Today on our 2016 wrap up show, we talk about our top ten comics of the year (in no particular order, listed below), our significant top events of the year (listed below), our regrets and surprises, and finally we revisit Chris’s predictions for 2016 and find out if he’s Nostradamus or not.
• Black Panther
• Wuvable Oaf – Blood and Metal
• Kim and Kim
• Black Monday Murders
• Giant Days
• Cleopatra In Space
• The Mighty Thor
• Doctor Strange
• Black Panther
• The Flintstones
• Afterlife with Archie
• The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
• Hellboy in Hell
• East of West
• Black Monday Murders
• The Legend of Wonder Woman
• The Spire
• Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
• Love: The Tiger
• Green Valley
• Human Body Theater
• Mobius Library
• Civil War II is significant because it has nosedived and Marvel is hurting because of it.
• Emerald City Comic Con 2016
• Comics Dungeon Faith Exclusive Cover Variants
• Cat Cosplay in-store event
• The Panel Jumper Issue 004: An Odd Duck was finally released
• The Panel Jumper **Live** sell-out
• Netflix’s various Marvel series
• A customer of the store is a policeman, and his box number is 911
Bonus! Chris’ comic book predictions of 2016 posted back in January:
-Marvel will break itself among its core fan base by over-saturating itself with events, but its more marginalized titles will maintain momentum. Someone at Disney will notice and enact a paradigm shift in the hopes of capitalizing, however it will be a rocky shift. But in the meantime, would you like to buy more Deadpool variants?
-DC will be the first of the mainstream publishers to throw up its hands in the air as one complete entity and just give up, its core editorial too stubborn to concede anything. Things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. But in the meantime, would you like to buy more Harley Quinn variants?
-Image will capitalize, but will shift gears. The successful practices will continue ($9.99 trade volumes, the aggressive promotion of new titles), but their supersaturation at the end of 2015 will not have gone unnoticed as certain titles failed to find an audience due to too many competitors within their own ranks. Image will either A) diversify by creating new imprints to help separate projects in the eye of the public, B) adopt a parallel running business model of pay-what-you-will digital only comics via Vaughan & Martin’s Eisner winning Public Eye series and then harvest the success stories for high end collections for the print market , or/and C) put the foot to the pedal and aggressively attempt to lure more big name talents to their game.
-Dark Horse will continue to make nice hardcovers and more video game comics, and will announce the acquisition of at least one more big licence in 2016. Which is fine. You do you.
-IDW will make more obscure high end reprints for a diminishing audience, but everyone will be fairly happy that they bothered. They will tap into every single possible Hasbro property ever conceived on a dirty alcohol soaked napkin at drunken meetings in seedy bars, which includes but is not limited to Mr. Potato Head. Ashley Wood will draw a cover for Mr. Potato Head. Lincoln Logs The Comic, written by Joe Hill, Chris Ryall, and with art by Gabriel Rodriguez, will win a Harvey, two Eisners, and a Bram Stoker Award for its innovative deconstructive/reconstructive horror narrative.
-Boom will condense and continue to innovate creatively, but someone higher up in their structure will sack the majority of their business and retail relations divisions. Because someone will notice they are not making as much money as they should be, and for very simple reasons that have nothing to do with the creative content.
-Valiant will surprise us at least once, possibly twice. Frustrated superhero readers will flock to their generally fun and well crafted titles, and will find easy access because of their 9.99 price tags on first volumes. In the meantime, their inclination of sending promotional weapons will escalate until all comic retailers will be armed with the appropriate tools necessary to chase off Dan Didio when DC does another retailer summit tour.
-Archie will continually make everyone surprised that they like Archie, but their blatant abuse of deadlines for their most successful titles will sever a lot of good faith. The death knell of the zombie genre will be in the absence of its most astonishing entry.
-No one will even realize why they should have cared about Miracleman anymore.
-A new issue of Berlin will come out, but no one who would have cared will still be around to care.
-We might get a second trade of Bitch Planet and Pretty Deadly? Maybe?
-Late comics will discover that they took too long, and that their candy is in fact now gone.
-Warren Ellis will get bored and move on to another project, and everyone will care for about four or five issues before we wash and repeat.
-Garth Ennis will actively attempt to out-do Alan Moore’s fishporn from Neonomicon. Civilizations will crumble, the line of man will be broken.
-Alan Moore will finish Providence, and an unwitting audience will have been tricked into speaking a long lost and forgotten entry from the damned tome of the Necronomicon itself in unison, summoning indescribable horrors from beyond. The Elder Gods will reassert their dominance in our plane of existence by purchasing shares in Diamond Comics Distribution. Steve Geppi will blame Obama and try to sell Cthulhu an original page of golden age Archie artwork.
-Grant Morrison will channel the power of Jack Kirby to defeat the Geppi/Yog’Sothoth hybrid demons from beyond. Marvel and DC will chronicle the story in a joint publishing effort that will run for eight issues, but then will expand to a 9th issue after five months of delay that have halted the publication of all other comics. DC will forget they were doing it and will let all of Grant Morrison’s previous trade collections go out of print. Disney will cast Jeffrey Combs in the film adaptation as Morrison’s spunky sidekick HP Lovecraft himself, but without the racism. Thus will end the struggle with the Great Old Ones as they succumb to the cloyingly seductive manipulations of Micky Mouse.