- Posted by Johanna on September 17, 2007 at 7:39 am
- Category: 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 Amazon.com 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.
The latest critical roundtable tackles the question of talking about art. I whipped off my response a little too quickly to meet deadline, I fear. I sometimes get the impression that the questions are phrased in a way to try and rile people up, so maybe it’s not a bad thing that I responded in that vein.
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.