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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: January 22, 2019, 06:56:12 pm »
BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #269 - In the Sabrina section, there are two different stories featuring Head Witch Della, in which she's drawn very differently. In one (by Bob Bolling), Della looks almost like Marvel's Scarlet Witch (from The Avengers). In the following story, (drawn by Dan DeCarlo) while her costume looks about the same as always, her hairstyle (short) and facial features (especially the detailed way her eyes are drawn) make her look completely different than usual.

B & V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #267 - In addition to the usual Josie section, replacing the recently-seen Betty & Me section in this issue is "The Girl From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E." - a pleasant surprise to me.

BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER - GO TO WORK #1 (the indicia admits it's actually B&VFF#4, though)

ARCHIE MODERN CLASSICS VOLUME ONE - What exactly is in this, you might wonder? All of the new 5-page lead stories published in all of the ongoing Archie digest titles in 2018. For $10. The stories are so recent that it contains not only all four of the same stories reprinted from the B&V digests that were in BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER - GO TO WORK #1 (which is also out this week), but even the new lead story from BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #269 (which came out only two weeks ago!).

Previously (in 2016, 2017, and 2018 respectively) ACP had made available the digital-only collections ARCHIE: THE BEST OF 2015/2016/2017 DIGEST ANNUAL, which were pretty much the same thing (as far as I can tell -- I don't actually have them, because I own ALL the print digests that ACP published in those years). So in this volume you get ten 5-page lead stories from ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST, ten 5-page lead stories from BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST, ten 5-page lead stories from ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST, nine 5-page lead stories from B & V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST (because that's all they published in 2018), and ten 5-page lead stories from WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST. Now, this worked out fortuitously for me, due to my earlier decision at the beginning of 2018 to stop getting the ARCHIE, ARCHIE AND ME, and WORLD OF ARCHIE digest titles. I had grown bored with the reprints in those titles, as there was nothing particularly noteworthy or interesting about them -- for the last half of 2017, I'd only been getting them for those new 5-page lead stories, but now that not all the stories were being drawn by Dan Parent, I decided to stop getting those titles. I figured I'd probably just have to break down and BUY a digital collection of ARCHIE: THE BEST OF 2018 DIGEST ANNUAL at some point later, but here ACP went and made things easy for me to get all those new Archie 5-page lead stories that I missed from the three Archie digests in 2018. So... Yay!! And remember, if you were thinking of buying BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER - GO TO WORK #1 for $2.99, all of those stories are in this collection as well as all of the stories from the previous three issues of BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER (for $9.99). I'm still going to keep on getting all the classic B&V titles that ACP publishes, because I like the reprints, as well as the new stories. But now I get to catch up on all those new 5-page lead Archie stories that I missed last year. On a side note, the book is physically larger than the normal digest page size (about the same width as those "Archie Comics Presents..." trade paperbacks, but for some reason, about half an inch shorter). I believe the last time they used this size paperback was back when they published ARCHIE'S EVEN FUNNIER KIDS' JOKE BOOK.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:11:12 pm »
I read these books for 12 minutes each
Deadly Class - Book. #1- Noise Noise Noise
Fence - Volume #1
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #260
World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #82

All About Archie / Re: Favorite Purchases of 2018
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:53:04 am »
I purchased some older comics from NY Comic con, i got the Archie comic board game from Hot Topic, Hot Topic Riverdale funkos and some more digeets to read.

Also my fiancé got me some iron on patches from the betty and veronica clothing collection

All About Archie / Re: Favorite Purchases of 2018
« on: January 12, 2019, 07:35:00 pm »
It's been a great year! I became active on the CGC boards, joined Instagram to show off my collection, and joined this Archie Fan Forum to connect with other collectors and fans. And, as some of you know, I've been focused on collecting vintage Archie merchandise, and my favorite find, my holy grail, is *drum roll* ... Archie's Car by Aurora, c. 1969. I've been searching for this model in mint condition for 20 years.

All About Archie / Re: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina....
« on: January 11, 2019, 02:27:39 pm »
Plus you don't worry about whether any particular store is stocking the titles you like, or whether or not they'll be sold out before you get there.
This was actually a problem when I was ordering physical comics online from TFAW. If I waited a week or two after an issue came out in order to order multiple titles together and save on shipping, well, there was a chance that that title would no longer be available, so I was forced to order single issues weekly and pay for shipping each time.

