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Wednesday, March 02, 2005
New Comics Day and Other Observations
So much for the $2.95 price point for DC books.
The way we display the copies of Previews at the store generally involves putting alternating covers face-up. I've noticed that the copies that have been put out with the Green Lantern cover face-up are selling much better than the ones with an advertisement for yet another Todd McFarlane toy line.
The trade paper-back collection of Seamonsters and Superheroes has an incredibly poor choice for a cover image. It's an abstract, mandala-like pattern using pictures from the book, with neither the title nor the author discernible anywhere on it. I've mentioned before how sometimes, with some "indie" books, it's not so much the quality of the book that's the selling point, but how much hipster cred owning the book gives you. This design seems intended to appeal to the "hipster cred" market.
Antarctic Press also released a guide to coloring comics. I could make a joke about how that's almost like Rob Liefeld releasing a guide to human anatomy, but it seems unnecessarily cruel.
There's nothing I like more on a busy Wednesday morning than helping a customer go through about a dozen boxes of badly drawn porno comics. Oh, wait, no...I hate doing that.
The collected edition of Teenagers From Mars came out. It's a great book, well worth checking out. I especially liked the pin-up section in the back. Having Mike Diana contribute an illustration to a book about censorship and scape-goating appeals to me greatly.
I know this observation isn't original to me, but whenever I see something from an older cartoonist that makes an uninformed and dismissive comment about manga, the mental image I have is of a dinosaur telling a rodent-like creature: "Oh, you mammals, with your ability to adjust to changes in temperature and internal reproduction! Don't you know that we giant lizards are the pinnacle of evolution?"
If you'd told me a year ago that an Age of Apocalypse revamp would be our best-selling book this week I'd have called you a dirty liar, and I don't know, maybe I'd have hit you or something.
Things I shouldn't have to tell a co-worker: "Stop talking like a pirate! (No, for once I'm not talking about Mike.)
I finally got my Hustler Superboy to go with my Leather Daddy Wolverine!