- Posted by Johanna on December 26, 2006 at 11:30 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Here’s a nice Boxing Day gift: Loren Collin’s list of free online comics. These aren’t webcomics, but sample issues and stories print publishers have put online as samples.
The Howling Curmudgeons look back at reprints we didn’t see this year. To which I respond, yeah, why haven’t we heard anything more about Miracleman? (But I can see why current star writer Bill Willingham maybe wouldn’t want the often-embarrassing Elementals reprinted. This is the series that put out a “Sex Special” and postulated that one of the female heroes wore super-high-heeled boots and a skintight costume because she got a power charge out of erotic energy.)
I hate to break it to him, but while the comic-format Archie titles sell roughly 15-25,000 copies an issue, the digests are over 100,000, with some up to 125-130,000. (Figures by rough memory from the last time they published a mailing permit statement of ownership.) With Archie, the forgettable stuff happens in the “regular” comics.
In other Archie news, KC’s been working on filling in our collection of older Archie titles. We now have all the issues of the Sabrina series from the 70s, always one of my favorites, and lots of other fun books. He’d tried googling for reference sites on the books, but he wasn’t able to find much.
He did keep running into mentions of my site as the only person online who reviews their publications, which made me wonder why people forgot about Tony Isabella. Then I saw that Tony’s moved much more firmly into superhero comics these days, and I didn’t see a mention of Archie comics for the last three months, so maybe he’s quit talking about them.
I just figure that if a ton of sites can keep talking about superhero books, regardless of quality or creative achievement, because that’s what they’ve always read and it’s what they’re nostalgic for, the least I can do is the same for books that aren’t so overexposed. (I’m trying really hard to avoid calling Archies the girl equivalent of superheroes, but I think there are some similarities there.)