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Thursday, February 03, 2005
Various Things I Have To Say
The winds have returned to Southern California, hot, dry and dusty. And so my allergies have returned as well. This means that I've been an even bigger ball of sunshine and optimism than usual.
Larry Young is a gentleman of the highest order. After noticing my comment in my review for Couriers 03: The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker that Diamond's LA warehouse had apparently not received any copies, a disturbingly frequent occurrence for books from independent publishers, Larry made sure that we had some copies of the book to sell to our customers on the book's release date yesterday. So I've been pimping the book extra hard to our customer's in appreciation. Thanks Larry!
An Interesting Inventory Control Observation: At our store, Monolith outsells G.I. Joe.
New Comics Day
We received the new Bizarro World hard-cover, and I think I'm going to wait for the soft-cover edition. Mostly because I did buy the previous book in hard-cover and wasn't terribly impressed with the majority of the contents. But I can't deny that seeing reports on-line of various cartoonists involved with this book complaining about how unfair it was of DC to exercise content and contract guidelines for this book made me annoyed with some of the cartoonists. Maybe I'm a bad person, but I don't see the problem with the copy-right holder telling someone they've employed on a work-for-hire basis what the acceptable limits regarding content are. Which isn't to say that DC didn't micro-manage this project to death, because by all accounts they did, but I really doubt that the content restrictions DC placed on this project were that onerous.
I was flipping through the Frank Cho Shanna The She Devil comic and, I'm trying very hard not to see this as indicative of some of the wider problems with the American mind-set; but I find it very interesting that showing people being violently disembowled or with half their faces ripped off is a-ok, but for God's sake, whatever you do, don't let people see a naked breast.
Giving Gossip Mongers Fits
A much in demand series from a big name talent, originally produced by a now-defunct company, is going to be reprinted.
A big name talent once described another big name talent as "a s***** s***** b*****."
A big name talent once shot a man just because he felt like it.