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Being full of opinionated and biased outlook, I do hereby officiously and loudly proclaim:

  • Panel Patter reviews Cowboy Wally, David Gallaher is interviewed and Erica Friedman sounds off about objectivity in reviews. Let’s not forget Sean Taylor’s interview or Luke Surl’s review. There’s more from Mark Waid on the Incredibles comic and some sample pages from the Hulk. And is Bone really coming to an end?
  • As you know, there is ongoing discussion about Diamond’s business decision. Schwapp points out something that the big comic companies (and Diamond) should know. It’s time for making adjustments and that future is clear even for those who don’t want change. Unfortunately, the bigger guys working on this issue seem to be tailoring their solutions exclusively toward the big guns. While I can’t blame them business-wise, this would be a prime time to be more visionary.  Factor in that new sellable comics will be created by unknowns and include their measured development into the publishing plan. You’ll need someone looking out for the next big thing and be ready to groom it into fully professional quality.  Further, everything falls out of popular favor eventually, so build a win-win strategy for dealing with these new creators when you work with them. This also helps on the other side when their property comes back into the spotlight. If the creators liked working with you, they will return.
  • After all, if you can’t beat them down then all that’s left is to one-up them. There are a few notable creative personalities now, but I wonder if there’s a slow shift in the power balance going on in the larger scheme. Are we moving more toward a creator/content provider dominance in the internet at large? We more often get our news from Twitter and Yahoo instead of Time, People and big newspapers these days. (Feel free to comment in with links to other good articles about this phenomenon. I’m sure there have been others saying the same for awhile.) It would be nice if it were true, since that gives the little guy a chance in this big media dominated world. In any case, MacPherson weighs in with more alternate distribution options for us. If you have dreams of entering the Zuda competition, you may want to read MPD57’s advice and don’t forget Haven Publishing as a publishing option, too.
  • This has to be more old news for most, but Mad Magazine has ramped down its publishing schedule. Tom Richmond quells some of our fears by talking about the good old days, which I found hilarious.
  • I liked this flatting tutorial and this coloring tutorial. There is a little more detail on them than you see in other like tutes. And this is a nice how-to writeup on creating comic scripts along with a book on comic writing mentioned here.  There are also some informative events to look forward to at the New York Comic Con as well.
  • It doesn’t pay well for me, but perhaps you’ll be able to use these new Amazon widgets on your site. Also, for those of us using Wordpress, this might be a good article to read in order to protect your installation.
  • If you are a creator on Facebook, you may want to take advantage of this. Due to not being on Facebook, I can’t even access it. Let us know if there’s any other information that should be mentioned.
  • Lastly, I might not agree with every other person’s opinion on comics (or anything else for that matter.) This particular comic blogger has bumped heads with what she calls ‘hardcore fans‘ and has wisely decided to adjust her approach going forward. The reason why I am mentioning this is not to agree with or reject her opinions, but rather that I know of others who have had to take even more -breathtakingly- serious precautions to ensure their safety. There should be no need for that. We all (writers and readers) have a respectful responsibility toward each other. Writers shouldn’t shout ‘fire’ and cause a raging panic while readers shouldn’t ‘firebomb’ just because they disagree with a writer. We can treat each other with dignity, cant we? Like we would if we met in real life? Maybe we can realize that things don’t always translate well from brain to type and give one another a break. Maybe the writer or responding reader was not intentionally trying to rain on our parade. Take a breath, go do something else, come back later and then compose a response. It’s too easy to pull the trigger when you’re home in your pajamas typing away in furious anger over a perceived slight.

You are, of course, free to disagree with some or all of my opinions. No doubt you have your own opinions on these things as well.