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Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Marvel philosophy

After reading this account of the falling out between Terrence Howard and Robert Downey Jr., I very much look forward to competing with Marvel in the movie space:
Appearing on Watch What Happens Live, a caller asked Howard if he would ever appear in a future Marvel film now he is civil with Robert again.

Prompting him to reply: 'You know what's so funny? Even though I love Don Cheadle so much and I love what he's done, I still hear a lot of fans asking, "Am I going to come back and be War Machine? Am I going to come back and be War Machine? I think they could have a huge franchise off of it. But f*** 'em.'

The feud began after Howard accused Downey, 53, of abandoning him when he tried to negotiate a better fee to appear in Iron Man 2.

He previously explained: 'We did a three-picture deal, so that means that you did the deal ahead of time. It was going to be a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second one, a certain amount for the third.

'They came to me with the second and said, 'Look, we will pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you, because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.' And I called my friend - that I helped get the first job - and he didn't call me back for three months.'
In other words, Howard didn't try "to negotiate a better fee," he tried to get paid what he was contractually obligated to be paid. Marvel tried to stiff him of 7/8ths of what he was supposed to be paid because they calculated, correctly, that his presence was not required for a successful sequel, so he walked away.

This behavior is completely consistent with what we have learned of Marvel's treatment of freelance illustrators and colorists; their behavior towards writers tends to be even worse. It's informative to learn that while Howard has forgiven Downey for not having had his back, he has neither forgiven nor forgotten Marvel's shoddy treatment of him.

As you may have noted, nearly all of Castalia's, Arkhaven's, and Dark Legion's various creators continue to work with us, and even those few who don't tend to remain on good terms with us and may well work with us in the future. And on a not-entirely-unrelated subject, Bounding Into Comics is less than entirely enthusiastic about the upcoming Disney Channel film, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors.
Looking at the Comichron numbers for the one-shot comics under the Marvel Rising brand, they are rather poor. In June, Marvel Rising Alpha would only ship 21,290 units. It didn’t even make the top 100 comics for the month. July would see Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel only ship 17,995 units. And then a different Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel would only ship 15,558 units in August.
If one takes into account the average sell-through percentage, Alt★Hero is already competing very effectively with the Marvel Rising brand without taking the crowdfunding aspect into account. And we're not even in the comic stores yet.

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49 Comments:

Blogger Taqiyyotomist September 30, 2018 9:38 AM  

Vox, you're like Ravi Zacharias to me. There is nothing you have spoken or written, with which I disagree. Nothing at all. That is rare. I cannot say that about more than a handful of people I've read.

I like Ravi's diction, and accent, better, though. Impeccable English.

Ravi doesn't care, either. It's one of the things I love about him. He's as Alt-Right as it gets.

Anonymous Anonymous September 30, 2018 9:50 AM  

Mahatma Gandhi allegedly said:

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

The interesting thing - possibly the only interesting thing - about the SJWs is that all three of their responses to conflict happen entirely within their own heads.

Except their losing; that's real.

Think about it; even their having people banned, deplatformed, demonetised, slandered and investigated by the FBI ... none of that is fighting, it's a classically womanish "let's you and him fight" game.

Blogger Ceerilan September 30, 2018 9:51 AM  

Actors having each other's backs have literally changed the entertainment landscape. (((Fred Silverman))) created the rural purge after two rural American actors wouldn't allow Silverman to fire only ONE of them. The purge was to reduce the power that culturally American actors had, calculating correctly that television could only serve half of the United States and still remain a profitable business model.

This is the granddaddy of today's out of touch MSM. They've been steadily ignoring cultures they don't like for a couple generations now.

Blogger Secular Blasphemy September 30, 2018 9:58 AM  

I'm starting to worry that Comicsgate is going to go down in flames. Yesterday Ethan got into a twitter fight with someone, and his message was basically, 'This SJW who hates me used to be a big right-winger who opposed gay marriage! Well I was for Marriage Equality even years ago! You bigot!'

I got into it with some of his supporters (one of who opposed Ethan on the gay marriage thing but was totally in favor of CG speaking out against the alt-right because they're so bad), and the gist was: yeah that's right, CG does take a position, we're pro-LGBT and pro-gay-marriage, don't like then leave bigot, we don't want your money.

Okay, but then Comicsgate is no longer 'apolitical' or even 'anti-SJW'. They are literally SJW-lite.

