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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008 edited
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    <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/books/01/30/brian.vaughan/index.html">Great story featured on CNN</a>, especially considering the last comics-related story was 'Spidey & MJ breaking up'.

    <blockquote><strong>LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) --</strong> Listening to writer Brian K. Vaughan summarize the plot of his comic book, "Y: The Last Man," makes it sound like just another pulp title.

    "A plague of mysterious origin destroys every male mammal, human being and animal on the planet," he says, "except for one boy and his monkey. And wackiness ensues."

    Well, that's the story boiled down to its basics. But the tale of amateur escapist Yorick Brown, the last man alive on an Earth now home to only women, and his monkey, Ampersand, is actually far more complex than Vaughan's description reveals, involving long journeys, the value of memory and the politics of gender roles. The title, which has had a very successful five-year run, is coming to an end this week with the release of issue No. 60. </blockquote>


    <img src="http://www.newsarama.com/dcnew/Jan08/9_v/YLM_Cv60.jpg" alt="60" />

    - Z
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    Nice.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    I hear Captain America got coverage today too. It's good to know that Marvel isn't the only one getting the press this week.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008 edited
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    ARGH! Video player won't work

    Quesada on Colbert last night

    http://www.comedycentral.com/motherload/player.jhtml?ml_video=148614&is_large=true
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    <strong>@tedcroland </strong>

    <a href="http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=quesada+marvel+captain+america&btnG=Search">Captain America coverage, at a glance. </a>

    * * *

    And while looking that up, came across <a href="http://www.comics2film.com/index.php?a=story&b=30937">this</a>, which led to the not-work-safe <a href="http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2746460">link to the rest of it</a>.

    - Z
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    And wackiness ensues.


    This is exactly how I am going to describe Y to people from now on.
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    Z,

    That Mr. Rambla, the vet who is getting pull quoted, is certainly getting his 15 minutes of fame out of this.

    I find it interesting how, despite the much more public face of superheroes these days, certain traditionalist tropes of the 1960s - for example, no guns - are still seen as basic truths of sub-genre. If you think about it, capes used guns in the 30s (and before that pulp heroes always did of course) to the 50s and again in the late 70s to, well now. However, the time when most people noticing these things grew up, and possibly read comics, was the short period when capes did not, so its the "law."

    Considering the fact guns are a standard heroic tool in video games, manga and anime I do not think the kids of today will have the same association.
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    "It's when you give it up for pennies because you love the look of Spider-Man's cock that you're just a hooker"

    Best quote ever
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    @Jacen

    Nice. =D

    - Z
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    Five years? Hardly seems a couple of months ago that I picked up those first few issues. Wish I'd stuck with it.


    Will
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    Will,

    Once I was sure it was in for the long hall, as a new Vertigo flagship of sorts, I went to trades on it. It reads great collected.
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      CommentAuthorWill Couper
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008 edited
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    Aye. Looks like I'll be seeking out the trades, J.

    I do recall, just after I stopped buying the series, there were some doubts as to whether it would continue after the first or second year.


    Will
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    do recall, just after I stopped buying the series, there were some doubts as to whether it would continue after the first or second year.


    Yeah. I tend to be careful on Vertigo books I like. I won't go trade only unless it becomes entirely clear DC is behind the book until the writer is done. And thats not a very common thing right now.
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    It seemed that for a long time there was a rather frantic search for a replacement for things like 'Preacher', 'Sandman' and 'The Invisibles'. However the need for instant gratification, in the form of a very quick and high sales, seems to make getting these kinds of long-form series done very difficult.


    Will
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    It seemed that for a long time there was a rather frantic search for a replacement for things like 'Preacher', 'Sandman' and 'The Invisibles'. However the need for instant gratification, in the form of a very quick and high sales, seems to make getting these kinds of long-form series done very difficult.


    Fables solved that issue for them, the need of a new flagship every 3-4 years. It has rock solid sales month-to-month and has no fixed end. Sadly they can't seem to find many other books that can find that sustainable audience. It seems like a rough time for the imprint really.
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    Will said "However the need for instant gratification, in the form of a very quick and high sales, seems to make getting these kinds of long-form series done very difficult."

    I think the need of the creators to eat and keep a roof over their heads while they're producing their long-form work is probably more important. Nobody gets big advances in comics. If you like the series, buy the floppies or they may never be able to afford to finish the thing.
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    It wasn't a swipe at the comic creators, and I'm not certain how you got that impression.

    It was more of a grumble about the state of the industry.


    Will
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    Wonder how it ends.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    I don't think Patrick perceived your comments as a swipe, Will. I think the comment was meant to encourage single issue purchases before a book dies out, if I'm not mistaken. I'm sure Patrick will correct me if I am.

    - Z

    (sent via mobile, may edit later)
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    The comment seems sharper that it should be. I was genuinely curious.


    Will