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Monday, January 10, 2005

Monday Morning Bits-And-Pieces 

It occurs to me that I should probably say something about the recently announced Supergirl series by Jeph Loeb and Ian Churchill, seeing as how the lack of a continuity-lite, all-ages-friendly, new-reader accessible female super hero title set in the DC universe is a hole I've seen in DC's publishing. Well, Loeb has proven himself to be at least a generally entertaining writer, and I rather thought Churchill acquitted himself nicely on his short run on Uncanny X-Men. But...Churchill's art is of the same over-rendered, questionable-anatomy school that's so popular in contemporary comics, and Loeb's work heavily relies on fanboy pleasing in-jokes (see every issue of Superman/Batman for examples). So it strikes me that DC is pitching this new Supergirl title to the same audience that already buys heavy-continuity titles like Superman/Batman and JSA. When a more appropriate tone, I think, would be the lite-continuity titles like, say, Plastic Man or to a lesser extent the current Action Comics.

(Scrolling down that article a bit, I notice that Loeb mentions that the first issue of Supergirl will feature Power Girl and the, yeah, continuity heavy title it looks like...)

I'd just like to point out that even Marvel is describing this as a "limited edition" printing of X-Men: Phoenix: End-Song. So, in other words, another variant cover, not a reprint. I'd also like to echo Christopher Butcher's observation that calling a title "sold out" when you print to order is stretching the definition of "sold out."

For the record, we ordered a little heavy and it's been a slow seller for us. I'm sure we will eventually sell most of our copies, but at this point it'll be due to people trying to find the "hot, sold out" first printing...

A recent phone call at work: "Do you carry Ru-nez?"

I'm sorry, do we carry what?

"Ru-Nez? I'm looking for some Ru-Nez."

That title doesn't sound familiar to me. Who publishes it?

"It's not a book. They're these little stones with symbols carved on them and you use them to foretell the future."

Oh,, we don't carry those.

"Well, who does?"

I have no idea, sorry.

Moments later, from Mike: Did you tell them to try the BullShit Store?

(Mike, for the record, really, really hates people who claim to be psychic...Just saying the name "John Edwards" around him is good for about five minutes of an entertaining rant.)

We've been getting a lot of requests for old war comics lately, which is good because we've been getting a lot of old war comics in collections we've bought lately, and I've noticed something interesting about them. If you take just about any DC war comic at random, the conclusion to the story will almost certainly be: "Oh, when will mankind learn the folly of war and cease these pointless deaths?" Heck, most of the stories actually have a button that reads "Make War No More" in place of the more typical "The End." By contrast, just about any random Marvel war comic ends with "Yay! We've once again defeated America's enemies! Another victory for white, Anglo-Saxon culture! Isn't killing people who disagree with us swell?"

And people are...surprised by the right-ward slant Marvel seems to be taking editorially?


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