Cheryl Diffin’s Recovery Page

Hey Breakin’ In! Fans…

As you know, Cheryl is down and out and we are trying our hardest to get her back and up on the mics. We’re going to need your help!

I have created a new donation page for her and would love it if, not only you checked it out, but shared it with your friends via whatever social media you choose. Or, if you loathe social media, share it via word of mouth!

While donations are always appreciated, a share can go a lot further, Thanks in advance… look for another episode of Breakin’ In! soon…

Here’s the link to her page…

Comic Book Movies: Will you REALLY be sick of them?

Unless you live under a rock or in a cave, you’ve seen the massive line up scheduled for both DC and Marvel movies starting from next year and going until the end of time.

This has caused a lot of internet chatter. Most of it can simply be described as “nerd-gastic, ” while others tend to find it… “too much.”

The people in the latter group feel that, in the end, the general population will be sick of comic book movies in a few years.

But, really, will we?

Simply put: no. We won’t.

Now, that’s not my opinion, that’s flat out fact. How is it fact, you ask? Easy…

The numbers don’t lie.

According to a report, generated by the MPAA (you can find it here: MPAA 2013 Theatrical Market Statistics), there were 659 movies released in 2013. That number was down 3% from 2012 but up 35% from 2004.

Between Marvel and DC, we’re looking at about 4 comic book hero movies a year. For the sake of argument, we’re going to stick just to these two powerhouses. Mostly because it was their announcements that started the “comic book hero exhaustion” conversation. (sorry Sony and Fox, but your Spider-Man and X-Men reboots don’t count in this argument.)

Also, just to save time, let’s assume that the number of movies that are theatrically released every year stays the same over the next 5-6 years (although history proves that the number will actually increase).

Do the math. Out of 659 movies released, 4 of them will be a comic book movie from DC or Marvel.

That’s 0.6%!

That’s all. Just 0.6%. With comic book movies only making up such a minute percentage of the “theatrical movie population,” I hardly see that leading to any form of exhaustion on the movie going public. (Even if we DID add in the latest X-Men and Spider-Man movies, that would only bump the percentage up to 0.9%)

But I know what you’re going to say: “Yeah Manny, they may only make up 0.6% of the total movies released, but they still make all the money!”

Okay, let’s take a look at it from a financial stand point. I think it’s safe to say that if movie X is top at the box office, then movie X had the most people go and see it. Fair?

According to the box office numbers in 2013, of the top 25 films released in the US, only 4 were movies based on comic book movies. Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, Thor: The Dark World and The Wolverine.

The first two were your top earners coming in 1st and 4th respectively. Whereas Thor came in at 11th and The Wolverine came in at 21st.

The total box office earnings for the top 25 films was: 7, 205.3 Billion dollars. Of that, the 4 comic book movies made 1,035.3 Billion or 14% of the total domestic market.

Is that really “comic book exhaustion?” Like I said in the beginning, no. There are plenty of options out there if you want to skip the latest caped crusader taking on the latest masked villain.

On a personal note and as a total comic book geek, I say we need more comic book movies. There are so many story lines and characters that I would love to see grace the big screens of our local cineplex.

And that’s just before the cross-over’s kick in. I want a world in which Spider-Man joins the Fantastic Four as they battle along side The Avengers to save the world from utter doom. And after that? How about DC and Marvel playing nice with one another so we can see a Marvel vs. DC movie. Batman and The Green Lantern up against Wolverine and the Hulk. Come ON! Nerd-gasm.

There’s plenty of room at the box office for every one to be happy. Nerd and plebeians alike.

Actually, you know what there’s too much of?

Movies based on books! Most movies these days are based on a previously released property that has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. Yet there’s no one writing articles about “book movie exhaustion.”

Until now!

I say we start a pro-comic book/pro-original movie campaign under the hashtag #nomoreadaptations Tweet it out people and let’s clean out the box office clutter of all those pesky “book movies.”

And hey, maybe someone will actually read a book instead of waiting for the movie.


(Sorry foreign market… I believe in you, but it was just easier to stick to domestic numbers.)


Episode 81: “What the F@!K Happened?!”

So we had to take a break for awhile and it wasn’t by choice. Unfortunately, Cheryl got very sick and we almost lost her. I explain all in this episode. Take a listen if you want to find out what happened.

The goal is to one day return to the mics. Until then, expect episodes here and there, but obviously, until Cheryl gets better, we won’t be doing a show every week.

I will pop on and update everyone on her progress from time to time. Please, send your positive vibes. She needs them right now.

Also, BIG thanks to ALL of you for continuing to visit the site and listen to the show. It’s been great.

Talk soon… Manny

We Have to go on Hiatus!

Hey everybody, due to a family emergency, we have to take a little break from Breakin’ In!

Don’t worry though… We will be back as soon as we possibly can. Thanks to social media, we’re always a click away. So please feel free to reach out to us on Facebook, with an email or via twitter!

Be back soon! We promise!

Episode 80: “Event Planning and Keeping the Chain Going…”

Welcome to another episode of Breakin’ In!

This week Cheryl takes the reigns and chats about her latest project. The in’s and out’s of event planning, more specifically concert promotion!

She can really use your help out there. It’s a charity event to benefit college students and if you could just lend your support by liking the event’s Facebook page, it would go a long way. Here’s the link:

as for me, I’m in full writing mode and we chat about how hard that is to keep going. Now…

On to the show! Put some cheese on that cracker!


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