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« on: September 24, 2018, 04:25:27 pm »
I have a feeling the ARCHIE 1941 miniseries is going to be a big bomb, saleswise. If they thought sales were slipping and that this idea (just by virtue of its novelty value) would perk up readers' interest for a few months, I think they badly miscalculated.
Interest in reading comic book stories which are period pieces set during WWII has been slowly but surely diminishing among the average comic book reader since at least the mid-1980s. During the Silver and Bronze Ages of comic book collecting, there was a high awareness among the serious collectors and students of comics' history of the roots of iconic characters being during that era, and a consequent fascination with it.
Not any more, though. The average comic book reader not only couldn't care less about history (either real-world history, or the history of comic books), it's effectively an active turn-off for them. Like Vegan said, it's "not relevant" and has nothing to do with the world those readers live in. There's no nostalgia to be had among the majority of comics readers for your old granddad's time (or even your great granddad's).
IMO, if what they were attempting to focus on in this story was what Archie's life was like as a typical high school student in 1941 -- how was it the same for teenagers 25, 50 or 75 years later? and in what ways was it different? -- it would have been a lot more relevant to what ARCHIE, as a comic book character with more than 75 years of history behind him, has really been about -- always reflecting "the high school experience" (whatever that may mean).
The real oddity of the ARCHIE 1941 concept isn't that it attempts to recreate the Archie comic stories of those times and translate them into a modern style of storytelling (with a more serious spin). It's nothing like the published Archie storyline of 1941 (or any later time), since it deals with Archie and his friends leaving adolescence behind them as they graduate into adulthood in a world that stands on the brink of global war. In short, it really has FAR less to do with what Archie has been traditionally about, than even the modern reboot spin that it's temporarily replacing.
I think the main reasons Archie keeps making floppies despite what I imagine are just awful sales are (i) eventually bundle them into TPBs that will reach
Ontario’s and bookstores and (ii) more importantly, generate high concept ideas that can leverage their IP into other, more lucrative media, like tv shows and movies. I do worry that Archie was so eager to break into other media that there’s a good chance they’re getting screwed on their Riverdale and Sabrina licensing deals, when what they should be doing is building a war chest for leaner times.
« on: September 16, 2018, 04:11:30 am »
Last night I read Betty & Veronica Spectular Book that just came out. I also read Deadly Class Deluxe Edition & Last Look.
« on: August 31, 2018, 06:37:21 am »
| issue || cvr date || title || pgs || story || pencils || |
| [LwA # 1] || Sep-58 || Rise and Shine || 6 || Sy Reit || Samm Schwartz || |
| [LwA # 1] || Sep-58 || By Hook or Cook || 5 || Sy Reit || Samm Schwartz || |
| [LwA #16] || Sep-62 || Hi-Jinks and Deep Divers! || 23 || Sy Reit || Bob White || |
| [LwA #23] || Oct-63 || A Very Lodge Problem || 23 || Sy Reit || Bob White || |
| [LwA #26] || Mar-64 || The Great Carnival Mystery! || 23 || Sy Reit || Bob White || |
| [LwA #27] || May-64 || The Strange Case of Patient X! || 24 || George Gladir || Bob White || |
| [LwA #30] || Oct-64 || Power Play || 6 || Frank Doyle || Harry Lucey || |
| [LwA #30] || Oct-64 || Oh Poi || 6 || Frank Doyle || Harry Lucey || |
| [LwA #31] || Nov-64 || Rough, Tough - But Fair Enough! || 24 || George Gladir || Bob White || |
| [LwA #33] || Jan-65 || A Christmas Tale || 13 || Frank Doyle || Bob White || |
| [LwA #33] || Jan-65 || Me Tarpan, You Jane! || 11 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || |
| [LwA #34] || Feb-65 || The Beatnik Caper! || 13 || Bob White || Bob White || |
| [LwA #35] || Mar-65 || It's A Small World! || 13 || Frank Doyle || Bob White || |
| [LwA #35] || Mar-65 || Plane and Fancy! || 10 || Frank Doyle || Bob White || |
| [LwA #37] || May-65 || Plane Crazy! || 13 || George Gladir || Bob White || |
| [LwA #39] || Jul-65 || Taking Up Space || 5 || Bob Bolling || Bob Bolling || |
| || || || 218 || || || |
This is all classic Silver Age ACP material, so if rated by content alone, this collection would get an "A". We can note here that in the earliest stages of LwA, Sy Reit seems to be the default writer, while Bob White was (as indeed he continued to be until the later 1960s) the default artist of this title. I always felt that Bob White never got enough recognition for his contributions to the company, so hopefully this collection will go some ways towards rectifying that.
