Did You Know Choose Your Own Adventure Was a Trademark?

Chooseco is a company that owns the “Choose Your Own Adventure” trademark. (It was formed in 2003 by series founder R. A. Montgomery to bring the 80s books back into print.) Which means that other people who want to do similar multi-threaded stories need to call them “pick your path” or something else. This is relevant because at the end of 2018, Netflix put out an interactive movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, that it billed as “choose your own adventure”. And […]

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Happy 20th Anniversary to Comics Worth Reading!

Twenty years ago, 1999, I bought myself a Christmas present of the ComicsWorthReading.com domain. Which makes this the 20th anniversary of this here website. There have been ups and downs since then, with this year in particular being spotty, but this post makes the 4,327th on the site. (And there are another 4,924 in the yet-to-be-restored archive from the crash a few years back.) That longevity is why I call it “the longest-running independent review site online that covers all […]

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A Christmas Music Playlist

Some favorite holiday songs! “We Need a Little Christmas” – The Muppets from A Muppet Family Christmas “Christmas Wrapping” – The Waitresses “Christmas All Over Again” – Tom Petty “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – U2 “All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey “Santa Baby” – Eartha Kitt “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – Dean Martin and the Golddiggers “Fairytale Of New York” – The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl “Riu Chiu” – The Monkees “The Closing of the […]

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Funko IPO Has Worst First Day in 17 Years

A lot of people were surprised when ICv2 reported that Funko, the makers of those cute little blank-eyed pop culture figures, had sales that were “nearly the size of the entire comics and graphic novel business”. They did over $200 million in the first half of this year, although they ultimately ran a loss due to debt and taxes. This was all leading up to their IPO, their initial public stock offering, which happened last Thursday. Unfortunately, it didn’t go […]

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A Suggestion to Improve Comic Pre-Orders

There are many many comics being offered every month through comic shops. The ordering catalog I’m looking at right now has over 640 pages, for goodness’ sake! That means that there are many many titles, the trend of which currently seems to be to pick a single word when naming them. As someone who tries to keep up with the comic market, these generic titles don’t stick in my head. There are just too many. And when you’re on issue […]

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So It’s the Millennials That Are Entitled?

A 59-year-old woman is working on her bachelor’s degree at a Wisconsin university. She took an Advanced Creative Writing Poetry course but didn’t agree with the assigned reading, so she sued her professor, demanding an A in the course (she got an F) and that the professor be fired or suspended for a year without pay. Nowhere in the linked article is the answer to the question “why not just drop the course? or take one focused on old male […]

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Comic Planning Tool

Deadlines are tough. If you have trouble with them, one way to take a new approach to the problem is starting at the beginning. Was there enough time allotted for everything that needed to be done? Did the schedule allow for emergencies and down time? Is the goal date even reasonable? Artist Carey Pietsch (Lumberjanes) has created a spreadsheet template to help answer those questions. You can plug in your deadline, the length of your book, and your working speed […]

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Amazon Continues Tweaking Review Policies to Reduce Number Allowed

A month ago, Amazon banned providing free review items (except for books). It didn’t work the way they intended. Now the same unscrupulous merchandisers trying to artificially inflate their product ratings are still giving away product, but they’re “requesting” that “reviewers” don’t include a disclaimer or disclosure that they got the item for free (which violates FTC guidelines, although the people who are shilling for free goods probably don’t care). Anyway, yesterday afternoon, Amazon top reviewers got an email that […]

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