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Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Why Yes, I Am Vain, Why Do You Ask?
--Pleasant surprise at work today (which was unseasonably hectic); pal Ian came in and was flipping through the latest issue of The Comics Journal when he turns to me and says: "Have you read this yet?"
No, I reply, I haven't. Why?
"Because they quote you in it."
Now, I'd like to say that I was a responsible adult about this and didn't mercilessly give Mike grief about the fact that my name appears in an issue of TCJ and his doesn't. I'd like to, but I can't...
(Of course, my internal monologue was, "Crap, better get some real content up this week.")
--You know how I want Green Lantern: Rebirth to end? I want the final issue to reveal that, nope, Hal Jordan was always a murderous monster and now he's worse than ever before. Just so that fanboys never again attempt to nag DC into changing things just because their pride was wounded by the "tainting" of a fictional character.
--Boy, that Ultimate Fantastic Four sketch cover sure is terrible looking. It's like a bad photo-copy of the pencils.
--I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that sales on the Marvel Holiday Special 2004 end up resembling sales on Spider-Man: India.
--Every time I see that picture of Alex Ross dresses as the Phantom, as I did in the Battle of the Planets art book we got in today, I can't help but think that the proliferation of that image is doing more damage to the reputation of people who read comics than anything else in history ever. But then, I am a bad, cynical man.
--How can we tell that the pirate trend in comics is dead and buried? Archie is doing a pirate themed gag on the most recent issue of Archie and Friends.
--Every time I see an article in Wizard along the lines of this month's eight page "director's commentary" for Astonishing X-Men I think "Wow, Wizard had an extra eight pages to fill this month..."
--Finally, I'm not quite sure what to make of this call I received today: "I know you normally get your new comics on Wednesday, but are they going to be delayed until tomorrow because of the holiday?"
Uh, no, tomorrow is the holiday sir, so the comics came in today as normal.
I mean, it almost sounds like a reasonable question, except that it implies that events in the future can affect the past, and that's just too much quantum hoo-haa to deal with in comics retail...