Welcome to another installment of “Food or Comics?” Every week we set certain hypothetical spending limits on ourselves and go through the agony of trying to determine what comics come home and which ones stay on the shelves. So join us as we run down what comics we’d buy if they only had $15 and $30 to spend, as well as what we’d get if we had some “mad money” to splurge with.
Check out Diamond’s release list for this week if you’d like to play along in our comments section.
If I had $15, I’d spend the first $2.99 on the last King City, which definitely appears on this week’s list. Yay! Then I’d split the remaining $13 between two DC Comics: Paul Cornell’s Action Comics Annual #13 ($4.99), in which a young Lex Luthor meets Darkseid (Editor Wil Moss promised me on Twitter the other week that this will fulfill my sick, sick desire for more comics like Jack Kirby’s Super Powers toy tie-ins from the 1980s, so I’m entirely sold) and Vertigo Resurrected: Winter’s Edge #1 ($7.99), a collection of long out-of-print seasonal tales starring Vertigo favorites and forgotten ghost characters from Christmas Past. Be warned: I’m a sucker for Holiday comics, so expect to see me picking those a lot in the next few weeks. It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, after all.
Cartoon Books has posted a preview of the next issue of Jeff Smith’s RASL, where the main character has a blackout and things get a little weird. The comic is due July 15, and as previously noted, will be the first 24-page issue.
Welcome to another fun-filled episode of What Are You Reading?, where the Robot 6 team talks about comics, graphic novels and whatever else we’ve read recently. I’m filling in for Chris Mautner, who is out of town this weekend.
To see what Scott and the rest of us have been reading, click on through, then tell us what you’ve been reading in the comments section.
Earlier this week Jesse Reese at the Are You A Serious Comic Book Reader? blog noted that the biggest drawback of Jeff Smith’s RASL was the relaxed publishing schedule.
“The biggest problem with RASL is its slow production schedule,” Reese wrote. “A general problem with serialized comics, especially when a creator has a larger picture in mind, is focusing obsessively on what is the equivalent to a single chapter in a book. RASL suffers intensely from this reading experience.”
(I should note that the rest of the review, which focused on the story itself, was very positive and is definitely worth your time if you’re interested in learning more about the book).
Apparently Jeff Smith has heard Reese and other readers who have had similar concerns, so he’s moving the book to a new schedule. Starting with issue five, the book will be fewer pages — 24 versus 32 — and in the fall Smith will publish it bimonthly.
“When I came up with this format, I thought the extra pages would make up for a slower release schedule, but the demand for more issues gets louder every time a new chapter comes out,” he writes on his blog. “I think everyone I heard from liked the extra pages, but they’d rather have less time between issues.”
He also notes that he has a “secret project” he’ll be working on in the late summer timeframe, which is why the bimonthly schedule won’t kick in until October. He also notes that this means he’ll publish more issues of the book, as he still plans for it to be about “350 pages or so.” Click on over to read his full post and to see some work-in-progress blueline images.