I didn't support them in order to end up with what amounts to "Mark Waid, but nicer."

Blogger Joseph Maroney September 30, 2018 10:04 AM  

They're becoming indistinguishable from that which they oppose. There's no doubt that it will fail.

Blogger Joseph Maroney September 30, 2018 10:05 AM  

He wants them to take him back someday. That's likely been his intention from the start.

Blogger Ingot9455 September 30, 2018 10:07 AM  

It's pretty famously known that Terence Howard got paid more for the first Iron Man that Robert Downey Jr. .

He was approached first and his agent negotiated hard. Downey was next and under a cloud - you never knew if he'd go on a drug bender and end up in jail in the middle of the shoot. So he got much less.

Which set up the situation in the article. Iron Man exploded and the facts on the ground changed radically.

Screw-ups all around, and still handled dishonorably.

Blogger Steampunk Koala September 30, 2018 10:08 AM  

I guess this is what Capital-L Libertarians mean when they say corporations will always do what is in their financial best interests. Sure, we agreed to pay you X amount verbally, but you missed the legalese on page 1,532 of your phonebook contract that gives us unlimited wiggle room to alter the deal... no, there's no clause that allows you to have the right to contest... businesses have the right to do what they want...

Blogger VD September 30, 2018 10:17 AM  

I'm starting to worry that Comicsgate is going to go down in flames.

Starting to worry? You should start to expect that.

Comicsgate is no longer 'apolitical' or even 'anti-SJW'. They are literally SJW-lite.

Of course they are. That's why I was entirely content to step back and proceed to ignore them, once I understood that they were not what they purported to be. ComicsGate will go the way of the Sad Puppies and for exactly the same reason. They don't want to provide an alternative, they don't want conflict with the SJWs, they just want to be given a place at the end of the mainstream table again.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 30, 2018 10:33 AM  

When you allow lunatics to own the moral level of conflict and never contest it you are all but guaranteed to end up in the lunatic column of life.

It's all but guaranteed that two-face will end up doing tranny porn.

Blogger Daniel September 30, 2018 10:39 AM  

they just want to be given a place at the end of the mainstream table again.

Not at the end of the table. They just want a spot under the table, like a dog, and they think Ms. Marvel Comics is Jesus Christ.

Blogger tuberman September 30, 2018 10:54 AM  

Terrence Howard:

Here's that lack of integrity thing that goes a long ways toward destroying companies.

Blogger Attila is my bro September 30, 2018 11:22 AM  

>>they calculated, correctly, that his presence was not required for a successful sequel

That's for sure. I didn't even realize it was 2 different actors until now.

Is it raysis that a black actor's performance was so completely unmemorable that it becomes a "they all look alike to me" moment on realizing he was replaced in the sequel?

Blogger Dave September 30, 2018 11:34 AM  

It's all but guaranteed that two-face will end up doing tranny porn.

Is this some projection going on? You do realize 2VS has pocketed over $630k for the sale of one 48 page comic and a redo of a 90's ashcan (16 page mini)? He's gearing up for a other Indiegogo that will probably put him over $1M for the year.

You have to admit he's got Comicsgaters wrapped around his little finger with his schtick. You might as well all but guarantee the Vikings are going to win today.

Blogger Johnny September 30, 2018 11:39 AM  

>>Sure, we agreed to pay you X amount verbally, but you missed the legalese on page 1,532 of your phone book contract that gives us unlimited wiggle room...

Could be. Than again maybe if he sues he will never work for a major studio again.

The entertainment industry in general has a long history of being low life. I guess the latest system is that the studio's fund the movies and then control the distribution system. If things are as usual, the indie movies have a problem with getting good movie theater placement. Same old same old. There side gets preference.

Blogger Wuzzums Fuzzums September 30, 2018 11:55 AM  

I've said it before, the creatively-inclined will always gravitate towards those who offer more freedom at the expense of their paycheck. 2VS did say in that email Vox wouldn't be able to afford him, which is a clear indication he's not a "true believer" in Arkhaven/Dark Legion.

Same is valid for actors, directors, etc. Doesn't matter who refuses to work with Vox, the talent queue can only grow longer.

Blogger Heterodox September 30, 2018 12:04 PM  

That's brutal. I'm the opposite of Howard though, in that I'd expect a company to do that, but my friend who I helped get the job in the first place? If Downey had said he would walk if they screwed Howard, Howard would have gotten his money.

