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AN OLD POST, BUT STILL INTERESTING:  6 Strange Things I Learned Working in a Bookstore.

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UM….:  Will Disney Stop Publishing Marvel Comic Books?

 

20 Comments
  1. Christopher M. Chupik #

    I can echo the things learned working in a bookstore. Working in a library has proved to be much the same. Especially #3. The things some people do to bathrooms . . .

    March 4, 2018
  2. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard #

    On the “Will Disney Stop Publishing Marvel Comic Books”, I “liked” how the article “blamed Disney” for the poor sales and “discounted” the “diversity issue” concerning poor sales.

    I stopped reading Marvel Comics before the “diversity issue” really got going but I stopped because the comics “weren’t fun anymore”.

    The “Mutants are gays” with the “evil government going after Mutants” things just turned me off.

    Of course, there were the “idiot plots”, “idiot characters”, etc.

    The Marvel Movies are Fun, Marvel Comics aren’t Fun.

    March 4, 2018
    • Draven #

      the government has been going after mutants since the 60s… they just keep coming up with ‘new’ stories about it (that lately, are just rehashes of the old ones with SJW crap slathered on top)

      March 4, 2018
      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard #

        IIRC the First Mutant Hunters were the Sentinels Mutant Hunting Robots and they were created by Bolivar Trask (private industrialist).

        IE The US government wasn’t really involved in Trask’s Sentinels.

        March 4, 2018
        • Terry Sanders #

          They were, sort of.

          *Everybody* hated mutants, y’see. And every once in a while the government would have to “do something about it” to mollify all the bigoted voters.

          Trask and his Sentinels were supposed to be heroes to the evil bigoted population, showing us readers how horrible it was to be a poor oppressed, um, something or other. And it wasn’t their fault–they were (sob) *born* that way!

          Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters was a cover for a reason. Mutants didn’t dare show their faces in public, lest they face pitchforks and torches, evil corporate crusaders with cheering mobs egging them on, evil Republicans pandering to bigots by proclaiming witch hunts, etc.

          That particular bit of preaching goes all the way back.

          March 4, 2018
          • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard #

            Well, when “fighting the Mutant Menace” meant a Little Old Lady hitting Beast with her purse it was hard to take the “anti-mutant stuff” too seriously. 😉

            Mind you, the more Marvel played the “poor Mutant victims”, the more I dislike it for one simple reason.

            Normal Humans had valid reasons to be concerned about Mutants.

            You had the Very Evil Master Of Magnetism, you had a guy with “eye-blasts” that could kill people or destroy buildings, you had a woman who could tear out your guts just by thinking about it (yes they never showed that aspect of Jean’s power), you had another guy who could read your every thought and could control your mind, you had a woman who could throw “hexes” at you, etc.

            March 4, 2018
            • snelson134 #

              See Wearing the Cape. Especially the role-playing game which has a couple of critical scenes explaining what having superheroes would really mean to governments.

              March 4, 2018
              • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard #

                Yep.

                I’ve read the Wearing The Cape series and Harmon does cover that aspect quite well.

                March 4, 2018
                • snelson134 #

                  The RPG has a scene where you have the original Sentinels testifying to the Senate that wasn’t in the books. It shows why the idea of superheroes really being hunted, and also why Magneto wasn’t wrong when he thought mutants would have to take over governments.

                  March 4, 2018
                  • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard #

                    Haven’t read the RPG to see that article but there are indications in the books concerning that idea.

                    For that matter, IIRC the Teatime Anarchist reported that some of the futures he saw included Capes “taking over”.

                    March 4, 2018
  3. c4c

    March 4, 2018
  4. When I tried to negotiate a time-limit on rights to my non-fiction, the academic press told me “take it or leave it” because they did not want to have to try and re-do the contract and explain to other authors why I got rights reversion and others didn’t. Since I’d already been paid a very nice sum to write the book, and did not expect any royalties, I went on and signed. For fiction, or if I’d not been paid already? Different story.

    March 4, 2018
  5. sam57l0 #

    My little town had a comic book store. Unfortunately, there was a water leak from above. Don’t know how much the damage was, but the store closed.

    March 4, 2018
  6. Christopher M. Chupik #

    Back in the day, my bookstore had a regular customer, a pale woman who only came in the evening and looked for vampire and occult books. Needless to say, we soon dubbed her the “Vampire Lady”. One night, we had a man who was bleeding profusely from the nose walk through our store. The staff was joking later that he was lucky he didn’t come on a night the Vampire Lady was visiting. 😀

    March 4, 2018
  7. I do remember getting my New Mutants fix (with Bill Sienkiewicz, remember those?) down at the local Quick-E mart. Or picking up a paperback SF story with (instead of) my groceries at the supermarket. Strange how that’s changed.

    March 4, 2018
    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard #

      Nod. The comment in the article concerning “where comics can be purchased” was valid in terms of comic sales. The same problem is true of paperback sales.

      March 4, 2018
  8. Murgy #

    Re: comic book sales: I recall buying comics at the local supermarket, or convenience store. Then that changed. I think Chuck Dixon talked in an interview about how Marvel or DC deliberately stopped selling to newsstands, and how he thought it was a mistake. I think I agree. How many parents will take their kid to a comic store, vs buy a comic from the display rack when they are shopping for groceries, etc?

    The link to the Harry Bingham article is from Feb 2015. Since then, I think he’s self-published three more Fiona Griffiths novels, in the US. Not bad for someone who couldn’t get his US publisher to return his calls. I think he’s still traditionally published in the UK, but then, they never dropped the ball with him.

    March 5, 2018
  9. Comic book companies hit bottom quite a while ago, and started digging. Lately they have been bringing in heavy equipment.

    http://phantomsoapbox.blogspot.ca/2018/03/comic-book-industry-digs-harder.html

    March 5, 2018

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