Monday Morning LinkBlogging

After seeing the benefit anthology Hope: New Orleans is asking for yet more money in order to get their book printed, I’m forced to ask: why bother? If you want to help Katrina survivors, there are plenty of fine charities that will take your money. Why go through the extra level of buying a book that features mostly aspiring creators? Wouldn’t it be more effective to donate directly, instead of having pieces of it chipped away to pay the printer and such?

Mike Barklage points out the value of Amazon’s new Print-on-Demand service.

To promote the upcoming Midnight Sun graphic novel, SLG Publishing has made the first chapter available to read online. There’s also an online trailer and a discount offer: preorder directly from the publisher and get the book for 30% off. It’s by Ben Towle (who describes the premise), and I’m looking forward to it.

Also, SLG Editor-in-Chief Jennifer de Guzman points out that the inclusiveness of comic shops, finding a place where there are others like you and products you’re interested in, too often applies only if you’re a boy. I totally agree with her take on things:

I don’t go to comic shops anymore. I’ve walked into a few and known that I would never go back. … Because I keep apprised of what’s going on in the industry, get Previews in the office, and for the most part don’t read floppies, I don’t need a comic shop. I order graphic novels from or buy them at conventions. Sometimes I’ll get them at Borders or Barnes and Noble. As a consumer, I don’t support the direct market, not from any philosophical predisposition, but just as a matter of convenience and preference.

Optimist David Welsh provides a list of basic things every shop should do to be a better store.

I didn’t want to get into last month’s debate about The Killing Joke (although I agree with those who say that it’s uncomfortable seeing a heroine used only as plot device, and I disagree with the general veneration of Alan Moore as doing no wrong). I just wanted to note that anyone who tries to defend the book from charges of sexism while ignoring Oracle’s female co-creator Kim Yale when discussing the character’s return undercuts their argument in my eyes.

5 Responses to “Monday Morning LinkBlogging”

  1. Chris Mautner Says:

    Sorry about that Johanna. Blame it on me writing my intro on two different computers over a lengthy period of time and trying to remember what I said in my intial email. The intent was not to rile, to be sure. Provoke maybe, but certainly not rile.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, I don’t know that it’s a bad thing, really — impassioned is more interesting to read than dry and academic, after all. And yes, provoke is a much better word.

  3. The Dane Says:

    Wow, Midnight Sun looks really good. I hadn’t even heard of it before now. Three cheers for free samples!

  4. Kate Willaert Says:

    1) I wasn’t trying to defend the book from charges of sexism, so much as working out, out loud, my internal conflict regarding how I feel about the book. And in fact, I do conclude at the end of the post that the book itself was very sexist, and questioning what Alan Moore was thinking.

    2) I’m not a DC expert (I don’t read a lot of DC…the only Oracle story I’ve read so far is a single Birds Of Prey TPB) and apparently didn’t do enough research on Oracle’s creation — sorry.

    You could’ve simply posted a simple message correcting me rather than resorting to snark.

  5. Johanna Says:

    I’m not blaming you (and I’m sorry you see a snarky tone in what I was attempting to present straightforwardly) — but I do find it disturbing that not only is the character portrayal sexist, but too many people are willing to overlook the woman who worked to redeem the character. In many cases (not yours), that’s another example of comic industry sexism, crediting only the male half of a co-writing team with what they like. (And I don’t post or comment on livejournal.)




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