jueves, 20 de diciembre de 2012

The Top Ten Worst Retcons of The New 52

Last year i made a list of the best and worst DC comics of 2011 and i was thinking of repeating that, but the thing is I already did another list of the best and worst of the first year of the relaunch, and i really feel like there is nothing essential that i can add to either of those lists.
So I decided on a new one that might be more interesting
The Top Ten best and worst Retcons of the Relaunch.

I have to admit that I have disliked certain aspects of the relaunch but one of the worst of all is the retcons, some had been good and some had been bad and on some cases it doesnt matter if the book is good or bad in turn

So I Have read mostly all of DC comics since the relaunch came on and a ton of other comics before that, and here i present a list of changes that I really hated in this new Universe

Comic Book Sales 101, Part 4: Covers


I know i said last week i was going to talk about variants but i realized that i couldnt move to that before getting this out of the way
There is this little saying that reads "you should not judge a book by its cover"
Well Comic book covers have actually the opposite effect, they are suppose to give you an idea of what is happening in the book and therefore influence in your decision to buy a comic or not.
thats the whole point of covers, a sole picture that can and should evoke the idea that you need to try this book, wither by just having a certain impact due its imagery or by revealing something that is happening in the actual issue.
Lets see some examples for covers:

viernes, 14 de diciembre de 2012

Comic Book Sales 101, or how to follow sales for Dummies Part 3


we finally reach this part, but what exactly is a gimmick?
a Gimmick is basically a move which is initiated with the sole purpose to increase the sales of a comic by doing something that is generally outside of the control of the actual story.
To put it in perspective, the Story itself only has the objective to be told by the writer, the gimmick are mostly out of control of the writer and on some occasions, have nothing to do with the actual story and sometimes bring stories of their own, but of course it doesnt mean that it is only limited to them or hell it could even be completely irrelevant to them.
This can be another story that trying to connect to the current story, a change in a character of the story, within or without the control of the writer, or a character that comes in and doesnt belong in the story. and thats only approaching from the story point of view when we can actually have a gimmick by its format, by the art itself, etc.
We will start with the most common one


jueves, 6 de diciembre de 2012

Comic Book Sales 101, or how to follow sales for Dummies Part 2

In Part 1 of this bIog I talk about how Genres and how they affect the sales of a comic book as an aspect of how some genres sell better than others just by focusing on a larger fanbase resulting in the Mainstream, but i also said that the most important aspect of selling comics are Brands & Gimmicks, since they influence every genre and every comic in general no matter what and its basically what its building the current market instead of actual Quality of the Comics.

miércoles, 5 de diciembre de 2012

Comic Book Sales 101, or how to follow sales for Dummies Part 1

Just a few days ago something historic happen in the world of Comics, DC announced that their Digital initiative will now launch its respective books at 3:00A.M. East Time, which means that starting next week you can purchase your favorite DC comics without any wait and without the need to go to a comic book shop
you can follow the story here

This was the biggest news regarding digital sales after the New launched the same day digital distribution program, its obvious that the landscape for comicbook sales is changing fast so that got me thinking of why is that the current state of comic state is so bad

lunes, 3 de diciembre de 2012

Diversity in the New DCU, or just the Illusion of Diversity

Diversity in the New DCU, or just the Illusion of Diversity

Diversity is something I personally never really particularly cared for in comics
I live in Costa Rica, thats in latin-america, Im obviously from an hispanic background, spanish is my first language, But i never really cared that the heroes that i saw on TV didnt had my same color or background or whatever, i just saw characters not races.

Even though I would love to see a hero in DC or Marvel from my homeland, the fact that such hero is ever created is not a huge concern for me, I dont identify myself with a latino hero more than i would with a black or white or asian hero. but thats just me. I can still admire Batman and Superman without any critique on race just like i can admire Icon or Vixen or Katana.
However I never really care much in general in comics cause I never experience the comic book medium until i was already an adult and i saw comics more like a form of literature but its just not the same for kids.

look at this little advertizement

sábado, 1 de diciembre de 2012

Death in Comics, why doesnt it matter and why it should

I am a relatively new reader, I started reading comics just 5 years ago and i gravitated more on DC, so when i started asking "where to start?" i saw a lot of suggestions regarding Infinite Crisis, so i went to a store to only get infinite crisis and inside i saw this comic