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    February 23, 2012 12:27 pm I agree with this for the exact same reason it bugs me to be called a "blerd". (Other than it sounding stupid.) Isn't enough to just be a geek? I think so. Excellent article.
    February 13, 2012 7:07 pm For what it's worth, I think most people don't actually think New Readers are idiots. People DO think Hypothetical New Readers are idiots, however. This is largely due to people setting up ridiculous situations that involve horribly poor explanations and it eventually gets to a point where older readers throw up their hands and say, "Then they're stupid." That having been said, I think breaking it down to, "It's a what-if world" makes it too simple and in fact, does invite questions like, "Well isn't it a bit too soon for that?" But if you instead take it out of a vacuum and say, "It's a world where the heroes were introduced in the years they were created and aged alongside human history, so you get to see different heroes take their place," then you give it more of a purpose. But I'll admit, more than anything as a kid (I'm 24), I just always liked the idea of a multiverse. I hated that DC got rid of it before I was even born, and now that they've finally brought it back, the biggest reason I'm supporting it is that I'm glad they're FINALLY doing something with what I've always believed was an awesome concept, poor timing or not. For those who are new readers, DC "brought back" the multiverse in 2006, and this many years later they've YET to do anything substantial with the concept. Personally I think they've been too terrified of the (largely imagined and reinforced through false history) stigma that comes with it while Marvel's got an entire universe that's been going on for ten years that's got nothing to do with their main one and no one's said squat.
    February 13, 2012 2:20 pm Earth 2 is all kinds of simple, and most people that say it isn't tend to be old fans bringing the baggage of the knowledge they already have to a summary they would give. It works like this: Earth-2 is a parallel universe (as someone else mentioned, a concept more common than comic books) where the heroes actually get to grow old and have new heroes take their place. I broke that down into a sentence for you. I need someone else to explain to me how that's hard to understand, without bringing in a billion, "But what about pre-Flashpoint/52/COIE?" questions. Those are irrelevant. These stories should not (and hopefully) are not about them. It's a straightforward concept that people are muddying with past perceptions. If Earth-2 turns out to be great, that's the summary I'll give to new readers to get them excited. They don't need to know the 60 year (admittedly confusing) backstory that comes with it.
    December 16, 2011 4:43 pm Nah, we've been spamming this "male comic fans are sexist jerks" for a while now. (Mind, it's not an argument entirely without merit...) This is just another article in the train. I'm betting on seeing it retweeted as a "great read" in the near future by a lot of comic creators over the next 24 hour period.
    December 16, 2011 4:41 pm I'm going to argue with your second point, on the basis that I don't find people in general that don't like comics OR video games all that interesting. Male or female. I mean, not liking one is fine but not liking BOTH? C'mon.
    December 8, 2011 12:41 pm The relaunch book IS great. I'm sure Longbow Hunters is good too, but I don't want to revisit that in a new series. I love the new direction, though it saddens me that few other comic fans agree.
    October 24, 2011 11:55 pm I'm not sure what you mean. At what point did she pretend to have any delusions. She got as direct as possible: "Stealing is stealing." It does not get anymore clear cut than that.
    October 24, 2011 11:54 pm Digital downloads/piracy has much less to do with the "devaluing" than the glut of material that is available, in any industry. The amount of comics that came out in the 70's OR the 80's probably is not the number that we get now. Same with music. Genres, artists--there's more every day. There's no way for songs to represent a generation if the generation can't even agree on a dominant musical genre.
    October 14, 2011 12:47 pm No thanks. PnF > Thor. I say this as a 23 year old man who enjoyed Thor. (Didn't enjoy it more than Perry the Platypus.)
    October 12, 2011 5:21 am It's the nature of "free". Even when it's actually legal (here it's not though), it tends to stockpile. You get it because it exists, and then forget about it. Actually paying for an item compels you to consume, because you don't want to feel you've wasted it, but when it's free you put in nothing so there's no impetus pushing you.