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Archive for December, 2006
Can you imagine what would’ve happened if he was reading a first edition comic?Posted by Tim Leong on December 7th, 2006 filed in Blog, Videos |
Read My Bit on the Newsarama Blog
Not satisified with the Comic Foundry Gift Guide?
Well, then you can check out my picks on the Newsarama Blog. I figured everyone else was going to suggest comics (they did), so I tried to come up something other than a book. Brubaker, Scott Kurtz and a bunch of other extremely talented people* give their picks too.
*which makes me as the odd duck of the bunch. Thanks, JK, for including mePosted by Tim Leong on December 5th, 2006 filed in Blog | 1 Comment »
PAUL POPE Started a Blog
Paul Pope, creator of 100% and Batman: Year 100, has started a blog, saying doing a blog is a lot easier than revamping his official site now.
So far he has some personal diatribes and an interview transcription, not to mention the King Kong piece shown above from when Pope was five. His latest post is a personal essay on “the destruction” of comics:
One must destroy in order to create. This is a poetic notion and perhaps not properly a philosophy, however the idea suggests to me what I take to be an elemental truth of our world– Life exists by eating other life. This sad observation is my credo. Life itself is an ignited consumption, a violence, a continuing energy exchange, sometimes conscious, sometimes unconscious, beginning with birth and ending in death, consumption, and destruction. Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward.
This is the secret meaning behind the term “Comics Destroyer”.
Check it out, too.
First Eddie Campbell blogs and now Paul Pope? Who’s next?Posted by Tim Leong on December 4th, 2006 filed in Blog |
New Antihero Comics site Debuts
David Hopkins, writer of Antigone, Emily Edison and a whole load of other good stuff just redesigned his Web site, Antihero Comics. It’s got all the usual jazz, but the kicker is that he’s got 121 pages of previews from his work. A numerical palindrome!
Check it out.Posted by Tim Leong on December 4th, 2006 filed in Blog |
My thoughts on Wizard firing Pat McCallum…
I’ve never met Pat personally or professionally and have no inside track as to his performance, dedication, personality, etc. All I have to judge him on is the quality of his book. Wizard.
Based on that, it’s a good thing he was let go. To really be successful, they need to shake things up. A lot. And as the head editorial honcho, it’s only been more of the same. More than a lot.
This leads to my major problem with the way Wizard does their business, which can only be controlled from the top down. Their fratty, LCD, super fanboy attitude they take with their stories doesn’t lend itself to longterm readership retention. It appeals to the perpetual group of 13-year-olds who are just discovering comics. And in most cases I hear about, people stop buying the magazine a couple of years after that. They realize it’s not all it’s cracked up to be or whatever reason, but the readers tend to outgrow the magazine. I just can’t imagine that’s a good business model.
This year Wizard switched from a comic-sized book to a bigger page size and expanded their entertainent coverage. At the time it seemed like it was more of an advertising move to broaden their client base, and it still seems that way now. Why? Because the entertainment coverage they were putting out was the type of stuff you could get anywhere. If the top dogs want to spin Wizard more as an enterainment mag, it certainly seems McCallum was not the right guy to do it, based off the current coverage. Perhaps the switch to more non-comics entertainmetn coverage tries to address their readership retention problem, but it’s just not working out. Maybe McCallum was great at getting Wizard from A to B, but with this switch in direction he clearly wasn’t the right person to take the mag from B to C.
I considered applying there — I didn’t think *that* hard about it, but I gave it a passing thought. It was a bit of the “What if…” and the “put your money where your mouth is” — but then I remembered that 1) It’s in Congers (eeks!) and 2) some people there probably dont see me in a too favorable light and 3) I already have my own path in design.
Hopefully, Wizard sees McCallum’s departure as an opportunity. An opportunity for real change, an opportunity to re-examine the big picture and an opportunity to simply make a better magazine.
Random thought: Why didn’t they wait until Friday to fire him? They could’ve swept a lot of this under the weekend rug.Posted by Tim Leong on December 1st, 2006 filed in Blog | 3 Comments »
New (and Last) Issue of Comic Foundry Online
The new issue of CF is up and it’s got tons of great stuff. Be sure to check out:
• Our cover story on Comics and Recycling from Ms. Laura Hudson.
• New to comics and not sure what to read? Take this quick quiz to help guide you.
• And see if you can tell the difference between December’s covers and sex scenes. It’s amazingly tough.
Now, you might notice on the main page it says this will be the last online issue of Comic Foundry Magazine. It’s true. After December, we’ll no longer be doing the online issues so we can concentrate on putting out a printed issue in ‘07. I hate to bid farewell to the online issues, but producing those were time consuming enough — adding in the work of a print edition would run us over the cliff. But, fear not, we’ll still have an online presence. I’m not ready to show my cards yet, but we’ll definitely be blogging and we’ll always be active online. Stay tuned for more updates before the new year.
I would like to give a big “Thank You” to all the people that contributed to our online issues — writers, editors, artists, everyone, and also to the readers. You. Without the readers, we’d be nothing.Posted by Tim Leong on December 1st, 2006 filed in Blog | 1 Comment »