While not as spotty a collection as ARCHIE AT RIVERDALE HIGH VOL 1, this book still falls far short of being ideal (in other words, a lot closer to what BETTY AND VERONICA SPECTACULAR VOL 1 was). What I'm seeing here is just a rearranging of stories I recognized as having mostly read in digest reprints prior to this. They're good stories, and some of the wilder plots as far as Archie stories go. In sharp contrast to the ARCHIE AT RIVERDALE HIGH VOL 1, while these are also atypical Archie stories for the most part, comedy still remains central despite all the outlandishness, so big points for that. The single story which is probably the highlight of this collection is "Rough, Tough - But Fair Enough!" (the title given on the contents page doesn't actually appear on the story itself, and was taken from the -- here unreproduced -- cover copy). This is the one where Archie and the gang visit the 1964 World's Fair (and a counterpart to a similar JOSIE epic). The most amazing part of this is a 10-page chase sequence motivated by a randomly-introduced incidental character, a taxi driver at the fair. George Gladir had real fun with this one, but I almost think it reads more like a Frank Doyle story... I wonder.
Another thing to note is the first two stories in this collection. Read carefully between the lines of those first two short from LwA #1. In the first story "Rise and Shine", Archie seemingly misses out on an opportunity to attend a class field trip. The next story in this collection "By Hook or Cook", from the same issue, shows the students have just returned from the aforementioned field trip, and Archie is among them -- so in the four stories from LwA #1 NOT reprinted here that came between the two that ARE reprinted ("Please Be Seated," "Mummy Knows Best," "Water Boy," "U.N. Antics" -- story titles courtesy of GCDb), something has occurred which resulted in Archie getting to go on that field trip after all. Too bad the rest of issue #1 is not reprinted so we could see what it was. But what's notable here (as was typically the case with She's JOSIE stories) is that the individual stories in a single issue actually maintain continuity between them.
Overall grade: B+ (would have rated much higher if they hadn't skipped so many issues, particularly between issues #2 and 15, and between #17 and 22).
Thanks for the review DCR. I'm getting this. I love this new format. Of course it could be better but it's a step in the right direction. I also agree on Bob White. I believe he was the artist on The Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E stories from the 60s and I loved those.
« on: July 01, 2018, 06:41:57 pm »
The writing is awful. They're so angry, hateful and violent over the dumbest things. And the abuse the male characters take (and how they're written to be 95% scumbags or dumb) is really offensive. Most of the new Archie Comics have been pretty bad in the writing department and the art department. (Although I would say the 'Archie' comic is an exception, but they're putting that on """hiatus""" too - which means we'll never see it again.) Obviously, Archie Comics doesn't have the money (or the drive to make money with their comics) to hire top talent, but they're sticking to the writers who have been criticized for their inferior past works or people with no experience writing comics.
I was 100% ready for biker gang Riverdale girls but it was just more wasted potential. At this point, I think they're just making comics to maintain their IPs and they are depending on their WB tv series partnership as the future for Archie "Comics."
Also according to Comichron they are selling (or distributing) between 1,000 - 1,500 issues a month...that's pretty bad. That's way less than what the 'Josie' comics sold and that reboot was cancelled so fast they changed the artist in the middle of the second-to-last-issue to bring her on the 'Archie' comic. So no surprises this is ending.
« on: June 15, 2018, 10:32:44 pm »
Can't say I'm too upset about this. Could have been a really fun, stylish book, but the art was sooooooooo lousy, it was dead on arrival. Surprised it even got that second arc.
At least a few nice covers came out of it? If only the rest of the book looked as good as some of them.
« on: June 01, 2018, 10:16:21 pm »
I'm brand new to the forum, but I'm a HUGE Archie fan! I started collecting Archie comics 20 years ago, when I was just 10 years old. I have nearly 2000 comics (including digests) and over 100 associated toys (i.e. dolls, lunch boxes, puzzles) in my collection today. A glimpse of my collection can be found on Instagram under @archiecomicscollector.
I hope you enjoy it, as much as I do #cantstopcollecting.
