§ Tim O’Shea offers a rare interview with Dirk Deppey on the loneliness of the long-distance blogger:
Dirk Deppey: Journalista’s a big part of it, yes — I mean, it requires anywhere from six to twelve hours a day, depending on what’s out there, so it takes up the overwhelming majority of my time. The other big job is producing the online edition of the print magazine for subscribers, which entails turning the text and images into something Web-friendly, which while not as time-intensive as the blog still takes a significant amount of work. There are also the random online-only goodies, nominal policing of the message board and whatever else rears its ungainly head. I probably put in a good 50-55 hours a week on the website, all told.
§ Kevin Church reacts with horror at a retailer advising his customers not to buy ASTONISHING X-MEN:
Not buy. A retailer, in his newsletter to customers, is telling people to not buy a comic book.
This is the stupidest goddamn thing I’ve seen lately from an industry plagued with stupid goddamn things. I don’t want my bartender telling me that I’m drinking the wrong damn thing; I don’t want the clerk at the record store giving me shit because I’m buying some motherfucking Yanni; and I don’t want the guy who’s selling me my weekly comics fix to tell me to not buy a fucking X-Men comic. Also negatively reviewed: Trinity. You know, the weekly comic series that pretty much means $150 per customer over the course of a year to a shop who sells it?
While there may be other comics more worthy of retail derision than the Ellis/Bianchi effort, here at Stately Beat Manor, we DO appreciate it when a waiter or waitress discreetly informs us that everyone is sending back the grouper.
§ We missed this LA Times roundup of 50 unimaginative headlines, entitled Holy headlines, Batman, make it stop!