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  • Tuxedo Mark: <y review of the new story "Romance 4Ever!": [link]
    June 23, 2018, 08:21:59 PM
  • rusty: My copies of Archie at Riverdale and Cosmo should be here in about a week and a half from DCBS
    June 23, 2018, 07:35:50 PM
  • BettyReggie: My monthly Midtown Comics came today.
    June 22, 2018, 05:11:54 PM
  • Vegan Jughead: I'm gonna get it but I'm waiting for it to be at Barnes and Noble which I think will be July 10th or so. They released it to the direct market (comic shops) first.
    June 22, 2018, 09:15:13 AM
  • irishmoxie: Anyone get Archie at Riverdale Vol 1?
    June 21, 2018, 09:43:56 PM
  • BettyReggie: 112 Days until Wednesday 10th 2018 ,  Riverdale Season #3 on The CW at 8pm.
    June 20, 2018, 05:28:15 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: And another one: [link]
    June 14, 2018, 08:42:07 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: Riverdale spoof: [link]
    June 14, 2018, 08:35:22 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: My review of "Roughing It!" from B&V Friends #262: [link]
    June 14, 2018, 08:12:53 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: @irishmoxie -- It's definitely complete. All six of the 1958-59 Sy Reit/Bob White original issues, plus the feature-length "Good Guys of the Galaxy" by Tom DeFalco & Fernando Ruiz from ARCHIE #655, and three 5-page digest shorts that guest-starred Cosmo -- and the complete first issue of the Ian Flynn/Tracy Yarley COSMO (2017) thrown in for good measure. It follows the same layout/format as the previous JUGHEAD'S TIME POLICE, even though that didn't carry the "Archie Comics Presents..." trade dress. Not a bad buy for $11.
    June 14, 2018, 01:08:59 AM
  • irishmoxie: Anyone get the Cosmo book that came out today? Any good?
    June 13, 2018, 08:04:49 PM
  • Cosmo: Ah man....and I was worried I was the last enthusiast for ERB's stuff. I'm currently rereading my Dell Tarzan books. Really good fun! It took a while to complete that run.
    June 12, 2018, 06:51:53 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: ...Marvel's earlier JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS in there, so the DE Tarzan comics need to go in a different box, and SHEENA (also a recent DE title) and DC's RIMA THE JUNGLE GIRL will help fill up that box.
    June 11, 2018, 07:40:48 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Recently. DE's unauthorized LORD OF THE JUNGLE Tarzan adaptations (and its authorized THE GREATEST ADVENTURE) won't fit into my existing box of previous Tarzan comics from Gold Key, DC, and Dark Horse, so I have to start a new box. Logically these get filed with DE's unauthorized WARLORD OF MARS comics (including DEJAH THORIS) and their authorized JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS. But I also want to squeeze Marve;
    June 11, 2018, 07:38:48 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Interesting. I tend not to group titles by publisher at all, if the characters were not created as work-for-hire (meaning the publisher is legally considered the 'author' of the character). Do they belong to that publisher's "universe" (assuming it has one)? There are some publishers like Dynamite Entertainment where the vast majority of the titles they publish are licensed, and thus were "inherited" from other publishers. Therefore it makes more sense to me to group them together in boxes with similar characters. Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake comics (regardless of who the actual publisher was) go together in the same box because they're all classic adventure heroes licensed from Hearst Entertainment (formerly King Features Syndicate). Pulp fiction heroes like The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Spider (regardless of the fact that the latter did not originate with the same publisher as the first two) also get grouped together. Space considerations allowing, Tarzan (and other Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations) might share the same box with Sheena and Rima, but NOT with Ka-Zar, because he's a Marvel Universe character.
    June 11, 2018, 07:16:22 PM
  • rusty: I do keep all Star Trek series together in their own section and all Star Wars books together.  I also keep all 2000AD titles together and manga books get their own section.  For titles that have switched publishers, I usually keep them all with the publisher that I identify them with the most.  Tarzan has been published by a variety of publishers, but I keep them with Dell/Gold Key.  Conan is starting to get a bit close with all the success Dark Horse has had, but I still identify Conan more with Marvel.
    June 11, 2018, 06:27:26 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Believe it or not, I even have a box labeled "Pseudo-manga" that contains comics published by American companies and created by American creators like Astro Boy & Racer X (Now Comics), Battle of the Planets (Gold Key & Top Cow/Image), Captain Harlock (Malibu), Godzilla (Dark Horse) and Ultraman. I just want to keep those separate from the boxes of real translated manga in floppy comic format.
    June 11, 2018, 03:34:17 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Well. the problem is when you get titles with licensed characters that aren't owned by the publisher. So if you collect Star Trek comics, you'd have different series published by Gold Key, Marvel, DC, and IDW (and I probably missed one in there). It doesn't make sense to me to put them in different boxes by publisher, but to each his own. Disney comics would be another example. There are even some instances where if I like a certain artist enough, I will put all his work regardless of publisher or characters into one box, like Paul Gulacy, Steve Rude, or Mike Allred (and file them chronologically from older to newer, rather than alphabetically). Those are examples where my interest in the creator far exceeds my relative interest in whatever characters are involved.
    June 11, 2018, 03:14:29 PM
  • rusty: That makes sense.  There are many ways that people can file books.  What I do is file by company or category and then alphabetically within each section.  My first category is Richie Rich then Archie, then other Harvey titles, then Disney, then other humor/kids books, then by company (unless it is a company where I don't have very many books from them.  Star Trek and Star Wars each get their own section as well.  I will probably revamp a bit when I do my next major sort/merge.  The biggest section by far for me is DC.
    June 11, 2018, 09:28:59 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: I don't even file my comics alphabetically. I file them according to how closely they're related to other titles, but it's all dependent on the number of issues I have of any given title, and what will fit into a single box. Fpr ACP comics I just put all the short-run series (whether an actual miniseries or just a not particularly successful title) into one box. Even though some of those short run series star Jughead, and I could as easily file those together with the main JUGHEAD title in another box. For longer running ACP titles, "girl" titles are sorted into different boxes than "boy" titles. Eventually when I have enough issues of BETTY (and BETTY AND ME and BETTY'S DIARY) they'll get their own box, and VERONICA will get her own box.
    June 10, 2018, 09:49:06 AM


