Monday, May 21, 2012
• For the third weekend in a row, The Avengers has dominated the box office with an estimated $55 million in ticket sales. Battleship, Universal’s summer blockbuster that cost more than $200 million to produce, came in second with an estimated $25.9 million, considerable below opening weekend forecasts of $35 to $40 million. Avengers is now the #4 film in global ticket sales, earning $1.18 billion. The three films ahead of it globally are Avatar ($2.78 billion), Titanic ($2.18 billion), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 ($1.32 billion).
• Mark Evanier shares his memories of artist Ernie Chan, who died last week.
This Weekend’s Panel Quiz Answer
The first words said in comics by Dr. Will Magnus were, “Not quite, Colonel! Tina — meet Col. Caspar of Intelligence! Dance with him! He’s much better than I am!” He said them in Showcase #37 (Apr 62).
Whose first line in comics was “That self-inflating balloon should throw them off-guard until I can lasso them with my Bat-rope!”?
Nansi Hoolahan, comics colorist and letterer
Don Trachte (1915), cartoonist
Frank Bellamy (1917), comics artist
Lee Elias (1920), comics artist
Gary Reed (1956), comics writer and publisher
Mark Crilley (1966), comics writer and artist
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now
Wendy Pini (1951), comics writer and artist (Elfquest)
Michal Jacot (1957), comics writer and artist (The Norm)
Josef Rubinstein (1958), comics artist
95 yrs May 21, 1917 British artist Frank Bellamy is born. In addition to many other projects, he draws the Garth strip.
Every Wednesday and Saturday. California: City of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.
May 26 Delaware: Newark. Sports Card, Comic Book & Collectible Show.
May 26-27 Puerto Rico: San Juan. Comic Con.
Do you have a show coming up? Let us know! You can e-mail the information to email@example.com or mail it to Show Calendars, Comics Buyer’s Guide, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. If you have a creator appearance scheduled, let us know by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question of the Week
What’s your favorite comic book today?