Comic World News

I’ve been doing some thinking lately about Comic World News and my attitude towards what we do there. Specifically, my decision-making process (as informal as it is) about what kind of material we run.

Up until recently, I pretty much ran any press release that came my way and I worked on interviews and features that I thought people would enjoy reading about. Well, no more! No, siree!

It’s just me finally getting comfortable in my role as Editor in Chief, but I’m learning that the deciding factor about what CWN covers is: what do I think is interesting? Not how many readers do I think it’ll bring, just “do I think it’s cool?” As I wrote in the most recent CWN newsletter, the best writers don’t worry about reader reaction to a story before the story is written. They just write the kinds of stories that they’d like to read themselves. And I think the same applies to editors of websites.

It’s a liberating mindset. I’m not frozen in fear as I look at potential interview candidates wondering which will bring the most readers to the site. I can just pick the one that interests me most right then. And I can be picky about which press releases I run (although that means I’ll have to stop and consider my reaction to each one before just copy/pasting it). In the end, I think it’ll make the interviews/features more frequent (a new one each month is my goal) and the headlines more useful.

Mailbag: Cereal Killings

Got an advance copy of The Thousand Deaths of Baron von Donut, which the accompanying letter explains is about “an alchoholic cereal mascot.” It’s written by Douglas (Arsenic Lullabies) Paszkiewicz, which means I can expect it to be offensive and very very funny.

Mailbag

Writer Dwight MacPherson emailed me a copy of the second issue of Dead Men Tell No Tales last week. I was disappointed in the pacing of the first issue, but Dwight explained that they had to edit it down from a longer mini-series and that starting with #2 it was more like what he’d originally written. So I have hope.

Devil’s Due sent me a preview of Snake Eyes: Declassified. Even though I’m not a fan of G.I. Joe, for some reason I want to like it and join the rest of the world in thinking that Snake Eyes is cool. I never would have bought this on my own, but I’m glad they sent it to me and I’m looking forward to reviewing it.

iHero Entertainment sent me the premiere issue of Cyber Age Adventures: The Magazine of Superhero Fiction. It’s a good-looking comic-sized magazine full of prose superhero stories with spot illustrations. Hopefully it’s as good as it looks.

Got a rough cut DVD of a film called Bite Me, Fanboy. I forget what it’s about, but from the title I’m imagining it’s a look at comic book fandom.

Another Xeric winner’s sent me her comic, a book called Thread. I love that I get so many Xerix winners to review. They’re always different, always good.

a.k.a. Comics sent me a copy of their Stykman #1. Looks hilarious from the cover and I just had to peek inside to see if the interior art was as fun. From the title you might expect a crudely drawn book, but it ain’t. It looks very professional at first glance; it’s just about a superhero made of sticks in the shape of a stick figure. He even has little stick eyes that hang by ropes from the top of his otherwise empty, round, stick head.

New Reviews

Finally got caught up with reviews.

The August 10th Pull List has quickies of:
Malcolm Magic #7
Samurai: Heaven & Earth #4
Serenity #2
JLA #117
Rann-Thanagar War #4
Villains United #4
Seven Soldiers: Zatanna #4
Fables #40
Mnemovore #5
Silent Dragon #1
Western Tales of Terror #5
Easy Way #4
Ferro City #1
X-Men #174
Captain America #8
Shanna the She-Devil #7
House of M #5
Rocket Rabbit #1
*whew!*

The much more manageable August 17th Pull List includes:
Birds of Prey #85
Batgirl #67
Lex Luthor: Man of Steel #5
Seven Soldiers: Klarion #3
Witchblade #88
Elk’s Run #3
Rex Libris #1

And finally, I did a full review of the first Ralph Snart Adventures collection.