There's never a dearth of topics to discuss in either podcast universes....Afronerd Radio and The Comic Shoppe, notwithstanding. Join TheComicShoppe.com crew tomorrow at 7pm (eastern) sharp as they extrapolate and analyze this week's sci-fi/graphic novel/fantasy data for your listening pleasure: new trailers for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Underworld: Awakening hit the web; according to ComicBookMovie.com, a new pitch might be submitted to the execs at CBS for a new Star Trek TV venture; Conan is released this past weekend to disappointing box office numbers; the failed Wonder Woman pilot also hits the net with a thud and lastly, our favorite graphic novel picks from the previous week. Stop by and join in on the fun (and sometimes funny) pulp flavored discourse! The live call in number is 646-915-9620 or leave a comment or question via email or instant message email@example.com. Imperius Rex, brethren!
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And then there's The Shoppe's Daryll B. and his latest blog posting:
Hi once again AfroNerd Readers and here are the things that caught my eye this week:
1) The Let's Be Friends Again crew once again use their gift for comics related satire to skewer life in comicdom:
Now any sci-fi fan has friends like this... hell I'M like this at times. "OMG, they CAN'T change this comic/movie/tv show... My life is over.... Screw them jerks!" or "How can these issues just change direction like this? I been following these issues since I was knee high to a...." These guys got me and other uptight, obsessive fans good with this one and the best part is they (and their cohorts) did it on their forum with a comics universe that they made up as they went along....
(In a related note, Last Friday, I visited my friend Jeff who is a comic shop owner in Hewlett, Long Island and asked him specifically about the DC Reboot/Relaunch and he put it in the most simple way possible: "DC isn't making "new" money on their current line of books. So this move is to attract new shoppers essentially." Off the record, we both agreed that DC will get a bump up in sales the first 2 months, but the true test is in months 3 & 4. How many of those new readers will stick it out for the long run? Will it be enough to eclipse the fans that the move pisses off?)
2) In the same vein, Chris Sims gives readers his choices for cartoons aimed at kids:
I know everyone is in love with Adventure Time and Gumball right now, but I am not digging it. On the other end of the spectrum, I am really digging the new Thundercats and my longtime friends who went through the 80's with me are shocked by that... So who knows?
3) Over at Weekly Crisis, Ryan K Lindsay, Kurtis Wiebe, and Jeremy Holt have a podcast called The Process and last week they handled writing techniques in relation to current books. It worth a listen...
4) Meanwhile, for the last month retailer Ron Cacace of Fallout Shelter Comics has been doing articles from the Owner/Employee point of view at W.C.. This week. he handles the do's and don't do's of the pull list:
5) Wow didn't see this one coming: Atomic Comics in Arizona is arguably one of the top 5 comics chains in the United States....and it just closed its 4 locations.
Now it might be personal problems or it might be the economic climate but this should be a wake up call to retailers to cross every T and dot every I in terms of handling their business.
6) Ok I think Marvel missed a golden opportunity at D23, the Disney Convention at Anaheim.
How you don't have an all Marvel booth at the show? I know they had an Avengers forum and Q & A on the Sunday but come on... This was a chance to get more eyes from people who don't usually buy your stuff on them... ESPECIALLY after the mainstream buzz following Thor and Captain America. A booth selling discounted T-shirts and Marvel Adventures trade paperbacks to these parents, kids, and diehard Disney fans? Isn't that a no-brainer?
7) Spinoff Online once again asks a simple question that should make us fans think...
Blade Runner sequel? Did everyone fall asleep for 15 years?
8) This one is something that Captain Kirk has been saying for the last year:
Story or Big Explosions? The eternal debate.....
9) Finally, Brian Cronin spotlights one of my favorite comic runs, the 90's Black Lightning, and as a bonus shows probably one of the best emotional scenes for me EVER in print:
Come on...who can have a dry eye after that?
This week, Conan and Fright Night reviews. I LOVED one and thought the other was ok. Those who know me well probably can guess as to which is which but you KNOW we'll hit these on the next show. Thank you for reading everyone and as always AfroNerd Readers, Keep Fantasizing!