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Wired asked “sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games” to write stories in six words. Comic-related contributors include Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Howard Chaykin. Some are much more successful than others in actually creating something I’d classify as a story — many are more like puzzles (what are they getting at?) or simple descriptions.

The Comics Reporter is holding a contest where you can win a copy of Ode to Kirihito by emailing. All I know about this book is the description Tom gives, that it’s a “800-page Osamu Tezuka graphic novel”, but it’s free!

MacGuffin makes two important points about the Fantagraphics store opening. The first, almost a throwaway, is that Fantagraphics may not know how many direct comic market stores actually carry their books because many of them order through W.W. Norton, their bookstore distributor, instead of Diamond. The second goes like this:

Primarily due to the non-returnable nature of the direct market, there are very few remaindered graphic novels to be bought in bulk and sold at a sharp discount. That, however, is essentially what this damaged room will be, a place for Fantagraphics to sell off extra stock that simply won’t move via the book market or Diamond. Possibly due to the fairly recent rise of graphic novels (coupled with the industry’s fascination with monthly singles), there hasn’t developed a particularly significant secondary market for graphic novels. Sure a few might pop up here and there in used bookstores but for the most part used, damaged or remaindered graphic novels simply aren’t available. I suspect that may begin to change if I’m correct in my guess that the damaged room will be the most successful element of the Fantagraphics Mega Mart.

However, Dark Horse’s retail arm Things From Another World has had a nick and dent discount list for… I don’t know how long, but it’s not recent. They’re currently showing 399 items at 50% off. It would be very interesting to know how well that aspect of their sales has done.

Brainfreeze reads my mind in her? his? writeup of Why I Like(d) the Legion: they were stand-alone stories, not involved with the rest of the DC universe; the series was character-based, and there were a TON of characters, which meant they could be more individual (instead of The Girl) and everyone could find someone they liked; and real change as characters grew. We also seem to have reached the same conclusion about the current series:

The link to the past has been broken–and although I love comics for what they are as well as what they were, there’s something about the new Legion that just doesn’t hold this reader’s loyalty in the way that the old Legion books did. The nostalgia factor is gone, and that puts the book lower on the “keep this at all costs!” list than it used to be.

It’s just not what it used to be, but then, how could it be? Maybe I’ll never develop another strong involvement with any other series because I’m not the same person I was then, and neither are the comics.

PW Comics Week ran an interview with Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum, the guys who do Unshelved, a popular webcomic about librarians (that I quite enjoy).

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