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  • DeCarlo Rules: Thanks, VJ. I did not know of Penny Peabody. If they're going to reprint Little Archie, I wish they'd reprint the longer, better (pre-1965) ones by Bolling. It seems like the longer stories allowed Bolling to create something more interesting out of LA, but there seems like some taboo against reprinting them in the digests.
    Today at 09:46:35 PM
  • BettyReggie: I plan to watch Riverdale Espoide #1 & # 2 on The CW. Website later.
    Today at 06:42:39 PM
  • Vegan Jughead: Penny Peabody was the girlfriend of Fangs Fogarty, the bully in the Little Archie comics.  I know you don't love those and even if you did read a lot of them, she's barely in them.  Really obscure.  Real Ms Grundy is dead I think.  This one stole her identity if I remember correctly.
    Today at 12:23:28 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: ...and if Ms. Grundy wasn't Ms. Grundy, then who was she, and where is the real Ms. Grundy?
    Today at 05:59:39 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Penny Peabody? ... original character created by the show's writers?
    Today at 05:56:42 AM
  • Tuxedo Mark: My review of "Archie's Weird Mysteries": "I Was a Teenage Vampire": [link]
    October 22, 2017, 09:04:01 PM
  • Ronny G: Actually yesterday. Today's Sunday, but I just got home from vacation today!
    October 22, 2017, 07:11:20 PM
  • Ronny G: Got my Betty and Veronica Halloween Annual digest in the mail today! YAY!
    October 22, 2017, 07:09:45 PM
  • Vegan Jughead: Hey but who needs Moose and Midge when you can have such prominent characters as Penny Peabody and Toni Topaz on the show?
    October 22, 2017, 10:30:03 AM
  • Vegan Jughead: Ms. Grundy would have been a total surprise but it turned out she wasn't really Ms. Grundy so I can let that go.  Killing Moose after barely seeing him last year and Midge after she was in literally one episode (and barely in it, at that) seems ridiculous.
    October 21, 2017, 08:31:51 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: For a character franchise that's been running for 75+ years, ARCHIE really has a pretty small cast of regulars. Apart from the core 5 and the other 6 already mentioned, there's Cheryl & Jason and Kevin... and (filed under "extended supporting players") the teachers and parents. That's pretty much it. 14 teen characters and their parents & teachers. Sabrina and Josie and their supporting casts coexist in Riverdale, but they're really their own separate franchises. If your murder victims turn out to be Jinx Malloy and Cricket O'Dell, there's not much drama in it, beyond a shrug.
    October 21, 2017, 07:12:39 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Why Moose and Midge? Good question... let me know if you can think of any other ongoing characters who are more expendable, but still well-known. I guess the other likely candidates would be Dilton and Ethel, or Chuck and Nancy. I guess you could come up with a short list of other names, but are they really that well-known? Ms. Grundy was a total surprise!
    October 21, 2017, 06:45:30 AM
  • BettyReggie: Midtown Comics has the new January 2018 Comics. I preordered mine.
    October 20, 2017, 05:17:44 PM
  • CAPalace: Seriously though why are Moose and Midge like one of the first people to die whenever they are in the horror stories line and now Riverdale lol
    October 20, 2017, 12:36:49 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: I recently watched Geek House's reaction to the episode. They're very amateur. They often leave in false starts and farting around before the actual intro. Joey often struggles with the episode title, like he can't just look it up before they start recording. Joey has to announce that he's putting the video into full screen and then does a countdown. Cut all of that stuff out! In the new review, he and his wife didn't react at all to Moose and Midge being killed. It soon became apparent that they didn't even know it was Moose and Midge! Joey referred to them as the "drug addicts".
    October 20, 2017, 11:42:14 AM
  • Vegan Jughead: Oh, wow, that sucks.
    October 20, 2017, 09:21:57 AM
  • JonInIowaCity: I'm not saying that they're dead, but they're not listed as appearing in any future episodes in IMBD, while other minor characters are.
    October 20, 2017, 08:53:10 AM
  • Vegan Jughead: I don't think Moose and Midge are dead.  I hope not.  It's one thing to kill Jason Blossom.  Killing two characters who have been around for 68 years is something else entirely.
    October 20, 2017, 07:43:40 AM


Author Topic: The structure of the digests ?  (Read 5075 times)

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ASS-P

The structure of the digests ?
« on: June 11, 2016, 04:06:41 PM »
Once and for all , is the balance of the Archie digests , in general ~ Or , HAS it been , since I get the impression that , in my absence , something has gone a little rotten in Mamaroneck business-wise !!!!!!!!!!! Has it , up until Donald Trump threw his hairpiece in the ring ;D , say , the recent past ~ Have the Archie digests generally had (1) The first story and (2) the last story being new ones ?
  Plus maybe some other full-fleged stories , and some filllers/gags of some kind .
  What has the general balance/placing of new against old material in the digests been ?