« on: May 24, 2018, 12:17:43 pm »
I can't really see returning to classic style helping all that much. It wasn't selling which is why the reboots happened to begin with.
I think to most people, Archie Comics are an anachronism. Not sure there's much they can do except continue the gimmicks like horror, the tv show, and crossovers (Batman '66) until they run out of ideas.
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:12:17 am »
ARCHIE'S BIG BOOK VOL. 3: ROCK 'N' ROLL
| Original appearance: || || story title: || || writer: || artist: || |
| 1960s: || || || || || || |
| LIFE WITH ARCHIE #72 || Apr. 1968 || "Labor of Love" || 11 pages || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || |
| ARCHIE #185 || Sept. 1968 || "Music Soothes" || 6 pages || Frank Doyle || Harry Lucey || |
| 1970s: || || || || || || |
| EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #8 || Jun. 1970 || "Mister Appetite" || 6 pages || Frank Doyle || Harry Lucey || |
| LIFE WITH ARCHIE #120 || Apr. 1972 || "Reggie Mantle, Super Star" || 12 pages || Dick Malmgren || Bob Bolling || |
| EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #21 || Aug. 1972 || "Bubble Trouble" || 5 pages || George Gladir || Bill Vigoda || |
| ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #37 || Feb. 1976 || "Group Gripe" || 5 pages || George Gladir || Harry Lucey || |
| 1980s: || || || || || || |
| EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #111 (?) || May 1984 || "Sign Off!" || 5 pages || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo Jr. || |
| ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #96 || Aug. 1984 || "Rock n' Roll Is Here to |Stay See" | 5 pages || George Gladir || Stan Goldberg || |
| ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #98 || Dec. 1984 || SABRINA in "Monster Melody" || 6 pages || George Gladir || Stan Goldberg || |
| EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #129 || May 1987 || The Vocal || 5 pages || George Gladir || Stan Goldberg || |
| EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #135 (?) || Mar. 1988 || "The Name of the Game" || 6 pages || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo Jr. || |
| 1990s: || || || || || || |
| EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #148 || Mar. 1990 || "The Fame Game" || 5 pages || George Gladir || Doug Crane || |
| ARCHIE & FRIENDS #16 || Nov. 1995 || CHUCK CLAYTON in "What's In A Name?" || 5 pages || Bill Golliher || Bill Golliher || |
| SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH (1997) #7 || Nov. 1997 || SABRINA in "Mr. Hoagland's Opus" || 6 pages || Bill Golliher || Dan DeCarlo || |
| 2000s: || || || || || || |
| ARCHIE & FRIENDS #52 || Dec. 2001 || JOSIE in "Oh Solo Mio" || 11 pages || Dan Parent || Holly Golightly || |
| SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH (2000) #41 || Mar. 2003 || SABRINA in "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" || 6 pages || Holly Golightly || Holly Golightly || |
| ARCHIE & FRIENDS #124 || Dec. 2008 || "Battle of the Bands" - Part 1 || 22 pages || Jane Smith Fisher || Stan Goldberg || |
| ARCHIE & FRIENDS #125 || Jan. 2009 || "Battle of the Bands" - Part 2 || 22 pages || Jane Smith Fisher || Stan Goldberg || |
| ARCHIE & FRIENDS #134 || Oct. 2009 || "The Archies in New York" || 12 pages || Hal Lifson || Dan Parent || |
| 2010s: || || || || || || |
| ARCHIE #623 || Sept. 2011 || "Banded Together!" || 22 pages || Dan Parent || Fernando Ruiz || |
| ARCHIE #625 || Nov. 2011 || "Send in the Clowns!" || 22 pages || Alex Simmons || Dan Parent || |
| || || THE ARCHIES' ROCKIN' WORLD TOUR!: || || || || |
| ARCHIE #650 || Jan. 2014 || Part 1 - "Bollywood Love!" || 20 pages || Dan Parent || Dan Parent || |
| ARCHIE #651 || Feb. 2014 || Part 2 - "Love on the Road" || 20 pages || Dan Parent || Dan Parent || |
| ARCHIE #652 || Mar. 2014 || Part 3 - "Blunder Down Under!" || 20 pages || Dan Parent || Dan Parent || |
| ARCHIE #653 || Apr. 2014 || Part 4 - "Close to the Borderline" || 20 pages || Dan Parent || Dan Parent || |
Curiously, while the original dates of publication are sourced for these stories, the actual titles and issue numbers of the comic books they appeared in do not appear in the credits in this trade collection. I've tried to source those comics here (with a couple of guesses when I couldn't confirm the original appearance for certain).