Also, I like Cheadle, but Howard is the better actor and would have actually been able to carry a franchise. Cheadle can't, he's a character actor. He doesn't have the gravitas to be a leading man.

Blogger Josh Randle September 30, 2018 12:24 PM  

"I very much look forward to competing with Marvel in the movie space"

Hell's yeah Vox! Arkhaven Cinematic Universe! I've slowly been checking out of the MCU, so I'm more than ready for the ACU.

Blogger VD September 30, 2018 12:51 PM  

Is this some projection going on?

No, it's likely based on some claims floating around the chans. Drop it, please.

Blogger S1AL September 30, 2018 12:53 PM  

"I'm the opposite of Howard though, in that I'd expect a company to do that, but my friend who I helped get the job in the first place?"

Makes me wonder if there's not more to the story - company tells Downey that Howard walked because of money, Downey is pissed that he walks out, queue short feud.

That, and Downey is the guy who keeps helping all the other marvel actors with negotiations. Something doesn't add up.

Blogger Were-Puppy September 30, 2018 1:01 PM  

2vS pops up on Killstream yesterday. Some of his PBJs were there for a minute, but the majority of chat was definitely on to his tricks.

It was nice to see people waking up and seeing what is going on.

The actor being gypped with a contract... these corps can get away with practically anything. And if you try to fight, they have very deep pockets and a smear machine they can kick in if necessary.

Blogger Silly but True September 30, 2018 1:29 PM  

The game is rigged. If Howard presses the contract issue, and if again he won on it, mysteriously Iron Man would still be in debt. Marvel Entertainment would still owe Marvel Distributing, and they’d still owe Marvel Licensing Inc. And they’d still owe Walt Disney Holdings, Inc. And they’d still owe Walt Disney Co....

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 30, 2018 1:42 PM  

Fromt he linked BIC article:
We wanted to continue to engage with a lot of this new audience that has come into the publishing space as people who are walking into comic shops for the first time, and they’re doing so because they picked up Ms. Marvel for the first time, or Squirrel Girl for the first time.
They still think there's a new audience out there that will be buying their books. They have to have the nunbers by now, thy know this isn't true. No matter how much they spend propping up the sales numbers, it's never going to be true, so why keep repeating it? It must be down to keeping their lousy jobs at this point.
Also, when did Marvel get taken over by Arabs?

Steampunk Koala wrote:I guess this is what Capital-L Libertarians mean when they say corporations will always do what is in their financial best interests. Sure, we agreed to pay you X amount verbally, but you missed the legalese on page 1,532 of your phonebook contract that gives us unlimited wiggle room to alter the deal.
This is not corporate behavior. This is classic Jewish behavior. A deal is a deal until I can gain advantage by breaking the deal. Then it's too bad to be you. Welcome to Hymietown.

American Blacks hate this as much as Americans do.

Blogger Bogey September 30, 2018 1:51 PM  

I saw that Marvel Rising stuff, they are determined to die on that beach.

Blogger Twelve Soybeans for Chaos September 30, 2018 2:05 PM  

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Blogger Were-Puppy September 30, 2018 2:22 PM  

He was only on there for 10 minutes or so ? He said something about comicsgate blah blah fight sjws blah blah. I really didn't pay attention as was shitposting in the chat. But he did seem to take a quick exit, as the chat turned on him pretty quickly.

Blogger Were-Puppy September 30, 2018 2:23 PM  

The situation, EVS raised a lot of money. But where is the product? All talk, no action.

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Blogger Steampunk Koala September 30, 2018 3:24 PM  

Johnny wrote:
Could be. Than again maybe if he sues he will never work for a major studio again.


That's a problem I will be glad to see go. The idea that you can be shut out of an entire industry for not accepting whatever raw deal you're given by those in control of it is disgusting.

Snidely Whiplash wrote:
This is not corporate behavior. This is classic Jewish behavior. A deal is a deal until I can gain advantage by breaking the deal. Then it's too bad to be you. Welcome to Hymietown.

American Blacks hate this as much as Americans do.


The problem is, at least where I am, every self-professed Libertarian I have spoken with refuses to acknowledge that there's a difference between the two. No borders, international corporations unrestrained, we're all people with the same base motivations so every example of bad behavior is an individual problem. Complete refusal to accept that there are identifiable groups of people with different values and purposes.