The system of print comic book distribution has evolved to a pattern of pre-orders setting *VERY* tight margins on the number of copies of any particular item that the distributor carries. There are so many hundreds of items listed each and every month in the Diamond Previews catalog, that any significant percentage of overstocking on items that don't have "shelf life" results in Diamond Comics' warehouses clogging up with unsold (and in most cases, nearly unSELLable) items. I even have direct access to my LCS' Diamond ordering system, and I can tell you that in any given week there are any number of items which will ship SOLD OUT -- that means they can't even be re-ordered on the day that they're supposed to go on sale -- if you didn't get your advance order in before the cutoff date, you're out of luck. Diamond is ordering in quantities from the publishers extremely close to the actual initial order numbers submitted by retailers. Diamond wants most of their deliveries from printers to go out the door of their warehouses the same week. A few really BIG online retailers might have special deals with individual publishers (like  TFAW is owned by Mike Richardson, publisher of Dark Horse Comics), but most of their product is still coming from Diamond, so if you don't pre-order before the cutoff date for the retailer to submit his orders to Diamond, there are no guarantees you'll actually get the product.

All of this makes me think that the monthly floppy print comic book has really outlived its original purpose. In order for the comics medium to reach and expand its audience, the comics industry needs to revert to the newspaper model. Instead of comics being sold ala carte, they should be initially digital-only, and free (to view, but not to download or save) or bundled into a single low monthly subscription fee. They shouldn't even become print comics until there is a proven audience demand for the product, and then only in more substantial collected editions. That's counter-intuitive to the way just about everyone in the industry thinks though, most especially the retailers. The weekly Wednesday Warriors who buy between 10 and 40 or so floppy single comics every single week with clockwork regularity are what most retailers have courted for the last 40 years in the direct market, and that's what they use as a yardstick to gauge their weekly income (as well as planning their monthly orders). Unfortunately the collector mentality has ruined the economic viability of comics as a medium for everyone else.

All About Archie / Chilling Adventures of Sabrina....
« on: January 01, 2019, 02:30:01 am »
...Man, that is one dark, scary, and VERY good Netflix series! 😳

General Discussion / Re: Days we look foward to as Archie Fans.
« on: December 26, 2018, 04:46:22 pm »
280 Days Until NYCC 2019
341 Days Until Cyber Monday 2019
337 Days Until Black Friday 2019
363 Days Until Christmas 2019

General Discussion / Re: Days we look foward to as Archie Fans.
« on: December 25, 2018, 04:32:54 am »
Today is Christmas 🎁🎅 🎁 🎄🎁

General Discussion / Re: Latest Hauls, what did you buy?
« on: December 20, 2018, 09:00:36 am »
I bought (4) Josie and the Pussycats Frame-Tray Puzzles by Whitman, c. 1971 and The U.S. of Archie Vinyl Record by Peter Pan Records, c. 1975 at a local antique store today.

Wow, that's a find!  Usually all you find in those stores is junk. What I mean is, people are sharper these days in terms of recognizing that old stuff (particularly character merchandise) has collectible value due to an awareness of eBay, etc.

Especially something like puzzles, because finding those completely intact with the original box and all the pieces still there is hard.

General Discussion / Re: What have you done today?
« on: December 19, 2018, 08:46:54 pm »
I got my first christmas gift today in the mail. It was from my fiancés parents. They got me an Amazon echo dot. I been playing around with it for a while.

General Discussion / Re: Latest Hauls, what did you buy?
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:29:44 pm »
I bought (4) Josie and the Pussycats Frame-Tray Puzzles by Whitman, c. 1971 and The U.S. of Archie Vinyl Record by Peter Pan Records, c. 1975 at a local antique store today.


General Discussion / Re: What have you done today?
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:12:04 pm »
I got a free tshirt at work today

General Discussion / Re: What are you currently watching?
« on: November 01, 2018, 02:19:44 am »
I was just checking YouTube, and I can see there's quite a bit of buzz there about the Netflix Sabrina series, so I'll probably start there, since most of the videos are short and of course it's free.

I might need to be a little careful to avoid too many spoilers, so I'll have to think about that a little bit before deciding which YouTube reviews/comments I'll decide to watch.

General Discussion / Re: What are you currently watching?
« on: October 31, 2018, 12:33:57 pm »
Netflix gives you a free month if you sign up as a trial.  Even though I already did that once a couple of years ago, they gave me another free month so if you want to try Sabrina, it wouldn't cost you anything. 

As far as Riverdale, I really thought two seasons was enough and I was surprised when it was renewed for a third season.  I'm pretty sure I'll get around to checking out season 3 eventually but I keep reading snippets of reviews from people who liked the first two seasons suggesting that season 3 is not very good.  I don't usually implicitly trust other peoples opinions on such things since I have a high tolerance for cheese (which is why I probably was fine with seasons 1 and 2), but I think I read something about a cult leader or something and I don't know why but that's a bridge too far for me.  Again, I'll probably get bored enough to check it out eventually but I'm good for now. 

