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Name: Tim Moyle



What, are you dense?  Are you retarded or something?  Who the hell do you think I am? I’m the goddamn…

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February 10, 2011 1:55 pm You'd think Bruce Wayne could afford to buy an iron.
July 30, 2010 2:43 pm Knowing that Chris is a fan of good craft beer, I hope he had a chance to take the tour at the nearby Ommegang Brewery when he visited Cooperstown.  If not, start planning your return visit now.
July 23, 2010 12:17 pm I'm glad Conor used his pull to get Archie Comics in there.  Yes, I think of Conor as "The Archie Guy".
June 24, 2010 1:59 pm

Neal Adams doesn't strike me as a dick as much as he is a self-mythologizing huckster in the old Smilin' Stan mold.  If you ever get a chance to hear him speak on a panel at a con, you should go.  He's a natural storyteller.

June 8, 2010 11:06 am With a headline like that, was there ever any doubt what #1 was going to be?  Thank God Black Canary eventually came to her senses.
June 3, 2010 2:55 pm

I think the dominance of the Premium Publishers is a result of the nature of the direct market's primary distribution source: brick and mortar stores.  With new comics coming in every Wednesday, an audience demanding the newest material and the back issue market largely replaced by trades, any comic is poison once it's been sitting on the shelf for a few weeks.  Why take a risk on an unknown when you have a reliable audience of weekly customers who are just looking for their latest Deadpool/Avengers/Batman fix?

Companies like Marvel recognize this, which is why they pump out a huge volume of one-shots, minis, and variants--if they can dominate the physical space in a store that means less room for a competitor.

What I wonder is: Once comics move to a primarily digital distribution model, will you see more of a Long Tail (where the 60 or so "back half" publishers combined sell just as much as the top five publishers) in comics sales or is the domination of the Premium Publishers insurmountable?  We've seen it happen on Itunes and Netflix, but are they really comparable to the comics market?

April 19, 2010 7:41 pm What The--?! lives!
April 1, 2010 4:35 pm I guess me and JumpingJupiter are the Nekron and Black Hand of iFanboy.
April 1, 2010 2:17 pm While this may be like shocking news, iFanboy is actually just rebooting the Josh character.  We all know he'll be resurrected in the next article.
April 1, 2010 2:08 pm

To continue the Macguffin derail, a Macguffin is the "excuse" for a story that doesn't actually play that important of a role in how the story plays out.  The wiki article has some good examples--the briefcase in Pulp Fiction being an excellent one.  The characters are motivated by the Macguffin but in the end Pulp Fiction is not really about the briefcase.  It's just an excuse to explain how a bunch of disparate characters are related to each other.

While Sinestro turning into a White Lantern for an issue isn't pivotal to the story of Blackest Night, it also isn't the excuse for the story, so it's not a Macguffin.  I wouldn't necessarily call it a red herring either--a red herring draws attention away from what is actually happening in the story.  No, I'd argue it's more of a literary feint.  The audience was expecting Hal Jordan to become the White Lantern so when it turns out to be Sinestro the audience is thrown for a loop.  But then that plot point is cast aside and Hal Jordan actually does turn into a White Lantern.

I always knew this English degree would pay off big--it lets me be a pedantic jerk on the internet.  Now if you'll pardon me, I have to get back to flipping your burgers.