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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1455 on: June 25, 2011, 11:33:02 PM »
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1456 on: June 29, 2011, 11:36:32 AM »
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1457 on: June 29, 2011, 03:59:49 PM »
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1458 on: August 02, 2011, 12:08:09 PM »
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A quick search yielded no thread dedicated to comic books, so I figured this is as good a place as any... I'm not a huge comic book guy but every couple of years or so I get back into them again. Last time I did, I read the entire Tintin collection. But wondered if anyone had heard about the massive DC reboot? On August 31, they are releasing brand new #1's of 52 different titles, in what appears to effectively be a mass reboot on dozens of different titles.

I'm wanting to at least take a look at Aquaman and a few of those Batman titles; think it could be pretty cool. Anyone know any more on any of this? I don't know whether it's worth trying to pre-order some place to at least see which ones I'd be interested in, or whether it's likely most stores would be pretty well stocked so I can browse and choose.

Anyway.... discuss away...

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1459 on: August 02, 2011, 02:49:50 PM »
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A quick search yielded no thread dedicated to comic books

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I'm not a huge comic book guy but every couple of years or so I get back into them again. Last time I did, I read the entire Tintin collection. But wondered if anyone had heard about the massive DC reboot? On August 31, they are releasing brand new #1's of 52 different titles, in what appears to effectively be a mass reboot on dozens of different titles.

I'm wanting to at least take a look at Aquaman and a few of those Batman titles; think it could be pretty cool. Anyone know any more on any of this? I don't know whether it's worth trying to pre-order some place to at least see which ones I'd be interested in, or whether it's likely most stores would be pretty well stocked so I can browse and choose.

Anyway.... discuss away...

They'll probably be awful, this isn't really the first time something like this has happened.  And "why does it happen?", you may be wondering.  Because ongoing serials with no end in sight just keep expanding the mythos until it gets so unwieldy that not even the virginest fanboy can fathom what's happening.  I'm not really that stoked about the reboots because DC staples are all cuddly, child-safe shit heaps.

If you want to catch up on Aquaman and Batman, you should also catch up on Tiger Beat so you can stay hip to the pacing and plot depth.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1460 on: August 02, 2011, 03:08:30 PM »
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I knew there was one! I swear I looked but couldn't find it! So what's the deal here, you seem to know what's going on. Are they actually rebooting all these titles back to issue 1, or are the existing titles continuing, these are just going to run parallel? It seems to be a case of the former, but I wonder if that won't necessarily stop them from bringing in older characters with all their baggage which new reboot readers won't be familiar with. An example of why this is concerning is the whole two Arthur Curry nonsense from when they tried to change up Aquaman a couple of years ago. I'm not too worried about them being too kiddie-safe, because I never really read superhero comic books growing up a whole lot, so I'm partly interested in this reboot for the sake of some square one onwards stories I can pass on to my son. He's still young enough now that he'd just rip the pages to shreds, but some years down the road it would be cool to pass of a stack of comics to him to discover.

Either way, I can't believe that what seems to be such a massive event concerning several prolific characters hasn't had much publicity. It's hardly like I live with my head under a rock, yet today was the first I'd heard of this. DC needs to get some better PR and marketing people.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1461 on: August 02, 2011, 03:19:28 PM »
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1462 on: August 02, 2011, 03:46:13 PM »
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I knew there was one! I swear I looked but couldn't find it! So what's the deal here, you seem to know what's going on. Are they actually rebooting all these titles back to issue 1, or are the existing titles continuing, these are just going to run parallel? It seems to be a case of the former, but I wonder if that won't necessarily stop them from bringing in older characters with all their baggage which new reboot readers won't be familiar with. An example of why this is concerning is the whole two Arthur Curry nonsense from when they tried to change up Aquaman a couple of years ago. I'm not too worried about them being too kiddie-safe, because I never really read superhero comic books growing up a whole lot, so I'm partly interested in this reboot for the sake of some square one onwards stories I can pass on to my son. He's still young enough now that he'd just rip the pages to shreds, but some years down the road it would be cool to pass of a stack of comics to him to discover.

Either way, I can't believe that what seems to be such a massive event concerning several prolific characters hasn't had much publicity. It's hardly like I live with my head under a rock, yet today was the first I'd heard of this. DC needs to get some better PR and marketing people.

All I know, is that they're re-imagining all the origins and everything so that new readers can get in at ground zero and longtime readers can be given the middle finger for sticking with the series for so long try out something new!

I'm not sure of the parallel nature, and fanboys will be fanboys, I'm sure they'll continue to eat it up.  I'm sure they'll continue to print the old ones, too.  But I'm not absolutely positive.


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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1463 on: August 02, 2011, 07:13:34 PM »
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But wondered if anyone had heard about the massive DC reboot? On August 31, they are releasing brand new #1's of 52 different titles, in what appears to effectively be a mass reboot on dozens of different titles.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1464 on: August 04, 2011, 10:05:40 PM »
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1465 on: August 13, 2011, 05:10:22 PM »
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Writing Movies For Profit

A coworker was raving about this, should I just pick it up?  Based on his description, it's an absolutely hilarious, edifying and quick read.

Yes, its very funny and has a lot of good, practical advice about the process and politics of screenwriting. They make it clear that this is not a book about how to write your personal art film. It is about writing commercial films.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1466 on: August 13, 2011, 06:06:46 PM »
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1467 on: August 14, 2011, 08:39:49 PM »
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ooooh, I want to read that! I'm just fininshing this:

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1468 on: August 15, 2011, 11:03:09 AM »
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Hey Mac how is this? worth the pick up?
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1469 on: August 15, 2011, 04:14:06 PM »
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Hey Mac how is this? worth the pick up?

It's very good. It's like a Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes of horror. It respects classic horror movies while telling how modern horror films pushed the envelope to make the genre not just about old, dark houses. Makes you wanna go back and rewatch films you've seen before and find others you haven't, or never even heard of.
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