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And Franklin Harris got a well-deserved promotion which has eliminated his blogging time, so I wish him well and tearfully mourn the hiatus of Franklin's Findings
Also, Steve Gerber has a blog now. And Hard Time now has a co-writer. Interesting.
(via Warren Ellis) Apparently not only is Robbie Williams a Grant Morrison fan, the two of them are friends. That actually makes sense in a weird way, but it still twists my brain into funny shapes trying to work out how a British pop-star and an insane Scotsman got to be pals. Also, Morrison is married now?
Tom Spurgeon teases that Pogo may get the Complete Peanuts treatment. This makes me very happy, as I'm still just a little bitter that the last Pogo reprint project was eventually abandoned by Fantagraphics with very little notice. I'm also, I have to confess, still skeptical of the long-term success of the Complete Peanuts. Yes, of course the first volume did really well, but we're having trouble moving the second volume, and with a project of this ambition fatigue is eventually going to start setting in amongst readers. Especially when they start to see just how much space on a book-shelf all those Peanuts volumes are going to take up.
I've noticed an up-tick in our sales on CMX titles. What is interesting is that the sales aren't coming from our manga buyers, they're coming from our super-hero buyers. Specifically, they're coming from folks who primarily read DC or Wildstorm titles. Which, as a I recall, have had some house ads for the CMX books. I don't know if it's the placement of the ads that's encouraging people to check them out, or if it's a notion that "if DC publishes this, and I already like DC books, I might like this."
I was also helping out one of our customers, a librarian, yesterday, who is in the process of putting together a graphic novel section for her library. They did a survey of the library patrons, and manga was pretty much at the top of the list. But given that this particular library is getting almost daily complaints about the Harry Potter books, the head librarian is insisting that none of the manga or graphic novel purchases be anything that could ever even remotely get a religious conservative upset with the library. So none of the manga can have any nudity at all, or any homosexual characters. Which, you know, doesn't leave you with too much choice for manga, except, maybe, some of the Shonen Jump titles. And you people wonder why books get edited.
Five Things Meme
Five things my friends are really into that I don't see what the big deal is.
1)Swamp Thing 2)Deadwood 3)UC Berkeley 4)Friday the 13th movies 5)The Sin City movie
Yesterday at work, don't ask me how, but during the course of a conversation with Kid Chris (Mike was off shirking work), somehow the concept of "zombie Curt Swan" was introduced.
Things I shouldn't have to tell my co-workers: "Stop singing Bohemian Rhapsody!"