This week the new comic solicitations came out, much as they do every month. This month however, they came with considerable controversy. Among the many titles in Marvel’s line up is X-Men ’92 written by Comics Alliance’s Chris Sims. This announcement touched off a very quick and unexpected downward spiral in conversation on the internet. Things started with an impressive Twitter rant by comic writer Valerie D’Orazio. Going back about ten years ago, Sims was part of a very vocal group that significantly harassed D’Orazio over one of the comics she was currently writing. Sims’ comments in particular went beyond just commentary on the book and often became personal attacks. In response to this coming back into the spotlight both Sims and Comics Alliance have issued statements in which Sims apologized for his previous actions, though well after the fact.
This serves as a potent example for why people should be both careful and civil in what they say and do online. Continue reading
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or so the old saying goes. While this might be true sometimes, it is just as often the excuse given to justify taking someone else’s ideas and trying to claim them as one’s own. The comic industry is no exception. From the very early days, once a hero started to become popular, it was only a matter of time before someone else was slapping a slightly different costume on an eerily similar creation and packaging it to sell.
Captain Marvel (Shazam)
This week I have been kind of a bum while recovering from NYCC. I have been spending most evenings sitting in bed wearing my brand new Boba Fett bath robe (yes women, that is just as sexy as it sounds) reading comics, many of which are less than new. In fact some of these comics are older than I am and I really love reading them. There is something special about finding these older stories that I didn’t know existed, hunting down each of the issues and then reading them while taking in all the story has to offer.
A true classic
The first trick is to find these old stories. Of course there are some classic stories that almost everyone knows about. Stories like Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns have moved themselves beyond the realm of comics and into popular culture as a whole. These stories are great, but they’re easy ones to find. I’m looking for are the ones that are buried; the ones that I have to know something to find. Many geeks love the obscure and discovering old stories certainly falls into that category. Continue reading
Those of us who are not fans of Digital Rights Management (DRM), will be happy to hear that there has been another victory against it. Comixology has announced that over 4000 comics available on the site have been made DRM free. Comics from twenty publishers are now available with PDF or CBZ files that can be downloaded, stored and used however the reader would like. While Marvel and DC are not among the publishers going DRM free, hopefully they will start to feel the pressure soon and jump on the bandwagon.
I’m not exactly holding my breath, but I think that eventually they won’t have much choice. Continue reading