Author Topic: What comics have you been reading?  (Read 264402 times)

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BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #180 on: April 27, 2016, 09:19:53 AM »
I read Archie Volume #1 which has both Staples & Fish issues & Archie-The Married Life- Book #5 for 15 minutes each.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #181 on: April 27, 2016, 10:19:55 AM »
So I also noticed with the Life With Archie comic I just read that they had one where where Archie Marries Veronica and one where Archie Mariies Betty. The story line is very similar in ways as it remains that Kevin is getting married, but in Archie Marries Veronica, Betty is with Reggie. It is kind of weird but I somehow like the two different angles.


I'm surprised you were able to figure out what was going on, without knowing too much about the story beforehand, given that this was an issue from the middle of the 37-issue run. I read the whole thing in trade paperback from beginning to end (6 volumes) and there were times I couldn't keep straight what was happening with each character in which story.
It was hard. They had this little description of the major relationships going on in the story before you got into the actual comic. That helped a little bit. I actually liked the Veronica comics I read much better though.


That reminds me, re-reading the entire The Married Life series has been on my to-do list forever. I want to read it through the second time by just reading "Archie Marries Betty" from beginning to end, and then "Archie Marries Veronica" from beginning to end - instead of reading one chapter of each alternating back and forth (the way it appeared in LIFE WITH ARCHIE). I wonder if it will make more, or less, sense that way.

GingerGal

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Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #182 on: April 27, 2016, 11:09:54 AM »
So I also noticed with the Life With Archie comic I just read that they had one where where Archie Marries Veronica and one where Archie Mariies Betty. The story line is very similar in ways as it remains that Kevin is getting married, but in Archie Marries Veronica, Betty is with Reggie. It is kind of weird but I somehow like the two different angles.


I'm surprised you were able to figure out what was going on, without knowing too much about the story beforehand, given that this was an issue from the middle of the 37-issue run. I read the whole thing in trade paperback from beginning to end (6 volumes) and there were times I couldn't keep straight what was happening with each character in which story.
It was hard. They had this little description of the major relationships going on in the story before you got into the actual comic. That helped a little bit. I actually liked the Veronica comics I read much better though.


That reminds me, re-reading the entire The Married Life series has been on my to-do list forever. I want to read it through the second time by just reading "Archie Marries Betty" from beginning to end, and then "Archie Marries Veronica" from beginning to end - instead of reading one chapter of each alternating back and forth (the way it appeared in LIFE WITH ARCHIE). I wonder if it will make more, or less, sense that way.
I think that would be the much easier way to understand it reading it the way you said you were going to reread it. Wow that sentence didn't make much sense.  ;D

irishmoxie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #183 on: April 27, 2016, 01:48:26 PM »
I keep meaning to read Life With Archie for the first time but keep getting bogged down with how depressing it is and never finish the first volume.

GingerGal

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Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #184 on: April 27, 2016, 03:00:43 PM »
The Archie Digital App came out with 3 more FREE comics so I am going to read Veronica #183. This one it looks like Veronica is going to be running for President.

