So not to be outdone the voice nobody wanted to hear forced us to hear them in regards to the Amazon/Comixology deal and that was from the sad group of not quite business men and not quite comic fans grouping of comic retailers. Lets see what the doucenozzles had to say about this matter
“So as long as there continues to be fans for the real thing, there will be comics and comic book stores”
My bad dudes I didn’t realize I was reading fake comics. Let’s see some of the other comic book retailer voices had to say about things this week
“Why is Marvel trying to put comic shops out of business? It is painfully obvious. By including free digital copy codes in your books, you are trying to lure customers away from the comic shops and print books. It will not work, but you are trying to hurt comic shops none the less.“
Not sure that giving away a digital copy for free after buying a physical copy at a comic shop is trying to “put comic shops out of business” actually I think it’s the opposite. Oh and there’s bleeding cool where when not publishing poorly edited tips from disgruntled DC employees they let the shop owners sound off with this nonsense
“Captain Marvel 2 is dead on the stands. All New Ultimates 1 also seems invisible on the stands.”
Wait so you have one comic that that had an entire night dedicated to it at a major comic con ORGANIZED BY IT’S FANS and the debut issue of what is probably the most buzzed about new creator in the industry and you can’t sell those? I think you suck at your job. In fact I don’t think a lot comic shop owners feel any responsibility to their shops being “jobs” for them. I think they want these places to be their superhero clubhouse. And that shit will kill comics. That’s because in order for comics to survive they have to expand beyond their current market. This shouldn’t be too hard right now. After all the biggest movie and biggest TV show are from comic books. Big superhero publishers are making efforts to create comics with all types of different characters while creator owned comics are expanding into television and and film everyday. Even fucking cool kid websites are talking about comics. This is a golden opportunity for a smart shop owner to truly expand their business. Instead we get this nonsense above. If your comic shop can’t make money right now YOU are the problem. It’s not a club, it’s a business. Run it like one and you can still enjoy your shitty 90esque comics that inspired you to open the shop in the first place. Don’t and you’ll get to have a few more years of the industry bending over backwards to accommodate you as you lord over your stacks of single issues while customers walk out the door not buying comics that you didn’t stock because you just had to get that Indiana state flag variant of JLA #1 but I promise that your days or numbered. And while I’m still going to my good shops to buy Copra and Darkhorse books while getting everything else off comixology and you’re closing your doors don’t expect one ounce of sympathy from this guy. In fact I’ll be dancing on your grave. It’s a new world. Adapt or die.
It’s Saturday morning, and I’m indulging in some indie rock nostalgia. Also, compiling a new installment of Cosmo’s Gallery. I’ve got another assortment of Big Two plus one or two under the radar picks for you this week.
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Batman, The Joker & Their Gotham City by Dustin Nguyen
Cartoonist Charles Forsman created Oily Comics a couple years ago mainly as a publishing spot for he and his friends to create and distribute short DIY mini comics monthly. Forsman himself was a high school drop out that moved back to his hometown in rural Pennsylvania after a stint in Los Angeles to enroll in community college before being accepted into the CAA school for comics that allowed him to expand his network and skill sets leading to a few small press anthology and original graphic novel’s. It was in the process of doing his second book that he saw friend Max de Radigues Moose small press DIY comic, inspiring Forsman to attempt serializing his second original graphic novel The End Of The Fucking World into short issues before selling it in a large collection. Oily was created as a means for that as well as a publisher for Moose in the US and girlfriend Melissa Medes Lou where Forsman would handle order’s and production while still working on his comics. Demand grew and the operation expanded to include rising star Michael DeForge doing Elizabeth Of Canada and notable up and comers like Benjamin Urkowitz and his Real Rap series. So in addition to his own comics work Forsman was now running Oily as a whole line of books publishing 5+ comics a month. This meant collecting orders for all the different series, doing production and printing on the books, shipping the comics and paying creators on a monthly schedule all by himself. What was probably always unsustainable hit a tipping point where Oily subscriptions were cut off and the series were halted. Out of all this emerged a new distribution plan that would allow for comics to be published and shipped out in quarterly bundles or ordered individually. Gone from the monthly grind Forsman and Oily have come back in a major way producing what is probably the strongest set of work in the publishers short existence. These are some of the best to come out of that group.
Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov of The Ultimates, Bunker, Ultimate FF, Hunger & I,Vampire will team with artist Matt Triano of Sherlock Holmes: Liverpool Demons & Grimm Fairy Tales in addition to a cover on the debut issue from comics rock star Jock of Batman, Detective Comics, Green Arrow Year One, The Losers, Savage Wolverine, Adventures of Superman & Judge Dredd on a new creator owned title from Dynamite Comics. More details at Dynamite
Writer Nathan Edmondson of Black Widow, The Punisher, Dancer, Who is Jake Ellis & The Activity will team with artist Marc Laming of Kings Watch, Exile On The Planet Of The Apes, American Century & Grindhouse to launch a new title based on the video game series Tom Clancy: Splinter Cell from Dynamite Comics. More details at CBR
While attending the Gem City Comic Con earlier this month; I had the pleasure of interviewing creator Mike W. Barr. Mr. Barr is the writer of such things as Legends of the Dark Knight, Batman:Year Two, Camelot 3000, and The Maze Agency. He also created the DC character Katana and wrote the first few series volumes of Batman and the Outsiders. Recently, he wrote “The Sacrifice” in Detective Comics #27. Continue Reading
So this week I’ve decided to do a more in-depth review for The Banana Stand. I’m a huge fan of the BPRD books, and the Mignolaverse in general, so I thought this was good book to start with.
Overview: Issue #118 is the penultimate issue in “The Reign of the Black Flame” storyline, and it has been one of the best all-around BPRD arcs in the series as a whole. For starters we get more James Harren artwork–which is just fantastic–but we’re also getting an exciting culmination of the last year or so of stories. Everything has been leading to this, basically since the Russia arc, and Arcudi, Mignola, and Co. have delivered in spades. New York City has gone to shit, and it’s up to the Bureau and it’s Russian counterpart to save the day and keep the entire world from being overrun with monsters. We get great character moments with Iosif, Johann, and Fenix; as well as a showcase of how badass Liz Sherman can really be. This issue does a fantastic job of being completely gripping, while setting things up for the ultimate reckoning next issue. So now I’m going to dive into some specifics, if you haven’t read the issue or are trade waiting–
what’s wrong with you!–fair warning, ****THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD***** Continue Reading
Want to know what covers caught our attention this week?
Curious what our eyes fell in love with at first sight?
Well, here they are, the most memorable images on the stands this Wednesday . . .
Cosmo wishes he could hang with . . .
Ms Marvel #3 by Annie Wu
Just keep on moving, nothing to see here . . .
DC has announced a third weekly series previously alluded to by Dan DiDio titles Earth 2: Worlds End with prose author Daniel H. Wilson, Tom Taylor of Earth 2, Injustice Gods Among Us & The Deep: Be Here Dragons, Paul Levitz of Legion of Superhero’s & Worlds Finest, Marguerite Bennet of Lois Lane & Jokers Daughter, Mike Johnson of Supergirl, Star Trek & Superman/Batman, artists Eddy Barrows of Nightwing, Teen Titans & All New Atom, Jorge Jimenez of Superboy, Smallville & Jurrasic Park: Dangerous Games, Stephen Segovia of Dark Wolverine, X-Treme X-Men & Project Superpowers, Paulo Siqeira of Amazing Spiderman, Birds of Prey & Voodoo and Tyler Kirkham of Green Latern New Gaurdians, Ultimate Fantastic Four & Witchblade. More details at Nerdist
Legendary creator Warren Ellis of Moon Knight, Planetary, The Authority, Transmetropolitan, Iron Man Extremis, Astonishing X-Men, Thunderbolts & Global Frequency will be taking over Dynamites Project Superpowers series featuring a collection of golden age Superhero’s from various now defunct comic book companies. More info at CBR
A thirteen hour work day does not leave anytime to pick up comics/read comics/write about comics, so today’s Haul pretty much non-existent. Let’s talk comics tomorrow night when I post some reviews after work. In the meantime, NBC!’s Member of the Week!
Bet you never thought you’d see your face on NBC!’s home page, did ya?
by Frank Barbiere and Toby Cypress
The White Suits is one of the best new series to come out in the first quarter of a year that has already been chock full of great new series and issue three has been it’s best yet. It’s a singular work from two creators at the top of their abilities restrained only by the power of their own imagination.
Peter J Tomasi of Batman & Robin, Green Lantern Corps, The Outisiders and Brightest Day will team with artist Andy Kubert of Baman, Flashpoint, Damian Son of Batman, Captain America, Origin, X-Men and Marvel 1602 for a one shot titled Robin Rises: Omega #1 coming July 2014. More details at DC Comics