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On The Precipice of Mediocrity, Teetering
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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Merry Christmas, by the way, and Happy New Years!
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.
Also BTW, Orson Scott Card is soooooooo gay:
Ahh, yes, but the laziness factor usually trumps the urge to register anything blog-wise.
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:
"Let a man get away with fuckin' you once, you stay bent over so's he can fuck you again whenever he damn well pleases. An' if one man can do it? Another will too. An' another, an' another still. So's being fucked, that's yer life. 'Til who you were, you ain't. 'Cause all you are is an asshole."|
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