GingerGal

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Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #185 on: April 27, 2016, 09:32:58 PM »
Finished Veronica #183 and now I am going to read Veronica #199 where it looks like Veronica meets American President Obama.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #186 on: April 28, 2016, 03:16:55 AM »
I keep meaning to read Life With Archie for the first time but keep getting bogged down with how depressing it is and never finish the first volume.

For me, I think it helped that The Married Life was my (re-)introduction to Archie. The long and drawn out storyline, with its convoluted soap-opera subplots and dire circumstances, is very common in the ongoing Marvel and DC titles (where there's always some new lurking menace or personal problem looming in the background). LIFE WITH ARCHIE seemed designed purposefully to attract readers who were long used to that kind of storytelling in comics.

On the plus side, you knew that these depressing circumstances were merely what you get when you emerge from the relative safety and carefree years of high school into adult life, and, being sequestered off in 'possible future' timelines, there was no chance of any of that seeping into the traditional classic Archie stories which were strictly episodic sitcoms. Here they were able to explore some situations and cater to fanboy/fangirl fantasies that couldn't be dealt with in the traditional style stories, where real change can never be allowed to accumulate.

It seems that ACP's takeaway from the publishing experience of LWA was to reboot Archie in his high school days, and add the longer continuing storyline with subplot elements of teenage angst and soap-opera dramatics (whether that be the breakup of a longtime relationship, or an evil Principal taking over the school), so if it doesn't bother you there, I don't see why it would bother you to see them as adults with problems in a 'possible future' setting. If you had said you didn't care for it because there were too many science-fictional elements in the story, that I could probably understand.

Now, the problem I have with the New Riverdale titles isn't their mere existence, for an audience that wants to purchase an "Archie variant", in the same way that LIFE WITH ARCHIE or AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE are "variant Archies". For me, it's "eh... been there, done that". That's all well and good, if what they were doing was merely expanding the audience by adding new options for types of Archie products, variants that would appeal to different audience demographic segments. The problem I have with it is that every indication is that the intention of ACP is to seed and fertilize the NEW garden of New Riverdale titles, while they let the OLD garden of Classic Archie wither and die out. All the resources are being diverted over there, and away from Classic Archie. It's not an Archie alternative, it's an Archie replacement.
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irishmoxie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #187 on: April 28, 2016, 11:39:52 AM »
I keep meaning to read Life With Archie for the first time but keep getting bogged down with how depressing it is and never finish the first volume.

For me, I think it helped that The Married Life was my (re-)introduction to Archie. The long and drawn out storyline, with its convoluted soap-opera subplots and dire circumstances, is very common in the ongoing Marvel and DC titles (where there's always some new lurking menace or personal problem looming in the background). LIFE WITH ARCHIE seemed designed purposefully to attract readers who were long used to that kind of storytelling in comics.

On the plus side, you knew that these depressing circumstances were merely what you get when you emerge from the relative safety and carefree years of high school into adult life, and, being sequestered off in 'possible future' timelines, there was no chance of any of that seeping into the traditional classic Archie stories which were strictly episodic sitcoms. Here they were able to explore some situations and cater to fanboy/fangirl fantasies that couldn't be dealt with in the traditional style stories, where real change can never be allowed to accumulate.

It seems that ACP's takeaway from the publishing experience of LWA was to reboot Archie in his high school days, and add the longer continuing storyline with subplot elements of teenage angst and soap-opera dramatics (whether that be the breakup of a longtime relationship, or an evil Principal taking over the school), so if it doesn't bother you there, I don't see why it would bother you to see them as adults with problems in a 'possible future' setting. If you had said you didn't care for it because there were too many science-fictional elements in the story, that I could probably understand.

Now, the problem I have with the New Riverdale titles isn't their mere existence, for an audience that wants to purchase an "Archie variant", in the same way that LIFE WITH ARCHIE or AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE are "variant Archies". For me, it's "eh... been there, done that". That's all well and good, if what they were doing was merely expanding the audience by adding new options for types of Archie products, variants that would appeal to different audience demographic segments. The problem I have with it is that every indication is that the intention of ACP is to seed and fertilize the NEW garden of New Riverdale titles, while they let the OLD garden of Classic Archie wither and die out. All the resources are being diverted over there, and away from Classic Archie. It's not an Archie alternative, it's an Archie replacement.

ACP will probably go bankrupt if the TV show fails. They don't have unlimited money to devote to keeping multiple Archie universes going at the same time.

I can handle teen drama because it's pretty petty and doesn't really affect the world. LWA was too realistic for me. I have to be in a certain kind of mood to read it when there isn't a lot of stress going on in my own life. Same reason I don't read Saga a lot even though whether that comic is realistic is debatable. I read comics for escapism.

I'm curious to what other comics you consider to be similar to the new Riverdale. I might be interested in reading them.

