Blah Blah Blog – Reader Mail

Another old blog post from my long-scrubbed Marvel blog of the early 2000s, this one answering some questions posed by the audience.

Reader Mail

April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General

What say we spend today answering some of the questions that’ve been asked by readers of previous posts?

>I’ve read that Mike McKone is going to go exclusive to DC. I hope this could not happen. Do you have more info?

Posted by Azzola on 2007-01-30 07:00:06>

Azz, what you read was a piece originally posted at a rumor column, so it isn’t really my place to comment on it. Neither should I make any announcements on what’s going on with the talent moving forward–we’ve got a whole crew of guys whose whole job is to coordinate such announcements. So when and if there’s any news worth relating, you’ll hear about it through the normal channels.

>I’m far too young for this, so I’ll raise a point: I want the Milligan X-Force hardcover. It’s out of print, and I’m mad, because I’m a huge fan of X-Statix. Are there any plans to rerelease them as a omnibus hardcover, or a second printing, because I’d love to be able to buy them.

Posted by y3rg1e on 2007-01-25 14:03:38>

y3, we generally don’t go back to press on our oversized hardcovers, and I’m not aware of any plans to do so on this X-FORCE volume. So your best bet would probably be to check the various online back issue dealers, or outfits like amazon.com that might allow you to order it used through them.

>Still, the magic of pulling a comic out of that spinner next to the Hubba-Bubba shelf and seeing Cap fighting the Frankenstein monster who was wearing a swastika is one of the true touchstones of my childhood.

Posted by nearmint67 on 2007-01-27 12:18:30>

INVADERS #31, right?

>I want to understand why Gene Colan leaves so much gutter space on his pages these days. You can see it on that page, I first noticed it on his Buffy pages. Is it something to do with his eyesight, or a stylistic choice? Personally, I find it annoying, and I’d like to understand why he does it.

Posted by Fetsur on 2007-01-19 13:42:33>

Gene doesn’t do this on every page–it just happens to happen on the one page here that i singled out to show you. And I expect it’s all part-and-parcel of his design sense, and the way he pushes your eye around and across the page.

>You know, I’ve held this blog up as an example of how corporate blogs could be done right. A few updates a week that are paced fairly consistently. Done in a natural voice, not sounding like some PR shill. Acting like a regular human working for a company, not the company itself. Etc. Etc. Etc. You’ve done a fantastic job, and you really should be commended.

The Good/Bad Comics posts have been pretty good, up till this part. This post is a real step in the wrong direction. You’re past good comic, even if I didn’t feel personally like they were great comics, always had a quality argument or story behind them. I came into this post thinking Civil War was a Bad Comic you had a part in, and instead of a good argument or cool story, I got an Emmy speech.

Posted by DrObviousSo on 2007-01-13 23:00:06>

Sorry, Doc, that may be the way you interpret things, but that’s not the way it is. All I can do is try to be as honest as possible when I’m writing these blog entries. And I’ll hold CIVIL WAR #1 up proudly alongside the other “Good Comics I Had A Hand In” that I’ve run up here a time or two. Sure, the storyline is still running, but that doesn’t change my satisfaction with that kick-off issue one iota. If you didn’t care for it, that’s fine–but just the same way I don’t get to tell you what you like, you don’t get to tell me which comics of mine I happen to like.

>Your “picture-free” comic relies on graphic elements that are key to comics storytelling. In this demonstration, your word balloon IS your character, only represented in a much more abstract form than you would normally find in mainstream comics. In spite of yourself, you have produced very effective drawings.

Posted by leeboone on 2007-01-11 10:21:45>

Well, sure, of course–but it’s completely within the bounds of Klaus’ argument–that if you removed the images from a comic page and kept only the words, you wouldn’t have comics. But the alphabet itself is a graphic element, so on some level there’s no getting around including something that could be considered artwork. But this wasn’t intended as a treatise–just a simple, quickie exercise, one that I thought was worth sharing with the larger audience. (There was also a subsequent version I did for Klaus that incorporated panel size and shape into the argument, whereas this version relied on a standard grid.)

More later.

Tom B

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