I’m a big believer in variety in my reading. Yes, I buy a lot of superhero comics, but I’m also fascinated by mysteries, crime stories and other kinds of storytelling. I wish I could tell you what I’m going to like, but I often don’t know until I see it. One of my favorite comics companies is AfterShock, and they’ve declared 2019 “The Year of Reading Dangerously.”
I wrote a similar column about three years back, but I thought it was worth an update as we near the end of 2018… sort of a “state of the industry” from my perspective before we move into a new year. First, of course, I need to give my yearly advice to people buying gifts for comics fans, especially late ones (hey, guys, it IS Christmas Eve)! Do NOT try to buy an item you THINK they might want! Chances are, they either have it or don’t want it if they haven’t already bought it. Instead, locate their local comics…
As reported by MajorSpoilers.com Head Honcho Stephen Schleicher, Marvel had recently been building up interest in what appeared to be the destruction of their very own universe. Teaser images aplenty flooded the Internet, then the House of Ideas released exactly what was going on… a miniseries called Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History.
Stephen’s response was perfect: “Well… that was… anticlimactic.”
I was intrigued recently when I read a news release posted here at MajorSpoilers about Dark Horse partnering with Vanguard Visionary Associates. Now, it’s not unusual for American companies to accept funding from overseas companies—Valiant Entertainment has done that, for example.
It does show that the industry is always looking for more money so they can offset those not-so-great comics while they work on selling more successful ones!
Saturday was what some folks call “Free Comic Book Day Lite,” otherwise known as Halloween ComicFest.
Looks like this second FCBD each year is picking up steam, which makes me as a fan of the comics industry very happy!
Well, as reported here at MajorSpoilers, a preview of the current James Bond comics from Dynamite Entertainment will be in the October 30 issue of Playboy. While that magazine is not my cup of tea, hey, if it draws more people to the industry, I’m all for it!
I always like to tell the story of a friend of mine who, discouraged that Buffy the Vampire Slayer was leaving the airwaves, felt we should be paying for each show we like so that we can continue to get new episodes even though networks had given up on them.
Turns out he may have been way, way ahead of his time, although it turns out channels may work better than specific programs.