Posts Tagged ‘marvel’

The San Diego Comic-Con Media Bubble: No Comics Allowed

July 14, 2010

Last year, I wrote a blog post rant about the “new reality” of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) and how the news media and Hollywood studios have taken over.

As evidence, the lack of respect for comic books by the news media (which is influenced by Hollywood studios) reached a high point last year when the article  “Films, actors, thousands of fans ready to roll at Comic-Con” (USA Today) made NO mention of comic books.

[as a side note, I also pointed out in the previous post that this is through no fault of the organizers of SDCC]

So.

What do you do when the bigger, stronger (and richer) kids on the block take over your neighborhood?

You gotta get smarter.

In anticipation of it only getting worse this year, it is not surprising that the Big Two (DC and Marvel) are getting in front of the SDCC media bubble before the signal to noise ratio melts down entirely.

We’re at Wednesday and already there have been some pretty key announcements from both companies as we lead up to SDCC.

DC Comics

Marvel

Any one of these announcements would be a great surprise to readers for a Friday or Saturday SDCC panel, and they would easily make headline news in the industry news sites and blogs.

Which is why I applaud the PR teams at both DC (Alex Segura) and Marvel (their blog doesn’t say, but I’m assuming it’s Ryan “Agent M” Penagos) for getting in front of the bubble and making sure that comic book readers are able to hear about these exciting things before we end up in a deluge of nonsense about Salt, Glee, The Expendibles and all the other non-comic book things that we will be inundated with…

If these past three days are any indication, there’s a lot more good news to be had as we run up to SDCC and I thank these folks for getting the word out.

Why You Should Not Care That Marvel Ended Its Open Submission Policy

February 27, 2009

At Comic Book Club (see the Newsarama link here) C.B. Cebulski did what I think was a fantastic job of explaining how this is not the end of the world.

The barrier to entry to create comic books is the lowest it has ever been.  Creating a comic and delivering it to an audience can be as simple as Kinko’s and distributing it via mail-order and the web.  Or designing a web-based comic.  Or going to a small publisher.  Or self-publishing.

So, getting your material out there is not only “possible,” its very doable.  Which is why as C.B. points out, much of the new talent Marvel hires come from books their editors and creators are reading (if you look at Marvel’s talent pool, it’s clear they are continuing to add to their roster – new names are being added almost every quarter).

Marvel is still going to do convention portfolio reviews, which  is a sign that they’re trying to do right by creators. I’d suggest to Marvel that they might also try to do another “Marvel Try Out” through MySpace or their own website, seeing as how Mark Bagley was one of the winners of that talent search (pre-reality shows no less).

Bottom line for creators: publish publish publish and don’t wait for anyone to give you “permission” to do so.  Work follows more work and so on and so forth…

Assistant Editors, Assemble!

January 6, 2009

Good news: according to this web post, Marvel is bringing back Assistant Editors’ month!

It’s kinda self-explanatory, but back in 1984 the Assistant Editors on the bulk of the titles took over for one month and id some rather oddball (and quite awesome) stuff.  The following week everything was back to normal.

As a kid, I loved it.  The Captain America issue was my personal favorite, but most people remember the Avengers appearing on Late Night With David Letterman.

Now, the bad news.  It appears that will it will occur inside of a span of time measured on the calendars as a month, it will not be across multiple titles.

This event will only be two one shots.

Which, is kinda lame.  Let’s be honest.  Most Marvel comics are being “written for the trade” anyhow.  These issues could easily be ‘removed’ and collected under their own trade.  No harm.  No foul.

But what do I know.  I just buy comics.

Two one shots, 40 pages each.  80 pages total.  That’s not all that much room to do something that wouldn’t otherwise have ended up in Marvel Comics Presents or some other anthology.

However!  I remain optimistic.  I’ll purchase both one shots enthusiastically and read them and then decide how I feel about this experiment.

Anyhow.  Here’s the Avengers with Dave.

Avengers #239

Avengers #239

60¢  **sigh**  Those were the days.

Jeph Loeb And Marvel Own The Diamond Top Five For November

December 18, 2008

The Diamond Comics Distributors Direct Market sales chart for November (Newsarama) was released and Marvel owns the top 5 slots.

Marvel comics dollar share is 36.96% while their unit share is 42.90% (versus DC at 34.21% and 34.52%).*

Jeph Loeb, specifically, has two books on the Top Five list.  #1 Ultimatum and #3 Hulk.

#2 was Batman R.I.P (DC), #4 is Wolverine by Mark Millar/Steve McNiven and #5 is Uncanny X-Men by Bru/Frac.

Ultimatum was wild, and the coolest thing about it is the fact that I honestly don’t know where this thing is going.

If you’re not reading Hulk, and judging by the numbers that’s only like three people, pick up the damn book.  The Red Hulk (“Rulk”) is a ton of fun.  Rulk punches people, there’s lots of comedy and its got the art styling of both Frank Cho and Art Adams.  It’s a hell of a lot of book for $2.99 and rightly deserves its #3 spot.  Stop reading this and go pick up the back issue.

*That large gap between dollar share and unit share is not surprising considering Marvel’s tactic since the mid-80’s has been to throw tons of product on the wall.