a few comical-type notes
Second, I wasn't feeling great last night, so I knocked off early and vegged on the couch. Flipping through the Showtime On Demand listings (they have 5-10 episodes of each of their series) I noticed a plot listing for Queer as Folk about a comic book. "Hmm," I thought to myself, "I have never heard anyone mention a comic book episode of this show." So I looked at several episode listings and then skimmed through a whole episode and realized, there's a major comic-related storyline and one of the characters is a comic book retailer. And…I have never heard word one about this. Knowing that I'm often out of the loop on comic industry scuttlebutt, I asked Evan when he got home and he'd never heard anyone mention it either. So, a major cable series has a comic book retailing main character who is perfectly normal and not cliched fanboy loser, and apparently no-one cares? wtf? Did I miss the big discussion about this somewhere?
Finally, following up a little on the Tokyopop discussion we've all been having in the comments, I just have to say I am really sick of the constant bashing of them as if they were the "new Marvel" and so on and so forth. Everyone seems to forget that whatever the business mentality of each company may be, the content of their publications is entirely different. All the manga I am reading is creator-controlled, personal work. Yes, the pop culture spinoff stuff like Yu-Gi-Oh gets a lot of press, but a lot of the stuff coming out is not like that. And yes, the publishers do usually co-own the manga they publish and assuredly have editorial input. So? The best fiction writers in the world get editorial input, and quite frankly, I think writers in any media who don't get any editorial input usually suffer for it. Tokyopop isn't cleaning everyone's clocks because their comics are Japanese, or because they've got muscle, they're doing it because no-one else got anything remotely like Love Hina onto shelves. Books like that can't even happen here. Although they should.
Anyway! Enough ranting. Time to get back to work. If all goes well in the next week or so, I should be able to announce a pretty interesting new job soon. Fingers crossed!
quick note, added @ 4:30pm: I've just noticed that the RioVolt MP3 player I bought last weekend is on sale again, until midnight tonight!