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Shop Update: Double Barrel Achievement Unlocked!

Jeff Lester

Hey, everybody.  Jeff here with a double reminder that: (a) Double Barrel #5 is out today; and (even better) (b) all issues of Double Barrel are available for purchase from the Savage Critic store! As regular listeners to the Wait, What? podcast know, Graeme and I are huge fans of this two-talent monthly anthology from Top Shelf.  Each new issue is $1.99 and usually features approx. 1oo+ pages of great comics and enjoyable comics crafting essays.  (Issue #4 is only 81 pages.)  But since Top Shelf drops the price on the previous issues, you can get issues #1-4 for at $0.99 a pop.  There are two main recurring serials: Zander Cannon’s Heck, about a modern-day adventurer who uses his house’s…  Read More…

New Tilting is up!

Brian Hibbs

You can read the latest right here, as I talk about FCBD, changes at DC Entertainment, Diamond’s breaking street date, and some bits on digital. I’m a little behind on writing reviews (as I pretty much haven’t read any comics yet this week [it's been hectic], but I expect I’ll get something up BEFORE the next batch arrives, just watch me! -B

Wait, What? Ep. 53.2: In The Case of Jibber v. Jabber

Jeff Lester

Yes, and but so here’s part 2 of Ep. 53, wherein Graeme and I talk at semi-absurd length about The Trial of The Flash (for which I wanted to gank a great picture off Google but couldn’t find anything that really grabbed me), Mark Millar’s run on Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Fallout #6, Wonder Woman: Retroactive, a troubling trend with Diamond’s distribution, and a few other topics. If it’s not on iTunes yet, it should be! But you can also listen to it here as the mood suits you: Wait, What? Ep. 53.2: In The Case of Jibber v. Jabber Also, as previously mentioned, we have an email address, waitwhatpodcast[AT]gmail.com, and we heartily invite you to send us news, gossip, or…  Read More…

Wait, What? Ep. 53.1: Why Are They Smiling?

Jeff Lester

I kinda like that I’ve decided to call this installment, “Why Are They Smiling?” and I have a this illustration of someone asking “Why are they smiling?” and also maybe someone says it in the very podcast, too. It’s a bit like “Merv Griffin!”, that most excellent Milk & Cheese cartoon, and it’s a bit like that “turtles all the way down” meme, and a bit like that faux-Jack T. Chick Cthulhu strip, and it’s a bit like I have headache and can’t really think of anything especially subtle. So. Due to said headache, I will skip the program notes which I’ve been trying to add (not really sure if they’re helping anyone or not, anyway) and, hmmm, maybe I…  Read More…

Of Cabbages & Kings

Brian Hibbs

Tom Spurgeon has Yet Another Excellent Essay on Diamond’s new benchmarks. You should go read it. Here’s the thing though: let’s assume that every rational human in the world agrees with the central premises of the argument — every work deserves a chance on the market. I’ll stipulate that; I certainly believe it personally. Now how does that happen? This isn’t just an idle question — the answer to that is, possibly, the most important question you might answer all day. Tom, God love him, doesn’t have any answers. Saying “it shouldn’t be this way” really isn’t enough. Let’s look at the components of the Direct Market, after the jump. CONSUMERS: Honestly, a fair chunk of the issue is your…  Read More…