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 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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