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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: October 14, 2018, 10:45:16 pm »
Berlin by Jason Lutes - This hardcover is over 500 pages and collects the entire 22 issue run which has taken since 1996 to complete.  I've been reading the series since it began, but purchased the hardcover as well.   It takes place in Berlin from 1928-1933 and utilizes a lot of characters who are not necessarily important historically - Marthe Muller, an art student who comes to the city at least in part to get away from her father - Kurt Severing, a journalist who writes for a paper read by poets and intellectuals - Silvia Braun, a young girl whose father is a National Socialist and whose mother is a Communist - The Cocoa Kids, an African-American jazz quintet in town playing at a jazz club - and others as well.  The unrest in the city is shown and the gradual buildup of power for the National Socialists (Nazis) plus the battles with the Reds (Communists) and the anti-Semitism as well.  This is a well researched and entertaining story that is well worth checking out.

Edited to add - One thing that I should note is that the font size used in the word balloons is kind of small which may make it difficult for some people to read.  It is still worth it, though.

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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: October 11, 2018, 03:43:04 pm »
I read each of these for 12 minutes .
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #260
Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #292
World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #82
B & V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #264

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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: October 08, 2018, 09:35:09 pm »
I finished up My Hero Academia 13-15 and My Hero Academia Vigilantes 1-2 earlier this week.  It is a fun series where just about everybody has a superpower (called a quirk), though only some are licensed to use them.

How would you rate those on a scale of 1 to 10? I remember reading one of those FCBD preview books of MHA, back when it had just come out from Viz. My thoughts at the time were that it seemed like a definite reaction to the breakout popularity of One-Punch Man (which began as a webmanga in 2009, and was then remade as a print manga in 2012, a couple of years prior to MHA's debut).
Black Butler sounds interesting too, so I'll probably check out the first volume of that, if it's still easy to order a copy through Diamond.
I've enjoyed My Hero Academia quite a bit.  I had two friends recommend the series to me within the last couple of months.  I also helped out at a graphic novel booth part time at the Chicago Comic Con in August and the My Hero Academia volumes were very popular.  MHA does have a focus of the training academy plus there is a tournament or two mixed in, but they are done in a pretty interesting way and the tournament doesn't drag on as many tend to do.  There is also a mentoring aspect involved with the main character being mentored by the hero who gave him his powers.  Students at the academy also end up interning at superhero agencies.  All in all, I would give the series 8/10 and I think it is worth checking out.
There are actually two spinoff series.  Vigilantes is the first one and it focuses on several people who hunt down bad guys and do other good deeds while outside the law since they are not licensed heroes.  It crosses over with the main series tangentially, but can be read on its own.  I've enjoyed the first two volumes as much as the main series.  The second spinoff is due in the U.S. next spring.
I haven't read One Punch Man yet, though I do have a copy of the first volume and plan to give it a try.
If you do give Black Butler a try, let me know what you think.

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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: October 08, 2018, 05:39:58 pm »
I read each of these digests for 12 minutes each
Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #292
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #260 & #262
B & V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #260 & #264
World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #82

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General Discussion / Re: Latest Hauls, what did you buy?
« on: October 05, 2018, 10:56:07 pm »
Today i brought more of the 4 for $10 and brought 8 comics for $20 I got

Archie’s Joke Book #209
Everything’s Archie #154
Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals #216
Laugh #314
Betty and Veronica Summer Fun #1
Archie’s Christmas Stocking #228
Archie and Me #92
Archie at Riverdale High #107


I also purchased Archie Comic Presents: The Love Showdown Collection for $5. Not bad considering the retail price was $4.95 only $0.05 more


I rebrought this and my fiancé went up and got it signed by Dan Parent and Michael Moreci

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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: October 05, 2018, 08:01:55 pm »
I finished up My Hero Academia 13-15 and My Hero Academia Vigilantes 1-2 earlier this week.  It is a fun series where just about everybody has a superpower (called a quirk), though only some are licensed to use them.
I read Soul Eater Not 1-5 and while it was okay, I decided to pass on reading the regular Soul Eater series after looking through the first volume.
Over the last couple of days, I read Black Butler 1-25.  In Victorian times, a young boy whose parents are slaughtered is kidnapped and tortured.  He escapes by making a deal for his soul with a devil who will help him get revenge.  He also happens to be the heir to an Earldom where the Earl works directly for Queen Victoria.  The devil (Sebastian) becomes the boy's butler and helps him in any number of ways.  I enjoyed this series quite a bit.  I wasn't really sure in reading the description, but the art is decent and the stories have been pretty good for the most part.
I also read Telepathic Wanderers 1-3 today and am waiting on the fourth (and final) book to arrive at my library.  This is an older Tokyopop series, but it has been very good.

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General Discussion / Re: Latest Hauls, what did you buy?
« on: October 04, 2018, 07:27:58 pm »
These are the comics I purchased today from New York Comic Con 2018


Betty and Veronica #36, #50, #52 and #60
That Wilkin Boy #8
PEP #269
Reggie and Me #73
Archie’s Joke Book #201
Archie 1941 #1
Archie Meets Batman ‘66 #1
Archie at Riverdale High (book with different stories)
Betty & Veronica Spectacular (book with different stories)


Got for FREE Exclusive Sneak Peek! Riverdale the Day Before coming January 2019. A prequel novel by Micol Ostow
Another free book I got is called “Spider’s Bite. An Elemental Assassin Book” by Jennifer Estep. This is a chapter book ( they gave it to you for free by scanning your badge. I think its a mystery horror book i am not sure)


My fiancé brought me the “Hey Arnold! Guide to Relationships” book


Looney Tunes Playboy Penguin Funko Pop collectible

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All About Archie / Re: New York Comic Con 2018
« on: October 04, 2018, 12:46:05 pm »
 

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All About Archie / Re: New York Comic Con 2018
« on: October 04, 2018, 12:43:31 pm »
 

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All About Archie / New York Comic Con 2018
« on: October 04, 2018, 12:42:11 pm »

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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).



That could've been very interesting... but it is what the company has been running from at top speed for the last two years.




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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.

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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« 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.

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Reviews / Re: LIFE WITH ARCHIE Volume 1 - Contents list & review
« 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. 

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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.

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