Hello NBC! This week I wanted to try something different, I know I say that every week, but I’m at the point in my creative process where I’m just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. So, now that you know I’m just winging it, we can get to this week’s topic. Last Wednesday at my LCS I was talking with other regulars, and the topic of DC vs. Marvel came up. Apparently there are still some folks out there who feel the need to stick to one publisher out of some strange loyalty. This conversation came about because one of the guys mentioned how he has some buddies that refuse to see the films from Marvel Studios, because they’re DC faithful, and won’t support anything Marvel does. I just thought that was such a ridiculous stance to have, and it made me laugh. Continue Reading
Today DC released an extra-special group of solicitations. Just as they have done in the past with Zero Month and Villians Month, the publisher is running a line-wide mini-event. This year’s initiative revolves around the up-coming weekly Futures End, and–sans creator information and cover art–we’ve got the list.
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.theotherbluth is pumped for the other Einstein… The Manhattan Projects #20 The subtitle of this issue is “Einstein the Barbarian”, just let that settle in…….so yeah, you know what to do.
I open my eyes, the light forces me to close them and try again. Upon a second try I look around and think where, when and why? The where is easy. The room I have been waking up in has varied greatly over the past couple months but this morning I wake in the most frequent of bedding, my own, or at least what I have chosen to call my own. The when is quickly resolved. I closed my eyes on a Friday night (or Saturday morning if you want to get exact) therefore I assume I have opened them on a Saturday morning. No school today, no place to be until 1 o’clock. I feel the stress that calls my body home climb off my shoulder for the time being. Everybody needs a rest I guess. The why? Is a story that won’t fit into 1000 words.
In the abstract, justice is a simple concept: if person X breaks the code of society, than he deserves to be disciplined in whatever manner society has deemed fair. For every theft, murder or other transgression there is there is a punishment which fits the crime. Just determine guilt, and match the retribution accordingly. Easy right? The hitch, of course, is that we do not live an abstract mono-chrome world, but a flawed, tangled reality colored by shades of grey. There is more to be taken into consideration than the mere facts of any given situation. Justice is not the only option; there is always the opportunity for mercy as well. A desire for reformation can be just as strong as any drive for vengeance. Balancing between these two pulls is a difficult task.
Warren Ellis of Moon Knight, Iron Man Extremis, The Authority, Planetary, Transmetropolitan, Thunderbolts, Next Wave Agents of HATE, Astonishing X-Men & Gravel will team with new artist Tula Lotay of Adventures of Superman, American Vampire Anthology & The Witching Hour Anthology for a relaunch of the Rob Liefeld created and previously written by Alan Moore property Supreme from Liefelds Extreme imprint of Image Comics. It is a good year to be an Ellis fan. More details and official press release at CBR
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
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
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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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