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May 6th, 2007

OK, so I am studying for July's big exam, reading Comics Journal.  The cover of this one cracked me up, so I am posting it here.  It might not be work safe as it has male frontal nudity in it, but WTF?  It's the cover of a magazine, for goodness sakes.  James Sturm is teaching Sequential Art at a college....

March 10th, 2007

Comics Snob?


Anyway, I've been reading about comic book fandom and have been speared by a chapter in "Comic Book Culture" wherein my specific type of fandom is considered elitist by the author.  This bugs me a lot. 


March 9th, 2007

Ah...the bliss of a new book.  I have a new book to read that is part of my ComiCon "homework"  It is called, "Comic Book Artists: Profiles of 150 major illustrators" Edited by Alex Malloy.  It's 1993, so the new folks aren't there, but I need the back history of the industry.  I have another called "Comic Book Rebels" about the newer folks.

March 5th, 2007

LoEG, 3.

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I hope this isn't too off-topic, but since the subject has come up in chats and nobody knew for sure I thought I'd mention it.

Looks like a third volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will be coming out in October of this year. Whee! I can't wait. The Black Dossier. Alan and Mina will be there, don't know about Nemo yet.

February 27th, 2007

Given the nature of recent discussion here, I thought you ladies might appreciate this:

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February 19th, 2007



Here is an excerpt from Newsarama:

February 12th, 2007

Here is a link to a provocative idea:


Please read the entry for Thursday, February 8 then come back here.

The relationship between Creator and Consumer is changing.  The Ivory Tower (to use Drayce's term) of Mass Media is under seige by a host of fans.  Shall it succumb? Or will the fans be hoist on their own petard?  What do you think?

Do you think that even the slightest bit of bending art to the audience will destroy creativity?  What becomes of art no one wants to see anymore?  Who is watching the Watcher? (*whispers*  it's us)

Some of you know I work in a bookstore.  I have to order and supervise the display of books and other items to appeal to customers.  Some stuff I do not like...I order it anyway because the customers want it.  Other things I order and put out:  TS Eliot, Nesbit, H Rider Haggard, Machiavelli, all Shakespeare's plays, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, you get the idea.  Those "classics" don't sell enough to really earn their shelf space, but I am loathe to stock a bookstore without them.  At the very least, when a customer comes in to buy her copy of Nora Roberts she will see that we have a stack of Voltaire on the shelves and tell her friend that this is the place to come for her child's reading list! 

This does not make me a critic (though I am one), I do have to respond to the market.  If I don't, the one person in a thousand who came in to buy Candide will not find a bookstore on the corner anymore!  Nora Roberts supports the Voltaire and Shakespeare readers...see?  Otherwise we would be out of business and I would have to go become a teacher and starve.  LOL

But what about Nora?  What if she really wanted to write ala Susan Sontag?  Her publisher would not let her.  Who is the tyrant now?  Look what happened to Stephen King when he signed that big book deal.  Oh yeah...he put out a book a year, but were they GOOD?

Ok, sorry about the rant.  Just say what you think.

February 4th, 2007

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