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Hibbs eats a bug: the context

Brian Hibbs

Here’s your context for the entry below.

(this is a repost from a couple of months ago):


Just because I am a big enough man to admit when I was wrong, I stumbled across a post in the Comic Book Industry Alliance boards from 3/2/01 where I said this about ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN:

>>>LONG TERM…I really really really don’t think it will suceed. By the time it hits issue #50, how is it really going to be any different than the “real” Marvel universe, RE: the accretion of history? If it makes #100, I’ll eat a bug.<<<

While I do think the line has become SOMEwhat innaccessible now because of that accretion of history, I was clearly really really really wrong, and it seems all but inevitible that ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN will, in fact, make it to #100.

(Unless something were to happen to Bendis. And we wouldn’t want that. No.)

My especial apologies to Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagely for doubting thier creative accumen, and to Joe Quesada and Bill Jemas for doubting thier marketing instincts. They were right, and I was wrong.


I decided on, as you can see below, a Cricket. Crickets are sold by pet stores. These came in a box that said “The classic cricket experience! Crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside!”, which I would have to say is fairly accurate.

Maybe more “squirty and gross on the inside”, though.

There was a definate “pop” when I bit in, and bug guts went oozing into my mouth.

It wasn’t, neccessarily, a BAD taste — just a GROSS one. Foreign, y’know?

Really, though, the worst part was when Jeff & James Masente (our second witness, and the operator of the video on Jeff’s camera) informed me the video didn’t take, and we should do it again. Um, no. I said I’d eat “A” bug, not “multiple bugs until you get the shot right”.

Either way, really, my truly sincere apologies to Bendis and Bagley, Joe Quesada, and Jemas — they were right and I was wrong, and I have the mandibles stuck in my teeth to prove it!

Never let it be said that I am not a man of my word!!!


I should also point you over to the podcast that the guys at http://www.comicgeekspeak.com/ did with me this week — 90 minutes of me blab blab blabbing about the comics industry and how we got where we are, and where we’re going…. but thier server seems to be down. I guess I’m too popular for my own good, and I broke thier server. Whoops.


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