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Remember...Be Safe...


10/25/06 -  Say you're a parent and your son or daughter finally gets you to go into that  really cool store with all the anime and manga cartoon characters adorning the windows you've passed many times while shopping around.  Once inside the store, your kid runs wild looking at all the cool manga books, toys, cards, and other assorted items that make you wish you were a kid again.  Looking past the racks, your kid sees the back wall is lined with the newest comic books and casually, though not with the gusto exhibited for the other items, approaches the wall to look around.    That's when your eyes spots this sitting right next to the comics:

Yep.  That's one of the covers to this month's Wizard magazine.  The magazine formerly hyping themselves as "The Comics Magazine".  Now I like attractive ladies as much as the other guy but I don't much care for this new direction Wizard has taken.  And not for the reason you probably think...

Wizard has been changing their format, away from comics and more in-line with pop culture magazines, for almost a year now.  I first noticed the change while deployed overseas and buying the mag off the newsstands.  After awhile I noticed the covers distributed to those stands rarely focused on comics.  Unless you knew what Wizard was beforehand, you'd think the mag was a "hype the newest genre movie" periodical.  The interiors were changing also.  The price guide was significantly shortened and more video game and anime info was added.  Finally about two months ago, the mag officially changed their tagline from "The Comics Magazine" to "The Magazine of Comics Entertainment and Pop Culture".

My problem with the changes isn't necessarily Wizard's fault.   They are in business to make money.  And if changing their format brings in more dough, more power to them.   My problem lies in the fact Wizard is the most widely distributed comics periodical in the US market.  Bar none.  Monthly comics have practically disappeared outside of comics stores in the US.  But you can go into most grocery stores and, other than Archie and Disney digests,  you will likely find a Wizard in the magazine aisle.  

I've always seen Wizard as an ideal gateway to get kids interested in comics without ever setting foot in a comic store.  Sure Wizard has it's problems.  It's more fluff than substance, the price guide is unrealistic, the editors will relentlessly hype any "hot" Marvel or DC, especially the former, irregardless of whether the comic is any good, and is a tad too self congratulatory for my tastes.   But new readers don't know all that.  The mag does have a certain "coolness" I think kids would embrace should they be inclined to start reading comics.  Now that they're starting to turn their focus away from comics, I believe another avenue to grab new readers will be gone...or at least, marginalized.  

And that's a shame...


10/24/06 -  Well I guess it's time for an update...

I am now back in the States after my one-year Asian adventure.  And let me say it's nice to be back.  Don't construe that as anything negative about Korea.  It was a great year both personally and professionally.  But it's wonderful to be back with my family...and be able to watch a football game in the afternoon of the same day versus the wee hours the day after.

It's also convenient to go into an actual comic store again.  Granted, the selection for a back issue collector like me is mighty slim in the Northwest Florida region but it's nice nonetheless to just see a store devoted to comics after spending the last year just looking at them on a computer.  

And most of all, it's great to have access to the vast AWE4ONE collection archives again.  While in Korea, I sent over a small box of comics with assorted odd and ends.  I quickly found out after arriving there really wasn't much all that interesting in the box.  Don't know what I was thinking.  Maybe I was subconsciously pissed that the main collection was just sitting there unattended and would be so for the next year.  Thus my enthusiasm for highlighting, and writing about, these comics wasn't a priority.  Now that I've had a chance to relook at the main collection it's reinvigorated the juices so to speak.  Hopefully, it'll translate to more posting here in the near future.

Welcome back...


10/16/06 -  Don't mind this.  I'm just doing a test to see if I can post to the website from the home computer.  Nice comic though.  One of my recent additions...


9/3/06 -  As I've mentioned in the past, a group of collectors and dealers, to include me, have been busy setting up "The Network Of Disclosure" (NOD) organization.  If you've forgotten, and I don't blame you since the updates to this website are about as frequent as a car's oil change, I'll quote from the NOD's mission statement:

The Network of Disclosure is a group of comic book dealers and collectors, who have pledged to disclose any form of restoration or enhancement, to include Intact Pressing, known to exist, on a comic book in their possession or placed by them for sale. Our objective is to create a safer and more open environment for those buying and selling comic books. By publicly sharing this type of history of each of these books with our fellow collectors and prospective customers, we seek to foster both a greater level of confidence and sense of security within the marketplace.

Well, I'm happy to announce that the organization has launched and is currently accepting new members.  I encourage all readers of this site to visit the newly relaunched website, www.networkofdisclosure.com, or click on any of the NOD logos.  I truly feel this a worthwhile endeavor and will make for a safer hobby for comic buyers and sellers in the future.

So what are you waiting for?  Another update to this glorious website?  Go visit the NOD, and hopefully become a member, and maybe, maybe, when you return I'll have another update for you...