Friday means many things to many people. For some, it is when one alights to the cinema to experience something profound. For others, you make the film Rope, and make those dudes gay, which everyone knows, but no one would say. For me, I have to make my cameo, and make sure Scorcese knows why he’s doing it, for all time. Other times, I ring up Bernard Hermann, and we just gab.
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You’ve often complained about DC’s trade/collection program. Just curious if it looks like they’re turning it around in the wake of the New 52.
You’re right, we have complained about DC’s trade program because it’s been absolutely terrible. They have historically been very slow to collect things, when they have collected things at all. Once at a panel, I saw DC Comics (now) Co-Publisher Dan Didio tell a fan who asked about the slow trade program that DC wanted people to buy the issues. Well, now that DC Comics has embraced digital distribution, maybe they have finally joined the rest of us here in the future when it comes to trade paperbacks. Let’s check out the release schedule for the first round of New 52 trades:
WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1 HC
JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 1 HC
ANIMAL MAN VOL. 1 TP
BATMAN VOL. 1 HC
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOL. 1 TP
GREEN LANTERN VOL. 1: SINESTRO REBIRTH HC
CATWOMAN VOL. 1 TP
STORMWATCH VOL. 1 TP
GREEN ARROW VOL. 1 TP
BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 1 HC
RED LANTERNS VOL. 1 TP
BATWOMAN VOL. 1: HYDROLOGY HC
MISTER TERRIFIC VOL. 1 TP
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. VOL. 1 TP
STATIC SHOCK VOL. 1 TP
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES VOL. 1 TP
BATMAN AND ROBIN VOL. 1 HC
SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 1 TP
BATGIRL VOL. 1 HC
DEMON KNIGHTS VOL. 1 TP
BATWING VOL. 1 TP
MEN OF WAR VOL. 1 TP
GRIFTER VOL. 1 TP
ACTION COMICS VOL. 1 HC
SUPERBOY VOL. 1 TP
DEATHSTROKE VOL. 1 TP
O.M.A.C. VOL. 1 TP
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOL. 1 HC
HAWK AND DOVE VOL. 1 TP
SWAMP THING VOL. 1 TP
RESURRECTION MAN VOL. 1 TP
AQUAMAN VOL. 1 HC
TEEN TITANS VOL. 1 TP
BIRDS OF PREY VOL. 1 TP
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN VOL. 1 TP
GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOL. 1 HC
LEGION LOST VOL. 1 TP
VOODOO VOL. 1 TP
I, VAMPIRE VOL. 1 TP
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL. 1: IN THE DARK TP
NIGHTWING VOL. 1 TP
GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS VOL. 1 HC
SUPERGIRL VOL. 1: LAST DAUGHTER OF KRYPTON TP
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN VOL. 1 TP
ALL-STAR WESTERN VOL. 1 TP
THE FLASH VOL. 1 HC
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS VOL. 1 TP
SUPERMAN VOL. 1 HC
BLUE BEETLE VOL. 1 TP
BLACKHAWKS VOL. 1 TP
CAPTAIN ATOM VOL. 1 TP
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS VOL. 1 TP
Seems pretty good at first. Comprehensive. Nice mix of hardcovers and softcovers. But then you do the math and realize that 18 of the 52 trades come out A YEAR OR MORE after the release of the first single issue. The soonest they come out is 9 months later. That’s… just… ugh. I mean, really, DC? If I was the kind of person that heard the buzz on a new series but missed out on the single issues, and if I wasn’t interested in reading digitally, then I’ve got a long wait to check out that series. I’d sure hope that nothing else distracted me during that possible year or more that I had to wait. You know, like other comics or just life in general.
I realize that DC wants people to buy the single issues, and now with their digital releases they have more of an incentive than ever to push the singles. It’s just astounding to me that in this one–quite vital and lucrative–area of publishing they still seem stuck years behind every other major comic book publisher.
I was in the pub with some mates recently and we were making our movie guilt lists; running down the IMDb Top 100 admitting which classic films we’d never seen. Me? Although I’ve sat through the likes of Seven Samurai, I’ve never seen Schindler’s List or Godfather II or It’s A Wonderful Life.
So, my question is, do you guys have any stone cold classic books or arcs you know you should have read but, well, just never got around to. And remember, the comic book guilt list is like an amnesty, no one will judge you (much).
It’s a big list, to be sure, since comics have been around almost as long as film, and there have been a lot more of them. Luckily, there are things like film schools where people are forced to watch classic movies and pretend they appreciate them more than they do, with comics, it’s just word of mouth, and rare books. Think about the investment it takes to read comics as opposed to watching a movie. I want to watch a movie, I just rent it, or buy it at the very worst. Then two or three hours tops, I’m done. Comics take longer to read, cost more money, and are harder to track down. Who can blame us, Parri? I’m not pointing any fingers, but they’re out there.
Without even thinking about it much:
Love and Rockets
Wolfman & Perez’s New Teen Titans
“Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?”
Most Paul Pope
Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol & Invisibles
Huge swaths of Hellblazer
Eisner’s The Spirit
The end of Akira
Blade of the Immortal
“The Death of Captain Marvel”
Jack Kirby’s Fourth World
Most Jack Kirby
X-Men anything, other than “Dark Phoenix Saga”
I could go on, but you get the point. And I’ve read a lot of comics. More than most probably, but not as many as the guy in the comments who is shocked I haven’t read some of these (if he’s not there yet, just wait)(also, it’s definitely a he).
And now, just for fun, why not a quick list of the movies from that list that I haven’t seen, because it’s Friday and why not. Turns out I did pretty well. Granted, this is movies voted on by the users of IMDb, and not the AFI list, which would be much more embarrassing, as I’m sure American History X didn’t make #36 on the latter.
12 Angry Men
It’s a Wonderful Life (sympatico!)
The Treasure of Sierra Madre
The Great Dictator
All About Eve
Maybe I didn’t do that well, actually. 83%. I’ll take it!