All of the stories (except for three Sabrina stories, one Josie story, and one Chuck Clayton story) feature The Archies, unless noted in the story titles above. Not a bad collection overall, but one could have hoped for more classic stories from the sixties and seventies... but actually, the best stories in this collection are the most recent ones from the 2010s. "Battle of the Bands", the two-parter from ARCHIE & FRIENDS #124-125 is kind of a slight story. Not bad per se as Archies stories go, if it were a standard 5 or 6-pager... maybe even a 12-pager. But at 44 pages, it takes up far too much space in this collection that could have been devoted to better stories. Since they did reprint both "The Archies Rockin' World Tour" 4-parter, and "Banded Together!" which preceded it, both of which advance the romance story of Archie and Valerie, they probably should have reprinted the whole "Archies and Josie & the Pussycats" multi-parter that kicked off the (then-)surprising love story, so you could see the whole thing (apart from the future timeline where Archie Marries Valerie, already reprinted in the "Rock and Roll Romance" trade collection). They could definitely have left out "Oh Solo Mio" (good story though it is), since that one appeared in both last Fall's BEST OF JOSIE trade collection, and last month's B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS digest, and of course, the entire "Rockin' World Tour" arc appeared in its own trade collection back in December 2014 (under the slightly modified title ARCHIE - ROCKIN' THE WORLD!) as Volume 24 of the Archie & Friends All-Stars series (on better paper, too). As an aside, the previous collection's title modification was a result of there already having been a previous volume (No. 11) in the Archie & Friends All-Stars series released back in July of 2011, entitled ARCHIE: WORLD TOUR (which collected the multipart story from ARCHIE & FRIENDS #117-120).
Not bad, but not what I was expecting. I was expecting to see reprints of all those musical guest-stars not included in previous trades, like Lady Gaga, the Veronicas, and the School Gyrls, plus the usual stories where celebrity pop stars of the day are alluded to, but not named as such. While I was slightly underwhelmed, all things considered I guess I should just be grateful they didn't waste my time by reprinting that Archies one-shot from last year, and shut up and be happy about it.
I agree with everything you say about this. They could have done so much more AND I'm surprised they didn't reprint the Archies one-shot as well! I still think this format has a lot going for it and hope they'll make better use of it in the future. The only consolation is I got this really cheap when Archie Comics sent me a "flash sale" email and I jumped on it. I'm glad I didn't have to pay a lot. I DO love the bright cover though.
« on: April 09, 2018, 10:40:57 pm »
What titles actually WILL still be running by the end of the year? Unless my list is wrong, titles that have been cancelled in the last few years are: Jughead and Archie Comic Digest (as well as more digests I'm sure, I kind of lost track), both Sonic series, Betty & Veronica (laughing that they still had "published monthly" in the publishing info even when #3 came out over a year later), Josie & the Pussycats, Black Hood, Hangman, Shield, and Jughead, presumably replaced with Jughead the Hunger. My predictions of next-to-go: one of the Betty & Veronica digests, Afterlife with Archie (since they haven't published an issue in almost 2 years, but there's still a monthly subscription available! (What a joke), and Betty & Veronica Vixens will probably be done by the end of the year. I just can't get my head around B&V as bad-ass biker chicks...sorry.
Plus, I think Archie Comics is in real trouble financially, even more so since the fund-raising fiasco. They simply can't afford to keep cranking out new titles with small sales and even though the TV series may be getting them some money, that won't last forever either - Riverdale is a teen show and what happens when they graduate and then go to college and then I guess Archie has to marry someone, huh?
We are looking at probably 6 seasons tops (anyone remember Dawson's Creek, Saved by the Bell?)
Except for Riverdale and Archie, I can't see any of the other titles lasting that long. You just run out of story in a horror comic like Vampironica, Afterlife with Archie (obviously since it's been nearly 2 years), and Jughead the Hunger. They seem to have put Sabrina on hold - and with the new Netflix show coming out, it makes sense, I suppose. That series should have legs if they could ever get the issues out. What more horror titles can they do? Moose as a morose and soulful Frankenstein? Chuck as a demon? Josie and the Pussycats as a "Charmed"-like trio of singing witches who cross over with Sabrina? Reggie as an immortal? But Betty - Betty has to stay the hero, right?
