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Friday, August 05, 2005
While I Was Away
Things that happened in the comics-internet while I had little to no net access:
Retailers complained about things that wouldn't be a problem if they were doing their jobs right in the first place.
Comic publishers announced bone-headed policies.
Fans, outraged by developments in super-hero comics, vow never to buy anything from that publisher again. Next week they bought lots of books from that publisher anyway.
The revelation that "popular comics commentator" is pretty much the definition of the phrase "big fish in a small pond" escaped people yet again. (Actually, it's more like "bloated koi in bath-tub"...)
People who say they hate super-hero comics spent a lot of time on blogs and message-boards telling people just how much they hate super-hero comics instead of, you know, getting over it and ignoring them and concentrating on the material they do like.
Works of marginal quality and appeal were over-praised for no other reason than they aren't super-hero comics.
"Professional" comics reviewers missed the point of the material they were reviewing.
People complained about super-hero comics being written and drawn as if they were, well, super-hero comics.
Marvel published a bunch of comics that presume the reader knows how Secret War ended.
People got angry over something that happened in a comic-book. Not in relation to the actual merit of the comic or the "outrageousness" of the act...no, it was more the kind of near-hysterical reaction you'd expect people to have upon hearing that the Pope has been raped. By aliens. Live on national television. And your grand-mother was strangely aroused by it.