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Tuesday, August 10, 2004
More Short Updates
1) Newsarama brings you a three-page preview of the Book Which We No Longer Speak Of, but the real fun is the discussion afterwards featuring such missing-the-point highlights as "Deathstroke would never be able to take down Flash so easily" and accusations of nerd-dom.
That's right, someone posting at Newsarama calls someone else a nerd, with no trace of irony at all. Someone with a quote from "Big Trouble in Little China" in his signature line no less...
I think it provides an object lesson in the limitations of both the serial format and the trade format. This was a four-issue, Prestige Format mini. That's a lot of dosh to shell out for four months. I can understand why some retailers and fans may have balked. On the other hand, I'd be willing to bet money that a lot of people who passed because of the perceived expense of the indiviual issues decided to wait for the trade, which may or may not ever actually happen. Given that it's Busiek and Immonen on Superman, I'm fairly certain a trade paper-back would sell well, both in initial orders and over time.
3) It came to my attention that my piece on the gayest comic ever prompted some discussion on a comics board or two. So just to respond to a couple of points that were raised in those discussions:
-Since I am gay, I am allowed to call inanimate objects gay. It's not perjorative when I use it.
-Likewise, since I am gay, I'm really hard pressed to see how the piece was somehow evidence of anti-gay bias in this blog...
-I implied that Ultimate Colossus would have a good career starring in Kristian Bjorn movies because there is ample textual evidence to support that theory. And Mark Millar said so, too.
(The above was brought to you at the insistence of that big jerk Mike, who threatend to say something about the subject if I didn't...)