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Wednesday, April 13, 2005
New Comics Day
I didn't have the energy in me to post this morning. Partly it was the combination of the massive review post from yesterday and the time I spent going through Previews, again, to work out actual order numbers for manga titles in light of past months orders and actual sales, bearing in mind the number of copies we must order of certain titles to meet the needs of our pull-list customers. That's also how I found out that somebody with a pull-list at our store is sneaking some of their comics back onto the rack instead of just, you know, telling us they don't want to get it anymore. I hate that sort of thing.
So I was really glad to come home and find an e-mail from Matt at No-sword letting me know that he just did an interview with manga artist Nishijima Daisuke, whom I hadn't heard of before, but whose style I really like already. It's very quirky and engaging. I like thesethreeillustrations best so far. The interview is well worth checking out, especially in light of how rare it is to see an interview with a manga artist in English.
I was going to try to rip off Mike and talk about every single new manga title that was released today, but you know what? The only thing that was even remotely of interest to me was From Eroica with Love. I don't suppose there's anything technically wrong with Flame of Recca or More Starlight to Your Heart (though I really wish ADV would put some kind of indication of content on their books...a paragraph of plot summary would be wonderful). The only thing that really struck me as sort of, well, odd, was Death Trance, which for some reason is printed with purple ink.
So, since it seems to be one of the topics of the day, I'm also disappointed that DC chose to sever their relationship with Humanoids and 2000AD. I was mostly happy with the titles that were being released under the Humanoids imprint, and I appear to be one of the very few people who actually didn't mind trading off the size of the books for a thicker page count. Especially thos big thick compeniums of Enki Bilal's work. And at least at our store we were starting to have some luck growing an audience for them. The 2000AD books were a bit of a harder sell. I mean, when I can show people a comic by both Alan Moore and Alan Davis and they turn up their noses at it, that's probably not a good sign. The only things I picked up were the Nikolai Dante books and, just today, Th1rt3en
About the last half of my work-day, I suddenly realized that my working life has devolved into an Eddie Izzard routine. If you were to ask me "Dorian, what did you do at work today?" I could honestly answer "Moved books slightly to the right for a couple of hours."
The highlight of my day was this conversation with Kid Chris. He asked me "Whatever happened to Mr. District Attorney?" "Oh, he died in the Crisis?" "What, how? "Like a punk. Got zapped by one of the Anti-Monitor's shadow demons." "When." "Oh, it was in a big crowd scene so you might have missed it. It was Mr. District Attorney, the cast of Gangbusters, and Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis. All zapped by shadow demons."
I think that's when I broke Mike's brain.
I just can't stop adding stuff to this post: So, I looked at the preview of the "new" City of Heroes comic. My two thoughts were: Oh great, generic Top Cow house style art, and Why did they make my City of Heroes comic grim and gritty?
Ah, don't you just love Marvel's not at all pandering fag jokes? Get it? They're in a men's room and Herc references Alexander the Great? Get it? Get it? (See, Herc thinks the other guy is gay, so you're supposed to laugh because Herc thinks he's being hit on! Oh, the comedy!)