Friday, June 29, 2007
As I'm on the road again for work, here's some odds and ends, wrapped in one easy-to-digest low-fat sugar-free post:
* My blog has tripled in hits over the last two weeks, and I'm not exactly sure why -- but I'm encouraged and grateful.
* There have been some interesting developments regarding my blog and opportunities to expand aspects of it into other media. That's all I can say at the moment, but I'm a busy little bee right now.
* I'm of the opinion that making boob jokes about solicitation covers may only get me so far in my career. As such, I've decided to expand the scope of this blog to include REVIEWS and INTERVIEWS. These should start next week.
* My "Goodbye To Comics" memoir has sort of mutated. Right now I have a completed manuscript. Half of that original manuscript is going to be used for a work with a distinctly historical slant. Given my background in academics (you wouldn't know it from my boob jokes but I do have one), I'm rather looking forward to this.
The other half of the memoir -- the half with all the sturm und drang -- is something I really need to ponder about. It was, at one point, going to go in a very "Oprah" direction. But I'm not sure if that is how I wish to frame the story of my life. I would rather do something more creative and not as "black-and white" and tear-jerkery.
I have other considerations about it, mainly that I'm not sure if I wish to open this can of worms again. On one hand, maybe doing so would "shine the spotlight" and help "fix" things for women in comics. On the other hand, this is not what I wish to be solely remembered for as my contribution to the industry. On the third hand, (three whole hands!) I have a story with a lot of important feminist issues besides those relating to comics.
So that part of the memoir is still under development. Hey, maybe I could submit it as a graphic novel proposal to "Vertigo" (insert laughter here).
* It looks like I'm going to the San Diego Comic Con this summer. This is my first time attending, and I'm pretty psyched.
As a whole, I'm also pretty psyched about developments in mainstream comics in general, if only to say that I'm enjoying reading my weekly stack. The news of McDuffie scripting "JLA" is exciting. I am very pleased with the "World War Hulk" and "Annihilation: Conquest" events, and between the two my bank account shall be quite drained. I'm on the fence about "Spiderman" developments. "Countdown" is an odd series that seems to be stuck in the early-to-mid 1990s and I've dropped it. The whole "Flash" debacle was a mess and it would take a lot for me to regain trust in this title again. "Sinestro Corps" sounds interesting, but it certainly seems as if Kyle is getting set up for another fall.
And the comics I continue to enjoy the most tend to be the kid stuff: "Marvel Adventures," "Spider-Girl," and the cartoon "Legion of the Superheroes." Why is this? Sometimes, I just want to read good, self-contained stories about superheroes.
Sometimes, I just want to read good self-contained stories about superheroes.
That's all for this week's "OS Nation." Next week: why I can't get my books out on schedule (oh wait, that topic has been taken...)
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