So...coming out with Betty & Veronica at the Movies makes sense. Going back to what has worked for the last 75+ years. It doesn't have to go completely back to that, but look at the sales of "Your Pal Archie" and I think the company is seeing that having a little bit of both will work best. The art is also, sadly, much to be desired in most of the titles.
Unfortunately, the "relaunch" of Archie Comics, as a whole, has been a huge disappointment - I think to fans and definitely to the company. There is no consistency of art and characters among titles, stories veer off and our characters are kind of different, but not enough to go "wow" - what a great, original idea! Just kind of, "oh, ok, well, I guess it's better than not having any new Archie stories...". The consistency of releasing of titles is the worst of any major comic brand (which never used to be the case that I can recall) and the policy of "don't confirm or deny" is wearing thin. If you can't commit to an answer (even if it becomes wrong later), that's a sign of poor leadership - and fear.
I came back to actively read and support Archie Comics to see what the hype was all about and other than the TV series, and a few small wins (Sabrina is OK, but not consistent and I have hopes for Vampironica - short-term at least), it's been like watching a friend who used to be really funny get up on stage and you want them to do really well and you cheer for them - and their set is different and you laugh loudly to support them - but your old friend unfortunately just isn't funny anymore...
« on: April 09, 2018, 10:57:34 am »
but I do take your meaning, as the "Death of Archie" final story arc of LWA was being intentionally vague in details to the point where it could have been taking place in either, or both, the Bettyverse and the Veronicaverse. Oddly enough I remember 'way back on the old (pre-server crash) forum where someone else (I've forgotten who, now) argued that there were definite clues placing the DoA story in (I think it was) the Bettyverse, and I don't remember what those clues were or if I even recognized them.
That was me. From what I recall, some of the clues hinged on Cheryl. Okay, a bit of backstory:
Cheryl appeared in issue #1 - in the Veronicaverse. A lonely, dejected Betty called up Cheryl to chat, so she could get a confidence boost. Cheryl didn't reveal she had to resort to waiting tables at a restaurant to make ends meet while trying to get her big break in Hollywood. Then we didn't see this version of Cheryl again for a long time.
Over in the Bettyverse, Cheryl eventually showed up (with the same backstory of waiting tables) and did the whole breast cancer storyline. This is what we mostly think of when we think of LWA Cheryl. This Cheryl underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy, resulting in the loss of her breasts and hair.
In the Veronicaverse, Cheryl showed up as a guest at Jughead and Ethel's wedding, just prior to Archie's death. She had boobs and long, flowing red hair, so she obviously never got cancer in the Veronicaverse. These were just silent cameos, so it's unknown whether her career took off.
Now for the death of Archie and the aftermath. It's quite obvious that the writer and artist were going for a vague "it could be either - or both" approach - as if the shown events were simultaneously occurring in both the Veronicaverse and the Bettyverse. For example, Archie never explicitly mentions his spouse by name, the girls never explicitly mention being married, and, perhaps most cheaply, neither girl is wearing a wedding ring, even though (if I recall correctly) Archie is. However, a few clues point to it being the Bettyverse:
The school is renamed after Archie, which seems like something that would be done for a fallen teacher (Bettyverse), not a businessman (Veronicaverse).
The positioning of some of the characters in one scene (even though they're in shadow) indicates Betty is the one being addressed - and in such a way that it indicates she's now a widow. This is one of those "study each panel closely" situations.
A short-haired Cheryl shows up; she seems to have boobs, but they're not on display; there's talk of how she's doing. This would obviously be a post-chemo, post-reconstructive surgery Cheryl (Bettyverse). You don't go from having fabulous boobs (Veronicaverse) right before Archie's death to a post-cancer recovery just a year later.
There might be other clues, but I don't recall at the moment.
« on: April 06, 2018, 11:30:32 pm »
I just finished reading it through Comixology in the volumes. I'd recommend using the Unlimited service to just "borrow" a published book, then when you finish it, "return" it. You'd pay a monthly fee. I think it's worth it, but I digress. On to the story, or in this case, stories, since there are two of them, with Archie either marrying Betty (AMB) or Veronica (AMV).
