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Wednesday, July 14, 2004
New Comics Day
Item One! I haven't updated the "Which Book Will Diamond Not Ship Us This Week" list in awhile because for the last couple of weeks all we've been short on were one or two copies of titles we either ordered plenty of copies of anyway, or were fairly certain weren't going to sell anyway, so we weren't sweating missing a few. What was kind of annoying was that we were continually not sent our DC comics preview pack. It's not a terribly vital thing to have, as usually it's too late to up our orders by the time Marvel and DC get the preview packs to us, but it is an indicator of how much attention the warehouse workers are paying. Every Diamond account is supposed to get a preview, after all, so if they miss a couple it means they aren't as focused as they should be.
Well, this week we didn't get Guardians #1 or Thor: Son of Asgard #6. At all. That's kind of annoying. Especially when we had several customers, both in-store and on the phone, inquire after those books. I'm not sure how much blame I can place on the warehouse workers, since it appears that no stores serviced by the LA Diamond warehouse received any copies of those two books at all.
Item Two! Holy Crap, did I buy a bunch of stuff today. Bear in mind, I'm buying for both me and Pete. I'm not sure how other "two comics readers" couples do it, since Pete and I have very different tastes and buying habits. People have been known to go through the books and seperate out titles by whether they're mine or Pete's, and usually they manage to do it with an 100% success rate. Very little of what we buy, outside of some DC team books and a couple of humor titles like Aaron Williams' stuff and Barry Ween, is for both of us. And I can't complain too much, because although he gets more than I do by number of titles, most of what I get is more expensive than what he gets. So it evens out. He may get, say, 15 different titles in any given week, but they're all floppies. While I'm only getting 6 titles, but that's one trade paper-back, an OGN, a manga volume, and an indie comic with a high price-point, as well as two floppies (one of which is probably a prestige format book...).
There were a couple of noteworthy purchases, which you'll probably be hearing about soon: Ursula, last week's Comics Journal, the new Eightball, the ps238 trade as a present for Pete, XXXholic Vol. 2, Ranma 1/2 vol. 10000 or so, The Tomb from ONI, and the latest Video Watchdog which features reviews of both Escape from New York and Escape to Witch Mountain. That pairing amuses me greatly.
Item Three! I didn't buy the Lizzie Maguire: The Movie cine-manga. But it did provide a great many laughs when I flipped through it. Of course, none of the things I thought were funny were intended to be funny, but still...
And the most horrifying thing I saw this week as a Greg Land illustration in the new issue of Toyfare of grown-up, sexy versions of Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Brite. I felt a little piece of my soul die when I saw that.
Item Four! In non-comics stuff, I purchased several CDs yesterday, including the soundtrack for De-Loveley solely for the covers, the new Polyphonic Spree album, and the Scissor Sisters. Interesting note about that last CD. I had read several reviews of the album that made it sound like the kind of thing I usually like. So I downloaded a couple of the songs. And liked them. So I went out and bought a $30 CD. And you know, this isn't the first time I've spent money on an album after hearing some of the songs on-line, either through legitimate means or otherwise. In fact, I'd wager that I've spent more money on CD in the last two years, all on bands and artists that I first heard through music downloads, than I did in the entire ten years prior to that. So what lesson will the RIAA learn from my example, and the many, many, many people who, like me, and according to the RIAA's own research, are more likely to spend money on CDs when they can hear some of it for free on-line? Well, clearly, that people who spend lots of money on music they like are killing the record industry because they may download some music they shouldn't...
Item the Final Both Anchorman and Dodgeball are very funny films, and probably the best films I've seen all summer. If you go to see them, however, for God's sake, close your eyes and stuff up your ears during the preview for Taxi! As if the presence of both Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah isn't enough of a sign that this film was a bad idea, the fact that the villains of the piece are sexy female bank robbers should be enough of a hint that making this film was a very bad idea!