QUESADA: Gents, not to get too involved between Rich and
Mark's economic debate but the truth is glaringly obvious.
joking and I wasn't prophetic when I called the industry self-loathing
in San Diego last year. It was done for a reason and all the
self-loathers stuck their heads out and showed us who they
are. Unfortunately, it's about 70% of our industry.
J[emas] is absolutely right, it's not about a fear of success
meaning a fear of impending bust, there's a bit of that but
what it really is is a fear of people invading the nice little
sanctity of the comic book club. Retailers don't keep dirty
stores because they don't know how to clean, they all most
likely have nice neat homes, they keep the dirt there as a
barrier to keep the invaders out. This is revenge of the nerds
to the highest level and it's not even being done on a conscious
level. These are the geeks that joined the AV squad to be
with other geeks, they don't want the football players or
the cheerleaders joining their little deserted island, their
safe haven on this planet.
a funny anecdote for all. I just did an interview for some
major newspaper about the upcoming Hulk movie and all the
success we've been having. The reporter asked me if the movie
affected sales of the books because it seems like there's
more traffic at stores these days and our exposure in bookstores
has been amazing. I told her about how it's helped circulation
and visibility. She told me how funny it was that what I was
saying was so at odds with the retailer in her area that she
interviewed as research for the column. This retailer apparently
told her that the movies had no effect and that his business
was the same sh*tty business it's been for the last bunch
of years. Now, I don't know about you guys, but if a major
paper calls me for word on how the comics industry is doing,
even if we were going in the toilet, I would never tell them
that. Yet, this retailer felt compelled to let her know that
no one was showing up and by the way, no one should bother.
is what our industry has to contend with, unfortunately you
have an industry that feels that XXXX XXXX's head shop is
how you should run a comic shop. Only in comics can this happen.
That's like Bryan Hitch waiting anxiously for Rob Liefeld's
next book on how to draw anatomy or Alan Moore asking Todd
McFarlane for writing lessons.
I was having a different conversation.]
JOHNSTON: Not necessarily. By making the Bank of England
independent, he cut the link between governments being able
to be manipulated to change interest rates. This changed the
perception of the British economy by money handlers and abolished
the possibility of more Black Wednesdays. One of the more
radical measures this government has taken. Then he's taken
tough choices in the good times where a previous chancellor
cut taxes. As a result, while the market is poor, unemployment,
interest rates and inflation are low. Keynesian economics
would have a very different outcome based on the state of
our current industry. Brown pulled out a couple of policies
from left field which are still having a big impact today.
Bush is a comics fan and he wants a boom to offload his Valiant
addressed Bendis' points.]
BARRUCCI: And Brian, I think that they will. Just like
Hollywood needs to churn out good movies, but might have collector
edition DVD's, you gotta keep in mind that people only buy
more if the movies are good. We need to just keep creating
the compelling content. You do. Let's get more people to.
Let's advertise outside the comics field. We're going to do
this, and drag the comics industry nay-sayers kicking and
screaming if we have to!
Mark knew where the real conversation was going.]
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