DeCarlo Rules

Re: The structure of the digests ?
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2016, 01:16:37 AM »
Once and for all , is the balance of the Archie digests , in general ~ Or , HAS it been , since I get the impression that , in my absence , something has gone a little rotten in Mamaroneck business-wise !!!!!!!!!!! Has it , up until Donald Trump threw his hairpiece in the ring ;D , say , the recent past ~ Have the Archie digests generally had (1) The first story and (2) the last story being new ones ?
  Plus maybe some other full-fleged stories , and some filllers/gags of some kind .
  What has the general balance/placing of new against old material in the digests been ?

Since the middle of 2014, the first (a.k.a. "lead") story in every digest has been new. The last few months of solicitations for forthcoming ACP products have contained a number solicitation descriptions for digests in which the "lead stories" have NOT been described as "new", but instead "fun", "entertaining", "exciting", etc. which leads me to believe that there is no longer any guarantee that each digest will contain a new story. I suspect they are just keeping Dan Parent employed for as long as it takes to use up the inventory of already-purchased scripts.

SAGG

Re: The structure of the digests ?
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2016, 05:03:44 PM »
Once and for all , is the balance of the Archie digests , in general ~ Or , HAS it been , since I get the impression that , in my absence , something has gone a little rotten in Mamaroneck business-wise !!!!!!!!!!! Has it , up until Donald Trump threw his hairpiece in the ring ;D , say , the recent past ~ Have the Archie digests generally had (1) The first story and (2) the last story being new ones ?
  Plus maybe some other full-fleged stories , and some filllers/gags of some kind .
  What has the general balance/placing of new against old material in the digests been ?

Since the middle of 2014, the first (a.k.a. "lead") story in every digest has been new. The last few months of solicitations for forthcoming ACP products have contained a number solicitation descriptions for digests in which the "lead stories" have NOT been described as "new", but instead "fun", "entertaining", "exciting", etc. which leads me to believe that there is no longer any guarantee that each digest will contain a new story. I suspect they are just keeping Dan Parent employed for as long as it takes to use up the inventory of already-purchased scripts.
You don't think they'll eventually get rid of Mr. Parent after getting enough scripts written and drawn, do you?

DeCarlo Rules

Re: The structure of the digests ?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2016, 05:27:52 PM »
Once and for all , is the balance of the Archie digests , in general ~ Or , HAS it been , since I get the impression that , in my absence , something has gone a little rotten in Mamaroneck business-wise !!!!!!!!!!! Has it , up until Donald Trump threw his hairpiece in the ring ;D , say , the recent past ~ Have the Archie digests generally had (1) The first story and (2) the last story being new ones ?
  Plus maybe some other full-fleged stories , and some filllers/gags of some kind .
  What has the general balance/placing of new against old material in the digests been ?

Since the middle of 2014, the first (a.k.a. "lead") story in every digest has been new. The last few months of solicitations for forthcoming ACP products have contained a number solicitation descriptions for digests in which the "lead stories" have NOT been described as "new", but instead "fun", "entertaining", "exciting", etc. which leads me to believe that there is no longer any guarantee that each digest will contain a new story. I suspect they are just keeping Dan Parent employed for as long as it takes to use up the inventory of already-purchased scripts.
You don't think they'll eventually get rid of Mr. Parent after getting enough scripts written and drawn, do you?


I suppose as long as they're still publishing Archie digests, they will need covers. Also artwork for various merchandising efforts. I'm afraid even the reprinting of classic Archie stories has sunk to an all-time low.

ASS-P

Re: The structure of the digests ?
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2016, 01:55:25 PM »
...Meaning that the choice of stories that are reprinted has gone downhill in quality ?








Once and for all , is the balance of the Archie digests , in general ~ Or , HAS it been , since I get the impression that , in my absence , something has gone a little rotten in Mamaroneck business-wise !!!!!!!!!!! Has it , up until Donald Trump threw his hairpiece in the ring ;D , say , the recent past ~ Have the Archie digests generally had (1) The first story and (2) the last story being new ones ?
  Plus maybe some other full-fleged stories , and some filllers/gags of some kind .
  What has the general balance/placing of new against old material in the digests been ?

Since the middle of 2014, the first (a.k.a. "lead") story in every digest has been new. The last few months of solicitations for forthcoming ACP products have contained a number solicitation descriptions for digests in which the "lead stories" have NOT been described as "new", but instead "fun", "entertaining", "exciting", etc. which leads me to believe that there is no longer any guarantee that each digest will contain a new story. I suspect they are just keeping Dan Parent employed for as long as it takes to use up the inventory of already-purchased scripts.
You don't think they'll eventually get rid of Mr. Parent after getting enough scripts written and drawn, do you?