Blogger Damelon Brinn September 30, 2018 3:52 PM  

Talking about "corporate behavior": I was listening to a guy on the radio talk about being on a flight and being smashed into his seat from all sides, despite not being fat or tall. Then I thought of pictures I've seen of flights in the 1960, which look like lounges.

I assume that corporate types who ran the airlines in the 1960s wanted to make as much money as possible. So why didn't they jam as many seats in there as possible? Something has changed. It's partly that businesses are more focused on efficiency now, with just-in-time inventory and data crunching to shave pennies everywhere they can. But is that a cause or a symptom? I'm thinking the deeper reason might be that the corporate moguls of the past, however skinflint they might be, still thought of themselves as Americans. They still wanted their businesses to be part of an America that people enjoyed living in.

Taking that back to Disney/Marvel: Disney was the first major corporation to offer same-sex couple benefits, well before any courts had started creating such rights. Disney has long leaned left, but used to be able to turn out wholesome, traditional family fare anyway. They used to be able to maintain a separation between the product and their other activities, and hire people who could make a product Americans loved, even if the people in Disney's offices loathed it. Now they make products in their own image, and claim the fans are bigots if we don't like them. Again, something has changed.

Blogger Johnny September 30, 2018 4:00 PM  

>>I assume that corporate types who ran the airlines in the 1960s wanted to make as much money as possible.

I think it has to do with the government allocating routes or price fixing or something like that. I forget the details. The deal is they used to market the quality of the fight, now they market the price. The cheaper the better for sales. The certain thing is that flying is something you endure now.

Blogger Dave September 30, 2018 4:54 PM  

Were-Puppy wrote:The situation, EVS raised a lot of money. But where is the product? All talk, no action.

He's working on it. Am I the only one who thinks his work has almost too much detail for a comic?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DoWdyVZUwAAygXT.jpg
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Blogger Wuzzums Fuzzums September 30, 2018 5:20 PM  

Were-Puppy wrote:2vS pops up on Killstream yesterday. Some of his PBJs were there for a minute, but the majority of chat was definitely on to his tricks.



Not really.
Ralph was a GamerGater therefore Ralph's audience is comprised of people knowledgeable of GG.
People knowledgeable of GG have a bitter taste in their mouth when it comes to GG therefore they are hostile to CG.
2VS' audience is comprised of people knowledgeable of nothing therefore they'll never be waking up to his tricks.

Blogger SciVo September 30, 2018 5:27 PM  

Steampunk Koala wrote:Johnny wrote:

Could be. Than again maybe if he sues he will never work for a major studio again.


That's a problem I will be glad to see go. The idea that you can be shut out of an entire industry for not accepting whatever raw deal you're given by those in control of it is disgusting.


You know, if someone e.g. Vox were to offer fair deals, then the people whose livelihoods depend on their ability to ram through raw deals will inevitably come sniffing around, looking to either co-opt it or shut it down, by hook or by crook.

Blogger SciVo September 30, 2018 5:31 PM  

To be clear, I think that Vox can handle painting a target on his back for international organized crime. I'm saying, that's why it hasn't happened already.

Blogger Al K. Annossow September 30, 2018 5:42 PM  

I recently saw a newspaper article from 1974 (I'm a little behind on my reading) that said Mexico is the largest publisher of comics. They have 10 million in circulation EVERY WEEK! I bet by now the market there must be even more biggerer.

My, my, how culture changes! I wonder if old and new could be combined so that Netflix distributes comics. Two pages per humongous screen. Pause to read. Binge watching/reading. But I suppose that's hypocritical because I wouldn't be such a customer - I don't have Netflix. Oh right, I don't have a TV either.

Blogger VD September 30, 2018 5:59 PM  

You know, if someone e.g. Vox were to offer fair deals, then the people whose livelihoods depend on their ability to ram through raw deals will inevitably come sniffing around, looking to either co-opt it or shut it down, by hook or by crook.

Minor players like me doing a small movie or two per year are not their concern. The Chinese coming in on the money side are a very serious problem. Especially since the Chinese investors - among whom are the Red Army - expect returns and won't be content with the usual "oh, dear, our accounting says we actually lost money" game.

Blogger Mark Seifert September 30, 2018 8:47 PM  

VD wrote:Minor players like me doing a small movie or two per year are not their concern. The Chinese coming in on the money side are a very serious problem. Especially since the Chinese investors - among whom are the Red Army

Thomas Tull was the canary in the coal mine here, and nobody noticed. Tull is a huge comics fanboy, for real, and walked away from Legendary the moment his contract with Wanda Group allowed.