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #188 on: April 28, 2016, 03:33:01 PM »
I read
Cheryl Blossom #18 & #19 & & #20 & #25 & #26 & Cheryl Blossom Special #4.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #189 on: April 28, 2016, 03:34:26 PM »
I'm curious to what other comics you consider to be similar to the new Riverdale. I might be interested in reading them.


I've read a lot of comics, and find very little of uniqueness in the two New Riverdale books. The style of art and writing/storytelling in basically the same as in most mainstream comics, but that shouldn't be all that surprising because that's why they hired those people to write and draw them. It basically looks like those pages of a superhero comic on which no superheroes appear, and it's just people walking around, talking and doing other ordinary boring-type stuff. Other mainstream comics have other elements that make them unique that I like, but those are conceptual usually, or sometimes more character-driven, but for the most part they are illustrated adventure stories, not characters that were originally designed as funny cartoons. With Archie Comics, there's just nothing about the characters themselves and their relationships that I find that intrinsically compelling apart from the style and tone, and the way it's executed. It's just like there are a dozen different styles of Batman comic books, but I don't like them all, only certain ones, according to the style and execution of it.


I like classic Archie because it's unique and not like comics produced by any other company (although other companies DID produce this type of comics in the past, and I like those too... Millie the Model, Chili, Patsy and Hedy, Date With Debbi, Leave It To Binky, Swing With Scooter, Tippy Teen, Go-Go and Animal, and others -- plus a few new ones like Die Kitty Die and Super Suckers). I like the cartooniness, the lightheartedness, the cuteness and sweetness of them. They are "comical comics". They are candy for the eyes and for the mind in the same way bubblegum rock is candy for the ears. All that is completely gone from the New Riverdale books. I'd rather read an old issue of one of those other comics I mentioned, or an old issue of some Archie comic.
« Last Edit: April 28, 2016, 03:49:39 PM by DeCarlo Rules »

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #190 on: April 29, 2016, 05:27:38 PM »
I'm planning to read these 12 comics so I hang them on my wall.
Jem & The Holograms-Outrageous Annual
Jem & The Holograms #4 & & #9 & #10 & #13 & #14
And I also want to read Lumberjanes
Lumberjanes #3 & #9 & #11 & #12 & #13 & #14

irishmoxie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #191 on: April 29, 2016, 08:02:45 PM »
I'm planning to read these 12 comics so I hang them on my wall.
Jem & The Holograms-Outrageous Annual
Jem & The Holograms #4 & & #9 & #10 & #13 & #14
And I also want to read Lumberjanes
Lumberjanes #3 & #9 & #11 & #12 & #13 & #14

Trying to find the time to reread lumberjanes from the beginning. I hope there are some Easter eggs or foreshadowing to the mysteries of the forest.

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #192 on: April 29, 2016, 08:26:42 PM »
I read each of these for 15 minutes
Bad Houses
BatGirl-BatGirl Of Burnside
Archie's Favorite High School Comics
Archie-Volume #1-Staples & Wu & Fish issues

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #193 on: April 30, 2016, 02:01:40 AM »
Yesterday I finished reading ARCHIE'S PAL JUGHEAD ARCHIVES VOL. 1. There's a second volume of this series coming in June, and I plan to get that too. I'd love it if Dark Horse Archives produced volumes of REGGIE and ARCHIE'S GIRLS BETTY AND VERONICA too. I haven't gotten any of the ARCHIE ARCHIVES volumes they did (which begin at the beginning, in 1941), but that's mainly because I have a low tolerance for the 1940s Archie stories. The quality of the art and stories seemed to vastly improve by 1949, where the first Jughead volume picks up in the chronology, plus I just find Jughead more intrinsically interesting as a character.

The exception, for me, would be Bob Montana's comic strip Archie, the first IDW volume of which (beginning with the first strip in 1946) I greatly enjoyed -- but it's worth noting that the characters at that point hadn't quite evolved into the versions that we know today. Some of their characteristics are in place right from the start, but others hadn't really begun to be emphasized yet -- notably, Veronica in the strip seems a much more benign or innocent character than she later became. Betty doesn't get a lot of focus, relatively speaking, but the strips where she does show the beginning of her character development, and even then she seems like a sweet kid. I was surprised at the number of plots (or variations on same) that I can recall seeing used in later comic book stories. Montana was a great gag writer too, and the strip format seems to showcase his strengths. His daily strips seem a lot funnier to me than the comic book stories that were being published at the same time.
« Last Edit: April 30, 2016, 02:04:31 AM by DeCarlo Rules »

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #194 on: April 30, 2016, 12:19:08 PM »
I read those 6 Lumberjanes issues & 6 Jem & The Holograms issues. I put them in my comic frames. I will take a picture & put it on my Twitter page.

 


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