- Posted by Johanna on September 12, 2006 at 10:04 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
I’m back — did you miss me?
I’ll have a longer post on why I was gone later. (Short answer: Baltimore Comic-Con, and it was great!) For now, though, some random thoughts on things I’ve been catching up on.
Dave Carter uses math well, indicating why gross numbers aren’t the best way to respond to the question “Why, if Tokyopop and Viz put out the same rough number of titles monthly, do people think Tokyopop is flooding the market while Viz acts responsibly?” Because Viz supports more long-running titles, that’s why. The commentors add additional insight.
Update: Dave adds two more months of data, showing that the pattern is consistent.
Justified Savage Complaint Department: Ragnell points out how Black Panther is sexist while Dorian isn’t excited by DC and Marvel summit announcements, Marvel’s homophobia (their flagship gay character dead), or DC’s use of tentacle rape and a near-naked Poison Ivy.
Blog punching bag James Meeley is blogging again. His first few posts take the radical positions that comics were more fun when readers didn’t know what was coming up; that editors should keep sex out of superhero comics because they should be for all ages (i.e. kids, an idea that’s a long-standing preoccupation of Meeley’s); and that late comics are bad. (If I didn’t know better, I’d think Meeley was a Byrne sock puppet, give the conservative fogeyness of these opinions.)
But the BEST part of his return happened when he started responding to links to his blog with cease and desist messages. This has resulted in both BeaucoupKevin and I spreading links and ridicule more widely, demonstrating the Streisand Effect.
This one’s for KC: Chris at ISB reviews Big Apple Takedown, a novel featuring WWE wrestlers as spies. Hilarious!
Last, as usual after a comic award ceremony, DC sent out the following message summing up their results as part of their weekly retailer newsletter:
DC COMICS TAKES HOME FOUR 2006 HARVEY AWARDS
The winners of the 2006 Harvey Award winners [sic] were announced at the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 9, with DC Comics taking home awards in four categories. DC congratulates all the winners and thanks all who took part in the voting process.
DC’s 2006 Harvey Award winners are:
Special Award for Humor in Comics
* Kyle Baker (PLASTIC MAN)
Best Cover Artist
* James Jean (FABLES)
* J.H. Williams III (PROMETHEA)
That’s a nice message and a classy way to recognize their titles and creators. However, I found it noteworthy that of the four awards, only one is for a title that’s still being published. The other three were cancelled or concluded.