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Late April through mid-June is a time of change in California; it’s what we used for seasons. I’ll be interested in what ideas are generated up to and through August, when everybody’s mind checks out for the California season “Unbelievably Hot”. September, these ideas begin to sprout. Next Winter (a mix of the Seasons of Fire, Earthquake, Flood and Toads in southern California) the ideas gain form. Late Winter, when the first winds of Spring begin to become Santa Ana Winds and bring back Fire Season, the ideas that will form Spring 2017 Comics will arise.

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In Previews a couple months ago, a new horror comic publisher started up.

I enjoy horror comics.

They listed 10 different books all at issue 1.

Given that none of them were written or drawn by names I was familiar with, nothing completely stood out, they all kind of got lost amoung each other.

Had they listed maybe 1 or 2 first issues each month, I would have bought them, tried the first issue of each comic, then if I liked any of them, continued buying.

In the end I bought and tried nothing.

I don’t know if it’s just my mind that operates like this, however my advise to a new start up would be: if you want someone to try your stuff, don’t be hitting them with $30 worth of new issues in a month - the market is simply too competitive to be pulling shit like that.

The New 52 was a bit of a one-off for me: they did an unprecedented line wide reboot, I like DCs characters, I wanted to reward them for their bravery by picking them all up.
I’m not going to surrender that level of cash and commit that time on a regular basis. Especially not when most of Marvel’s books are $4, some even more than that.

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Are you referring to the new ultimate comics, the comic world set entirely in the Night of the Living Dead universe?

I think so yeah

So, bizarrely I’ve just stumbled on the comic I was referring to.
They are published by Double Take, which I think seems to be run by Bill Jemas, and all 10 are on Comixology today for FREE.

I’m not sure what the concept is but having flicked thru the first it seems to be a panel a page, with narration at the bottom of each page and no speech bubbles.

Given that I almost considered buying all 10, this is some freebie and I’m glad I can read each first issue for free before deciding if I want to read on.

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Yeah if it’s Bill Jemas then the high concept is that they’re all set in the Night of the Living Dead Universe.

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I’ve downloaded them all. Can’t complain with free.

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Me too. Thanks for the heads-up Chris!

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You are welcome !

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Interesting take on Superman.

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I think (at least in the US) our perception and how we portray Superman in any given generation has a lot to do with our perception of ourselves though sometimes in a bit of a delayed manner. Superman is incredibly sure of himself and that he is doing the right thing in the late 30’s through at least the 60’s. When we start to doubt ourselves, he starts to doubt himself and he becomes a more difficult character.

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But wasn’t that true of nearly every single comic book hero? I don’t think it has to do with how we view ourselves but a maturation of the reading audience. As children a simple world/character view was fine but as the readers gained in age and could understand more complex concepts a more nuanced approach was needed.

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I just think Superman is a relic of a time when there weren’t many entertainment options and hasn’t proved as malleable as other properties. He’s more Mickey Mouse, Lone Ranger, and Popeye than Batman, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond.

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Woah, woah, woah!

Mickey Mouse is malleable.
He’s malleable as hell.

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You take that back :frowning: Superman is not a relic…Insert appropriate Neck breaking pun here

So there!

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That wasn’t Superman. Not really, anyway.

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Y’know what?

I totally forgive Kal-El for snapping Zod’s nasty neck!

Might not ever kill before or after, but that boy? He’s goin’ down! Attack my mother, destroy my city, kill my father (unlike the one I wandered away from during an EF-5), threaten my planet and in general being a dick with ears. And a soul patch. Look what you did to Union Station, you pud-knocker!

I hereby issue amnesty. For saving the planet and endless nerdish lives since 1939, I hereby award Kal-El one Kryptonian rectum of his choice to dispose of as he sees fit.

However, he might want to re-think that leaving-Jonathan-in-a-tornado thing. That’s a bit on the cold side.

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Now let’s not forget that he left his dad in that tornado to honour his wish of nobody discovering his powers until he was ready.
He followed up this touching moment by … leaving home and using his powers to save anybody he found.

Jonathan Kent must be rolling in his grave.

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Ah, fan amnesia.

Superman: Killing people with a smile, even getting Lois in on the act.

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Oh yeah I buy that. They were just having a delightful discussion where Clark tells Jonathan “You’re just some guy who found me in a field”. By all rights, Clark was having a snit fit. It would piss Jonathan off to be saved from the tornado. Therefore, Clark would absolutely save him from the tornado. Probably in a showy manner. Save the dog, too! Maybe dance around in the air a bit and flip the tornado the bird. Cause a real scene. Probably piss off Batman, too.

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