In Which We Have Said It Before And We Will Say It Again
"Anyone saying anything out loud is crying about The End of the World as We Know It,
and it just doesn't look that way to me, sitting here as I am on my throne of supine supermodels and surrounded by my loyal Palace Guard as I am.
"I mean, you take my point, right? CrossGen throws a bunch of advertising money at Diamond, what's Diamond supposed to do, turn them down? Tell them they smell like Acclaim and Tekno and Broadway? Of course not; they take the money, knowing if they last three years, they get that much ad revenue, and there'll be someone else coming along, and hey look it's the Dreamwave guy with a new scheme. He gave us money last time; he'll give us money again. Who cares about Hoarse and Buggy, or Olio, or Goathead, say? If they're good, they'll figure it out, and if they're not they go away. Either way, it's not Diamond's problem.
"I just read all the sturm and the drang and wonder if the same thing goes on in the oil can industry, you know? If CanCorp floods the market with THE UNCANNY TINCAN and Pete's Seamless goes out of business because of it, ol' Pete wasn't doing his job, you know? Or never had a chance in the first place, little guy though he was. 'How like life,' as Robin Williams says. Shit happens.
"Either way you look at it, the sky's been falling for a long time now, or the comet's gonna get the big guys and the little mammals'll take over.
"But it's like I'm in a different industry than pundits on the Internet, is all. Pretty good turnover on the comic book talking heads, as this all feels real 1999 to me lately. Not to say it's not worth talking about, but it's all cyclical. This is just the bottom of the wheel; no worries, it all comes around again." --Larry
In Which We Pass On The 'Mark' And Just Keep The 'Beast'
Horror and Science Fiction review site, Blood Zone Media
, turns their attention to Joe Casey, Caleb Gerard, and Damien Couceiro's Full Moon Fever
"Full Moon Fever is a wonderful blend of old-fashioned monster story mixed with a sci-fi setting. The action builds slowly and deliberately as the tension mounts with the survivors. The art is rendered in beautiful pure black & white, with no grays or zip-a-tone. This creates a very stark, antiseptic feel to the story which works well and makes the isolated atmosphere that much more potent.
I also enjoyed reading the text section that follows the story, kind of a creator's commentary along with the book's script. A very impressive, small press book.
I really like DVD style extras in my comic books, too. If only we had more books like that.
I wonder if it would cause a ruckus if someone called us the Criterion of comics? You can bet that'd be the next big thing in press releases... --Josh