- Posted by Johanna on August 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
I think this counts as a comic strip, blending words and pictures to tell a story, even if it’s text-driven: Quitting via Whiteboard, a photo series (that’s probably fake).
If you’re curious about reaction to the news that DC is changing its OGN plans, check out this iFanboy thread on the subject, where many fans are disappointed by DC’s cold feet. One poster did have an interesting story:
Yeah, my LCS [local comic shop] gave out a special order form for this about a month back, for a book not coming out till November. This seemed odd, so I asked my LCS owner what the deal was. Apparently there were some calls from their Dimaond rep to get the orders in on this “fast.” They thought it odd too, so they put out the forms. Response was lukewarm, most people saying “It’s a trade, I don’t need to pre-order it.” Which I think is probably the overall issue. There’s no litmus test for the book’s popularity other than pre-sales before it’s release. If people aren’t deciding to pre-order this because “the trade will always be there, in reprints and second editions, etc.” There’s less immediacy in gauging the popularity of a line (and that’s the important part) of OGNs.
Sounds like sales were much less than DC expected, and when they tried to goose the numbers (perhaps to show higher-ups?), they didn’t get the response they needed. But as that commenter points out, why should you worry about preordering a book that presumably will be widely available? It’s not like a comic that might sell out in a week. If DC is treating it as one (the way Marvel infamously handles its books, similar to periodicals), then that’s another sign that they aren’t yet ready to make the transition to book-format comics.
Update: Heidi got a statement from DC that doesn’t mention periodicals, simply saying that “Our plans regarding the EARTH ONE line of original graphic novels have not changed.”
… when it was over, I came to the conclusion that a lot of people had worked very hard and put the cutting edge of technology to work in order to make the 21st century equivalent of those crappy Marvel cartoons from the ’60s. But without the charming theme songs.
Sims also reviews Life With Archie #1, where he discusses the conflict between the packaging, aimed firmly at young teens, and the actual story content:
I’ve joked before that a comic that was really about “Mature Themes” wouldn’t have swearing and sex and violence and other stuff teenagers like, it’d be about a guy who was really dissatisfied with his job and worried that he’d made the wrong choices and become a failure in his life while slowly growing more isolated from the people he once called friends. And that is exactly what this comic is about.
But wait! It gets even weirder, with an Archie Multiverse and various Dilton versions travelling between the universes as everything becomes as miserable as possible. I think I enjoyed reading Chris’ comments much more than I could enjoy reading the comic.