LYING IN THE GUTTERS VOLUME 2 COLUMN 128
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Looks like I’m going to be going to the Big Apple Convention in New York this November. Don’t ask how, or why, sometimes opportunities just present themselves.
NEW MARVEL ARMY
Does the media buyer for the US Army, pleased at securing such a coup, realize that the people reading the comics are possibly older than they think, and less likely than the norm to be able to pass a physical? Also, probably more likely to be gay as well. Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t eat that hamburger.
Maybe they should switch to “Marvel Adventures.”
Alex is also known well online for writing quite candidly about her dealings with the comic industry. One well-connected industry commentator was quite aghast at the way Alex seemingly burned bridges recently. However, when pressed, the commentator agreed that everything Alex had said was true…
ZUDA ZUDA HEY
Although some of the creators may have had an inkling they were in for a shot.
Todd Allen wrote quite extensively about this over the weekend, including how a number of them were personally solicited to participate in Zuda, before Zuda even had a name, or a contestant element back in the early part of 2007.
Indeed, Pop Mhan, Ramon Perez, Karl Kerschl, and Tim Smith III were all responsible for developing the original content to promote the site back in August – and two of them are in the final list.
Totally absent from the list are names more familiar with existent web comics, the very crowd most keen and able to submit quality, finished work to Zuda.
Indeed the winners, I’m told, are more associated with people who’ve been submitting work to DC Comics for some time now with limited success, though their work has previously been positive received.
It does appear that there have been Zuda favourites from before the beginning. It was never sold as a new talent search, but that’s how it’s been perceived by the blogosphere and I’ve not seen that perception challenged anywhere, not by DC or Zuda. The contest element made that perception inevitable, and who were DC to argue withe the large amount
of press Zuda received? Basically, it’s “The X-Factor.”
This is no bad thing. It’s all about entertainment, the process as well as the final performance. And it gives a certain talent base, who have already shown persistence, quality of work, likeability and a hunger to break into DC Comics, a chance.
Just don’t confuse it with a genuine new talent search.
WHY ARE WE WAITING?
Remember the book was originally planned as an August weekly book before it got moved to September.
Quesada regularly assured readers the book would be on time.
JQ: Yeah, things are on pace for Spider-Man: One More Day.
NRAMA: Progress wise – where are you on One More Day? Looking good for finishing it up soon?
JQ: Yup, everything is on target to ship on time so I’m keeping my fingers crossed [winks].
However by solicitation deadline the weekliness had been abandoned and the series was coming out every three weeks. And further solicitations extended that time difference, with the final issue initially solicited to ship seven weeks after the third. Although the third issue is delayed six weeks and the fourth by four weeks, so the difference between issues has shrunk…
I am reminded that, during the “Civil War” delays, Tom Brevoort insisted that everything was going according to schedule. When I pointed out that this directly contradicted previous statements, he told me I was wrong, that it was all going to schedule…
Just not the schedule that had been released to the readers. A private internal schedule we hadn’t been made aware of. And according to that, everything was fine.
I still love that one.
That’s “Special” as in “‘specially good at making money and possibly could be lawyer-fodder at some point in the far far future”. As opposed to “special needs.” Although, you know in some cases…
Basically, with Marvel extending its operations across media, especially in film, they’re looking to lock down any potential future problems, and indeed, reward creators for contributing to any further exploitations of the Marvel Universe.
Maybe Marv Wolfman should write in.
FLYING FRIAR HITS THE UK. UK FALLS TO THE GROUND.
I HAVE THE POWER OF… A STURDY SPINE!
“Coming home from the train station, I had two omniboo in my backpack (Daredevil Frank Miller & Amazing Spider Man, iirc) and someone tried to snatch it. I grabbed the pack away from him and used the momentum from the books to spin around and whack the guy in the face on the turn around with said pack. while he was bent over recovering, I hit him again around the upper back area again. He went down and didn’t get back up (or probably didn’t. after a second, I was running to the car!)”
BITS AND PIECES
“From “Suburban Glamour” creator, Jamie McKelvie’s blog comment thread, proves the potential money making opportunities from illegal downloads…
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