This situation is volatile for a number of reasons, including the one you mention. But also: A cursory look at the data would tell anyone that the growth rate of the Chinese market of recent years is not sustainable. And negotiations for a new deal to increase the number of US films allowed to show in China have stalled, and are by no means guaranteed to conclude with the result many presumed they would.

Blogger Mark Seifert September 30, 2018 9:18 PM  

Al K. Annossow wrote:I recently saw a newspaper article from 1974 (I'm a little behind on my reading) that said Mexico is the largest publisher of comics. They have 10 million in circulation EVERY WEEK! I bet by now the market there must be even more biggerer.

My, my, how culture changes! I wonder if old and new could be combined so that Netflix distributes comics. Two pages per humongous screen. Pause to read. Binge watching/reading. But I suppose that's hypocritical because I wouldn't be such a customer - I don't have Netflix. Oh right, I don't have a TV either.


Marvel Unlimited is exactly this. Amazon has a form of this. I'd be surprised if Netflix's comics ip acquisitions didn't lead to this.

Stumbling block is that watching tv and reading are very different activities. Reading requires a level of engagement (to control pace) that watching TV does not. You're not going to get the level of buy-in you want just because it's on the tv distro platforms. We have to have more people who want to read. This is a generational problem.

All cultures that we think of as large comics consumers became that way out of economic necessity -- think of post-war France, Japan -- because printing infrastructure & distro is far easier than broadcast infrastructure + tv manufacture.

Blogger Paul M October 01, 2018 1:32 AM  

Steampunk Koala wrote:Sure, we agreed to pay you X amount verbally, but you missed the legalese on page 1,532 of your phonebook contract that gives us unlimited wiggle room to alter the deal
In principle, a contract is an agreement between parties. If party A never understood and agreed to an infinite wiggle room for party B, then there is no contract. The paper isn't the contract, it is merely the formalisation of a contract.

Of course, the legal system so often can't be bothered to apply this principle. Too complicated. What's written on the paper becomes the thing.

In principle, you never sign anything that you haven't read and understood. But who does that?

Blogger SciVo October 01, 2018 2:16 AM  

Trivia: I read that Japan uses more wood pulp for manga than for toilet paper. That right there is a level of civilization test: "Does your society read more than it poops?"

Blogger Jack Amok October 01, 2018 2:44 AM  

Trivia: I read that Japan uses more wood pulp for manga than for toilet paper. That right there is a level of civilization test: "Does your society read more than it poops?"

The Japanese don't use toilet paper because they have toilets that look like they were designed by an insane genius plumber with recovered memories of alien abductions. Those things will wash everything, including, I think, your gall bladder. Push the wrong button and your Japanese toilet will do to you what the Democrats are trying to do to Kavanaugh.

Blogger Jack Amok October 01, 2018 3:06 AM  

A cursory look at the data would tell anyone that the growth rate of the Chinese market of recent years is not sustainable. And negotiations for a new deal to increase the number of US films allowed to show in China have stalled, and are by no means guaranteed to conclude with the result many presumed they would.

Scuttlebutt is that the new moon landing pic (Hi Nate) had Americana elements severely watered down to be more appealing to the Chinese. But my first reaction was, "huh? Didn't they already make that movie?" The sheer inability of Hollywood to produce something new was always remarkable, but now it's... astonishing in it's totality.

I was at a friend's house today. He still has cable, poor sod. I was fascinated - football was on (oh what a snoozefest the NFL has become, I assumed, but didn't know) so of course the networks were running heavy rotations of promos for their prime time shows...

...hey, wait a minute...

NFL games should be one of the highest priced advertising slots, but repeatedly the networks were using those slots for their own stuff. Good grief, they aren't selling ads during NFL games! They're reduced to running their own promo slots! Hoy boy. the NFL is dying fast.

Well, sorry, back on track. About the shows they are promoting. Apparently they have reboots of both Magnum, P.I. and Will and freakin' Grace. Along with yet another doctor show and what looks like a rebooted Emergency 51 but without the name and with way more wymyn and minorities. And of course some layers/detective show with the letters C, S and I somewhere in the title.

I haven't had cable or broadcast TV (no rabbit ears) since Obama's first term, but today it was like I never left. Everything is the same, only crappier.

