As the shift in comic distribution and bad economy continues worsen (here’s hoping the economy is on a recovery), the small comic book shops are going to continue to close.Â We heard about this during the 100th issue of the Major Spoilers Podcast, and my own comic book shop closed about five years ago.Â Word came from Fantom Comics that it was also closing its store in the Washington, D.C. area, but instead of leaving all of its customers in the cold, it is switching to home delivery.
According to the company website, there is a $15 minimum order for non-subscribers, but once you meet that minimum and live in the area, they will deliver the comics to your home for free.
Deliveries will take place every Wednesday (11am-7pm) and Saturday (noon-6pm).
We will deliver to any home or office within the following zip codes: 20007, 20008, 20015, 20016, 20815 and 20816.
Subscribers have no minimum purchase requirements. For non-subscribers the minimum is $15.
I mentioned my own comic book store (located an hour and a half away) closed its door about five years ago, but my comic service was never interrupted as James moved the business into his home.Â For those of us located far away, he simply bills us for the shipping charge, which isn’t a huge amount.Â For those in Salina, he gets together each week with the comic readers at a local restaurant, they wine and dine, talk about the current comics, and then go on their merry way with their weekly stash.
I’m glad businesses are figuring out ways to adapt in these changing times, and it ensures that comic shops – even in a different form, will continue for many years.
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Gil Lawson is releasing his first superhero graphic novel next week, and to drum up interest, he has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of Charlatan: Preludes, that you can see after the jump.
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Iâ€™ve mentioned before that Iâ€™ve been a huge fan of electronic books and digital content for years. I bought one of the first e-readers commercially available, and used it until the batteries were unable to hold a charge any longer.Â The black- and -white interface of the e-readers of yesterday and today are perfect for reading books, but for comics — not so good.
Beyond the color issue, what else do e-reader creators, comic book publishers, and retailers need to do to make the transition to digital comics a success?Â Iâ€™ve got a few thoughts on that one.
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Yesterday was another banner day for Marvel as non-comic readers lined up to get their mitts on the Obama variant cover to Amazing Spider-Man #583.Â This was a limited variant, and some stores jacked up prices, which didn’t make too many people happy – including one ass of a store clerk.
What of other reactions?
Erik Larsen isn’t too happy over Marvel stealing his idea.
As far as Marvel goesâ€“ I canâ€™t help but feel very betrayed. They duplicated the incentive coverâ€“and preempted my upcoming oneâ€“and even used the â€œterrorist fist jab.â€ Clearly those in the â€œhouse of ideasâ€ looked at what I did and found inspiration.
I hear that theyâ€™re even doing a story similar to the one I did four years back, where an image-altering villain disguises himself as the President (in my story the Impostor replaced President Bush and took his place for a speechâ€“in theirs the Chameleon, the shape-shifting villain, is going to spoil a speech being given by President-Elect Obama). The whole mess just feels really underhanded. I feel betrayed and, frankly, ripped off and in the real worldâ€“the one outside our funnybook bubbleâ€“Marvel will spin themselves as these great innovators who came up with this terrific publicity stuntâ€“instead of the thieves they are.
And I know what theyâ€™re saying when theyâ€™re called on itâ€“â€Presidents have appeared in comics beforeâ€ and â€œErik didnâ€™t create Barack Obamaâ€ and blah, blah, blah.
The thing that Marvel is attempting to do is to frame the argument. To say â€œweâ€™ve featured presidents in the pastâ€“this is what we doâ€“itâ€™s part of a pattern.â€ But thatâ€™s a false argument. The â€œstuntâ€ was an alternate cover featuring Obamaâ€“ which was something no publisher had done with any president in the past and one that received a lot of press when I did it. If Marvel had done alternate covers with Bush and Clinton or any of the othersâ€“ they could legitimately claim that they were following a pattern and doing what theyâ€™ve done in the pastâ€“ but that wasnâ€™t the case. And theirs is not simply the appearance of a president in a comic book but one on an alternate coverâ€“ and one concocted to try and get some of the same attention that got. I did not create Obamaâ€“ I did, however, have a character endorse him, long before he was elected while Marvel played footsie with Stephen Colbertâ€“ a joke candidate.
For those who didn’t purchase a $25.00 variant cover yesterday, Marvel has announced it is going back to press to make sure everyone has a chance to get on the bandwagon.
UPDATED: Itâ€™s the story youâ€™ve seen everywhere from CNN to the New York Times to Fox Newsâ€”Spider-Man and United States President-Elect Barack Obama meet for the first timeâ€”and to meet the unprecedented demand, Marvel is going back to press with Amazing Spider-Man #583 Third Printing Obama Variant.
The first two printings sold out immediately and Marvel urges retailers to place their orders by Monday, January 19th, using Diamond Code NOV088141.
Who is the biggest loser in this big media event?
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With blood and rage of crimson red…
DCâ€™s Sinestro Corps was the dark horse hit that got me, and many other comic readers, back into the Green Lantern titles.Â Geoff Johns followed this up with a retelling of Hal Jordanâ€™s origin, that skewed everything those of us old enough to remember Emerald Dawn attempted to do 15 plus years ago.Â The main reason for retelling the origin?Â To add in the character of Atrocitus and set up his hatred for Sinestro, who left him nailed to a crucifix of sorts in sector 666.Â Someone with that much rage and hate is probably not someone who is going to do great things.
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Image Comics’ Shadowline imprint is continuing to expand online with a boost to its web comics division.
Shadowline’s continued diversity will be reflected in the web comics, as the line will vary from the science fiction of FINDER to the political intrigue of Len Kody & Jenny Frison’s CHICAGO: 1968 and even the oft-kilter superheroics of ACTION, OHIO by Neil Kleid and Paul Salvi. The lineup also currently includes newer titles like HANNIBAL GOES TO ROME, and the long-running YENNY and BRAT-HALLA. Future contributions include the web comic hit, PLATINUM GRIT by Trudy Cooper and Danny Murphy, and the upcoming LI’L DEPRESSED BOY featuring art by Jim Mahfood, Sam Kieth and more to come!
With this lineup of titles, it looks like Shadowline’s web comic presence will be strong.Â Yenny, Brat-Halla, and Platinum Grit are all on my highly recommended list for web comic readers.
“While my first love comes in the traditional comics format, there’s no denying the massive amount of new ideas and talent coming from the online world,” said Shadowline Publisher Jim Valentino in a prepared statement. “It’s become a way for creators like PLATINUM GRIT’s Trudy Cooper to gain recognition or established names like FINDER’s Carla Speed McNeil to get their work to a wider audience. We’re thrilled to bring these creators together in one collective.”
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When I found out that X-Factor #33 was part of a three part Secret Invasion tie-in with She-Hulk, I was not happy. Iâ€™m never happy when X-Factor gets dragged into another event or mini-series.Â But there was more to it; what I didnâ€™t know that Peter David was writing She-Hulk.
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It only took one day for the trailer-esque DC Universe 0 to sell out at Diamond Comics Distributors. With all the mainstream press DC received from such outlets as The New York Daily News, the Associated Press, and The New York Times, as well as our own coverage, it is understandable that comic readers young and old went out to pick up this “jumping on point” issue.
In order to meet demand, DC is already back to press with a second printing that features a variant version of the original cover.
I think the sell out took DC by surprise, as the second edition won’t be available until May 28.
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