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Sunday, January 16, 2005
Things I Missed While I Was Away
--DC does something really smart and puts out a book reprinting various Vertigo first issues, in a format and at a price that should make it an attractive seller for both direct-market stores and book stores...and the reaction from comic fans seems to largely consist of "But I already have those!" and "But those aren't complete stories!"
--Marvel announces a television ad for Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four, timed to premiere when the Fantastic Four movie will no-doubt be setting all kinds of here-to-fore unseen box office records...in other industries, this is what's referred to as "throwing good money after bad."
--John Bryne apparently said something foolish again, and for once nobody acted surprised...
--And how did I spend all my free time, cooped up at my mother's house with no connection to the internet? Not by reading comics, that's for sure. Instead, I listened to the Avenue Q soundtrack more times than I probably should have and watched my We Are Scissor Sisters...And So Are You and Starring Chip n Dale DVDs. The Scissor Sisters disc is fun, though I find that the experience of watching a live show rarely translates well into film or television. Or ever, really. But there's still lots of nifty goodies on the disc if you're a fan of the band. The "Chip n Dale" disc is interesting as well, as the films are clearly not remastered or shown in chronological order. They're just a bunch of "Chip n Dale" cartoons thrown on a disc and rushed out for sale, it looks like. There is even a bit of ethnic caricature that makes its way onto one of the shorts, and I understand Disney has been very careful about that sort of thing on their big, expensive, prestige format DVD releases. I know on my Silly Symphonies, World At War and Chronological Donald discs I've got to sit though Leonard Maltin talking about how "societal standards were different back then..." before I can watch a cartoon that involves ethnic humor or guns. So I guess Disney isn't worried about well-meaning busy-bodies complaining about Dale dressed as a caricature of a Chinese man.
--Oh, and that drive to get to work and avoid mudslides and boulders? Really long and really not worth it, especially given that this was the week all the rude and high maintenance customers decided to shop with us (trust me folks, I know how to handle a comic without bending it, you don't need to have a panic attack on that score), but I can't afford a week without pay, so it was rather a necessary trip. I did get to see snow on the mountains, and drive through some quaint little speed-traps, I mean towns.