Comic Culture Oct 12th

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija discuss a variety of comic book related topics including injured zombies, online digital comic subscriptions, Barnes and Noble vs DC, Archie’s new superhero line, DC’s big September and a whole bunch more stuff including some picks from this month’s Previews magazine so kick back, relax and enjoy  Comic Culture, the radio show full of possibilities.

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Enjoy Comic Culture October 12th 2011 Edition

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Walter Durajlija
Walter Durajlija

Walter Durajlija is an Overstreet Advisor and Shuster Award winner. He owns Big B Comics in Hamilton Ontario.

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12 years ago

So dudes… now that the DC 52s have passed, can we declare it a success… or failure? Despite the initial mixed reactions when first announced, generally everyone seems to be happy. Why?
• Are the stories and art any better?
• Higher perceived value?
• Has it met it’s objectives, ie; are non-comic readers “jumping on”?

Maybe, but I would say it has more to do with MONEY.
• DC is happy due to higher sales.
• Retailers are happy due to higher sales.

Strangely enough, everyone seems to credit the higher sales to speculators. The same speculators or the same practice of speculating that often get a bad rap, described as “lurking in shadows” at the cons by some… and yet here they are again, spreading joy.

But in truth, higher sales were anticipated… was this not the whole point? The “jumping on” rationale was just a diversion… although the media attention couldn’t have hurt this false objective.

I guess it’s all to early to say. The real test is now on… Can these books last? One thing that disappoints me, however, is that the new books are still geared toward the same adult audience. I was hoping they would be more kid friendly for the sake of comic book sustainability. Which makes me wonder if anything has really changed? Lets revisit Walters predictions 6-12 months from now and tally up the score.