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  • Normalcy at 84 %…

    Racing across to the East Coast and back over the weekend left me a little loopy, but I’m ready to start blogging again. Free Comic Book Day at SuperVillains Inc. in Nottingham, Maryland was packed and busy all day, just like FCBD should be- thanks to my good hosts Michael and Charley. I tooled around DC the next day and saw the World War II Memorial which I think was very well done. But I think they could put big iron plaques on the individual state markers with a little info about how each contributed to the war. Still it was a fine use of the space and creates a perfect place to sit and view the Washington Monument.

    Best of all, I got work done on the plane! That’s a bonus.


    Comment from Pj Perez
    Time: May 6, 2008, 2:31 pm

    Hey Jeff: I picked up your Marvel Adventures FCBD issue. Very fun story and clever dialog. I have to make one nagging comment, which has NOTHING to do with you and everything to do with the state of the industry: Why are these “Marvel Kids” titles so dumbed down in their marketing? Remember when we were kids (well, I’m assuming you’re at least in the 30-ish range, maybe not …), and we weren’t told “ask an adult to call the comic shop near you,” nor were our hands held through the introductions of characters every issue? No, all comics were all-ages, and we felt included. We learned to read on those things!! Any kid who is old enough to be able to read those talk balloons is old enough to be offended by the obvious pandering and watering down.

    Ugh, what do I know? Maybe growing up reading comics that featured drug ODs in Daredevil, self-sacrificial suicides in X-Men and self-immolation in Fantastic Four messed me up in ways I have yet to discover.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: May 6, 2008, 2:43 pm

    Thanks PJ. I think the character introductions are really for adults- the biggest target of the books are people unfamiliar with the characters, which is why all the issues are done in ones.

    But there must be a more clever way to get that 1 800 Comicbook number out there without the ‘get an adult’ line, sure!

    Comment from odessasteps magazine
    Time: May 7, 2008, 5:49 pm

    cool seeing you on the east coast.

    looking forward to more Marvel Adventures wackiness.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: May 7, 2008, 6:07 pm

    Likewise, King Coale.