Also, a co-worker of mine who gave up on Riverdale halfway through season 2 said she was going to watch Sabrina (she's not an Archie Comics fan) and I always enjoy things more when I have someone to debrief with after it's over.  She's not as far along with Sabrina but she's enjoying it.  I finished it this morning and loved the ending, especially because it does have roots in MLJ history.  The penultimate episode (number 9 of 10) really affected me, but folks who watch and enjoy horror would probably find it pretty tame. 

If you check it out, I'll look forward to your review!!

This is all very interesting. I'd give your post a double-like if I could. I watch much less television (which no longer really seems like the appropriate description anymore, if you know what I mean) than the average person. Probably because I always have piles and piles of comics (the floppy kind as well as collected editions, and American comics as well as Japanese manga) on my list of things to read every week -- and I've gotten WAY behind in the last few weeks as it is. Still, I try to watch a few things, but at this point it's almost exclusively anime. I have an extensive list of anime series I want to watch (most are versions of manga I've read), and it takes me quite a while to work my way through those.

Like I started watching the anime version of PLANETES (which I had recently read already in total as manga), but found it to be quite different and not as good (so far) in my opinion. I had only gotten about six episodes into that, before I got distracted again and started watching the first 9 episodes of PRISON SCHOOL (which brings me up to the events of Volume 3 of the manga, which is all that I've read so far). Unlike Planetes, Prison School is adapted almost exactly from the manga with no deviations (well, "deviations" are part of the story, but I mean it's a note-for-note adaptation). I guess I'll go back to Planetes again and finish watching the anime, while I find the two manga volumes of Prison School which I couldn't order through Diamond via my LCS (which means I probably have to find them on Amazon). I prefer to read the manga before seeing the anime. Other things on my list of stuff to watch which I've read the manga, but haven't seen the anime adaptation as yet, include ONE-PUNCH MAN, MOB PSYCHO 100 and DEATH NOTE. Then there anime series I'd like to check out that I haven't read the manga of. I've seen a few episodes of the anime for THE DISASTROUS LIFE OF SAIKI K. and really enjoyed those (although I definitely prefer the subtitled ones over the English-dubbed ones) so I'd like to see the rest of that series at some point, as well. The manga doesn't seem to have been made available in English translation, that I could discover. I find I can watch most of this stuff online in some form.

Of course, time spent watching video is time not spent reading, and vice-versa.

I'm encouraged by your enthusiasm for the Netflix SABRINA, and I'm definitely giving some thought to that Netflix free trial. The hardest part is figuring out how to find the time to watch those 10 episodes without falling even further behind in the list of stuff I've bought to read, plus anime related to manga that I like.

General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: October 27, 2018, 12:30:14 am »
I'm been using Previewsworld and its predecessor for the Weekly Releases lists since 2005.  It is pretty useful and each week I use it to make up a list of what I am expecting in my orders from that week, even though my shipments are monthly now.  I will also occasionally peak at the next week list.  I'll stick with the printed Previews catalog, though.  It only costs me 99 cents and I don't mind waiting until it shows up in my order the first week of the month.  The preorder setup at Mycomicshop comes in pretty handy as well and their layout tends to be a decent match for the printed book.  Plus you can only look at new material or graphic novels etc.

I have to admit Mycomicshop has one of the best online comic stores I've ever seen. I often use it as a kind of mini-database, because it's easier to navigate and faster loading than either or !  The catalog section of Previewsworld is pretty easy to use once you figure it out, and you can choose to view "comics", "graphic novels/trade paperbacks", "books", "magazines", "apparel", "toys & models" etc. to further narrow the product listing, including the list within any one publisher/vendor. I just like it because I can copy and paste the information directly from that into a document or spreadsheet, once I've located a product of interest. Also, Previewsworld tends to have the complete monthly solicitation information earlier than any other site. I just can't deal with reading the comic newssites like Newsarama, etc. any more... all those popup ads and extraneous graphics & animation make any of those sites slow and painful to use these days.

I've finished catching up on Valiant over the past few days.

Valiant High 1-4 - An interesting alternate take where the Valiant heroes are teenagers attending Valiant High with Harada as Principal.  It is sort of like the John Hughes films from the 1980s and is perhaps not the most original, but was fun.

I've never been a Valiant fan. Well, okay, actually I was a Valiant fan back when Jim Shooter was the Editor-in-chief. I think that was for the first year-and-a-half, two years... something like that, back in the early 1990s. I really only read them for Solar, Magnus, and Turok. Never really cared much for any of their original characters. So I only picked up VALIANT HIGH because it was Derek Charm's work (which I'd previously enjoyed on both IDW's STARFLEET ACADEMY and ACP's JUGHEAD). I liked it, but I didn't imagine that high school setting could be part of the real in-continuity backstory of the Valiant Universe. Too bad it was so short; I'd love to see a continuation of that, as long as Derek Charm continued to be the artist.

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