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Wednesday, December 29, 2004
New Comics Day Joy?
Dorothy arrived in our store today, apparently early...but all of you nice people already bought it, right? Right?
Nameless Name Dropping: So, Comics Pro comes into the store, and checks out the latest volume of work by Other Comics Pro, one With A Certain Reputation. And there was much head-shaking and eye-rolling to be had...
I tell you, if I were evil, I could really make some internet gossip columnists day...
On Monday I got a look at our Diamond invoice, and I noticed that there was a Hell House comic coming out...and I rather like Richard Matheson's work, so I think about checking it out. It comes in the store today, and I see that it's been published by IDW, which immediately kills all my enthusiasm for it, because there's no way I can justify the expense of a square-bound mini-series at IDW's prices to myself.
The cover of the most recent issue of Spawn is of some decidedly feminine version of Spawn...and I don't want to know who McFarlane thinks he's pandering to with that.
The new issue of Savage Dragon has a picture of the Dragon punching George W. Bush on the cover. If ever there was a book whose audience isn't going to appreciate a comic making fun of Bush, even in an incidental way, even if the interior has a vague pro-Bush conclusion, it's Savage Dragon. Or anything written by Chuck Dixon.
(But how likely are we to see an anti-Bush comic from Chuck Dixon?)
I can't help but think that Marvel wanted to get their Elektra movie adaptation out early so that they at least stand a chance of selling some copies. Because once the movie does come out, those things have "shelf-warmer" written all over them.
The only What If... books that seemed to attract a lot of attention were the ones written by Brian Bendis. I'm not quite sure what that indicates, but my suspicion is that the core audience for books by Bendis and the core audience for fan-servicing alternate-universe Marvel Universe stories heavily overlap.