- Posted by Johanna on August 25, 2010 at 9:45 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Some random things found stumbling around the internet today:
I recently discovered the comic strip Candorville, and I’ve been enjoying it. This week artist Darrin Bell is paying homage to Cathy upon the strip’s upcoming retirement. This particular strip, from Tuesday (panel shown here), sums up a lot of reactions.
As a followup to the news that the Angel comic is returning to Dark Horse, IDW Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall has posted a FAQ containing the most commonly asked questions as well as a good deal of humor. Strangely, some of the answers appear to have changed from when the topics were originally raised, such as this, in relation to the Spike series, originally intended to be an ongoing.
Does this mean that Brian’s SPIKE series will be 8 issues only, and that’s it?
SPIKE has been planned as an ongoing series, and whether that stays the same or not is up in the air, at this point.
Compare to this interview, where he says:
A lot of people are worried about Brian Lynch’s Spike mini-series. Can you elaborate on the fate of that title?
Well, it’ll end when Angel ends. But until then, it’s going to be fantastic.
But then, sometimes that’s the business — you put out the most accurate information you can, and sometimes things change day-to-day.
The NPR Monkey See pop culture blog covers “Read Comics in Public Day”, this coming Saturday. I don’t feel a need to participate — but since I’ll be at the Batimore Comic-Con, maybe I will be anyway — but I adored this goofy cheer, found near the end of the post:
Hey hey, ho ho,
DC villains end in o!
(Clap, clap) Amazo!
(Clap, clap) Starro!
(Clap, clap) Despero!
(Clap, clap) Sinestro!
(Clap, clap) Titano!
(Clap, clap) Metallo!
(Clap, clap) Eclipso!
(Clap, clap) Computo!
(Clap, clap) Bizarro!
….Terminal vowel! Woo!
It’s so true!
I’ve stepped away from any further discussion on my post about digital copies of comics you’ve already bought, after things got a little heated and I had to dump some comments for violating site policy, but I can’t resist noting this Japanese tech trend: home scanning technology to digitize your own books “(a practice called ‘jisui’)”, according to the article.
they’re taking books they legally own and scanning them, so that they can store them as ebooks, and read them on various devices such as the iPad. I would have thought this wasn’t a popular practice, but at least one study found that 20% of iPad owners in Japan had done so, and another 30% were interested in doing so. … In Japan, digitizing your own books for personal use is apparently legal under that country’s copyright law, but some publishers are getting worried about this practice and are considering what to do about it.
Last, here’s a preview of Lightning Girl Loves Rocket Boy. The ten pages available at that link are cute, and at $6 for a 52-page graphic novel (so presumably a complete story), I’d consider ordering it — if print-on-demand pricing didn’t add another 50-200% to the cost. (My estimate for shipping came out at $2.73, $5.95, or $11.53 for UPS Ground.) I wish sites that used such delivery methods would be a bit more upfront about the pricing. It’s disappointing to the customer to only find out how much more you’re going to pay after it’s in your cart and you’re getting ready to check out.
I know it can be difficult to come up with an estimate that applies to every possible customer, but at the very least, when you list the cover price in your promotion, you can add a note that says “+ shipping ($3-5 in the US)” or something similar to give customers the idea that the price they see will not be the price they’re asked to pay. (Ironically, I found out about this comic via Mike Sterling, in the same post where he complains about eBay sellers who overcharge on the postage costs.)