Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Episode LXXVII - Warm Hate on a Cold Night

Feeling alone and unloved this holiday season? Have Santa Claus, Ramadan Danny, and that Hannukah guy all left you behind for sexier partners? Did Sally in Accounts Receivable tear up your Christmas card right in front of your very eyes, moments before flushing it down the toilet? Perhaps you shouldn't have handed it to her while she was on the shitbox. Rest assured that, no matter how glum you're feeling as the big day approaches, there's always somewhere you can turn to for a happy face and a welcoming embrace. But Lord knows, it's not the Comic Book Haters' podcast. Get the fuck off of our porch! Click here to listen to a review of Powers, Joony Tuff, and Wisdom.


Anonymous Gentleman Anger said...

Sloofus should be shot for buying that piece of trash comic. Why do you guys put up with him when he does that shit?

12/20/2006 08:02:00 PM  
Blogger Schooly said...

Well, to be fair, it was just as bad as most of the terrible shit that he buys.

At least his dog didn't crap on this one.

12/20/2006 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Rick said...

Schooly, you are wrong about people not getting into comics because of the content. People love going to see movies about superheroes or other geek-ish type things. People don't give comics a chance because they are prejudice against sequential art story telling. It's been ingrained in their heads that comics are for kids. That it's not to be taken serious.

Sloofus, how could you have picked up Wisdom? Even I didn't get this and I buy every MAX book when it first comes out. I always hoping for another Alias. Oh well, looks like I will be waiting for a long, long time.

12/21/2006 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger The Comic Book Haters said...

I bought it for two reasons. First, it was written by a guy who wrote for the new Dr. Who and Torchwood, two BBC series I enjoy to a certain extent (not too much, though). The second reason is that I like Trevor Hairsine's artwork very much; check out his "Ultimate Six" mini series for further proof. I guess I figured two halfs would make a whole.

You're really in for the long haul if you're waiting for another Alias from MAX. I can't think of a single MAX title, other than Alias, that I ever enjoyed.

12/21/2006 09:17:00 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

I liked Thor:Vikings. It had Thor and, well, Vikings.

Alias was my favorite monthly title. Then they up and canceled it. That really pissed me off. They then released it as an omnibus. I don't get that. How can then cancel the title and then turn around and re-publish it like that?

12/22/2006 04:48:00 AM  
Blogger Schooly said...

Superheroes don't have the same appeal that they did years ago. Even though people's taste is shit, they still are more sophisticated now than before.

Even kids aren't into superheroes like they were when we were kids.

And I don't think it has anything to do with the form factor (ie sequential panels, etc) as much as the fact that comics are a dead medium. Or at least dying.

Not many people fire up the ol' kinetoscope or victrola anymore. Comics are headed in that direction.

12/22/2006 03:16:00 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

I think people dig superheroes now more then ever before. Look at all the top grossing movies. I think a lot of them kind of sucked (Fantastic Four, Superman Returns), but people still flocked to the theaters to see them. What keeps people away from reading comics is the $3 monthly comic book. It's an antiquated way of publishing that should have died a long with the corner drugstore. It would have, if the direct market shop didn't come a long to take it's place.

I think comics need to ditch the monthly floppy and go right to trade paperbacks.

Look at how Japanese manga is dominating the shelf space at any large book retailer. It gets more shelf space because it makes more money. If those same manga books were first published 22 pages at a time each month with lots of ads for $3 to $4, they wouldn't be as popular. They wouldn't make as much money.

Comic publishers need to switch over to trades or they will die.

12/22/2006 05:44:00 PM  
Blogger The Comic Book Haters said...

Well in the case of ALIAS, they did kind of transform it into THE PULSE, which wasn't MAX and wasn't as good, but isn't the same exact thing as canceling the title.

I think going to TPBs is an inevitability. My dad was over the other day and saw a copy of BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL laying on the living room floor. Apart from the usual embarassment this might cause a person of my age, his only comment was "Jesus, you paid $3 for this crap?" Maybe Schooly and I were switched at the hospital... Schooly, does your father enjoy delineated exploits featuring longjohn wearing ultra-heroes?

12/22/2006 06:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comics exist because Super Heroes. If other genre worked, they'd be producing more of it. It's like that, and that's the way it is. Don't you hate this shit? Tough titty, it's not changing any time this century.

12/29/2006 04:50:00 PM  

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