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Monday, June 06, 2005
There May, Or May Not, Be A Theme To This Post
Well, that was an...interesting weekend. I'm not quite sure what I can, should or want to say about it. But it has the potential to cause things around here to change quite a bit in the next few weeks and months.
I'm not afraid to admit when I'm wrong. In one of my prior manga ordering round-ups, I expressed skepticism about the quality of the upcoming MBQ by Felipe Smith. Felipe wrote to me and asked me to take a look at the preview pages, which I did, and you can too. It's funny and it has an appealing art style. And, unsurprisingly, it's not at all what the marketing I've seen for it made it sound like.
Mike: I shall be Manager Rex and you shall be my Manager Prince! Dorian: I'd rather be Manager Baron Mike: Why? Dorian: It sounds more sinister. Mike: Aw, man. Now I want to be Manager Baron.
A customer came in and asked me which super-hero comics are good for an eight year old who doesn't like super-heroes.
I'm still trying to see the logic in that thought process...
Another entertaining customer exchange over the weekend.
"We'd like to buy some comic books to send to the soldiers in Iraq. About how much are they?" Well, most of them are between $2.25 and $2.99. "What? Where are the comics that cost less than a dollar? We'll send them some of those instead." So...you support our troops, but not enough to pay retail prices?
(I kid...they were actually quite nice, and we loaded them down with free comics, but man...telling me you're only willing to spend a dollar per troop to support them. Classy.)
Lifelike, new web-comic by Dara Naraghi and Tom Williams.
So, the best news, by far, out of Wizard World Philadelphia is Showcase Presents, a new series of black and white, 500 page reprints of classic DC comics material. I've been hoping that DC would try to do something with their extensive back-catalog for some time now, especially the works outside the super-hero genre, and with Jonah Hex being one of the first titles to get this treatment, I'm optimistic for this line. Maybe folks will finally get their Sugar and Spike books. This would also be a good format for DC's mystery, fantasy and war titles. I'm not too excited about the idea of more super-hero comics being reprinted in this format (though it is probably the only way we'll ever get a Metamorpho trade out of DC), just because the general quality of other black and white reprints of super-hero comics is so poor. Some of the Essential titles are pretty much unreadable once you strip out the color.