I suppose as long as they're still publishing Archie digests, they will need covers. Also artwork for various merchandising efforts. I'm afraid even the reprinting of classic Archie stories has sunk to an all-time low.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: The structure of the digests ?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2016, 03:14:26 PM »
...Meaning that the choice of stories that are reprinted has gone downhill in quality ?

No, I was thinking QUANTITY, meaning they are reprinting fewer stories than ever because the digests are all that is left (and last year, JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE and ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE got cut back to 6x/year frequency). No more trade paperbacks (apart from those that just reprint the same digests, i.e. 1000 Page & Giant Comics) since a year ago (single exception was last October's BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS: 75 YEARS 75 STORIES -- TBOAC is an annual affair, or was... remains to be seen).


But since you bring it up, yes I think the overall assembly of stories for digests has gone downhill (apart from new stories). There used to be a better variety of stories, but now it seems they are aiming more and more for a "homogenized" approach (I call it "bland").

« Last Edit: June 13, 2016, 03:21:29 PM by DeCarlo Rules »

irishmoxie

Re: The structure of the digests ?
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2016, 12:35:19 AM »
I wish they would do themes for the digests which is why I like the digital exclusives aka PEP comics better overall. Like for the Summer Annuals do all summer stories. Instead, they do a few Halloween stories in the beginning and end for the Halloween digests.

daren

Re: The structure of the digests ?
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2016, 03:09:54 AM »
I suspect they are just keeping Dan Parent employed for as long as it takes to use up the inventory of already-purchased scripts.


In that case he might be there till the end, the George Gladir inventory scripts alone must be a foot high, there's also the new Kevin book for him to work on. But as you've said before the end is probably very near if it isn't happening already, maybe Veritas owns the company now for all practical purposes.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: The structure of the digests ?
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2016, 03:30:16 PM »
I suspect they are just keeping Dan Parent employed for as long as it takes to use up the inventory of already-purchased scripts.
In that case he might be there till the end, the George Gladir inventory scripts alone must be a foot high

I'm curious how you can know this, Daren.  ???   George Gladir died over 3 years ago. Do you have some way of estimating how many pages of unpublished scripts ACP has in its inventory, and if so, then how? It seems counterintuitive to me that the company could have been running on an extremely tight budget for a number of years now, and yet maintained the practice of continuing to purchase scripts well in advance of its schedule for actually publishing them. Based on that reasoning, I would think the number of remaining scripts (assuming they quit purchasing new ones some months in advance of ceasing to commission new work from artists like Lindsey, Shultz, Galvan, the Kennedys, and finally Fernando Ruiz) would be limited enough that they might be used up by the end of this year.

Point taken about the new Kevin series, but then it's only a miniseries, likely to be concluded by the end of 2016, perhaps before any inventory of paid-for scripts runs out.
« Last Edit: June 14, 2016, 03:47:52 PM by DeCarlo Rules »

Midge Klump

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Re: The structure of the digests ?
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2016, 11:10:57 PM »
Once and for all , is the balance of the Archie digests , in general ~ Or , HAS it been , since I get the impression that , in my absence , something has gone a little rotten in Mamaroneck business-wise !!!!!!!!!!! Has it , up until Donald Trump threw his hairpiece in the ring ;D , say , the recent past ~ Have the Archie digests generally had (1) The first story and (2) the last story being new ones ?
  Plus maybe some other full-fleged stories , and some filllers/gags of some kind .
  What has the general balance/placing of new against old material in the digests been ?

Since the middle of 2014, the first (a.k.a. "lead") story in every digest has been new. The last few months of solicitations for forthcoming ACP products have contained a number solicitation descriptions for digests in which the "lead stories" have NOT been described as "new", but instead "fun", "entertaining", "exciting", etc. which leads me to believe that there is no longer any guarantee that each digest will contain a new story. I suspect they are just keeping Dan Parent employed for as long as it takes to use up the inventory of already-purchased scripts.
You don't think they'll eventually get rid of Mr. Parent after getting enough scripts written and drawn, do you?


I suppose as long as they're still publishing Archie digests, they will need covers. Also artwork for various merchandising efforts. I'm afraid even the reprinting of classic Archie stories has sunk to an all-time low.
It is a very sad state in ACP when a statement like the one you just made is the truth. The Digests have always seemed to be the backbone on this company of late and with that slipping as well I don't know what other tricks they may have up there sleeves to put another temporary bandaid on things.

 


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