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Another Seismic Change in the Graphic Novel Industry

This has nothing to do with a virus, quarantine, or health issues other than the health of an industry. The comic book, or graphic novel industry has been around since the 1930’s, perhaps earlier if one goes back to the western novels that contained some illustrations.

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Must overcome alien mind probe!

This conversation has a limited audience but for those who care, a significant industry is being eviscerated by huge corporations.

Let’s go back to when for all intents & purposes, the comic book became a popular source of entertainment, mostly for boys, but there were many girls who enjoyed reading them too.

Although Marvel & Atlas comics started in 1939, it wasn’t until 1961 that the Marvel we know today began. The company launched The Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Stan LeeJack KirbySteve Ditko as well as many others.

Those first few years, published material from DC and Marvel, would end up mostly in drug stores in the USA, as well as grocery store carousels. It took a few years of writing stories with the superhero having real world problems such as dating, financial, and social turmoil, that the comic book became more mainstream and was followed by adults, college students.

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This phenomenon launched an entire industry of dedicated comic, sci-fi, and other fantasy entertainment outlets. Thus the “comic book store”, began in earnest. Now fast forward at an increasing rate, movies with more fantastic plots were launchDC_Logoed. Some were obvious direct entertainment from comics, such as Superman, which had seen it come and go on TV decades earlier.

TV series such as Star Trek, Doctor Who, then movies like Star Wars, all contributed to broad public consumption. Store owners, venue creators such as Comic Con, Dragon Con, etc., helped feed the movie studio. The superhero movies brought together better writers that updated plots, computer graphic artists, and some of the best actors.

Enter the juggernauts of the entertainment industry to make these movies, and gobble up absurd amounts of money. Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount, Sony, then Disney, all wanted a piece of the pie. Disney courted and won Marvel with their deep pockets in 2009. That wasn’t enough. Disney wanted the rights to as many characters in the Marvel universe as they could buy. In March of 2019, Disney completed their acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

That’s where this video story begins. The success of the movie studio at the box office, meant they had less interest in the industry that spawned their entertainment business, movies, merchandise retail, and theme parks are the Disney obsession. Even movies themselves are only a vehicle for them to sell cheap manufactured toys, action figures, and other memorabilia. Theme parks, up until this latest virus problem, were also lucrative.

Now the once niche market of comic books, including retail outlets, has found itself without source distribution. Understandably this is a concern for the mostly very small business owners, as well as the many fans who helped launch a mega-dollar industry. Perhaps these movie, entertainment studios are being a bit short sighted?

Creators & fans embroiled as comic shops close.

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Give Peace a Chance?

This tweet started an uproar, as well as the picture. Ellen_DeGeneres_tweetThere’s millions of reasons to bicker amongst ourselves and far fewer to not. Everyone can find fault in others, but not so easily in ourselves. Why is that?

Well, I support the ideas Ellen DeGeneres espoused. We need more kindness, more respect, and love in this world. Excuses are bountiful, but I side with trying peace.

The brouhaha started when Ellen DeGeneres sent out a tweet showing she was sitting with George & Laura Bush at a game. There were some angry criticism over her being a lesbian, who claimed he was an oppressor of the LGBTQ+ community and even went so far as to refer to him as a war criminal.

Furthermore, everyone believes they’re an expert on when it’s appropriate to use the military. At that time, 9/11 occurred. People wanted to get Bin Laden, and go after perceived threats. The government of Iraq appeared to be the next regime to start an international conflict through either biological or nuclear methods.

Most people in Congress, voted to go into Iraq. That included Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Charles Schumer, John Kerry and others who tried to say, we are real smart people, but we think we were duped. Well, if that’s what they believe, that’s what they can try to make as their own cover story. George Bush did his best in time of crisis.

After George Bush left office, President Obama continued with the war in Iraq, and some say he let the Iraqi people down by withdrawing most (not all) troops. During his time he increased commitment to the Afghanistan war. Then through clandestine operations, used off the books money to fund and support rebels in Libya. They toppled Muammar Gaddafi. That ended up a total fiasco when members of the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia, continued to spread hate & discontent and destroyed the Benghazi embassy, killing the ambassador & other personnel.

In truth, there continues to be blood on the hands of both political parties, and even now, President Trump is catching flak for his desire to withdraw our military involvement in Syria. People were questioning our military involvement authorized by President Obama, and now the press, some military leaders, and many critics are saying we shouldn’t withdraw. This is the nature of politics and people who castigate one person for doing something they were raking another over for doing just the opposite.

You see, Mark Ruffalo, and others like him, have the distinction of knowing exactly what’s right while everyone else are confused. I guess the best thing for any of us, is to know what’s right, but not have any responsibility for the consequences. It’s perfect. It’s like we were watching a football game and there are hundreds, maybe thousands of fans that would have called a different play, than the one they saw executed on the field.

Meanwhile, people like Ellen are saying, give peace a chance. Let’s practice peace and understanding in our own domain. Once we figure how to get along with people locally who have different opinions, maybe we can roll that out internationally?

I guess what I find so disingenuous are those who most often say, don’t judge me, or don’t be so judgemental, typically fail to recognize their own behavior.


Note: Introduced in the House by Dennis Hastert on Oct. 2, 2002
Became Public Law No. 107-243
Committee consideration by the House Committee on International Relations
Passed the House on Oct. 10, 2002 (296 – 133)
Passed the Senate on Oct. 11, 2002 (77 – 23)
Signed into law by President George W. Bush on Oct. 16, 2002

That’s Snarkastic!

After watching a brief news story on an upcoming movie; Can You Ever Forgive Me?

We may live our lives without our necessarily noticing.

It’s not a conscious effort to be caustic, but it just rolls off the tongue for many of us. It’s most often not humorous, but as in this morning, I recognize a review of the words / situation can make it seem humorous.

It runs in the family. This morning as my daughter is preparing to go to work, she opens up a small bakery box and produces an object from it. “Would you like a lemon cookie,” she says? Not one of my early morning quests, after all, I haven’t had my coffee yet. I accept her offer. She then goes on to say, we (meaning her boyfriend and her) bought a few along with other things, and we didn’t like them, not enough lemon.  Well, with that ringing endorsement, how could I not want it now!?

That’s just the way we roll in our family.

People paid a lot of money just to see and hear movies that were Snarktastic. They made two movies [ Deadpool I & II ] which ran over 3.5 hours combined, and were wall to wall snark. deadpool_lying_down_b

 

The WhoWhat & Where of it all

sarcasm noun
sar·​casm | \ ˈsär-ˌka-zəm \
Definition of sarcasm
1 : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
2a : a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual
b : the use or language of sarcasm

snarky adjective
| \ˈsnär-kē \
1 : crotchety, snappish
2 : sarcastic, impertinent, or irreverent in tone or manner
eg ~ snarky lyrics

Differences between the two : sarcasm usually implies irony, or stating the opposite of what is really intended. Snark snarky implies a more simple and direct irreverence. Snark isn’t necessarily designed to be humorous, whereas sarcasm may be insulting or an exaggerated form of humor.

If I were going to apologize for the snarky comments I’ve made, I could fill volumes.

What about you? What type of humor or active commentary do you have?

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