China already bootlegged all our 70's, 80's and 90's sitcoms. And movies. If (((Hollywood))) thinks they're going to sell cheap copies of originals to the chinese... he he, oh the world can be amusing.

Blogger Mark Seifert October 01, 2018 9:51 AM  

Jack Amok wrote:Scuttlebutt is that the new moon landing pic (Hi Nate) had Americana elements severely watered down to be more appealing to the Chinese. But my first reaction was, "huh? Didn't they already make that movie?" The sheer inability of Hollywood to produce something new was always remarkable, but now it's... astonishing in it's totality.

They have rules against certain types of supernatural elements, and ghosts also, and you have to use some mental gymnastics to get around that. And beyond that of course, Dr Strange's Tibetan elements were changed for the film(s) so that they could get them into China.

Blogger CarpeOro October 01, 2018 10:02 AM  

@Jack Amok
They are also bringing back Murphy Brown believe it or not. Nothing original coming out. Unless you count a sitcom about a white family moving into a black neighborhood (family name is Johnson, actor is a member of the tribe).

Blogger Mark Seifert October 01, 2018 10:12 AM  

Paul M wrote:Steampunk Koala wrote:Sure, we agreed to pay you X amount verbally, but you missed the legalese on page 1,532 of your phonebook contract that gives us unlimited wiggle room to alter the deal

In principle, a contract is an agreement between parties. If party A never understood and agreed to an infinite wiggle room for party B, then there is no contract. The paper isn't the contract, it is merely the formalisation of a contract.

Of course, the legal system so often can't be bothered to apply this principle. Too complicated. What's written on the paper becomes the thing.

In principle, you never sign anything that you haven't read and understood. But who does that?


No one should doubt that the matter transpired exactly as Howard describes, without hidden contractual complications. This is a patented Ike Perlmutter move.

Of course, it happens with agreements between parties of greatly differing economic power, very often. Ask anyone who's dealt with a major retail chain or a very large publisher.

Blogger Jack Amok October 01, 2018 12:58 PM  

They are also bringing back Murphy Brown believe it or not. Nothing original coming out. Unless you count a sitcom about a white family moving into a black neighborhood (family name is Johnson, actor is a member of the tribe).

Ah yes, Murphy Brown. Forgot about that one, but I've seen it pimped all over the web. That show was insufferably smug back in the 90's, I cannot imagine how obnoxious it will be now.

Of course, it happens with agreements between parties of greatly differing economic power, very often. Ask anyone who's dealt with a major retail chain or a very large publisher.

A friend with his own game studio told me - excitedly - that he had a deal to do a game with Disney. I told him walk away, but he assured me the deal had a buy-out clause that Disney would have to pay him a considerable sum if they cancelled the project.

They cancelled the project and refused to pay the buy-out. He sued. Pretty clear breach of contract on Disney's part, but it took him two years to win and his studio went under in the process.

Blogger Nostromo October 01, 2018 1:10 PM  

#metoo

Blogger CYGNUS FACETIOUS October 01, 2018 11:06 PM  

Al K. Annossow wrote:I recently saw a newspaper article from 1974 (I'm a little behind on my reading) that said Mexico is the largest publisher of comics. They have 10 million in circulation EVERY WEEK! I bet by now the market there must be even more biggerer.

My, my, how culture changes! I wonder if old and new could be combined so that Netflix distributes comics.


For as unironic Marxism flies in Central America with their own brand of SJW, it has no place beyond the Universities-- if there ever was a market for dirt cheap newsprint comics, it would be Mexico. Apropos the mentally ill Malthusian Grimace villains in the other blog post, something like Red Rooster in a Spaghetti Western Cinco de Mayo, to Texan Revolution, to Zimmerman Note/XYZ Affair/Diaz/Zapata days could expect to gain traction. Between the ancient alien craze and Azteca/Maya, together with the Sonora Aero Club/Aero mystery just North, there's vast space to colonize there within the popular imagination. Add Ante-Diluvian, Chinese, Roman, Viking interactions in antiquity and the Aztlan narrative can be flirted with with some nuance for pandering's sake. Apocalyptico's Creed Encounters of the 5th Kind Anasazi Aneid, where 4 Corners is Troy sacked by Sky Mycenaens and Tenotchtitlan/Tlaloc are Rome and Mars, respectively; then Illiad between them and Chichen Itza for Tellurian/Hyperborian desert/mountains vs. Atlanticist rainforest/sea.

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