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The licensing stream and promotional engine that is Grumpy Cat has an impressive social media presence behind it, and that presence was deployed to promote the upcoming Dynamite Grumpy Cat comics (see “Grumpy Cat Comes to Comics”) within the past week. Grumpy Cat has nearly eight million Facebook friends, and hundreds of thousands of followers each on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and Grumpy Cat’s handlers exposed all of them to the news that a comic was coming and offered the Comic Shop Locator as a way to find a retailer offering them.
The Grumpy Cat media presence, both as content and as marketing persona, is impressive. The cat has appeared on numerous news shows but has also made appearances on the MTV Movie Awards, American Idol, The Bachelorette, and WWE Monday Night Raw. Grumpy Cat is the official spokescat for Friskies and stars in a 2015 campaign and TV commercial for McDonalds. Over 20 licensees are producing merchandise. In print, Grumpy Cat has appeared in two books from Chronicle, both bestsellers, and a third will be out in October.
Dynamite announced a licensing partnership with Grumpy Cat Limited to bring the internet celebri-cat Grumpy Cat to print and digital comics.
The first comic adaptation, a three-issue miniseries starring Grumpy Cat and her brother Pokey, will release this fall. The miniseries will be collected into a hardcover graphic novel in time for holiday release. Dynamite also plans to launch a new website this summer featuring weekly Grmpy Cat comic strips.
Grumpy Cat, aka Tartar Sauce, started out her meme life on Reddit, where her adorable perma-scowl (which her owner says is the result of feline dwarfism) quickly spread to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, capitalized on the kitty’s success with two New York Times bestselling books, a Lifetime TV Christmas special, numerous TV and product spots, and merchandise that ranges from an iced coffee drink to a line of Ultra PRO game accessories. Her Facebook fans currently number over 7.6 million, and her YouTube video views have topped 31 million.
This February, straight from the pages of Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Verse comes a brand new ongoing series starring the newest heroine of the Marvel Universe. Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at SILK #1, the new series writer Robbie Thompson (writer for TV’s Supernatural) and rising star artist Stacey Lee!
Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe in the pages of Amazing Spideer-Man and she never looked back. Bit by the same radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his powers on that fateful day, she’s spent her years locked away in a bunker, safe from the threat of Morlun and the Inheritors. Since then, she’s saved Peter Parker’s life (more than once), fought alongside Spider-Woman, braved the Spider-Verse and more!
CBS has found the actress who will play Supergirl in a new series that has already been given a commitment by the network, and should premiere next fall. Melissa Benoist, who was featured in Glee and co-starred in the critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film Whiplash, will play Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El in the new Supergirl series from Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. television. According to Variety, Benoist will make her Supergirl debut in an hour-long pilot written by Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler.
The comic book invasion of the small screen is nearing the success that the four-color medium has earned on the big screen. The success of Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham has got TV network execs fast-tracking the development of superhero shows.
DC Entertainment has finally released details on Convergence, the two-month publishing event it plans to use to cover the months when it is moving its editorial staff to Burbank next spring. The event will consist of a weekly series and 40 two-part miniseries, launching in April.
The event will include facets from every era of DC’s multiverse, and corresponds with the end of the weekly The New 52: Future’s End, and Earth 2: World’s End series. The story will take place outside space and time, on the question mark below Earth 29 and above Chaos, on the map of the Multiverse, and introduce the new villain Telos.
The weekly nine-part Convergence comic book series will be written by veteran TV producer and writer Jeff King (Continuum, White Collar, Total Recall 2070).
Releasing on April 1, Convergence #0 will be co-written by King and Dan Jurgens (The New 52: Futures End), with illustrations by Ethan Van Sciver (Flash: Rebirth, Green Lantern: Rebirth). Convergence #1 -8 will be written by King, with art by Carlo Pagulayan (Emma Frost, Elektra, Planet Hulk) and Stephen Segovia (Dark Wolverine, Reign in Hell). Covers will be provided by Ivan Reis (Green Lantern, Aquaman) and Joe Prado (Battlestar Galactica, Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps).