I am so glad that other people are now beginning to realise and talk about things in comics that I was getting blasted for over the last ten years!
I posted videos showing how people -comic fans- are now realising what is going on. How they are being treated as piggy banks for Marvel and DC, being fed one worthless "major cross over event" after another and when the poor writing, poor art and non-existent editing and publishing 'strategy' does not work -the readers are to blame.
This is from the Wikipedia entry on DC Comics:
"DC's extended storylines in which Superman was killed, Batman was crippled and superhero Green Lantern turned into the supervillain Parallax resulted in dramatically increased sales, but the increases were as temporary as the hero's replacements. Sales dropped off as the industry went into a major slump, while manufactured "collectibles" numbering in the millions replaced quality with quantity until fans and speculators alike deserted the medium in droves."
Yes, DC never really learnt the lesson but Marvel saw what was going on, or had gone on, and did it anyway. But it was the readers' fault! Now they made Captain America a Hydra agent and want to use what is going on in American society today as story lines. Secret Empire 0 came out and here is where you see what I was talking about in my post about the Indiana Jones movie delay.
I just want to point out that Disney/Marvel is just rechurning another old and classic storyline from the 1970s when Captain America (the real one) brought down the Secret Empire.
I stated that: "Disney really do not know or care about the “product” or the investment in a character that fans give. They only understand money. So go with the most likely to make big money first and three Star Wars films will do that. After all, interest in them might wane so get them out and money in now.
I think that if Disney could get one Star Wars film out each month they would. It would kill the franchise eventually but they’ll do what they have done with all their other properties –store them in a cupboard and bring them out for special events…."
Disney strategy plan: three out and grab the money as fast as possible. Feck the fans.
So what is Disney/Marvel doing in May? Releasing issues 1, 2 and 3 of Secret Empire in one fell swoop. Now, can you see it? "I got #1....oh...#2! And...uh...#3....jeez this is a lot of money...." And Marvel wants comic store staff to dress up for the event as....Hydra agents. Come on. When the sales following #1 drop....you goddamn fans have let everyone down again you mysogynistic, racist scum!
There is another thing. Fans are finally catching on to the fact that the internet comics media is simply promoting Marvel or DC and in some cases (quite a few actually) outrightly lying to fans or feeding them...nothing...in the hopes it will get them to buy certain books.
Many years ago I had the opportunity to do this with CBO. I even had some nice "benefits" highlighted and all I had to do was publish press releases or the snippets sent to me in my own words "You can quote a 'source' at the company if you like" -the point being that this makes it seem that I have insider info that fans would otherwise never hear about -it was the "hook". I pointed out that as far as I was concerned, lying to your readers is deceptive and dishonest and if it were ever suggested to me again I would publish the email online. Never heard from them again though I did hear back from someone what they thought of me!
Others take the Devil's Deal. It makes them seem to be the person or website to go to. They don't care about lying or deception because it gets them the vital views they need. Bleeding Cool -avoid it. Having done some background research myself I agree it is a "tabloid". But others take it one step further.
WARNING there are a lot of obscenities in this video.
I do love the quote in that second video "I am a reporter not a journalist"....HAH!!! A reporter IS a journalist! But that says a lot. Leave out the swearing and I think you have good videos but to each their own.
Just check out You Tube over the last month. One after another vlogger or group vlog stating the same thing but with less colourful words. The alternative? Can there be an alternative to internet 'news'? Well, the Australians a while back were getting back into printed fanzines -and why not because the 'hot' news you are getting off the mouthpieces is not news at all. Fans discussing comics away from the trolls or SJW (same thing) infested internet is much more fun. Articles and features, letters of comment (loc) are far more enjoyable to read when you know the next comment is not going to be "You don't like that character because you are a woman hating white supremacist!". Captain Cummings has plenty to say about SJWs, too.
The print version of Comic Bits had to be cancelled for reasons that most regulars will know about. But why not? Why not get back to fanzines unless the only reason you visit the fake news sites is because it is free? After all, sales of printed books are now shooting ahead of digital books so why should printed fanzines not return?
My own opinion is that the fans who are true fans tend to avoid the news sites. They wait for the comic and read it and then decide what they think. They have an opinion but I think we all know what happens if you politely give your opinion online...
I don't want to make this post too long. But it is nice to see others catching on. Now we just need real fans to start up the fan press again!