Both universes had good stories in the soap opera style, if you're into that sort of thing. LWA was unique in that it showed The Gang & Co. all as adults, not as a dream, but as actual, real stories. I found myself referring the AMB universe as the more realistic storyline, though the AMV one may have been the more exciting storyline with the Fred Mirth angle. However, I wonder what happened to him? Did he vanish from the face of the earth? Dangling plot device unanswered.
That little crossover between the two stories was interesting, but I had some confusion because Archie seemed to be all over the place as he and his other self switched places. Seeing Ambrose was nice, but having him as the "connection" between the two realities was strange at best, but I guess the writers had to explain how the realities merged. I think I'm glad he settled in the AMB universe. He seemed far better a fit there.
I'm speeding it up a bit to the end, obviously with Archie's death as the main plotline. I noticed that the writers shrewdly "merged" both universes because I couldn't tell which one was which. Maybe it didn't matter, which was the point.
I've obviously skipped several points, which I hope others here will chime in on. What do you guys think? Thanks....
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:22:43 am »
I don't know if anyone else noticed, but a year ago Dan Parent was writing and drawing all the 5-page lead stories in the digests (and doing the covers as well), and now he's only writing most of them, and drawing some of the B&V stories.
I noticed but I figured that was because he was doing Your Pal Archie and now he's gonna do this crossover and the new Betty and Veronica miniseries, in addition to all his Die Kitty Die stuff. I'm pretty sure Archie will keep Dan as busy as he wants, or at least as busy as they can. He was the last "classic" artist for awhile until they started bringing some of those folks back and I'm sure it's because he's the favorite of Archie Comics.
I think eventually they're gonna have to cancel the reboot flagship series since sales are dropping, and maybe there will be new "classic" style comics for Dan to draw then!
In Dan Parent's interview in COMIC BOOK CREATOR #16, he mentions that he's always kept a low profile when dealing with Archie management and tried to just do the work as best he can, not taking any sides in the various management issues that had cropped up between the Goldwater and Silberkleit camps. On the other hand, Fernando Ruiz made his feelings plain to management about how he felt about their treatment of him when classic Archie work dried up. Taking into account that DIE KITTY DIE rather ruthlessly satirizes management people at a company not too dissimilar from ACP, I have to wonder if someone in ACP management may not have had a sense of humor about being parodied, because it does seem to indicate Dan & Fernando in alignment with regard to how they perceive things at ACP.
And it's ironic that Jeff Shultz, Bill Galvan, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bill Golliher, Angelo DeCesare, Alex Segura, Tom DeFalco, Rich Koslowski and Jim Amash can come back and do new work for ACP on classic Archie stories after a couple of years downtime, but Fernando Ruiz can't (and probably doesn't want to). With just the 5-page new lead stories in 5 digests (that's just 250 pages of new stories a year) those pages can probably be filled easily even without Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz. Only the floppy comics readers care about the individual creators, and there are no ongoing classic Archie comics in the floppy comic format (until and unless BETTY AND VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER is proven to be an actual ongoing title).
I'd be just as happy (more than ecstatic, really) if I could see new issues of DIE KITTY DIE even on a bimonthly basis, without having to mount a new Kickstarter campaign for each new miniseries. It matters less to me what characters Dan and Fernando are working on as long as they're producing a comic book in the teen humor genre. Same goes for Darin Henry & Jeff Shultz' SUPER 'SUCKERS. I love reading the big fat Binge Books but would be happier if it were a regular-sized comic coming out on a regular publishing schedule. Both of these titles are being published less for commercial reasons than as a sheer labor of love for the creators, although neither one could obviously continue if the creators weren't able to make some money off them.
I blame the comic shop market which insists on the floppy comic format, but that doesn't really like teen humor comics. That puts Archie Comic Publications in a difficult position when it comes to the floppy comic format, which is hard for the main audience (kids) of teen humor genre comics to find (and not perceived as a very good value at $4 for 20 pages of story, compared to the Jumbo Comics digests which have 175-180 pages of content for $7). They're used to purchasing Archie Comics in regular retail stores (supermarkets, Walmart, Barnes & Noble) -- not having to subscribe, mail-order, or make a special trip to a comic book store to get them.
