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    Wasn't there also reporting on a pilot order for workplace comedy about an insurance company in the DCU?

    If so, then this was an area of superhero-ish show competition I never would have guessed we'd see.
  • Re: DC Editors Now Encouraging Discrimination?

    G. nope, there is no way on God's green earth I'm going to answer this one.
    For the Win, as the kids say*.

    *The kids probably haven't said that in years.
  • Re: All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe (Predictions, Teasers, New Titles Announced)

    i dont get it...

    'No More Mutants'...Again? X-MEN 'New World' Tease Takes on New Life After EXTRAORDINARY Preview
    I could see fleeing the mists as the initial status quo for splitting into teams (e.g. Extraordinary X-Men vs. Uncanny or New), but I still think the old idea that this premise is how they are going to separate and sideline the X-characters from the rest of the MU because of Perlmutter's hate for Fox is still bunk.

    It sounds like the mists thing might be a story that a few teams with and react to and resolve in their own ways. A temporary status quo. And, sure, it may be trying to convert some X-fans into being Inhumans readers by having a reason to bring those groups into opposition.

    But the solicits for Uncanny X-Men don't sounds like they are running away anywhere. The All-New X-Men solicits for December keep them clearly on their road trip on Earth. And from the looks of the solicits, books like All-New Wolverine, the various Deadpool books, and Uncanny Avengers (which still have mutants in the lineup who are still mutants) might not even be involved in the Terrigan mist story.

    So, was there any truth at all to the Terrigan mist rumors? I will acknowledge that, despite my doubts, there was. There seems to be a story ahead that involved the mists being deadly to mutants.

    But does this mean the rumor that a pro-Inhumans anti-X-Men sentiment bias was going to separate the mutants from the rest of the Marvel Universe by sending them all to the moon or whatever was never going to happen, and is still a ridiculous thing to believe? Yes. Yes, I think it still is.

    I don't think this story is a smoking gun. It is just a story. Just as, when the Brubaker/Tan run of Uncanny sent the X-Men into space, it wasn't to try to get rid of the X-Men or part of some larger bit of politics. It was just a story being a story.

    And is Alonso and others letting people continue to speculate about this, and maybe presume things that aren't going to happen? Of course. Because that's part of the game.
  • Re: Worst Comic Book Movie?

    I chose GL because with GL I think had hopes that it would good but the rest yes where terrible but did anyone believe a Catwoman solo movie would be good?

    Just like does anyone think a Gambit solo movie will good? I suspect very soon that Gambit movie will be added to this list.

    That is how desperate Fox has become to have a movie universe that there making a Gambit solo movie. Because Gambit is just known for all his amazing solo stories and adventures said no one ever.

    In fairness, the same could have been said of Ant Man.

    There is a banner up on Marvel Unlimited that says "The Best of Ant-Man!" And, while I haven't clicked through, I am guessing that is not going to be too long of a tail.

    You want to make a good Catwoman solo movie? I point you to Darwyn Cooke’s
    Selina’s Big Score, or the Ed Brubaker/Darwyn Cooke/Cameron Stewart Catwoman series. All you need to make one great movie is one great story.
    Agreed! Those were great.

    (I was talking about Ant Man, though. But, still, I agree about those Catwoman books.)
  • Re: Episode 1572 Talkback - Comic Talk

    This is my first time posting on the forums, so in the way of a brief introduction:

    Like Mr. Eberle, I am a public school teacher and comics lover/scholar. I am not, however, a comics retailer, although I am fascinated by that side of the industry. I am also an avid CGS listener/subscriber. My absolute favorite episodes are the Spotlights; the level of scholarship Chris and Murd, in particular, bring to the podcast is eminently appreciated.

    In this week's Comic Talk episode, Chris and Bill discussed at length their decision to eliminate new comics from their store, which, despite their on-air disclaimer, I found riveting. I have had several conversations with my local retailer about the endurance of floppies in the market. I tend to agree with you gentlemen that they cannot last given the steep rise in prices over the last decade and a half. The publishers are producing less content for more money, and the market cannot, and frankly should not, support that business model. Trade paperbacks, in my opinion, are a less expensive option that offer a better reading experience simply by nature of the fact that one can read an entire story at once. They can be placed neatly and attractively on bookshelves, and it is a much easier pill to swallow for first-time comics readers to try something that looks and feels like and actual book rather than a stack of bagged and boarded floppies. In fact, I recently sold the bulk of my single issue collection, approximately 10,000 books, so I could reacquire many of the same stories in trade format. Now I teach with trades, I lend them to my students, colleagues, and friends, and I use them to conduct research for my doctoral studies on the effectiveness of comics in secondary education.

    My retailer maintains that floppies need to exist to "test the waters" for projects from the comic book companies. For instance, Marvel may not want to invest significant money for Ryan North and Erica Henderson to write and draw, respectively, six issues of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for a trade paperback that may or may not strike a chord with an audience. Instead, they pay to have the single issues produced one at a time, examine the sales figures each month, and make decisions about whether to continue publishing it or cancel it. On the strength of a given book, a trade paperback or hardcover collection can be produced, and now the companies are only paying for the printing costs as they've already paid the creative talent. Ultra-successful books will see multiple printings and deluxe editions and whatnot, all while the single issues keep rolling out.

    Since you, Chris and Bill, are retailers with very strong feelings about this subject, I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

    P.S. I am planning a trip from Long Island to Wild Pig Comics sometime in the next few months with a friend or two. Are there specific days/times you are there?
    Welcome aboard @Kecks38!