More Gemstone and Gottfredson Library. (Thanks to All)
JTorci3511 at aol.com
JTorci3511 at aol.com
Thu Nov 22 20:32:43 CET 2007
To everyone involved in the discussion so far:
First, I'd like to complement all the participants for the high quality of
the ongoing discussion.
Everyone has something important to say -- and everyone says it with respect
and civility! Take a bow, everyone!
Gary and Travis's point on trade paperbacks is quite correct, and they are
doing the right thing for Gemstone. My personal preference is just toward the
series periodical over the isolated TPB so, naturally, I'm going to argue in
Travis said: "...unnumbered books don't carry the "baggage" of 300-700
previous issues, so they provide a better entry point for new readers."
He is correct but, strictly personally, I can't say the "baggage" deterred
me much as a younger reader. I became a regular reader of WDC&S with issue #
284 and BATMAN with # 179. Today, they are at # 685 and # 670, respectively.
I KNEW there were lots of previous issues I'd never see (...because in the
Silver Age, when an issue was "gone" it was "gone"), and it just made me want
to know more about the characters... and the only way to do that was to keep
buying future issues of the title! And I've purchased every issue of each
released since then.
...and, until recently, the TPB option was nonexistent anyway!
Another factor working against the indoctrination of the potential reader is
awareness of the product -- and where to obtain it! When I casually drop
the notion of my occasional scripting assignment for Gemstone, the question I
am asked most by "civilians" is "I'd like to see it! Where do I get one?"
The answer is almost always "Nowhere around here!"
I explain about comic shops (I go to the next county to get mine!), and
online retailers, but interest is lost when they need do anything more than go to
the neighborhood store, as we did in the Silver Age!
That, alas is a problem for the entire industry... not just Gemstone! And
that, of course, brings us to chain bookstores, trade paperbacks, and the
undeniable validity of Gary and Travis's point.
Still, I'd like that monthly DONALD AND MICKEY book... sigh!
Special thanks to Jonathan for his copious comments!
About the Gottfredson Library, he writes: "I think that's why guys like Joe
and Dean and I are foaming at the mouth and saying
DOITNOWDOITNOWDOITNOWPRINTITPRINTITPRINTIT!!!!!!! because this is one chance we may not get again for
a *very VEEERRY* long time"
Well, I won't presume to speak for Dean... But YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! Oh,
and did I mention... YES!!!
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