Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Random Thoughts

I was just reading about Marvels "Comics for Comics" Program, and I got a little irritated. Marvel is telling retailers that if they rip covers off unsold books, they can return those covers to Marvel and receive one "limited edition variant" comic from Marvel. Sounds like a great offer ... at first. I kept reading, though, and that's when I got more than a little annoyed, because it's not Marvel's comics that are on the select list of titles that can be returned, it's DC's books. Sorry, but I just don't buy into the idea that any given comic shop doesn't have hundreds of Marvel comics collecting dust on their shelves.

Whether you like DC's upcoming "relaunch" or you totally hate the idea, you have to admit that's it's generating quite a bit of press for the company. Over the past several weeks, I've seen several tv shows talk about the relaunch, including, of all things, "The View". Do you know how weird it was to watch Whoopi Goldberg talk about comics on a show geared towards women viewers?

On August 8, HBO will be showing "Superheroes", a documentary about real people who have taken it upon themselves to make the world a better place.

Apparently, there's a new "Judge Dredd" movie in the works, set for release in 2012 (I live under a rock, so if you already knew about this, please cut me some slack). Fortunately, Rob Schnieder will be not be in it, although I do have to admit that I don't mind the 1995 "Judge Dredd" movie. It's fun to watch once in a while.

Speaking of movies, "Iron Sky" is a German film about Nazis setting-up shop on the Moon in 1945, and then mounting an invasion of Earth in 2018. It's set to be released in 2012, but I don't know if it's coming to the USA or not. I hope it does, because the concept sounds pretty cool.
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