il teatrino perpetuo di Jacovitti (Fondazione del Monte, via delle Donzelle, 2) prosegue fino al 5 gennaio 2018. Si ha tempo fino al 17 dicembre per visitare la mostraApparizioni/Sparizioni dedicata alle opere di Éric Lambé presso la Pinacoteca Nazionale (via Belle Arti, 56) e fino al 10 dicembre per visitare la mostra Più Giù di Stefano Ricci da Squadro Stamperia Galleria d'Arte (via Nazario Sauro, 27/b). La mostra Oggi non ho fatto niente di Fabio Tonetto al Capodilucca Creative Hub (via Capo di Lucca 12/12a) prosegue fino al 3 dicembre, mentre Il peso dell'acqua di Conor Stechschulte allo Spazio& (via Guerrazzi, 1) chiude il 20 dicembre.

Resteranno invece le pubblicazioni: il volume che accompagna la mostra di Jacovitti, edito da Coconino Press/Fandango, che comprende articoli e omaggi di fumettisti contemporanei al grande autore scomparso; e il "catalogo" del festival BBB17 - In corso d'opera che racconta il percorso di costruzione e ideazione del festival attraverso conversazioni degli organizzatori, interviste, articoli, due storie inedite (di Francesco Cattani e Ratigher, e di Nicolas Robel) e moltissime immagini per riflettere sui rapporti tra fumetto, poesia e astrazione.

Ma soprattutto, all’insegna del nuovo slogan che ci accompagna “Un anno di BilBOlbul, tre giorni di festival”, i progetti di formazione proseguono prima di tutto con visite guidate alle mostre del festival, e poi con nuovi progetti per scuole e insegnanti dedicati al fumetto e alla narrazione per immagini che prenderanno il via nei prossimi mesi, e senza dimenticare l’appuntamento periodico con BBBConsiglia, che continuerà, mese dopo mese, a proporre e approfondire il meglio delle nuove proposte editoriali pubblicate in Italia.

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