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Friday, December 12, 2008

Joe Quesada Hate: Take II  

It was a little less than a year ago where I gave a slight rant about JoeyQ's actions with Spider-man.  I dropped the book (although technically I do have a stack of issues under my bed waiting to bed read if I ever get around to it).  That was a rant on his writing/editorializing decisions.

This one is in regards to how he is running his company on masse, and how it is signalling the death knell for the monthly comics medium, along with other heads of comic companies.

I've been noticing lately my weekly haul has been pinching my wallet a bit more than usual.  I thought it was because of events like Secret Invasion and Final Crisis, but the truth of the matter is that Marvel and DC have slowly been creeping the price of their biggest hits up to a base price of $3.99.  This at a time when Marvel is running a 40% profit margin.  Oh, but they say they are doing this to keep the struggling books at $2.99.

And this doesn't mean the issues are getting longer... it simply means that to enjoy an 8-11 minute read, I now need to dish out 4 dollars.  Oh, they may say that it's "32 PAGES!".  But you know what those extra ten pages represents?  Usually some shitty sketches, and a advertisements for the next big event.

Keep in mind... my Netflix subscription costs about 4 times that a month.  Endless DVD choices in a month = 4 comic books.  

All in all, this means I need to start cutting back *substantially* on my pulls from now on, which likely means I won't be picking up any of those struggling books.  I read the big ones because they happen to get the best writers and artists.  I (might* pick up a smaller book, even one with a hgher price tag, if it gets good heat or looks interesting.  But if I don't have that extra disposable income lying around, I'll ignore it.

The economics behind this decision simply boggles my mind.

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posted by Holz | 2:41 PM | Rant & Rave, Bitches! (10)


If you didn't read comics, but were instead a shareholder in Marvel comics, then I'm sure his actions would make a lot more sense to you.

Yes, he may be harming the company's long term profits by going for short-term gains, but ultimately, that wouldn't concern you, as you can always sell your shares when they become unprofitable, and buy something profitable instead.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/15/2008 1:58 AM  

You know what's funny, in my senior year of high school, we had to buy fake stock in 5 companies, and track how we did through the year. Half of my fake money went to Marvel.

Less than a week after the assignment started, Marvel went bankrupt. Yeah, that sucked.

By Blogger Holz, at 12/15/2008 4:24 PM  

Just read 1602 by Neil Gaiman. Interesting story, I liked a lot of the ways the modern characters were integrated. And no Wolverine either, which was a surprise at first, but a pleasatn surprise.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/15/2008 8:41 PM  

I wasn't a huge fan of 1602 for some reason. Probalby because I'm just not a "period piece" fan, and that the Captain America reveal seemed weak. Might need to reread it now.

BTW, the Ender's Game comic is pretty cool, and makes me want to read the book again.

By Blogger Holz, at 12/16/2008 11:00 AM  

The Captain America reveal wasn't great,I'm not sure why the bad guys in the future wouldn't have shot him in the face instead of sending him back in time. And accidentally almost destroy all of existence.
Just recently read Ender's Exile, a new book in the whole series. It was weak. Got to the end, and my reaction was "Is that it? Whatever." The original Ender's game is by far the best.
Also, the Eagles stink.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/22/2008 6:28 PM  

Merry Christmas, by the way, and Happy New Years!


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/22/2008 6:30 PM  

You too, man! Wish I could be in town for the holidays, but I got my Rose Bowl jaunt to SoCal, then Night Nurse and I head out for our honeymoon in St. Lucia the first week of January.

BTW, it's not that hard to register a name on Blogger... you don't always need to be Anonymous :)

By Blogger Holz, at 12/23/2008 3:36 PM  

Also BTW, Orson Scott Card is soooooooo gay:


"Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn. Biological imperatives trump laws. American government cannot fight against marriage and hope to endure. If the Constitution is defined in such a way as to destroy the privileged position of marriage, it is that insane Constitution, not marriage, that will die."

By Blogger Holz, at 12/23/2008 3:40 PM  

Ahh, yes, but the laziness factor usually trumps the urge to register anything blog-wise.

Have fun in St. Lucia!

Orson Scott Card is insane.

Jay (really me, not Chris pretending to be me. Notice the lack of references to me wearing dresses or high heels)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/23/2008 4:40 PM  

Yeah, I'm over a month and a half behind in commenting, but I'll PM you to tell you to read this. Anyway, I'm telling you, man. TPB...I dropped all my pulls except X-Factor and Black Canary/Green Arrow. BC/GA will be dropped soon if the writer who took over for Winnick doesn't shape up. Everything else I read in TPB form. I have to wait longer, sure, but I find it takes me a while to read all those issues anyway so I might as well just get them in spurts. And on Amazon, I can get them for $10-12 each which comes to $1.66-2 per issue. You can't beat that with a stick. Current TPB pull list:

The Walking Dead
Birds of Prey
Grenn Lantern Corps
Anything else random that intrigues me like Planet Hulk, Serenity, etc.

Heh, and you still thought I was a Marvel Zombie.

By Blogger Stan, at 1/30/2009 5:32 PM  

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