The fact of the matter is that ACP is now publishing forty 192-page Jumbo Comics digests a year, and ten 128-page ARCHIE AND ME Comics Digests a year, burning through the reprint cycle at a prodigious rate -- much faster than it did a decade ago, when ACP was publishing four 98-page digests and four 188-page Double Digests (which were each, on average, published about 8 times a year). At that same time ACP was still publishing 6 or 8 Archie-related floppy titles generating 22-24 pages of new stories in every issue. You'll notice that the bulk of the stories reprinted now in the digests are from floppy comics that originally appeared in the mid-1990s through the mid-2010s, so you can easily say that older reprints begin to lose their relevance to a young audience as time passes. That stream of new stories feeding into the digests to keep the pipeline of more recent stories flowing has slowed to a mere trickle of its former self, as the classic Archie-related floppy comic titles began succumbing to cancellation, one by one, in the 2010s. Which begs the question, where will the future classic Archie reprints be coming from, given the fact that they're already being reprinted with greater frequency than ever before? Not from the floppy comic titles, it seems, as those can't seem to manage to sustain themselves in comic book shops where the main consumer base is indifferent to teen humor comics, and not from those special crossover projects like Archie Meets Kiss, Archie Meets Glee, Archie vs. Predator, Archie/Sharknado, Archie Meets Ramones, and Archie Meets Batman '66, either. Personally, I'd be happy to pay a buck or two more for the cover price of a Jumbo Comics digest if it contained 20 pages of new stories. Or maybe ACP could come up with some new hybrid format with less pages, but a larger page size on slightly better paper -- say the same size as the old Archie & Friends All-Stars trade collections, with 20 pages of new stories, 100 pages of reprints, and 12-18 pages of advertising/editorial content. Those would still fit in supermarket racks, as they're about the same size as The Old Farmer's Almanac and other similar-sized publications.
These are all great observations, DCR. I'm not sure what Archie can do. I don't think there's much of a future in floppy comics anyway, for any publisher. That's why you're seeing all these special editions and crossovers and reboots. Most comics readers I know just wait for the graphic novels if they buy physical product at all. Obviously, there are exceptions and I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see Archie Comics publishing digests for that much longer anyway. They just sit on the shelves in all the stores that sell them in my area. The hardcore people subscribe since it's so much cheaper and I don't know how many they sell at retail, but it's not happening in my area.
Having said all that, I'm letting most of my digest subscriptions expire. I just can't find time to read them. I'll probably keep B&V and World of Archie for as long as they're published. I still subscribe to Archie, Jughead The Hunger, and Riverdale (although as I've said, I wish they'd get Pitilli off that book because I actually think it's the best floppy they're publishing right now otherwise).
IF they were to make some of the improvements/alterations to the digest format that you suggest, I'd happily jump back on.
« on: March 01, 2018, 04:29:23 pm »
Oh okay, maybe it's 10 posts or something, we'll see. ^^
Edit! needed 5 posts, so i'm good now. c:
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:33:59 pm »
Even with Supergirl, I like to think I know a fair bit about her history, and I can safely say the current TV series is the best adaptation of her, followed by the "Smallville" incarnation. They're not perfect, but they're good.
Even saying you know about Supergirl's history is sort of an ambiguous statement, because there have been about 5 or 6 different versions of "Supergirl" (some of which weren't even Kal-El's cousin Kara Zor-El), each of which changed basic details of her origin story, making them mutually inconsistent. Even the Kara Zor-El versions of the character are all predicated on the prior existence of Superman in her universe, so it seems a little weird to have a Supergirl television series where there had been no Superman television series beforehand to spin off of. I don't know whether Superman is actually a character in the show, or if there's just some assumption of his offscreen presence. It seems a little like making a Nightwing television series and not having any reference to Batman.
Oh, he's there; he's just used very sparingly. They recently hinted at a sort of Smallville-esque history for him in the "Supergirl" universe (he has a hacker friend named Chloe with a Wall of Weird).
Yeah, I'm aware of the alternate versions of Supergirl. I read anything Supergirl-related that I could get my hands on in the late 1990s / early 2000s. I even read that Peter David series (which was basically Supergirl in name only and had a sucky ending). I haven't read anything past the early 2000s, so I'm unfamiliar with how the rebooted Kara Zor-El has been doing except for what I've read on Wikipedia. Still, from what I've gathered, the show is so influential that the comics have added elements from it. I'd rather not get back into reading her, though, because it might be wiped out during the next reboot.
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