Truth, justice, etc.

December 12, 2006

Mely relates an irritating instance of customer service and the depressing issues that swirl around such encounters with surgical precision:

“The thing is–I know the people who most need to hear this probably aren’t going to listen anyway, but I was trained early in childhood to argue with brick walls–the thing is, when someone insults my taste or my intelligence or my entertainment, when someone dismisses something I like as commercial or trashy or dumb or unworthy of attention, when someone announces that my interest in manga is only important as a stepping stone to the holy grails of alt comics or the pockets of DC and Marvel–strangely, this does not make me rethink my tastes.”

There’s fabulous stuff in the comments as well.

Lyle wonders if Chuck Dixon is the right writer for a Midnighter series, given the character’s sexual orientation and what one might charitably call the creator’s ambivalence towards it. Loren at One Diverse Comic Book Nation and Johanna at Comics Worth Reading weigh in as well.

And at Yet Another Comics Blog, Dave Carter is sponsoring his annual Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Fund Drive.


Conspicuous consumption

December 12, 2006

The past few weeks have obviously lulled me into a false sense of security, because a look at the ComicList for Wednesday… well… it’s like Manga DEF CON 5. Pawn some heirlooms, clear space on your shelves, do what you have to do.

For simplicity’s sake, I’ll just go with a list of what I would like to buy, were money no object:

  • Anne Freaks Vol. 4, ADV
  • Mail Vol. 1, Dark Horse (written and drawn by Housui Yamazaki, artist on The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service)
  • Emma Vol. 2, CMX
  • After School Nightmare Vol. 2, Go! Comi (first volume recently reviewed by Brigid here)
  • Train + Train Vol. 1, Go! Comi
  • Fruits Basket Vol. 15, Tokyopop
  • Sgt. Frog Vol. 12, Tokyopop
  • Shout Out Loud Vol. 3, Blu
  • Beauty Pop Vol. 2, Viz – Shojo Beat
  • The Drifting Classroom Vol. 3, Viz – Signature
  • And that doesn’t even count series like Aishiteruze Baby, Bleach and Phoenix where I need to catch up on previous volumes. Other corners of the shipping list seem a bit more forgiving to me, but overall, it looks like employees of manga-friendly comic shops are going to be swamped this week.

    Oh, and until teen girls can be liberated from comics poverty when Minx comes riding over the hill, they’ll just have to settle for stuff like this.