Quote-Heavy LinkBlogging

Here’s a terrific reference: a list of 20 broken argumentative strategies you often see online.

Steven Grant writes a must-read explanation of how a reviewer differs from a critic:

I love comics reviews. I think every comics reader with an internet outlet, whether column, blog, podcast, email group, whatever, should be telling everyone within access what comics they liked and didn’t like. (It would be nice if more of them talked about comics most other people weren’t talking about – we only need so many WOLVERINE reviews – but any port in a storm.) A reviewer’s job is simple: you tell people what you think merits their time, money and attention, and you tell them what you don’t think merits it. Anyone can easily be a reviewer even if they don’t have the slightest idea of what they’re talking about because the real job of a reviewer is to respond.

He goes on to point out and shoot down common erroneous reponses to reviews.

At his web board The Engine, Warren Ellis posts some “rough estimates” of Fell sales figures (link no longer available):

#1 – 38,500
#2 – 29,000
#3 – 29,000
#4 – 29,000

Interestingly, if these had been initial orders, FELL would be outselling SPAWN, becoming Image’s top-selling current periodical work.

I think it’s great that Fell is doing so well, thanks to its low price and unusual format (including single-issue stories), but this first made me think “my, how Spawn has fallen.”

In yet another example of a comic publisher turning to the web to juice sales, I just got this press release:

The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel, the 2004 graphic adaptation of L. Neil Smith’s classic libertarian sci-fi novel, will be presented online in its entirety as a serialization starting Wednesday, October 4, publisher Big Head Press has announced.

Illustrator Scott Bieser worked with Smith to present his 1979 prose story in full-color graphic form after several fans of both Smith and Bieser suggested the collaboration, Bieser recalled. The result is a 185-page story that is somewhat pared-down from the original but still carries all the important plot points and has been well-received by Smith’s fans.

The new “roll-out” will include a new forward to the story by Smith, who also noted that since this 1979 story predicts a version of the World Wide Web (called “the Telecom”), Broach will now have come full-circle, in a sense, with this Web presentation.

I just liked the bit about a story speculating on the web ending up there.


One Response to “Quote-Heavy LinkBlogging”

  1. Chris Sims Says:

    I say this with a complete lack of sarcasm, but is Spawn REALLY Image’s top-selling title? I mean, still?

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