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Thursday, October 14, 2004
Couple of Things
--Oh, I got linked to by Bookslut...that explains the big spike in traffic.
So, any new readers I've picked up lately, welcome.
--Okay, I wasn't going to mention this, as many people proved to be kind of touchy about the subject, but it's one of the few occasions when my generally low opinion of mankind wasn't confirmed. We've only had two people come in and ask us about Christopher Reeve merchandise. Usually when a celebrity dies we're flooded with requests for stuff with their picture on it. I mean, I still get regularly asked for anything with Dale Earnhardt on it.
And, of course, I still get people asking me if I have any "911" comics...It's an ill-wind that no one tries to profit off of, clearly.
--(Yes, by doing the two huge review posts on Tuesday I've run out of material for today, because the only books I haven't reviewed yet are Authority: Human on the Inside and Scandalous and I'm not particularly in the mood to talk about either this morning, so I'm desperately trying to find something interesting to say...)
--Worldwatch is actually selling fairly well for us. I flipped through the most recent issue and it was more of the same, more or less. I did find the idea of a Captain Marvel-esque hero who is gay but whose mortal side is a homophobe briefly amusing, but I can't help but think the concept would have worked better in the hands of a more capable writer. Which is not to say that Austen is bad, because he's not. He's a perfectly capable writer. But that's pretty much damning with faint praise isn't it?
--Diamond saw fit to send us only less than half of our copies of Ultimate Nightmare, but shorted us one copy of Secret War. If the ratio had been reversed we'd still probably have plenty of left-over copies of Secret War. Long gaps in the publication schedule, a high price-point, and nothing actually happening in any given issue seems to be killing people's interest in Bendis' magnum opus.
--We got the new Adventures of the Fly trade in from Archie, and boy-howdy, did they ever want you to know that Jack Kirby worked on the Fly. He's name-dropped all over the place in that book.
Funny, the name "Dan DeCarlo" doesn't appear once in Archie's Best of Josie and the Pussycats book...
--Fanboy Rampage has gotten...Interesting in Graeme's absence (not that it wasn't a required daily read before, but now it's "interesting", with meanginful quote marks). I especially dig Chris Butcher of Comics 212's round-up of fan reaction to an HIV character appearing in Green Arrow. What I find most interesting is that it drives home once again for me that, despite the perception that many people seem to like to spread that comics fans are overwhelmingly liberal in their politics, most comic fans, in actual fact, veer towards the conservative side of the political spectrum, with many edging towards the reactionary in their politics. Were I a cruel man, I would suggest that perhaps there's a link between the infantile morality of super-hero comics and the id-based politics of contemporary American conservatism. But I get people annoyed enough with me as it is, without having to bring politics into it.