Welcome back to my world of rants and praise. Each week I’m going to tell you what I like and what I don’t like for that particular week. It goes beyond comics but doesn’t drift too far out of the pop culture spectrum that revolves around comics.
I think I’ve mentioned weddings before but this one goes a little outside the scope of comics.
As I don’t like weddings in superhero comics, I particularly don’t care about all the news and press of the Royal Wedding? I mean, come on, this family has zero impact on my life and likely 99.999999999999999999% of every other family out there. Who gives a flying F about the Royal Wedding? Everytime Prince William and his wife pop out another baby, the further Prince Harry falls in line for the throne anyways.
Sorry, I just had to throw this out there. It really bothers me that this is and was top news for several days it seems.
This is things I like. I haven’t seen it yet but I plan on seeing it this week. I don’t even care if the story is good or not, the humor alone is likely going to entertain me.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Yeah, remember last week I cried and moaned about the kid who ruined Infinity War for me? Well, I got free tickets to see Solo this Friday. This would be things I like and hopefully don’t turn into things I don’t like with another kid ruining the movie.
Slow Nothing To Spec Week
I really don’t like this recent lull of new comics. This week is no different, there’s absolutely nothing that is really standing out as potential winners. Sure there’s a new Black Panther but we’ll get another one of those next year. Sure there’s a possibility of a new character but if it’s a villain, I don’t expect much heat on it, not until it makes it to the screen, years from now.
I’m really not liking the slow weeks, it makes my spec’ing job hard. Guess it’s going to be reader specs.
Just got my confirmation for NYCC 2018 Press Badge today. This is certainly things I like, it goes beyond like, it’s just pure love. One day I’ll try to make it to SDCC but for now, I love NYCC.
This will be the 3rd straight year I attend. Big shout out to Anthony that makes this all happen allowing me to represent ComicsHeatingUp and another shout out to Tyson from ToyBoxOne who smells better than Anthony when we’re hanging out!
This year I’m hoping to catch more cosplayers and more writeups. I’m going to hit the event hard this year while also trying to have fun buying things and selling them to the poor schmucks who can’t make it.
Walking Dead is a Dead Spec
I’m sad to say that Walking Dead is dying, at least on the comic book market. What once was a easy cash cow for even common books is now slowly slithering away as hot commodity and spec books for first appearances, story lines and so on. Seeing first appearance books drop half in value from their prime is certainly signs that most collectors have got the books they want and the rest of the collectors might be wandering off like the recent show ratings and number of viewers.
I know all this because I’m selling my entire Walking Dead collection I’ve amassed over the years. What once commanded top dollars for some books are half or less what we could have gotten a year or two ago.
The Magic Order – No Second Printings Scheduled
Mark Millar’s new book coming out from Image will have no second printings. You heard me, no second printings.
“We want to get back to that crazy, exciting time where a first printing really meant something too and create a real collectibility here with NO SECOND PRINTINGS,” said Millar.
This is just marketing tactics if you ask me. We already know there’s likely going to be a really high number of books already (most shops seem to order heavy on Millar now anyways). I don’t anticipate this will be hard to obtain. But don’t worry, if you do happen to miss out, just wait 4-6 months and I’m sure there will be a gigantic sized #1-5 issue right before the release of the final overpriced #6 issue 9 months later.
This is the first title with Netflix. So I’m not spec’ing on this book since it’s already part of a media deal. The only thing I do like about this is Olivier Coipel is doing the artwork. It likely will be a good read, I just dislike these silly tactics to try and boost and influence the industry. Print books based on demand, don’t tell us ahead of time you won’t print more if the demand is there to try and create an artificial demand.
For me, I’ll probably wait for the trade to read it.