Matt Brady at Newsarama posts an analysis piece on the Soma/Brownstein story. Of all those involved, the most blame is placed at the feet of the columnist who made inaccurate statements that cast suspicion at innocent, uninvolved men. (The Newsarama vultures promptly lay into Brady for writing the piece at all, since he’s friends with Brownstein, a connection he revealed.)
Elin Winkler seconds Lea Hernandez’s anger at the lack of female San Diego guests. One of her commentators asks about the Guerilla Girls, an effort I’d love to see applied to comics, because the numbers are simply appalling.
Lyle at Crocodile Caucus (link no longer available) follows up on two previous posts of mine: one on why people go to cons (he points out the joy of discovering new talents) and one on the comic format debate.
Due to various developments in the industry, following periodical comics has become increasingly inconvenient. With smaller overprint runs at DC and Marvel’s no-overprint policy, it’s easier to miss out on an issue. Worse, with Diamond giving retailers deteriorating service, it’s hard to tell if a comic has sold out (meaning that I should check out other shops in the area, if I want a copy badly enough) or if it simply didn’t arrive in my retailer’s shipment (meaning I should give them a week to correct Diamond’s error). That increases the chances of missing an issue. These factors also make it harder to catch up on an overlooked title that has good word of mouth… Keeping up with most periodical comics involves too much making of lists, checking them off and following-up on the remainders. To be blunt, I just don’t enjoy most DC or Marvel comics enough to do all that work, not when I finding the manga titles I enjoy is so easy that I have narrow down my purchases.
Publishers should make things easier for their readers, not harder.