This image from NeedCoffee.com provides us with a number of topics from which to sprout out a variety of interesting punditry.
John Byrne opines on the raging "late artists" debate that many so-called professional comics today are "no more than fanzines":
"Do these guys have to break every five minutes so their nannies can massage their aching hands?"You know, if this was a episode of "Gunsmoke," there would be a barroom brawl afterwards. Bryan Hitch would be throwing someone through a pre-broken bannister. It'd be awesome.
Marvel Editor Tom Breevort puts the question to the fans:
My favorite of the responses:
"Better give Penance his own ongoing series after issue 5. Hugely under developed character as Speedball. Make up for it with his new persona. Lets face it... not many people can hand Wolvie his own a** and simply walk away."Or handing Doctor Doom his own a**.
At any rate, Breevort is using on his blog (consciously or unconsciously) the recommended PR technique called Proactive Transparency (trademark 2007 Valerie D'Orazio), in which you ask for and address any gripes from the public right off the bat rather than pretending everything is always fine and the fans are just stupid. By using Proactive Transparency you ultimately get to control the flow of your PR before other pundits get their grubby hands on it, and promote good will by demonstrating that you are 1) Reasonable, 2) Personable, 3) A Regular Person Just Like Them, and 4) Caring Of What The Others (who purchase your products) Think.
Kudos to Mr. Breevort.
Things To Use Your Han Solo In Carbonite For
Hey, call me crazy, but...
I know the "Slave Leia" has been the butt (pun) of constant criticism for its depiction of a strong female character in what is essentially a bondage outfit. But the Han Solo in Carbonite image has been used almost as much as Slave Leia in popular culture...and is essentially the image of a male in a bondage-type situation with a pained expression on his face. As such, are both examples simply evidence of George Lucas's love of the heroes-in-perilous-situations gimmick from the movie serials and comics of his youth, regardless of gender?
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