I don't want to go into it again, but I had an experience at the store late last week and really opened my eyes to the way things work out in the world. A part of that experience was a customer handing back a few copies of Journey into Mystery, saying he didn't have money to spend on the more "out there" titles like that.
"Out There"? You mean that book starring Loki, God of Mischief, from the Thor and Avengers movies? Ok, got it.
But that's how most shops view comics. If it's not Thor, Captain America or Iron Man's name on the book, it doesn't get ordered because that's not what people want. And then those customers don't even have a choice.
No more Iron Man 2.0. No more Cap & Bucky. No more Journey into Mystery.
It's been one of my favorite books since Kieron Gillen took over and the title changed with #622. I think it's been endearing and fun, the way comics should be. Journey isn't part of Marvel NOW! But it's nice to know that some people loved it as much, and even more, than me.
Stephen's So-Called Emo Life!
- Yankeeography - produced by the YES Network A&E, home of Biography. My parents got me the box set for my birthday. So far I've gone through Jeter, Posada (his son is adorable) and Tino Martinez. Once upon a time I wanted to play first base, half because of my grandpa (who was left handed so he had a better reach [I'm right handed), half because of Don Mattingly (because I got a baseball with his face on it from Burger King the night that I went to my first Yankees game) and half because of Tino Martinez. Good math right there.
- Coke & Peanuts - I had read about this Southern tradition in the Secret Life of Bees when I was a freshman in college, but having grown up in Greensboro I'd never seen anyone actually do it. Enter Jody, who picked up on the habit while living in Mississippi. Ooohhh, I wasn't far enough South! But I tried it on Saturday and now I'm hooked! I'm drinking one right now!
- "Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen - been stuck in my head all week since Carly showed me a meem that substituted the line "Here's my number, So call me maybe" with "Here's my labyrinth, I stole your baby" with a picture of David Bowie. I couldn't explain it, and then I found out Carly Rae Jepsen was Canadian. Yep, Avril Lavigne, Michael Cera, Instant Star, Degrassi, I've got a week spot for all of it. You can also check out the song as performed by President Obama and the cast of Star Wars.
- Ocarina of Time Movie - I was re-watching the Cameron Crowe /John Hughes Legend of Zelda trailer, because it is spot on, and decided to check out some of the other Zelda fan videos YouTube had to offer. This one plays it soooo straight, right down to the tracking shots of Link traveling through the field. And it's cool that it was produced entirely by teenage girls, because they should get to have something, too I cannot find it again. I might have made it up.
- Waiting for October - an Adventures of Pete & Pete fan zine being put together by folks from the Internet, including a cover by Joe Quinones that I already bought a print of at HeroesCon! Pete & Pete, in my top five show of all time (if I could only choose one Aaron Sorkin show)! That show is how you remember growing up, the same way the West Wing is the way you imagine government works.
The following titles are scheduled to ship on Wednesday, August 1st excluding some re-orders and providing that nothing changes by the time the final invoice arrives on Monday:
30 Days of Night #9
Action Comics #12
Action Comics hc #1
Age of Apocalypse #6
Alpha Girl #4
Amazingly Stupid Mad tpb
Animal Man #12 - the war between the Red, the Green and the Rot begins here!
Avengers Academy #34
Avengers Trial of Yellowjacket tpb
Avengers vs. X-Men #9 - Cyclops = out of control!
Avenging Spider-man #10 - continuing the debut of Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel!
Batman No Man's Land tpb #3
Beasts of Burden Neighborhood Watch - collecting material that first appeared in Dark Horse Presents. After getting caught up on the hardcover last week, I'm excited for a new story!
Before Watchmen Nite Owl #2 - I felt like it was the weakest of the #1's thus far, but we'll see if Straczynski can right the ship.
Black Kiss II #1 - I've made no secret of the fact that I'm not a Chaykin hand, but if I'm not mistaken, Fraction had a hand in this, so it may merit a look.
Cape 1969 #2
Classic G.I. Joe tpb #15
Comic Heroes Magazine #13
Courtney Crumrin #4
Dark Shadows/ Vampirella #1
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1
Deadworld World of the Dead #1
Detective Comics #12
Dial H #4
Double Jumpers #2
Doctor Who Magazine #449
Dungeons & Dragons Dark Sun tpb
Earth 2 #4
Epic Kill #4
Extinction Seed #3
First X-Men #1
Flash Archives hc #6
Fury Max #5
Futurama Comics #62
G.I. Combat #4
Girl Genius tpb #11
Green Arrow #12
Hawkeye - this is one of those dream books. When I was reading Fraction's intro to the Immortal Iron Fist omnibus, I remember thinking that there would never be another book like this. While it's too soon to tell if the same lightning can be bottled twice, putting Matt back together with David Aja is definitely a step in the right direction.
Hitman tpb #7
House of Mystery tpb #8
Incredible Hulk Regression tpb
Invincible Iron Man #522
Iron Man Revenge of Mandarin
I Zombie #28 - final issue!
Justice League International #12
Kung Fu Panda tpb #1
Lone Ranger #8
Looney Tunes #208
Love & Capes What to Expect #1
Mega Man tpb #3
Merciless Rise of Ming #3
Michael Kaluta Sketchbook tpb #2
Mind MGMT #3
Mind the Gap #3
Our Valued Customers Conversations from the Comic Book Store tpb - be carefully, it might be like looking in the mirror.
Peter Parker Spider-man #156.1
Planet of the Apes Annual #1
Punisher tpb #1
Red Lanterns #12
Robert Jordan Wheel of Time Eye of the World #28
Routes des Maisons Rouges tpb #1 - beautiful art for a story about rival themed houses of prostitution in Paris.
Smallville Season 11 #4
Sonic the Hedgehog #239
Sonic Universe tpb #3
Strawberry Shortcake #1
Superboy tpb #1
Swamp Thing #12 - and the war continues here!
Sweet Tooth #36
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection hc #3
Thief of Thieves #7 - if I remember to bring them in, there will be a full set of Thief of Thieves first printings up for grabs next Wednesday.
Thing Classic tpb #2
Think Tank #1
Transformers Regeneration One #82
Ultimate Comics Spider-man #13 - for folks that get any of the Ultimate books, you'll be receiving every part of Divided We Stand crossover without having to request it specially on your subscription.
Warlord of Mars #20
Warlord of Mars tpb #1
World's Finest #4
X-Men FF tpb
X-Men Iceman hc
X-Men Opertation Zero Tolerance hc
Also shipping next week:
Batman Arkham Asylum Playarts Kai Arm Batman figures
Batman Arkham Asylum Playarts Kai Harley Quinn figures
Classic Marvel Figurine Collector Magazine #178 Domino
Classic Marvel Figurine Collector Magazine #179 Lady Sif
DC Superhero Figurine Collector Magazine #112 Red Hood
DC Superhero Figurine Collector Magazine #113 Metallo
Marvel vs. Capcom Minimates series 3 figures
And one more for the road...