Comic Books


So, I’ve been an early adopter of e-comic books, and loved the Comixology app. I’ve been buying all the Atomic Robo stuff through the app. Problem: they just got bought by Amazon, and all of a sudden they’re doing the out-of-app purchases. Remember, Amazon is sticking to the prickish idea that you don’t own the book you bought; you just “licensed” it — so I suspect this might be part of the issue I’m about to relate:

All my bloody books are goneI did their little two-step. I “restored my books, which only gave me three issues of the latest volume of one series, and one book from another. I keep trying. No joy. I download the new app — those aren’t even showing. That’s right, Stupid here dropped probably close to $100 on a series I no longer “own.”

That’s pretty bad. Worse is I know I’m not the only one. At the last check, the App Store was running almost unanimously 1 star rating for the new version, but hey! where are the hundreds of reviews? They’re not showing. Afraid to have your customers warn prospective customers what a sorry set of sticky fingered thieves you are?

Review: the app is gorgeous and worked beautifully. The downside: you’ll lose your stuff if you’re not careful (or in my case, even if you were.) Final word: don’t download, don’t buy from them, unless you want to shell out hundreds for nothing. Go to the local comic store and make them some money; Comixology wasn’t cheaper, anyway.

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TheRealSuperheroPowerofTechnology_600x8130-2It’s a geek world!

Possible? Not possible? Who cares? It’s awesome! Unless something breaks down…then it’s a dramatically awful idea…

I’m amused. The artist for one of my favorite comic books has no sense of humor. I am, apparently, an “ignorant over-privileged right-wing fuck” responding to a retweet saying “[Mitt Romney]’s not afraid to face a ravening, grasping horde of subhumans, because that’s how he sees poor people already.” My response, “They’re not?” A quick review of my tweets would show I’m a sarcastic bastard. I’m also a writer and college prof and a full-time dad…so I’m not exactly rolling in dough, myself. I suppose my response should have been “We’re not?” to maximize the effect, but hey — shoulda woulda coulda.

Of course, he gets butthurt and flies into a multi-tweet response (that’s when you know someone’s really mad at you!)

As a poor person (and most comic creators are extremely poor) I would say no. Y’see, we dangle at the end of a very-

long and predatory business model where @bclevinger and I do 90% of the work and reap 10% of the reward. Many poor —

poor people also exist in similarly unfair and unbalanced work situations. We work long hours for little reward. So–

on behalf of my fellow poor grasping subhumans let me answer with a NO. You ignorant over-privileged right-wing fuck

So, because he’s a poor person he’s outrageously outraged! My response to Scott Wegener is pretty simple: 1) You aren’t poor due to the predatory business model…you’re poor because you chose a poor career path. So did I (several times, actually.)

2) You went into comics despite the fact that there is a long, well-published set of data on exactly how truly awful the publishers of comics are to the talent. I can only assume you value your creative work and lifestyle more than money…so what’s the beef? If you want to eat and be happy in your work, get yourself a well-paid spouse or lover; or a day job you despise. Hell, I soldiered just to make ends meet.

3) There’s a remarkably wide swathe for people out there who don’t fit into the “left wing/right wing” pigeon holes. I know that requires a ore nuanced view of politics than the traditional and simplistic, Manichean, us/them political spectrum, but it will make your insult sting if you actual have an idea of who your are attempting ad hominen attacks on.

Lastly, this is a prime example of my axiom, “The offense lies with the Offended.” If you want to get butthurt over something somebody said, if you want to give them power over your emotional state — that wasn’t their doing. That was yours. If you had the power of your convictions, you’d have shrugged me off as a troll and gotten on with the next issue of the excellent Atomic Robo (Yes — I’m even plugging his material!)

He might need one of these…

I’m going to go lord it over my serfs now. Everyone have a great day!

W00t!, as the kids say: Looks like my gaming group has managed to get itself into the Atomic Robo RPG playtest.

SCIENCE!

Oh, and just in case you haven’t had a chance to read any of these excellent pulp comics, here’s the first volume, second volume, third volume, fourth volume, fifth volume at Amazon.com. You can also get them through Comixology on the iPad (and I’m assuming other e-reader doodads.)

And no — I’m not being paid for recommending the books. They’re just that good.

Fabio Pastori gives us a little coolness for the Hollow Earth Expedition crowd. Hits the comic stands on August 15.

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