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Now I don’t need to review Alex Robinson’s Lower Regions — Tom Spurgeon has done a better job than I could. I do love Alex’s work, but I’m not anywhere near the right person to read a storyless comic based on a role-playing game fight through a dungeon.

How to get a quote linked by Dirk: Slam on two of his least favorite things, superhero comics and Newsarama. (Now I’m being snarky on myself.)

Random thought on why DC and Marvel don’t like comic piracy (aside from the obvious legal and business concerns): When people anecdotally talk about how reading comics for free got them buying series, they usually mention things like Y the Last Man, Powers, books that, while they may have things in common with your typical superhero book, aren’t that bog-standard. Would they be less upset if people were converted to buying the big-deal books they spend all their time pushing? Could the refusal of people to buy what the companies say they should be most excited about be a factor?

Doubtful, but something that struck me the other day. When consumers are given more choice, traditional gatekeepers often resent strongly that people are no longer buying what they’re “supposed to”.

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3 Responses to “Random Thought LinkBlogging”

  1. Jamie Coville Says:

    heh, I was thinking about that too. Especially with the recent talk of the comic sales growing at the bottom of the charts instead of the top.

    It’s funny to imagine that there is an editor or executive somewhere pulling out their hair saying “Dammit, they aren’t buying our Event books and the crossovers! And maybe not our next one either! Those damn bit torrent sites, they are reading our crap for free and spending their money on the GOOD stuff.”

  2. Journalista - the news weblog of The Comics Journal » Blog Archive » Nov. 27, 2007: Tintin in the witness stand Says:

    [...] “It’s funny to imagine that there is an editor or executive somewhere pulling out their hair saying ‘Dammit, they aren’t buying our Event books and the crossovers! And maybe not our next one either! Those damn bit torrent sites, they are reading our crap for free and spending their money on the GOOD stuff.’” – Jamie Coville [...]

  3. John Says:

    Indeed – good thoughts. It’s happened with music, movies, DVDs, television, radio, newspapers . . . why not comics? I think it’s a basically good thing. I can tell you from growing up in an Internet-less era – access dictates choice. Obvious, sure, but try living in that world. It’s stagnant.

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