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Paul Issar
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Posted: 13 May 2019 at 1:38pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I follow what Marvel's EIC is trying to do by soliciting this book & obtain a million orders.But the real issue is what is Marvel Comics going to do when all the old farts running all the comic shops & ordering this stuff die off.Let's face it the majority of comic shops are owned by the Baby Boomer generation & Generation X'ers. My question to the board what would you do if you were running Marvel's comic division?
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Can I have a death ray?
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Would I do if I were running Marvel's comic division? Hire some professionals from the past that can serve the characters, not their egos.

Also, do away with redundant characters and teams. (Peter Parker should be the ONLY Spider-Man, Bruce Banner is the ONLY Hulk, etc.)

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Marvel Comics #1000 is stupid if there aren’t 999 issues behind it. 
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James Johnson
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In the words of Arthur Carlson :

"....As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!...."

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Koroush Ghazi
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I had to look this up to see if it was real. Sounds like a good investment - I imagine a #1000 is many times more valuable than a #1 issue? ;)
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JB: Yes, you may have a death ray. But under the new PC guidelines,
we now refer to such an apparatus as “Populace Enhancement
Device.” Use it wisely.
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 Paul Issar wrote:
...But the real issue is what is Marvel Comics going to do when all the old farts running all the comic shops & ordering this stuff die off.Let's face it the majority of comic shops are owned by the Baby Boomer generation & Generation X'ers..

Hey..!!! Don't go trying to knock me off, yet. I hope to have at least a few more years on the planet.

Seriously, though, while the world continues to unquestionably change, and the print media becomes smaller, I've also been hearing talk about comics dying out for almost as long as I've been reading them. As far as the actual format, the printed comic book goes, it's pretty much certain it will go away as nothing lasts forever. It's hard to peg when that will happen, though. I mean it when I say this kind of talk has been going on a long time. The demise of the comic book industry has been predicted as far back as the 1970s. Heck, even in the 1950s it looked grim at some points.

As for what I would do... well here is what I wrote back in 2006:





In that thread, you'll note I point to "Wizard" magazine changing its format as a good thing. Even though the magazine is now defunct, I still stand by what I wrote then in that regard. "Wizard"'s failure had more to do with how it mishandled its shows and ruined relationships with the big publishers, which also affected the magazine. That and that in the internet age, "Wizard" was dated material the moment a new issue came out, depending as it did on news on current events for sales. I still think the comics publishers need to change the format of comics as one means to extend the life of the industry.

But there are many, many things I would change if I had free reign at Marvel, or DC.




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Oliver Denker
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  • "Can I have a death ray?"
Goodbye Elsewhen.

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Shawn Kane
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I don't consider the people who run my LCS "Old Farts" (33 and 25, though the owner is 56) but I'm not a fan of Marvel doing these stunts.

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Trevor Smith
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"Hire some professionals from the past that can serve
the characters, not their egos."

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And in a similar vein, simply mandate that your newer
generation of creators adopt the same approach, perhaps
under the guidance of the more experienced. Those that
can't adapt are shown the door.
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Eric Sofer
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One of the things I would implement is an admonishment to either say NOT WORD ONE about upcoming comics, beside what the company releases (Direct Comments or Marvel's Bullpen Bulletins) or to be shown the door. Put some surprise back into upcoming comic book stories.

Is that hard on the 238,000 thousand comic book blogs? Well, there are plenty of other topics to discuss besides spoiling AN ENTIRE BOOK. Or they could ask the buggy whip manufacturers and AM radio factory workers their opinions on how to handle it.
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What I would honestly do probably won't be popular here, but if we're talking about what I would do running Marvel in order to save print comics:

Comics are being read by thousands of people.  Comic book based movies and TV shows are being watched by millions of people worldwide.  I'd start everything over with new #1's, abandon all continuity, and conform all the characters to their film and other media versions.  The best shot print comics have, at this point, to lure in new fans is to get some of the fans of these characters in other media to read comics.  Even little kids now have already been introduced to all of these characters through other media.  If they sample a comic and its nothing like the characters they've come to enjoy, they won't be back.
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I would surgically retcon out of continuity (without any in story explanation) any past stories and changes made to the characters (regardless of how popular or unpopular those past stories maybe) that do not work or damages the core concept of the characters and never speak of them again. I would then move forward from there.
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Put comic concession stands in cinemas; have it part of the deal for carrying Marvel movies that the cinema has a small, well positioned space for a couple of spinner racks. Have stories in the books that are 'continuing tales' of the latest Marvel movies. Make sure the little blighters have to walk past the spinners on their way out of the theatre. 
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Joseph Greathouse
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I don't believe that changing the business model of a movie theater to begin acting like a retailer is going to work. Theaters wouldn't want spinner racks for much the same reason that convenience stores don't want them anymore. Its a low-margin, high-maintenance item. Besides, I think the question is what can Marvel's comic division do? Not, what can Marvel comics division try to force someone else to do?
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Posted: 15 May 2019 at 10:57am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Since print is dying (if not already pretty much dead) maybe Marvel and other publishers should switch to a new form digital motion comics that combines motion comics technology with that of Comixology's Guided View tech, but without voice actors.
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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 16 May 2019 at 10:49am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Comic shops need to attract a non-fanatic/collector audience to survive. Stuff like the free comic day seemed like a great way to do that if it didn't turn into some kind of obsesses over rare/hot ones festival.Eyes reading and fingers turning pages is the only way to keep the medium, the encapsulating and examining specimens for flaws under special lights and magnification is the death of it, preserved in a museum and dead.

What you do is find out why people who don't read or like comic books don't read or like them. Being approachable should be the most obvious goal, friendly, not some clutch of hostile lifer obsessives ridiculing outsiders in dimly lit shops with massively muscled leering or insanely grinning characters on display. I think things have been getting better in a lot of ways, but still the variant covers scamming and the professional grading/encapsulating applied to most modern comics is massively backwards and will rot your foundations! If it's negative or exploitative get rid of it, if it's positive and respectful of readers of all ages that's the way forward.
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Rebecca Jansen
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Print is dying/dead, everyone shops online, nobody is without a smart phone and multiple social media accounts = negative, ridiculing other views. Vinyl records are back and there are shops selling them to 3-D people who want to live in a real and functional city or town.I heard how vinyl and all formats for recorded music was dead over and over for a couple decades by those so sure of themselves.

To quote a Legion of Super-Heroes comic of only a dozen years ago "Eat it Gran'pa". Comic books are great things to hold, to read and to dream over; why are so many who obsess on preserving them also be so willing to throw them into the flames for nothingness that a North Korean or Russian hacker can erase in seconds? Get quality original inspired caring comics to the kids, to read, the trade, to pull them off the tiny screen for awhile... to cut up or do whatever they want with against the will of editors or a CGC or whatever authority has been created, and they will grow up with them and remember and cherish and pass them on through the generations as a living form and medium.


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